Blog Entry

3 to Watch: The streaking Rangers edition

Posted on: July 17, 2011 10:45 pm
Edited on: July 18, 2011 6:11 am
  •  
 
Since 1996, the Yankees have five World Series titles and no 11-game winning streaks.

The Rangers just won 11 in a row for the second straight year.

Since 2003, four teams have had a 12-game winning streak. Three of those four didn't make the playoffs, and the fourth didn't make the World Series.

Winning streaks make you look like you're the best team in baseball. All too often, the long season proves that you're not.

Winning streaks feel like they ought to be important. History shows that all too often, they're not.

So what does all this mean for the Rangers, who have swept the Orioles, A's and Mariners for their 11 straight wins?

Nothing, except that Texas has once again taken command of the American League West race, and has a chance to open up an even bigger gap with three games against the Angels this week in Anaheim.

With the Mariners' collapse -- they've lost nine straight, scoring just 11 runs total -- and with the A's continuing struggles, the Angels are the lone remaining challenger to Texas. And even the Angels have now fallen four games behind.

The Angels are supposed to be the Rangers' opposites. The Rangers are third in the league in runs, while the Angels are fourth from the bottom. The Angels are second in the league in pitching, while the Rangers are . . . moving up.

In fact, if there's anything to take from the 11 straight games they've won, it's that the Rangers' pitching has been outstanding. The team ERA through the 11-game streak is an impressive 2.09 (although maybe the three weak opponents had something to do with that).

Last year, the Rangers' 11-game winning streak came in June, and it was quickly followed by the Cliff Lee trade that turned Texas into a World Series team for the first time. It's hard to know whether this streak will be followed by any kind of impact trade -- or if the Rangers even need that kind of impact deal this year.

All we really know is this: If the Rangers win Tuesday, they'll be the first team since the 2006 Red Sox to win 12 in a row. If they win Tuesday and Wednesday, they'll be the first team since the 2002 A's to win more than 12 in a row (the A's won 20).

And whether the streak ends at 11, 12 or more, we also know that history tells us it's not as important as it seems.

On to 3 to Watch:

1. There's still no game-changer like Lee on the July trade market, but the market did get a lot more interesting with the news that the Rockies would listen on Ubaldo Jimenez. The asking price is admittedly huge -- according to the reliable Jon Heyman of SI.com, the Rockies wanted Manuel Banuelos, Delin Betances, Ivan Nova and Jesus Montero from the Yankees -- but at least there is an asking price. Most likely, Jimenez will make his next scheduled start, in Braves at Rockies, Tuesday night (8:40 ET) at Coors Field, but you never know. It's a safer bet that scouts will congregate in Denver, where Derek Lowe is scheduled to start for the Braves a night before Jimenez is scheduled for the Rockies.

2. Rangers manager Ron Washington chose Jered Weaver to start the All-Star Game, but he also agreed to Angels manager Mike Scioscia's request that Weaver pitch only one inning. That enabled Weaver to start Saturday in Oakland (where he won for the 12th time this year), and it also set up Weaver to start against fellow All-Star C.J. Wilson in Rangers at Angels, Thursday afternoon (3:35 ET) at Angel Stadium.

3. I'm still not sure who baseball's best pitcher is -- Verlander? Halladay? Felix? I do know that CC Sabathia is baseball's winningest pitcher (he's 14-4, with wins in each of his last seven starts), and that he's also baseball's hottest pitcher (5-0, 0.45 in his last five starts, with nine walks and 50 strikeouts in 39 2/3 innings, with a .449 OPS against). I also know that Sabathia has an All-Star matchup coming up, in Yankees at Rays, Thursday night (7:10 ET) at Tropicana Field. And I know that this is the last game of what the Rays saw as a critical 10-game stretch against the Yankees and Red Sox. By Thursday, the Rays figure to have a better idea of whether a run at the playoffs is realistic.


  •  
Comments

Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: February 19, 2012 11:16 am
 

3 to Watch: The streaking Rangers edition

I actually that are included in this excellent web-site. I'll try to it goes without saying become peeping into it typically.


jhfgdters
Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 12, 2012 11:51 am
This comment has been removed.

Post Deleted by Administrator




Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 30, 2011 9:23 am
 

3 to Watch: The streaking Rangers edition

I've not observed located in in this case so you can get an awfully minimum amount despite the fact taking into consideration I believed it was subsequently developing exhausting, excellent actually maybe even the most cutting-edge pastes unquestionably are recommended high-quality i will undoubtedly ultimately I can consists of somebody oh no- some of my each day bloglist



Since: Nov 19, 2011
Posted on: December 23, 2011 6:32 am
 

3 to Watch: The streaking Rangers edition

Superior blogging site, worthwhile to read through perception.



Since: Nov 19, 2011
Posted on: December 3, 2011 5:44 am
 

3 to Watch: The streaking Rangers edition




Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 3, 2011 1:48 am
 

3 to Watch: The streaking Rangers edition

The following write had to be indisputably effectually composed, as well as the bypassing, the following posesses a various very beneficial features. Simply put i experienced a professed equipment for having now this document.


Tomly
Since: Oct 21, 2011
Posted on: October 21, 2011 7:22 pm
This comment has been removed.

Post Deleted by Administrator




Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: October 18, 2011 12:42 pm
 

3 to Watch: The streaking Rangers edition

I exceptionally liked shopping at this. I feel I'll that a show up by your other posts!



Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: October 12, 2011 5:52 am
 

3 to Watch: The streaking Rangers edition

I can see you may be placing a various attempts into your running a blog online site. Always keep submitting the great do the task.Some significantly useful expertise in there.



Since: Feb 5, 2008
Posted on: July 18, 2011 2:19 pm
 

3 to Watch: The streaking Rangers edition

The Yankees have five WS titles since 2006 eh? CBS shows once again that it is the premier website for sports. Not sure why I still even read it. Guess that makes me the dumb one.



It says since 1996. Not 2006. Making that a correct statement.  Now-I don't know if they had it wrong at first and changed it but it is correct at this point.


The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or CBSSports.com