The mid-season woes continue for the Texas Rangers and that means the gut wrenching moments for fans also continue. A shock to the system seems to be needed for the Texas Rangers to get back to playing efficient winning baseball.
Do you remember when the Texas Rangers would be down by 4 runs in the 4th inning of a game and you would have no worries because you just knew that they would explode for runs during the rest of the game and end up with a win? I remember those days but they do feel like they were so terribly long ago.
So what is the problem? What is the root of all of these struggles, Lack of quality starting pitching. In the month of July through 15 games the Texas Rangers are 4-11 and have only had 2 quality starts (pitched 6 innings and allowed no more than 3 earned runs). There has not been another start through this time that a starting pitcher has even made it to the 6th inning.
Obviously this would lead to a bullpen with a lot more innings then they were used to but it also leads to more hits being given up which has led to more errors defensively for the Texas Rangers. The errors defensively lead to more runs scored which leads to the players trying to force things at the plate.
Even with the All-Star break, this cycle has continued and looks like the only thing that could help it would be a trade for a starting pitcher or our pitchers getting healthy quick. There has been a small appearance of the POWER RANGERS the last couple of games but they have been upstaged by the other team matching home run for home run.
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As a fan of the Texas Rangers, the template of recent Ranger games are easy to call now: bad pitching start, maybe we will get a 1 or 2 run lead, then we pray the bullpen can just hold on but we all know it won’t happen.
These games have become emotionally draining for fans and may have even lead to a lack of fans watching the games until the Texas Rangers actually have a streak of wins put together.
I believe the “Never Ever Quit” mantra is still alive and well and leads to an even-kilted team that never gets too high and never gets too low. Even with this mantra, I wouldn’t mind seeing someone lose it after a strike out or in the dugout after something goes wrong. Just something that will make the rest of the team open their eyes and maybe it would provide a shock to their system.
What would you like to see? Maybe you want to see Jeff Banister make a big deal out of something small and get thrown out, or someone break a bat over their leg, or maybe a Gatorade jug get a home run swing to it in the dugout? I feel that something needs to happen for this team to get a boost of energy and get things going again.
As a fan at this point all you can do is have faith in Jeff Banister and Jon Daniels and hope that they are going to make the right moves before the upcoming trade deadline to start the climb back to being one of the most consistent teams in the league. I just look forward to having that faith in the team that they would be able to come back from being down a few runs early in the game.