Other than last night’s defensive line-up, which wasn’t all that impressive, Ron Washington has himself a nice baseball team down there in Arlington, Texas.
Sure, I know, the Rangers are catching the Orioles in one of those pre-All-Star-Game funks, but the Rangers are good, I’m telling you.
Two nights in a row, Texas broke open a tight game with key hits at the right time. Last night, they turned an early 2-1 deficit into a 5-2 lead after some questionable managing from Buck Showalter and then later on, with the score 5-4, they produced three more runs to salt the game away.
At one point, Adam Jones came back to the dugout after another frustrating at bat and said, “I’m so pissed off I could take a swing at something” and Showalter said, “Yeah, like a strike, perhaps?” (OK…I’m here all week, folks.)
Back to Buck for a second. With the score knotted at 2-2 in the 5th inning and starter Zach Britton already in wobble mode, why didn’t Showalter go to either Kevin Gausman or Tommy Hunter and have them face Adrian Beltre? Britton surrendered a 1st inning gopher ball to A.B. and was laboring in the 5th before the 3rd baseman returned to the plate with two runners on base. He promptly smashed a pitch into the left-field seats and that was essentially game, set, match for the night.
I’m a Buck fan, but I don’t quite understand why he wouldn’t have gone righty-righty there…not allowing Britton to face Beltre again.
As I mentioned above, though, Texas has a really good team and no matter what match-ups you produce, your players need to execute.
The Orioles aren’t executing very well right now.
And, Texas looks pretty darn solid to me.
If Nelson Cruz is on the “list” that’s going to be published next week and he has to sit for a while due to his Biogenesis connection, that will hurt the Rangers for sure. But, make no mistake about it, Ron Washington has himself a pretty complete ballclub in 2013.
Speaking of “the list”, if these suspensions come down next week like several national sources are hinting they will, I’m not sure where baseball goes from there.
These guys – the suspended ones – will not only be cheaters, but they will be cheaters who went directly against the league’s testing policies at the same time. They “beat the system”, most likely from using something undetectable by MLB testing standards like synthetic testosterone, and deserve whatever treatment they get in response to it all.
And, even though MLB will be doing the right thing by having the cheaters take a seat, we all know the chicanery and tom foolerly continues.
I don’t know how baseball fixes itself, because the players clearly don’t care enough about “the game” to stop using PED’s, but I do know that this is going to be one hot mess.
The U.S. beat someone called Belize 6-1 last night in soccer.
So that’s that.
(A week or so ago, “Phil” sent me a scathing e-mail about my apathy towards soccer, reminding me that I “made a great living” from the sport for nearly 20 years and that I’m somehow indebted to the game.)
There’s your soccer update, Phil.