In tonight’s win over the Angels the Rangers extended their lead in the division to seven games. The last time the Rangers had that large of a lead in their division was 1999 and the Rangers made it to the playoffs before before losing in the first round.
The 2010 Rangers have a pretty strong roster with the rotation now headed by Cliff Lee and the offense headed by unofficial team captain Micheal Young. In tonight’s win over the Angels, C.J. Wilson pitched 8 scoreless innings only giving up fours hits and no walk with three strikeouts. Neftali Feliz picked up his 27 save of the season pitching a scoreless/hit less ninth inning for his 27 save of the season preserving a 1-0 win over the Angels.
The only run of the game came on a solo shot in the bottom of the first inning by Michael Young. The shot which left the field in left center field and was Young’s 14th of the season. Thankfully the Rangers pitching was better than the Angels pitching and did not give a up run giving the the Rangers their 57th win of the season.
In other baseball news former Ranger Alex Rodriguez is currently sitting at 599 home runs knocking on the door of the exclusive 600 home run club and will be just the 7 Major League Player to hit at least 600 home runs. He hit the 599th home run yesterday and the pitcher, Kyle Davies whom he his 500 blast off of is starting for the Royals tomorrow, so there is a very good chance that he could give up A-Rod’s 600th home run.
Since February of 2009, when he admitted to using steroids during his three years in a Rangers uniform his reputation has been somewhat tarnished and most people are not considering his entry to the 600 club legitimate. All I can say is, I do not think that hitting home runs in the Majors are easy and I do not think that steroids do anything but make you stronger. Steroids I do not think improve your bat speed, or hand and eye coordination. So what am I saying? I believe that Rodriguez’s entry into the 600 home run club should be celebrated just like any other player, when we look back the steroid era will just be speck in overall baseball history.