Tuesday, July 18, 2006


When the Going get Tough the Tough get Going

As of July 18, 2006 the Rangers are only one game out of the AL West lead. It might as well be 10 games out. The Rangers simply lack the quality pitching to compete. Much has been made of Adam Eaton being only days away from returning to the majors, however, other AL West teams are in the same position and it can be argued that Eaton is not as good as his competition. The Angels expect Colon to return, and Rich Harden's return for the A's is not too far away. In my opinion, give me Colon or Harden any day over Eaton.

Even if Eaton returns and pitches well, the Rangers rotation is only three deep: Millwood (if he can stay healthy), Padilla, and Eaton. Koronka, Rheinecker, and Wasdin are not reliable. A .500 record in the second half is not good enough to beat the other AL West teams.

It is my recommendation that the Rangers sell some of the assets. This year more than others is a seller market due to all of the teams that remain in the chase. A player like Kevin Mench is in very high demand. He has a low salary, young, and wouldn't be a rent a player. If the price is right, deal Mench. Brad Wilkerson is another player that needs to be traded. His .240 average and strikeouts are not the numbers envisioned when he was traded for Soriano. The trading of Wilkerson could open up time for Botts, who at the very least should match the performance of Wilkerson. The Rangers need to act quickly and swiftly to avoid the mistake of standing put or giving up the future for an unattainable future.

Everyone has their dream team even the coach and the trainers that supports the team. Everyone has the chance to prove themselves and everyone deserves the second chance. Even if your team is not that perfect if you all believe in the team and give all your best effort for it. They can all keep on track and get the tough on going :) In the end we still all wait for the championship game :)
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