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Call up Neil Ramirez in a few days and give him three to four spot starts in the next 3 weeks.
Give Ogando, Lewis, Harrison and Holland extra rest. My hope is Ramirez or some other minor leaguer would give us a better chance to win in those games than Feldman. Alternatively, you could trade for a fifth type starter before the trade deadline here in a few days.
Get Hamilton to be more patient at the plate.
He is trying to play like 2010 Hambone and he is not there yet. He could hit lots of the pitches he swings at this year last year but it ain't last year. He needs to be patient and work the count, let the ball come to him, pick his pitches, AND THEN maybe he will get back into the form he was in last year. He is pressing at the plate trying to be 2010 Hamilton, a player who was the best hitter in baseball last year. My advice to him is don't try to be your best self. Maybe that will come along but for now just try to be better than you are, and that means being more patient and letting the ball come to you.
Get Ogando to mix his pitches more.
He has a great change up that we haven't seen enough. Alexi must realize that the hard stuff will just keep getting him in trouble. The familiarity effect is in full force now. He must throw his changeup with confidence, dust off his curve for occasional use, and even perhaps his splitter. This is the only way he will be dominant come playoff time like we need him to be.
Get Kinsler more rest.
It dawned on me that he just needs more rest. Its not just his swing, everyone is prone to fly balls when they are tired. Kinsler is tired. Just because he is good at faking freshness doesn't mean Ron doesn't need to rest him more. He likely needs to rest as much as Elvis has been and this will get easier when Beltre gets back. With rest his wild fluctuations in plate production will turn into the consistency we have seen from him in the past.
Stop dawging Andrus.
He's nervous as hell and keeps committing errors. Stop dogging him and he will play to his potential. When Napoli was dawged he was a horrible catcher and this year he's something excellent behind the plate. If they have to watch their back they won't perform, even if they are a young kid. Youth does not always equate to a need for constant negative attention, just sometimes.
Get the bullpen rest.
I have to believe they need it. I don't know how you do this, but maybe it needs to be done. Maybe call up some kids to pitch all innings when we are either 4 runs up or 4 runs down? Temporarily increase your tolerance for this sort of thing to get extra rest for your guys?
Think outside the box about how to improve Moreland's production.
Don't really know, but there is something you could do, there is always something you could do to help a guy. Emotional, mechanical, physical, something? I like the idea of using Nellie to protect him if that is in fact why Nellie was moved to the 7 hole. Something is weighing on Moreland. Maybe watch more video of how guys pitched to him last year and how they changed it around this year?
Ramirez is a talented kid. He had some shoulder soreness recently in AAA, thus I highly doubt he will be called up. He had a good start in AA last night, as he went five innings and 70 pitches. He struck out two and allowed a run on two hits, a walk and HBP.
The word came down the other day, that only C.J. will stay on his normal rotation schedule. All others will have spot starters in their slotted schedule, with the possible exception of Holland. I think they will go with proven commodities, or at least guys with some MLB time. Feldman, Hurley, etc.
Hamilton is fine. He is hitting dang near .300 and is productive offensively and defensively. I do think he hit better when Young hit in front of him and Beltre behind him.
Ogando and Feliz tend to rely way too much on their fastball. Feliz in particular. Maddux is an excellent Pitching Coach. Unsure why this continues to be the case. Ogando has been a great surprise, and is having a great year for a guy who has far exceeded the IP he is accustom to.
Kinsler has always been streaky, as has Cruz. In the end, the numbers are always impressive, in some capacity. I think Kinsler would have gotten more rest by now, but with Beltre and Blanco side-lined, the ability hasn't quite been there. That said, I think he is doing just fine. Better than fine.
Andrus is not walking on egg-shells. Wash is doing his job when he calls him out. Elvis, at times, seems to be complacent to an extent. He makes the phenominal play, but botches a routine one. We've seen it a bunch in the past hear. He will be okay. He may just be trying too hard, trying to exceed last years stats and this years expectations.
The way to get the bull pen more rest, is to bring up Scheppers, Hamburger, etc. in September to give them some rest. That, and hopefully a fresher Feldman, etc. can give more IP in spot starts.
Not sure what more you want from Mitch... He is in his first full year at 1B. He has excellent plate discipline. He will hit 20 or more HR in his first full year, batting low in the order. And Cruz was moved down by Wash to motivate Cruz. Wash thought Cruz was putting too much pressure on himself at #5.Moreland is not pressing. He is a productive young player, exceeding many's expectations.
In short, I read a lot of suggestions, without many answers. I appreciate youur brainstorming and passion. Hopefully Caleb and Adam, and Andy, etc. will be able to add some additional thoughts.Good stuff Joe. Thanks.
* - here. Can't blame that mispell on my keyboard. When I said "We've seen that a bunch in the past..." Kinsler has been like that. Soriano at the same position as Kinsler, likewise. Additionally, I notice Hamilton has a similar scouting report as Juando did. Seems like guys are pitching him away with borderline strikes a lot. If he'll lay off those and wait for his pitch? But that is easier said than done.
I just want to add to the point about giving rest to the starting rotation. When giving rest to Colby, push him out from a home start, not an away start. Actually, starting Colby at away games for the rest of the season or until the Rangers truly do have this thing locked up would probably be a wise decision. In fact, that strategy should probably be extended to the playoffs too... or at least until the weather cools way down.
Thanks for the shout-out, Ricky.
I agree that Colby should start more on the road, in pitcher parks, if possible. He only gave up 1 tonight, but we've seen him give up more. And his splits reflect a significant difference between his performance at home and on the road. If we can make that work without screwing up our rotation plans, I think it could pay off.
