The calendar turned to September and I am feeling very uneasy. Almost queasy.
The Texas Rangers are still in first place, but they could crumble at any moment. I have seen it before.
Cliff Lee is pitching terrible, heck, he could not even make it five innings against lowly KC. Shiver.
Ian Kinsler is still hurt. Don't even try to tell be Blanco is the answer. I don't even like the lineup at times. It sure doesn't scare anybody in the AL.
Then we come to the topic of "The Natural" not Roy Hobbs or Redford, I am talking about Josh Hamilton.
Hamilton is having a fantastic year. At 6-4, 240-pounds he is like a young Mickey Mantle. Hamilton is hitting for average, power, driving in runs
and making great catches. Since June 1, Hamilton has been 27 percent of the Rangers total offense. He is getting deserved talk of the MVP trophy.
But, the big but, is his knees. Like Mantle he does not have good knees. Mantle hurt his on a sprinkler head and was never the same. Hamilton is just grinding his out
with the constant wear and tear he puts on them.
Some experts say the Rangers need to "shut him down" or make him go on the DL for 15 days. But without his bat in the lineup, the Rangers would surely sink. They might sink anyway.
The only factor which gives me any hope they can maintain the AL west lead is the other teams involved. The Angels are shopping for next year. The A's have pitching, but not much hitting, they are slightly better than a triple-A team. So AL West is the Rangers to loose. Will they?
Next is the team which plays in Jerry's billion dollar space ship.
The Dallas Cowboys are not looking much better. It concerns me when pro athletes try to turn good performances on and off, like a water faucet. You can't do that. To get in shape you have to play. You have to face live competition. Against the Texans, it was the Houston team that was ready to play ball. Tony and the boys looked better, but not ready for the season.
This could be one of the greatest seasons in the history of the Cowboys franchise. I should know I have seen about 99 percent of their games since the days of the "Ice Bowl" and the coach with the hat. This year, the team has no urgency. If you are waiting for Wade Phillips to work them into a lather, then look elsewhere.
The Cowboys don't even know what Dez Bryant can do yet. Between injuries and a lethargic preseason - they all look pretty weak.
When Jon Kitna is a bright spot, you had better get ready for a bumpy road.
Pass me that Pepto Bismol...
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