Since reaching its high-water mark (37-31) on June 19th, the Rangers have lost 12 of 16 and have been outscored 91-53, or about 5.7 to 3.3 per game. I only spent two semesters at Virginia Tech and I definitely didn't go there for math, but methinks that's a pretty wide margin.
For the first time in what feels like a long time, Yovani Gallardo wasn't sharp. At all. In 5.2 innings on the bump her surrendered 8 hits and 5 walks, and still somehow managed to hold Arizona to 3 runs. On the year, Yovani has been outstanding, as he's on track for his best season to date, at least in terms of run prevention. It makes you wonder, depending how far the Rangers ultimately slide, just what Jon Daniels is capable of getting in return for Gallardo, who is a free agent after the year.
Assuming health, which is one of the worst assumptions for starting pitchers, Yovani is exactly the type of guy to give a Qualifying Offer to. Since the Rangers front office has proven to be particularly fond of first round picks in the past -- or at least the slot money attached to them -- it would only make sense to trade Gallardo if they got legitimate prospect value. And who knows, maybe Texas's master plan is to inevitably lead a 2016 rotation with Cole Hamels and Yu Darvish, and they parlay prospects from a Yovani Gallardo trade to help make that happen.
On the field, where it matters, Texas still has plenty of time to turn it around. Being -7 in the AL West standings means less on July 7th than it does, say, September 7th. But in the right now, as we tick closer to the July 31st trade deadline, the worse the team looks the easier it is to envision Texas in sell mode.