The game is about taking advantage of opportunities. You don’t get many. You have to capitalize on them while you can.
The Rangers are on their way to a one-hundred-loss season and the Yankees are in the hunt for the playoffs for that reason.
One turned opportunities into runs. One didn’t.
The first two hitters for the Rangers led off with singles, and both advanced ninety-feet on a wild pitch. So, before most Yankees fans had the chance to settle into their $1200 seats, the Rangers had runners at second and third with no outs in the top of the first.
Strikeout. Strikeout. Strikeout.
Golden opportunity wasted.
In the third inning, the Yankees got two consecutive singles, but with one out, yet ended up getting three runs out of it.
They won the game 4-3. That was the difference. The Rangers inability to get a hit with runners in scoring position is costly.
The Rangers just lost five out of seven games against Houston and Chicago, going 4-for-46 with runners in scoring position. Last night they were 1-for-7.
As the Rangers build a roster for next year, finding run producers should be first on their list. Because they don’t have any.
A baseball team needs to score runs. That’s kind of the whole point of the game.