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Cruel, cruel summer

August 6th, 2017 at 8:04 AM
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A quick aside: It’s been a quiet month on the SDI front. If you’re peeved at that, blame me.

I’ll try to keep the breaks to a week or so from here out, but we’re in a unique spot here at SDI. The SDI writing staff seems to be hitting life milestones at the same time. As we do that, writing pro-bono for a blogâ??no matter how passionate the topicâ??just takes a back seat.

So, bear with us. We always appreciate your patience and interest, and the feedback you bring. Without you, there’d be no SDI. And it’s always better to be gone but not forgotten, than to be forgotten but not gone.

Now, something with some meat: this Rangers July. There’s a lot to cover.

Movement. Milestones. Immortality.

In this first series of pieces, we’ll look back at the most exciting day this side of the pennant race, bar none: Trade Deadline Dayâ??July 31st.

Last year, the Rangers, with the AL’s best record, were buyers for the likes of Jonathan Lucroy, Jeremy Jeffress, and Carlos Beltran.

This year was different, to say the least.

The Rangers played .440 baseball in July, tying April for their worst record (11-14) in a single month this season. Their longest losing stretchâ??five gamesâ??was a stretch from July 16-20 against Kansas City to close out a three-game set, followed by a sweep at the hands of Baltimore. In that four-game stretch vs. the Orioles, they were outscored 34-11.

It was just what the doctor ordered.

Let me explain. See, the Rangers entered July unsure of what they were, at least in the front office. I feel like we fans, when we looked impartially, knew this wasn’t an October team.

For one, it is unlikely, despite being less than a handful of games back of the second Wild Card spot, that they’ll leapfrog eight …

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Tags: A.J. Griffin, Adrian Beltre, Cole Hamels, Delino DeShields, Joey Gallo, Jonathan Lucroy, Mike Napoli, Recent Posts, Rougned Odor, Yu Darvish

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