Sep 30, 2015; Baltimore, MD, USA; Toronto Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista (19) celebrates with teammates after hitting a solo home run in the ninth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Toronto Blue Jays defeated Baltimore Orioles 15-2 and clinched the A.L. East division. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
How Big Are Those Bats?
It’s no secret that the Rangers have a talented offense. They have plenty of big bats throughout their starting 9. And quite a few guys who can come off the bench and do it too. The Rangers as a team made it to the playoffs with a resurgence of their offense and revitalization of their pitching. But how potent is that offense really? The Rangers scored a total of 751 runs this season which is good for third place among all teams.
This is of course behind the Jays’ ridiculous 891 runs scored. So pretty even match? The Blue Jays not only mashed runs all season, but they did so with a run differential of 221 runs. That’s still good for first. The Rangers? Their run differential is 18. Which ranks 14th in the Majors. So while the Rangers can mash, they sure let their opponents do as well.
If we are looking at an arms race of big bats, let’s look at the big three from each team. The trio of Fielder, Moreland, and Choo combined for 223 Runs, 68 Home Runs, and 265 RBI’s. Let’s contrast this to our own big three (you know who they are), who compiled 324 Runs, 120 Home Runs, and 348 RBI’s. The numbers put up by the Rangers’ big three resemble the number the numbers that our 4-6 guys do.
The Rangers feature some profile and powerful heavy lifters, but the bottom their order as struggled mightily to contribute. The Rangers have also struggled with more than their share of injuries this year as well. Which has limited their plate appearances and as mentioned before their defensive capabilities. They’ve also proven that when the going gets tough….
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