Monday, July 18, 2005

time to buy or sell?

The Rangers on Sunday blew another game, a game in which they led most of the way. The ever-choking bullpen gave up a run in four consecutive innings allowing the A's to tie it up in the ninth and eventually winning the game on a 14th inning walk-off home run by Bobby Keilty. There were some articles and much talk today as to whether the Rangers will be trading to add talent before the trade deadline or trading away the upper tier players they have for prospects for the future. The Rangers are now 7 games back of the Angels and only 1/2 a game ahead of the A's for second in the West. They are, however, just 2 games back in the race for the wild card in the AL. The Rangers have 14 consecutive games coming up with 3 against the Yankees and 4 each against Oakland and Baltimore. Anything less than 10 wins and the Rangers might as well hang it up. They need help in the bullpen, in a bad way. They cant hold a lead and Cordero no longer is a sure thing to close games out. The starting pitching also is a need with only Rogers, Rodriguez and Young consistently providing good outings. Then there's the weak hitting outfield and DH position. If you're John Hart, where do you start?

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