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The starting pitching has collapsed. I'm hoping it's just fatigue. That can be cured. Looks like Harrison will get to skip a start Tuesday with Feldman getting the nod. Is there any one in AAA who could be trusted with a start given how close the race is? I haven't had much time to follow what's going on at Round Rock. I saw an article that mentioned Hurley as a long reliever. Any chance he could give us 6 innings of 4-run ball?
I've pretty much given up on the idea that the Rangers could beat the Red Sox in a playoff series (absent some sort of pitching miracle or Rangers' offensive explosion). But I do think they could beat the Yankees in the ALDS. And that would make the season worthwhile in my opinion, no matter what happens afterward. But we need to get some rest for the starters. They have been absolutely awful this month.
Hurley skipped a start recently, but then pitched in Perez's spot the other day. He is doing well. He has had bad luck, injury wise, but I think he is ready... again. Hamburger has been getting stretched out, and doing well. If the entire rotation, except for C.J. is going to get spot start replacements, except maybe Holland, they better get a couple up here. And a couple relievers to save the BP as well, i.e. Scheppers, Beau Jones, etc. We have the talent down there. Strop? Again? Leave Ramirez and Perez down there. Plus, the word is that the Rangers plan not to disrupt the minor leauge play-off rosters until their play-off runs are complete. Most of our farm will make their play-offs. Look for a possible pick-up between now and the 31st.
We absolutely can beat the Red Sox, or anyone else. It will, of course, come down to some skill and luck, as ever. We just have to make the right moves to give ourselves the best chance. I believe that, the next time we face the Sox, we will not go down so easily.
Irony is, we face the Angels in whatever Californis city they play in now in the last series of the season. PLEASE bury them now! By then they be the LAAITBP (Baja Peninsula).
Apparently Hamburger was pulled yesterday after one inning and was getting high fives in the dougout. Maybe he comes up for a spot start. I hope we give the young guys some rest. Like skip a start type rest and not an extra day off type of rest.
TEX is going to try and hang in and honor it's promise to its new fans in Round Rock to leave the Express alone through the AAA playoffs ... but you can bet that Hurley, Hamburger, and Ramirez may get spot starts in September. Question is whether it happens later ... or sooner.
I expect TEX puts Wilmer Font on the 60day DL to make room for Hamburber on the 40man ... and ODay optioned to make room for him on the active roster. That makes him post season eligible whether he's needed or not ... but TEX season is not go to hinge on Darren ODay either. .
You can never have too much starting pitching.
I would just as soon use Feldman to spot Harrison, Ogando, Holland, and Lewis once each, and cover the long man role in the bullpen by adding 3 or 4 extra short relievers. O'Day has already been added. Add some combination of Jones, Schepper, Strop, Epply, and Wood to that and you have enough short men to not need a long man.
I sure as hell hope it's just fatigue. If we don't get the rotation back to where they have been for most of the season, we are in big trouble in Little China. I'm all for bringing up a spot starter or 2...hope they give you 4-5 innings of solid effort and lean on the bullpen a little if needed. I wish we could smuggle some HGH into the team and blast thru these dog days.
They play some games against Seattle next month. Those would be perfect for giving someone a spot start. Seattle is pretty much a AAA team anyway. The problem is that unless LAA falls apart (let's hope they do), after these series against Tampa and Boston, the race could be so close that RW doesn't feel comfortable going with someone unproven. Of course, in Harrison's case, I think circumstances forced RW's hand. Harrison looked so out of gas in his last start that there really was no way you could justify not resting him if the goal is to give the team a chance to win.
If Feldman comes out on Tuesday and pitches 6 innings of 3 or 4 run ball and the Rangers get a win, the scenario that Scooby mentioned seems likely. If he bombs, that could make RW nervous about giving the starters relief.
Plenty of days off and road games in cooler climes....Plus the weather here should moderate somewhat...All these guys for the most part have pitched well on the road...Don't think it is gonna be that much of an issue. The club, however, might have 2nd thoughts about shipping Tommy Hunter away for a guys who has been pretty bad so far. Hunter would come in handy about now. But overall, I don't think (barring injury) we're in bad shape starting pitching-wise. They just have to pitch better, and they've proven they are capable.
I don't think they'll bring up Hurley or Ramirez or Perez. Here's my guess on what they do:
1. Pitching: Scheppers and Kirkman. Maybe Hamburger and Kirkman. Maybe all 3. They do need another lefty, so Kirkman seems a lock.
2. Catching: Teagarden as backup for Napoli when he DH's and Torrealba catches.
3. OF: I think they will bring up Martin and give him a few starts if Cruz is going to miss some time. He's fast and would be good on the bench to pinch run.
Scheppers isn't on the 40man roster ... for probably very good reason. Doesn't mean he will not be added but his 2011 wasn't that awe inspiring. Neither has Kirkman.
Past comments from TEX has been about the potential of elevating Beau Jones and Tim Wood. Have not heard anything other than from blog posters about Scheppers.
Martin may get a look ... but he's not as fast nor as adept defensively as either Gentry or Chavez. Gentry is a better baserunner than Martin.
Hurley is on the 40 man and has been doing well. His stock fell after that injury, but I think the spot starters could be Feldman and Hurley, or possibly Hamburger. Although I think they'd probably use Hamburger in long relief for now.
And is it just me, or did anyone else almost spit out their beer last night when Tateyama was warming up in the BP? The Angels were about to see him for the third night in a row, in a tight game, after he was shelled the night before. Thank God he didn't make it into the game.
WMW is correct, Martin was evaluated as "better than average" speed. But not near as fast as Gentry. He'll steal some bases, but he'll get thrown out on his share of attempts as well. Between AA and AAA he has 19 SB / 10 CS.
Scheppers name has come up, but you're right, he is not on the 40 man. But there are several guys who are on there, that won't see the light of day up here this year.
I'd like to see Beau Jones in relief. Wood good shelled the other night in relief.
Tateyama pitched Fri night in relief of Holland. Uehara pitched Sat night following Wilson.
You are correct sir. My bad.
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