The Sinkehole of June 2013
The Rangers went 9-14 in July 2012, and are 4-7 so far in June 2013. That’s a winning percentage of .391 and .363, respectively. The Astros have a winning percentage of .333 this year.
I said this would be quick, so here comes a summary with a light-hearted tone.
In July 2012, the Rangers were bad, but they were healthy. In June 2013, the Rangers have been bad, but they’re not healthy either.
July 2012 could be blamed on key players like Josh Hamilton (.607 OPS, 1-21 with RISP) and Michael Young (.577 OPS). June 2013 has its struggling players too like Lance Berkman (.531 OPS), Elvis Andrus (.496 OPS), and David Murphy (.572 OPS), but Texas is also really missing Ian Kinsler and Mitch Moreland, who have been on the DL for most of the month.
The other good news is that the Rangers may be showing their most glaring weaknesses just ahead of the month in which they have the greatest opportunity to patch some holes before the trade deadline.
So there you have it, things are bad in a déjà vu all over again kind of way, but they’ll get better!
*** Shameless Plug Alert *** If you want further commentary on futility, I wrote a lot more about July 2012 in the Shutdown Inning e-book about the 2012 Texas Rangers, which was a collaboration by many SDI writers, is still really good and still available for purchase for $3.99 here if you feel so inclined.