Saturday, September 4, 2010

9/3 and 9/4 Post Game Therapy

I am not going to whine about Nelson Cruz’s horrible AB in the 8th inning Friday night against Mike Capps (which I thought was a worse transgression than Alex Cora’s running blunder – however, did he not see Repko make that throw twice before that evening?)

I am not going to moan and groan that this weekend the Rangers gave away home field advantage in post season … if they get there… I’m still not ruling out a complete collapse.

I am not even going mention that I'm jealous of a team (Twins) that have a DH who actually contributes home runs and rbis (no just seeing eye singles).

I am not going to complain about the fact that winning a series in Kansas City means nothing;  but that losing a series in Minnesota to a playoff contender on the road is important, really important, I mean really, really important, did I mention it was important? ( Hint: Do you want to see Texas start the post season playing two games against that team from the Bronx in their home stadium?)

No instead, I’m just going to type out  a few Talking Heads lyrics? Why? Because New Mexico Bean liked them, so I know the lyrics and I figured "it’s time" to stop making sense.

Stuck a pencil in my eye
I can hardly wait to get back home
Why is everyone gettin' paranoid
I was only having fun" 
-- Lifetime Pilin' Up

"And she was looking at herself
And things were looking like a movie
She had a pleasant elevation
She's moving out in all directions"
-- And She Was 

"You start a conversation you can even finish it
You're talking alot, but you're not saying anything
When I have nothing to say my lips are sealed
Say something once, why say it again?" 
-- Psycho Killer
"No visible means of support and you have not seen nothin' yet
Everything's stuck together
I don't what you expect staring into the TV set"
-- Burning Down The House
"We dress like students, we dress like housewives
Or in a suit and tie
I changed my hairstyle so many times now
I don't know what I look like"
-- Life In Wartime
Finally: the one set of lyrics that actually does apply to this Ranger team  (from a song coincedentally titled "We're On A Road To Nowhere") :
"Well we know where we're going
But we don't know where we've been
And we know what we're knowin'
But we can't say what we've seen
And we're not little children
And we know what we want
And the future is certain
Give us time to work it out"
" we get older and stop making sense" -- Marla Hooch

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Post Game Therapy 8/30 and 8/31

Monday 8/30:  A perfect evening: watching a well-pitched game at Sherlock's with fellow Ranger fans with Chuck Greenberg answers questions from the crowd.  Here's a link to the pictures from that event.

Tuesday 8/31: That's what drives me crazy about this team, a really good game followed by a really poor one, there just isn't any consistency - which is a huge worry when I think about the post-season - which team is going to show up?

I'm not as worried about getting to the post-season as I am about what the Rangers will do in the post-season - has anything really changed? -- Marla Hooch

Sunday, August 29, 2010

8/29 Post Game Therapy

"The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. " -Benjamin Franklin

Today’s therapy is pretty much the same as yesterday’s: good pitching beats good hitting or should I say except for Josh Hamilton, mediocre hitting every time.

Also the same thought as yesterday: if the A’s can come up with any kind offense for 2011, the Rangers will be in trouble, alot of trouble.

This weekend should have been about the Rangers shutting the door of the AL West completely on the A’s instead of cracking it open and letting them back in the race. Texas doesn’t even have the excuse of facing Trevor Cahill.

The same thing over and over... -- Marla Hooch

8/28 Post Game Therapy

Here's the thing about last night's game:  Forget about Rich Harden, let's talk about the offense. 

Sure, Friday night's game was alot of fun, but Saturday night's game was more like a playoff game.
Yes, it's more likely Cliff Lee, Colby Lewis or CJ Wilson will be the starter in a possible post-season game, so the Rangers won't be playing from as far behind (we hope).

However,  the Rangers are likely to face the likes of CC Sabathia or David Price in that situation - those pitchers are going to throw the same kind of game Dallas Braden did last night.  From my point of view, the offense from this team didn't look any different than the teams that wilted in '96, '98 and '99.  Didn't see any patience at the plate, didn't see anything that resembled "small ball" - and that my friends has always been the Rangers biggest flaw in post season, they don't know how to squeeze out just enough runs to win, no matter how good their pitching may be. 

P.S. If the A's can find any kind of offensive help this off-season, then they will be a factor in the AL West next season with those kind of nice young starting pitchers.

Quoting Albert Camus "At any street corner the feeling of absurdity can strike any man in the face." -- Marla Hooch