The Texas Rangers sit 2 games back with a respectable record of 54-41. After their blazing start it is both disappointing and worrisome to see them now fighting for their division from behind. But when considering the hardships they’ve endured at pitcher they are just lucky to still be in the fight. While Martin Perez contributing starts may not sound surprising, how many people predicted Justin Grimm, Nick Tepesch, and Josh Lindbloom would be making the contributions they are?
At the Midpoint it seems appropriate to give out a few awards to honor (and shame) our beloved Rangers.
The Don’t Know What Ya Got Till Its Gone Award
Fans are always split on the Rangers 2nd baseman whether Kinsler helps or hurts the club. Regularly batting leadoff he doesn’t possess the batting average you’d typically want but he more than makes up for it with his speed and power combination.
When Kinsler landed on the disabled list the Rangers offense took a big dump. Even his harshest critics were praying for his safe return. When Ian came back so did the Offense. Ian, I’m sorry for everything I ever said about you.
The Grumpy Old Man Award
Since Michael Young left Beltre has been filling this role nicely. He’s a leader defensively (best defensive player on the team) and offensively (.316 AVG). He’s managed to refrain from murdering Elvis Andrus for constantly messing with him during game play, and always wears his signature motivational frown.
The Not Chris Davis Award
Poor guy. The Texas Rangers gave up Chris Davis because he swung at everything in sight. They always liked his power but the guy never met a pitch he didn’t like. They traded Davis and opted for Moreland at 1st base instead. Moreland has been a rare offensive bright spot on the team (together with Jeff Baker), unfortunately Chris Davis has exploded offensively in Baltimore and is making the Rangers look pretty foolish for trading him away. Mitch will probably always live in a strange shadow of Chris Davis and that sucks for him.
Stay tuned for Part 2 of the Midseason Awards
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