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Week 8 recap

That could have gone better

Texas Rangers v Toronto Blue Jays Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images

Season record: 25-26

Week 8 Record: 1-5

Series Record: 7-9, 1 split

There’s a reason I don’t like roller coasters and for the sake of this post, let’s pretend it’s because I don’t like being jerked up and down and not because they seem like death traps. To go from a 10 game win streak to being swept by Boston and almost swept by the Blue Jays, not really appreciated.

Although that 20 strikeout game was predictable. With the amount of strikeouts the Rangers have tallied thus far, it felt imminent... however, I expected it to be the Sale start.

Going from week seven where the Rangers swept a series and won a series in the midst of a 10 game win streak, to week eight where they got swept and lost a series in the midst of a five game losing streak was a terrible roller coaster I couldn’t wait to get off.

Assuming after Sunday’s win that we are hopefully completely getting off the roller coaster and not just getting back in line to hop on it again.

Was it me or did the games feel extra long and kind of boring this week?

The ESPN broadcast mentioned that Bannister said the Rangers play best when they play like kids playing a game they love and not adults playing a kids game (I’m paraphrasing ESPN’s paraphrasing) but someone should definitely ask the Rangers to start playing like kids again! By that I don’t mean how I imagine kids playing in little league getting distracted, I just want them to play loose and have fun and hopefully that works.

Now I’m not saying it was a completely horrible week... even though it felt like it was. Ideally, they could’ve won two more and potentially a third.

The first game being the game against Sale. Rangers up 3-1 going into the bottom of the 7th. That inning being a seven run inning for Boston, a fourth blown save, and a fifth loss for Sam Dyson.

The second game being Friday’s game against Toronto. Toronto scored their seventh run on a wild pitch. Had that not happened, Rougie’s three run homer in the 9th would’ve tied the game and give the Rangers the potential to win.

The third game being Saturday’s game. When Hoying all but killed himself catching that second out. Which was then followed by a single and a three run homer. Now sure, the Rangers scored their only run on the very first pitch of the game so who knows if they would’ve held that 1-0 lead for nine innings but this is all a what if scenario anyway.

But here’s to staying positive and hoping the Tampa Bay and Houston series turn out better.

Relatable gif of the week:

your #GalloFace gif of the week:

and because these guys are apparently incredibly self aware:

p.s. here’s your happy gif of the week, enjoy!