Give It To Me, Lance
No, it wasn’t over when “the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor,” and it’s not over now. But with the Rangers in such a deep team-wide hitting slump heading into the season’s final 16 games that even the always-dependable Adrian Beltre has gone cold at the plate, they find themselves in urgent need of a consistent offensive jolt.
That jolt won’t come from Nelson Cruz until the playoffs – at the earliest – and more likely not until spring training, if his teammates’ bats don’t come alive ASAP. Relying upon a three-headed DH rotation of Jurickson Profar, Jim Adduci and Joey Butler doesn’t seem to be a likely recipe for success, given how many more career minor league at-bats that trio has than trips to the batter’s box in the bigs.
So, where can the Rangers find that bat they so desperately need right now?
Berkman certainly hasn’t shown much, if anything, this year to indicate he’s that bat. But he certainly owes it to his team and their fans to step up and try to start delivering at a level closer to what the Rangers thought they were getting when they signed him.
If Berkman can just bookend this season with a hot streak at the end of it similar to the one he posted at its start (.319/.449/.486 with 15 RBI for the month of April), that could be just the catalyst this team needs to propel it into the postseason. Sure it’s a long shot, but he’s done it before – and it wasn’t all that long ago. Stranger things have happened…