Mitch Moreland 1B TEX Nov 12 '11
Rangers owner Nolan Ryan expects Mitch Moreland to be the team's starting first baseman next year.
"Making a seven-or-eight year deal for Prince Fielder or Albert Pujols is not something our organization is prepared to do," Ryan said. "I very much expect Mitch Moreland to be our first baseman next year." While another year of Moreland is not ideal for the Rangers, they already have $67 million committed to salaries for 2012, not including arbitration settlements for Mike Napoli, Nelson Cruz, Mike Adams, David Murphy, Elvis Andrus, and Matt Harrison. Ryan appears ready to trust Moreland going forward, but the 26-year-old former top prospect is coming of a postseason that saw him hit just .103 with two homers and 3 RBI over 31 plate appearances. Moreland also reportedly battled through a "nagging" wrist injury during the second half.
Mitch Moreland 1B TEX Oct 24 '11
Mitch Moreland will make his second straight start at first base in Game 5 of the World Series on Monday night.
The Rangers are using the exact same lineup as they did in Sunday's win, which means Mike Napoli will again bat eighth. Moreland went 0-for-4 in Game 4 and is batting just .087 (2-for-23) this postseason.
Mitch Moreland 1B TEX Oct 23 '11
Mitch Moreland is starting at first base and batting ninth for Sunday's Game 4 for the World Series.
It's Moreland's first start since Game 5 of the ALCS, as he's yet to take an at-bat during the World Series. He's hitting just .105/.227/.263 in 19 postseason at-bats, as his second half struggles have carried into the playoffs. Mike Napoli's costly errant throw to home in Game 3 probably weighed into Rangers manager Ron Washington's decision to put him back behind the plate for Game 4.
Mitch Moreland 1B TEX Oct 13 '11
Mitch Moreland will start at first base in Game 5 of the ALCS against the Tigers on Thursday.
Moreland hasn't started since Game 2 on Monday. The 26-year-old is batting just .118 (2-for-17) with one home run and four strikeouts during the postseason. Michael Young will serve as the designated hitter Thursday against Justin Verlander while Yorvit Torrealba takes a seat.
Mitch Moreland 1B TEX Oct 11 '11
Mitch Moreland is out of the starting lineup for Game 3 of the ALCS against the Tigers on Tuesday night.
Moreland is just 2-for-17 (.118) during the playoffs and went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in Game 2 on Monday, so he'll take a seat against the right-hander Doug Fister. Michael Young will start in his place at first base while Mike Napoli serves as designated hitter and Yorvit Torrealba plays behind the plate.
Mitch Moreland 1B TEX Oct 10 '11
Appearing in his post game press conference, manager Ron Washington said that Mitch Moreland will sit in tomorrow's ALCS Game 3 in Detroit.
Mike Napoli caught all of tonight's extra inning game and between the travel and upcoming schedule it's the not surprising that the Rangers will DH Napoli. Moreland went 0-for-4 with 3 Ks, including an inning-ending bases loaded GIDP. Yorvit Torrealba should push for playing time if he can put anything together offensively. Michael Young will fill in at first base.
Mitch Moreland 1B TEX Oct 02 '11
Mitch Moreland will start at first base against the Rays' David Price in Game 3 of the ALDS.
Moreland often sits against southpaws, but he earned the nod after an RBI groundout and a long solo homer in Game 2. Michael Young will be used in the DH slot, while Yorvit Torrealba will sit on the bench.
Mitch Moreland 1B TEX Sep 17 '11
Mitch Moreland went 0-for-3 in Friday's loss and is hitting just .184/.205/.263 in 38 at-bats this month.
Moreland figures to see his playing time scaled back with Mike Napoli forcing the Rangers to pencil him in most days. Napoli and Michael Young can share time at first base.
Mitch Moreland 1B TEX Aug 19 '11
Mitch Moreland belted two homers and drove in five runs in Friday's win over the White Sox.
Apparently the hamstring is OK. Both longballs came off Jake Peavy, as Moreland got to him for a two-out, three-run bomb in the fourth before launching a two-out, two-run jack in the sixth. After a poor July and a slow start to August, Moreland's bat is suddenly heating up, as he's now gone deep three times over the last two games and has picked up nine hits over his last 16 at-bats.