Offense needs a nudge. 215 comments

This diving catch by Rangers center fielder Drew Robinson might not be enough to keep his job as the guy he replaced might return today.


After going ahead and being just four outs away from a win, then eventually giving up five runs in the final inning and a third to fall 7-14, the Rangers could use some good news.

It might come today.

Delino DeShields says he’s ready to return to the Rangers, after going 3-for-6 in two games with Frisco.

The Rangers offense could use a nudge. True, DeShields was just 1-for-8 before he broke a bone in his wrist during the second game of the season, so he wasn’t exactly tearing it up. But that’s a small sample size. You can’t judge anyone after two games.

And while he’s no Rickie Henderson, he does seem to be a positive catalyst in the lineup.

This lineup desperately needs that. The Rangers have scored two runs or fewer in nine of their 21 games.

If you look at certain team numbers, it might not seem so bad. The Rangers have the fifth most hits in the American League. They are sixth in home runs. And they have actually drawn a good share of walks.

But Texas is batting just .228 as a team, third worst in the A.L. (Thank you, Baltimore and Cleveland).

The problem isn’t getting runners on. It’s getting them to touch the plate.

This Rangers season is a lot like the movie “The Martian.” Men are stranded in outer space and it’s impossible to bring them home.

Delino DeShields alone is not going to catapult this team out of last place. But he can jump start the offense. And he can steal a few bases. And he can make the Rangers a bit more enjoyable to watch.

Because right now they are about as riveting as CSPAN.


James Paxton (1-1, 4.57) vs. Bartolo Colon (0-0, 1.45)
Game time: 7:05

How the Mariners hit against Colon.
How the Rangers hit against Paxton.