*Update — Young will be out for at least 2 weeks with a strained hammy. This is a huge blow to the Rangers’ chances of making it to the postseason. Omar will take his place at 3rd. The pitching has to step up along with the offense. Young is only 2 HRs away from his career high of 24, currently has an avg. of .322 in 521 ABs, and is 32 hits shy of 200 for the season. This is the worst time to see players get injured.
(Original) – Kinda wierd, but the Rangers had a double header yesterday and won both games 5-2. What probably makes me the happiest about that line is the Rangers pitching only gave up 2 runs in both games. Nippert pitched the first game and McCarthy the 2nd, each going about 6 innings and not giving up more than 2 runs (obviously). I know they were playing the Jays, but if the Rangers are going to stay in the hunt they’ve got to have solid pitching so they can win those 3-2 or 2-1 games. Frank Francisco picked up a couple saves along the way too.
Hamilton had a couple homers in the 2nd game. Young left the game with a pulled hammy, which makes me nervous. There isn’t anybody I would rather have up there than him in a clutch situation, and there isn’t anybody who
deserves to be in this hunt more than him. Neftali Feliz (21 years of age) has an ERA of 0.42 right now. Sick. When I went to the ballpark last time when the Rangers were playing the Twins, when Feliz came in for relief the PA guy appropriately played the theme music from the 1987 Nintendo game Punch-Out considering Feliz does his share of punching out hitters in the baseball sense (currently has 26 Ks).
Most of the talk about the Rangers and the playoff hunt relates to the Wild Card Standings, but if you look at it they’re only 4 1/2 back behind the Angels in their division too (3 1/2 back in wild card behind Red Sox). They have a 3 game and a 4 game series remaining with the Angels, no more games left against Boston.