This is going to be a quick Rangers reaction for two reasons. First, for many of you, if recent history holds, tend to shy away from Rangers stories after a defeat. Maybe you’re saving yourself the grief of reliving bad memories. I feel your pain. The other reason why I’m going to rip through this thing is because I’ve got a 7 a.m. flight back to DFW. If you’ve ever traveled abroad you know customs can be a time-suck. It’s especially true at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport where the motto of the staff is: We’re Not Flying Anywhere, So Why Should You?
OK, my cab is waiting. Here’s three reactions after the Rangers’ 12-2 loss Thursday in Toronto:
1. Road woes continue — The Rangers have lost six of their past seven road games and are 5-9 away from Arlington. It’s the club’s most losses through 14 away games since 2011. (BTW, that season didn’t turn out too bad.) Derek Holland’s Thursday outing aside, the real problem has been the offense. Texas has scored 44 runs in 14 road games. Only one team in the American League with that many road games has scored fewer (Yankees, 38).
2. The Dream Is Over — It was inevitable. Eventually, we all knew, there would come a night when the Rangers starting pitcher would not have it on the mound and exit the game early. For the first time in 2016 the Rangers starter didn’t go at least five innings. Of course, no one expected Holland to get lit up so badly even with the recent playoff history against the Blue Jays. Holland had actually entered Thursday’s start with 16 1/3 scoreless innings at Rogers Centre.
3. The Dream Is Saved — For now, at least. For a moment, it appeared the Rangers errorless streak of 11 consecutive games was over when Adrian Beltre was charged with a fielding error on a hard shot to his left. The ball deflected off his outstretched glove and rolled past shortstop Hanser Alberto. After a minute of head-scratching by a few of us in the press box, the official scorer announced Darwin Barney had been credited with a single and the error was erased. So the error-free streak goes to 12 games. And you thought only bad things happened to the Rangers in Toronto.