August 2013

Numbers, and The Count.

The Rangers have now won 7 of 11 games against the A’s this season, including 5 of the last 6.

Never mind those 5 of 6 against Oakland at the end of 2012.  This is 2013.

Once this series at O.co ends tomorrow, the Rangers are scheduled to play 24 more times before meeting the A’s again in September.  Oakland will play 25 games in that time.

In those 24 games, Texas faces zero teams who have a winning record.

Zero.

In its 25 games before the next A’s-Rangers series, Oakland faces teams with a winning record 15 times.

Fifteen.

Then again, after those three games against the A’s on September 2, 3, and 4, Texas matches up 10 times with winning teams over the club’s final 23 regular season games.

While Oakland will have only three such games — in Texas on September 13, 14, and 15.

Texas has a five-game win streak at the moment, a run it hasn’t surpassed since June — of 2012.

Take everything in the above 10 paragraphs and toss it out.

If Ron Washington manages a win over the A’s today or tomorrow, he becomes the Rangers’ all-time winningest manager.  And it would happen in Oakland, which would be cool since so much of his baseball history is rooted there.

Throw that out, too.

Because the important thing is that if Texas wins today, or wins tomorrow, it’s a series win against Oakland, and that’s what matters.

And if it happens this afternoon, with The Count on the mound, that ridiculous stretch of heavy synchronicity that saw Texas go 32 straight days without once gaining ground on the A’s, even for a day, will have been followed by five straight asynchronous days on which the Rangers trimmed the deficit.

Five.

 

the count 5

 

Let’s go, Matt Garza.

Shove.

“Mozart and Metallica at the same time, and the harmony’s somehow exquisite.”

Monday, 9:16 pm:                           Explosive.

Tuesday, 11:51 pm:                        Explosive.

Wednesday, 9:37 pm:                    Explosive.

Thursday, 6:05 pm — 8:11 pm:   Corrosive.

 

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

7.0

5

0

0

0

14

 

It’s a good night when the postgame notes invoke the names of Nolan Ryan, Roger Clemens, Pedro Martinez, Randy Johnson, and Dwight Gooden.

Yu Darvish is an animal.

0.5, 2.5, 4.5, or 6.5.  As we and Yu watch.

Here we go.

Beyond belief.

And, for a change, the only thing the Angels’ left fielder turned his back on this time was the rest of the field.

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beltre walkoff 073113Louis DeLuca/DMN

 

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