It’s been several weeks since we’ve been able to say this, but the Texas Rangers are going to lose a series this week.
After a stretch in which they lost three of four to the Cleveland Indians and then got swept by the Toronto Blue Jays, the Rangers rattled of series wins against the Oakland Athletics, New York Yankees, St. Louis Cardinals and the Cincinnati Reds.
Playing some really good baseball, the Rangers had retaken the division lead over the A’s. However, the Seattle Mariners came to town and had different plans for the Rangers as they have won the first two games of the series.
Behind Kendrys Morales‘ six RBIs, the Mariners defeated Texas 9-2 in game one of the series. Game two was a much tighter contest as both starting pitchers kept their teams in the thick of things. Felix Hernandez and Derrick Holland both only gave up two runs for their respective teams. It was Seattle that got the timely hit in the 10th inning of game two to seal the 4-2 victory.
The Rangers offense has only scored four runs in the first two games of the series. In game one, the Rangers were 2-11 with runners in scoring position. In game two, they were 0-6. The only two runs they did manage to get were off of David Murphy and Ian Kinsler home runs.
The pitching for Texas hasn’t been outstanding, but it’s usually gotten the job done, especially the bullpen. The part of the team that really needs help right now is the offense, which is something you usually don’t hear said about the Rangers.
With the trade deadline less than a month away, look for the Rangers to add a bat in the lineup via the trade. If they don’t, it’s going to be a long offseason for this ball club once again.