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Chances are the Rangers will need to go through the Yankees and Red Sox to get to the WS. Two teams that hit lots of home runs. O and L have been very home run prone (understatement for Lewis). Are we comfortable with Lewis going in the 2nd game and Ogando in 3 or 4 (probably 4)? I'm not. Colby has had some good games this year, but he doesn't seem as sharp as last year. Still wondering if Ogando's arm is going to give out. Lots of inning on an untested arm. Yankees, aside from C.C. we might be able to outscore. Boston's going to throw Lester, Beckett, Buckholz?, Bedard? Much tougher (notwithstanding what we did to Lester in game 1 this year).
Colby Lewis' record against the Yankees in the postseason 2-0. I'm actually more worried about Alexi because the Yankees are the one team that has been able to get to him
Colby Lewis is the only person to be undefeated in the postseason and gave the Rangers their only World Series win. I'm more than comfortable with Lewis being the 2. His Postseason stats are4 games played 3 winning decisions26.1 innings pitched5 Earned Runs(3 of which were from Home Runs)24 K to 13 BB1.10 WHIP 1.71 ERA
As for Alexi Ogando, you could argue the same thing with CJ Wilson and to a smaller extent of Colby Lewis last year. CJ Wilson pitched 73 innings the season before becoming a starter. Colby Lewis previously pitched a career high of 178 innings for the Hiroshima Carps.
As for the Boston starting rotation, they are worse than the Rangers starting rotation outside of Beckett. Buccholz is curently on the 60-day DL last pitched on June 16. Lester was hammered his first game against the Rangers this season but has been pitching better. We'll have to wait and see if Bedard can make the rest of this season without going onto the DL. His first game back looked terrible as he was unable to pitch out of the 2nd inning. Not to mention, he has yet to pitch over 100 innings since he has been traded to the Mariners. He might do it this year if he can last 9 more innings.
Bucholz is done, that is why they got Bedard. Bedard is done also, but they don't know it just yet.Bedard (just came off the DL) pitched about 10 games in the last 2 years.... do you think he is ready for a post season with the Ranger's hitters? (I think he and Webb will be smoking cigars and doing some drinking while getting a shoulder massage, during the playoff ) Boston was considering to trade for Harden !?!? ...any team is looking at Harden is a desperate team.So to answer your question... yes I am very comfortable with Ogando against anybody that Boston will promote from their triple AAA. I am also very comfortable against the Yankees potbelly Colon and injury prone Hughes....or Pussy(cat) Burnett, or good old Freddy. Yankees have nobody other than CC to match up with our SP
Out of curiosity, is there a reason people always throw their ace in the 1st game? I wonder what would happen if we changed it up and threw our ace against one of their other pitchers...
I would hardly call Colby a liability. Especially after last year. you can say all you want about Cliff Lee. We may or may not have got past TB without him. he pitched a hell of a game 5, but our O was on that day too, so to me it was kind of a wash. but there is no denying we beat the yankees because of Colby Lewis. Going back to his japan days two he was known to just hit an entirely new level when it came to pitching in the playoff.
Again, i have to reiterate though I think we're all getting way ahead of ourselves. the division is nowhere near over and if we keep posting like this, there could be a lotta broken hearts come october.
Honestly if he keeps pitching the way he's been pitching, we could be looking at CJ, Colby, Harry and Dutch in the playoffs with Ogando added to an already powerful pen. This would be something I like!
I'll worry about post-season pitching match-ups after we've officialy won the AL West.
1st - I think it's very relevant to worry about the playoffs now before we've locked up the division. Cliff Lee was acquired for the playoffs before we'd "clinched." You always plan for those things, that's what a GM does.
2nd - I wish I did, but I don't have faith in Colby based on his numbers from last year anymore than I thought the Rangers should back up the truck for Ubaldo based on the first half of 2010. Things change. However, a good point made by Dcaggie06 in this "Going back to his japan days two he was known to just hit an entirely new level when it came to pitching in the playoff." That reassures me some.
But yes, lets get the Angels out of the way first. And lets hope we get some help by a Weaver suspension. A little luck never hurt anyone....except CJ
Beckett and Lester are better than anyone in the Texas rotation.
I don't like the chances of any of our starters going into Yankee Stadium or Fenway and Ogando and Lewis are no exception.
We'll see how it goes - but Texas really has a rotation built for the regular season (i.e. great depth and production one through five...but no dominant starter in the bunch) whereas Boston and NYY have better playoff setups (less depth but more high-end talent in the rotation).
I'll take our guys against new york our boston. Once we get to the seventh. Its over. And holland or ogando in the pen helps that much more. And I think our offense will be just as good as any in playoffs. I just worry about if/when the series rolls along facing phils or giants rotations. Then we'll have problems.
I kinda could careless about NY or Bos. I kinda understand the WC not playin in division first round, but it also is kinda dumb.... anyways not really my point. i'm still sticking with my moratorium of talking about rangers in the playoffs until we're ahead more than just 2 games.... but watch out for Detroit. VERY dangerous team. this upcoming series should be interesting.
I feel pretty good about the way our 3 & 4 pitchers (two of Ogando, Harrison and Holland) match up against anyone else in the playoff hunt. I think if we can steal 1 of 3 in a visiting ballpark we match up pretty well against any of the other teams because of how deep our starting 5 is.
Anyone who thinks Derrick Holland can be relied upon in the playoffs must have a short memory. Does anyone seem to remember Mr. Holland walking in most of the San Fransico Giants during the World Series? I am pretty sure he threw twenty straight pitches for balls, lost the game, and lost any momentum the Rangers had in the series at the time. If I had it my way, I'd leave him in triple A where he cannot walk-in terrible offenses such as the Giants had last year.
That terrible offense outhit/outscored the Rangers in the World Series and the only game that the Rangers won that series was when Colby Lewis pitched.
Good thing the Rangers won't let you have it your way, ThrowTheClaw. Otherwise, they would be out of playoff contention seeing as how Derek Holland earned 9 winning decisions with 4 coming via Complete Game Shutouts.
If you want to find other individuals that agree with your moronic idea of leaving Derek Holland in AAA, then you would do best to stay at lonestarball. k thanks.
@Throw The Claw: The Giants' offense doesn't even compare to ours...normally. How they were able to turn it up to 11 in the playoffs last year is very surprising. It doesn't seem to have lasted, however, especially since Posey and Sanchez are probably still out for the season. Even with Beltran, the Giants offense doesn't compare to ours (on paper, anyway), and probably is still a notch or 2 below the Phillies. It will probably take a lot more luck to go through Philly this year than it did last year, as they've arguably become the best team in baseball overall.
Derek is still young, and probably will (understandably) lapse more than a more mature pitcher. However, only 1 other pitcher has thrown 4 complete game shutouts this year. And that's Cliff Lee. To say that Holland is in the same league as Cliff, at least so far, is an overstatement. But the fact that he has more shutouts than Weaver, Verlander, Kershaw, and so many others (even Halladay doesn't have any) shows that he has the ability to be a dominating pitcher. He just needs more consistency, and he will be a force to be reckoned with.
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