Control.

How long ago was September 29, 2009?

The Rangers sent Scott Feldman to the mound, in search of his 18th win.

He was relieved by Guillermo Moscoso and Pedro Strop and Willie Eyre.

Rookie Julio Borbon led off, taking a .318/.384/.432 slash into the game.

Hank Blalock was on the team.

Mike Napoli pinch-hit for Vladimir Guerrero.

On the other team.

The final score in the game that the Rangers played on September 29, 2009 was Los Angeles 5, Texas 2.

The Rangers were eliminated from playoff contention that day.

At all times in the nearly four years since the five games that remained in that 2009 season, Texas has been in control of its own destiny.

If Texas loses ground tonight to Cleveland (who hosts the Astros again, assuming the umpires aren’t worried that they might get wet), it will be the first time since the end of 2009 that the Rangers’ ultimate fate is dependent on more than just their own wins and losses.

Let’s go, Matt Garza.

This is why.

 
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Jamey Newberg

Dallas attorney Jamey Newberg has been commenting on Rangers from the big club down through the entire farm system since 1998.

Scott Lucas

Scott Lucas was born in Arlington, Texas, to Richard and Becky Lucas. He lived mostly in Arlington before moving to Austin, where he graduated from The University of Texas. Scott works for Austin Valuation Consultants, Ltd., and has published several boring articles about real estate appraisal and environmental contamination. He makes a swell margarita and refuses to run longer than ten kilometres.

Eleanor Czajka

Eleanor grew up watching the AAA Mudhens in Toledo, Ohio. A loyal Ranger fan since 1979, she works "behind the scenes" at the Newberg Report.

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