Wednesday, May 6, 2009


Well, not exactly. But this early in the season, it's a milesone: On Wednesday evening, May 6, 2009, the Texas Rangers moved into first place of the American League West when they defeated the Oakland Athletics, 3-2. The Seattle Mariners lost 9-1 to the Kaycee Royals to allow Texas to go 1/2 game up. In more good news, the LAAngels of Anaheim also lost, dropping them 2.5 games back.

Texas has won 5 straight; few of the road wins have been decisive victorys, but surprisingly good performances from Texas' starting rotation and bullpen have made the lack of road run production be much of an issue. Even so, Texas is averaging 5.88 runs per game this year, second only to Toronto, with a team batting average of .283, third behind Toronto and the Angels. The team is ERA of 5.23, only good enough for 10th in the AL. But they keep managing to win, despite a continuing slump by Chris Davis and David Murphy, hitting .198 and .167 respectively.

The Rangers come home to play Seattle next week; I'll be there with E. on Thursday for the afternoon game.

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