Well, the Rangers at least did play meaningful games into September this year. "Did" being the operative word, of course.
Losing 5 of 6, at home, to Seattle and Oakland has put an end to the season, though, in terms of being in a pennant race.
This team is finished, and it is time to look to 2010.
What is particularly unfortunate about this is that the Angels have been cooperating. If Texas had just split against Oakland and Seattle, they'd be 4 games back of Anaheim right now, and in a position where the final 7 games agaisnt the Angels would mean something.
Now, though, this team is just playing out the string. It has been a surprisingly good season, one that was unexpected and seen the team exceed expectations. But that just makes the recent homestand, the recent stretch where the team has simply rolled over and played dead against inferior competition, that much more disappointing.
And when I see things like what has gone on over the past several games, it makes me question whether the "veteran leadership" that has gotten so much praise throughout this season is really all it is cracked up to be. If this team's veteran leadership is as great as it is made out to be, I'd hate to see how this team would have reacted this past week if it didn't have such wonderful veteran leadership.
Rudy Jaramillo had a meeting with the hitters before yesterday's game, and the offense responded by going out and putting up all of one hit against Trevor Cahill.
Josh Hamilton has tightness in his right glut that has him shut down from baseball activities for a few more days. Given that the rest of the season is meaningless at this point, I'd just shut him down for the season and look to get him ready for 2010.
Jim Reeves has a column about the team, although I'm not quite clear what it is about, other than the Rangers need more fight.