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Rangers looking like anything but one-hit wonders

Posted on: October 4, 2011 6:04 pm
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Here's the thing about the Texas Rangers as the champagne sprayed Tuesday in Tampa Bay: Adrian Beltre and Mike Napoli, the Rangers early stars this October, were elsewhere when Texas made its first foray to a World Series last October.

And as the Rangers move on and prepare to meet either the Detroit Tigers or the New York Yankees in the AL Championship Series, those two are just the latest examples of Texas' power both on the field and off.

Lots of people assumed the Rangers were done last winter when they couldn't retain Cliff Lee. But general manager Jon Daniels and his staff were creative enough to fill in the cracks of a very good core and the Rangers so far haven't missed a beat.

I don't know whether C.J. Wilson, Colby Lewis, Derek Holland and the rest will provide enough pitching to slip past the Yankees or the Tigers and push the Rangers to their second consecutive World Series.

But I do know that under club president Nolan Ryan, Daniels and beyond, the Rangers never for a moment spent one time feeling sorry for themselves losing to San Francisco last fall. They never for a moment wasted time looking in the rear view mirror.

"The reality is, there are a lot of teams that have gotten there once," Daniels told me in March as the Rangers limbered up in Arizona. "That doesn't take anything away from it, but that's not our goal.

"First of all, we want to win it. And second of all, we don't want to be a one-hit wonder. And we need to prove that."

As the Rangers climb the charts again in 2011, they look far more long-term than one-hit wonder.
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Since: Feb 27, 2007
Posted on: October 7, 2011 7:38 pm
 

Rangers looking like anything but one-hit wonders

After that EPIC $kankee meltdown last night, I wish they had've somehow, pulled it out. 

How in the hell could you create a rotation after what took place?

Its gonna be a very very tough series with Detroit. In regards to the Rangers, that's probably the one team they really didnt want to face. Hope the couple of days off gets them back into a groove....but that is very rarely the case. 



Since: Sep 27, 2010
Posted on: October 5, 2011 7:10 pm
 

Rangers looking like anything but one-hit wonders

All but 3 of those Ranger vs Tiger/Yankees games were prior to June 17th.
I think that the Rangers have been hitting their stride since mid September.
Tigers finished strong, but the Yankee's were so so in September.
Rangers in 6 vs Yankees
Rangers in 7 vs Detriot
 

 



Since: Feb 27, 2007
Posted on: October 5, 2011 5:34 pm
 

Rangers looking like anything but one-hit wonders

As well as the Rangers are playing right now, I wouldn't be so pumped if I were a Rangers fan.  They took 3 of 9 against Detroit & 2 of 9 against the Yankees.  I see the Yankees beating Detroit tomorrow & beating the Rangers in 6
Meh.

The Tigers scare me somewhat, but the $kan$? Not nearly so much. This is a much better team than the one that took them out in last years playoffs... much much better 



Since: Feb 27, 2007
Posted on: October 5, 2011 5:31 pm
 

Rangers looking like anything but one-hit wonders

Congrats to the Rays as well Madden has to be manager of the year, if it wasnt for him no way they keep making these playoff runs. Tampa needs to support that team or some other city will jump at the chance to have that organization!
Yep, this EXACTLY!!!!
As much as I like seeing the Rangers advancing, I hate it being once again at the discourse of the Rays.

Love Madden and what he keeps doing. Can you imagine if he had the luxery of the Red Sox or $Kankees payroll?
Feel bad that team keeps getting stripped of its stars, and that stadium is the WORST venue EVER.

Some amazing young talent on that team, too bad it will be picked over by the league next Spring. 



Since: Jan 17, 2009
Posted on: October 5, 2011 5:21 pm
 

Rangers looking like anything but one-hit wonders

Damn right.



Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: October 5, 2011 4:46 pm
 

Rangers looking like anything but one-hit wonders

As well as the Rangers are playing right now, I wouldn't be so pumped if I were a Rangers fan.  They took 3 of 9 against Detroit & 2 of 9 against the Yankees.  I see the Yankees beating Detroit tomorrow & beating the Rangers in 6



Since: Sep 27, 2010
Posted on: October 5, 2011 12:49 pm
 

Rangers looking like anything but one-hit wonders

Beltre (via NOT signing with the Angels) and Napoli (via Angels trading to Toronto) making it happen.
Guerrero (via Angels not resigning him) was a big cog in last years run.

Favorite Hamilton comment from yesterday -- wondering who the front office will somehow acquire off the Angels 2011 roster to help us make back in 2012!!  Genius!!  LOL

 



Since: Oct 21, 2007
Posted on: October 5, 2011 11:36 am
 

Rangers looking like anything but one-hit wonders

@Radio - I agree about Beltre, but his being out probably helped the team in the long run. He tends to wear down, and after a long hot TX summer, I'm not sure that he'd have hit 3 HRs in game 4 without the time off.

If Cruz can just get his funk back, then they'd be at full strength. I'm not too concerned about EA and MY - they'll start hitting. And if Josh starts hitting the long ball (like last year when the Yankees intentionally walked him), this O can be scary good.



Since: Jan 19, 2007
Posted on: October 5, 2011 10:38 am
 

Rangers looking like anything but one-hit wonders

Instead of calling it a "methane moment", you should say a "Romo Moment" and everyone will know exactly what you are saying!



Since: Dec 24, 2009
Posted on: October 5, 2011 7:56 am
 

Rangers looking like anything but one-hit wonders

In game 3, Craig Gentry got on base and stole his way to providing two runs that helped win the game. Each time he stole a base, the TB pitcher would walk a guy to fill in the empty base. This coming from the number 9 hitter. Then in Game 4 the Rangers bust four home runs. How does an opposing pitcher prepare for a team like this? You look up and down the lineup and there is no weak spot.

And now, at least in my opinion, Washington has grown as a manager so he understands his lineup better and more often than not makes the right move. I distinctly remember him getting on Craig Gentry for NOT stealing a base. Usually you have to restrain fast people.

And the pitching. Sometimes a starter or releiver will have a methane moment of the brain, but it seems not one individual in the entire group gets intimidated. They shake a bad outing off and come back strong.

Then there is the genuine rapport between players and coaches... hitters and hitting coach, pitchers and pitching coach, defenders and defensive coaches.

As a long-suffering Rangers fan, this is almost too good to be true.


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