For the Texas Rangers, back-to-back trips to the World Series is quickly becoming a distant memory. After disappointing finishes to end the last two seasons, and the 2014 campaign not exactly going according to plan, might manager Ron Washington be approaching the hot seat? Toward the end of last year, there were some grumblings of Washington possibly being on the way out of Texas, and the recent struggles in the month of June could have those grumblings return even louder.
In June, Texas is just 9-16. They have suffered an eight-game losing streak for the first time in a long time, and are seven games under .500 for the first time in years. Combine that with the Oakland A’s consistently impressive play, and it could lead to another disappointing finish down in Texas. Everything is bigger in Texas, and if the Rangers look at the standings, the amount of games back that they are within the AL West continues to get bigger by the day.
Things have just not gone right for the Rangers this season. The big acquisition of Prince Fielder has not panned out as he is now out for the season. The signing of Shin-Soo Choo has been somewhat of a letdown, and the starting rotation has been a mess all season as well. Those all could be growing signs pointing to an unfortunate managerial change.
The way that the Rangers and Nolan Ryan parted ways, and the exiting shots that Josh Hamilton and Ian Kinsler fired on their way out of town could make for uneasy times for Washington as the season goes on. In a business that is in a “what have you done for me lately” mindset, the Rangers are not doing very much lately to help Washington’s case. The fire may be lit on the seat underneath Washington’s helm of the Rangers. He likely could have just the second half of the season to extinguish the flames.
Nick Schaeflein is a Sports writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @ptchr2424 or add him to your network on Google.