Sunday, June 26, 2005

stick a fork in them, rangers are done

The Rangers are dropping games faster than the temperature in Arlington when a northern pushes through. Not that it's unusual for the Rangers to slide backward in the standings mid-season, but they normally make it to the All-Star break before the dip begins. Today the Rangers wasted a rare pitching gem from Chan Ho Park, as the bullpen walked the first two batters in the bottom of the 10th before giving up the winning single. Not that it should have even gotten that far. The Rangers left 8 runners on base and were 0-4 with runners in scoring position. The Rangers rarely win when they dont hit the long ball, partially due to their hideous team batting average with runners in scoring position. I dont have the exact stat, but if its above the Mendoza line I'll gladly give out $100 per point that its above it to anyone reading this. I'm not too concerned with parting of my money as I'm fairly certain I'm right and my readership numbers dont exactly rival those of the Times.

The Rangers need help, in many areas, and GM John Hart doesn't sound like he's ready to open up Tom Hicks purse strings to go and get any of it. Starting with the pitching, the Rangers need 1, maybe 2 starters and the long relief and setup men in the pen just aren't getting it done. After that how about a leadoff hitting center fielder or an OF/DH with some power or just anyone that can actually hit with a runner in scoring position. Hart said recently he wanted to wait a couple of weeks to see how things were going then... "We prefer to work from within. We're not taking our eye off the mark for the next four to six weeks. We're giving every young player we have a chance. If there's an opening, we're going to give it to a young guy. In four to six weeks, that's when a lot of trades go down. We'll look up, see where we are and make a decision then." Mmmk, well in four weeks the Rangers could be out of it. What then John? The time is now, the Rangers play the next 4 games at home against the Angels and anything less than 3 out of 4 will not do. The AL West is very winnable this year, as is the AL pennant. Now is not the time to sit on your hands, Mr. Hart, go out and earn your money for once!

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