Over the weekend, I received a text from a friend/reader(come on lets be honest, 90% of the people who read this are friends, and if you read this and don't know us, your a default friend) shot me a text saying simply "Time to give our Rangers some love."
Now not too long ago I wrote a post where, after the mavs kicked my grief box in the nuts, i hinted that the only thing we have left to look forward to is the Rangers, and how said that is. It truly left me an ice box where my heart used to be.
But, like during most springs at the Big childhood house, we thawed that ice box, and found not only last years fudge pops that have turned into fudgesicles, but a baseball team that's worth watching.
Take a look at the standings of the American League West.
WEST W L PCT GB HOME ROAD RS RA STRK L10
LA Angels 26 20 .565 - 14-11 12-9 211 205 Won 1 4-6
Oakland 24 21 .533 1.5 12-9 12-12 198 167 Lost 1 3-7
Texas 22 23 .489 3.5 12-11 10-12 226 244 Lost 1 7-3
Seattle 18 27 .400 7.5 11-13 7-14 182 207 Won 2 4-6
Our little Arlington Darlings are 22-23, one game back of .500(which they were .500 till yesterday's loss), 7-3 in their last 10, and have now won their last 7(!?!) series'.
Its crazy to thing that you win 7 series's and still be under .500, but if you weren't paying attention to the beginning of the season, and lets be honest nobody was, you missed a span where the Rangers where averaging over 5 errors a game. But as of right now, they are playing really really well, and are fun to watch.
What's the reason for it? We are rocking behind some great play from our Hot Head, our Druggie, and our Drunk (alcoholics go to meeting).
The Hot Head is veteran free agent, and board game genius, Milton Bradley. He is hitting .321 with an OBP of .432.
The Druggie is Josh Hamiliton, and he might be having an MVP type season so far. He's hitting .318, 10 Homers and 49 RBI's.
Our Drunk, Vicente Padilla, has been lights out this year from the mound. He is 6-2 with a 3.16 ERA with 41 K's to only 22 walks. You add some nice help from our closer C.J. Wilson, who is 8 for 9 in save opportunities, and our pitching staff isn't doing that bad.
Now granted its just a really good stretch of Baseball from these guys, and they have all the tools to fall back to earth at any point and play like they did the first few weeks of the year, but as of right now, don't panic, but we have a nice little baseball team.