It’s over. Forget the theory that win or go home motivates the Rangers. It didn’t.
Forget the notion that Josh Hamilton will suddenly come to life and save the Rangers. He didn’t.
The Rangers, despite the best efforts of starter Yu Darvish, had their season come to an end when they lost to the Orioles, 5-1, in the AL Wild Card game at the Ballpark in Arlington on Friday night.
Rangers hitters produced just eight singles on the night, grounded into three double plays and were 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position. Josh Hamilton and Adrian Beltre were a combined 0-for-8 in the middle of the order.
Orioles starter Joe Saunders, who was 0-6 with a 9.38 ERA in six career starts against the Rangers in Arlington, held them to one run on six hits and a walk through 5 2/3 innings. Saunders struck out four, including Mike Napoli twice with runners on base.
The Dallas – Fort Worth now has 2 teams we can be embarrassed with in choking away games.
Josh Hamilton was the #1 cancer for the Rangers, followed by a year of non-hitting by Michael Young.
It was pretty much a team effort after that.
Oh well, maybe next year.