Meanwhile, Your Texas Rangers are Suddenly Back Where They Started

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Been a little concerned obsessed with the Mavs. But I did catch some Rangers baseball Saturday afternoon. Saw enough of Derek Holland to say "Wow!"

And apparently he isn't alone.

After swooning without Josh Hamilton, the Rangers tumbled from their 9-1 start into mediocrity. Don't look now, but they're back at eight games over .500 after a surprising four-game sweep at the Cleveland Indians.

Pretty simple, really. The Rangers are hitting better. And pitching unbelievably.

In the last three weeks the starting rotation is 10-2 with a 2.38 ERA and four shutouts, including Holland's complete-game, five-hit masterpiece.

With Hamilton and Nelson Cruz in the lineup the Rangers are obviously a different, better team. But it's pitching that has returned this team to championship form.

Whether it's Alexi Ogando or Colby Lewis or C.J. Wilson or Holland, the Rangers' pitching is keeping them in games. And after a brief hiccup closer Neftali Feliz seems right again, closing yesterday's shutout win over Cleveland to cap a 6-1 road trip.

After Texas' first four-game road sweep since 1999 and first in Cleveland since 1978, Indians' manager Manny Acta came away impressed. "The title," he said, "is probably going to have to run through Texas again."

Looks like when the Mavericks' playoff run ends, we'll have another winner to seek our teeth into.


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P1Steven
P1Steven

The Rangers year (reg. season record) was made last year in June. Although, I think they will win the West. They arent going to have all the easy Ws on their schedule this year. 

Ghost of Cesar Tovar
Ghost of Cesar Tovar

Ceptfor the annual here and back against houston. At braves will be tough but the last 10 days in June (lastros/mets/@lastros) looks pretty easy.

P1Steven
P1Steven

Fortunately, their starting 5 are seem to be able to compete against anyone.

Your Name Goes Here
Your Name Goes Here

A lot of lasts years doubles down the third base line are routine outs this year.

Davy Crockett
Davy Crockett

Hey, RW, did Colby Lewis ever respond to your "private" message you sent to him after you ripped him? Just curious.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

In SFBl news, I finally cracked 90 now up to 92 in fact with a cozy 20 pt lead.  This is called domination.  Scruffles is having trouble staying ahead of the shitt's and trdp and stupid bitch tumbled down the standings yesterday. 

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

TRDP1 is struggglingg right now..basically Davy, TKR, Balk You, J's bs, SB, and TRDP1 are fighting amongst ourselves for 4th place. Hot streak and we could challenge for #2, but dang we have a lot of heavy lifting ahead to catch you.  Scruff has regained the 10th spot, Bravo Scruff.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

No praise for me. I passed the team of scabs and effed up some pitching starts. My bunch can't hit collectively to save their lives.

Davy Crockett
Davy Crockett

I've had two decent days in a row and somehow lost .5pts.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

"Looks like when the Mavericks' playoff run ends, we'll have another winner to seek our teeth into."

Im going to play the editor here as i believe that RW really meant to write weiner, not winner!  ok now that I got my pot shot out of the way (only kidding Richie), these Rangers are 1 game ahead of their record last year.  Having Jham and Nelly back is HUGE, like 2.5 runs a game huge.  Its awesome to see our starters pitching as they are but I feel better about them having a bad game or 2 now bc we have the bats to overcome any bad outings.  and dont think this Endy Chavez thing is a 2 week hot streak.  That boy can play, glad to see management saw that and dumped borbon back to Round Rock.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

When will the crossout writing style finally die? Very hackish...

Bumble
Bumble

Never thought wirth the talent on their roster that a Dallas Cowboys championship would be less realistic than a Mavs or Rangers champioship.

And richie for all your bitching about the rangers not signing cliff lee this offseason please note that mr. Lee has a losing record, an era near 4 and is arguably performing worse than all 5 rangers starters.

Davy Crockett
Davy Crockett

I'd rather sink my teeth into another winner.

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