ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers are going through a tough stretch at this stage of the season.
The Rangers have lost a season-high eight consecutive games, the longest skid since 2005 and while the players in the clubhouse are saying they're not frustrated, shortstop Elvis Andrus sees something else.
"I think it looks like we're living in the moment," said Andrus, who hit into two double plays in a 6-0 loss to the Detroit Tigers on Thursday night. "It's like as soon as they score a few runs, we shut ourselves down a little bit. That's not the way we play. We fight until the last pitch and we haven't done that lately."
All season, the Rangers offense has been struggling.
The Rangers went 4-for-17 with runners in scoring position the last two games and also hit into three double plays. The Rangers lead the majors in hitting into double plays at 76.
Yet, manager Ron Washington says he believes his team will bounce out of these struggles.
"Guys getting some base hits, and getting some base hits with runners in scoring position. That’s what it's going to take," he said. "It's as simple as that, going up there and when we have an opportunity cash them it. We're just not doing it."