After the Texas Rangers were basically whooped by the Los Angeles Angels last night Ron Washington decided it was time to call a team meeting. I’ve talked on our weekly podcast recently several times how I wasn’t surprised that they haven’t called either a team meeting or a players only meeting yet.
Jul 10, 2014; Arlington, TX, USA; Los Angeles Angels center fielderMike Trout
(middle) and Los Angeles Angels second basemanHowie Kendrick
(right) laugh during the ninth inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Los Angeles won 15-6. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
The Rangers are having one of their worst seasons ever. Also, their July can’t be much worse. They are currently sitting in last place, have a record of 1-9 for July and are on a 5 game losing streak. To make things worse they have only won 3 of their last 22 games. As bad as that all sounds, it would seem like some where over the last month someone should have called a team meeting, right?
Well, I’ve on the podcast I’ve said no. They shouldn’t call a team meeting. You may wonder why I think that way. With a team decimated with injuries and filled with replacement players, what’s the point. They have used almost 50 different players, 29 different pitchers (2 include Chris Gimenez and Mitch Moreland), and 14 different rookies.
Taking that in to consideration, it’s hard to close the doors and yell at this team.
But, I will agree with Ron Washington that it was time to have a team meeting with the team last night. Last night’s game was just horrible. There isn’t any other way to describe it. Yes, Colby Lewis wasn’t pitching well, he left most his pitches right over the middle of the plate last night. But, there were several costly errors by Elvis Andrus and Alex Rios.
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Those players shouldn’t be making those mistakes. Right now the team needs their veterans to be their leaders. They have a lot of impressionable rookies that they need to lead and help develop for next season.
I’m not sure what was said in last night’s meeting, Washington said that it was a private meeting and what happened in there stays in there. But, I expect the team to be fired up for tonight’s game. I also except to see a little more out of the veterans tonight. Overall, I think the team meeting will have a positive impact. Will they win, probably not, but I do except to see a lot more fight out of them.