One thing that I have noticed this year has been fan reactions to the home runs that Mitch Moreland has hit with several people saying they are meaningless. Now I know that a run is a run regardless of the situation, but I thought I would look more into it. Just so you understand a meaningless home run is usually when a player hasn’t done anything all game and then finally hits a solo shot in the last three innings that has little or no effect on the outcome of the game. For example if a player goes 0-for-3 and then in his fourth at bat in the eighth inning he hits a solo shot with his team down 10-3 and, if in those previous three at-bats he left runners on base, then it’s a meaningless home run. It looks nice as far as stats go but where was your bat when we needed it most?
Whatever the case may be it’s obvious that Moreland seems to find a groove as the game goes on which is indicated by the late inning home runs with five coming in the eighth inning. And it’s really not fair to label any home run as meaningless. I just wish, like many fans do, that he would hit them with runners on, as six of his dingers have been solo shots. However, the Rangers’ problems with RISP is another article entirely.