The Offense is Loaded with Blanks

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Since April 29th, when Kyle Blanks was called up to replace Mitch Moreland after his surgery, the Ranger’s offense has taken a noticeable upturn. The Ranger’s record since his call up (5-3) is less than outstanding but is improvement on the doldrums in which the Rangers have stewed the last 190 games. Losing a series in Anaheim compiled with a sweep in Arlington by the Mariners grew a more desperate need for some spark. Many thought it might come after late inning heroics in the Anaheim finale when all of Rangers twitter begged Mitch Moreland to be their game savior. The cow bell school graduate obliged and then Leonys Martin did what he does second best: hit extra inning go-ahead dingers.

Alas no. The Rangers had to lose three more games before they would hit their stride. Blanks hit a long ball in his first Ranger at bat of the year and all felt dandy up five runs at home to the A’s. Think again. Blanks did provide a spark to a rather sparkless offense that day which carried on. The next day Blanks racked up four hits and his batting average has yet to dip below .300 since.

With Blanks’ help, the Rangers ended an Astros 10 game win streak. That’s not a sentence I thought I would write any time this season. As I said a few weeks ago “I strongly believe that baseball enjoys making folks look stupid.” And I will keep saying that until baseball makes me look stupid for doing so, which will happen pretty soon. Blanks isn’t the only dude on an offensive tear. Shin-Soo Choo since his time off, has a six game hitting streak going into the series with Tampa Bay. Elvis Andrus has been on base 19 times in the 10 games before the Tampa series. Most importantly Adrian Beltre was a doubles machine in Houston, hitting a double in every game of the series.

Call me a cliche but I’m a sucker for offensive explosions. Games like that take me back to a simpler time when it wasn’t so painful to be a Rangers fan most days. Don’t get me wrong I thoroughly enjoy watching Wandy Rodriguez and Ross Detwiler look like Aces, but I’d rather see Beltre and Fielder mash dingers all day every day. Yes Kyle Blanks is making the Texas Rangers more entertaining to watch because baseball is incredibly weird some times. The Rangers are getting back to that smash mouth offense many love and might get some All-Stars because of it. OK that’s the last stupid joke this article, I promise. So thank you Kyle Blanks for keeping baseball beautifully unpredictable. We’re all hoping this hot streak lasts a long time and we’ll be riding it with you til the next one comes around.

 

Brice Paterik
Brice is a Junior Journalism major at Texas Tech University in pursuit of a career in Sports Journalism. Growing up in Dallas his whole life, Brice has been a Rangers fan since before he batted against a machine. He's a sucker for a high ceiling athletic prospect without a hit tool or 20 year olds who throw 100 mph and can't hit the zone. He over values every prospect and is a hopeless romantic for baseball. She's broken his heart a million times but he will always come back for more.

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