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I hate to say this, but the Angels are winning this division. They have been the model of consistency the last 2 months, have All-Star pitching, and are showing no signs of slowing down. The Rangers are crapping up against the Twins as expected, have to face the Toronto in Canada where they can't win, and then Det which has also been their nemesis. This time next week the Rangers will be out of first place. The Angels win the division by 3.
little bit early for the doom and gloom predictions bro.
The season is still far from over. While I do predict a close finish, I also expect the Angels to begin playing closer to their expected levels. They have more weaknesses on their roster right now than the Rangers although, it may not feel like it at the moment. The Rangers do indeed need to make a move, but even without a trade, they will still win the division. Relax.
Thanks for pulling me off the ledge. I tend to be a sports pessimist. Very reactionary when bad happens but not when they're doing well.
You clearly don't watch many Angels games.
They've had a nice little run lately... but they are far from a great team. Their bullpen is every bit as bad as ours, and their offense is really weak. They have 2 solid starters, 2 fairly good starters, and one very mediocre (and so far incredibly lucky) starter. The only part of the game where they are very good is on defense, but that only goes so far in making up for their atrocious bullpen and offense.
They are 2 games back, but they are 66 runs worse than the Rangers. We'll win this division by 6-7 games.
R100 - Not saying that I disagree with you (and I hope you're right), but basing it on the run differential seems somewhat problematic to me when the Rangers consistently blow out teams in the first game of the series and then struggle to find runs (and more importantly, wins) in the rest of the series. Whether you win by 15 runs or 1 run, it only counts for 1 in the W column, but the 15 run blowouts are contributing significantly to that run differential.
So is that a 6-7 WAA? And yes, I agree R100.
oh my god
Skeletor, if you study the Angles closely, you will notice that they suck.
Rangers are playing complacent and it's seems like every time the Angels start nipping at their heels, they turn it on.... This is a young team with a players' coach that looks entitled by recent success.... Fact is that they are still much more talented than the Anal-Gels.... And have fresher legs... Rangers win the West.
The Angels can suck and still win the division. That how baseball go sometime.
The Angels "suck?" hahaha. The way some people underestimate Scioscia and that organization is criminal. It IS our division to lose, but the Angels have proven to be a force to be reckoned with every single year. They have better pitching than we do, Ervin Santana is a third "solid" starter (not just "fairly good"--numbers will probably be better than CJ's when all is said and done), and they have shown that the find ways to win even when their offense sucks.
If they add a bat, plus another bullpen piece, then the Rangers are in trouble. I think JD has to bite the bullet at this point and overpay for a Bell/Adams-type.
I, too, agree with AdamEaton that you can't underestimate Mike Scioscia and how he runs a team. The Angels aren't going away and the Rangers are about to lose their third in a row to the Twins and head out on the road to Toronto, a place where they refuse to make an effort.The past two nights against the Twins -- and last week against the Angels -- illustrates why it is so frustrating to be a Rangers fan this season. In a four game series, at home, the Rangers have the talent and skill to beat the Twins three of four. Instead, after tonight's expected Minnesota ass kicking, it will be the Twins who will have won three of four. In Arlington.I felt at the time and moreso now that the 9-8 choke job delivered by Derek Holland and Tommy Hunter against the Angels last week could prove to be a decisive game in the AL West race.Instead of Texas owning a 6-8 game lead in the West, it has shrunk to just two and probably just one after another surrender takes place tonight against the Twins.So to all you glass half full people out there one immutable fact remains: The Angels, by virtue of taking two of three from the Rangers last week, are indeed playing better than the Rangers, who can't even summon the fortitude to make an effort against the 49-55 Twins.The Angels will play four in Detroit while the Rangers are losing at least two of three to the Blue Jays.In just a few days, Texas will be in second place despite having the most talent in the division.Scioscia is a very good manager. He smells blood in the water and he knows his club, despite not having as much skill and talent as the Rangers, will overtake them and win the West.It is indeed a frustrating time to be a Rangers fan.
Remember, just a minute ago when we won like a bunch of games in a row? We are still about the 3rd best team in the AL and 4th best in MLB...we will pull away if we stay healthy. The Angles do not suck tho. They have some real good young talent in Trout and Trumbo (how long before they are dubbed TNT?) and a rotation headlined by one of the best 1-2 punches in the game...that can be a dangerous combo. Our overall talent and depth will prevail though.
Today is the turning point of yesterday's tomorrow.
"OH CRAP I FORGOT MY PARACHUTE!!!" - Skeletor in one month when the Rangers are up 7.5 games in the West.
"HERE, YOU CAN BORROW PART OF MY LEFTOVER RANGERS JERSEY!" - Arthur Rhodes
Whether they win the division or not, it's difficult to see them advancing very far in the playoffs as currently constituted. It's frustrating that they did nothing to upgrade the pitching staff in the offseason. Once they decided not to go after a starter, they should have made every effort to make sure the bullpen was solid. If they'd done that, not only would the pen have blown fewer games, but they would've been able to use their trade chips to focus on securing a starter.
