May 17, 2009
Eight Games Over
The Rangers are eight games over .500 for the first time since 2005 and just the third season since last winning the division in 1999. Indeed, eight represents something of a halfway point for the franchise. In 37 previous seasons, the Rangers have surpassed eight games over .500 18 times; they’ve also failed to reach that level 18 times.
In 1992, they topped out at 35-27. One month later, at 45-41, Bobby Valentine lost his job. (Remember when merely .500 ball wasn’t acceptable in Texas? Me neither.) Texas went 32-44 under Toby Harrah and finished 77-85.
How About Ten Games?
The Rangers have reached at least ten games over .500 in 18 seasons. They’ve also fallen ten or more games under .500 in 18 seasons. Texas is currently 187 games under .500 as a franchise, so the accord of these figures is a surprise.
Ah. Texas retains a perverse ability to peak at 10-12 games over .500. It’s happened 12 seasons out of 37. Once, they reached 14. Conversely, they’ve “achieved” at least 15 games below .500 in 12 seasons and at least 20 below in nine seasons.
Posted by Lucas at 11:38 AM
May 07, 2009
Buck Showalter's contract expires in five months.
Posted by Lucas at 11:21 PM