2011 MLB Playoffs: Tampa Bay Rays Embarrass Texas Rangers in ALDS Rematch

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2011 MLB Playoffs: Tampa Bay Rays Embarrass Texas Rangers in ALDS Rematch
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Matt Moore had an impressive performance in shutting down the most potent offense in baseball.

I waited a few hours to write about this game so that I could try and take some of the emotion out of how I felt.  There was almost nothing good to talk about from this game, but I was determined to find at least a few things.

Let's start with the bad though, and end on a high note.

Where on earth did our offense go? 

There is simply no excuse for how bad the Texas Rangers offense looked tonight.  They weren't even close on most of the balls, and even when they did make contact it was weak and led to easy outs. 

Give all the credit in the world to Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Matt Moore because that young man was simply dealing this afternoon.  The advantage generally goes to a pitcher when opponents are unfamiliar with each other, but the way that kid was pitching it wouldn't have mattered how much they knew about him.

Personally, I have no idea why Rays catcher Yorvit Torrealba was in there.  I would have much rather seen David Murphy or Mitch Moreland playing.  While all three are very different players, the latter two bring a lot more options. 

Moreland, in particular, has shown he can rise to the occasion as evidenced by his success last year in the playoffs when the rest of the team struggled.

Was it just me or did it look like the Rays were in the playoffs and the Rangers were in spring training?

There was simply no energy anywhere on the field at anytime for the Rangers.  They looked lethargic and uninterested for much of the game, whereas the Rays looked pumped from the first pitch to the last one.

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They are almost certainly still on a high from Wednesday night, which could lead to a letdown tomorrow night, but it could also simply keep their momentum going.  This team is peaking at a very good time.

On the good side, I must say I was impressed by how Scott Feldman pitched.  He looked like his old self again, which made little difference in the end, but it did give me at least a little bit of a warm feeling at the end of the game.

The only other good thing I can possibly think of is that it really can't get much worse.

This team has as much or more potential than any other team out there, but potential gets you a whole lot of nothing when the other team is actually playing to their potential instead of just talking about it. 

I try not to be a doomsday person, but if the Rangers play like this again tomorrow, they can just start looking to next season, because the Rays are not about to let up.  Just ask the Red Sox.

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