We have less than two weeks left in the 2018 MLB regular season, and thus we are starting to see retrospectives on teams that have fallen out of the playoff hunt. Today over at Fangraphs, Dan Szymborski takes a look at the 2018 Texas Rangers, how they got to where they are right now, and where they go from here.
I found myself nodding in agreement quite a bit in reading Dan’s take, his view that the Rangers were trying to “thread the needle” between competing and rebuilding, falling short in the former while not damaging their future. He also hits on a point that we have talked about here — the troubling trend in regards to Nomar Mazara’s batted ball trajectory, and how that limits what Mazara may do going forward.
In any case, if you’re in the “burn it down and fire everyone” camp, you’ll probably find Dan’s essay to be too positive, but overall, I think its a good analysis from an outsider and the state of things. You should check it out.