The Texas Rangers currently rank second in the American League and fourth in the entire Major Leagues in home runs hit this season.
The Rangers who have homered already 46 times this season trail only the New York Yankees in the American League in home runs. The Rangers have been known for their power for many years now, and the ball flies out of Arlington in the sweltering summer Texas heat. However, the Rangers should be particularly proud of their power output so far since their best player has not played since April 12, and Nelson Cruz is also on the DL.
The best player that I am talking about is obviously Josh Hamilton. Hamilton has yet to homer on the season in just 39 ABs.
Their power has been led by Adrian Beltre this season who has jumped out to a hot start by hitting 10 home runs already, thus placing himself among the Major League leaders in home runs so far.
This power surge has the Rangers ranked 4th in the Majors as well in slugging percentage at .424.
On the other side of the coin, the Texas Rangers pitching staff has been able to keep other teams in the park. Rangers starters have excelled in preventing the long ball this season, and the Rangers bullpen is among the best in the Majors at keeping the ball in the ballpark.
Trailing only Beltre, Nelson Cruz who is currently on the DL already has 7 home runs. Cruz, however, had five of those home runs before April 15, and he has since trailed off in the power category. Despite playing in just 2/3 of the game so far, Mike Napoli is third on the team in home runs with 6, and their is a tie for 4th on the team with 5. Both Ian Kinsler and Mitch Moreland have 5.
The Rangers power is particularly effective because the Rangers remain highly ranked (3rd in the American League) in team batting average. Unlike some power hitting teams, the Rangers make solid contact as well, and in fact, the Rangers have the fewest number of strikeouts in all of the Major Leagues as I wrote previously.
The return of Hamilton will signify a huge boost to an offense that everyone around the Rangers would tell you has room for improvement so far this season. Despite the numbers, Ron Washington and several players have alluded to the fact that the team needs to play with more consistency and patience at the plate.
The Rangers are on the road to play the Kansas City Royals and Philadelphia Phillies before they return home to their batter-friendly home ballpark. Citizens Bank Ballpark in Philadelphia heavily favors hitters, and so the Rangers have a chance to pad their power numbers even before returning to Texas.
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