The Real Rangers' Race is in Detroit, Not Anaheim

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Nothing like a good baseball pennant race. Too bad this year there ain't one.

No divisional "race" is closer than 5 games in the season's last week and even the Wild Card is producing nothing more dramatic than a two-game edge.

With another Angels' loss Monday the Rangers inched closer to a second consecutive AL West title that most of us have said was a done deal since mid-August. Magic number down to 5. Lead at 5 with only nine games remaining. To lose the West outright at this point Texas would have to go 3-6 against the A's, Mariners and Angels and Anaheim would have to go 9-0. Going 4-5 with the Angels running the table would force a one-game playoff for the title.

No, because of the crappy quality of the A's and Mariners, stranger things have not happened.

Good news: I see the Rangers clinching this thing at home this weekend against the Mariners, rendering the three-game finale in Anaheim next week null and void.

Unless, of course, you care about the real race we should be fixated upon ...

And that is the race to avoid the Yankees.

The Rangers have a lot to play for down the stretch. If they win seven of their final nine they will match the franchise record of 95 wins. In doing so, they'd likely avoid New York in the first round of the playoffs. Not that the Rangers fear the Yankees -- see 2010 -- but playing them in the ALCS is probably the preferred route back to the World Series.

The Yankees will win the East with the AL's best record, and the Wild Card -- either the Red Sox or Rays -- will also come from that division. Since divisional foes can't play in the first round, it means the Yankees would instead draw the divisional winner with the worst record and the second-best record among division winners would get the Wild Card team.

Right now that would mean Yankees-Rangers and Tigers-Red Sox in the first round.

But that could easily change, because Texas trails Detroit by only one game for the AL's second-best record. The Tigers last week wrapped up their division and don't have near the motivation as the Rangers. In other words, at this point Rangers fans should be more concerned with the Tigers than the Angels.

After all, what sounds more appealing in the ALDS: Game 1 at Yankee Stadium against New York? Or Game 1 at Rangers Ballpark against Boston?

Thought so.


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gofuhcureself
gofuhcureself

Well, I guess we should be excited that we got a Rangers post, even though it contains incorrect information and the obligatory RW 'tooting of his own horn.'

P.S. The Rangers are effectively 2 games back of the Tigers because the Tigers won the season series with the Rangers, thus they hold the tiebreaker in the event of a tie.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

I don't buy for one second that Greggo's Twitter-fart was a bit. Spin control probably, dressing down from CBS Radio brass, likely, a bit? Hell no, he's not smart enough to make that a bit and if he was it'd be a much more clever bit than that. Plus it'd rate as a worse bit than anything they put on air, which would be an accomplishment having it be that shitty.

Richie and Greggo are dumb enough to think they can convince the mouthbreathing redneck demo they so covet that it was a bit, but anyone else who can write a headline without misspelling Arlington is not that gullible.

I haven't listened to The Tardline since Richie decided to call me a stalker in the comments because I was less than positive about his marginal work. I would suggest anyone else here in the Sportatorium also have their radio dial avoid 105.3, but you're free to make your own choices. I haven't seen or heard anything that makes me regret not tuning in to shitty radio.

Cue the generic, never-before-seen random defenders.

Its TOO Easy
Its TOO Easy

"No divisional "race" is closer than 5.5 games in the season's last week and even the Wild Card is producing nothing more dramatic than a two-game edge."

hey dumbass, the rangers AND yankees BOTH lead by 5 games.thats closer than 5.5.

i bet your editor loves you and your consistent errors and incorrect facts.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

So the greggo "fired" tweetfest has been put to bed by Richie and Greggo.

