The MLB season is only nine games under way, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for speculation and disappointment. Before any games were played the season, most analysts picked the Texas Rangers, due to signing of such stars as Prince Fielder, to have one of the most formidable offenses in the league. However, if today’s 2-4 loss to the Boston Red Sox was any indicator, the Rangers’ offense is not quite where it needs to be.
Over the first nine games of the season, the Rangers’ offense has been a roller coaster ride. Texas started out exactly where they wanted to be, blasting their way to 10 runs, despite losing 10-14 in a very impressive effort. However, since then, the Rangers have only posted more than four runs once, and now find themselves at under five hundred. This afternoon was a continuation of that disappointment, with the offense struggling against pitcher Jake Peavy, posting two runs in a loss. While it is still early on in the season, the Rangers need their offense to come together if they are going to compete.
On paper, it seems that the Rangers have little reason to worry. However, while they sit right around 10th in the league in RBI’s, home runs and hits, those numbers are inflated due to the two games where the Rangers put up double digit runs. Today’s loss to Boston may have just been one game, but it’s a representation of bigger problems within the team.
The Rangers came in the 2014 season with high expectations of their high velocity offense and hopes of leading the league in runs and runs scored. However, that offense has not lived up to expectations, and if the Rangers hope to climb their way to the top of the AL West this year, they need to get that offense in order.