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Rangers continue slumping with 1-0 loss to the Athletics

Sep 14, 2013, 6:05 PM EDT

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September has not been friendly to the Rangers. They wrapped up August with a 79-56 record and a two-game lead in the AL West. Since then, they have lost 10 of 12 and now trail the Athletics by 5.5 games in the division following this afternoon’s gut-wrenching 1-0 loss. Yu Darvish started for the Rangers and, aside from allowing an RBI double to Brandon Moss in the first inning, pitched very well. The right-hander struck out ten over seven innings, allowing just the one run on four hits and a walk.

As good as Darvish was, though, A’s starter Bartolo Colon was even better. The 40-year-old blanked the Rangers over eight innings, allowing seven hits and a walk while striking out seven. Grant Balfour shut the door in the ninth to wrap up the 1-0 victory, saving his 38th game of the season.

The Rangers have now lost their last three games against the Athletics and will attempt to avoid the series sweep tomorrow as Martin Perez will oppose Jarrod Parker. The Rays can tie the Rangers for the first AL Wild Card spot with a victory over the Twins tonight. The Indians, Orioles, Yankees, and Royals all sit between 1.5 and 3.5 games out of the second Wild Card. The Rangers have exhausted any wiggle room they had entering the month. It’s do or die for them now.

  1. Conner012367 - Sep 14, 2013 at 6:15 PM

    so my losing streak of my favorite teams not winning championships goes on, i am thinking of finding better teams to be fans of, its been like i don’t know 4 or 5 years since my teams have won a championship.

  2. rjostewart - Sep 14, 2013 at 6:29 PM

    Man, and Indians-Royals play-in game would be fun. Unlikely, but fun.

  3. proudlycanadian - Sep 14, 2013 at 6:34 PM

    Baltimore just lost another game today by 1 run to keep pace with the Rangers and the Yankees.

    • clydeserra - Sep 15, 2013 at 4:28 AM

      this years wild card race is really a contest to see who loses the least in the last weeks

  4. flamethrower101 - Sep 14, 2013 at 6:38 PM

    Way to go, Rangers. You’re blowing it. Again. You’d have to think after two straight collapses like this (and yes I know there’s still time) the voices calling for Ron Washington’s job are only going to get louder. I don’t think he deserves it but this is getting ridiculous. A’s win tomorrow and they basically have the West locked up. In fact, right now the possibility is there that the Rangers might fall out of the playoff race altogether.

  5. yahmule - Sep 14, 2013 at 7:17 PM

    “Slumping.” That’s a very polite word for it.

  6. hcf95688 - Sep 14, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    Perspective is everything? Rangers are slumping? OK, but are not the A’s surging? A 1-0 game is gut wrenching? Maybe in Texas, but for this Green & Gold fan it was thrilling.

    Pardon me while I do not shed a tear.

    • APBA Guy - Sep 14, 2013 at 8:13 PM

      Agreed. I love Wash, but when he’s in charge of the team playing the A’s, he’s just another manager.

      But you have to ask yourself, how depleted are the Rangers? Hamilton, Napoli and Young gone, Cruz suspended. Harrison, Feliz, and Colby Lewis either still injured or not starting, and CJ Wilson gone.

      That’s a lot of quality guys either gone or out. Granted, Young, Hamilton and a couple others are past-peak. But still, their level of performance from their WS years has not been replaced. Their outfield today was Rios, Gentry and Martin, OPS’s of .761, .705 and .695 respectively. Can’t blame Wash for that.

      • miketreedy - Sep 14, 2013 at 8:26 PM

        I agree they are depleted but so are the Yankees & they are just a few games back and play in a much harder division. Other teams have also had plenty of injuries. The Rangers have had the benefit of playing the Astros 16 games this season. They are 14-2 in those games. They have losing records against both the AL East and AL Central.

      • hcf95688 - Sep 14, 2013 at 8:49 PM

        Hiring Geren (aka “Bobo the Moron”) over Wash was a monumental error in judgment.

      • clydeserra - Sep 15, 2013 at 4:32 AM

        As much as I loved Wash as a third base coach and fielding instructor, I am glad he didn’t get the A’s job in 07. (not saying geren was better.)

  7. miketreedy - Sep 14, 2013 at 8:02 PM

    Fair or not its time for the Rangers to make a change. This is the second season in a row the Rangers have nose dived at the end of the season. If the Astros were still in the NL the Rangers wouldn’t even be in contention for wild card spot this year. Also, players like Elvis, Kinsler, Mooreland and Holland have all plateaued as players. Washington has done a good job but sometimes you have to shake things up.

  8. yankeepunk3000 - Sep 14, 2013 at 8:10 PM

    its yu darvishs fault. he didnt will to win! he should of pitched to the score. if they can’t score a run make the other team score a negative run…oh its real

  9. Glenn - Sep 14, 2013 at 8:25 PM

    Maybe both teams are “slurping”, but in different directions. Don’t tell my mom that I said this.

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