It’s been a tough year for Texas Ranger fans, as the club holds a 43-45 win-loss record going into All-Star weekend. Though this time last year, Texas held a 54-36 win-loss record going into the All-Star break, with two players being named to the All-Star game. Those two players were Ian Desmond, who is now a member of the Colorado Rockies and Cole Hamels who is still with the Rangers.
This year, Texas has zero players going to Miami. Although, Yu Darvish was originally named to part take in the All-Star game, after a 11-4 blowout loss to the Red Sox last week, he was later taken off the roster. Which is understandable due to the fact he has had a disappointing season with a 6-8 record and a ERA of 3.49 (which honestly, isn’t THAT bad compared to the Leagues ERA average of 4.35). At the end of the night, it came to no surprise to see Yu get taken off the All-Star roster, though, it actually came more of a surprise to see that he was named to the roster in the first place.
Now, let’s shift our focus to another Ranger that has subsequently taken us by surprise this year: Elvis Andrus. Elvis is having a magnificent year offensively, 11 HR’s (which is his career high in HR’s in a season), 50 RBI’s and 20 SB. I gotta say, those are some impressive numbers for a player that isn’t in Miami right now. According to Jared Sandler, Host of Dallas’s 105.3 TheFan, ” Elvis is the 1st ever shortstop & 6th ever player to not make the All-Star team w/ 100+ hits, 50+ RBI, & 20+ SB before the All-Star Break.” Now Elvis was indeed in the running for the last spot on the roster, but fell short to Mike Moustakas of the Royals, who himself is also having a good year offensively with 25 HR’s and 54 RBI’s.
With Elvis already having notched two All-Star appearances under his belt, his first in 2010 and his second in 2012, he surely deserved to get his third vote to be an All-Star in 2017.