Good Riddance to the Worst Month in Rangers’ History?

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There have probably been worse months in the history of your Texas Rangers.

But I dare you to name one.

When July dawned the Rangers were sliding at 37-45, but still hopeful of righting the ship, getting healthy and possibly adding a player or two at the trade deadline to make a push for an American League Wild-Card berth. But as they close out the month tonight against the New York Yankees at Globe Life Park, their condition is nothing short of an unmitigated disaster.

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The increasing heat of July has typically been a rough month for the Rangers. They were 11-15 last season and only 9-14 in 2012. But this year they’ve gone a horrid 5-20 and been out-scored 150-95. They sit at 42-65, worst record in all of baseball. They are 24.5 games behind Oakland in the AL West, their largest deficit in 11 years. This year the 105-degree heat never arrived, but the losses never went away.

This month has seen more injuries (Geovany Soto, Shin-Soo Choo, Alex Rios), losing streaks of eight and four, an embarrassing, sour-grapes rant by Colby Lewis over a bunt single, and ugly slumps by Elvis Andrus (0 for 12) and Leonys Martin (0 for 16). Except when Yu Darvish pitches, on the mound each game feels like open-mike night. And last night the Rangers even managed to waste a 7-RBI game from J.P. Arencibia in a heart-breaking 12-11 loss to New York.

Oh, and the trade-deadline buying? Gone. Now the Rangers are sellers of Jason Frasor and Joakim Soria and perhaps Rios in an attempt to salvage anything – albeit prospects for a better future – out of this gruesome season.

The good news: August can’t be worse. Can it?

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.

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