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Rangers looking like anything but one-hit wonders

Posted on: October 4, 2011 6:04 pm
 

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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handicappers
Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: October 5, 2011 5:24 am
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Since: Sep 19, 2010
Posted on: October 5, 2011 12:03 am
 

Rangers looking like anything but one-hit wonders

Having lived through the Bobby V era, the Steroid era and the A-Rod era this Rangers Express Era has been a long time coming! The Oates era was pretty good, first time the team got to the post-season but never really stood a chance with the lack of even decent pitching. We have good/solid young pitching with that explosive offense that has added small ball when needed to the long ball. Epstein conquered the curse in Boston but John Daniels has remade an entire franchise with his moves making him the Best GM in baseball imho. 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!



Since: Oct 11, 2007
Posted on: October 4, 2011 9:17 pm
 

Rangers looking like anything but one-hit wonders

Shame rays couldn't get it done. Good luck texas.



Since: Oct 16, 2006
Posted on: October 4, 2011 9:11 pm
 

Rangers looking like anything but one-hit wonders

C'Mon Yankess -- I don't want any part of the Tigers



Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: October 4, 2011 8:55 pm
 

Rangers looking like anything but one-hit wonders

It's amazing what steroids can do! Congrats Beltre on hitting 3 HRs in a game. You and the Rangers are poised to sweep your next opponent by scores of 4-2, 5-2, 6-1,14-2.



Since: Feb 27, 2007
Posted on: October 4, 2011 8:38 pm
 

Rangers looking like anything but one-hit wonders

Um... can you name any team that has more than one "bona-fide ace"?
Well, the Phillies for certain....but that's not really my point.

My point, which was directed at the original storyline, is that regardless of NOT having that true #1, ala Sabathia or Verlander, the rest of the rotation is better than either Detroit or NY, and the bullpen is better than either.

That being said, the Tigers have owned the Rangers this season.



Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: October 4, 2011 8:14 pm
 

Rangers looking like anything but one-hit wonders

The Tigers and Yankees have exactly 1 bona-fide ace amongst each. Thats it. All. Nothing more.


Um... can you name any team that has more than one "bona-fide ace"?  



Since: Jan 16, 2011
Posted on: October 4, 2011 7:48 pm
 

Rangers looking like anything but one-hit wonders

Based on Beltre's numbers during the regular season, he could have easily been MVP.  With only playing 124 games I believe, he was on pace to hit 137 RBI's which would have surpassed anyone in the AL.  If the Tigers close out the Yankees today, it will be a good series!



Since: Sep 12, 2007
Posted on: October 4, 2011 7:44 pm
 

Rangers looking like anything but one-hit wonders

Good job TEXAS!



Since: Feb 27, 2007
Posted on: October 4, 2011 6:21 pm
 

Rangers looking like anything but one-hit wonders

Slip past the $kankees or Tigers?

The Tigers and Yankees have exactly 1 bona-fide ace amongst each. Thats it. All. Nothing more. 

Last time I played, a single ace doesnt beat a FULL-HOUSE any day of any week. We will see what happens, which is obviously why they play the game, but as things are looking, and especially if Detroit wins tonight, the Rangers will most likely only see Verlander one game. I put their rotation up against anybody not named Sabathia or Verlander any day! 


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