The headline on texasrangers.com read “Rangers feasting on home cooking” after beating the Rays 5-4 in the first game of their series against Tampa Bay.
Two doubles. One triple One home run. That was the extra-base power the Rangers “feasted” on in the just completed three-game series against the American League best Tampa Bay Rays.
For all three games combined.
For the season, the Rangers rank next to last in the American League in doubles. Eleven out of fifteen in home runs. That’s overall, at home, they are last in doubles and tenth in home runs.
The Rangers are twelfth in slugging percentage and thirteenth in OPS overall, eleventh and thirteenth at home.
There is no feasting. There is just no power on this team. And this is a team that features Joey Gallo, along with the guy who is second in the American League in home runs.
It’s a one-dimensional offense. They are trying to singles teams to death. Small ball is great if that is a strategy and not a failing.
That explains why the Rangers are eleventh in the A.L. in runs scored, twelfth at home. And fourteenth out of fifteenth in winning percentage.
Thanks goodness for the Baltimore Orioles. Without that sad sack of a team, the Rangers would be the laughing stock of the American League for two years in a row.
After ridding themselves of Elvis Andrus and Rougned Odor, and after losing Ronald Guzman for the season, you’d think the team would have gotten better. The old addition by subtraction rule.
The Rangers, apparently, are bad at math. And baseball.