The Calvary, Josh, and Everything

by Charles Parker on August 26, 2015

beatings-will-continue-until-morale-improves-5Tonight’s loss to the Toronto Blue Jays was huge!  In a pennant race a team cannot afford to let close games slip away, and tonight we saw a revisit of what has troubled this team all season long.  First is the failure to get a timely hit to score an insurance run, while stranding five base-runners in the final couple of innings.  Then the bullpen failed as closer Sean Tolleson had his second blown save of the year.  At home this is a huge morale buster for team that has won 15 of the last 22 games.

One player the Rangers could use is Josh Hamilton, but he is on the DL once again.  One thing those of us that have followed his career have always known is that he is fragile, and just breaks easily.  John Daniels expected this and acquired Will Venable to give the team another viable outfield option.

As discussed many times this year the cavalry has officially arrived!

With the addition of Derek (Dutch Oven) Holland the team now has a complete rotation of starting pitching. Holland was adequate tonight in battling Mark Buerhle through 6-innings, he needs to be better, but the Blue Jays are the hottest team in the American League, and Holland left the game with a lead.  Gaining Cole Hamels restores an ace to the staff, and while his first couple of starts have not been electric, his last start was very nice and certainly gives hope of better things to come. The other starters, Lewis, Gallardo, Perez, and now Holland truly gives this team a chance to do something.

Through some type of miracle the team finds itself still in the playoff hunt despite all the turmoil, horrible play, and issues this team has had. The comments made by major market commentators is that the American League is just week with too much parity between the teams. They also say that all the teams have glaring holes in their lineup.

There is no doubt that John Daniels has done everything reasonable to find the missing right hand bat, and shore up what was a horrible bullpen. That includes trading for Mike Napoli, but the bottom line is that just about everyone has some gaps.

The very fact that this team at least has the opportunity to be in the hunt is almost shocking. While the injury bug, or various curses continue to loom over the organization, somehow they have clawed back from that.

At this point it is all about execution, and each game becomes more important than the last one as pressure mounts. Wasted opportunities truly are noticed in every game from this point forward. They are still within striking distance of the Astros, who blew up the Evil Empire of the New York Yankees tonight.  That Yankee team may be on the verge of folding due to age and injuries.

Interestingly if the season ended tonight the Rangers would be a wild card team, but the way that works is that would lead to a single game playoff. That didn’t work out very well for the team the last time that happened. However, it is a shot which is better than nothing. It worked well for San Francisco last year.

There are 38 games left, the magic number for elimination is 33 which is only behind the Yankees at 37 games.  August is nearly over and September is all about inter-division games, meaning A’s (6-games), Mariners (7 games), Angels (7 games), and Astros (7 games) are all in the final month.

The other big factor for the team is beginning the last day of August the team goes on the road for a 10-game road trip over 11-days. That trip could make or break the team. Every day matters, every pitch, every play, every detail is amplified. The bottom line is that somehow the team must match the last 22 games record.  That means the team to win the division can afford no more than 12 losses the rest of the way.  That means a record of 26-12 the rest of the way.  By the way that equals 90 wins, which is what it normally takes to be in contention at year-end.  That would also mean the Astros would need to only win 20 games for them to reach 90, but anything can happen, it is baseball.

The bottom line is for Ranger fans, the team has a shot, but let’s not have another loss like tonight, and let’s not waste any more great pitching performances.

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Chi Chi Gonzalez to Start Tomorrow

by Ben Dieter on August 12, 2015

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The Texas Rangers will call Chi Chi Gonzalez up tomorrow to take the place of Cole Hamels for the series finale against the Twins. Texas dropped another heart breaker Monday night against the Twins, and tonight they look to get back on track with Nick Martinez on the mound.

 

With summer winding down, now would be a great time to hit the road with the Texas Rangers and get to see Chi Chi Gonzalez start at Target field.With the Rangers and Twins are both going for one of the two available AL Wildcard spots, each game between them carries heavy weight. Fans of the Rangers can use Hipmunk.com to book Minneapolis flights and hotels in Minneapolis starting from $64 to watch the playoff push in person. The Rangers really need to win the game tonight and the series tomorrow to remain above the Twins in that hunt.

Chi Chi Gonzalez looked great his first few starts with the big club, and with some time back down in the minors, I am hoping that he will be able to duplicate the good starts he had when the Rangers first called him up earlier this season. It is a good spot for the youngster, especially since the Texas Rangers are in the middle of a wild card push.

I really like watching Gonzalez pitch, and I really hope that he can make a difference on the mound tomorrow night!

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Successful Home Stand Puts Rangers Back in Playoff Hunt

August 7, 2015

Sponsored Links   The Texas Rangers have not been good at home in 2015 (23-29, even after this last home stand). They changed that on this last home stand, going 7-3 and capping that off with a three game sweep of the Houston Astros. The Rangers went out and accquired Cole Hamels, Jake Diekman and […]

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With Only Fellow Contenders On Tap For August, Rangers Can Potentially Take Over Playoff Spot

August 4, 2015

Despite finishing with the worst record in the American League a year ago — although that was mostly thanks to the non-stop barrage of injuries the club endured throughout 2014 — the Texas Rangers have been in the midst of crafting a pretty impressive season, one that may actually conclude with a shocking playoff berth. […]

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The Great Rangers Comeback

August 3, 2015

Do the Rangers have enough to actually make a run in the last 60 or so games left in this season? The team is still two games below .500 and 8-games out of first place as they face the new look division leading Astros tonight. However, they are only 2.5 games back in the wild […]

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