Monday Morning Manager…Sunday Bloody Sunday

Had the day off on Sunday. It went something like this…

* Morning Mass at local Catholic Church.

Monday_Morning_Manager.jpg* Drove to Fox Sports Grill to watch San Francisco 49ers play Minnesota

* Calculated the possibilities for the Rangers. If Angels lose and Rangers win, four games back. If both win or both lose, five back. If Angels win and Rangers lose, six back. Four possible outcomes. One really bad.

* 49ers lose Frank Gore and can’t move ball.

* 49ers block field goal and miraculously lead 14-13 at halftime. Day is looking up

* 49ers lead 24-20 late in game. Vikings fans looking despondent. Tell them: “I wish we had Brett Farve.”

* Said quarterback throws game-winning touchdown with two seconds left. Hometown team loses. Pay bill and leave.

* Turn car radio to Rangers game. Rangers leading 5-0 in the sixth and Brandon McCarthy appears to be cruising.

* Take Toby for a walk.

* Check Rangers score… 5-3 in the eighth.

* Take Helen to Memphis Red Hot & Blue. Stop at Barnes & Noble on the way home.

* Check Rangers score. They lose, 7-6.

* Take annoying dog for second walk. Don Meredith is singing inside my head…

1. Do you think the Rangers bullpen ran out of gas in the end?

2. What’s your take on Julio Borbon’s future with the Rangers?

3. Should Michael Young and/or Josh Hamilton play again this season?

4. Was Sunday the worst loss of the season for the Rangers?

5. Would you consider the four-game series with the Angels as meaningful games?

 

8 Comments

1. Possibly. Wilson and O’Day both reached new career highs in games pitched. I don’t know what Frank’s issue was yesterday. I would think it was more mechanical than fatigue because he had great velocity and just couldn’t find the strike zone.
2. I think he’ll eventually play centerfield and lead off. He can be a big league centerfielder although he doesn’t have much of an arm. His value offensively will be determined by his ability to get on base. I think he’s a lot like Jacoby Ellsbury. Very similar skill set.
3. It probably wouldn’t hurt anything, going into months of off season, but there’s no point in taking medical risks.
4. I can’t think of a worse one offhand. McCarthy goes 7 2/3 strong, asks the bullpen for 4 outs and they can’t make that happen. Extremely disappointing.
5. Yes. They’re meaningful for all our young players trying to establish themselves in the big leagues at the very least.

1. I think that CJ and O’Day may have, but Frankie just didn’t have good stuff yesterday. Washington should have put in Feliz one batter earlier…but hindsight is 20/20!

2. I think that Borbon will be starting next year because of his speed. The Rangers have seen the necessity of having a leadoff guy with 40+ base stealing ability and I hope they stick to that!

3. If they want to yes…if they are healthy enough to try and play they should let them be out there. The rest of this season should be a celebration of what they’ve accomplished!

4. YES…I was at the Boston game where they blew the lead late, but after the weekend we were still in first in the Wild Card. This one kills us because it almost officially eliminates us. A tough one for sure.

5. Yes, but only because there is still a statistical chance…but we have to sweep and that’s not going to be easy or probable…so now it’s time to just relax and enjoy the team for the last 7 games.

1. — I didn’t see Sunday’s game – so I can’t really comment – but I will say my team played a whole lot better than yours: NDC beat Case Western 53-24.

2. — Julio’s future position in the OF depends on Marlon Byrd. As much as the Rangers would like to re-sign Marlon Byrd – I think it’s an impossible situation. This is going to be Marlon’s first (probably only) big free agent opportunity – and since the Rangers have such financial constrictions – I just can’t see MLB approving a sizeable contract to keep Byrd – which will move Julio to CF (and don’t kid yourself – if Mr. Hicks keeps borrowing money from MLB they will have a say in Rangers budget next season – our team is in danger of becoming the Montreal Expos). I’ll think Julio will being playing a lot of CF in winter ball and showing up early in Surprise to work with Gary Pettis. Keeping my fingers crossed.

3. — Only if they are completely healthy with no danger of re-injuring themselves – which means No. There is no reason, none what so ever, for them to risk further injury for a team that is no longer in contention.

4. — Nope – just frustrating – I’m off the Frank Francisco bandwagon.

5. — The last meaningful games the Rangers played were on the September 12-20 homestand when they went 2-7 and effectively ended any real chance of post-season play. The current winning streak only fueled hopes for a baseball miracle – something this franchise has never been able to achieve. These games in Anaheim are meaningful for Tommy Hunter, Derek Holland, Julio Borbon, Elvis Andrus, Chris Davis, Neftali Feliz and all of the other young players – playing the Angels this week and watching them celebrate another division title on the field in front of them should teach them how much hard work and consistency it takes reach the post season.

