A Long Way To Go

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Baseball. A 162 game grind that produces streaks of all kinds. Winning streaks, losing streaks, hitting streaks and a whole lot more. Right now the Rangers are on the wrong end of a streak. They’ve lost three in a row, and that can make baseball frustrating. It can be especially frustrating when your team has not only lost three in a row, but are 3-7 in their last ten and offensively look like a disaster.
June, has been far from kind to Texas, as Peter Ellwood discussed earlier this week. They are 4-8, with a team batting average of .219, grounded into seven double plays(which seems like 28), and have left 85 men on base…….in 12 games. Injuries have piled up on them with Moreland, Kinsler and now Leonys is day-to-day with a wrist sprain, in addition to what seems like the whole pitching staff on the DL.

A lot of blame has been discussed on social media the past few days. From Wash’s lineup construction to Dave Magadan to the training staff to the beer vendor in Section 238. Losing streaks or poor play like this one from the Rangers produces a lot of knee jerk reactions.  In the last few days we’ve seen:

  • “The Andrus contract was a mistake”

  • “If LAA fires Scioscia, JD should replace Wash with him”

  • “Call up Gallo, he can’t be any worse”

  • “I wish Cruz was already suspended, he’s killing us”

Knee jerk reactions, while entertaining; only take into account the short term. Long term, is what we should really be looking at as far as the Rangers are concerned. Yes, they have played terrible. Yes, Oakland is playing great right now (and have been for a calendar year). Yes, the injuries have hurt the team. No, we should not blow the thing up. No, this team doesn’t suck…..well maybe the last 3 games they have.

Texas is 38-28 and only 2 games out of first. They have a .633 winning percentage at home and are over .500 on the road. They are 19-9 against the AL West and 16 of their next 22 games are in Arlington and four of those games are against Oakland.

Now……..the Rangers better turn this around pretty quickly before Oakland has a chance to extend their lead out any further. The Rangers have to stay healthy and have to be more patient at the plate.  Far too many at-bats have been given away in early counts…exactly what Oakland doesn’t do. The Rangers are a good baseball team just not playing good baseball. That can change in an instant in this game.

It’s too early to panic. 2 games behind with 96 to play…..96. Are their concerns? Absolutely, but every team has concerns. However, reinforcements are on the way in Kinsler and Moreland. Texas has a lot of home games coming up and Oakland cannot play near .750 baseball the entire year….hopefully.

Be patient. The Rangers went through this last year too. Teams can rip off six game winning streaks in no time. Keep the faith!

Patrick Despain is the CEO and Co-Founder of ShutDown Inning. He can be reached at Patrick.Despain@ShutDownInning.com or on Twitter @ShutDownInning
Patrick Despain
Patrick is a member of the IBWAA and creator of Shutdown Inning. He was raised him Arlington, Texas and grew up watching games on HSE and listening to Eric Nadel and Mark Holtz on the radio. He is a long time Rangers fan and never achieved his dream of being a bat boy. He know lives in Georgia with dreams of a Texas return.

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