HOUSTON, TX - MAY 13: Matt Dominguez #30 and Jose Altuve #27 of the Houston Astros celebrate after Altuve scored in the second inning after Dexter Fowler singled off Matt Harrison #54 of the Texas Rangers during their game at Minute Maid Park on May 13, 2014 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
I don’t get it with this team.
You whisper in the 8th inning that Yu Darvish has a no-hitter going and, poof, it vanishes in the 9th. Then I write something about the plethora of shutouts being thrown by Rangers’ pitchers and, just like that, their hitters fail to produce a single run against the hapless Astros.
Maybe we should start mentioning – ahem – about how the Rangers haven’t provided us all with winning lottery tickets lately. Or at least how they’ve yet to field their anticipated lineup for even one game this season. Bound to happen now, right?
Somebody named Dallas Keuchel threw his first major-league, complete-game shutout last night as the Rangers fell, 8-0, in Houston and dropped back to .500 for the season. To make matters worse, Matt Harrison gave up three runs in the 2nd inning before leaving with back stiffness.
Since the opposite tends to happen with this team whenever you mention a trend, let’s try this: Geez, the Rangers haven’t gone on a 10-game losing streak in a looooong time. Cross your fingers …
A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He currently lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.