The Texas Rangers wrap up their home series against Seattle. They finish the series with a 1-4 record, resulting in them losing their second consecutive series. Furthermore, the Rangers drop to 2-5 in their last seven games and are now 5.0 games behind the American League wild card standings.
What started with the Texas Rangers gaining a hard-fought victory in game one of this series turned to three straight losses. Each loss by more than six runs.
The Rangers were outscored 31 to 13. The bats finishing 28-for-128, striking out 36 times really did not help. Terrible pitching just added an advantage for Seattle. In the three losses, none of the starting pitchers were able to make it to six innings. Furthermore, a total of eight strikeouts among the starting pitchers occurred. In games three and four, pitching started out okay, but it was the lack of run support that led to collapses.
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With the Rangers now being 5.0 games behind the American League wild card spot, playoff hopes by now are just a pipe dream. Though the Rangers haven’t been officially ruled out of playoff contention, it’s going to be very difficult for them to secure a spot, especially with just 16 games to go. But in any case, there’s no reason to fight for a win.
It’s unlikely that Texas will win every game they have left to play. By now, many may say they may as well just play for pride. Even if it’s the case, the Rangers need to give it all they have. In any case, the Rangers can’t give up.
The Rangers are now headed to Anaheim for a three-game series against the Angels. Texas’ remaining games are all against American League West teams. If they are ruled out of contention sometime within the next 16 games, there’s still one thing Texas can accomplish and that would be retaining the Silver Boot. However, it won’t be easy because Texas can only retain it if they sweep Houston. One more loss to Houston and the Silver Boot will find itself out of Arlington.