Rangers Look To Shake Their June Bug

Matthew IrbySenior Analyst IJuly 2, 2009

ARLINGTON, TX - JULY 1:  Designated hitter Hank Blalock #9 of the Texas Rangers watches his solo homerun against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the fourth inning at Rangers Ballpark July 1, 2009 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

First off, I can give you stats saying that this was not that bad of a month, show you that the Rangers are only a half game out of first place, or convince you that you need not worry the bats will return. 

All of that is true, but your Rangers fans and you can take the cold, hard truth.  As painful as it might be for me to say, the month of June was not good. It was not fun to watch at times, but let’s face it: June flat out sucked.

For years we have been known as a hitting team. Well, June was not one of our better months for hitting.  The team batted a combined .225, which is good for dead last in all of baseball.  That’s behind the Reds (.229), the Padres (.230), and the A’s (.232).

When it comes to one base percentage, 28 of the 30 teams were .300 or above, except for the Royals (.289) and of course, your Rangers in dead last again (.288).

The Rockies lead the Majors with 154 runs scored and 452 total bases in the month. The Rangers scored 99 times (t-12th in AL, t-22nd in ML) and had 337 total bases (last in AL and 25th in ML).

Now I’m not trying to say that all is lost and the season is about to coming to a crashing halt.  No, not at all.  These Ranger hitters are too good of baseball players to be stuck this low for the rest of the season. 

At the beginning of the month, the Rangers led the AL West over the Angels by 4.5 games.  The Rangers finished with a 11-15 record for the month and the Angels went 17-9, and gave them a 1.5 game lead in the West.

But June is over, July is here, and Hank Blalock’s walk-off two-run homer has brought the Rangers to within only a half game of the Angels.

Josh Hamilton has been hurt, Ian Kinsler is slumping, Nelson Cruz is slumping, Hank Blalock is slumping, Chris Davis has been slumping all season, and even Andruw Jones is slumping.  Don’t worry; not all these guys will stay like this the rest of the season.

And as always, the greatest thing about baseball is that tomorrow we play again.