Thursday, October 27, 2011

Go Rangers

I'll be rooting for the Rangers in Game 7, and not just because I picked them to win in 7.

It's always great to see an organization that has never won it win it. They also seem to be a group which plays with energy and aggressively, and I like that. They also happen to be extremely talented, getting to the World Series two years in a row now. And they did it this year despite most predicting they'd take a step back after losing Cliff Lee. This is something they definitely earned.

Putting this in the bigger picture, you also have to wonder if Texas is on the cutting edge of a new era in baseball operations. Most importantly, they have completely flown in the face of the notion that you should develop young pitching in a certain cautious way. They are not reckless, but they are pushing them. And they are having success with it.

Further, I don't know enough to say definitively one way or another, but at the very least it seems like they are not over-reliant on statistical evaluation. Both this and the approach to pitching just discussed are fairly stark departures from recent popular theory, and it will be interesting to see, with their recent success, if the Texas way of doing things catches on the way Oakland's did about 10 years ago.

These are all things that I like a lot about this Rangers club. I also typically root American League once the Yankees are out. Not that I have anything against the Cardinals, because I certainly don't. The comeback they made to make the postseason as the Wild Card, and now to march all the way to the World Series, is very impressive. I'm also a big Lance Berkman fan. And more than anything, I'm rooting for a great Game 7 to cap off what has been a really entertaining World Series. I'd just like to see the Rangers win it.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

PF

I want to see the Rangers win for all the same reasons you do. Also, when you look at the collapse that they had last night, it's easy to say that it's such an improbable comeback for the Cardinals, but if you think about it, that stuff happens more often than you'd think in very big situations. Just off the top of my head I can think of several--Game 5 of the 1986 ALCS, Game 6 of the 1986 World Series, Game 6 of the 1993 World Series, Game 7 of the 1997 World Series, Games 4, 5, and 7 of the 2001 World Series, Game 6 of the 2003 NLCS, Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS, Game 4 of the 2004 ALCS, Game 5 of the 2008 ALCS, and last nights game. That's 12 games and that was with no research. In every one of those games a team was facing either a one run deficit in their last at bat or a multiple run deficit in the seventh inning or later and came back to win.

--the Gunn

Anonymous said...

Cardinals.

the gm at work said...

Pat,

Moreso than rooting for Texas to win tonight, I'm rooting for the long-term success of the Don'tbeapussyball philosophy. I think it's stupid to have pitchers pitch five, get their 100 pitches done, and have them go back to the dugout and pound some rally beers. Don't be a pussy and pitch seven or nine. This is also better for the team, because it eliminates games being blown due to the ineffectiveness of volatile middle relievers. You even saw it with the previously-reliable Ogando last night. Keep the ball out of the middle relievers' hands (at least in the regular season), and you're doing something right. With every pitcher in the majors becoming such an overwhelming pussy, this is just a lost art.