There are 88 games
left on the regular season schedule.
If the Rangers,
owners of the second-best record in Major League Baseball and one game short of
catching the Yankees, play .500 ball the rest of the way, they will finish 89-73.
The club is on a 98-
or 99-win pace, and even playing mediocre baseball from here on out shouldn’t bounce
Texas out of contention.
Having the wherewithal
to add a key piece or two over the next five weeks, and getting it done without
crossing the line into crazy, would move the needle forward even more in what
has been one of the most electrifying Rangers seasons ever.
There’s going to be
one general manager watching Tommy Hunter face off against Roy Oswalt tonight
in Arlington, envisioning the opposing starter wearing his club’s uniform in the
second half. And I’m not sure there won’t
be two GM’s doing exactly that.
I’ll be a guest on Dale
Hansen’s Sports Special tonight (Channel 8, 10:30 p.m.). But I won’t blame you for not flipping over
if Texas-Houston is still going on, as the Rangers try to move a little closer
to a 100-victory pace with a win over a pitcher who would probably like to make
about two dozen starts in this ballpark over the next year and a half.