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Ranger Of The Week: Mike Napoli

By Ryan Crowe, CBSDFW.com
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145695689 Ranger Of The Week: Mike Napoli

ANAHEIM, CA – JUNE 03:  Mike Napoli #25 of the Texas Rangers slides home with a run ahead of the tag by catcher John Hester #41 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the ninth inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on June 3, 2012 in Anaheim, California. The Rangers won 7-3.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

ARLINGTON (CBSDFW.COM) – After another rough outing this week, when it came down to it we had to flip the coin of destiny again to see who would be crowned this week’s Ranger of the Week.

Losing is never fun, but losing 12-1in front of reported crowd of 10,000 in Oakland (we have our doubts it was that large) is just embarrassing.

But thanks to our scrappy catcher, we didn’t get shut out! So for being the silver lining on our miserable cloud this week, Mike Napoli gets the nod as Ranger of the Week for his 9th inning Home Run on Monday.

Nap has been productive, in his 19 at bats since last Friday, he’s hitting .421 with 4 runs, 8 hits, 3 runs batted in (including the 9th inning dinger) and has also been walked 6 times.

Everything helps in a week where the Rangers are 2-5.

Had the coin landed on the other side (this week, we did heads/tails alphabetically) we would be putting the laurel on Jon Nathan for his 2 innings of work.

Granted, Nathan only pitched to 8 batters total this week, but his two appearances came in the 9th of the only two games the Rangers won.  His 2 hits, 2 strikeouts and no walks helped preserve leads that could have easily been blown giving the way the Rangers have played this week.  Since he was hired specifically to be the closer, he’s obviously doing his job well (a 0.00 ERA for the week ain’t bad).

But, since we use the scientific method around here, Mike Napoli will be going to the plate for us as this week’s Ranger of the Week.

Let’s hope for things to turn around, and soon.

Go Rangers!

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