What is your opinion of the A.J. Pierzynski signing?
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If Feliz gets his act together and posts a 3.0 ERA for the rest of the season (which is in between his ERA this year and last) and if Adams and Uehera keep their ERA's where they are currently, then the Rangers will give up 0.65 runs in the 7th, 8th, and 9th innings of games in which those three pitch. If you use Adams's and Uehera's FIPs instead of their ERAs the number increases slightly to 0.83.
In other words, if Feliz gets his act together, the Rangers will allow somewhere between 1/2 and 1 run in innings 7-9 on most nights. So the opposing teams better score on our starters in in innings 1-6 or it's lights out.
Well...we'll see. It certainly is promising and night-and-day compared to the cross-your-fingers-and-pray scenarios we've had most of this year. Am still uncomfortable with Feliz....he has not really progressed since coming to the majors. Still relies on fastballs almost exclusively with no second pitch and his command has regressed....makinig him exaclty what he has been this year: an unreliable closer.
Not to mention we can sprinkle in O'Day, Tateyama, Oliver in situational spots too. I don't think any team turned a bigger weakness into a strength. JD didn't mearly find some help for a struggling pen, he went out and got 2 of the best bullpen arms in the game and by doing so instantly turned a weakness to a strength. I can't get over how well he addresses our issues. We have one of the more well rounded teams now and are as likely to win it all as anyone if we stay healthy.
Doubt O'Day is in the pen with Feldman, Lowe, Oliver, and Tateyama along with Uehara, Adams, and Feliz. Good depth guy though. O'Day is 8th on our bullpen depth chart and he'd be 6th or 5th on another team.
Wouldn't mind Scheppers also getting a look-see in Sept. when the rosters get expanded.
"I don't think any team turned a bigger weakness into a strength"
The Braves may have an argument with what they did with their CF/leadoff spot with Bourne. That was highway robbery. They got him really cheap. I have to mark the Bravos as the #1 Deadline Winner, with the Rangers as #1a.
I just love how JD straight pulled the Padres card with the Uehara deal. Did 'em dirty.
All of this analysis assumed that Feliz was fixed. He's still broken. Can he develop an offspeed pitch in 6 weeks so hitters will quit fouling off and timing his fastball? Will Adams replace him as the closer?
Definitely a major concern to have a broken closer this late in the season.
His development has certainly regressed. If he were in the minors still and could only throw one pitch, and not even locate it within the zone that well, he wouldnt even get promoted. I think because he did well for us last year, especially freezing Arod on a breaking ball to clinch our first ever pennant, the Rangers have given him more leash than he would've gotten otherwise. How many other 23 y/o pitchers who could only throw one pitch would've been demoted back to AAA to work on secondary offerings already? I don't think it's even an option now though. The race is too close and we're too late in the season, might as well cross our fingers and hope he figures it out.
Did you see those crappy Indians no-name hitters figuring out the timing on Feliz's fastballs and then ripping them for hits, one after another in the 9th last night? Doesn't matter if you can throw it 98 mph, dude - they can still hit it if they know it's gonna be a fastball every time. And they do. Because it is.
8.1 innings, 8 hits, 4 ER, 2 HR, 10 SO, 1 BB
9.1 innings, 10 hits, 3 ER, 2 HR, 9 SO, 3 BB
It's a small sample and hopefully they will both iron out the kinks, but the transition has definitely been bumpy.
yeah, that won't be much of a problem as soon as the Rangers can take the Face of 3rd base.
I didn't realize there are 3rd basemen in the league capable of catching home run balls...
4 homers in 17 innings isn't a very good sign at all, but luckily there is still plenty of time to get it worked out. The biggest problem is that both of these guys have been thrown directly into the highest leverage situation that they could perceivably come into, and when they give up a run, it's usually the game winner. Notice that yesterday Koji said "I wish I would have thrown a splitter..." That screams to me that these guys just don't have chemistry with our catchers yet.
Of course, both of the homers Adams has given up were just terrible pitches in terrible locations. It happens. Hopefully these guys will work it out soon.
Natural Face has cost us our chances. Resting players with an eye on the up coming home stand is has as well.
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