The Rangers have the look of a team that won’t lose. That’s different than a team that can’t lose. This is a team that doesn’t want to give up.
And that is a far cry from the baseball Rangers fans have seen for most of the past seven years when they lacked the firepower, and what seemed like the will, to come back after they were down.
The Rangers used to play like they had their AARP cards and were going out for the early bird special at Luby’s then home to retire after a rousing game of Wheel of Fortune.
This team has that relentless spirit about them that’s infectious. And fun to watch.
Gone is the entitlement program where you had a job just for having a job. Gone is the frat boy pranking with its Gatorade dumps and look at me acting like I’m catching a pop-up in the infield.
It’s been replaced by players that can actually produce. Which, when you think about it, is about all a player is asked to do.
Yesterday, on their march to .500, the Rangers accomplished something they had never done in the brief history of The Shed. After thirty games last year, and nineteenth games this year, the Rangers scored double digits at home.
The Ballpark that is so far into Joey Gallo’s head it should pay rent for staying there is not quite the house of horrors it appears to be.
Texas is 9-10 at home n 2021. Last year? The Rangers were actually over .500 at home: 16-14. (An abysmal 6-24 on the road.)
The rumors of their demise at home are greatly exaggerated.
Here are the home and road splits for the Rangers starters in 2021 in batting average, on-base percentage, and OPS. (Players in bold perform better at home.)
Now the Rangers head out on the road, fresh off three straight series wins, back to .500, and with the swagger of a team that won’t lose, thank you very much.