Also Sprach Zarathustra
Said Ferrari, "Might as well be frank, monsieur. It would take a miracle to get you out of Casablanca and the Germans have outlawed miracles."
It would also take a miracle for the Rangers to win the American League West and the Oakland Athletics have outlawed miracles.
But it’s 10 a.m. on a foggy day in Oakland and the Rangers are eight games out with 22 play. If they win today, they will be seven back with 21 to play.
So let’s say the Rangers go 16-5 in their next 21 games. They finish 89-73. That means that if Oakland goes 9-14 in their final 23 games – a schedule that includes Minnesota, Cleveland, the Chicago White Sox and seven games against the Angels, the Rangers overtake the Athletics.
But right now the Rangers appear mortally wounded and everybody knows that an animal can’t help but gnaw at it’s own wounds.
So the tendency from the owner on down is to find reasons why the Rangers won’t make the playoffs and what is offered ranges from the ridiculous to the sublime, from mental toughness to the manager and everything in between.
The real issue is starting pitching and one Ranger said pointedly late Wednesday night, "Just look at our record when we get a quality start."
The Rangers are 50-20 when their starters go six innings and that tells you something right there, especially when the rotation ERA is 5.17. Any other reason offered for the Rangers lot in life is trivial compared to the need to upgrade the starting pitching.
If people want John Danks in the rotation next year, that’s fine but if they think he’s the second coming of Francisco Liriano or anything Florida has to offer, they better brace themselves for disappointment.
One young pitcher in the rotation is fine – whether it be Danks or Robinson Tejeda – but more than that and the Rangers might be in for the same that they experienced this year.
But this season is not over and general manager Jon Daniels will have much to say when the off-season gets underway, and nobody really knows what the rotation will look like next year other than Kevin Millwood.
There are high hopes for both Danks and Tejeda and the Rangers do want to re-sign Padilla but other than that, there is still much that has yet to be made clear.
One thing is clear. On a foggy night in Casablanca – actually t was the Burbank Airport but why quibble – Victor and Ilsa did get on that plane to Lisbon.