Friday, September 18, 2009

Aaaaaaaand NOW it's over.

Here's the good news: in tonight's critical must-win match-up against the LA Angels, the Texas Rangers outhit them 8 to 6. That's a hell of a lot better than the 1-hit shutout they endured in their last game. But here's the bad news. The really bad news. The bad news like I've never seen other bad news before bad news. They were shutout. AGAIN.

Their offensive futility is now reaching historic proportions. With their 2-0 loss tonight, a game which pushes the Rangers to 7.5 games behind the Angels, Texas has now scored just ONE run in their last 46 innings. That's mind numbingly awful...especially since it has come against teams with generally weak pitching. In their last 11 games, Texas has been shutout a whopping 5 times. It's been a great season, and this team has the look of a serious contender for years and years to come, but I'm officially throwing in the towel on this one. With no Michael Young or Josh Hamilton around, I just don't think they'll be able to get anything going. (sigh)

Update: RangersBlog posted language almost identical to mine, but they had some of the "historic" statistics to back it up.

* The Rangers are the sixth team since 1954 to score one run in a span of five or more games.

* The last team to accomplish that ugly feat was the Washington Senators, who did it in 1964. (The Washington Senators became The Texas Rangers, fyi)

* It's the first time in Texas history they've been shut out four times in five games.

* The Rangers are just 5 innings away from setting the club record for most innings without a run.

There's no other way to say it...this is the worst week in the history of Ranger baseball. Amazing.


Anonymous Scott said...

Worst week in the history of Ranger baseball? Come on, surely the week when we got swept by the Yankees in the playoffs for the third straight time (excepting the very first game in the very first series, of course) was worse.

Anyway, much better times to come.

September 19, 2009 at 9:51 AM  
Blogger Kraig Smith said...

It sounds overly dramatic, but this is clearly the worst offensive week in their entire history (and not over yet!). Given how close they were to the playoffs when the week started, and given the not-so-great quality of the teams at whose hands this collapse has come, I think I might stick with my "worst week in history" assessment.

September 19, 2009 at 3:14 PM  

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