It hasn’t been the best start to the 2013 season for Adrian Beltre. Beltre homered on Tuesday night to help the Texas Rangers to a win and has gotten his average up to .245 for the season. The Texas offense has been nearly non-existent to begin this year, and they need Beltre to pick up his play in a big way. Beltre has a hit in five of his last six games now as he looks for his third straight 30 home run season with the team.
Beltre hit 36 home runs last season after having 32 in 2011. The departures of Michael Young, Josh Hamilton and Mike Napoli from the Texas lineup have put a ton of pressure on Beltre to produce. I think the pressure got to Beltre some to begin this season. The Rangers didn’t start as hot as they wanted earlier and had a 9-5 record going into Wednesday’s game at Wrigley Field against the Chicago Cubs. Beltre has proven in the past that he can be a player who hits over 25 home runs a year because he has only missed that mark once in the last six seasons.
I’m sure the Rangers will end up being just fine this season and will finish near the top of the American League West standings, but a lot of that will depend on what Beltre does. He has enough offense around him to get the job done so there is no reason why it won’t happen. It’s only a matter of time before Beltre is slugging home runs on a consistent basis again.