T.R. Sullivan wrote this yesterday, before Texas won its fifth straight, and 8th out of 11:

There has never been a week like this in the history of the Rangers.  Never has a pennant race gone down to the wire in the final week at Arlington Stadium or the Ballpark in Arlington.  The biggest games in 1996 and 1998 were on the road.  The Rangers walked away with the 1999 division title and again in 2010 and 2011.  The 2012 division title was decided on the road.

This week is unprecedented in the history of the Rangers.  Time to sit back and enjoy the finish.

I was with T.R. until that last part.  I haven’t been able to sit back all week.  This is edge-of-the-seat stuff, when I’m not actually on my feet.

This is why we’re in like we are.  This.

I want to see Matt Garza pitch again this season and Martin Perez pitch again this season and Alexi Ogando reclaim his role as bullpen weapon, and I want Yu Darvish’s start tomorrow to mean everything (Tampa at noon, Cleveland at 1:00, Texas at 2:00), and I want to see Alex Rios play in a Major League playoff game, finally.

Seriously, on that last thing.

This morning's lineups are up, and among those not starting for Los Angeles are the last Angels hitter to reach base last night (with his game-tying single in the fifth) and the last Angels pitcher to throw three wild pitches and drill two batters in one inning and then blame it on the baseballs not being properly rubbed up, days after diagnosing the Rangers’ season from afar as a pitching breakdown.

CJ Josh

Flip side, as the Rangers sit a game back of both the Indians and Rays in the Wild Card race with two games left in the regular season — both with daytime starts: Texas has lost four straight day games, and six straight of those at home.  The club’s last day game win in Arlington was in a game started by Justin Grimm and won in relief by Cory Burns.

That was on July 7.  That’s a long time ago.

Right now, though, that 2-12 start to this month feels like a long time ago, too.

Present: tense.

Be great today, Derek.

Today’s 11 a.m. home start is unprecedented in Rangers history, just as Sullivan points out this weekend of riveting baseball is.

This is why.


Jamey Newberg

Dallas attorney Jamey Newberg has been commenting on Rangers from the big club down through the entire farm system since 1998.

Scott Lucas

Scott Lucas was born in Arlington, Texas, to Richard and Becky Lucas. He lived mostly in Arlington before moving to Austin, where he graduated from The University of Texas. Scott works for Austin Valuation Consultants, Ltd., and has published several boring articles about real estate appraisal and environmental contamination. He makes a swell margarita and refuses to run longer than ten kilometres.

Eleanor Czajka

Eleanor grew up watching the AAA Mudhens in Toledo, Ohio. A loyal Ranger fan since 1979, she works "behind the scenes" at the Newberg Report.

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