By Jeremy Martin @Jmartin1982 on May 14, 2014
The Texas Rangers had high hopes for the 2014 season, but so far they have only been average. With 40 games in the books, the Rangers sit with an average record of 20-20. The Rangers still have time to turn things around, but let’s focus on what we've learned about this team through their first 40 games.
When the Rangers signed Shin-Soo Choo in the offseason, Rangers fans were told that he was an on-base machine and that is exactly what he has been. Choo leads the Rangers in batting average with a .328 and in on-base percentage with .457.
Yu Darvish was great last year, but he is off to an even better start this season. He is 3-1 with a 2.33 ERA and has struck out 54 batters in 46.1 innings. There are question marks throughout the Rangers' starting rotation, but Darvish is not one of them.
The Rangers spent the offseason trying to add power to their lineup, but so far it has not came to fruition. Texas only has 25 home runs as a team and Prince Fielder, the man they thought would bring the power, only has three. Texas must hope that as the temperature heats up, the lineup will heat up with it.
Robbie Ross and Tanner Scheppers each pitched their way into the starting rotation with extraordinary Spring Training outings. Unfortunately, neither was able to carry their spring success over into the regular season. Scheppers was horrible and then got injured. Ross has been bad, but is still currently in the rotation. Hopefully when the Rangers get healthy, both can return to their roles in the bullpen.
The Rangers'’ goal was to keep their head above water for the first couple of months and hope that their injured starters could return. The Rangers need Derek Holland, Jurickson Profar and Geovany Soto back sooner rather than later. If those guys can return, then maybe the Rangers can still get where they want to be by season’s end.
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