Through eight games, the Rangers rank 26th in Major League Baseball in batting average and 22nd in runs scored. Those stats don't include the Philadelphia Phillies, Miami Marlins, St. Louis Cardinals and Milwaukee Brewers, who have all played less than seven games this season due to COVID outbreaks.
Daniels was asked on Monday whether the club had considered moving slugger Joey Gallo up in the lineup in order to get him more plate appearances.
"I know it's been brought up before. It makes a lot of sense in a lot of ways. I'll leave it to Woody and Joey to map that out," Daniels said of his clean-up hitter. "The more at-bats we get for Joey the better. I know it's something Woody has talked about and has interest in moving him up, but I'm not sure of his timeline on that."
Gallo has been one of the lone bright spots in the lineup, thus far. Through eight games, he's hitting .310 with 3 home runs and 8 RBI, to go along with a .429 OBP. Gallo has accounted for nine of the club's 50 hits on the season.
"We can't be a one-man show," Daniels said. "We've gotten off to a bit of a team-wide funk, with a few exceptions. Naturally, you can't just have one guy or they'll pitch around him."
Nick Solak is the only other Rangers' regular who has a batting average above .200 (.217). Robinson Chirinos and Isiah Kiner-Falefa are both hitting exactly .200.
Texas was counting on several veterans to help pace the offense, but that just isn't happening right now.
Todd Frazier, Elvis Andrus, Shin-Soo Choo, Rougned Odor, Danny Santana and Willie Calhoun are all hitting no better than .192.
It's a shortened season and players stats are going to be in the spotlight more than ever before, but everyone is playing by the same rules in this 60-game season. Daniels, though, believes that his players will start hitting eventually. But will it be too late?
"I think we'll come out of this as a team. I don't necessarily expect anybody to produce at the same level as Joey has been. But we have a lot of guys who are better than they've played so far," Daniels said.