How Do You Right a Ship?
That’s going to be the question for the 2018 Texas Rangers baseball team.
It seems that the year started out with a bit of promise, then the Houston Astros came into Globe Life Park and showed everyone WHY they are the WORLD CHAMPIONS!
The Astros gave the Rangers an opening week blemish, by taking 3 of the four games of the home opener, and the Rangers have been struggling ever since.
Their starting rotation, has been rocked, including their Ace, Cole Hamels. Not to mention that their other starting arms are just not as crisp.
Already they have had to put Doug Fister, who they obtained from the Boston Red Sox, on the Disabled List, with Tim Lincecum already there with a blister on his throwing hand!
Let’s talk about the arms that ARE good…. Bartolo Colon has been brought into the Rangers bull pen, and spot starter, but the truth is, this is an aged ball player. Give him credit, he can be a crafty right handed thrower, and gives the Rangers a bit of maturity, but what this team needs is someone in the front office that can not only pull the deals that is needed, but the development of the farm system where young players are valuable to the big team and not just used as trade bait to try and get aged players.
When the Rangers were on the road for the first time in 2018, they took on the Oakland A’s. They were able to split a four game set, but then returned to Arlington to have a three game set with the Toronto Blue Jays, only to lose two of the three, and let’s face it, a few years ago, when the “Jays” had Jose Batista in the lineup, it may have had some meaning for the two teams to meet.
Remember a few years ago during the first round of the American League Division Series, when Bautista hit a 7th inning three run blast into the left field seats to give the Blue Jays the lead, and the rest they say is history? Well that homerun and the ensuing bat flip, that caused a lot of bad feelings.
Then during the season, the Jays traveled south to the north Texas area, and during that series, a hard slide into second base by Bautista on Rougned Odor, followed by an infamous right hand across the jaw and glasses flying in one direction, helmet in another, and “T” shirts printed up with the phrase to go along with it, “Don’t Mess With Texas”, you would think that the story line to come would be when the two teams met again in the Division Series that very year, but it wasn’t meant to be.
Bautista is still in search for a team to play for, at 37, he turned down offers to play for one year in Toronto, but he feels that he still can play for a contender, even though he struck out a record 170 times in 2017 when he played for the Blue Jays.
After the Toronto series, the Los Angeles Angels come in for a three-game series and already the Angels are showing that they are the team in the West that will give chase to the Astros, and show that they possibly have the horses that can give the Astros a real fight for the Western Division title.
The Angels have a Wunderkind in Shohei Ohtani, who is a right handed pitcher, who can also hit the ball a ton. He and his teammates come into Globe Life Park and when he was called up to pinch hit in the 9th inning of a game this week, he just hit a dribbler to second base for the last out in that inning! Kind of a whimper instead of Thunder.
The Rangers will wrap it up with the Angels then will have a day off, their first since the season started, and then head down I-45 to take on their in-State rival Houston Astros.
The season is still young, but the hopes are being dashed quickly. WE have seen this before, where the Rangers were written off for dead, only to come back to life, and win the West Division on the last day of the season.
Could it happen again? Who knows, but that is the reason they play 162 games from March to October!
It’s up to the Skipper Jeff Banister, to right this ship, we will see if the “crew” will make it work!
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