The entire Rangers season, and current state of the Rangers franchise, can be summed up in the third inning of yesterday’s game.
Down 4-0, the Rangers loaded the bases off Dodgers rookie—a rookie—Tony Gonsolin. The only way they were able to score was from a wild pitch.
Nobody got a single to drive in a run, or rattle a double down the line to rattle the opposing pitcher, or even a grand slam to turn the game around.
Instead, there was a weak pop-up. A strikeout. Then another strikeout.
And the rally ended as meekly as the game and the Rangers season.
Yes, it’s just one inning. Yes, every team has countless forgettable innings like this.
But that inning underscored the total overhaul in offense this team needs. This trade deadline is a good time to start.
And, yes, you can argue that the pitch Gallo took for strike three was not close to being a strike, and you’d be right. You’d also be overlooking the fact strikes one and two were swings and misses at hittable pitches.
You have to come through when you get the chance. That’s what separates a team like the Dodgers from a team like the Rangers.
That, and 12.5 games.
And a million miles worth of talent.
NO GAME TODAY.