When Will The King Return
One could mention the need to get him reined in on appropriate times to bunt. If Wash is calling for a bunt because that’s the most effective thing he feels Elvis can do, then that’s on Wash. If Elvis is getting to choose when to bunt, then that’s a slightly different matter. The best thing for him to do at least his first three at bats is to try and either get a hit or take a walk, especially when he’s looking to get back into a groove. I’d really like to see him grind out his at bats and not yield sac bunts so early.
At the beginning of his career (2009), one of the things that contributed to Elvis’ power was the way he would step into his swing. He planted his left foot, which would help his balance and allow him to get good rotation in his torso and hips and translate that into power to drive the ball. In the middle of the 2011 season, he started employing a double foot-tap to step into his swing. The tap has worked fairly well since then, but if you look at his foot movements at the plate now, his tap has weakened and it appears to look more like he’s just dragging his foot across the box instead. I’d like to see him get back to the swing he had when he started, which would look a lot like it does here. A solid footing helps balance his body and helps him create the most power, even if the result is an authoritative single and not a home run.
I love Elvis Andrus, Texas Ranger. He is an essential part of this team and a lot would be lost without him being in Arlington. All that being said, it’s frustrating to see him struggle at the plate, especially when his defense is so good and we know that he’s capable of being productive at the plate. The good thing is, he isn’t lazy or unmotivated. He will be back and will once again contribute to both sides of the game, just give him time and trust that he will take care of business.
Thanks, as always, for reading. Go Rangers!