ARLINGTON, Texas -- Are the Texas Rangers headed for a 100-loss season?
The very thought would have seemed laughable on June 16. That evening, the Rangers evened their record at 35-35 with a 14-8 road victory over first-place Oakland.
Since that day almost a month ago, however, the collapse has been startling. Texas has won a grand total of three times in a stretch of 25. Over one of the dimmest four-week stretches in club history, the Rangers have experienced two eight-game losing streaks (including one that is ongoing) and another of six.
Only twice since relocating to Texas has the club stumbled to 100 losses in a season -- 100 in 1972, the Rangers' first season after the franchise left from Washington, and 105 the following year. Since their move to Globe Life Park, the Rangers’ season-high for losses is 91 in 2000 and 2003.
To avoid a 100-loss season, the Rangers will need to win a minimum of 25 out of the 67 games that remain.
This Rangers team badly needed the All-Star break to step back and regroup. They showed more spirited play in their recent Angels series. However, the immediate schedule coming out of the break does Texas no favors -- three at Toronto and four at Yankee Stadium, then back home for Oakland and the Yankees.
Approximately 10 weeks of the season remain. The team needs to average 2.5 wins per week.
Even for a team ravaged by injury, that's certainly doable.