Rangers' playoff hopes in trouble

A punchless lineup has put Texas' postseason hopes in jeopardy

Updated: July 29, 2013, 11:16 AM ET
By Paul Swydan | ESPN Insider

Elvis AndrusTom Szczerbowski/Getty ImagesElvis Andrus, who signed an eight-year extension this year, has been a big disappointment.

July has not been kind to the Texas Rangers the past two seasons. Last season, they went 9-14 in July and gave the Oakland Athletics an opening in the American League West race. At the start of this July, the Rangers were fourth in the ESPN Power Rankings but have fallen in each of the past four weeks and now find themselves at No. 11. Texas has not been able to hit, and the prognosis for the final two months is quickly turning dour.