Texas Rangers: Did The Team Quit On Themselves?

OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 24: Nomar Mazara
OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 24: Nomar Mazara /

The Texas Rangers wrap up their series in Oakland and are now heading home to Arlington. The Rangers are coming off a humiliating sweep by the Oakland Athletics. Their momentum has now gone cold. At the most crucial point of the season. They’ve now lost eight straight in Oakland.

Coming into this series, the Texas Rangers were on a four-game winning streak. Now they’re on a three-game losing streak.

They’re back at where they started. They’re 5.5 games back in the wild-card standings. Two teams are ahead of them. There are seven games left. While they haven’t been officially been counted out of the playoffs, it’s very unlikely they’ll make it. Consequently, many fans and critics probably feel as if the Rangers quit.

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It was truly a rough series for the Rangers. After game one, Jeff Banister had to return to Texas to deal with personal issues so Steve Buechel managed the team the rest of the series. Unfortunately, it made no positive impact for the club.

The fact that Texas was swept by Oakland who’s buried last in the American League West adds insult to injury. In any case, this series wasn’t going to be easy as Oakland always has been a problem for the Rangers no matter how good Texas would be and how terrible Oakland would be.

This series saw pitching doing their best while they could, but not getting any support from the bats. That’s what happens when one side doesn’t do their job. When one side cannot get the job done, the team suffers a loss. Texas was outscored 13-2. As far as whether the Rangers quit or not, it’s very hard to say for sure, however, it’s certain that poor performance and lack of focus played a big role in the Rangers’ sweeping loss.

The Rangers start a three-game series tomorrow against Houston at home. The Silver Boot award is one the line. Texas can only retain it by sweeping Houston. In any case, the Rangers need to be ready to play.