Your 2007 Texas Rangers are struggling early this year. Both the pitching and hitting have been horrible to say the least, but somehow they are only 3.5 games out in the AL West. The Rangers are on pace for a 100-loss season, and I don't think anyone would have expected that. Here's a review of some team stats after 21 games:
Hitting - Avg - .234 (28th), OBP - .304 (29th), K's - 155 (tied for 5th most), BB - 71 (20th)
Pitching - Team ERA - 5.29 (29th), ER - 107 (4th most), HR Allowed - 27 (tied for 3rd most), BB - 89 (tied for 6th most), SO - 116 (26th), WHIP - 1.56 (29th)
Fielding - Fielding Pct. - .978 (26th)
As you can see, there's not much that the Rangers are doing right. However, there is one stat that is very, very disturbing. The Rangers have struck out 155 times and only walked 71 times. This team is swinging for the fences, or they are just plain awful. Out of 8 potential starters (Blalock, Cruz, Sosa, Wilkerson, Teixeira, Young, Catalanotto, and Laird), only Blalock is hitting above .245. Tex has the highest OBP at .337. In that group, only Sosa is slugging over .500. Wow. Everyone keeps saying how the players are coming around. I can see one or two of these guys getting into a groove and turning things around, but 6-8 of them? Not likely.
The starting pitching reads much the same way as the hitting does. Only Tejeda has an ERA under 5.00 among the starters. You could argue that Otsuka has been the only consistent bullpen guy, although Benoit has been pitching better of late (bringing his ERA down to 7.45)
So to recap, the hitting is awful and the pitching is shaky at best. If the team keeps struggling the way it has for the next month, the Rangers might be considering a fire sale between the end of May and the trade deadline.
As I write this, in the top half of the first against the Blue Jays, Josh Towers (who was 2-10, with an 8.42 ERA last year and in his career against Texas is 0-3 with an 7.90 ERA) struck out the side...consisting of Lofton, Young and Teixeira. We are the strikeout kings.