This is my first baseball blog. I was planning to wait until the All-Star break to talk about the Texas Rangers. I will still write that blog, which will discuss my pre-season predictions and how they are coming along. But I want to write a little about the last month. The Rangers started the season with a 5-4 record in their first 9 games, but fell to 9-18 by the end of April.
Then there was May…
It might seem silly to be excited about my team being one game over .500 and half of a game out of second place in their division. But if you think that’s silly, you are not a Rangers fan.
Here are some fun facts about the Texas Rangers this May:
- The Rangers’ record in May was 19-10. The last time they won 19 games in a month was June 1983.
- The Rangers hit .289, and .307 with runners in scoring position.
- The Rangers pitching staff had a collective ERA of 3.90. It’s the second time in 12 seasons that they have had a sub-4.00 ERA month.
- In the last two games in May (both wins against the Oakland Athletics), the Rangers did not walk a single batter. The Rangers have only done that in consecutive games three times in the last seven years.
- Michael Young is taking a 16-game hitting streak into June. Ian Kinsler is riding a 15-game hitting streak. Those are the two longest active hitting streaks in the American League.
- Ian Kinsler has stolen 15 bases without being caught.
- Frank Catalanotto (who I may have given a vulgar nickname to based on his performance in April) has 13 hits in his last 28 at-bats.
- Josh Hamilton has 61 RBI for the season, leading all of baseball. The next highest RBI total is Chase Utley with 49. Hamilton also leads the American league in hits (75), home runs (14), and slugging percentage (.604). Those stats make Josh Hamilton the second most-valuable player in fantasy baseball after Lance Berkman.
- The Rangers are tied with the Yankees… that’s just fun to say.
Keep supporting your Texas Rangers in June.
Vaya con Dios, amigos.