The ‘eating and running life’ is over.
There is a team that is causing a stir in the Major League American League West Division. It’s the Texas Rangers.
On the 22nd (Korean time), Texas played a home game against the Colorado Rockies in the Major League 2023 held at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, USA, with a 13-3 victory. With this, Texas, which has won 3 consecutive wins, is currently defending first place in the American League West division with a record of 29 wins and 17 losses. Although the Houston Astros, who won the World Series last year, are on a seven-game winning streak, they are ahead of them by two games.
It was a game in which the firepower of the powerful table setter stood out. 1st hitter Marcus Semien went 2-for-3 with 1 walk, 3 RBIs and 2 runs, and 2nd hitter Corey Seager went 3-for-5 with a home run, 3 RBIs and 2 runs.
These are all players who have been playing in Texas since last year. Texas opened its wallet wide in the free agent market ahead of last season and signed a 10-year total of $ 325 million (about 428.2 billion won) with Seager and a 7-year total of $ 175 million (about 230.5 billion won) with Semien. and accelerated the reconstruction.
However, compared to the splendid ransom, the results were shabby. Seager hit 33 homers, but had a batting average of .245, on-base percentage of .317, and slugging percentage of .455. He had a .306 batting average, .394 on-base percentage, and .521 slugging percentage in 2021, when he was with the LA Dodgers. Seager, who started with a batting average of .256 in April, could not be free from the ‘eating and running controversy’ as he fell to a batting average of .214 in May and a batting average of .222 in June.
The same goes for Semien. He compiled 26 home runs and 25 stolen bases, but his .248 batting average, .304 on-base percentage, and .429 slugging percentage were not performances worthy of his ransom. Above all, in 2021, when he played for the Toronto Blue Jays, he set a new record for the most home runs in a season by a second baseman with a batting average of .265, 45 homers and 102 RBIs, but last year he did not show the same. In particular, he showed his worst start in April, when he batted .157 and hit no home runs. He had one home run all through May.
In the end, Texas had to stay in fourth place in the district with 68 wins and 94 losses even after investing a huge amount. But this year is different. Semien already has a batting average of .305, on-base percentage of .383, and slugging percentage of .492 with 7 homers, 38 RBIs and 7 stolen bases. 3 homers and 12 RBIs is impressive.
Seniors who are good at baseball are leading, and young players are also adding strength. Jacob deGrom is currently absent due to injury, but building a solid starting pitching team with Nathan Eboldi, John Gray, Martin Perez, and Andrew Heaney is also one of the reasons why Texas is on a winning streak. Here, the lineup is heavily armed with hitters who can hit at any time.메이저사이트
Josh Young, who has already hit nine home runs and is heading into his first successful big league season, joked, “We’ve got half a billion dollar guys (Seger, Semien). All the pressure is on them.” They talked about being able to run without pressure. Coincidentally, the sum of the contracts between Ciger and Semien amounts to 500 million dollars (approximately 658.8 billion won). How long can the rebellion in Texas led by the $500 million men last? It is one of the interesting points to watch the major leagues this season.