Can the Rangers' Season Be Saved? (UPDATED)

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Hydrate, Yu! Hydrate!
Update, 4:51 p.m.: The below was written before this. The answer to the above question is no.

Original story: Derek Holland. Matt Harrison. Martin Perez. Geovany Soto. Prince Fielder. Jurickson Profar. Engel Beltre.

Three-fifths of the rotation, the starting catcher, the starting first baseman, the starting second baseman and the backup outfielder are currently not playing. This doesn't include players who stepped in for the injured and are now injured themselves, such as Donnie Murphy, Kevin Kouzmanoff, Jim Adducci, and Tanner Scheppers. (Joe Saunders doesn't count. He blows.)

This doesn't include Yu Darvish and Adrian Beltre, who have spent time on the disabled list, but are back playing now. I've likely missed someone in this, but please don't call me on it. I couldn't stand looking through the injury reports anymore. I don't like crying.

Injuries in sports happen. No team ever makes it through a full season without some players on the disabled list. But what the Rangers are going through is just insane. Every time it appears the team might get some good news on an injured player, another one goes down.Just when it looked like the rotation was coming together, Harrison and Perez suffered season-ending injuries. On the same freakin' day.

As a fan, this has been the toughest season to watch in a while, because at least when the Rangers sucked, it was because the players sucked so you could at least understand it. When a team with this much talent is struggling due to injuries, it's especially frustrating. You know that if most of the players previously mentioned were healthy, this team would be a juggernaut. Instead they're weak and underdeveloped, like Jubilee from the X-Men, only a baseball team.

Where do we go from here? Shit, I dunno. You'd like to think that if Holland and Profar and Soto return soon the team could still turn it around. But the injuries have been so overwhelming that we are likely getting close to a point where general manager Jon Daniels has to start considering this a lost year. That doesn't mean trading our established players in a fire sale. It just means not pushing starters, giving young guys a chance to fail, and other hallmarks of a really long summer.

This team has a great foundation. There is no "Curse of Nolan." Daniels has had some misfires that we haven't seen since the Adrian Gonzalez deal (JP Arencibia is stealing a living as a professional baseball player), but the Texas Rangers are still set up for a long run of playoff contention. This just might not be the year.

Insert sad face emoticon here.

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28 comments
r.mayeux
r.mayeux

I haven't played baseball since junior high school -- and that was back in the 60s.  But, at this point, I may be called up...


This really is sad.

Lakewooder
Lakewooder

I've witnessed soccer riots with fewer injuries. What a f'ing mess. As a previous commenter posted, one can only hope the skipper survives.

ColonelAngus
ColonelAngus

How can it be, Grubes?  We can't even fix our slugger's bones?

P1Gunter
P1Gunter

If Soto and Profar are the cavalry this thing is going nowhere. The Dutch Oven will help but this rotation is a mess. Its a lost season, I just hope Wash and JD can survive it.

sammerten
sammerten

And now news that Fielder is considering season-ending surgery. Double sad-face emoticon.

thereisaparty
thereisaparty

Joseph Ortiz, as a pedestrian, hit by a motorcycle ...

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

On a side note, what a great day at Unfair Park, we got posts from all three R's....Race, Religion and Rangers!  Look at the comment count

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

In an extremely small sample size, the Rangers offense appears to be coming around. 9 runs

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@sammerten  Hey Sam, sorry I missed the draft, but I finally got my team where I need it.  Pretty proud of my run from last to 2nd in the last 2 weeks.  We should try to get the league out to a game as group this summer, so we can all actually meet each other

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@thereisaparty  ah yes, a great tie in to a blog written here earlier this week

sammerten
sammerten

@ScottsMerkin Good idea about going to a Rangers game, but half the league doesn't live locally, so there's that. But, heck, even if it's just me, you and James, we should do it. Also, if you know of anyone that would be interested in joining, let me know. I'm kicking Nate's ass out. 

JustSaying
JustSaying

@Joshstruckoutagain Kinsler is batting .317. John Daniels did not even get a physical before trading for Prince's name and taking on that huge contract. I have to think that trade and the prospects he traded for 2 months of a shitty Matt Garza will finally get everyone to forget the Teixeira trade and realize that Jon Daniels is a terrible baseball GM. That dude has lived off of that one Herschelesque trade and the backs of the team's Latin America scouts for entirely too long.

sammerten
sammerten

@gavin.cleaver Yup. 12-team, points-based keepers league. $50 buy in, with payouts to first, second and third place teams. If interested, email me at sammerten@yahoo.com for more deets.

ColonelAngus
ColonelAngus

@JustSaying @Joshstruckoutagain  Furthermore, have you seen what Murphy is doing?  Sure, he had a shitty season last year, but maybe our coaches and managers are not motivating the talent.  Just saying.

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