It’s pretty hard to be the stinkiest thing at a stadium known for seeping raw sewage, but the Rangers managed that dubious feat. They went into Oakland’s SewageDump.co Stadium and came out covered in misery.
The Rangers earned being swept. They squandered nearly every scoring opportunity. On top of that, they got lackluster pitching from their rotation and their bullpen.
You have to try really hard to score only seven runs in three games when your leadoff hitter bats .375, your third-place hitter bats .462 and your cleanup hitter bats .333.
In the three games, they were 3-for-22 with runners in scoring position. They managed just seven extra-base hits. And had only six RBIs. Four from Beltre. The other two were from Choo and Andrus.
The rest of the lineup didn’t bother showing up.
Mike Napoli went 0-for-11. Rougned Odor, 1-for-12. Carlos Gomez, 1-for-8. Shin-Soo Choo went 3-for-13. And Nomar Mazara went 2-for-9.
Rougned Odor has been a Ranger rally killer pretty much all season long. He has basically had three good weeks of the season. Which would be acceptable if the other seventeen were even remotely average. But they weren’t. All he has done is compiled the lowest on-base percentage in baseball. Of the 155 hitters that qualify with enough at-bats, Odor is at the very bottom of the list. And of those 155 batters, he is number 144 in OPS.
Of those same 155 batters, Mike Napoli is dead last in batting average, at .197. His 148 strikeouts are ninth most in baseball. He went hitless the entire series.
And Nomar Mazara continued his disappearing act on the road. He hits .318/.391/.527/.918 (AVG/OBP/SLG/OPS) at home, yet .195/.275/.332/.607 away from home. Add to that his lopsided righty/lefty splits where he hits just .204 against left-handed pitching, and he is a quarter of a player. Good only at home and only against right-handed pitching.
Napoli and Odor and Mazara. It’s easy to see exactly where this lost weekend was lost.
NO GAME TODAY.