Rangers Roll & QB's Who Need Time

RANGERS ROLL & NFL QBs WHO WILL NEED TIME

NOW HEAR THIS!!! THE RED-HOT RANGERS "ROLL AN 11" (AS IN A ROW) THANKS TO A FOUR-GAME SWEEP IN SEATTLE,BUT NOW WE EXAMINE WHAT'S STRAIGHT AHEAD...

THE NFL REPORT: HERE'S THREE QUARTERBACKS WHO NEED ALL THE TIME THEY CAN WHEN THIS SILLY LOCKOUT IS LIFTED

By Jim Hurley:

Here's a question we'll toss your general direction: Are the defending American League champions Texas Rangers the real "forgotten team" in Major-League Baseball this season?

Obviously, that should not be the case following this past weekend when skipper Ron Washington's crew snagged a clean four-game sweep of the Mariners in Seattle- call it 5-0, 4-0, 5-1 and 3-1 as the M's offense rolled over and played dead all series long- and so the Rangers will rock-n-roll into Anaheim to begin a three-game set on Tuesday night with a sparkling 55-41 mark (that's a tasty .573 winning rate) and some four full games ahead of the Los Angeles Angels in the here-and-now top-heavy AL West.

Still, all the "precincts" are not yet in and so let's not crown the Rangers the kings of the AL West just yet even though the Rangers have some favorable scheduling beyond this aforementioned set with the Halos:

That's three home games versus the under-.500 Toronto Blue Jays, four home games against the now 44-49 Minnesota Twins and than a return three-game set North of the Border against the Jays and the $64,000 question is can the Texas starting rotation that rolled up four wins the past few days (see Derek Holland, Colby Lewis, All-Star Game loser C.J. Wilson and Matt Harrison) combine with All-Star Alexi Ogando (9-3, 2.92 ERA) to make the Rangers the "team to beat" come October even though all anyone seems to want to talk about these days is the AL East and that three-ring circus involving Boston, the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay.

These days the Rangers have a different hero for every day of the week and in Sunday's win against the Mariners there was 1B Mitch Moreland- yes, the ninth-place hitter in the Texas batting order- who smoked a three-run home run in the top of the second inning to help spark the win. Note that the Rangers' current 11-game winning streak thus matches the best in the bigs since last September when the Philadelphia Phillies won 11 in a row and Texas is now just three wins away from tying the franchise's all-time winning streak at 14 games back in the 1991 campaign.

For his part, Washington believes a solid post-All-Star Game practice set the tone for a quick second-half start but- than again- who's gonna lose when your pitching staff surrenders a grand total of two runs in some 36 innings and if you date back to prior to last week's break than Texas hurlers have allowed just two total runs in the last 47 innings of work

Heck, about the only real downer in the sweep-cinching win was the fact that born-again 2B Ian Kinsler was beaned in the visiting seventh inning and thus had his personal 12-game hitting streak come to an end although reports claim Kinsler will be okay even though he represented one of three Rangers players not to have a hit in the Sunday victory at Safeco Field.

In fact, when the dust finally settled in this just-completed series in he great Northwest, there was Rangers closer Neftali Perez sitting pretty with 20 saves and there was Texas waking up the echoes from last season's ultra-special season that just didn't end so special (see four games-to-one World series loss to the National League's San Francisco Giants).

Don't you just know that Washington and Company would sign up for a rematch World Series right here and right now?

Better not forget the Texas Rangers when it comes to this year's Fall Classic- heck, they might have the best pitching among the quartet of Rangers, Red Sox, Yankees and Rays.

Here's a game-by-game look from a wagering perspective at how the Rangers have fared in their last 11 games while heading into Tuesday night (note all home teams are in CAPS):

DATE

PRICE

SCORE

LOSER

7-4

- 200

13-4

Baltimore

7-5

- 210

4-2

Baltimore

7-6

- 175

13-5

Baltimore

7-7

- 130

6-0

A's

7-8

- 146

8-5

A's

7-9

- 165

7-6

A's

7-10

- 143

2-0

A's

7-14

- 133

5-0

MARINERS

7-15

- 125

4-0

MARINERS

7-16

- 105

5-1

MARINERS

7-17

- 135

3-1

MARINERS

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THE NFL REPORT

When- and note we didn't say if- the National Football League lockout is finally lifted in the next few days, there will be an awful lot of chatter regarding free agents and key rookies but count us among the folks that believe this will all pale in comparison to just how do the league's starting quarterbacks fare after getting short-circuited in workouts/practices these past several weeks.

Okay, so with this is mind we bring you Three (3) NFL Quarterbacks who need all the time they can get to fine-tune their games prior to the start of this 2011 NFL Season. Here's some thoughts:

SAM BRADFORD, ST. LOUIS- Sure, this second-year slinger from Oklahoma was dynamite last season as he threw for 3,512 yards with 18 TDs and 15 INTs in an offensive attack that wasn't quite as conservative as one was led to believe but now here's Bradford looking to pick up all the nuances from brand-new offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels (the recent Denver Broncos bust as head coach) and needing all 24 hours in a day to get things down pat. If Bradford knows anything about McDaniels so far it's that the former AFC West boss-man wants to throw the ball deep a whole lot in 2011 and that could leave Bradford vulnerable to some big hits from blitzing linebackers. The Rams should- we highlight should- change some of their blocking schemes and that could leave Bradford right in someone's so-called cross-hairs.

CHAD HENNE, MIAMI- There's all sorts of reports that this former Michigan star won't be under center when play kicks off with this 2011 season but there is no sure thing that the Fish will have unearthed a successor by then. Henne, meanwhile, comes off a shoddy season in which the Dolphins finished 7-9 SU (straight-up) and were held to 15 points or less on nine different occasions and note Miami scored fewer points than all but two NFL teams while the stiff Henne threw for 15 TDs and 19 INTs. If new offensive coordinator Brian Daboll can't figure out more ways for Henne to succeed with mouthy WR Brandon Marshall on the other end of the medium-to-long-range aerials, than this could be rock-bottom time for the Miami offense and Henne could hit the bench faster than you can say Mercury Morris!
   
JAKE LOCKER, TENNESSEE- It's every rookie's dream to start right away in the league where they play-for-pay but here this former Washington Huskies stud may win the starting role almost by default. No doubt the surprising selection of Locker with the eighth overall selection was panned by most "experts" but there's some thought that the mature slinger will flourish under the tutelage of long-time NFL offensive coach Chris Palmer whose had a rock-solid, positive affect on many young NFL signal-callers in his day. If Locker doesn't get a gazillion practice reps by mid-August, than the Titans may have to opt with Plan B and that's tossing a journeyman veteran into the mix under new boss Mike Munchak. Keep in mind that Locker has a recent history of injuries whether it be last year's broken ribs or a battered right thumb two years ago to a neck sprain back in the 2007 season.

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