It’s amazing what happens when a batter makes contact with the ball.
The Rangers offense has been showing signs of life lately. Yesterday, they got eleven hits, enough to generate eight runs in an 8-5 win and two-game sweep of the Arizona Diamonbacks.
It was capped by a three-run fourth inning in which the Rangers sent nine men to the plate. Two triples in the inning helped.
What the Rangers offense is showing is you don’t need a stud to center the team around. It helps to have pesky hitters up and down the lineup.
To be clear, this current four-game winning streak is against bad pitching. The Diamonbacks are the worst team in the National League. But, a win is a win. And four wins in a row on the road is two better than they have been able to do on any road trip this year.
It’s baby steps by a bunch of kids getting opportunities at regular at-bats. This recent offensive surge, along with some great starting pitching, has allowed the Rangers to have their best ten-game stretch of the season. They are 7-3 in the last ten.
The Rangers have 23 more games left. It would be nice to finish out the year on a positive note. Their next 13 games are against playoff teams, or teams fighting for a playoff spot: Oakland, Houston, Chicago White Sox, New York Yankees.
Now that these young kids have gotten their sea legs, let’s see how they do against real competition.