Monday a.m. Rangers stuff

ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 09: Gerald Smith of Fort Worth, TX packs up after Game Two of the American League Championship Series at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington was postponed due to inclement weather on October 9, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. Game Two will be played on October 10, 2011 at 4:19 ET. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

I'm still mad.

Jeff Wilson has a story in the S-T this morning about canceling the game four hours before the first pitch, only to see no more rain fall at TBIA and conditions being perfectly fine to have played last night.  Both Nolan Ryan and Ron Washington use the phrase "integrity" in praising the decision to call the game.

T.R. Sullivan also has a story about the delay that includes Nolan Ryan quotes about why the game had to be moved.

I ripped Bud Selig, Fox, and MLB for canceling the game last night, but if the Rangers pushed to call off the game and have it played in the middle of the day today, as well, then they deserve to be ripped as well.

It is particularly disappointing to see that the general media response has been to praise MLB and the Rangers for canceling a game that should have been played...of course, the folks in the media generally prefer day games, even in the middle of the week, to a night game that may be delayed anyway.  It doesn't inconvenience them, after all.  Just us.

Randy Galloway talks about how great it is that the game was postponed so that Alexi Ogando could be available again today.  That seems like a really lame justification, to me.

Behind the paywall, Evan Grant writes that the Rangers are winning even with Josh Hamilton and Michael Young not producing.  

The post-season resumes of both Hamilton and Young are unimpressive.  Young has a .224/.258/.294 line in the 2010 and 2011 playoffs, while Hamilton has a .195/.303/.416 line.  

Jeff Caplan writes that the Rangers' 2-3-4 hitters have done, basically, nothing this postseason.

Louie Horvath writes that Young knows that his hits will come.

Sullivan's notes include items on Mike Napoli catching four straight days, Ogando's availability, and Neftali Feliz's postseason performance.

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