Texas Rangers are putting the off in offense
By David Cash
The Texas Rangers ended their last home stand win then started a 9-game road trip on the west coast. When they started off in Seattle they won their first two games and it seemed like the offense was on and would finally light up the scoreboard. Their last win was an offensive explosion against the Oakland Athletics which lead to a 14-8 win.
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During that span of 5 games (June 11-16) the offense collected the following:
- 26 runs (5.2 runs per game)* scored 14 against Oakland.
- 3 runs per game ( when not including the Oakland game)
- 9 for 37 RISP
- 36 hits
- 7 doubles
- 5 home runs
- 27 left on base
- .209 batting over 172 at-bats/5 games
Since then the Texas Rangers offense has been very off. It looked like last night with a 1-1 game in the top of the 7th Colby Lewis was on his way to his first quality start and back-to-back wins this season. But, things unraveled quickly in that inning and it appeared that Ron Washington left Cobra out there just a bit too long. After Lewis gave up 3 runs in the 7th, the stats for this season were against the Rangers. This season when the Rangers have allowed 4 or more runs they are only 8-46 this season, with only 3 of those wins coming at home.
Plus, the recent lack of offense lately hasn’t helped either.
Offensive numbers over the 6-game losing streak:
- 17 runs (2.833 runs per game)
- 11 for 37 RISP
- 45 hits
- 8 doubles
- 4 home runs
- 39 left on base
- .220 batting average over 204 at-bats / 6 games
Not very convincing it is the offense alone that is the cause of this 6-game losing streak. When the Rangers do win, it has been several time with the help of either a shutout or a 2 run game. Of the 35 wins they have this year 13 have been won by shutouts and 7 have been won by holding the opposing team to 2 runs.
Looking back their offense struggles extend further back than this losing streak, there have been signs of it all season long. If the Texas Rangers are going to get back in the win column and stay there consistently they’ll need to do better than 3 runs per game. They have several great hitters still in the line up such as Adrian Belte and Alex Rios. Also, players like Rougned Odor, Luis Sardinas and Michael Choice will continue to get better and better as the season continues.
If the Rangers can manage to get back to .500 by the All-star break they might still be in a position to be contenders for a playoff spot in September. Shortly after the All-star break they should have Derek Holland, Geovany Soto, Joe Ortiz, Kevin Kouzmanoff, Engel Beltre and Jim Adduci available.
Many are probably disappointed in Rangers this year, but despite having use the disabled list 20 times, 23 different pictures and 11 rookies they are still not out of it yet. It is starting to slip away, but this team doesn’t give up easily. Ron Washington is a great manager and is able to get the most out of every player. The plan right now is to just hang on for a little bit longer.