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Texas Rangers Need to Wake Up the Offense: Fan Opinion

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The All-Star break cannot come soon enough for the Texas Rangers. That's really all I need to say. I could stop this article right there and people would know what I'm talking about. The offense does not appear to be waking up anytime soon and the players are starting to look worn down. Things need to change and it all starts with the lineup. Now before you read any further and decide that I'm an idiot who knows nothing about baseball let me point out a few stats for you.

1. Mike Napoli cannot hit left-handed pitching this year. His average against lefties has fallen to .155 whereas his average against righties is .272. Last season against lefties he hit .319. That is a huge decline.

2. Michael Young needs to be moved down in the lineup. Yes I realize that he is a career .303 hitter when he bats fifth. Last season he hit .351 in that spot. This year it has dropped to .273 and still declining. I know his supporters will say that he's just in a slump but sooner or later they are going to have to realize that he's just getting older.

3. Brandon Snyder deserves more time. Yes you read that right. He can catch, play first base, play third base and play in the outfield. People tend to moan when they see him in the field but the fact of the matter is he can play defense. He has no errors so far this season which of course translates to a 1.000 fielding percentage. Then you take a look at his offensive numbers. He has a slash line of .296/.333/.481 with three home runs and nine RBI in fifty-four at bats. Now I realize this is a small sample size but he really deserves more chances to prove himself. The only thing that bothers me is that he has a high K/BB rate of just a little over seven.

So with that being said I will show you my lineups. Keep in mind this will never happen because Ron Washington fears change and his gut tells him to keep the guys where they are.

Versus LHP

1. Ian Kinsler (2B)

2. Elvis Andrus (SS)

3. Josh Hamilton (LF)

4. Adrian Beltre (3B)

5. Nelson Cruz (RF)

6. Michael Young (DH)

7. Brandon Snyder (1B)

8. Yorvit Torrealba (C)

9. Craig Gentry (CF)

Versus RHP

1. Ian Kinsler (2B)

2. Elvis Andrus (SS)

3. Josh Hamilton (CF)

4. Adrian Beltre (3B)

5. Nelson Cruz (RF)

6. David Murphy (LF)

7. Michael Young (DH)

8. Mike Napoli (1B)

9. Yorvit Torrealba (C)

Now there are different schools of thought amongst fans as to what Texas should go after before the traded deadline. Some fans want an extra bat in the outfield. By bat they mean "power". Then there are those fans who think Texas should go after another infielder. And finally there is that vast majority that wants another starting pitcher (which creates a big logjam). I feel the pitching will be okay when everyone returns from the disabled list. I think the outfield and infield will be okay. I think Texas should look at improving at catcher. Last year was a great one for Mike Napoli but this year's Napoli is what Texas traded for: low average and lots of home runs. Torrealba is slumping. A third catcher might help. Or Texas could use Snyder at catcher again and give the guys some rest.

But then again this is why I write about baseball and don't have a job managing the game.

Until next time, I'll see you in the cheap seats!

James Holland is a lifelong fan of baseball and his hometown Texas Rangers. He is also a senior columnist for shutdowninning.com and clawandantlernation.com and a member of SABR. You can also follow him on Twitter @SDIJamesHolland.

Sources:

http://texasrangers.com

http://fangraphs.com

http://baseball-reference.com

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