Begin 2011's Post-Season Play By Reliving Texas Rangers' 2010 World Series Run in MLB Spot

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Thanks to my 8-year-old son's intense but not at all unpleasant love affair with baseball, I've spent way too many evenings in recent days glued to the MLB Network watching Tampa Bay and/or Boston slug it out to see which team lands the American League wild-card spot. Because if the Rangers beat the Angels tonight for a sixth straight W, they'll play one or the other at the Ballpark in Arlington beginning Friday at 4:07 p.m. (The Rangers could lose and maintain home-field advantage, of course, but only if the Tigers also drop their final game of the regular season to the Indians, which is rather unlikely given Detroit's nine-game win streak over visiting Cleveland, which is one game under .500.)

Tigers win and Rangers lose, Texas goes on the road Friday to play the Yankees at 7:37 p.m. Friday. And Texas doesn't wanna play the Yankees, at least not in the first round: Ron Washington's club is 2-7 against New York this season, having been outscored 35-62. And a few of those games ended with Yanks 12, Rangers Not 12.

Of course, the thinking right now is that you want to play the Red Sox. And at home, where the Rangers are 52-29 this season. Texas is 6-4 against Boston -- including the three-game win streak to open the season at the Ballpark. (Then, of course, there was the late August series at home, where the Sox clobbered the Rangers three games to one.) The Rangers outscored the Red Sox 65-57 this season. Ah, but Texas also played well against Tampa Bay this year, winning five out of nine (three of which were shutouts) and outscoring the Rays by 41-26. But Tampa Bay's on the upswing; Boston's on its death bed, or so it appears.

I was talking to my old friend Jamey Newberg about this today. Far as he's concerned, the best thing that can happen for the Rangers is Tampa Bay and Boston have to play each other in a one-and-done tomorrow that'll screw with playoff rotations. John Lester's already starting for Boston tonight on three day's rest; David Price's going for Tampa Bay tonight. "Push 'em back to Game Four" of the ALDS, Jamey said. But then he offered these words of encouragement: "They way we're playing right now, all the teams in the AL should fear us." Except maybe the one with Justin Verlander.

Wait. Good Lord. Where was I going with this? Oh, right -- something about the MLB Network and the post-season. Maybe you've seen those "Legends Are Born in October" spots featuring that awful Tinie Tempah song. They've been airing during every commercial break. Tonight, though, the Rangers finally get their own spot, a 30-second highlight reel from last year's joyous post-season. Watch it early here. That's where I was going with this.
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Sturms_Bloody_Rectum
Sturms_Bloody_Rectum

***Slowly lowers RedSox flag, folds it up, sighs, and sticks it up in the closet. Puts on black armband***

Glances over at the Boston sports flag pole monument, with a hint of a smile, gazes upon that is the glory of Lord Stanleys banner flying.

Good luck Ranger fans.

Dollar Dog
Dollar Dog

Win/Loss Splits

Rangers have a distinct advantage at home where they are 52-29 and the Rays are only 38-34 on grass. Rays Home/Away records are only 3 games different so the home/away factor has some influence on the turf/grass but not enough to diminish the large won/loss discrepency:38-34 grass  53-37 turf.

Rays possibly have an edge in day/night:

Rays:      34-24 57-47Rangers:  26-22 70-44

They have an edge here possibly because MLB wants the Yanks in prime time for the TV ratings as scheduling equity ***USUALLY*** runs a distant second to not leaving money on the table so you ***MIGHT*** see the Rangers in the early games just like last year.

What's with all the uppercase and the '***' , you ask?

I suspect a big discussion is going on right now because SI 2011 split standings are showing the Yanks day/night splits at 44-12 53-53. The Yanks, who were on at night in all games ALDS last year, as I best recall, are probably attempting to pull rank and show up on daytime Saturday.

Here are the Yanks Batting/Pitching Day/Nights from Yahoo:Avg .281/.254Era  3.25/3.99

MLB is showing Saturday Ray/Tex starting time at TBD as of three seconds ago. Texas Rangers schedule on google calender is showing noon starting time.

Why couldn't Texas pull rank last year and get some night games in the ALDS? Well, actually game 5 was scheduled for night but the previous four were day, with 1 starting at 4:07 pm CDT.

Storm_71
Storm_71

My baseball pants are going crazy. Pretty classless act by Jose Reyes last night I thought.

MoronDog
MoronDog

Well bring on Tampa.  James Shields scares the crap out of me but David Price doesnt.

Lets Go Rangers
Lets Go Rangers

At least the Red Sox and their million a game payroll will now have time to go watch Moneyball.

MushMouth1
MushMouth1

Absolutely unbelievable night of baseball.

MattL1
MattL1

I won't be watching.  

Bing
Bing

Best night of baseball ever!!!

MattL1
MattL1

Or worst.  Depends on your perspective. You'll understand why I didn't reply to your text.

MattL1
MattL1

Two championships.  I saw them win two.

Bing
Bing

You actually got to see them win a Championship. So you got that goin for you.

PlanoDave
PlanoDave

Nap did everything but give the A's bench the finger tonight. 

doubleducky
doubleducky

Nap is unbelievable.  Thank you JD for a great trade!

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