Just over a month into the season and we know a couple things about these Rangers:
*They’ve seen enough of Sonny Gray.
*They aren’t real good at handling prosperity.
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The combination of the dominant A’s starter and the apparent hangover of Saturday’s thrilling, come-from-behind, extra-innings, 8-7 win produced a resounding thud Sunday in Arlington.
Off their best win of the season, the Rangers were gifted by Gray seven walks, a wild pitch and a hit batter, and managed zero runs off Oakland’s ace.
The 7-1 loss means Texas still hasn’t won a series this year, is 0-3 against Gray without scoring a single run in 23.2 innings and remains the only team in baseball without a winning streak.
That’s right. The Rangers have eight wins, but have followed each with a loss in the next game. And it’s not difficult to see how.
In their eight games following a victory, they have scored 0, 1, 4, 2, 1, 5, 1 and 1 runs for an average of 1.8 per game.
So the high of Saturday night’s rally – the first walk-off win of the season fueled by dramatic, big hits from Shin-Soo Choo and Rougned Odor – gave way Sunday to the cold reality of the Rangers.
It’s really hard to win when you don’t score more than two runs. It’s really hard to compete for a division when you can’t put together a winning streak. And it’s really hard to sniff .500 if you can’t win a series.
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.