Richie Twitter post seems to confirm greggo bit. I dont find it funny due to the history of Greggo but this is we can go on# Richie WhittSince I'm getting so many inquiries re: @TCUWhiteTrash's supposed "firing" from Cowboys post-game show: 1. He was invited back before season and declined; 2. Remember, he has a twisted sense of humor; 3. You really think I have that kind of power?Long post from Deck.ly Just now View on Twittermore twitter richiewhitt# Richie Whitt Yep, he's kidding you.> @pudgey7 I hope you realize you are nothing without him! Are you kidding me?1 hour ago Favorite Retweet Reply »

# richiewhitt Richie Whitt Giggle. >@GaryBlain hy did you fire the greatest air personality, ever, from after game activity? You'd never have a rating w/o Greggo!1 hour ago Favorite Retweet Reply »# richiewhitt Richie Whitt Joking. Of course. >@mrolson is greggo joking about getting fired from pregame and postgame or did he really get fired1 hour ago Favorite Retweet Reply »

#richiewhitt Richie Whitt No. of Ed Hardy shirts I own: Zero. >@Ambien_Greggo Why was I fired? I haven't snorted coke off of one of your Ed Hardy shirts in weeks.1 hour ago Favorite Retweet Reply »

# richiewhitt Richie Whitt You really fell for that, tough guy? >RT @ICscott: @richiewhitt you better hope twitter has this one wrongand then from Greggo

#TCUWhiteTrash GREGGO Ok FAN FANS...here is the deal...I was just clowning around and goofing about being fired from Cowboys post game show..it was my decision...

# TCUWhiteTrash GREGGO ...I was just having fun with the guys..in no way was I fired..just some of my weird ways of having fun...but...Elf was carrying a knife!!1 hour ago Favorite Retweet Reply

#TCUWhiteTrash GREGGO ...and in no way am I bitter...NOT THE LEAST...I did a cowboys post game for 16 seasons..just wanted a break..and chance to go to games...

I may not listen, but I dont wish failure on anyone either, well except maybe any Yankee

Im_Ed_Carter
Im_Ed_Carter

In toddler competitive three-legged racing...

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

RW "The Tigers last week wrapped up their division are don't have near the motivation as the Rangers."

Huh? What the ..

Methinks we had a 2.5 game lead as of last Friday..it wasn't over then.  It appears to be now, but the last month has been a pennant race..RW hasn't noticed cause his nose was so far up Jerrah's ass.

Way to go Chef Boyareyougay, appreciate the Rangers blurb...now back to CCCOOOOWWWWBBBOOOYYYYS

Sporty Sport
Sporty Sport

Actually, it has only been a done deal since the Angels lost three of their last four. If its now a done deal and the playoff pairings are so important then why would Detroit "are don't " have near the motivation as the Rangers? Does not make sense. BTW Det @ KC for 2 then home with O's for 2 and Tribe for 3.

Davy Crockett
Davy Crockett

"Thought so"? Passive aggressive twerp.

I don't worry about the Yankees, RW.

Where's Greggo?

PlanoDave
PlanoDave

Holy crap.  A thoughtful, well-written piece about the Rangers.

(golf clap)

RichieWhitt
RichieWhitt

So you really, actually, honestly think he was "fired" from a post-game show? Proof again that you are truly the dumbest commenter in this whole stupid blog. Congrats.

PlanoDave
PlanoDave

"mouthbreathing redneck demo"  Pretty funny, because that is almost exactly what I was thinking yesterday.  I finally tuned in for more than 30 seconds to do a comparison between The Ticket, ESPN and The Fan.  On The Ticket and ESPN, their on-air talent sound like radio people.  On The Fan, Richie and Greggo sound like the fucking drunk rednecks that always seem to be sitting behind me whenever I go to a ballgame.  They won't shut up and don't know what they are talking about, but they keep on babbling.  Richie, here's a tip -- have the guy who runs your board do some grooming on your voice.

RJ Sloppy
RJ Sloppy

I don't buy for one second that you are not an over weight loser virgin typing in your parent's basement. Get a life sir.

How'd you like the Rocky Mountain Showdown beatdown?

medication tweak
medication tweak

scruff,

give greggo time, he'll self-destruct again.in regards to dick whitt, he's been woefully inaccurate on all things 105.3.whether it be ratings, profits, future, and even his own hire date.its called spin control to save face. 

when the Tardline ends, and make no mistake it will end, neither will ever land a radio gig in this market again.wichita falls awaits them.

in regards to greggo "getting fired" from cowboys pre & post, is it possible that Frankie's doesnt want a junkie on their premises? 

