For fans who love offense, last night’s game provided that. Texas hit five home runs.
Marcus Semien hit two. Sam Huff, Adolis Garcia and Nathanial Lowe hit one each.
For fans who love epic battles, last night’s game provided that as well.
The Rangers were down 2-0. Up 4-2. Down again at 6-4. Down 7-4. Tied it in the eighth. Up one in the tenth and up one in the eleventh. Losing it to the Mariners 11-10 in the eleventh.
For fans who love competitive teams, last night’s game underscored once again how far the Rangers have to go. It’s not as close as yet another one-run loss makes it seem. It’s that, in their last four series, Texas played three teams headed to the playoffs: Tampa Bay, Cleveland, and Seattle. In the nine games against those three opponents, the Rangers went 2-7. The other series was against the equally inept and rudderless Angels. The Rangers beat them two out of three.
Now they head to Anaheim for their epic battle for third place. Which means nothing in a season that meant nothing at all.
Except for a lot of guys padding their stats with home runs in fun but meaningless games.
For fans who want to see meaningless baseball, the next three games provide that. It will be two wounded birds fighting for a tiny worm. But there should be plenty of offense. For fans who love that.