The Rangers are awful. I don’t see how anyone can call them a contender. It doesn’t matter how good their pitching is, if they can’t score it’s pointless.
Note: This was sent to the mailbag on Monday evening before the Rangers’ dramatic wins on Monday and Tuesday night
This question is great example about how quickly things can change.
The Rangers have truly been in a slump as of late. They have had bad slumps before but this one seemed especially frustrating. Rangers fans have been watching the delta between the division leading A’s and the Rangers widen these past couple weeks. It’s upsetting.
The come-from-behind walk-off win on Monday was awesome.
Too bad most people turned the channel and missed it. Judging by your email that was sent halfway through the game, you may have been one of them. The game Tuesday night was somehow even better than Monday’s game.
Hey, I get the frustration. It’s been bad lately. It’s easy to get down on the club after watching them play the way they have past few weeks. The offense has been stagnant and that’s not something Rangers fans are accustomed to. But we’ve been spoiled. We have gotten so used to an explosive offense we don’t know what to do when we suddenly have an average one (and below average recently).
I’m here to tell you to fear not. The offense will get back on track. Don’t bank on Berkman or Ramirez being a late season savior. The team will need to do it how it stands now. Possibly sans Nelson Cruz too. Cruz left the game last night with a quad injury and news just broke around midnight that the names of the soon-to-be suspended have been given to the players union. He could be on that suspended list.
The deadline is nearly past and the roster (for the most part) is set. This is the very reason the MLB season is so long. Slumps and hot streaks happen too easily in baseball. The Rangers will break the slump one win at a time. Maybe the slump broke on Monday night. Maybe it broke on Tuesday night. Maybe they are about to go on a hot streak.
Don’t give up. This team is very good and made for the playoffs.
You have reason to be nervous but don’t get too stressed. This probably isn’t even the last slump the Rangers will have this season.
It’s ok to watch the A’s but don’t dwell too much. There is a lot of season left and the pitching staff looks to improve even more as they rehab back into action.
Final Note: If Nelson Cruz misses any serious time we may have cause for worry. As of 1:30am Eastern Wednesday morning, his name hasn’t been said publically in any official capacity regarding suspension. I plan to sleep with my fingers crossed that his injury isn’t serious and a suspension isn’t forthcoming.
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