The Rangers by the woeful numbers
June, 17, 2013
By Todd Wills | ESPNDallas.com
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Rangers are going through one of their worst stretches in club history by the numbers.
During their current six-game losing streak, they've scored a total of eight runs. Here's a closer look inside the numbers, courtesy of ESPN Stats & Information:
A rough run: The Rangers have scored two runs or fewer in six straight games, matching their longest stretch of games with two runs or less in franchise history (including their days as the second version of the Washington Senators from 1961-71).
After a 32-17 start, the Rangers have gone 6-14 over the last 20 games. During this stretch, they've averaged 3.3 runs per game, down from 4.7 in their first 49 games. They're also hitting .238 (down from .272) and have a team ERA of 4.29 (up from 3.44).
Home blues: The most shocking part about this losing streak is that it has come at Rangers Ballpark. The six-game home skid equals the club's second-longest home losing streak since moving into Rangers Ballpark in Arlington in 1994. The team record for most consecutive home losses is nine, set in May of 1990.
The Rangers can avoid tying the Rangers Ballpark record as they open a four-game series against the Oakland Athletics on Monday night.
"You go out and keep playing," manager Ron Washington said Sunday night. "That team up in there has proven how mentally tough they are. Yes, we've lost six in a row. We're not the first team to lose six in a row, and we probably won't be the last in the rest of the history of baseball to lose six in a row. But we're challenged. And I feel like mentally we're tough enough to make it through the challenge.
"We will make it through the challenge. We just have to keep fighting. That's what we have to do."