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Honestly, for me, I am only about 30% sure the Rangers make the playoffs this year. As many have said, I do believe they are the better overall team than the Angels, but the Angels schedule is easier and the Angels, unlike the Rangers, know how to beat teams they're supposed to beat. Since the All-Star Break, the Angels trend has been lose one game (usually on a night the Ranger's lose as well) and then win 3 or 4 in a row. Conversely, after their winning streak, the Rangers latest trend has been lose 3 or 4 and win one (the one being a night when Holland or Harrison pitches). If things continue as they are, the Angels (as I predicted last week to much criticism) win this thing by 2 or 3 games leaving the Rangers the entire offseason trying to figure out what went wrong. It's almost getting unbearable to watch a team with this much talent put clunkers on the board night end and night out. You can throw all the run differential stats you want to out there, but the fact of the matter is the Angels are taking care of business and figuring out how to win games and the Rangers are clunker by clunker handing this division over to their arch-rivals.
lot of games left man. you cant keep doing this to yourself. everytime they lose a game your back on the ledge. we dont even have Beltre back yet. We've had some changes, let everything gel, we'll get September call ups soon, which i guarantee will have leonys and scheppers so we might get some more weapons there. The Angels are playing above their level right now. it happens to every team. unfortunately ours was during the first 9 games. They'll level off, we'll increase production and as long as we stay injury free in the rotation we'll have an oct date with Bos or NY. come on my religious brother... keep the faith.
Good news is the Angels lost Weaver for 6 games, have to play the Yankees and Jays at their place soon and then have us for four games. After that four game series we'll know a lot more about where we're at in this race. If we're lucky, Weaver is still suspended and we can go for the 4 game sweep. Oh, and it's not every time they lose a game, but then they lose 3-4 when their rivals just can't seem to lose at all. Yes. I panic. Last years 9 game lead spoiled me. I hate close races, games, etc. I like for my teams to cream the other guy always and often. Also, if the stupid Yankees didn't have the WC, I wouldn't be as worried because we would know that the Rangers make the playoffs regardless.
But so i'll be fair at overreacting both ways. When the Ranger win a few series and make some good headway on the Angels, I'll be sure to post a thread declaring the Rangers the best team in history of the universe ;)
Skeletor....I hate to bust your bubble on Weaver still being suspended next time we face the Angels, but his suspension is for 6 Angel baseball games....not 6 starts. So unless something else happens, he will actually only miss 1 start
It's like clockwork. After every loss, the nervous nellies come out. After every win, they are the best team in baseball. You'd think Ranger fandom has been overrun by Cowboy fans or something.
Most Ranger fans are Cowboy fans and Cowboy fandom has shifted. Now we know the team is horrible and have no expectations for Romo and Co. to actually perform well this year. A win for the Cowboys is like fool's gold
@djcahill: I get what you are saying, but for a lot of us it's the losses to teams the Rangers are better than that are truly ridiculous.In other words, a 1-0 loss to Jared Weaver and the Angels a couple of weeks ago stings, but not quite as bad as a 7-3 loss to the Blue Jays, or a 7-2 loss to the Twins or a 9-8 loss to those same Twins (both in Arlington).The Angels, as Skeletor noted, are indeed beating up on the also-rans and are making up ground -- fast -- on the Rangers who, for some reason, can't summon the mental toughness it takes in a pennant race to beat the teams with lesser records.It would indeed be a shame for the Rangers to miss the playoffs because a team less talented (the Angels) overtook them simply because they figured out a way to beat teams they are supposed to beat.
Could we please stop talking about the pennant race and get back to the really important stuff, like stopping the wave, and the heat? I mean, clearly the heat and the wave is responsible for this. The wave and the heat. Come on people get back on topic.
Heat. Wave. See what I did there?
Very nice, dub.
First off, I guess I'll just assume Skeletor and no. 42 will always find lots of negatives to write about without seeing anything positive. Last night was a disaster...and the Rangers haven't played well since the streak.
But don't ever put too much in an 8 or 12 game run. Look at the larger picture. Frankly the Rangers are right about where I thought they'd be and where they deserve to be.
I think many here overestimate just how "talented" this team is. Hamilton is an MVP caliber talent but you can bet he's gonna miss 30 to 80 games every season b/c, well, that's what he does every year. Cruz is a top-tier basher but, guess what, his hammies will sideline him for a couple weeks 2 or 3 times per season (frankly, he's due for another stint). Elvis has been pretty remarkable his first two season so it's reasonable to expect him to do that again...but it's also not that surprising he's regressed this year. Colby Lewis was a lightning bolt out of the blue last year....does anything about his career, however, indicate he's anything more than a bottom-of-the-rotation guy?
Kinsler is a mediocre hitter...the .319 season in 2009 in clearly an aberration and his current .241 isn't that far off his career .275 average. Moreland is just a guy at first base. Our center fielders are a guy nobody thought would play again (Chavez) and a guy who's ceiling is as a journeyman (Gentry). Our catcher's only appearance on any leaderboards is for double=plays grounded into.
