MLB News: Texas Rangers Struggling Despite Offseason Moves

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Jon Conahan

Coming into the 2022 MLB season, everybody thought that the Texas Rangers would be one of the top teams in all of baseball because of the moves they made during the offseason. Texas decided to go out and get two superstar middle infielders in Corey Seager and Marcus Semien, but those moves have not paid off yet.

The Rangers currently have the worst record in the American League, sitting at 6-13.

Corey Seager Struggling In New Uniform

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Corey Seager has been regarded as one of the top shortstops in all of baseball. Unfortunately, Seager has had to go through some brutal injuries throughout his career. He's only played in over 100 games three times throughout his career, but when he is on the field, there's certainly an argument that he is the top shortstop in the game.

With the Texas Rangers, he's hitting .257 with only two home runs and 13 strikeouts through 74 at-bats. This isn't too bad, but for a guy that's making as much money as Corey Seager and has the reputation of being one of the best players in baseball, he needs to be better.

Seager's best year came during the 2016 season when he hit .308 with 26 home runs for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Marcus Semien Playing The Worst He Ever Has

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Marcus Semien was one of the best players in baseball a season ago, as he finished in the top three in MVP voting after he hit .265 with 45 home runs and 102 RBIs. Throughout his career with the Oakland Athletics, he showed some power, including hitting 33 home runs in the 2019 season, but this was undoubtedly his best year as a professional.

Semien is now hitting just .158 with the Texas Rangers in 76 at-bats, including striking out 17 times and not hitting any home runs.

Root Of The Rangers Problems

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The root of all the problems for the Texas Rangers is their below-average pitching. The Rangers currently have the fourth-worst ERA in all of baseball at 4.74 and have also allowed hitters to leave the yard against them 28 times, which leads the MLB.

In Major League Baseball, if you want to be a team that finds success, it all starts on the mound.

Can Texas Turn Their Season Around?

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Quite frankly, it would be unlikely at the moment if the Texas Rangers do start figuring this thing out. They have some of the best offensive players in baseball, and it's to be expected that both Marcus Semien and Corey Seager, along with some others, will get going eventually.

However, with their below-average pitching staff, it's tough to say that the Rangers will find the type of success that people thought they were going to this season.