CSS Button No Image Css3Menu.com

Baseball Prospectus home
  
  
Click here to log in Click here for forgotten password Click here to subscribe

Futures Guide 2014 is Now Available in Paperback and Three E-book Formats.

Premium and Super Premium Subscribers Get a 20% Discount at MLB.tv!

<< Previous Article
Premium Article Baseball Therapy: How ... (05/14)
<< Previous Column
Premium Article Skewed Left: Diamond M... (05/09)
Next Column >>
Premium Article Skewed Left: The Shift... (05/21)
Next Article >>
Manufactured Runs: Lis... (05/14)

May 14, 2013

Skewed Left

Replacement Rangers

by Zachary Levine


The leader of the last Rangers pitching staff to lead the league in runs allowed was Rick Honeycutt, so you know it’s been a lean few decades. Complemented by Frank Tanana, Charlie Hough, Danny Darwin, Mike Smithson and an able bullpen, that Honeycutt-led staff allowed 609 runs in 1983—11 years before the Rangers’ move to their current, hitter-friendly ballpark.

That’s an ambitious example to follow for this Rangers team, which currently leads the league in runs allowed per game, chased by another team hardly helped by its home park, the Yankees. Ultimately the third-place Tigers may catch them, helped by the more neutral Comerica Park, but that’s not really the point here. It’s that this is so unlike the construction of any Rangers team we’ve seen in this generation of the offensive explosion and immediate aftermath. This season, Texas is living at the league median on offense, eighth in runs scored per game.

Only once since 1995, when Kenny Rogers, Roger Pavlik, and Bob Tewksbury’s staff outshone Juan Gonzalez, Ivan Rodriguez, and Rusty Greer’s offense, has Texas finished a season higher in the American League rankings in run prevention than they have in run scoring, and that was in 2009, when they were seventh in runs scored and fourth in runs allowed (despite finishing eighth in ERA). Part of that has been the ballpark, but part of that has been a dearth of pitching that has gradually been addressed through better player development and one huge signing out of Japan.

While we think of the Rangers as the bomb-and-get-bombed franchise, they haven’t quite fit that mold on a consistent basis for a few years now.

Year

RS rank

The rest of this article is restricted to Baseball Prospectus Subscribers.

Not a subscriber?

Click here for more information on Baseball Prospectus subscriptions or use the buttons to the right to subscribe and get access to the best baseball content on the web.


Cancel anytime.


That's a 33% savings over the monthly price!


That's a 33% savings over the monthly price!

Already a subscriber? Click here and use the blue login bar to log in.

Related Content:  Texas Rangers,  Pitching,  Rangers

3 comments have been left for this article.

<< Previous Article
Premium Article Baseball Therapy: How ... (05/14)
<< Previous Column
Premium Article Skewed Left: Diamond M... (05/09)
Next Column >>
Premium Article Skewed Left: The Shift... (05/21)
Next Article >>
Manufactured Runs: Lis... (05/14)

RECENTLY AT BASEBALL PROSPECTUS
Fantasy Article Fantasy Freestyle: Why 70/30?
Fantasy Article Interleague Report: Week Four
The Week In Quotes: April 14-20
Premium Article What You Need to Know: Weekend Wrap-Up, 4/21
Premium Article Minor League Update: Weekend Games of April ...
Premium Article Transaction Analysis: Escape From New York, ...
Premium Article Monday Morning Ten Pack: April 21, 2014

MORE FROM MAY 14, 2013
Premium Article Punk Hits: Javier Lopez Learns BABIP
Premium Article The Prospectus Hit List: Tuesday, May 14
Premium Article Scouting the Draft: Middle Infielders to Kno...
Premium Article Transaction Analysis: Barton Parcel
Fantasy Article Sporer Report: Evaluating Early-Season Outli...
Premium Article Daily Roundup: Around the League: May 14th, ...
Fantasy Article Free Agent Watch: American League, Week Seve...

MORE BY ZACHARY LEVINE
2013-05-22 - Premium Article Skewed Left: A Somewhat Happy 40th for the I...
2013-05-21 - Premium Article Skewed Left: The Shift's PR Problem
2013-05-16 - Premium Article What You Need to Know: The Price is Not Righ...
2013-05-14 - Premium Article Skewed Left: Replacement Rangers
2013-05-09 - Premium Article Skewed Left: Diamond Mining
2013-05-07 - Premium Article Skewed Left: Juan Pierre's Age-Inappropriate...
2013-04-30 - Premium Article Skewed Left: Explaining Chase Utley's Stolen...
More...

MORE SKEWED LEFT
2013-05-28 - Premium Article Skewed Left: The Real Future Yankees
2013-05-22 - Premium Article Skewed Left: A Somewhat Happy 40th for the I...
2013-05-21 - Premium Article Skewed Left: The Shift's PR Problem
2013-05-14 - Premium Article Skewed Left: Replacement Rangers
2013-05-09 - Premium Article Skewed Left: Diamond Mining
2013-05-07 - Premium Article Skewed Left: Juan Pierre's Age-Inappropriate...
2013-04-30 - Premium Article Skewed Left: Explaining Chase Utley's Stolen...
More...