The Rangers have now given up 5.0 games in the standings since August 29, as a 1-0 shutout to the Pirates put the ball club 2.0 back of the Oakland A's in the AL West.

Perhaps more perplexing: The way the offense seemingly refuses to score for the team's best pitcher. There is no statistical evidence to back the reason as to why a good team can't score runs when its best pitcher is on the mound, and yet this is where we find ourselves. Yu Darvish is the Rangers kryptonite, through no fault of his own.

There are just no more words for this.