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Moreland's Struggles Are Persisting

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    Mitch Moreland in Oct., 2010.

    Mitch Moreland has grown on Texas Rangers fans in a hurry.

    Since snatching the first baseman job right out of Chris Davis' hands last season and being a star in the postseason, it was easy to like the soft-spoken, southern-drawl-talkin' Moreland.

    He works pitchers, has great battles at the plate and has versatility in the field with the ability to play in right field as well.

    But as of late, Moreland hasn't been doing much right at the plate, and those at-bats aren't coming out too well for the second-year player.

    In his last 10 games, Moreland has a grand total of three hits with 11 strikeouts and has watched his average dip from .275 to .264 in a flash.

    Moreland had a nice little stretch for basically the entire month of August, when he had his average as high as .282 but has since fallen off drastically, so much so that he might be the weakest link in the Rangers potent lineup right now.

    With a day off Thursday, Moreland takes on an Oakland team with some decent starting pitching this weekend, and for his career, he's a .270 hitter against the A's.

    Tonight would be a good night to bust out of this slump against former Rangers pitcher Brandon McCarthy. If not, it might be time for a day off soon.