The Texas Rangers have put together yet another great lineup, surrounded by horrific pitching. The 1 through 4 hitters of the lineup made a trip to the all-star game. The offense has scored 40 more runs than any team in baseball. Josh Hamiton is well on his way to a 160 RBI season. Ian Kinsler is stealing bases and getting on base at a great rate. Milton Bradley has focused on baseball and is an on base machine. Michael Young is working on yet another 200 hit season.
They are not what I am here to focus on. Hidden in all of their greatness, a 22 year old BEAST has arrived. He is a Texas boy, who (hold your laughter) has dreamed of being a Texas Ranger. The Rangers have had an incredible ability to churn out great first baseman and see them on their way. Hopefully this habit will come to an end with this young man. Mark Teixera, Adrian Gonzalez, Travis Hafner, Carlos Pena, hopefully the carousel has ended with a man better than all of them.
Chris Davis or Crush Davis as the broadcasting team has called him. A 6'4", 235 pound third baseman turned first baseman. On June 26th, he made his major league debut, with a pinch hit single. On June 27th, he made his first start and procceded to blast a 2 run homer that evening. The numbers this kid has put together in one month in the bigs are impressive to say the very least. In 25 games and 89 major league at-bats, he has hit a strong .303 with 10 home runs and 20 RBI's. His slugging percentage is a robust .730. I realize that projections are silly but, do the math and the man is hitting at a 60 homer rate. A home run every 9 at bats.
He has also played some very good first base, for a kid still learning the position. He has made one error and has made some spectacular plays over there. Even though he is a lefty, he has had no problems with lefties, hitting a remarkable .393 with 4 homers. So now I will hear from the Rangers skeptics about how he is doing it at our hitters park. Sure, he is hitting .314 with 5 homers and 9 RBI in Arlington. Thing is, he is hitting .296 with 5 homers and 11 RBI on the road. That has also been against some of the best staffs in the American league.
I realize 25 games is a small sample and his fortunes can change quickly. Just keep in mind, this kid was blowing through every level of minor league ball at an even higher rate than this. The Rangers get absolutely no play from the networks that do sports "all the time". So I just would like to say, if you ever get a chance to check out a Rangers game, don't just watch the big 4, cause looming down in the lineup may be the......
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