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Entries in Texas Rangers (77)

Tuesday
Sep112012

The specious Texas Rangers single-season home run leaders

The semi-sweet 16.

I'm just saying...

The Washington Senators/Texas Rangers 1961 - 2012

RkPlayerHR    Year
1 Alex Rodriguez 57       2002
2 Alex Rodriguez 52       2001
3 Frank Howard 48       1969
4 Alex Rodriguez 47       2003
5 Rafael Palmeiro 47       2001
6 Rafael Palmeiro 47       1999
7 Juan Gonzalez 47       1996
8 Juan Gonzalez 46       1993
9 Juan Gonzalez 45       1998
10 Frank Howard 44       1970
11 Frank Howard 44       1968
12 Mark Teixeira 43       2005
13 Rafael Palmeiro 43       2002
14 Juan Gonzalez 43       1992
15 Juan Gonzalez 42       1997
16 Josh Hamilton 40       2012
Provided by Baseball-Reference.comView Play Index Tool Used
Generated 9/11/2012.
Saturday
Sep012012

Adrian Beltre’s august (adjective) August (noun)

Adrian Beltre and the Texas Rangers had a great August.

Last night Beltre had four hits and two runs scored in the Ranger’s 5-3 win over the Indians. With the win the Rangers matched a team record for wins in August having also won 19 in August 1975 and 1977.

Beltre has been even hotter than the Rangers who celebrated their third month this season with 17+wins (17-6 in April; 19-9 in June). Beltre has gone 17-36 (.472) with 14 RBI in his last nine games hit .472 (17 for 36) with 14 RBIs in his last nine games. After a soft July, Beltre has been huge as the Rangers led the majors in runs in August.

Beltre had 10 games in August in which he had multiple hits and the Rangers were 8-2 in those games:

RkDateOppRsltABRH2B3BHRRBI
1 2012-08-31 CLE W 5-3 5 2 4 2 0 0 1
2 2012-08-27 TBR W 6-5 3 1 3 1 0 1 4
3 2012-08-24 MIN W 8-0 4 1 4 1 1 1 3
4 2012-08-23 MIN W 10-6 5 2 3 1 0 1 1
5 2012-08-22 BAL W 12-3 5 3 3 0 0 3 5
6 2012-08-21 BAL L 3-5 4 0 2 1 0 0 0
7 2012-08-18 TOR W 2-1 4 1 2 1 0 0 0
8 2012-08-16 NYY W 10-6 3 2 2 0 0 0 3
9 2012-08-11 DET W 2-1 4 0 2 0 0 0 0
10 2012-08-05 KCR L 6-7 4 1 3 1 0 0 1
Provided by Baseball-Reference.comView Play Index Tool Used
Generated 9/1/2012.

As you can see from the chart above, Beltre had his first career three-homer game and hit for the cycle for the second time in his career on 8/24 when he became the player in major league history to hit for the cycle in the same ballpark as a visiting and home player.

Take a look at Beltre's .258 July:

Now, look at how Beltre owned the middle, lower, and outside portions of the plate in August when he hit .333:

 

Beltre month-by-month:

SplitGSABRH2B3BHRRBIBAOBPSLGOPS
April/March 20 81 13 26 6 0 4 13 .321 .356 .543 .900
May 23 101 15 32 6 0 6 21 .317 .327 .554 .882
June 28 108 17 37 6 0 4 18 .343 .392 .509 .901
July 23 93 12 24 2 0 4 9 .258 .289 .409 .697
August 29 111 19 37 9 1 7 21 .333 .384 .622 1.006
Provided by Baseball-Reference.comView Original Table
Generated 9/1/2012.
Saturday
Aug252012

Adrian Beltre's Cycle

With the most violent swing this side of Bryce Harper, Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre takes cuts so hard that he'll occasionally end up on one knee at home plate. Beltre didn't end up kneeling after any of his base knocks while hitting for the cycle against the Twins last night, but he brought Twins pitchers Samuel Dedundo and Kyle Waldrop to their knees by doing what he does best: bludgeoning pitches thrown below the belt.

All four of Beltre's hits came on pitches thrown in the lower half of the strike zone. Beltre tripled off the left-center field wall on a middle-of-the-plate curveball from Dedundo in the first inning and lined a low Dedundo fastball to left field in the second. He then homered on a low curve from Dedundo in the fifth, nearly losing his balance as the ball screamed into the left field stands, and finally singled on a low Waldrop fastball in the seventh:

Location of Beltre's hits, 8/24/12

 

Lashing lower-half pitches is nothing new for Beltre. Check out his slugging percentage by pitch location against pitches thrown at or below the belt:

 

Among qualified hitters, only Boy Wonder Mike Trout, Edwin Encarnacion, A.J. Pierzynski, Austin Jackson and now-suspended Melky Cabrera have a higher slugging percentage against lower-half pitches this season. :

Highest slugging percentage vs. lower-half pitches, 2012

BatterSlugging Pct.
Mike Trout .636
Edwin Encarnacion .604
A. J. Pierzynski .573
Austin Jackson .569
Melky Cabrera .567
Adrian Beltre .563
Ryan Braun .562
Jason Heyward .558
Andrew McCutchen .549
Josh Hamilton .539
MLB Avg. .386

 

 

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