The Texas Rangers have now dropped 7 games in a row and are quickly falling behind in the American League Wild Card race. At one point early this season they were a half game up on the division leading Oakland Athletics, but now find themselves 12.5 games behind them.
The last time the Rangers dropped 7 games in a row was at the end of last season in September. At that time they started the skid and saw their playoffs hopes fade away. They did manage to win game 162. That win was enough to force a one game play-in game against the Tampa Bay Rays (game 163 of the season), but they lost game game failing to reach the playoffs after making it 3 years in a row.
They were closing in on the wild card race when they were 35-35, but after dropping 7 in a row they are 7 games out. This season started off with a lot of optmisic and hope. Several had picked the Texas Rangers to make the World Series this year and other said the Rangers have the best offensive lineup in the majors.
But after injury after injury after injury their chances of even making the playoffs now seem very distance. They are not totally gone just yet, but at this pace it will be very hard to catch up even with the players they’ll be getting back after the All-star break.
With the Rangers on the decline this season has stirred up trade rumor talks. The Rangers are not currently activiy shopping anyone, but it seems that no one is safe from being traded. That’s right no one is safe from being traded. That means close to the trade deadline players like Yu Darvish, Adrian Beltre, Alex Rios and Joakim Soria will all be considered for trades.
If that happens, that’s a for sure sign that the front office has given up on the 2014 season and is now working to re-tool the team for the 2015 season. Any of those players if traded should bring in return some top prospects or young players to help the team in 2015 and beyond.
But, right now it is still just a bit too early to talk doom and gloom. They still have over half of the season to play. The main goal since the beginning of the season has been to maintain around .500 and not too lose too much ground in the division or the wild card hunt. While the division might be unattainable, a wild card spot is still attainable.
The team will get a huge shot in the arm with Geovany Soto, Derek Holland and Kevin Kouzmanoff return. Holland should be the number two pitcher in the starting rotation and Soto should take over as the primary catcher.
Also, if Kouzmanoff is able to come back and do as well as he did prior to the injury, then I’d expect him to play some at third and first base.
But, those are all unknowns right now and it is very hard to say how each one of them will do once they return from injuries. Hopefully they’ll all do very well. If they are able to, then that should right the ship and help the Texas Rangers to be contenders once the calendar flips to September.