Okay, so the Rangers got swept. And it wasn’t even close. And it was the team they’re likely to see at the beginning of October.â†µ
Certainly we’re not going to panic about this, though, right? Those games sucked to watch, but we have to hope there’s not going to be a lot of Jorge Cantu, Joaquin Arias, Andres Blanco, Julio Borbon or Brandon Boggs in the post season. And while I’m happy with the contributions of Tommy Hunter and Derek Holland as the back of the rotation in the regular season, as well as Matt Harrison in the bullpen, those guys aren’t going to have much leverage in the post season and that’s a good thing.â†µ
As far as the division, my stance has always been any day the Magic Number goes down is a good day. Yesterday, that’s exactly what happened, and it still could happen today, as well. The injuries mean watching awful losses the last three days, but they very likely do not mean the loss of the division, or even the division every being competitive again in 2010. They may mean not having home field in the first round of the playoffs, but not necessarily, and having a healthy, rested roster is far more important.â†µ
And, lest we forget, the Rangers just won a series against the Red Sox (who are still good injured) and nearly swept the Yankees. Not to mention having been swept by a lesser team at home earlier in the year before coming back to put the division away. The Rays are very good team, they were playing at home, and the Rangers were injured. Winning one game would have been a success. It really sucked to watch, but this was just three games. We should all move on and continue to be excited about the season.