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Wednesday, October 03, 2012
Nausea? Numbness? Feelings of impending doom? All are symptoms of a major Panic Disbattingorder!
Issue No. 1: Ron Washington’s determination to stick with Michael Young. His artificially OK batting line of .277/.313/.370 masks that he just isn’t very good. His OPS+ of 78 is higher than just four other AL qualifiers—Mike Aviles, Alexei Ramirez, Yunel Escobar and Jemile Weeks. Those guys are all middle infielders; Young is the team’s primary designated hitter. We get it; Young is a respected veteran making a lot of money who helped the Rangers reach the past two World Series. This is a case where the front office needed to step in and acquire a better player or tell Washington to give those at-bats to somebody else.
As we’ve seen these past two nights in Oakland, the Rangers aren’t the same offensive juggernaut away from Arlington.
Road: .262/.321/.423 (before Tuesday’s game)
Ian Kinsler may be the biggest culprit here. His dead-pull swing works great in the left-field launching pad in Texas, where he’s hit .293 with 14 home runs. But on the road he’s hit .223 with five home runs. Yet Washington continues to him leadoff because he’s the leadoff hitter and Washington prefers a set lineup.
Posted: October 03, 2012 at 05:16 AM | 6 comment(s)
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