Thursday, August 16, 2012

Rangers Avoid Sweep in Bronx, Win 10-6

Glass Half Empty / Afternoon Cloud:  That's what happens when you put a 3B/1B in right field (Olt).  You get an error.

The pitching staff is continuing to give up crooked numbers/big innings, like today with a 5 run 6th inning.

Glass Half Full / Silver Lining: However, through 5 IP Doogie Holland had a 1 hitter going and the Rangers offense had staked him to a 4-0 lead.

6 Rangers had multiple hits with David "Charlie" Murphy leading the way with 3.  Beltre and Gentry both had 3 RBI's.  The offense finally woke up after managing just 6 hits in the last 2 games and 2 runs in the last 3 versus the Spankees.

Thoughts / Observations / Sidenotes: Even after losing 3 straight before today's win and even if both the Halos and the A's win tonight the Rangers will still lead the division by 6 games.  That would still be at least the 2nd biggest division lead in all of baseball at the end of the day.

I came up with the nickname David "Charlie" Murphy as an homage to Charlie Murphy, Eddie Murphy's younger brother who is also a comedian and pretty darn funny in his own right (see his appearances on the Dave Chappelle Show).  Charlie Murphy doesn't seem to get the due and respect that he's earned/owed.  Sound familiar?  Of course, they share the same last name so it works on that level too.

David Murphy has been playing great baseball this year and has played well for the Rangers going back a few seasons but, he's still not quite an everyday player.  And to be clear Murph wasn't considered an everyday guy when he first started out with the big club.  Sure, he's gets a boatload more starts in the field nowadays so he's not quite as unappreciated as he has been in years past...

But you know who hasn't been an everyday player this year but maybe deserves to get more starts in the field down the stretch and next year?  Craig Gentry.  Craig "Charlie" Gentry?

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