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  • The Streak, The Trip, the Challenge

    Tonight in Detroit we start to learn a whole lot more about this team.

    The difficulty bar will be raised in the effort to claim victories. Here are some sobering facts:

    Texas is 16-4 against Oakland, KC, San Diego and Philly
    Texas is 6-16 against everyone else

    Texas is just 6-12 on the road and an increase of roadies await in the pipeline.

    Tonight on the mound Nick Martinez. ERA over the past 3 starts: 6.75

    A win streak could be extended both in duration and gravitas if the Rangers are able to do it. We'll see.

  • #2
    Originally posted by ProfarMVP View Post
    Tonight in Detroit we start to learn a whole lot more about this team.

    The difficulty bar will be raised in the effort to claim victories. Here are some sobering facts:

    Texas is 16-4 against Oakland, KC, San Diego and Philly
    Texas is 6-16 against everyone else
    The Dude told you that two or three days ago. Perhaps you should start reading his posts again.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by RangerDude2016 View Post

      The Dude told you that two or three days ago. Perhaps you should start reading his posts again.
      There are very few meaningful trends in 40 games of baseball. And all that matters at the end of any sample is your record. The Rangers are right where they need to be to make a run at a playoff spot. And if they keep playing the way they have the past 10 games, they'll end up there at the end of 162.

      It should also be pointed out that the Rangers have a plus-28 run differential after tonight and should have a better record than they do, if anything. So those acting as though this team is lucky to be where it is are ignoring the facts.
      Last edited by dannyboy8517; 05-19-2017, 08:47 PM.

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      • #4
        The Dud is wrong again. Rangers blew Detroit away. Another Napoli intangible over the fence!

        Kela had great innings, even though the ump squeezed him so much he had to pitch eight extra pitches that I counted, and I did not, perhaos, count them all. He sure as hell treated Kela like crap compared to any Detroit pitcher. Great game, though.

        Need to get Griffin to start another winning streak. Griffin doesn't end losing streaks. He starts winning streaks. Started two back-to-back winning streaks for ten wins in a row!

        ITYS!!

        GO RANGERS!

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        • #5
          Originally posted by dannyboy8517 View Post

          There are very few meaningful trends in 40 games of baseball. And all that matters at the end of any sample is your record. The Rangers are right where they need to be to make a run at a playoff spot. And if they keep playing the way they have the past 10 games, they'll end up there at the end of 162.

          It should also be pointed out that the Rangers have a plus-28 run differential after tonight and should have a better record than they do, if anything. So those acting as though this team is lucky to be where it is are ignoring the facts.

          Gotta ride this streak as long as possible. Momentum and belief are huge in baseball.

          Hey, and we actually gained a game on the Astros. I had to tune in during the 9th inning of the game in Houston. Wanted to see if they were actually beatable.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by dannyboy8517
            There are very few meaningful trends in 40 games of baseball. And all that matters at the end of any sample is your record. The Rangers are right where they need to be to make a run at a playoff spot. And if they keep playing the way they have the past 10 games, they'll end up there at the end of 162. It should also be pointed out that the Rangers have a plus-28 run differential after tonight and should have a better record than they do, if anything. So those acting as though this team is lucky to be where it is are ignoring the facts.
            I can't remember exactly but didn't they have a terrible run differential last year? I mean, Dyson cost 3-4 wins all by himself!

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            • #7
              Picked up two on Astros during these streaks. Probably will pick up a couple more before we sweep them to start June! They are really worried about ever getting that Silver Boot for sure now.

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              • #8
                A winning team wins heavily against the weaker teams.

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                • #9
                  Dyson messed up our pythagorean. Run diff is good for those four losses. I'm worried about Bush holding up. We really need Dyson to step up tomorrow. Do it, Dyson. You can do it!! Don't let the past matter.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by pibrew View Post
                    I can't remember exactly but didn't they have a terrible run differential last year? I mean, Dyson cost 3-4 wins all by himself!
                    It was plus-8, so not terrible, but very low for a team with 95 wins. Our record in one-run games last year was otherworldly at 36-11. That's balanced out quite a bit this season at 4-7.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Flounder1 View Post
                      The Dud is wrong again. Rangers blew Detroit away.
                      While The Dude is the most accurate man in America, he is also the fairest man in America. He was not wrong on most of Texas' wins coming against mostly weak teams. Nor was he wrong on Napoli, who's power is certainly back; however, his OBP for the month of May still sits at an unacceptable .290.

                      What is The Dude willing to admit he was wrong about? The Rangers' rotation currently has the best ERA in baseball. That is something The Dude did not foresee happening, especially not without Hamels. While The Dude's doubts about Cashner are well documented, Darvish, Perez, and Griffin have been killing it.

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                      • #12
                        Exactly, Redcap. Winning teams don't let the opportunities pass against the weak teams and play up to the strong teams. We just need to turn the tables on the Astros is all.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Flounder1 View Post
                          Exactly, Redcap. Winning teams don't let the opportunities pass against the weak teams and play up to the strong teams. We just need to turn the tables on the Astros is all.
                          The important thing is we're playing better baseball. The rest will take care of itself.

                          All those guys who were slumping in April and early May are getting hot together now. And our starting pitching continues to get the job done night in and night out. Solve the bullpen problem -- and to be fair, there's been some progress -- and this team's in really good shape.

                          It's amazing how closely this season is mirroring 2015. There was legitimate reason both that year and this to be concerned about the team's play the first five weeks of the season. But in both cases, the team flipped a switch in May. Hopefully the play that put us in a nine-game hole to begin with is behind us completely and what we're seeing is what we can expect the rest of the year.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by dannyboy8517
                            It was plus-8, so not terrible, but very low for a team with 95 wins. Our record in one-run games last year was otherworldly at 36-11. That's balanced out quite a bit this season at 4-7.
                            Thanks Danny.... I was of thinking that it was historically low for a team with that many wins. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

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                            • #15
                              True, dannyboy. Realize we're playing without Hamels, Gomez, Beltre and, yes, Ross! We're getting top performances from Cashner, Martinez and Griffin. The bullpen has had troubles, but Dyson and Jeffress aren't crap. Those guys can turn it around at any time. Plus, JD will get us an arm if they can't. Guranteed. Lot's of high style baseball to look forward to for Rangers fans, even with this makeshift crew. Once at full strength, look out baseball, here comes the Texas Rangers! Yečeeeee-hawww!!

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