Moreland gives jolt to bottom of Rangers' order

Moreland gives jolt to bottom of Rangers' order

Moreland gives jolt to bottom of Rangers' order
ANAHEIM -- Mitch Moreland showed up and delivered during the Rangers' four-game series against the Angels. His tying home run off Ervin Santana on Wednesday night left him 7-for-12 over the first three games.

That has also left him hitting .364 in his last 13 games and .314 with three home runs and 17 RBIs in his last 28 games. He has 12 walks and a .388 on-base percentage in that stretch as well.

"I've had my ups and downs this season, but I feel like as of late I've been putting together some quality at-bats, seeing the ball better and sticking with my approach," said Moreland, who was scratched from Thursday's finale with tightness in his right hamstring. "I'm trying to be more patient and get more pitches I can put the barrel on."

For the season he is hitting .277 with 14 home runs and 41 RBIs, and the majority of his at-bats have come from the No. 7 spot. That is his primary spot in the lineup, and the Rangers went into Thursday's game with the highest batting average and OPS from the seventh spot of any team in the American League.

What that means is Moreland hasn't had a big year as far as offensive numbers, but he has played his part in allowing the Rangers to have the necessary strong lineup from top to bottom. That's good for now, but Moreland certainly has his future set on having more of an impact higher in the lineup than being in the No. 7 spot.

"Everybody wants to be an impact player," Moreland said. "If you're a player, you want to be the best you obviously can be. That would put our team in the best possible situation.

"I came up hitting 3-4-5 in the Minors, but the guys we have in those spots are doing the job and producing. Right now the goal is to help the team win, whether I'm batting first or seventh."