St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina watches as Texas Rangers' Mitch Moreland hits a home run during the third inning of Game 5 of baseball's World Series Monday, Oct. 24, 2011, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
We've talked about it numerous times on Red Fever, and it's been discussed ad nauseum around the media spectrum of Dallas-Fort Worth.
Mitch Moreland has a lot to prove in 2012. It's no secret.
After a successful half-season in the bigs in 2010, Moreland started 2011 with a bang before falling off drastically in the second half. There was a wrist injury we would learn of after the season ended that probably played a large part in his decline, but regardless, Rangers' fans were wondering if Moreland could be the first baseman of the future for the Rangers.
Then, the Prince Fielder free agent race accelerated the heat on Moreland to perform.
So a 1 for 16 start to spring training could not have been what Moreland wanted. On Sunday, Moreland seemed to get back on the right track when he went a combined 5 for 5 with two doubles in four innings each in the Rangers' B and A games.
Moreland has been tinkering with his swing throughout the spring, trying to figure out what went wrong in the second half last season.
"Sometimes bad habits are tough to break," Moreland told the Star-Telegram. "But I got a feel for it this morning and ran with it. It felt a lot better. I'm really just trying to clean everything up and be ready when April gets here. I think I'm heading in the right direction."