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moore was added to the postseason roster the day before the game under dubious circumstances and the rangers had no report on him. talk about underhanded and unfair.
Too late to complain we just need to focus on winning Game 2 right?
How is that unfair? The rule exists so that when an injured player on the postseason roster is unable to play, a team can replace him. You think they should just play shorthanded with one less player than their opponent? I've seen quite a few posts on this subject calling it unfair, but you can bet that if the Rangers were in this situation and needed to replace an injured player, the sentiment would be what a great move the Rangers were making.
he replaced niemann and i don't think niemann was injured.
According to nesw reports, Neimann has a back ailment and wasn't 100%. Not likely than many players are 100% at this time of year, but still, the rule allowing a team to replace an injured player exists, so there is nothing unfair about it. Had Moore been shelled yesterday instead of dominating, I doubt this topic would have even come up.
First off, they followed the rules. call it a loop-hole if you want, I posted the entire MLB rule recently. Secondly, we have scouting reports on every player at virtually every level, including video, etc. And it was no surprise how good he is. His minor league record is excellent. He is 22 and skipped thru the minors. We knew who he is. We knew what he has. We just swung and whiffed.
Per Jamey Newberg:
Texas Rangers hitting leaders, ALDS, 2011:
Josh Hamilton .500
Nine others tied .000
Moore thru the first nine in the line-up:
27 four-seam fastballs, two sliders, three changeups.
And we couldn't hit 'em. No one's fault but our own. And hats off to Moore. He is good. Better than I thought.
Not to mention he has a plus, plus curve (his best pitch IMHO, especially combined with a 96 MPH fastball), and we never saw it thru the first 9 batters. Not just a good pitcher, but smart too.
his stuff last night was pretty mediocre. he benefited from a ridiculous strike zone and the rangers probably stopped trying once wilson put them in such a deep hole.
That's a ridiculous statement. Not trying to insult you. But give the kid his due.
A mediocre pitcher does not go 7 IP with 2H and 0R against this offense. That just was a denial type statement by you.
andrew miller and brett cecil have done it. shit happens.
I never said he is untouchable. Andrew Miller 8/25 vs. Texas: 6.1 IP w/ 3H. Same guy on 9/2? 1.1 IP with 6 runs in a 10 to zero Texas win. Not sure I get your point, but I'll keep making mine.
firstly, i never said he was a mediocre pitcher. he pitched well enough that his pitches inside the zone weren't pummeled, but he was definitely aided by an inconsistent zone. in one at-bat, a ball 3 inches off the plate would be a strike and in the next it would be a ball. hitters can't be patient under those circumstances so they went up there hacking and it didn't work out.
"his stuff last night was pretty mediocre". You said it, not me. You cannot be mediocre against this offense and go 7 IP and 2H, no matter the strike zone. Excuses. He beat us. We've seen him once. Next time will be a different story. Sometimes you have to look in the mirror to find the one at fault.
Ricky Josh Hamilton said it as well. Lets face it the Rangers did not mentally handle that game well. I don't expect that to be the case the next time they see Moore. If they do.
I have no idea how good Moore will turn out to be after many outings, but he pitched a damn good game last night. Maddon couldn't have asked for more from him, and I'll bet he didn't expect to get nearly as much as he did. He sure dominated us a lot more than I thought he would.
We'll just have to be better prepared when we face him next.
It doesn't matter now but I was watching Neimann running down every ball in the outfield during Tampa bp and he was moving a lot better than I do on my best day.
He looked like a young colt out there - probably relieved he was going to get bludgeoned again by the Rangers lineup...
you can bet we are going to see Moore again if it goes five and thats exactly what I would do if I was Tampa.
I heard we wouldn't see Moore again, but you're right...if I were Tampa, that's probably what I'd do.
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