The defending AL Champion Texas Rangers are coming to town for a four game series. As difficult as the early schedule has been on Detroit, they haven’t faced anyone like the Rangers yet, as Texas is currently many people’s choice as the best team in baseball. Considering their impressive 10-2 record (with both losses going to closer Joe Nathan), they’re off to a start justifying that distinction. It should be quite a series as the Tigers seek early season revenge for the ALCS last year.
Let’s take a look at the Rangers today.
FACE OF THE FRANCHISE
-Seven time All-Star
-2008 Gold Glove winner
-2005 AL batting champion
-2006 All-Star Game MVP
-Two time Marvin Miller Man of the Year winner
-Can play nearly any position…imagine Don Kelly if he was good at baseball.
-Originally drafted in 1994 in 25th round by Baltimore. Did not sign with them.
-Drafted again in 1997 by Toronto in 5th round.
-Traded by Toronto in 2000 with Darwin Cubillan to Texas for Esteban Loaiza. Silly Blue Jays…
-Met his wife in high school. Awwww…
-Cousin of former WBO light welterweight champion Zack Padilla
-Possibly most underrated player in baseball the past 20 years. If he would have played in New York, he would be Derek Jeter-huge. Or close to it.
Everything. They can hit. They can field. They can pitch. Tough bullpen, too. Did I mention they can hit? This is a scary team, folks. In fact, they are the only team in baseball that frightens me when matched up with Detroit.
-Gary Pettis (1st base coach)
-In 6 career regular season games vs Detroit (3 starts), Ogando is 3-0 with a 1.54 ERA.
-In 4 ALCS relief appearances vs Detroit last year, Alexi was 2-0 with a 1.17 ERA and 10 K’s in 7.2 innings pitched.
-In 2005, was banned from entering the U.S. for 5 years due to his involvement in a human trafficking ring. Seriously.
-Was originally an outfielder in Oakland’s system, but Texas claimed him in the 2005 Rule 5 draft and turned him into a pitcher. It obviously paid off 5 years later when he was finally granted his visa.
-Has giant tumor on his face.
-Seriously, though, fuck this guy with a broken beer bottle.
-Grown adults that like to play dress up (Cowboys okay, Indians not so much)
-People that just started watching baseball last year
-Alli from BYB (traitor)
Again, this team is very good. And this will be an interesting early season test for the Tigers as these are the two teams that are heavy favorites to represent the AL in the World Series this year. But keep in mind, how both these teams look in April is most likely going to be very different from how they look in late September. Injuries, the trade deadline, and numerous other factors keep things interesting throughout the season.
Thus, try not to get too worked up either way depending on the outcome of this series. That doesn’t make it any more or less fun, though. Should be a hell of a weekend.