Very few Texas Rangers players catch as much flack as Mitch Moreland, and to be honest, it’s been well-deserved, especially given his production over the first month of the season and his inconsistency throughout his time in Texas. However, over the last several games, we’ve seen that production dramatically increase.
Since April 26, Moreland is batting .404 with three home runs, seven RBI, and a .681 slugging percentage.
So, why is April 26th important? That’s when Rangers manager Ron Washington told the press that (regarding Moreland) if a batter can’t figure it out after 100 at-bats, then they aren’t likely to figure it out at all. Since then, the first baseman has responded, emerging as the team’s hottest hitter over the last few weeks.
Prior to that day, Moreland was batting just a shade over .200 with a .325 slugging percentage.
When asked about this improvement, Moreland shot down the idea that it was Washington’s comments that lit a fire under him. Instead, he says that he’s simply trying to go out and help the team any way he can.
Since recently moving from the eight and nine spots to the five spot, that’s exactly what Moreland has been doing.
The bottom line is that this ball club needs Moreland to figure it all out. Sure baseball is a game of ups and downs, as any baseball fan and player will admit to, but this team desperately needs Moreland to continue to give the team this type of production on a consistent basis.
Fans are hoping this isn’t a fluke and that the previously inconsistent Moreland has finally turned the corner.