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Dip in production negated pitching gains

Updated: October 19, 2009, 11:26 AM ET
By Richard Durrett | ESPNDallas.com

ARLINGTON -- Before the 2009 season started, Texas Rangers president Nolan Ryan couldn't have anticipated that the high-and-tight fastball questions hurled at him from the media throng Tuesday would have little to do with pitching.

But that was the unpredictable part of the season for the Rangers. It was a successful season, no doubt, with 87 wins and the fourth-best record in the American League. But it was also a season that ended without a playoff invitation for the 10th consecutive season ...

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