Rangers 7, Angels 0: My Top 10 Observer-ations

Categories: Texas Rangers
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10. Remember not long ago when it looked like Alexi Ogando was done? Since three sub-par starts in June he's back to being one of the best surprises in baseball, especially after last night, when he threw eight scoreless innings and lowered his ERA to 2.72 (7th-best in the AL). Moving him back to the bullpen sounds like the dumbest idea this side of staying up and drinking Scotch until 1 a.m. and waking five hours later to blog. By the way, Ogando wears so many gaudy necklaces he looks like he just flashed his boobs all the way down Bourbon Street.

9. Rangers produced four two-out hits from four different players (Adrian Beltre, Michael Young, Ian Kinsler and Endy Chavez). But pitching and fielding are the engine behind the streak. A Texas fielder hasn't made an error since July 3, same day it last lost a game.

8.Okay Chavez, I'm convinced. The home run was nice, but the impressive play was tracking down Erick Aybar's gapper and perfectly hitting cut-off man Elvis Andrus, who threw to Beltre, whose deft pick-and-tag nailed the greedy Angel at third.

7. Rangers made a trade Tuesday, sending pitcher Zach Phillips to Baltimore for minor-league infielder Nick Green. On a scale of 1-10, it's a 0.7. The team also announced enhanced safety precautions at Rangers Ballpark. Doesn't raising the railings in response to a fan falling to his death seem like an admission of at least some level of responsibility?

6. Was watching the game and it dawned on me that since the move to fire John Rhadigan, nobody complains about the Rangers' TV broadcasts anymore. Props to Dave Barnett, eh?

5. Rangers' pitchers have now allowed two runs the last 55 innings. If they reeled off like 22 straight wins without allowing a run, at what point would we become bored by the lack of competition? Eventually nightly 3-0 wins would lose their luster, right?

4.If Cliff Lee was LeBron James in baseball's free agency, then Adrian Beltre = Tyson Chandler. He had a double and a homer sure, but his defense is helping change the culture. And, wow, he still hates having his noggin' rubbed. Andrus pulled his helmet off after the 9th-inning homer and, man, if looks could kill.



3.This was an epic bludgeoning. When Josh Hamilton and Beltre sent back-to-back homers about 850 combined feet into the Anaheim night, it felt like the Angels were ready to tap out. There are 12 games remaining between the teams, but with a season-high 5-game lead Texas looks like clearly the superior squad.



2. Mavericks' guard Jason Terry will throw out the first pitch before Friday's game against Toronto in Arlington. If he wears a Rangers cap, at this rate even a hoopster will probably throw 90 mph cheese over the outside corner for a strike.

1. That's 12 in a row, second-longest Rangers' win streak ever behind only the 14-gamer back in '91. With Nolan Ryan also out of the hospital, I'd call Tuesday a good Rangers day.


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Hotstepper
Hotstepper

Dick Whitt steals his lingo from the ticket.He has been stealing local sports personalities tweets for over a year now.

he knows his time is limited thats why he takes up all the sponsors on their product:lasik, penis pills, hair plugs and free admission to shady stripclubs are just a few of his freebies

(not) Davy Crockett
(not) Davy Crockett

Funny how you all call this blog "crap", yet every day you come here and make your remarks, good or bad, it's pretty amusing, and quite sad. 

My biggest issue with Dave Barnett is that he still will always have the same voice I used to hear on the radio. I can listen to the game and get the same radio commentary on TV. It's just bland and boring. Really wish Lewin was hired back, TV broadcasts aren't terrible anymore, but they aren't any better. 

TheFanSucks
TheFanSucks

"Doesn't raising the railings in response to a fan falling to his death seem like an admission of at least some level of responsibility?"

Doesn't mailing in a blog and rarely participating in the conversations seem like an admission of at least some level of responsibilty.  There, I fixed it for ya.

Love Rhads, but not as pbp.  Barnett is solid, but he's not Lewin.  One of the most idiotic things Nolan has done as head Ranger.

Sporty Sport Sport
Sporty Sport Sport

Murphy not playing much even though hitting .429 during streak. Barnett solid but lacks deep baseball knowledge (compare to Bill Brown doing Disastros play-by-play on the other Fox SW channel). Haren (1.78 era last 4 starts) and Weaver (1.17 era last 6 starts) coming up; a split would leave 5 game lead intact. Moreland hitting .168 since 6/11. Balt/Oak/Sea have combined 9-17 record excluding Ranger wins during Ranger 12 game streak. Why did JD sign Napoli again?

Mayor of Mehville
Mayor of Mehville

Yall sure are a defensive bunch...I'll quote the "great" Davy here - "I call out crap when I see it."

