What is your opinion of the A.J. Pierzynski signing?
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Early in Spring training, I commented that the number of outcomes for the Rangers 2013 season varied more than any other club in the West. There were a lot of IFs. The Rangers were being dissed by talking heads for losing Hamilton, Napoli and shedding Michael Young. Colby Lewis, the reliable rotation horse, was slated to miss the first couple of months. Neftali Feliz would miss most of the year. The Bull Pen, minus Alexi Ogando, was to be held down by young players and questionable newcomers. Could Joe Nathan give us one more dominant year?
In addition to this, another blow was struck when opening day starter Matt Harrison was lost to back surgery. How would minor league pitchers Tepesch and Grimm respond?
I commented, at the time, that the Rangers could win 90-95 games if EVERYTHING went right. Well, so far, the best case scenario seems to be unfolding. The offense is producing when the arms are not. The arms produce when the bats don't. The young kids are, by the quality of their performances, setting the Rangers in a position of trade strength. This appears to be leading to a major trade at some point in the middle of the season.
It's still early, but the opposite case seems to be unfolding for the Angels. They were nearly everyone's knee jerk pick. Oakland is what we thought they were; a very scrappy, underrated team. They don't have huge names, but they have they most dangerous weapon in sports. They have team chemistry. That, in part, is why Rangers management refused to part with Elvis Andrus in the offseason. Seattle has been worse than I thought they'd be. Houston is terrible.
The story is far from over, of course. What will Colby Lewis look like? What will Neffy be like? Will the older players, Pierzynski, Berkman and Nathan, stay healthy? Will Harrison be healthy? How badly will Geovanny Soto continue to kill us? Ok, we can get a backup C. But, if you ask me, this is setting up to be a feather in the cap of Manager Ron Washington.
I like Ron. I'm neutral on him as a Manager. He's made some truly horrendous decisions. The Colby Lewis non-pinch hit disaster in game 6, in STL, probably cost us that series. But he's obviously doing something right and deserves to be credited for whatever that is. This could be his finest job as the Rangers skipper. Particularly, if they finally get those coveted rings.
Well that's 3 minutes of my life I'll never get back
seattle will get better as the season unfolds. they have young talent in tacoma that is ready. when they start to fit that in the mix, especially at catcher that team will start to improve. Also they really are likely to make a big trade. z's job is on the line and he is desperate. stanton l;ikely to be their target as well as ours and they have the players to compete. oakland is an enigma but that team just plays over their head and they have the pitching to compete.
Seattle has surprised me... I really expected that, with the fences in and the hitters they picked up, they'd be contending. Not likely to be sitting in first, mind you, but contending. Especially with the pitching they've traditionally been able to put together.
But, maybe bringing in those fences has dented their strength - pitching. Now, maybe, the pitchers are worrying more about that fly ball that might fall out than just throwing quality pitches.
Still... getting back to a trade for Texas - I wouldn't count on it. Unless someone comes available cheap (relatively speaking), JD will stick to The Plan... And, The Plan doesn't allow for gratuitous spending just for the sake of spending.
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