whitts end reaper thumb 500x100 Whitt's End: 10.1.10

Whether you’re at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt’s End:

*Sobering number right outta the gate: Since July 1 the Texas Rangers are 42-40. Are we fooling ourselves thinking they’re an elite team that can actually win a playoff series against one of the two best teams in baseball? Are they, in the big picture, just a medicore outfit who won baseball’s smallest, worst division with a two-week hot stretch in June? I hope not. But I’m afraid so.

*The decision not to pitch Cliff Lee in Game 4 of the ALDS baffles me. If the Rangers are trailing 2-1 and Tommy Hunter gets lit up, then you lose a series and your ace pitched one friggin’ game. Doesn’t that seem like a waste? I know Hunter’s 7-0 at home and the three-days’-rest stats aren’t good, but I’d like the Rangers to play this one by ear.

*Granted the SEC is a better conference than the Big 12, but college football has no better rivalry since 2000 than Texas-OU. Consider: Six times since ’00 the winner of the Red River Rivalry has played for the national championship. Take that, LSU-Florida (four times), Ohio State-Michigan (three) and the rest of ya.

Read the rest of Richie’s Sportatorium blog at DallasObserver.com.