What is your opinion of the A.J. Pierzynski signing?
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These are the wins that make you relevant in September/October. One run game. Guys aren't playing well. Yu struggles early. AJ strikes out 4 times. Elvis struggles early. Moreland seeing nothing but lefties. The Red Sox want to avoid a sweep. The Rangers trail for most of the game. Two outs and nobody on in 9th. Crafty pitcher on the mound. Shadows over the plate.
But the Rangers keep grinding win. Bottom line.
All true, I agree 100%. BUT! Is it too early to worry about our catching?
I wouldn't be surprised to see JD pick up a better backup catcher this July.
Monday will be a good opportunity to rest AJ and give Soto a chance to do some damage to his old team at Wrigley Field. With the four strikeouts today it's pretty obvious that AJ needs a day off. I think the oblique injury is affecting his swing and his throwing ability way more than he is letting on.
Yeah, I think the Rangers will be players in the Catcher market this year. Pierzynski had a rough game, but I really like him. I just worry about age/health issues. I've already stated, ad nauseum, what I think of his backup. This team gives me a good feeling. though. It's almost like 2010. They're doing the unexpected.
This team looks like the 2010 Giants. Pitching and defense. If you're in a close game with them (like most games will be), if your pitching isn't stout, you're in trouble.
Yu was his so-far-this-year-typically-great-except-for-the-first-inning -or-two self today.
Beltre stepped up in the clutch as I had a good feeling he would. (In-the -moment feelings aren't worth sharing after-the-fact, but I think everyone here knows what I'm referring to. You felt it too, right?).
Pierzynski does not cause me concern.
The way he handles the pitchers and the positive way they seem to respond to him seems to be a vital component of the team's favorable win-loss record thus far. Yes, he's swinging the bat like an old man and can't hit second base with a throw any better than one. But let's not forget that's what he is: An old man (relatively speaking). I'll take the well-honed pitcher management capabilties over his recent offensive production shortcomings because the management capabilities are only getting better as he gets more familiar with the pitchers and the offensive production can only get better compared to this weekend's performance. Plus, he has a solid career-long history of offensive "get-it-done". I'm willing to give him the benefit of the doubt at this point, in the short and long term.
Rangers are playing great presently. I hope everyone is enjoying it as much as I am.
AJP is going to be fine. He's not going to put up the numbers he did last year in Chicago, nor is he the second coming of Mike Napoli.
He's going to give you better ABs than a normal catcher (see offensively starved) and he's going to, whether you like it or not, play a large part in shaping this team's attitude.
He works will with all of our pitchers, he's caught great pitches and worked with rookies, he's won a ring, he's pretty durable for a catcher, and he's not causing drama. Even if he hits .250-.265 with 15 dingers, I think he's a good catcher for this team.
I'd rather focus on an outfield bat. As much as I like the Murphy/ Gentry/ Martin/ Baker roundabout, I'd like a Giancarlo Stanton better.
I wouldn't mind seeing Chirinos brought up soon before we trade for anyone to platoon at 1B/C. He may be 29, but he was once one of the best prospects in the game. His slash of .310/.419/.521 in AAA would surely be better than anything Soto brings to the plate, although I haven't heard how he calls a game. I would much rather see what he has before I made any trades.
.265 with 15 dingers from a catcher? I'd be fine with that. Especially if he keeps helping our pitching do what they're currently doing.
I too thought maybe AJ was straining and maybe his oblique is bothering him. He probably won't strike out 4 times a game very often, so I won't get too worried about him.
This was a nice series all around though. I am probably most happy to see both Mitch and Beltre coming around for the better. It was a question of when for Beltre, and a collective if for Mitch. Let's hope this is not just a hot streak, and that he continues to take that approach at the pate and drive the ball the way he has.
I agree with Nompton that the OF worries me more than catcher. Cruz cannot be the only OF carrying any weight offensively. Just won't get the job done long term.
I still can't believe how incredibly stupid Powers was in AZ for taking that trade from the Braves. I still argue our package offered was much better.
I'm not sure what was offered, exactly. At the time, the names being tossed around were Andrus, Profar and Holland, among others. It may have come down to Towers frustration with JD. Because why would you trade a player like Upton WITHIN your league?? Wonder if it got personal or a little uncomfortable in discussions with the Texas GM? I would have loved to have been able to listen in.
I agree with others that the OF is more of a concern than catcher. I have no problem staying the course with AJP and Soto. AJP is doing a great job handling the pitching, so any offense he brings is just icing.
Murphy is struggling, Gentry/Martin are performing as expected, Baker has been a pleasant surprise in his small amount of work, and you have to wonder if Cruz will keep this up all season. I just can't see staying with those 5 the entire season. I like Josh Willingham, but he will be pricey in a trade. I don't think Stanton will be made available this summer for a trade. Might be best to hope for a Murphy turnaround.
Towers wanted Profar, and JD wasn't about to part with him--that's it. Elvis was available but Towers was blinded by his hubris and his irrational fear of JD.
geezus nompton, where do you come up with this shit?
"Geezus"?!?!?!? Geezer/Jesus combination?
chirinos is your soto replacement if you need or choose to make a change. Love willingham. he is also in the AL which means he knows the pitchers and doesn't cantu it if he comes over.I think as the season goes along you may look to the angels or the mariners for players if they fall behind. Both have players that might be useful, especially the mariners as they move in their young players in the second half.
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