Okay...that's looking at things negatively. But, like many Cowboys fans seem to think the roster is the best in the league every year, I think most on this board overrate the talent on this team. Do they have a very good hitting lineup? Yes...but one that is very inconsistent. The starting pitching, IMO, has vastly exceeded expectations. CJ was great last year, but was it really reasonable to expect him to do it again? Was it reasonable to expect Ogando to do what he's done? Was it reasonable to expect Harrison to perform as well as he has? For all those guys to play as well as they have, along with Holland....no one thought the starting pitching was a strength going into the season.
I like where the Rangers are. They're headed for a great division race down the stretch and I think they'll eventually prove the better team. But this idea that they're somehow a under-achieving super-power is as off-the-mark as those who think the Cowboys just didn't try hard enough last year.
the more posts and comments i read from skeletor, the more i think that he is a troll... He's either a terribly pessimistic person, or isnt a fan of the Rangers at all. All of the posts and comments i read from him seem to be quietly saying that he actually wants the Rangers to fail.
Yes. I'm a big, fat green troll. I eat billy goats too and turn to stone in the sun.
The Rangers will build a 5 game or so lead by September 1.
I'd love to have some of you guys' confidence, but I have to agree with Skeletor at this point.
If I have to make a prediction, I'd guess that the Angels will end up winning the division this year. The rangers are only 1 game up now, and the Angels have a much easier schedule down the stretch. Counting this series, the rangers play 10 of their last 17 series against teams over .500. Conversely, 10 of the Angels last 17 opponents are under .500. Furthermore 10 of the last 17 series for the Angels are at home, while only 8 of the Rangers are in Arlington. Then you have to realize that the rangers still have to play 7 games in Anaheim, where the Rangers typically don't play all that well, while the Angels only come to arlington for 3.
I'd love to be wrong, but I fear I'm not. If the schedules were reversed, I'd pick the rangers to win it.
The Rangers are the better team but they wasted too many opportunities to create separation in the first half of the season by piddling around against the Twins, Marlins, Mets, etc. Of course all the injuries did not help them in that regard either.
The 2011 Rangers seem to be wildly inconsistent and streaky. My one hope for them to still take the division is that they will get on a hot streak soon and rattle of a bunch of wins in a row, like they have twice this season. Unfortunately, I just don't see a spot in the schedule that sets up as favorably for them to do that, as it did a couple times in the first half. Perhaps they can do it at the end of Sept, when they play Mariners, A', Mariners back to back to back. Even then though, 2 of those 3 series are on the road.
Realisitically it's not about anything but the matchups over the next Month. Look at the next two days we've got very hittable Detroit pitchers (fister and penny) against Harry and Ogando. I like our chances. LAA has to face Baker and Liriano. I like the Twins chances to take 2. We take two, LAA drops two, 3 game lead again. That's called being an optimist.
"Troll" has been banned from this website ppl. We all Shaprton'ed it like he did the N word. its dead gone and buried. Never to be used again.
find something new to call someone. and if you choose gremlin or goblin i'll e punch you in the face.
use real words like Dbag or something like that yeesh ppl. come on. troll is not an insult. the sequel is the best worst movie ever.... so yeah... keep the compliments to ppl coming
and i'll back Skeletor and No. 42 any day of the week. theyre both legit guys who often bring alot to the table. overreact at times. hell yeah. but its entertaining. Who would you rather watch, the guy who's just like " eh, its just one loss they'll pull it through" no. boring. "i'm watching the guy running in circles like a crackhead ripping his hair out cuz of one loss. thats entertainment. and then the next day they win, and we're WS contenders. Those are the fans that entertain me. The crazed ones. Its called passion ppl. get a dose of it and energize youre droll lives.
Fire Ron Washington!! Trade Michael Young!! Burn down TRBIA!!! Execute JD!! Shoot down the BBTIA blimp!!! Watch Franklin and Bash!!! Streak the quad!!! Eat more prunes!!! The Rangers offense sucks!!! This team sucks!!! Cookie monster is a crack addict!!! Jimmy Carter is the greatest President in history!!!
Thanks dcaggie, I'm already on record that next Rangers win streak i'm going to post a thread declaring them the best team of the universe. I've already got a humorous title for it rolling around in my head, but I'm keeping it to myself. It will be a surprise.
i seriously almost crapped my pants with the random "watch franklin and bash" thrown in there. nice one dub.
@dcaggie06: just dropped by again and noticed your support for my rants and occasional pointed comments.I, too, believe that to be a "real'' fan you have to get pissed once in a while when your team plays like dog crap. (Although I don't have enough hair to rip any of it out.)I refuse to pull a Pollyanna and say everything is wonderful when it isn't. This team was good enough to not only beat the Yankees last year, but send a major shudder throughout their fan base. Where is that team today? That's all I'm asking.During the team's recent 12-game winning streak, everyone was pulling on the same end of the rope and the team realized its potential. Where is that team today? That's all I'm asking.The Rangers have been built to be anything but a one-year wonder. They have a talented pitching staff, ferocious hitters and a manager who somehow can get the best out of both.They are a true joy to watch when they play well and as much fun as a root canal when they don't.I've suffered through so many June swoons and July bailouts that last year's WS run was a tonic for my soul.That's the team I want to see.That's all I'm asking.
@Adam: Good one.
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