A Few Rangers Thoughts to Start Your Day

Hank Blalock and Ian KinslerSo our Rangers took the AL Wild Card lead last night with a clutch 4-3 victory over the Boston Red Sox. We are starting to get a feeling that there is going to be some post-season baseball down here in Texas and we could not be more excited. Here are some thoughts we had on the team as soon as we woke up this morning.

  • Though the .249 average isnt great, Ian Kinsler is playing great baseball right now. 25 homers, 66 RBIs along with 23 stolen bases.
  • Kinsler is 6th in homers, 12th in runs and 8th in stolen bases (in AL), in 98 games.
  • The Rangers are 10-8 without Kinsler and 56-42 with him.
  • Kinsler has a good shot at a 30/30 year along with 80 RBIs. If I had an MVP vote, he’d get it as long as Texas made the playoffs.
  • Kinsler’s 27, so it’s logical to think he can make a run for a few straight 30/30 seasons. Hopefully he improves the batting avg. though.
  • Looks like we have found their lead-off hitter. Julio Borbon is hitting .429 with 5 SB’s in seven games.
  • Dustin Nippert is having a nice bounce back season. 3-5 with a 6.41 ERA in 2008. Now he is 4-1 with a 3.52 ERA this season. Big start from him last night.
  • Elvis Andrus is picking it up in the month of August. .326 avg/.908 OPS/.488 SLG/.420 OBP. All of those are career highs for a month.
  • Since August 8th, when Deadspin posted pics of him, Josh Hamilton is hitting .469.
  • The Rangers are starting to show their bullpen as a strength. CJ Wilson, Frank Fransisco and Neftali Feliz can all close.
  • Wilson already has 14 saves this season and is a dominate lefty. His 59 k’s in 52.2 innings is decent.
  • Fransisco has 17 saves and has struck out 38 batters in 33 innings.
  • Neftali Feliz has pitched in five games and 8.2 innings, giving up just 2 hits and 1 run while striking out 16 and racking up 1 save and 3 holds. His ERA is a microscopic 1.04.

We’ll be tweeting about the Rangers every day for the rest of the season, and hopefully that’ll keep them atop the AL Wild Card Standings. Also, expect a piece on Neftali Feliz later this week.

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2 comments to A Few Rangers Thoughts to Start Your Day

  • Eric

    Do you think we’ll see Justin Smoak this year, or will he be held back until next season because Davis has been outperforming him in AAA?

  • @Eric: I don’t think so. If Davis was hitting .275, I could see Smoak as a Ranger with the September call-ups. However, because David didn’t produce during his short stint when Hamilton was on the DL, it’s possible that the Rangers give Smoak a shot as well.

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