Is it me or is Mitch Moreland getting kinda good? Yes, I realize he hasn't had a hit in five games. Talking big picture here. I've never been too hot on Mitch. Or cold really. Ambivalent. He did put one in the upper deck in game 5 of the world series, which I loudly shouted my approval of at my TV. We know he can make the ball go away far. We also know he builds a fine sand castle*. But he hasn’t, as yet, shown much more than glimpses of the hitting ability. For now though, it looks he's maybe finally finding his stride at the plate.
He can also play right field, which makes him almost as versatile as that first baseman we used to have (whose stats, particularly run production, are eerily similar to Mitch's) who saved a game on the mound for that team managed by that guy who used to manage us. What is that dude's name? We traded him for that bullpen guy with the 1.37 era who only gives up runs on solo home runs (Japanese Colby Lewis?).
Ninth. That's good. Not freakish Kevin Elster 1996 hitting 9th good (Yeah. Look it up), but all told, very good. Imagine if he goes all Mike Napoli in the second half of last year. Granted, Nap Nap’s 2nd half last year would look nice on anybody. But you get the idea.
***He hits 9th in about half of the Rangers’ games & 62% of the time he’s in the lineup.Consider the Rangers 9th place hitters compared to Boston's (the other AL team scoring big runs). Rangers:.284/7/28 to Boston:.208/3/16. Wow. Mitch Moreland is a big part of that.