RichieWhitt
RichieWhitt

You're not gonna like this but, yeah, he does.In fact, the creator/founder/writer of this one-man staff just got a new ... well, don't wanna make you too mad.I owe you a hearty "Thank you!" for your continued patronage.

P32456
P32456

I remember early 2006 Norm and Hammer doing Ticket Cowboy post game. Constant barrage of the following:

Caller: Romo should be starting over BledslowNormie: Romo is not a starter in this league! Get that through your head! For the last time!Hammer: <daze>Yea well, I guess you are right Norm <daze>.</daze></daze>

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

KC is not a pushover now and we all saw what the O's did for 2 games against the LAAofA monkey fuckers.  Greuxxxxxxx Wangers

Sporty Sport
Sporty Sport

correction:Det @ KC for 2 then home with O's for 4 and Tribe for 3.

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

Greggo didn't go anywhere. If you would have embraced your RAGE like I did for 5 minutes yesterday, you would have heard him :)@TCUWHITETRASH needs to stay off of twitter.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

So we're supposed to believe:

--The real Richie has multiple, virtually identical sign-ins to the comment system and this one just happens to be brand-spanking new?--Thinks being an ass in the comments, again, when we know full well that that's been addressed before, is a good idea and will go over well?

It probably is the real Richie then. We are the heart and soul of this place, you're just the contents of the rectum. If we could ever get the Observer to take a dump things would be just fine here.

Thanks for making sure I only have to decide between two stations to listen to on the drive home, because 105.3 sure isn't worth trying.

Fake or real, whoever is typing is a tool.

RJ Sloppy's mom
RJ Sloppy's mom

RJ, don't forget that dinner is at 8. I expect you to have your homework ready for me to look over.

gofuhcureself
gofuhcureself

2 whole comments is your history of posting here? You are a fake. Congrats.

Speech Language Pathologist
Speech Language Pathologist

I have said it before and I'll say it again:Richie has stroke voice.He sounds like Dick Clark with end stage COPD. 

hazmat uniform
hazmat uniform

not sure the board op can change his voice, but he CAN turn richie's mic down. richie keeps it so loud that you can audibly hear him breath and the spit smack in his mouth.volume WAY too loud when that happens.don't believe me?listen to richie's spots.

i would've suspected a great radio mind like bruce gilbert would've corrected this by now, but not yet.perhaps even HE doesn't listen.

POW!

RJ Sloppy's mom
RJ Sloppy's mom

You're such a disapointment. No wonder your father left us when you were 5, he knew you would amount to nothing.

RichieWhitt
RichieWhitt

Ratings? My hire date? Nope. Why would I be "saving face" when my career "face" is getting better-looking by the month?And I love your "make no mistake it will end" prediction. Guarantee you'll be right, at some point.I'm going to bet you're the one of who predicted "February" for the great Fan format flip of 2011. My condolences. 

its TOO Easy
its TOO Easy

dont care about another contract or raise, munchkin.just care that you get your freaking facts straight!NOW GO GET YOUR SHINEBOX!

D1P1
D1P1

Why would anyone listen to the RAGE? 2 Ticket rejects.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

I tuned into Rage for 15 seconds, couldnt hear what the hosts were talking about bc the fucking rap music that should be playing under them was blaring over them, AU-TO-MAT-IC tune out.  someone should teach them how to mix a board

RichieWhitt
RichieWhitt

Not a fake. Thought I'd stop by to see what's what in my little world.Boring. Same jealous guys spewing same lame personal attacks.Thanks for stopping in, though. You're always welcome.  

PlanoDave
PlanoDave

My uncle is a radio program manager and former DJ.  You would be amazed at how much a voice can be changed...

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

It does scream of a Russell or Kergo influence.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

Impossible sir...and methinks this a fake Slop..he didn't curse or speak of random animal front bottoms at all.

medication tweak
medication tweak

you know as well as any of the readers here and 17 listeners u have that your partner (not ur tranny lover, your on-air partner) will have another "medication tweak" soon. 

at least you'll have this blog as your platform to say your goodbyes. 

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