Coming out of the trade deadline this year, the Texas Rangers were the talk of baseball. They led the AL West fairly comfortably, had the best offense in the league, and were the most aggressive team a the trade deadline by a wide margin as they traded for Jordan Montgomery AND Max Scherzer. It is hard to be more all-in than that.
However, instead of taking the baseball world by storm since then, the Rangers have nose-dived in the standings and not only cost themselves the lead in the division, but they are now 1.5 games out of any playoff spot at all.
There are a lot of reasons why the Rangers have collapsed this season. The bullpen has been bad, injuries have taken their toll, and the offense isn't destroying everyone like it was in the first half. It is tough enough to keep things rolling when one thing like that starts to go wrong, let alone all of them.
For long time fans of the Rangers, this should be a familiar feeling as a look in the not-too-distant past reminds us that Texas is an organization that has broken plenty of hearts with some epic choke jobs.
Here are 3 Texas Rangers collapses that were as bad or worse than their current one
Sometimes when a team collapses, it is over a long period of time and feels like a form of water torture as the losses pile up and a lead slowly disappears. Other times, the pain is more sudden and short and is more like getting sucker punched which is also not great. The Rangers had the full range of collapses....and they did them in back-to-back-to back years!
Let's take a look at some collapses by the Texas Rangers that were as bad or worse than the one they are currently in the middle of.