Originally written on The Flagrant Fan  |  Last updated 11/16/14
Just eighteen days ago, this space featured a post on the dominant bullpen of the Texas Rangers. That sure seems like a long time ago now. Eighteen days ago, the story about the Rangers was built on their pitching. Yes, they could bang on offense with the best of teams. But they have always been able to do that. What separated this year's Rangers (and last year's for that matter) was the pitching. But the pitching that got them to the World Series could not get them the rings they so desperately wanted. You can talk about the fielding. You can talk about clutch hitting by the Cardinals and both story lines are valid. But the Rangers lost because--outside of Derek Holland--the Rangers could not shut down the Cardinals. It seemed all series long that every Cardinal batter got into a hitter's count. Either a Ranger pitcher would start each Cardinal at bat with a ball or two and then have to find a way back for an out, or they couldn't put away a Cardinal hitter when they did get ah...
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