Feldman has looked pretty good in long relief lately, in my humble opinion. I think he could be an important role-player in the coming month.
I have also questioned whether Hamilton should be batting 3rd in the order. I wouldn't be opposed to Wash changing things up a bit again; maybe MY 3rd, Ham 4th, Nap 5th, etc.
Feliz appears to be getting into the groove like he did last year. His fastball has, again, hit triple digits on occasion. He appears to be mixing up his pitches more, and is getting good results. Mike Adams has had several flawless innings, and I expect more from him. His performance tonight was exactly why we picked him up. He and Feliz are making a good team.
Moreland is doing well. So is Elvis. I have confidence in Wash to manage his players with respect to their successes and shortcomings. I also have confidence that our players will respond appropriately. In summary, it seems we're taking some steps we need to, and hopefully we'll continue to address these problems as we come across them. Our schedule isn't going to be easy over the next month, but we can do it. We have the power, the tools, the management, and the fans.
Well deserved, Andy. Several intelligent guys on here who I neglected to name.
That said, let me respond...
Colby is Colby. No hitter some nights, BP the next. Luckily they are solo HR's. I agree to pitch him in "Pitcher's Parks". Easier to do with spot starters coming in, but still not easy to schedule. And he is a routine guy. I think if he gets too much rest? It'll just manifest itself.
If ever Feldman needs to earn that salary? Now is the time.
As far as the rest of your comments? Your are dead on as always.
I will say this... I still think the line-up is flawed. I f Endy has some speed and is hitting over .300, he should lead-off in the right match-up. Kinsler should be further down the line-up, maybe giving Josh some protection until Beltre gets back... and Cruz too. That did not look good tonight.
I think in a healthy line-up, if you had:
I like your lineup, Ricky, though I like Andrus starting. He did well last year. I know I made a thread about it a while back, but I'll try again. Granted, the differences a lineup change make are fairly small, supposedly making a difference in a scant few games. That said, how about this:
Andrus, Young, Ham, Nap, Beltre, Cruz, Kinsler, Moreland, Chavez
I will concede that you are right, but also say I am right. How about my line-up against a RHP starter, and yours agains a LHP starter. To me that is an ideal line-up combo.
I like some of Joe's ideas, others I don't agree with as much...but you know what they say about opinions.
I don't think you can just MAKE Hamilton be more patient or MAKE Ogando mix his pitches more. 28 games left, these guys are who they are. I have a feeling Josh is going to unleash fury this next month. But I agree wholeheartedly in that the rotation needs the same kind of proactive rest that the position guys get. I would be cool with every starter skipping a start.
I also agree with the idea that Wash may have been a little hard on the Beaver with Elvis. I understand the tough love and high expectations, but you may be right that he's pushing too hard.
The thing with rest is, we can't afford to rest too much, or we will be resting everyone in October. Ideally, we make a run and clinch the division before the last week of the season then you give everyon some much needed R&R to get ready for the playoffs. I don't envy Wash and Co, trying to balance keeping guys fresh and healthy with winning.
Hopefully Murphy can keep me eating crow because if he is hitting we can give some more rest to guys without giving up too much at the plate.
I am feeling really good about the back end of the bully. Mike Adams is filthy and Neftali looks a lot sharper lately and he's throwing more effective breaking stuff. My biggest concern right now is obviously the rotation. Aside from Dutch's last start they have all been pretty bad. We HAVE to have better run prevention...we can't keep coming back from 4-5 runs down in the 3rd inning. I'm hoping they are just a little fatigued and can work thru their collective slumps. Because if this is what we get the rest of the way, we are in big trouble.
@Ricky: I would like to see if changing the lineup a bit from RHP to LHP makes any difference. It very well might, though at this point in the season, I rather doubt they'd make such a drastic change. Never say never, though.
@joe,@ricky in fort worth, @andy @adam,I does seem like many of the pitching rest issues are going to be addressed. Rangers have a 15 game stretch of Baltimore, Seattle, and Oakland after Tampa Bay. We can look for them to feast on those games.
Good stuff as usual thanks gentleman.
@ Andy -
I believe the only difference in our line-ups were the #1 & #9, and we had the same personnel, just switched. Thus why I said Endy vs. RHP and Andrus vs. LHP. I believe it gives you better odds of a true lead-off hitter in both situations. Something this team could use. Don't get me wrong, I love Kinsler, but if he is gonna hit 30 HR a year, I'd prefer he do it with someone on base in front of him. Good stuff bro.
I agree with you about that stretch run. Hopefully the offense goes on a tear to help sustain the spot starters, and we feast on that stretch as you say, giving us the momentum we need headed into October, as well as the final series of the season. Good stuff. Apprecite it.
@Ricky: ditto. What are the chances of Wash trying that switch-up? He's made some good moves, but for some reason I just don't see him doing this one.
Remember that the reinforcements that people are clamoring for, be it Ramirez, Scheppers, or Hambuger, are not on the 40-man roster. Who would you DFA to make room for these guys? Anybody who suggests "bring up so-and-so" needs to consider that, and at the same time they make their recall plea should say also who he recommends be removed from the roster to make room.
@ Andy - Wash seems to be a "don't fix it if it ain't broke" kind of guy. But he will make a line-up change if he feels things or someone getting stagnent, i.e. the short-term Cruz move. I just wish he'd see our scenario(s) as we do. When Beltre comes back, that'll move things around some, especially if Cruz is out for an extended period of time. In that situation, I could see him moving Kinsler down in the order. Then we might just see something close to our ideal line-up(s).
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