Group effort has Texas offense hitting stride

Group effort has Texas offense hitting stride

OAKLAND -- The Rangers' offense has moved into high gear in September. The Rangers went into Tuesday's game against the Athletics leading the Majors with a .319 batting average, a .377 on-base percentage and a .554 slugging percentage while winning 11 of 16 games.

"I just think we have guys up and down the lineup doing it," hitting coach Scott Coolbaugh said. "It's not one guy, it has been getting collective contributions from everybody. That's what is so special about our lineup, one through nine anybody can win a game. There's not just one way of scoring runs, we can scratch out runs and we can hit for power. That's a good combination."

Coolbaugh has been preaching to his players about the need to focus on offensive fundamentals and wants them to continue that as they get ready for the possibility of the postseason beginning in less than two weeks.

"You always stay focused on fundamentals, moving runners over, getting guys in with less than two outs," Coolbaugh said. "There are a lot of individual accomplishments out there, but as long as you stay focused on winning games and doing the fundamentals right, the numbers will take care of themselves. They know that and they've done a great job of not looking at it from an individual standpoint.

"The main focus has been getting in the playoffs."

Michael Young has a chance at the biggest individual achievement. He is hitting .331 and was tied for second with Miguel Cabrera going into Tuesday's games. Adrian Gonzalez was leading the league with a .338 batting average.