Right now, it looks like the best they're going to do is Heath Bell. He will definitely help down the stretch, but even if they make the playoffs, it's possible he never pitches a single inning.
As a fan, it's frustrating that it's come to this point, when the bullpen is something that could've potentially been addressed in the offseason.
Bottom line: Absent something unexpected happening in the next few days, the 2011 Rangers are very similar to the 2010 Rangers, minus Cliff Lee. (Ogando's progress basically cancels out Colby's regression, the offense is a bit better, the defense is better, but the bullpen is worse.) The Rangers needed to replace Lee with someone good. We all knew that. They apparently have failed to do so. Hate to be pessimistic, but it's frustrating.
I wish 2 things.
A) The Angels would go away.B) We could swap managers with them.
A bit of a rebuttal to RFan and his assertion that the Rangers defense is better than 2010.Last year, the Rangers fielded the ball at a .982 clip and ranked 7th in the AL in errors.This year, they are first in the AL with 85 errors and fourth in fielding percentage at .978.Compare those to Boston (49 errors, 13th in the AL) and Detroit (70 for fourth).And again, for comparison's sake, the team with the worst record in baseball, Houston, has committed just 77 errors.The starters on the left side of the Rangers infield have committed 31errors, with Elvis Andrus leading the way with 20. Adrian Beltre has 11. For his three-year career, Andrus has committed an average of 19 per season, while Beltre is at 16.This doesn't take into account the downgrade that MY is at third (proof positive last night).Also, Texas has allowed more unearned runs -- 52 -- than they did in all of 2010.The defense is definitely not better and, in fact, I would assert this lousy defense is one of the reasons this team is just a couple of Angels wins away from being in second place.
The panic here is silly. This team will get a bullpen piece and a bench bat. This team will walk away with the division. The playoffs are always a crapshoot, and the Rangers have as good a shot as just about anyone. The Angels are both broke and have no real prospects to trade. JD is the game's best GM and is in position to improve the club. Lest we all forget, since a disastrous start, the Twins have been one of baseball's very best teams.
Nothing is assured, but the Rangers' WS odds in Vegas are still tied for 5th in baseball, behind the Red Sox, Yankees, Phillies, and Braves (tied with St Louis). There are a huge number of teams who would swap places with the Rangers in a heartbeat. Rosenthal just wrote about how the Rangers are baseball's new Superpower. Meanwhile, with the Rangers as 3rd favorite for the AL pennant, the Angels sit as the 7th favortie to win the AL crown and in a 3-way tie for 13th best WS odds- decidedly mid-pack. Stop shooting downward. The Angels COULD surprise, but make no mistake that it would be a surprise to see anyone other than Texas win this division.
@Skeletor back off the cliff dude its a couple of games just like the 10+ wins in a row didn't mean this team would be undefeated the rest of the year these last few games don't mean they will play .333 baseball the rest of the way.@ D our friend R100 is referencing Run Diff because it is an indicator that is I believe used in the Pythagorean calculation used to predict a teams final record (R100 correct me if I am wrong) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pythagorean_expectation@42 I agree we think Mike Scoiscia is one of the better in game managers and overall managers in the game however our counterpart Angels Fans are screaming for his head every time they have a setback. They also think he can't manage a bullpen to save his life. Sound familiar?Everyone chill this game season is like golf don't get too high don't get too low and enjoy the good while forgetting the bad.PS the Angel Closer has the most blown Saves in the AL and maybe MLB but I didn't take the time to look.
And how is it that people are just ready to give tonight's game to the Twinkies? Does anyone really think Matt Harrison is the kind of guy who plans to go out and roll over? He's a warrior, and there's a damned good chance he's going to stop the bleeding.
@Scooby Dude because all things are linear and "a body in motion tends to stay in motion" Plus there are a bunch of knee jerk reactionary posters on here.
A 2nd rebuttal to RFan, about the bullpen. Yes, the bullpen has been crappy. But I don't think you can blame ownership or upper management for that, necessarily. The same group of guys was rock solid last year, and the only real problem was moving Ogando out of the setup role into the rotation. But even there, on paper it looked solid. Feliz as closer; Oliver and Lowe as 8th inning L / R; Rhodes and O'Day as 7th inning L / R; long relief with 2 of Feldman, Bush, Tomko, Kirkman, Hunter or Holland, depending on who makes the rotation; Tateyama as depth.
What happened was the perfect storm of bad. Rhodes was really strong last year for Philly - in a hitter's park. Who knew that he'd lose everything over the winter? Lowe was disappointing early on, and so was Oliver. O'Day is hurt & ineffective before the surgery. Bush & Tomko didn't work out. Kirkman sucked; Feldman took forever to get healthy; Hunter got hurt. And, to make matters worse, Feliz has blown quite a few saves already. Tateyama is really the only guy back there who has been consistently good.
My point is that the bullpen should have been a strength, and I don't blame JD for thinking it would be.
The Angels are winning again 3-0 in Detroit. Seriously. Their run differential seems to be just fine, post All-Star break
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