Scoreboard Watching in April
Now I know that some people will tell you that scoreboard watching this early into the season is a ridiculous thing to do and I do agree to a point. However when the Angels, who were picked by many experts to win the World Series, are sitting 9 games back, one can’t help but revel.
The other night a writer for another Rangers-dedicated site said that it was funny that fans were paying more attention to the Angels and not realizing that the A’s and Mariners were sitting in second and third place respectively. I think the reason that fans overlook those two teams is the fact that they aren’t perceived as threats to make a run for the division title and they didn’t spend a load of money in free agency over the offseason.
I’m not trying to take anything away from the A’s or M’s. They just don’t have the teams capable of defeating the Rangers on a consistent basis. But they are getting better and each team has a great core of young players with which to build upon.
Do I think the Angels will sit in last place all season? No I don’t. And I know, without a doubt, that they will turn around and start reeling off wins a la the 2011 Boston Red Sox who also started the season in a slump. It’s inevitable. But if they don’t start winning soon they will find themselves in a long uphill battle and while they’ll finish second, they’ll find that the gap between second and third place will be closer than the gap between second and first. As a matter of fact, before the season began I did a preview of the American League West and predicted the Rangers would finish eight games ahead of the Angels. I was told by a lot of people, both Rangers and Angels fans, that I was insane to think that
a.) The Rangers would win the west and
b.) That the gap would be that big.
I’m not looking so crazy right now am I?
So yes, Rangers fans, it is perfectly okay to scoreboard watch this early in the season. Wins and losses are just as important now as they will be in September. But watch out because the Angels will get hot and it will happen soon.