The Rangers were starting to miss Corey Seager, especially on offense.
Prior to Wednesday's game, Texas had managed just 6 total runs in its previous four games combined. That was highly unusual for a lineup that is averaging close to 6 runs per game this season.
Fortunately, Corey Seager fixed that with one swing of the bat when he returned from the IL on Wednesday.
When people say "didn't skip a beat," I'm pretty sure this is what they mean.
Corey Seager Return
Seager, who suffered a thumb injury during a baserunning play on July 21, was batting .350/.413/.631 with 15 homers and 58 RBIs in 66 games before going down.
He picked up right where he left off against the White Sox on Wednesday after being activated from the IL, bashing a two-run homer off Dylan Cease on his first swing of the game. Apparently, the layoff didn't mess with his timing too much.
The long ball gave the Rangers a quick 2-0 lead and they never looked back, cruising to an 11-1 victory. With Seager back in the fold, Texas was back to being a wrecking crew on offense.
Seager's return also doesn't come a moment too soon for the Rangers, who are currently clinging to a half-game lead over the Astros in the AL West. If Seager can stay healthy the rest of the way and keep performing at an MVP level, that will give Texas a big boost as it tries to fend off Houston down the stretch.
So please, Mr. Seager, no more head-first dives on the basepaths, okay? Our offense can't function without you.