By LG

After all that the Texas Rangers lost the wild card game to the Tampa Bay Rays. The Rangers started Martin Perez who didn’t help the cause. He gave up 4 hits and 3 runs in the 5-1/3 innings he pitched. The Rangers were playing from behind the entire game.

Tampa scored their first run in the 1st inning. The Rangers offense couldn’t get going until the 3rd inning when Ian Kinsler singled in a run. The Rangers wouldn’t score another run until the 6th and by that time it was too little to late.

The Tampa Bay Rays sent David Price to the mound and he pitched a complete game. He held the Rangers to 7 hits and 2 runs. He pitched a fantastic game and he did something you didn’t expect to see in a play off game by pitching the entire game.

The Rangers weren’t the same team this season. They screwed up with some of their past roster moves and it cost them in the end. They messed up and the management knows it and they will be sitting at home watching the play offs this fall.

They finished their season at 91-72 and they were 46-36 at home. The team just wasn’t good enough to make it into the play offs this season and played like a team that was trying to make a break through all year.

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  1. sportsbaron1

    In my opinion the Rangers don’t have what it takes between-the-ears to win a World Series title. This is the third consecutive year that Texas was in position to either win the WS or else position themselves to get invited to the dance by besting their opponent in a winner-take-all contest after the regular season was concluded and they screwed up ALL THREE TIMES. They aren’t particularly tough mentally and tend to make mistakes in the field and on the base paths at the wrong times. To me, that begins with Ron Washington. When a club makes the same errors over and over and over and over again, it usually means that teaching methods and emphases leave something to be desired. Again, that’s RW. But these are faults that existed BEFORE the Rangers’ brainless trust let go of Michael Young, Mike Napoli, Josh Hamilton AT THE SAME TIME (and then Chris Davis the year before last for what amounted to $2 Million dollars since Tommy Hunter and Koji Uejara are no longer on their roster). They also couldn’t afford to make those mistakes because they’d already lost 40% of their starting pitchers and two of their relievers before the season got underway, which made run scoring that much more important. Well, Mitch Moreland simply wasn’t the answer to that dilemna–he hit deplorably with runners in scoring position and pretty much disappeared shortly after he got his batting average up near the .300 mark just before the All-Star break. The immortal Dave Murphy who their dunderheaded coach was so in love with despite his .283 on-base-percentage and underwhelming BA wasn’t the answer either. Their lying, steroid abusing right fielder Nelson Cruz did pretty well until he was outted for PED abuse shortly after the midway point of the season. What all of the foregoing left the Rangers with was an injury-prone Adrian Beltre and a collection of .270 hitters.

    This club–as constituted–isn’t going anywhere next season (especially as they’re presently constituted–and more especially with Ron Washington at the helm–since he tends to get out-coached by the manager in the other dugout in high pressure situations consistently….)

    Good Luck Ranger fans. I don’t care what you say I fear you’re going to need it…

    Clifford
    Santa Monica

     

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