Welcome the season’s first offensive slump. And, predictably, it ain’t pretty.
Just when it looked like the Rangers were ready to take off, after last night’s 3-1 loss to the Yankees they’re right back where they started. A week ago they were 10-6 after a four-game winning streak and a sweep of the rival Astros. Now? 10-10 and searching for answers.
During the win streak they scored 24 runs. Since then, only five runs in four games.
“I think our offense is a potent offense,” Rangers’ manager Jeff Banister said after the game. “I believe this offense will get going.”
Nonetheless, Banister attempted to jump-start his team by changing his batting order. Rougned Odor led off Monday night, with Delino DeShields dropped to 9th. It didn’t work.
Odor failed to reach base and the Rangers mustered nothing against Texas native and Yankees’ starter Nathan Eovaldi. They were no-hit through six innings until a Nomar Mazara hit against the shift to lead off the 7th. They really only hit two balls hard – Adrian Beltre’s warning-track drive in the 4th and Prince Fielder’s double that came after Mazara was wiped off the bases by a double-play.
The futility was part Eovaldi’s stuff, and part the Rangers’ slump.
Five runs in four games, with a .165 batting average and an ugly 3-of-18 with runners in scoring position will snuff out any thoughts of a team taking control of a division. For the Rangers and their bats, we’re back to square one.
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 lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.