1. Do you think the Rangers bullpen ran out of gas in the end?

Are you talking about the end of yesterday’s game, or the season as a whole? Guess it doesn’t matter, the answer to both is a resounding YES! I was at the game yesterday, and everyone around me was scratching their heads when Wash took out McCarthy…he was pitching just fine. Then he brought in Feliz one batter too late…we were all pretty ticked off at him for that. Really, the whole team just ran out of gas around Sept 10th, and I just don’t see why.

2. What’s your take on Julio Borbon’s future with the Rangers?

Bright. He’s been disapointing of late, but like most of this crew, he’s young and will get more consistant.

3. Should Michael Young and/or Josh Hamilton play again this season?

No, no, no! The season is over. Let them rest, then rehab in the off-season so they’ll be full speed by Aug 5.

4. Was Sunday the worst loss of the season for the Rangers?

No, but it still stunk. I think a win would have gotten them a rousing ovation from the crowd for having a great season, but blowing the game left a bad taste in everyone’s mouth. Of course, it wasn’t THAT bad, seeing as how I started the season ticket purchasing process as soon as I got home. :^)

5. Would you consider the four-game series with the Angels as meaningful games?

Only in a “let’s pleeeese hang on to second place” way. Otherwise, yes, they are pretty meaningless.

1. I don’t know if they ran out of gas. But each of them let down the team. We should have been 5 games back of the Angels instead we are 6 back with 7 to play. That was a bad time to have the bullpen blow up. I have a very bitter taste in my mouth after that display and disgrace. But what hurt them most was a 2 weeks ago when the Angels were losing games and The Rangers decided not to hit against the A’s.
2. I think Julio’s future is bright and I can’t wait to see him develop better as a fielder and a hitter. He has shown us great flashes here and there with the bat for sure. His defense still needs work. But I like his approach at the plate. There are times when he is aggresive and that is good and there are times when he is very patient and will take that walk. And he uses his speed very well when he gets on base. What is not to like. I think he will only get better as he learn how he is going to be pitched in the major leagues. But he is fun to watch play I will tell you that. Exciting.

3. I think Michael and Josh should play. If they can’t make the playoffs I at least want the team to give it all they have and maybe get to 90 wins.

4. It was up there. Bad timing for sure. But they have played a lot of bad games in the middle of september that would have made this race a lot more interesting. They have only themselves to blame for all of it. But over all they played a lot better than we had hoped they would. Almost a 10 win improvement from last years team if they can finish on a good note. I am proud of them and can’t wait to see if they will take another step forward next year.

5. I would still like to see a sweep of the Angels even if we don’t make the playoffs. It is very unlikly for us the make the playoffs now even if we did sweep them. The Angels would only have to win 2 out of 3 against Oakland and we would to win every game. That would be a miracle. But I would still wnat to see a sweep just to stay in between there ear of the off-season for when we play them next year.

@EMC

“playing the Angels this week and watching them celebrate another division title on the field in front of them should teach them how much hard work and consistency it takes reach the post season.”

Great point…I think seeing how excited the Angels are about winning the division will really help them get a passion for next year!

3. I’d like both Michael and Josh to play, but only if they’re 100%. They shouldn’t take any risks—except maybe if we somehow sweep the Angels and are still in the hunt by the time we get to Seattle.

4. This was not the worst loss of the year. The two worst losses by far are the walk-off triple in Oakland and the blown lead against the Red Sox after the miracle play. This loss was frustrating, sure, but even if we’d won, we’d still be pretty much in the same place we are now: needing a sweep of the Angels and the Mariners combined with at least two Angel losses at Oakland. I would have loved to get the sweep of the last homestand, but it was a thrilling game even in disappointment and I feel like I got my money’s worth.

5. The Rangers have not been eliminated, therefore they are meaningful games. Who knows, crazy things can happen. But if reality strikes and they have to watch the Angels celebrate in front of them, I think it will be a lasting memory they can build on next year.

1. Do you think the Rangers bullpen ran out of gas in the end?

Yes, assuming they had gas at some time during the season. Seriously, they pitched well, but I always had this nagging feeling that they were in over their heads and that the crash was coming…

2. What’s your take on Julio Borbon’s future with the Rangers?

Gosh, who knows. Hammy, Byrd, Cruz, Murphy, and Borbon… If I were the GM, I’d float Cruz out there first…

3. Should Michael Young and/or Josh Hamilton play again this season?

Why not? BTW, where was Hammy in the bottom of the ninth Sunday? Wasn’t he a better choice than Andruw Jones? Or, put Borbon up for Jones, and then use Hammy. Good grief.

4. Was Sunday the worst loss of the season for the Rangers?

There have been a few bad ones – they blew a five run lead at Fenway, the game Frankie blew against the Bosox at Arlington a month or so ago, and this one… All are REALLY bad.

5. Would you consider the four-game series with the Angels as meaningful games?

Uh…. Yes? (What kind of a question is this? How are they meaningful now? Of course, if this was written BEFORE last night’s loss, then, no, they were not meaningless…until we lost one.)

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