The Texas Rangers have rolled into the 2016 season in dominant fashion. The Rangers are 46-25 and currently sit a top the AL West along with the American League.
— MLB Stat of the Day (@MLBStatoftheDay) June 21, 2016
To many surprise, the Rangers are simply finding ways to win. Although many games may not be pretty, the “Never Ever Quit” Rangers find a will and a way to come out with the victory.
The Rangers offense has been propelled by newly acquired OF Ian Desmond. Despite much criticism due to a rough beginning, Desmond has woken up the haters with his bat. Desmond is currently batting .312 with 11 home runs and 56 runs batted in.
Also swinging the bat well is top prospect Nomar Mazara. The outfielder has come into the league with a bang. In only 62 games, Mazara is hitting .292 with 11 home runs and 30 runs batted in. Mazara also holds the record for the longest home run on the season for the moonshot he hit on March 24 against the Angels.
Nomar Mazara's home run went an estimated 491 feet. 3rd longest ball hit in the Statcast era. pic.twitter.com/9bkzqegjFI
— Baseball Fam (@ShtBallPlayrsDo) May 25, 2016
On the flipside of things, the Rangers have been led by strong pitching from ace Cole Hamels. Hamels is currently 7-1 with a 2.88 ERA and continues to lead the Rangers pitching staff despite the move from the National League. Behind Hamels is the ageless Colby Lewis. So far, Lewis is perfect in 2016 posting a 6-0 record with a 2.81 ERA.
The Rangers look to continue their dominance and they look to do it as they are now welcoming back Yu Darvish and Shin-Soo Choo. Darvish recently went to the DL with a shoulder issue, but should be back soon. The Rangers will host the Cincinnati Reds for a series spanning from June 21-22.