Tuesday, August 27, 2013

The Rangers Will Win If They Score More Runs Than the Other Team

Glass Half Empty / Afternoon Cloud: It's that simple.  But, the Rangers bats still go quiet every so often (maybe too often) and then when a pitcher gives up 2-4 runs they get a loss.

Glass Half Full / Silver Lining:   The Rangers don't seem to win as much as they should when Yu's on the mound.  Of course Holland has had some wasted great starts this season too.  I'm just saying, way more often than not this season it's been the lack of offense and not the pitching that has been to blame for losses.  In fact the with all the injuries to the staff the pitching has been great.

Thoughts / Observations / Sidenotes: And the problem with an offense that at times goes ice cold may become very evident in a 5 game series.  One or two bad offensive games and the Rangers are on vacation.  Or (gulp) what if the Rangers end up in the wild card play-in game and have a 1 run game?


Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Rangers Still Cannot Shake the A's

Glass Half Empty / Afternoon Cloud: The Rangers' 8 game winning streak came to an end with the loss to the Brewers tonight.  The Rangers have won 13 out of 14 games and still will be either 1 game up or tied with the A's in the division (A's are losing to the Astros 5-1 in the bottom of 7th right now).  Why won't the A's just go on a losing streak?

Glass Half Full / Silver Lining: The Rangers won 8 in a row and 13 out of 14 games!  Not too shabby since it looked like the A's might be poised to run away with this thing.

Thoughts / Observations / Sidenotes: Why do the Rangers have so much trouble with simple things like run downs and base running?


Thursday, August 8, 2013

It's 47 games to the end of the season, we got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it's dark... and we're wearing sunglasses. Let’s roll.

The Rangers are tied in the division with the A's.


Wednesday, August 7, 2013

And Now They Are 1 Game Back...

Glass Half Empty / Afternoon Cloud: Yu gave up 2 first inning homers.  Very uncharacteristic for him since he came back from his stint on the DL (he had a sub 1 ERA since coming off the DL).  Oh well, he's human after all.

Glass Half Full / Silver Lining: The Rangers had 6 stolen bases.  And the Rangers had a mini offensive explosion producing 4 runs in the top 9, fueled in large part by their running.

Oh yeah, and with the win, and A's losing earlier versus the Reds, the Rangers trail by only 1 game in the division.

Thoughts / Observations / Sidenotes: It's amazing what great base running and committing no errors in the field will do for you.  Just ask the Halos, by virtue of an error in the top of 9 they gave the Rangers an extra out.  And as usually happens when you give a MLB team an extra out, the Rangers made them pay for it.


Tuesday, August 6, 2013

So You're Saying the Rangers Have a Chance...

Glass Half Empty / Afternoon Cloud: Of course if you heard the national broadcast team of Joe Buck and Tim McCarver announce game 2 of the 3 game series against the A's on Saturday you would have thought the A's were up in the division by 10 games AND that the A's had won the night before.

Oh yeah, and as fully expected, Nellie was suspended by MLB for the rest of the regular season.

Kins continues to amaze on the base pads, again inexplicably he got caught flat footed and was picked off 2nd base, wasting his lead off double.

Glass Half Full / Silver Lining: Despite Buck and McCarver falling over themselves to sing the praises of the A's, the Rangers did in fact take 2 out 3 from the A's in Oakland.

And the Rangers took the first game of the series against the Halos Monday night.

Thoughts / Observations / Sidenotes: After the win versus the Halos, and with the A's having the night off, the Rangers trail the A's in the division by 2 games.  And the A's play 2 against a Reds team that's not too shabby.

I keep on going back to the following: if you  would have told me that the pitching would have been as beat up and injured as it has been (for example see Grimm and Tepesch getting multiple starts) I would have thought the Rangers would have been out of the race.  Especially with as mediocre as the offense has been.


Thursday, August 1, 2013

3 Walk Off Home Run Wins In a Row Must Be a Record or Something Right?

Glass Half Empty / Afternoon Cloud: Josh Hamilton continues to play well against the Rangers

Glass Half Full / Silver Lining: Nellie went yard and continues to hit well recently.  And then it was Beltre's turn to end the game with a homer.

Thoughts / Observations / Sidenotes: Nellie has been playing well but how much longer will he be playing at all?  And how long will he be suspended?  50 games?  That means he could be back for the end of the regular season.

And the Rangers are 4 back of the A's in the division (.5 games back in the Wild Card race).  And guess who the Rangers play a 3 game series against in Oakland starting Saturday?  Then the Rangers don't play the A's until September, when they play them 6 more times.  Again, these head to head games are HUGE.

The Rangers did not trade for a bat before the deadline.  With Nellie about to get suspended supposedly will the Rangers have enough offense to make a playoff run?  I really don't know.

And can Fat Elvis please just retire already?


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