The Texas Rangers have a good pitching staff, but everybody knows that the strongest part of their roster is their offense.
It’s a talented, deep pool of impact hitters of all ages and backgrounds.
The Rangers have scored 39 runs in just seven postseason games to this point, and they still haven’t lost their first game yet.
In the regular season, only two teams scored more runs than Texas’ 881: the Atlanta Braves and the Los Angeles Dodgers.
MLB Now published a graphic detailing how the Rangers lineup came to be.
Trades, free agent signings at the right time, and amateur free agent acquisitions produced one of the best and most potent lineups in the league.
— MLB Now (@MLBNow) October 18, 2023
In the 2021-22 offseason, the one with the lockout, the Rangers invested $500 million to secure two top middle infielders: Corey Seager and Marcus Semien.
Those moves have worked masterfully: Seager completed the 2023 campaign with 75 extra-base hits in just 119 games, and a 1.013 OPS, while Semien had 29 home runs, 122 runs, and 100 RBI.
They added five useful lineup pieces in different trades: Ezequiel Duran, Mitch Garver, Jonah Heim, Adolis Garcia, and Nathaniel Lowe.
Most of those players came over via trades of established players when the Rangers weren’t built to contend, like Joey Gallo.
Josh Jung, who hit 23 homers this year as a rookie, was a draft pick, as was fellow rookie sensation Evan Carter.
Last but not least, the speedy Leody Taveras was an amateur free agent signing a few years ago.
Most of them were developed by the Rangers’ staff and coaching, and the end product has been amazing.NEXT: Stats Show The Rangers Have A Star In The Bullpen