After going 17-12 in the time Adrian Beltre went on the disabled list with a hamstring injury, things have began to turn in a bad way for the Texas Rangers offense over the past week or so.
That, coupled with the pitching performance the Rangers have gotten in the past three games, has been a recipe for epic failure as they've dropped three straight, in blowout fashion, to the Boston Red Sox after C.J. Wilson pitched a gem to take the series opener.
Now, the Rangers head into tonight's series opener against the Los Angeles Angels just two games up on the Halos in the West. Bad, bad news.
In Thursday's 6-0 loss to Boston, and starter Andrew Miller, yes Andrew Miller, the Rangers managed just three hits. That marked the eighth straight game in which the Rangers have had eight hits or less, and they're 2-6 in that stretch. The last time they had a streak like that was the first month of the 2010 season.
Entering the game, Miller had a 4.99 ERA on the season, and on Thursday he had a season-long outing of 6 1/3 innings. Way to go, Rangers.
Things are about to get a whole lot tougher on the Rangers bats, as the Angels come to town tonight and will send three legitimate aces to the hill, and an Angels sweep will mean no more first place for your Texas Rangers.