Six games into the 2019 MLB season, the Texas Rangers find themselves 4-2. For the first time since 2013, the Rangers begin a season winning their first two series of the season. The Rangers are under the leadership and guidance of new manager in Chris Woodward. The team is playing their final season at Globe Life Park. They’re looking to finish their story with a happy ending.
As result of the convincing start to the season, the Rangers are second in the American League West standings. However, after spending much of the last two years stuck in fourth and fifth place, the Rangers are determined to defy the odds and win the division again for the first time since 2016.
Here’s what we learned so far:
Resilience: The Rangers are sitting with a 4-2 record. Three of those wins are come-from-behind. Suffering a humiliating and frustrating 12-4 loss at home on Opening Day, the Rangers managed to win to the next two games to take the series. Losing their first game of their second series, the Rangers found a way to win the next two.
Furthermore, in all three of their come-from-behind win, Texas never led early in the game. The Rangers refusing to allow what’s plagued them since in the last two seasons; being buried alive.
The Rangers are beginning to develop a strong ability to be resilient. The last two years, the Rangers have not had any motivation. By showing strong resilience, they may be drawing closer into finding the motivation they’ve been looking for.
Team Effort and Trust: Texas’ 5.67 ERA places them 25th in the league. On top of that, Texas’ pitching is 28th in strikeouts(40) having allowed the sixth most runs in the league(34) and third most hits(65).
On a positive note, the field is tied for second in the league in double plays and they’ve only committed two errors. Catching a total of three runners attempting to steal ties them for the second in the league. A total of 58 assists.
Furthermore, the batting is eigth in the league in homers(10) and sixth in scoring(34). Unfortuntaely, their 44 hits pushes them back to 21st.
While their stats are not the best in the league, they’re still making the effort to win games. The players seem to trust each other and are all on the same page. They’re winning through a strategy that involves brilliant resilience as a result of unique team chemistry and trust. In other words, they’re winning with team effort.
Reconstruction: During the off-season, the Rangers made several new additions to the coaching staff. Wanting to put an end to a two-year nightmare, the Rangers decided to start from scratch and put together a new system.
To go along with their new manager, they added a new pitching coach, as well as a bullpen coach. Since pitching has been a major issue in the past two years, the Rangers front office did well to bring in new names.
Furthermore, the Rangers signed veteran players Jeff Mathis, Adsrubal Cabrera and Hunter Pence. The addition of Mathis, Cabrera and Pence brings more veteran expertise to the clubhouse to teach and motivate the younger players. Furthermore, their leadership and expertise combined with the experience of Elvis Andrus and Shin-Soo Choo provides more veteran expertise in the clubhouse.
The Rangers are now going on the road for six games on the west coast. At any rate, the Rangers must continue to keep the winning alive. Texas would love nothing more to return to Arlington having won their first four series of the season.