Here are excerpts from this week's Galloway and Big Mac:
Randy Galloway: The Rangers are OK. But many of us expected the Rangers to be better than OK. They're going through a lull here. If you look around baseball, man, there's a lot of disappointing teams.
Mac Engel: The four highest-paid teams are at the bottom right now.
Galloway: The Rangers are just kind of treading water right now, and here we are in late May.
Engel: Randy, you've covered baseball forever. Are you worried?
Galloway: No, no, no. It's not how well you're going in the hot streaks or how bad you're going, particularly when you know you've got a good club. It's how you handle the lulls.
Engel: But when you have a team that's this good and started out at 15-4 - and I think they're a game or two under .500 since, but they're still five games up - is it a real lull, or is a make-believe lull, where we are looking for problems that probably don't even exist?
Galloway: I think you have to be concerned. When your rotation is a bit iffy for this long, probably over about a four-week period, I think there's concern. The bats right now, doing nothing. In fact, they're lucky at times when they score runs. But you know that will change.
Engel: The guy who's calling that shots, Ron Washington - and you've seen all these guys, from Ted Williams to today - the criticisms, that Wash is resting guys unnecessarily, that he's taking guys down - Nellie Cruz in the ninth in Houston - whatever else, are they legit criticisms?
Galloway: In baseball, all criticism is legit. It's the most massive second-guess situation going. The way I look at Ron Washington is, how consistent is he in what he does? This left-right thing, be it pinch-hitting (for Mitch Moreland during a two-home-run day) or ... but is he consistent? Yeah. Ron Washington doesn't get the respect, I don't think, that he deserves. Like his theory over resting players when they're healthy. I hate that. ...
Engel: That's generational, isn't it? Guys rest now, whereas 30-40 years ago, they played every day.
Galloway: I hate it. I'm too old-school. But, you know what, Ron Washington has done that since he's been here. And over the long haul, what resulted is two American League pennants. When a manager of the Texas Rangers, of all teams, has a team in two World Series, wins two American League pennants back to back, you know what I do? I've got to give him the big benefit of the doubt.