Ian Desmond isn't getting off to the start he'd hoped he would with the Texas Rangers. No one can argue that. Even though he's a notoriously slow starter, Desmond had to have been hoping for better than this — .140 batting average with 16 strikeouts in his first 13 games and one extra-base hit (a double).
To give you an idea of how bad it's been, Desmond's two hits on Tuesday night in the Rangers' 7-5 win over Houston are counted in those numbers as he seemed to benefit from a few days off.
Desmond was given a day on Saturday as he was mired in an awful slump. On Sunday, the Rangers were rained out, and then came Monday's scheduled off-day for the club. So you can bet he was itching to get back to action on Tuesday, and he did just that.
Desmond went 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI on Tuesday, and one of his outs was about as loud an out as you can have — a shot to dead center that backed the Astros' center fielder all the way up to the wall to make the catch.
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Whatever he did in those three days off seemed to give Desmond a bit of rejuvenation. Now, he just has to carry over the positives from Tuesday.