Doubleheader starting at 12:35 today? No. Jeff Miller says game 1 will start at 2:05 at the earliest, with the weather situation the way it is. It was mentioned yesterday that the Rangers could be out of the race by the end of the day today, but with getting one game in being questionable, much less two, it makes that a lot less likely.
In Millwood's last 6 starts, the Rangers are 1-5, with Millwood giving up 21 walks and 2 HBPs against just 20 Ks in 31 2/3 innings. He's allowed 6 homers, 23 runs, and is allowing a .297/.399/.539 line. The new conditioning program and all that doesn't seem to be enough to get him across the finish line.
I have a theory that, as an athlete, if you wait until your body starts to betray you to put in the extra work and dedicate yourself to better conditioning, it is too late. If conditioning is not a priority to you, and then in your early 30s you start to struggle and break down, suddenly trying to get in shape isn't going to help a whole lot. The people who take care of themselves from the outset, who work to maintain their physical condition from their youth, are going to be able to keep their bodies in a condition that will allow them to succeed longer. But trying to turn back time after your body has started to break down is not, I suspect, going to give you near the benefits. Maybe I should email Will Carroll and ask him about that.
Regardless of all this, Andro says the Rangers players are still resolved to play well in the face of adversity.
Ray Buck has injury updates regarding Josh Hamilton, Michael Young, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia, with Salty apparently considering surgery now rather than waiting. Hamilton's back injury is apparently a cascade injury, fallout from his back having to pick up the slack in supporting his body after the abdominal injury earlier this year.