The Texas Rangers Hangover
After having 34 runs scored against them on 44 combined hits, the bullpen racking up 15.1 innings of work over the weekend, and two of the three starters not making it to the fourth inning, I think it’s safe to say the Blue Jays were happy to get the hell out of Texas.
Thanks god we are leaving Texas wow I think our scouting report really sucks this time— Omar Vizquel (@VizquelOmar13) May 27, 2012
It must have been disheartening for the Blue Jays to have their posteriors kicked by the Texas Rangers, but they are the best team in baseball right now. And it was very evident that Toronto was just overmatched in every facet by the Texas Rangers in that series.
Among all the lowlights in this series, there were a few highlights for the Blue Jays. It appears as though Colby Rasmus is finally coming around, Jesse Chavez looked great in his big league Blue Jays debut, and Jeff Mathis was one of the most effective relievers all weekend.
Most figured the Blue Jays had a very tall order going on the road to Tampa Bay and Texas, and that they did. However, considering that Toronto has dropped the last six of seven games, it’s somewhat surprising the Blue Jays are still hovering at the .500 mark.
On their last road trip, Toronto went 5-5 through Los Angeles, Oakland and Minnesota, and that’s all anybody can expect of the Blue Jays on the road; to play .500 ball on the road, and .600 ball at home.
It’s easier said than done, but if Toronto does exactly that and plays .500 on the road and .500 at home, then they’ll need to go 41-41 on the road and go 48-32 at the Rogers Centre. That would put the Blue Jays at 89 wins, right in the thick of things for a playoff spot come season’s end.
Going into this road swing, it was expected that the Blue Jays might have some trouble with the Rangers … and they did. After all, they were outpitched by the best starting staff and bullpen in the Majors, and were outhit by the most powerful lineup in the American League.
I know it sounds like I’m making excuses for a squad that just got swept out of Arlington Texas, but by no means do I believe this is the tipping point for the Blue Jays 2012 season. It sucks to lose a series in that way, but in this instance it’s beneficial to forget what happened and move forward.