Losing Hamilton Hurts, Rangers Built to Play Through It
Things certainly took a turn for the worse for the Rangers in Detroit, dropping the last two games and losing the AL MVP in the process, but the Rangers are good at bouncing back and have a roster built to withstand injuries.
I'm not going to get into the play that knocked Hamilton out of the lineup for the next 6-8 weeks, it was beyond stupid, but it happened and the Rangers will move on.
I'm also not going to get into the unusual things from the last two games that always seem to happen when the Rangers play in Detroit, except to politely request that Major League Baseball search Comerica Park for a dead chicken and a JoBu doll wearing a Rangers cap.
The Rangers lost their first series of the season and the record stands at a still impressive 9-3, it's as simple as that.
Thanks to a very deep roster put together by Rangers GM Jon Daniels the Rangers can do more than simply survive the next 2 months without Hamilton in the lineup.
David Murphy has been a luxury for the Rangers the past few years as Texas has used him as the fourth outfielder despite his ability to play the corner positions on an everyday basis.
He now gets his chance to prove he's capable of being a starting outfielder in this league.
Julio Borbon has bounced back from a rocky spring and solidified the Rangers outfield with Cruz and now Murphy as the regular corner outfielders.
Anyone that has seen Murphy take batting practice will notice he has more than enough power to take over in the middle of the order and will play a good defensive left field.
The Rangers still have Cruz, Adrian Beltre and the combination of Michael Young, Mitch Moreland and Mike Napoli to keep the Rangers offense going strong.
More importantly, the Rangers quick start out of the gate was fueled by the pitching of the back-end of the Rangers rotation, not the offense despite leading the league in most offensive categories.
The Rangers rotation is among the league leaders and the three best starters so far this season are lined up to pitch in New York so the Rangers are still as good as their 9-3 start suggests, even without Hamilton in the lineup.
Still, losing his presence in the lineup will hurt and the Rangers aren't naive enough to say otherwise so the rest of the Rangers sluggers are going to have to step up despite seeing less pitches to drive.
As long as the pitching and defense continue to come through the Rangers will be just fine and the offense is still loaded with sluggers that can carry the team into the summer months while Hamilton's arm heals.
At least he'll be fresh for the second half of the season.