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Texas Rangers Thread

Discussion in 'Sports Zone' started by TheCowboy, Mar 31, 2011.

  1. Tricericon

    Tricericon Member

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    Yeah, just look at this year's ALCS. Oh, wait.

    We're a better team than either of 'em, but baseball is a very random sport, and we are the road team... I put our chances at 50-55%.
  2. preacher238

    preacher238 Member

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  3. StylisticS

    StylisticS Well-Known Member

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    To be fair. We did go through two outstanding pitching staffs in Tampa Bay and Detroit. Milwaukee and St. Louis arent that Mich better than those two, if they are at all.
  4. ryanbabs

    ryanbabs Well-Known Member

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    Tell that to the Phillies...and the 90's Braves teams. I think our lineup is actually a lot stronger than last year's team. The Bullpen is much improved also.

  5. ryanbabs

    ryanbabs Well-Known Member

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    That "winner of the All-Star game getting home-field advantage" has to go. The American League won like 12 in a row except for the last two seasons...:eek:
  6. Boyzmamacita

    Boyzmamacita CowBabe Up!!! Zone Supporter

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    Congrats to the Rangers.
  7. jimmy40

    jimmy40 Well-Known Member

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    went to my first Rangers game and saw Reggie Jackson hit a home run for Baltimore. That was a long freaking time ago.
  8. TheCoolFan

    TheCoolFan Well-Known Member

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    The Giants had the best pitching staff in the majors last year. #1 in ERA and Hits. While the Cardinals and Brewers are no push overs either, their pitching is not on the same level as the Giants. Both staffs are better than the Tigers though so it will still be quite the challenge.
  9. Air Force One

    Air Force One Well-Known Member

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    Man what a great memory to have, and yes a heck of a long time ago.
  10. crazytown41

    crazytown41 Well-Known Member

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    Not the Phillies pitcher's fault if the offense can't muster up more than 2 runs. And the Rangers don't have any starters that can come close to what Carpenter did to the Phillies.

    You can't deny Wilson, Holland, and Lewis have been gawd awful in the playoffs. Did any of them go more than 6 innings in this series?

    Just don't like their chances if theyre depending on the bullpen to pitch 6 innings of no run ball every game
  11. reddyuta

    reddyuta Well-Known Member

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    This is our shot to win the world series but the starters have to pitch better,a 6.59 ERA by the starters is not going to get it done.They dont have to be great,just better than what we have seen in the post season.
  12. Alweezy

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    seriously why do people keep saying this, as if we haven't heard this a million times already.

    Note, the Rangers have average starting pitching, but have a championship Bullpen. So what does that do for your theory.

    Note 2: Texas beat the Cy young in this series, and defeated the Rays with relative ease. A Tampa Bay team that many touted as the best rotation in the playoffs.

    Note 3: Good pitching does not = a win. You gotta have balance. See 2011 Philadelphia Phillies for example.

    Please stop with the cliche's. It makes people think you're not even watching the games..
  13. Alweezy

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    But that's the thing, they don't need to go 8 innings shut out ball. They just need to go 5 or 6. That's why we brought in Adams. That's why Ogando went back to the bullpen. This is what you play for... it's shrewd if you ask me. The three of those guys combined are as valuable as a Mo Rivera... they have even shown as much importance as a Verlander or Lee being asked to pitch an entire game to will a team to a win...

    don't dismiss the bullpen, they are the difference between the 2010 Rangers, who had shaky relief and was having to depend on Darren O'Day, Mark Lowe, and Darren Oliver to get out of jams against the Giants... and now you got 3 guys who could be closers all setting each other up.. If we win the world series it won't be because we outslugged the other team, or CJ threw a complete game 1 hitter. It'll be because our bullpen shut the opposition down for 3-4 games of a series and won us close ball games that we had no business winning in years past...
  14. crazytown41

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    Huh? The Phillies have a good offense. So they just had the best record in baseball because they ONLY have pitching?? They lost because Carpenter pitched the game of his life. Like I said, pitching wins championships

    You'd think a Ranger fan would know that. How'd those juggernaut Ranger teams with Pudge, Greer, Juan Gone, etc. do in the playoffs?

    Makes me wonder if you even followed this team before 2010 :confused::confused:
  15. masomenos

    masomenos Less is more

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    Tigers/Brewers/Cardinals Pitching Comparison

    This is using the metric of fielding independent era (FIP). Team totals are rough estimates.

    4 Best Starters

    Greinke - 2.98
    Gallardo - 3.59
    Marcum - 3.73
    Wolf - 4.29

    Team - 3.65

    Carpenter - 3.06
    Garcia - 3.23
    Lohse - 3.67
    Westbrook - 4.25

    Team - 3.55

    Fister - 2.49
    Verlander - 2.99
    Porcello - 4.06
    Scherzer - 4.14

    Team - 3.42

    3 Most Used Relievers (Non-Closer)


    Hawkins - 2.76
    Loe - 2.8
    Estrada - 3.67

    Team - 3.08


    Motte - 2.48
    Boggs - 3.44
    Jackson - 4.01

    Team - 3.31

    Benoit - 2.96
    Coke - 3.57
    Penny - 5.02

    Team - 3.85


    Axford - 2.41

    Salas - 3.16

    Valverde - 3.55

    Brewers look to be the most difficult team to mount a comeback on, but the easiest to jump to a lead against. Similar offensive production, but neither team poses as much of a threat as Detroit. Similar ability to hold runners, but again Detroit was better.

    As I see it, Texas has a much better shot of winning it this year than they did last year.
  16. cowboyeric8

    cowboyeric8 Chicks dig crutches

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    Just got back from the game. Congratulations Rangers and Rangers fans!
  17. Air Force One

    Air Force One Well-Known Member

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    Man that must have been one heck of a game to attend! If you took any pics post them if possible. :)
  18. cowboyeric8

    cowboyeric8 Chicks dig crutches

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    Haha not any good ones sadly. Just went with an average camera in hand.

    I got the interviews and such on video, can barely understand anything.


    Sun setting on the Tigers

    Hard to really see the waving towels in a photo. But gave me goosebumps in person

    9 run inning


    I just missed my hero Mike escaping into the dugout after his homer.

    Can't see anything but that's Cruz crossing home

    More Cruz

    Me and my sister. She bought the tickets for an early Christmas present.

    Visitors dugout after confetti

    Hello World Series!
  19. cowboyeric8

    cowboyeric8 Chicks dig crutches

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    To those who watched the game on tv, was Joe Buck in pain for 6 innings? Haha.

    Also I was listening to the radio after the game and they said both Holland and Wilson barely celebrated with the team and then left. Oh man, these two gentlemen really need to get it together. Stop feeling sorry for themselves and do something about it.

    And I have crow to eat thinking Holland would have a better game.

    I would still give Holland a start but with a very short leash (just in case he wants to have a good game) and put Feldman in. JMO.
  20. Air Force One

    Air Force One Well-Known Member

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    Man those were great pics...the last two especially. I really loved the one with the T and the confetti. That was a sweet pic. Thanks for posting them bro!

    Buck was definitely not his usual self, but he did better late after he had gotten used to the fact that we were winning the game, period.

    I hadn't hear about Wilson and Holland. That is disconcerting to say the least. They need to realize the Tiger series is over and all will be forgotten if they pitch well in the WS.

    Oh and I have to eat a little crow regarding Mike Young...he came up big tonight. That must have been awesome watching at the Ballpark as he and Cruz go long on the same night.

    Congrats on going to the game man, I'm jealous for sure. :)

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