There have been a lot of bad Texas Rangers teams over the years, but this year’s version is shaping up to be the all-time worst. That is saying something indeed.
Last place is a comfortable place for this franchise, with the Rangers having finished there eleven seasons out of the forty-three seasons the team has been in Arlington.
So, roughly one ever four seasons this team finished in last. They are no stranger to the basement.
But at the current pace of winning one out every three games, the 2015 Texas Rangers are on a collusion course with a 54-108 record.
The Rangers have yet to win two in row, and with three coming up against the suddenly respectable and currently unbeatable Houston Astros, the prospects of a winning streak don’t look good anytime soon.
Of course, it’s difficult when your star pitcher is lost for the year. (But don’t mention the St Louis Cardinals, who lost Adam Wainwright for the year and have won six in a row ever since).
And, yes, one can blame slumps for a lot of the problem. But when you look up and down the lineup, who is really slumping? Choo and Beltre. The rest of them aren’t in slumps, they are slumps. You can’t get blood out of a turnip. And you can’t squeeze hits out of career .260 hitters with no power.
The team is dead last in the American League in hits, batting average, slugging percentage, errors and fielding percentage.
It would be unfair to say the Rangers team know what a run is. They give them away with alarming frequency.
They march out ERAs that are higher than a Grateful Dead fan at Coachella. Gallardo 4.05, Detwiler, 8.66, Rodriguez 4.82, Feliz 5.23, Mendez 5.40 Tolleson 5.40, The Rangers have blow six save opportunities in a row.
It all adds up to a historically bad team. But, you have to give it to Jon Daniels, if you are going to go for it, go all in.
After all, what’s the point of being bad if you can’t be monumentally bad?