Tuesday, September 8, 2009

So Are They Going to Make the Playoffs or Not?

Glass Half Empty / Afternoon Cloud:
Michael, "the Old Man" Young is out. Jedi Josh is out. They've played .500 ball the last 10 games. There are only about 4 weeks left in the season. They're 5 GB in division and 2.5 GB in the wild card and there are only 26 games left. And they have no games left against the Red Stockings.

Glass Half Full / Silver Lining:
Jedi Josh should be back Friday.

The Rangers have 7 games left against the division leading Halos.

There are plenty of games to make up the difference in either the division or wild card races, I think.

Thoughts / Observations / Sidenotes:
I know, I know, I know, this season is already a success, they've performed way beyond expectations, blah, blah, blah. Well, guess what? Expectations have changed dramatically because they've performed so well. We know what they're capable of.

I'm going to call it. I think your Texas Rangers make the playoffs. Not only that, I think they'll win the division. Halos have an incredibly difficult schedule left and are terrible against division foes. Outside the division they play the White Stockings, Red Stockings and Spankess down the stretch and have more than a few games in division. Am I jinxing them? I don't think so. The Rangers have to think they're good enough to win the division. And why not? So why not say it?

By the way, I went to Houston and caught a great Astros game Saturday night (Astros won in the bottom of the 9th). As a Rangers fan I now have stadium envy. Their MinuteMaid park is awesome. The park is easy to get around inside, in the middle of downtown, indoor and just seems intimate. For example, you can view the game as walk around the lower bowl. Outfield walls are a little too short but otherwise, wow. Did I mention it's an indoor stadium with a retractable section?

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