What is your opinion of the A.J. Pierzynski signing?
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I am gettting the feeling that some are doubting the Rangers chances to repeat as American League champs. I just want to point out as the 2nd ranked offense in the league that the Red Sox and Yankees rotation is in complete disarray. Josh Beckett rolled his ankle yesterday leaving the Red Sox with only one consistent starter (Lester) unless you count Lackey who is consistently bad. The Yankees are not much better with just Garcia and Sabathia and we have destroyed Sabathia... remember the ALCS.
I am just saying it is not so bleak.
@Matt: We have to get there first, though. Keep the end in mind, but take it one day at a time.
No doubt @Andy - while the schedule will turn a bit in the Rangers favor over last half of the month, I am still concerned about our rotation's ability to maintain (or keep) the lead over the Angels.
I think Joey addressed this pretty well here:
I concur, Andy. Tonight is huge. Every game is huge. We need to put some separation between us and the Halos. I don't want to go into the last series of the season vs. LAA with a close record, if at all possible.
Three points made in this morning's Newberg Report - "Trott Coffey" by Jamey that I found interesting:
1) Frequent COFFEY contributor Jim Bowden has a new “GM’s Office” post up on ESPN, titled “The Angels Will Win the West,” with 1,752 words setting forth his reasoning. Not “Could.” Not “Have a Chance to.” “Will.”
I hope Hoggy prints three dozen copies and has a bag of thumbtacks.
2) The Rangers’ Short-Season Class A affiliate in Spokane missed the Northwest League playoffs by one game, eliminated on the season’s final day. Had the Indians made it to the post-season, the Rangers would have had the chance (assuming they overcome the Bowden prophecy) to become the first organization ever to place its big league club and each of its stateside minor league affiliates in the post-season in the same year.
3) Ron Washington told local reporters that he has no plans to give his primary rotation any more skipped starts or Feldman starts over the season’s final 20 games. There will be some added days of rest built in, however, as the Rangers intend to have C.J. Wilson pitch every fifth day the rest of the way: tonight in Tampa, September 11 against Oakland, September 16 in Seattle, September 21 in Oakland, and September 26 in Anaheim, the opener of the three games against the Angels that conclude the regular season.
Should Wilson need to make that Game 160 start, he would be slated to pitch Game Two of the ALDS unless Texas asks him to open the playoffs on short rest. Based on the travel schedule, Wilson could start Game Two and still come back for a Game Five, if necessary.
End of points.
That contradicts a previous statement Wash made, but I am sure he has his reasons to discontinue the spot starts.
Personally I wouldnt even begin to talk about this til we're atleast 4.5 game up again, however it seems every time we hit that mark we fall again so i'm thinking 6 games and we're safe.... anyone else getting flashbacks of 99? worse yet wanna talk playoff matchups, what about round 0 = 1 game playoff with the angels for who's in? I shudder to think.
I will say one thing. The key to us making the playoffs is Colby and Ogando. Colby had an awful period last year where he lost like 9 games in a row trying to get win 10 (granted I believe it was earlier in the season than we've come now. However after he finally got win 10 he had a complete turn around and pitched fairly well leading to what I ultimately culminated in playoff perfection. Ogando is having similar struggles yet its harder to gauge with him because he's a converted reliever. imo i think he's done as a starter. I dont think he has enough in the tank to go a full 6 or 7. I hope i'm wrong. I guess to contradict myself though, my biggest fear is that Ogando does have enough in the tank but a. thinks he doesnt or b. is too afraid to push himself thinking he will injure his arm. So I hope that Colby can pull a 180 and Ogando can regain that confidence. Otherwise its going to be a long strange journey to the end.
Ogando's getting a rest, and if that doesn't help him finish strong, I don't know if anything will. I dunno what Colby needs, but hopefully it's not a spot from Feldman since Ron said he doesn't intend to give him one. He's pitched this much before, so while you could say "fatigue" for the others (regardless of whether or not it's true), I don't know that it works for Colby. I think at this point all we can do is wait and see what happens with them.
I hope it's just fatigue with Colby, but his biggest problems have been season long: lack of zip on his fastball... consistently up in the zone....league leader in giving up HR's.
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