When you count out Hamilton, the Rangers have four above average batters in their lineup: Nelson Cruz (.408 wOBA: a legitimate star when he’s healthy), Ian Kinsler (.357 wOBA: he has seemingly sacrificed his prodigious power for OBP in 2010, putting up career highs in BB%, and career lows in SLG%), David Murphy (.358 wOBA), and the resurgent Vladimir Guerrerro (.360 wOBA). They also have the extremely average Michael Young (.335 wOBA). Mitch Moreland is intriguing, with his .357 wOBA…..in 173 major league at bats. Catcher Benjie Molina has only put up a .266 wOBA since being traded…and previous to that he put up a slightly less horrific .283 with the Giants. And Francouer, Borbon and Andrus (their leadoff hitter, no less) are all in the sub-.300 club. Remembering that .330 is league average…this is a pretty top heavy lineup, with a number of offensive black holes.
Compare this to the Yankees. Again, to quote myself:
“The Yankees feature 8 starters (including Lance Berkman as DH) at .345 wOBA or higher.