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Clutch Desmond Goes to Waste



    Clutch Desmond Goes to Waste
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    ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 26: Mitch Moreland #18 of the Texas Rangers congratulates Ian Desmond #20 for scoring on a walk in the third inning against New York Yankees at Global Life Park in Arlington on April 26, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Rick Yeatts/Getty Images)

    Take yourself back to Sunday for a second.

    I know it's real tough going back to the events of Sunday's win over the Blue Jays, but just go (kidding, it's the easiest thing ever because it was just that awesome).

    It was Ian Desmond's three-run blast in the bottom of the seventh inning that gave the Rangers a lead before all hell broke loose in the top of the eighth, and Desmond threw in a little bat flip for good measure.

    Two days later, Desmond was at it again, trailing by one run in the top of the ninth this time and one strike away from falling victim to another Ryan Madson save. Instead, Desmond hit an absolute blast to center field to give the Rangers a one-run lead and a resurrection.

    Of course, we all know what happened next (#TollyTime), but Desmond's feat shouldn't go unmentioned.

    The dude is murdering the baseball right now and has some folks talking possible contract extension for the fallen star who was just here for a one-year deal to try to re-establish some value. Boy, is he doing it. And while he doesn't really fit into the Rangers' future plans beyond 2016, it's hard to envision this team without him right now.

    Desmond is second on the team in RBIs after getting off to a rotten start as a Ranger — going 12 games without an extra-base hit and just one RBI to start the year. Since then, he's hitting .340 with a .400 on-base percentage, 17 extra-base hits (including six bombs) and six stolen bases in 27 games.

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    In short, it's hard to imagine this team with Desmond after it was starting to be hard to stomach watching him play every day.