A Texas Rangers Midseason Report: It's Time to Go All In

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Mike Mezeul
It's Yu-tastic at the Ballpark this year.
With the baseball season at the symbolic halfway point, we asked former Unfair Parker Sam Merten to root around in his beard and see if he could come up with anything to say. He obliged ... and obliged ... and ...

Sports are unpredictable. That's why we watch. And there's no greater evidence than the first half of this year's baseball season.

Imagine, if you will, what you would have said at the beginning of the year had I told you 37-year-old knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, who posted a dreadful 5.72 ERA with the Rangers from 2001 through 2006, would be an All-Star and among the best pitchers in either league, while, despite no apparent injury, two-time Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum would be among the worst. Or had I told you the Detroit Tigers would be in third place in the weak AL Central and the Philadelphia Phillies would be 14 games back in the NL East, while the Pittsburgh Pirates would be atop the NL Central.

Better yet: How devastated would you have been if I told you Colby Lewis, Derek Holland, Neftali Feliz, Alexi Ogando and Mitch Moreland would all spend time on the disabled list; Yu Darvish would be third in the AL in walks allowed; and Michael Young would be on his way to his worst season since 2002?

Of course, that devastation would have been quickly erased when I casually mentioned that Texas would be tied with the New York Yankees for the most wins in the majors (52), with a four-game lead in the AL West over the Angels.

So, yes, it's been a crazy year. When so many things seemingly go so wrong, yet things are ultimately turn out so right, it's hard to get a feel for what to expect in the second half. But before I attempt to do just that, let's talk more about what we've already seen from the back-to-back AL champs and their AL West counterparts.

Next: breaking down the lineup.


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Bill Lumbergh
Bill Lumbergh

Only danger with this strategy is that selling the farm can lead to a shell of a team later. Or put better for our local sports scene: How's that ring treating you Mavs fan? Sure ot looks great, but we won't likely see a second one anytime in the next decade.

Storm_71
Storm_71

Yes dealing Olt and Perez for a chance at a World Series is very much worth it. Just because the Rangers have been to the last two World Series people seem to forget how hard it is to actully get back there. Anything that help those odds is worth it. Do the deal and face the consequences down the road (hopfully with World Series rings on your fingers).

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

Chuck should've been named team MVP for many of the oughts, have always enjoyed a day or evening at the Ballpark.

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