Texas Rangers: What Happened In Oakland?

OAKLAND, CA - AUGUST 27: Elvis Andrus
OAKLAND, CA - AUGUST 27: Elvis Andrus /

The Texas Rangers wrap up their three-game series in Oakland in a way they were not hoping for. They came to Oakland with momentum, hoping to possibly sweep the Athletics, but instead, the Rangers ended up being swept. The Rangers are on a three-game losing streak for the first time since mid-July. Furthermore, they’re three games back from a wild card spot.

The Texas Rangers are to square off against the Houston Astros next. The series was supposed to be in Houston, however, due to the effects of Hurricane Harvey, the series has to be played elsewhere.

According to Evan Grant, both teams flew to Dallas from California last night to await a decision as to if the series will be played in Arlington or elsewhere. Game one of the series is scheduled for tomorrow. Rumor has it that the series could be played at Tropicana Field in Tampa, Florida, according to Ken Rosenthal.

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So what happened in Oakland? Well, the Rangers were swept by Oakland, who is buried last in the American League West. But how did it happen? Poor play that’s very likely due to lack of focus. The Rangers were outscored 19-7. The fact that Oakland is 28th in hits and 21st in scoring runs, adds insult to injury for the Rangers. The bats going 26-for-104 in the entire series didn’t help at all, especially since the Athletics are third in the league in runs allowed.

All three starting pitchers suffered the loss. Rangers’ pitching is last in the league in strikeouts by a pitcher with 901. To be honest, there was not much effort at all from the club. But the biggest thing is that they just were not focused which led them to play bad baseball.

The situation now has gotten more stressful for the Texas Rangers. With only six games remaining against Houston and having only won five of the 13 meetings so far this season, the Rangers must go at least 5-1 in their next six against Houston if they’re to retain the Silver Boot. If they lose this series against Houston, the Silver Boot will no longer be in Arlington.