Corey Seager’s rise is exactly what the Rangers needed to get on track

Rangers have had a disappointing first few months of the season. It was expected that the team would once again rely on the high-powered offense we saw last year, but that wasn’t there. While the offense as a whole hasn’t been the same, at least one part of it has returned to form.

On their way to the World Series title last season, the Rangers averaged 5.44 runs per game during the regular season. So far in the 2024 season, the Rangers are averaging 4.45 runs per game. Last season they ranked third in the MLB in runs scored; this year they are only eleventh. The lethal top-to-bottom lineup that didn’t provide an at-bat to opposing pitchers last year was largely absent.

Most of the lineup has yet to find its feet in the 2024 season. Nathaniel Lowe has had a disappointing .691 OPS. Jonah Heim is 100 points below his 2023 OPS at .653. Evan Carter is lower than both at .633 and has been a group of players that fans saw drafted last September. Adolis Garcia and Marcus Semien had a pretty good start, but both have had major slumps, dropping to an OPS of .732 and .736 respectively, which is below their norms. Josh Smith is second on the team this season with a .792 OPS, the offense’s only positive surprise so far.

All of this was added to the fact that Corey Seager had it worse than all of them out of the gate. As Rangers’ best player and one of the league’s most feared hitters, his contributions were sorely missed – the key word being ‘had’. Seager is no longer slouching and may even be hotter than ever in a Rangers uniform right now. The North Star of the offense has returned.

Seager hit eight home runs in eight games from May 19-29. He leads the league in home runs and OPS this past week. He had an OPS of 1.596 last week, matching his streak of home runs. He was just unconscious. If we zoom out to the entire month of May, the numbers are still staggering. Seager has hit 11 home runs in the month of May, with 21 RBI and a 1.047 OPS. Through the first month of the season in late April, Seager had just two home runs and eight RBIs and his OPS was .631. Just a month later, he has 13 home runs, 29 RBI and an OPS of .828 on the season.

The two-time World Series MVP getting hot is exactly what the Rangers offense needed. The Rangers were 27-10 in games that Corey Seager homered last season. After a rough majority in May, they have won four of their last five. When Corey Seager plays well, the Rangers win games.

He is a transcendent hitter that will keep you in any close game as he has proven time and time again to be deadly with one hit. The rest of the offense will need to provide more support if this team wants to reach the postseason and become a real contender again. But they can and should continue to win more games now that Corey Seager is back in top form.

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