The Texas Rangers have just completed their worst offensive month in memory, and one of the worst in the history of baseball since the designated hitter was instituted in the American League.
The Rangers hit a cool .210 as a team in April, which is good for the worst month in MLB history with the DH rule in effect. Their .611 OPS is second-worst in the DH era. Things are bad — really bad — and they don't seem to be getting much better with Mitch Moreland now on the DL as he was one of just a couple of Rangers carrying their weight at the plate.
Rangers general manager Jon Daniels passed the blame for the record offensive woes all around the organization.
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“There is concern,” Daniels told reporters on Wednesday before the team managed just five hits in its final April game against Mariners ace Felix Hernandez. “We are a better team than this. Every one of us share in it. Every one of us feels it, nobody more so than [hitting instructor] Dave Magadan. We have talked about it, but the only thing that turns it around is continuing to work. We want to see a confident aggressive, toughness when they get in the box.”
Jeff Banister was straight livid in his postgame press conference and seemed pretty frustrated with his team's lack of offensive approach. One night, they're too passive and strike out 11 times, and the next night they're swinging at stuff out of the zone and making weak contact.
All of that has led the Rangers to the worst record in the American League as they close the book on April.
“Yeah, I think we can flip the calendar now,” Banister told the Morning News.
Ain't that the truth.