Home Runs

After the Rangers returned home from a 4-5 road trip, many people have spent ink and talk on what was contributing to their struggles.  

Bad Weather

Slumping hitters

Bullpen woes 

All these are valid reasons, and there is one that I have not heard mentioned: home runs. Through the first ten games, the pitching staff gave up 6 home runs or .6 per game.  The next five games, they gave up 7 home runs or 1.4 per game.

Here is why I am focusing on the home runs. All of the games that Texas lost were close.  At some point doing each of those losses, the pitching staff, starters or relievers, gave up a key home run that either won the game or put the game out of the reach for our struggling offense.

My two cents.