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Friday, September 08, 2023

Four reasons behind the Texas Rangers’ late-season collapse that has them outside the playoff bracket

1. The bullpen has been a disaster

Disaster is a strong word but it is appropriate here. The Rangers held a lead in eight of the 15 losses during this 4-15 stretch. Four times they had a lead in the seventh inning or later and four times they blew a lead of at least three runs, including in three straight games at one point. In two of the four wins, the Rangers blew a lead in the sixth inning or later, and had to come back.

Turn even four of those eight leads into wins, and we’re talking about a tolerable 8-11 stretch and the Rangers being in a wild-card spot, rather than a disastrous 4-15 stretch that has them on the outside of the playoff bracket. The bullpen has been a liability all year and it has been especially bad in the second half…

Meltdowns are a fun little stat based on win probability. A meltdown is a relief appearance that decreases the team’s win probability at least 6%. In the first half, the Rangers were middle of the pack in meltdowns, which is neither good nor bad. In the second half though, they have the seventh most meltdowns, stacking up costly relief appearances that typically blow games.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 08, 2023 at 06:08 PM | 5 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: September 08, 2023 at 09:39 PM (#6140807)
It's been an uncharacteristically brutally hot summer in north Texas. The team clearly needs a new stadium with better air conditioning.
   2. Starring Bradley Scotchman as RMc Posted: September 09, 2023 at 07:45 AM (#6140829)
I was gonna suggest moving the team back to Washington, but it's been pretty hot there this summer, too!
   3. McCoy Posted: September 10, 2023 at 09:42 AM (#6140916)
Like the previous Washington team they should move to Minnesota.
   4. John Northey Posted: September 11, 2023 at 01:23 AM (#6140995)
As a Jays fan it is fun watching the Rangers flounder after knocking them out in 2015 and 2016. If the Jays could sweep them this week they'd pretty much knock the Rangers out in 2023 as well. I can dream can't I? None the less it should be a fun 4 game series. Playoff type baseball in mid-September. Gotta love it.

For the Rangers those 2 series vs the Mariners will be do or die time if they go 1-3 or 0-4 vs the Jays.
   5. DL from MN Posted: September 11, 2023 at 10:41 AM (#6141011)
Like the previous Washington team they should move to Minnesota.

Minnesota spent a whole month above 90 degrees this summer. It's been hot here, too.

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