The Texas Rangers were beaten by the Seattle Mariners today 4-1 for their eighth consecutive loss. The Rangers had just three hits all game and the second one that prevented them from getting shut out didn’t come until the eighth inning.
The last time the Rangers had an eight game losing streak was from July 13 to July 22 last season. The last time the Rangers had a nine game losing streak, however, was from May 30 to June 8 in the genuinely miserable (A-Rod MVP!) 2003 season. That’s the kind of area these 2020 Rangers are starting to venture toward.
Today, Texas finished off a winless road trip by getting swept by a Mariners team that started the series 8-19. Now the Rangers are only a half game better than Seattle and charging hard for the Anaheim Angels to occupy the cellar in the American League West.
Before all of this happened, the Rangers were above .500 and in a playoff spot. Life comes at you fast, and all that.
Player of the Game: Do I type Mike Minor here? His outing was better today, right? He went six innings! That’s something! It’s not like the Rangers hitters did anything of note today (I refuse to acknowledge Jeff Mathis).
Nevertheless, Minor allowed four runs — on three dongs — to a bad Mariners team and only struck out three and it was still a noticeable improvement. Consider the straws grasped.
Up Next: The Rangers return home but it doesn’t get any easier as they will take on the Oakland Athletics for four games before finishing out the month with a series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The series opener against the A’s provides basically the only ray of sunshine in the Rangers universe as Lance Lynn is the scheduled starter for Texas opposite LHP Jesus Luzardo for Oakland. Monday’s first pitch from The Shed is scheduled for 7:05 pm CT.