Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Rangers Win 19-6!

Kinsler hits for the cycle, pretty cool, pretty freakin' cool. Did I mention that it's pretty cool he hit for the cycle? Rangers put up a ton of runs. Too bad runs don't carry over into future games.

Glass Half Empty/Afternoon Cloud: 
Rangers' bullpen gives up 2 in the bottom of the 9th, good thing it wasn't a close game; Rangers give up 6 runs in the game. 

Silver Lining (I know it's weird to have a "Silver Lining" when they win but come on, it's the Rangers): 
Ron Washington is that many less losses closer to losing his job, if he pulls this out he'll be a manager of the year candidate; Benson gets into trouble early on and hangs in there, nice. No errors for your Texas Rangers.



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Take it easy,



Why This Blog?

Short Version: Because it's written by fans, meaning fanatics. Not media. None of us that post here are journalists or media-types or part of the franchise. We're just fans, that's it.  And I think we all bought in when Wash was hired, I have a t-shirt to prove it.

Long Version: This blog/site is a place where me and some friends can express our hopes and vent our frustrations about the Rangers. DFW doesn't have to be all about football 24/7. And hey, if you would like to join in the conversation just comment on a post. The more the merrier.

In my humble opinion, the Rangers have historically been bad with the brief exceptions being a short stint in the 90's when they were under skipper (the late and great) Johnny Oates and general manager Doug Melvin, when they were good (good enough to make the playoffs 3 times but managed only 1 win in the 3 playoff appearances and of course never advanced; but, that was before my time as a fan of the Rangers) and of course the 2010 and 2011 seasons.  Other than that it's been poor.

As a favorite local broadcaster has said, this is a talking sport. But again, in my very humble opinion, it also lends itself to a fair amount of written angst and analysis. Thus, this blog which self admittedly is short on analysis and more just a place to complain about and root for the Rangers. At the very least this blog allows me to vent my frustrations about the team I choose to follow in this, "The Great Game." I moved to Dallas in 2000 and slowly have adopted the Rangers as my team having come from a city in Texas that does not have an MLB franchise. I love baseball and cheer for the Rangers now.

In late 2005 and early 2006 Buck Showalter was fired and Wash was hired and John Daniels replaced the terrible John Hart as GM. And they got rid of guys that seemed to be more concerned with their own stat lines than by the final scores of the ball games (see Texieria).

Now we have a new level of angst.  2 World Series (WS), 2 years in a row. Twice 2 outs and 2 strikes from winning it all in game 6 of the 2011 WS. That Game 6 of the 2011 WS is otherwise referred to by me as, "the game of which we shall not speak."  Sure we want a WS victory but, in my humble opinion, it's been a heck of ride going to two back to back WS.  2010 and 2011 just go to show that anything can and will happen in the great and crazy game of baseball.

And maybe, just maybe, this year the Rangers will once again find their way out of the wilderness of baseball mediocrity and they will make the postseason and win a playoff series or 3. Who knows? That's why they play the games and we watch 'em.  Because anything can happen.

Take it easy and go Rangers.



Rangers Lose, Again, For the 5th Straight Game

A 3-3 extra inning game (after the Rangers got to the O's bullpen early) is lost in the 10th inning 5-7 by Every-Day-Eddie. Remember Eddie Guardado is no spring chicken, he's been doing this since 1993. He's good to get you out of a jam against a lefty but, at this point in his career that's about all you can hope for from him. Common themes from the last few games? Poor bullpen pitching and bats going silent when they really need a run. But what's new? Remember, the Texas Rangers suck.

Silver Lining: 
McCarthy had a decent outing. 


Texas Rangers Not-So-Fun-Facts

* The Texas Rangers have appeared in only 7 postseasons since the expansion franchise was founded in Washington DC in 1961 and named the (new) Washington Senators, and that's only if you include the one game playoff against the O's in 2012 (which the Rangers lost).  The new Senators moved to Arlington in 1972 and were renamed the Rangers.  And don't confuse this franchise with the much older, different franchise that went by the name of the Washington Senators who packed up their bags and moved to Minnesota and became the Twins in 1960.

* Even though the Rangers made the playoffs 3 times in the 90's (in 1996, 1997 and 1999) they only managed ONE playoff win in those series, all against the Yankees and of course never advanced past the ALDS.

* The Texas Rangers have not had a 20 game winner since 1998 (Rick Helling won his 20th decision on 9/22/1998).

* The Texas Rangers have only had three 20 game winners (Ferguson Jenkins in 1974, Kevin Brown in 1992 and Rick Helling in 1998).  Yeah, in other words no 20 game winners in this millennium.

* The Texas Rangers have NEVER had a pitcher on its roster win the Cy Young award in the franchise's history.

* The Texas Rangers have only had one rookie win the "Rookie of the Year Award", Mike Hargrove in 1974, and are the MLB franchise that has gone the longest since having a player win the award.

* The Texas Rangers have only won 4 postseason series since the franchise was founded in 1961.  Those four (4) series were won in 2010 and 2011.

* The Texas Rangers lost 2 straight World Series in 2010 and 2011.  In 2011 the Texas Rangers were twice two outs and two strikes away from winning the World Series in game 6 only to go on to lose the 2011 World Series in game 7.


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