With the bullpen in disarray, and the lineup being streaky, and the addition of a struggling rotation, the amount of light radiating from Globe Life Park in Arlington seems to be very dim.
The truth is the future is very bright for this young star powered team. With an infield made up of Elvis Andrus, Adrian Beltre, Rougned Odor, and Joey Gallo, the infield could soon become one of the best in the league.
Elvis Andrus is putting up career numbers including his career high 11 HRs for a season in just the first half of the season. A batting average above the .300 mark, and slugging and OPS at career highs Elvis is starting to prove again just why he was worth the money, and showing to be a consistent bright spot in the Rangers lineup. Let us not forget about his team leading 20 stolen bases.
Adrian Beltre has continued to show that he is a force to be reckoned with when healthy, and has even put up solid numbers while battling an ankle injury through 28 games this season.
Joey Gallo has been a major success story so far this year for the Rangers. The power hitting lefty so far has put up a .300 OBP on top of the 21 HRs under his belt. With the power to hit bombs such as the 454-ft opposite field HR the other night, and the discipline to add .107 to his average, creating a .300 OBP, Joey Gallo has shown to be a strong asset to the Rangers lineup.
Backup catcher Robinson Chirinos has also posted solid numbers, and could prove to be the reason the Rangers look to trade Lucroy at some time before the deadline. In just 34 games,Chirinos has hit 12 HRs, and owns an OBP of .325.
The outfield of the Rangers also includes the likes of Nomar Mazara, Delino DeShields, Carlos Gomez, and more. They have the young talent and potential to have multiple future all-stars.
Delino appears to be moving back towards the form that he took as a rookie, being patient at the plate and an asset on the bases, with 18 stolen bases trailing, Andrus by 2 for the team lead. DeShields has posted an OBP of .345 up to this point, and has been a solid hitter out of the leadoff spot as of late.
While Nomar Mazara has not put up amazing numbers, he has shown the potential to be a future all-star. With a cannon on defense and a bat with the potential to bat around .300 and hit a solid number of HRs in the future, Nomar could be a future HOFer if he reaches his full potential.
While pitchers such as Cole Hamels and Tony Barnette struggling, the Rangers still have multiple bright spots in the pitching staff. To add on the those 2, Dario Alvarez and Alex Claudio have posted 2.76 ERAs and look to be bright relievers for the Rangers.
The rotation has also added on Tyson Ross, who appeared to be back into all-star form in his last start, allowing just 2 hits through 6 innings while pitching in the Rangers 2-1 win over the Cleveland Indians.
While the Rangers are a game below .500 and most likely out of the playoffs, there are plenty of things pointing to a much bigger number in the win column for the Rangers in the near future.