Have a nice day...

Mayor of Mehville
Mayor of Mehville

Yea, this shit does get old...Every fucking day...Good God, if you dont like RW, get the fuck off his blog...

Storm_71
Storm_71

Have you just totally given up RW? It's like your always a day and a half behind the news? For fuck sake the least you could do is cut and paste Newberg's column.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

Im having De Ja Vu.  coulda swore I read all this before i went to bed, i wake up and now its all here.  Barnett is much more tolerable on TV than the radio, and i love Busby's ciggy voice.  Wonder how he gets his smoke breaks in now that he does radio.

McCallum or Macallan?

You can never get bored watcing 3-0 wins because evetnually everyone one of those wins in a row would be setting a new MLB record, and watching history happen is way more awesome than talking training camp

Davy Crockett
Davy Crockett

10. Dude had a couple of bad starts. You've had a couple of bad years on the radio, and lately, this blog.

9. I think, and I know you agree, that Hamilton is doing drugs again. That's the real engine behind the streak.

8. Chavez has been great since he got called up. You're just now convinced? Not a good sports writer/broadcaster.

7. It's called precaution you fool.

6. Dave's bland, but he's better than Rads.

5. Wasn't it you a while back that complained about a close, well pitched game? I don't remember the exact story, but I'm pretty sure it was you.

4. Good to see you're still bringing it around to basketball.

3. Well, Texas is the better team.

2. This has nothing to do with last night's game. See my #4 point.

1. Thanks Capt. Obvious.

Leonard Nimoy
Leonard Nimoy

"TV broadcasts aren't terrible anymore, but they aren't any better."

Sad, but quite amusing.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

We hopey hopey for changey changey. And we derail the conversation to whatever we want to talk about. It's not our fault Whitt's too lazy, dumb, or complacent to adjust. The Observer deserves the traffic. Radio boy doesn't deserve the Observer.

mr beisbol
mr beisbol

Mike Napoli is slugging .570 with a .942 OPS.  That is crazy good.  Frankie is sucking and Toronto probably wishes they had a catcher like Nap.  

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Seriously? Napoli was acquired in trade for Frankie Francisco, he wasn't a signing. How's he doing in Toronto? And check the pitcher ERA when Napoli is behind the plate and get back to us. He leads the majors there.

Davy Crockett
Davy Crockett

I've been coming to this blog for years, not always under this name. I call out crap when I see it. Lately, this blog has been crap. All he's trying to do these days is create "controversy" to get page hits and plug his radio gig. When he's not doing that, he putting up garbage. If it's getting old to you, maybe you shouldn't read the comments. Not exactly rocket science.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

We support the Observer, dingus. And one day they'll realize they can get twice the writer for whatever paycheck Whitt cons from them.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

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Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

I've always liked Busby, the reason everyone jumped on Rhads was because he had never done pbp..simple as that..and about half of us miss Josh Lewin. RW's item on 3-0 wins being boring was shock value, even he isn't that stupid..methinks

Joaquin
Joaquin

 Davy: Stop being a douche. Go somewhere else if you don't like what RW has to say.

Sporty Sport Sport
Sporty Sport Sport

The Nap snipe  was at RW for questioning the deal before the season started. Napoli is hitting .448 over the last month. I'll have to be a little more clear next time when I give Kergo %#$ for telling everyone how Beltre is washed up.

Mayor of Mehville
Mayor of Mehville

You're bullshit shtick doesn't bother me...Flame away d-bag...

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

Exactly, I was an unfairparker of a different name then along came sportatorium.  Im a day p1 here and after a few morphed characters, ive stuck with the merkin.  I support the paper and the blogs and when Richie was writing great blogs he was told so by us.  I truly believe that if you look at this place pre/post radio, any reader could figure out that this place gets less care than in the past

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

I was on Twitter, and I must say, alcohol always makes tweeting more fun.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

Who makes the best arroze con polo around here?..don't say your grandma in Piedras Negro..ain't driving that far.(Olive branch)

Storm_71
Storm_71

If you read the story it's pretty easy to pick out the douche.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Subtle snipes go over his rather short head. Just call him a hack like he is.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

At least give me something to work with. It's like I'm Feliz pitching to a little league kid, it's not even a contest.

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

Yeah, same here. This used to be a pretty good blog, until RW got into radio. It started going down hill when he was a +1.At least for RW, his life has gotten more kickass. Might as well squeeze every last drop out of it.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

every once ina while I feel the need to pull that one out.  It more for my humor than to be mean to you. I hope you save it and use it in the future when needed

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