Saturday, July 28, 2012

Rangers Lose Again to White Sox; Josh Sits Out

Glass Half Empty / Afternoon Cloud: It's hard to win when you cannot get a hit with runners in scoring position.

Glass Half Full / Silver Lining: Napoli hit a solo homer accounting for the Rangers only run of the ballgame.

Thoughts / Observations / Sidenotes: Yes, Josh sat out of tonight's ballgame.  And why not, he hasn't exactly been effective at the plate recently.  Besides an arm maybe the Rangers could use a bat.  All the Rangers, for the most part, looked like they are trying to figure stuff out at the plate tonight.  Maybe they need to shake up the batting order.  Why is Gentry batting 9th when he's one of the few Rangers hitting over .300.  I know that some will say that he's hitting so well because he's batting 9th.  Well, let's test out that hypothesis by moving him up in the order.  Just a thought.  

Josh also had an interesting quote before the ballgame tonight apparently:

"The frustrating part is dealing with (the media) and not being able to share everything with you guys," Hamilton said. "When the time is right, you guys will be right in the loop."

So, what can he not share with us?  Is he hurt?  Has he been since June?  What else could it be?


D'oh! Halos Land Greinke

Glass Half Empty / Afternoon Cloud: Really?  The Brewers had to deal Greinke to the Halos? Oh, yeah Rangers lost to the White Sox last night.

Glass Half Full / Silver Lining: There are those that think Greinke would not have been a good clubhouse fit in Arlington and that Josh Johnson is the Rangers' real target.

Thoughts / Observations / Sidenotes: If not Johnson then again, what about Dempster?  The Marlins will likely try to make the Rangers overpay for Johnson.  Or could the Rangers pull off the rarely seen intra-division trade with the Mariners and land King Felix?  With the Halos loading up on some pitching for a playoff run I would think the Rangers would do something.  I guess they don't have to but, if the Rangers don't make a move and end up in a one-off wild card playoff game or (gulp!) don't make the playoffs because both the A's and the Halos overtake them then there are going to be a lot of questions about not making a move.  All that said all the talking heads on TV seem to think a Rangers move is in the making to acquire a front of the rotation pitcher.

Of course, any pitching acquisition may be for naught if the Rangers' bats continue to be anything but consistent.  Let me put it this way, does anyone really think the Rangers have any chance of winning a World Series much less winning a playoff series if Josh Hamilton is hitting .190?  Well, Josh has been doing just that since June 1.


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