The Texas Rangers are 15-7 and tied for the second best record in the majors. Their pitching leads the American league in earned run average. The offense is getting it done ranking in the top ten in most categories. But there is one small problem.
The difficulty in hitting left handed pitching.
Most fans will be quick to point fingers at David Murphy and Mitch Moreland. Murphy is currently hitting .230 against lefties while Moreland is hitting .111. Moreland is worst on the team but there are two players between him and Murphy: Ian Kinsler (.160) and Elvis Andrus (.143).
I realize that the season is relatively early and I shouldn't be too concerned. One thing I'm sure of is that Kinsler and Andrus will improve. Murphy and Moreland I'm not so sure of. Especially Moreland. It may be time for the team to move on.
But how so?
Everyone is talking about Texas trading for Giancarlo Stanton. If Moreland is still struggling at that point it opens up several options. Moreland could be sent down. Or Jeff Baker could be sent down making Moreland a bench player. By having Stanton Texas could move Nelson Cruz to the DH spot and Lance Berkman could conceivably be the first baseman. And Moreland really wouldn't have to bat that often. He could just be a ninth inning defensive substitution.
One can have dreams.
Until anything happens I would simply love to see Moreland turn things around. But he's already had two seasons to do it. Why will this one be any different?