The Glass is Still Half Bankrupt

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I know, I’m supposed to be gushing with giddy optimism because the Rangers acquired Cliff Lee, but it just ain’t happenin’.  Yeah, there’s plenty of “gid”, Lee’s a bona fide bad a$s, probably the most legit ace the Rangers have had in eons, but I remain pessimistic for a number of reasons:

1. Brutal second-half schedule.
Starting with four at Boston, then a trip to that Rangers Hell known as Tigers Ballpark (I know, it’s known as something else, but I refuse to use dooshy corporate ballpark names).  Still have 14 games with Los Anaheim, as well as another series with Boston and the Yanks, not to mention road trips to Toronto, Tampa, Minnesooota, and I never thought I’d be weary of this one – a four game road trip to Baltimore.  Oh, and 43 of the remaining 74 games are on the road. 

2. Questionable pitching.
Even with the addition of His Leeness, this starting rotation is questionable at best.  Feldman just flat-out sucks, C.J. is meh, the jury is still out on Colby Lewis, as it is on Tommy Hunter.  The bullpen is warn out, though the Alexi Ogando call up and the acquisition of the inning-devouring Cliff Lee might ease the stress there.  Who the hell knows what we’ll get from Rich Harden when he returns, and I have a hunch that Derek Holland is done for the year.

3. Molina? Really?
I don’t know what the hell J.D. was thinking with this trade.  I thought the Treanor/Max Ramirez platoon behind the plate was working just fine.  It is downright painful to watch Molina labor around the base pads… this coming from a fat guy (me) who is getting really sick of the de-humanization of fat people in today’s society.  I might have been ok with JUST giving up Chris Ray for Molina, but wasting a good prospect like Michael Main?  This reeks of farm system mistakes from front offices past.  I’m told I’m wrong about this from baseball acquaintances seemingly more baseball sageier than I.  I hope they are right, cuz it looks to me like we just gave away a good prospect for a guy who looks like me running the bases.

I know I could probably itemize some more, but I’m already getting bored with this post.  It boils down to this: until this team makes it to, AT A MINIMUM, the ALCS, and AT LEAST puts up a hard-fought, go-to-seven-games fight, I will forever be a pessimist in the land of Rangerdom.

And please, don’t tell me to “just have faith”, “faith” is for…well, don’t get me started on that.

–Jonestein

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5 comments

  1. redstatebluestate

    Well, as an outsider, I say the Rangers are legit (for the first time that I can ever remember). I think the Molina deal was a good one. Dude can catch, dude can hit, dude can lead. He may be slow, but he more than makes up for it with guts and guile (and did I say leadership? yep). Of course, you do have to be careful of jesus letting china-doll Hamilton get hurt (AGAIN) and Kinsler is injury prone… Nellie is injury prone… damn, all those guys are injury prone. They stay healthy though and I got ’em in the playoffs for sure.
    –Jeff
    http://redstatebluestate.mlblogs.com/
    http://mtrredstatebluestate.com

  2. raysrenegade

    Got to tell you, I know Bengie Molina, and he will definitely be good for that young pitching staff.
    Most people forget that the San francisco Giants pitching staff doesn’t begin and end with just “The Freak”. Molina is the smartest of the Molins trio, and will be invaluable to the maturation process of that staff.
    You can’t think Matt Treanor was a Rangers total upgrade? Mark my wrods, Bengie will give a solid bat, a reliable backstop,and a great leadership figure for the pitching staff to believe in down the stretch.
    His arrival might go unnoticed as a key element to securing a title.

    Rays Renegade

    http://raysrenegade.mlblogs.com

  3. Jonestein

    Jeff & RR – I hope you guys are right about Molina and I’m just being an impatient dipsh!t.

    Mike – That’s what I tell the girls down at the Bada-Bing.
    :^)

    –Jonestein

  4. Jonestein

    Bengie must read this blog – I question the wisdom of the trade that brought him here and he gets fired up & hits for the cycle including a grand slam…lol!
    –Jonestein

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