Clicking back and forth between American Idol and ESPN 2, I got to see San Francisco Giants Timmy Lincecum shut-down the San Diego Padres. Let me say that Timmy-Jim is legit. Then I watched the Giants closer Brian Wilson pitch his first inning, as he is on my fantasy team; and finally witnessed the Boston Red Sox lose again. The Red Sox are now 0-5.
As a Yankees fan, you would think I would be elated with the way things are going for Boston but I am not.
How can that be?
The Red Sox will without a doubt get it together because the level of talent is too grand for this to continue much longer. Whether the Red Sox are 0-5 or 500-0 heading into the weekend series against the Yankees because it doesn’t change New York’s approach or need to win.
What is bothering me is all this talk of the Texas Rangers. Yes, the Rangers are the reigning AL Champions but to be frank it is by courtesy. I have never thought the Rangers and still don’t consider the team one of the elite.
Sure, you can argue that the Rangers swept Boston last weekend, but can you also agree that was not the real Red Sox?
You have to consider that the Cleveland Indians are following in the Rangers footsteps, having taken the first two games for the Red Sox and going for the sweep on Thursday. This makes you realize how truly shell-shocked the Red Sox are.
So, even though the Rangers are 6-0, their last three wins were against the Seattle Mariners. Seattle is about as competitive as the Indians, King Felix or not. This just proves my point even further. Oh and
Looking back at 2010, the Rangers were in a very similar situation losing six games in a row between April 15-April 21, so surely they can relate.
Well, sorry to burst Ranger fans bubble, but the party is about to be over.
Why or how can I say this about the Rangers with such conviction?
For one, it is a given that Manager Ron Washington will again try to move closer Neftali Feliz to the starting rotation; and the only reason Feliz is still the closer is due to owner Nolan Ryan putting his foot down. Washington sometimes just doesn’t seem to get it.
Washington is known for making questionable moves. Some have been so off-putting it makes you wonder if the skipper is watching the same game his team is playing in, or his head is in the white clouds.
I also took into account how many Ranger players overachieved in 2010, including MVP Josh Hamilton. I promise you repeating those numbers will not happen, especially with the division being more competitive. Easy street is back under construction for the entire length of 2011.
Texas’ starting rotation is led by CJ Wilson who is just a year out of the bullpen.
Two of the back end guys, Derek Holland and Matt Harrison have only made 16 starts combined; while Alexi Ogando has never even started before and was only used in relief in the minor leagues.
This spells RISKY, as the Rangers can’t expect this to hold up for the entire season.
To conclude this rant as the rain continues in New York, I firmly stand behind my convictions that the Texas Rangers will not make the 2011 playoffs.
As for Ranger fans… it is not to late to jump ship, as it hasn’t even left the port yet (majority did just get on, right?).
Otherwise just be careful falling for a team with no history of repeated success. The Rangers continue their road trip heading to the hot Orioles, Tiger and then the Yankees so this will be the time to prove me wrong.
- Panic is a specialty in Red Sox Nation (mlb.mlb.com)
- Baseball 2011:Boston Red Sox Need Their Poker Face (milepostsproductions.wordpress.com)
- The belief: Texas Rangers will be better in 2011 than in 2010 (aol.sportingnews.com)
- Rangers’ Feliz not being saved just for saves (mlb.mlb.com)
- Rangers: Feldman, Feliz (thebaseballblog10.wordpress.com)
- “Red Sox Live Blog: Josh Beckett, Red Sox Seek First Win of Season in Cleveland” and related posts (nesn.com)