A playoff team doesn’t lose 2 out of 3 to the last place team in their division during the last few weeks of the season. THEY. JUST. DON’T.
The offense looks horrible right now. A playoff team doesn’t lose 0-1 to a pitcher entering the game with a 9-10 record and a 4.88 ERA. But they did that Saturday night to Seattle’s Blake Beavan. A playoff team doesn’t go 2 for 16 with runners in scoring position over the course of two games, but that’s what the Rangers did Friday and Saturday night. A playoff team doesn’t give up 6 runs to a team who is dead last in all of the majors in team batting average, but the Rangers not only did that on Friday night, they also gave up 21 runs to the Mariners earlier this season. The Rangers have been outscored by the worst hitting team in the league 72-87 this season. How can you give up that many runs to a team whose best hitter has a .261 average? The Mariners hit .257 over the three games this weekend and still won 2 out of 3. The Rangers hit .277 over the same three games and still managed to lose two of them. A playoff team doesn’t lose two straight games on nights that their key divisional opponent also loses. They should have come into this series, with the A’s, with a 6 game lead, but instead they didn’t gain a single game over the A’s while playing one of the worst teams in the league. And that was with the A’s losing 2 out of 3 to the Yankees. This was a prime opportunity for the Rangers to extend their lead. They were playing a horrible team, while the A’s were playing a playoff contender. But nope, they blew the chance and came out in the same position they were going into that series. So disappointing.
Baring a comeback, they are going to blow another game tonight, when they had opportunities to score and at least tie the game twice. Runners on 2nd and 3rd and Ian Kinsler strikes out LOOKING. Then Beltre gets picked off second, as the potential tying run, only to have Cruz double to the gap the next pitch. Then Murphy pops up to first base and the inning is over when at least one run should have scored and they could have gotten two.
Well, as I type this Beltre just tied it with a 2-run blast to right field. Perhaps that makes amends. It would be nice to pull this one out.