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65 games

We are 65 games into the season, and the Rangers are 32-33 on the year.

Last year, game 65 was the low-water mark for the 2007 Rangers.  After 65 games, the Rangers were 23-42, after an ugly 8-1 loss to Ian Snell and the Pirates. 

This season, the Rangers are a game under .500.  Last season, at this point, the Rangers were 19 games under .500.  And looked to be about to be 20 games under, as they were facing a red-hot Tom Gorzelanny, with Kam Loe having been recalled from the minors to go up against him.

That game, of course -- this game -- ended up being a turning point in the season, with Loe going 8 shutout innings, and the Rangers -- with Jerry Hairston, Jr., playing center and leading off, Victor Diaz hitting cleaup, and Brad Wilkerson at first base -- won 6-0.

After that...well, it was a lot like after the Rangers were at 7-16 this season.  The 2007 Rangers started winning series...taking 2 of 3 in Cincy, 2 of 3 at home against the Cubs and against the Astros, 2 of 3 in Detroit, a split of 4 in Boston, 2 of 3 at home against the Angels and against Baltimore, a split of a 6 game trip at Anaheim and Oakland...

Like this season, it wasn't a big long winning streak, but rather, a 2 steps forward, 1 step back sequence where the team slowly crept back from the bottom. 

Hopefully, the Rangers will play from game 66 on in 2008 the way they played from game 66 on in 2007.  And, really, the way they've played from about game 27 on this year.

It is just weird, to me, to look at where this team is now, and where the 2007 team was then, and think about how different the situations are, and how far this team has come from where it was 162 games ago.  And how far it still has to go.