The Texas Rangers are now in the midst of a season-long tying four-game losing streak, and with the exception of Tuesday night's embarrassing blowout loss, much of that fault lies on the team's lineup for not producing runs.
Over the last four games, which have been lost by a combined 21 runs (17 of which came in Tuesday's game), the Rangers have managed to push eight runs across the plate and have just 28 hits. For the Rangers, that's just a plain yucky number.
Now, the Rangers return home to Rangers Ballpark in Arlington and the hot air with the lovable jet stream to face a losing team in the Minnesota Twins before heading into the all-star break.
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Before heading to Chicago, the Rangers scored 56 runs in 10 home games against the Rockies, Tigers and A's, which is more what the Rangers lineup is accustomed to.
With Martin Perez making his second big-league start on Friday, a hit-or-miss Derek Holland coming off a month-long stint on the DL on Saturday and the totally unpredicatable, easily hittable Roy Oswalt going Sunday, the Rangers' bats need some life this weekend of they could find themselves back in a tight race for the AL West lead over the Angels, who are currently four games back with three games to play before the break.