What is your opinion of the A.J. Pierzynski signing?
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who brings in an old righty who we've seen give up the long ball in bunches to face a lefty? or doesn't stagger the lefties at the bottom of the lineup? or at least throw out Ron, that's who.
...or at least throw out.. to be scratched
The cognitive break was bringing in the long man in the 6th inning. Lowe is the guy who should be coming in when someone implodes in the 3rd or 4th inning and we're trying to get a few innings in before we destroy the bullpen, not in the 6th inning of a close ball game.
To me the other issue with Ron tonight was he made a lineup with 3 straight lefties and then didn't pinch hit for any of them. He tailor made a lineup for what should be a progressive team to exploit. I'd think Baker should PH in the first good situation for either AJP or Moreland when it comes up, and Gentry probably should if a good situation comes up for Martin.
I'm not sure any of this changes this game, but it definitely could. Harrell and Humber are bout RHP also so I bet we see the same lineup, other then maybe seeing Soto catch one of the two games, and I'd also bet that we don't see a pinch hitter if the game is close in the 6th or later even though we do have some decent options. Maybe most managers wouldn't hit for their starting catcher in the 6th inning, but I think it should be thought about.
He is who he is.
To me, this team looked like a bunch of tired old veterans who really did not want to play particularly hard. No life in the dugout at all. Adjustments are going to have to be made.
To me, this game looked like the team adopted the attitude of its fan base and their attitude towards the "disastros" or the "lastros". They are still professional ball players. Show them the proper respect.
I'm not surprised by anything Ron Washington do.
Andy, I see what you did there.
His decision-making was awful last night. While I might understand the righty-lefty matchup when putting Martin in instead of Gentry in any other game, this was opening day and Gentry earned the nod for leading the Rangers in OBP last season.
Other stupidity not already mentioned was still batting Kinsler first instead if Gentry (who didn't play).
Let the bitching and moaning begin
The incongruity in the lineup is a valid concern. When I saw the initial card, it immediately peeked my interest. Typically not a problem until the bullpen game is instituded, but Ron has to know how to handle the percentage game, which he's proven through the past several years he's either incapable of or too stubborn to address. This being said, it was one game and I expect changes. Highly dissapointed in Harrison's pitch selection for much of the game, especially the hanging curve to Maxwell in the 4th; just a bad pitch. I don't buy into the "old veteran non-chalance" and "they're tired" arguments. It was day 1, and if they're already tired or passive, that's a big problem. Incidentally, I agree that if Nolan leaves, Ron isn't far behind.
I gotta give Bo Porter credit. He told his team to take their time and step out alot, it visibly frustrated Matt. Doesn't help when AJ drops what looks like an easy tip for strike 3 (before the go ahead hit i believe).
"To me, this team looked like a bunch of tired old veterans who really did not want to play particularly hard. No life in the dugout at all. Adjustments are going to have to be made."
Seriously? We are 1 game into the season and you've already determined that this team is old and has no interest in playing hard.... and you're already predicting that "adjustments have to be made"... what EXACTLY do you have in mind? I don't want you to speak in generalties by saying "the team needs to be more chipper" or that "Wash needs be a better strategist"... I want to know what adjustments YOU would make after 1 game of a 162 game season? Good Lord!
I have some adjustments, and they're universally accepted by most people. Remove Ian Kinsler from the leadoff spot and replace him with either Andrus or Gentry, diversify the lineup by alternating righties with lefties, move Moreland to right field, Kinsler to 1B, and bring up Profar to play 2B. I really don't care what they do with Cruz, he won't be here next season anyway, but for goodness sake, get him off the field. If you're invested in a youth movement, you may as well play your youth. Use Lowe in mop up duty only.
lowe definitely should not have been in in that situation. been here two damn weeks. another "veteran" decision by washington. Agreed on getting as much speed and contact in the lineup as possible. gonna be waiting a long time for 3 run homers with this lineup. Need to get people moving and making contact. ian is a lost soul as a leadoff guy. Too little contact. Too little patience and the team does not benefit by the HR that he sometimes hits. should bat 6th or 7th. Don't know about moreland, whether he deserves much PT or not. If he is going to play he needs to be more selective at the plate. really don't know about the outfield. surely do believe that cruz is a lost cause but right now if you want him out then you have to trade him for a box of crackers. Think gentry and martin in center and RF would make a great defense if they could carry their weight hitting wise.
Here is a "solution" by jeff in san diego. Put 3 players in positipns they have barely ever played. BRILLIANT Then one of your power sources[Cruz}-by all means-of course you BENCH HIM. Mop up pitchers can be had cheaper than Lowe you idiot. Fuck-I can't stop laughing.
I think the Rangers need to move on from Cruz, and the best option at this point is to embrace the youth movement, get a solid defender in right, and use Cruz in a tandem DH role with Berkman. Cruz will cost you as many runs in the outfield as he produces at the plate. That's obviously an exaggeration, but he wont be here next season and we need to look to the future.
Everything you post is an exageration. Either that or you are 6 shades of stupid.
JD, actually, I'm only five shades of stupid. I'm working on the 6th.
Take it from me you are there.
Since you seem to be the definitive authority, I'll take your word for it. Which school of pyschology or education did you attend? Or do you simply consider yourself a defacto expert of either field?
For what it's worth Jeff, I agree with your ideas on the position changes for Moreland and Kinsler, with Profar taking over at 2B (although I think the changes should not take place until the 2014 season). I think that is the best use for them now that Andrus has signed long-term, short of some sort of trade involving one of them. I think we have to hope for the best in RF with Cruz for this year, and hope that he doesn't hurt the team defensively much. I agree that this is probably the last year as a Ranger for him.
I believe having THREE players move to positions they have basically never played is the dumbest fuckin thing I've ever read on here.
Jeff in SD, please enlighten me with more of your baseball transactions. I love hearing how the Rangers should run their team.
Moreland played 3 full games in RF in 2010 and 16 in 2011, along with another 25 or so appearances in RF where he played less than a full game. He also played RF for the majority of his minor league career.
In his brief appearance late last season, Profar played 2B more than he played SS. He was primarily a SS in the minors, but did play some 2B. Seamless transition to 2B for Profar.
Kinlser has never played anywhere other than 2B, SS, or 3B. However, moving him to 1B or RF would not be a big deal in my opinion, regardless of how his WAR or any other saber stat makes him project at either position.
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