On June 6, the Texas Rangers beat the St Louis Cardinals to go twenty games over .500.
Since then, they have won 12 and lost 18.
In that stretch, Rangers starters have been spotty other than Eovalid and Dunning. Heaney, Perez, and Bradford have won just one each. Jon Gray hasn’t won a game in that span.
The bullpen has racked up eight of those eighteen losses. Which mean the other ten belong to the starters. As bad as the Rangers bullpen is, the rotation hasn’t exactly been setting the world on fire.
Of course, many of those losses are because Texas’s radiactive offense the first two months of the season really cooled off.
Nothing is really clicking right now.
Yesterday’s 8-3 loss was just a bunch of sloppy baseball, highlighted by giving up a little league home run to the National’s Luis Garcia who was gifted a triple by the generous home score keeper on a ball hit sharply to Adolis Garcia that he slid into and kicked another 100 feet away. But they time he got up to retrieve the ball, Luis Garcia was heading to third and Adolis Garcia’s cut-off throw went to second baseman Marcus Semien, who promptly three the ball into the stratosphere, allowing Washington’s Garcia to score.
That was their eighth run. And it was only the third.
The Rangers have shown a rare ability to come from behind, and once again displayed that failure.
Texas limps into the All-Star break badly in need of a break. In need of relief pitching. In need of another starter. And in need of an infusion of spark in the lineup.