For the ninety-seventh time in ninety-nine games, the Rangers were not no-hit. But they almost were, not getting their first hit until the eighth inning.
It’s a historic freefall. This team has not had a lead in 95 innings. The major league record is 98.
They have now lost eleven games in a row. The club record is fifteen, from the horrible 1972 team. The 1982 team lost 12 straight.
Since the All-Star break, they have hit just two home run, a two-out ninth-inning two-run homer from Eli White, and a one-out solo shot from Andy Ibañez last night.
It’s been a total team offensive shutdown. And nobody exemplifies it more than Adolis Garcia. Here are his first half, second half splits (the faint of heart, beware):
His slugging and OPS have almost disappeared. Garcia doesn’t have an extra-base hit in the second half.
He was the feel-good story of the Rangers first half, coming out of nowhere to earn a spot on the American League All-Star team. He doubled in that game.
Since then, he has been lost at the plate. Just when it seemed the Rangers had one position figured out, Garcia has fallen back to Earth. Hard.
He’s not the only one, to be sure. But his fall is as monumental as his rise was.