Intangible. 39 comments

  The intangibles. That’s all we kept hearing about Jeff Mathis. He’s not here because of his bat, he’s here because of the intangibles. Because of this special quality he brings to the team. “What is it?” “We can’t tell you. It’s intangible.” There has to be some reason a […]

What the Rangers are worth. 78 comments

There’s a reason why baseball players demand so much money. Baseball teams have it. Boatloads of it. For the first time ever, according to Forbes, all thirty teams are worth more than one billion dollars. In fact, the average team is worth almost double that—$1.75 billion. In the twenty-two years […]

Out with the old. 141 comments

  Here is the difference between this season (so far) and the past few Rangers seasons. The Rangers had a five-run lead and you never expected them to lose. In fact, you expected them to put the foot on the throat and keep piling it on. Neither thing happened, of […]

The future isn’t always tomorrow. 165 comments

  The Red Sox won the World Series last year and its front office mistakenly believed it just had to run players out there in Boston uniforms and they would win it again. It doesn’t work that way. Winning it all isn’t necessarily the result of having the best players. […]

Rangers are a contender. 216 comments

  No longer is it a question of whether this Rangers team is a contender. It is. It isn’t contending for a division crown. It isn’t contending for the first wild card spot. But it is contending for the second wild card spot. In fact, it’s in the driver’s seat. The […]

Like a cockroach (but in a good way). 401 comments

  This is a Rangers team that refuses to go quietly. Which means this is a Rangers team that is fun to watch. In the past, Rangers teams would score a run or two early, then head for the exits. The game was determined early. You knew the outcome by […]

Smyly struggles again. 366 comments

  So now the Rangers have a moment of truth. Does Drew Smyly get another start? The better way to ask that question is, do the Rangers actually think they have a legitimate shot at a wild card? If yes, then no. If no, then—why? Why give Drew Smyly another […]

It’s time to fear Rangers pitching. 145 comments

  AdrianSampson throws a complete game. On Adrian Beltre night. You can’t make this stuff up. All of a sudden, the Rangers have pitching. A team that was either dead last or next-to-last in most pitching categories at the beginning of the year has now slowly made its way to […]

Rangers face actual competition. 269 comments

  So now you have to ask, was last night’s loss the result of the weirdest quirk ever, where the Rangers cannot win the opening game of a series, and you simply chalk it up to that? Or, was last night’s loss the result of not playing a pushover, and the […]

Rangers do what they had to do. 174 comments

  The remedial part of the schedule is over for a while. Now the Rangers play a team that is in the upper half of the loser’s bracket with them. Oakland won 97 games last season. They had a recent run where they won ten in a row. While they aren’t […]