What is your opinion of the A.J. Pierzynski signing?
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We are 32 games into it. Our record is an AL-West best 20-12. But, something still seems amiss here. Are these Rangers really as god as their record? Harold Reynolds on MLB yesterday mentioned the same thing. Tepesch and Grimm had some great early outings and the BP has come thru for the most part. But, can this continue throughout the season? Should we be thrilled to be in this position now or are just accepting this due to the past greatness of preceeding seasons? Hitters look like they are catching up to Tepesch and Grimm. Situational hitting is still spotty at best.
I would like to hear arguments either way.
Harold Reynolds is a ranger hating tool. That said, we'll see how things go once teams have a chance to adjust to the rooks. Of the two I actually think Grimm has better stuff with that hard breaking curve. Either way Colby and Perez aren't far behind so if either struggle we should be able to plug them in and keep rolling.
Well, let's see. In the last six months, the Rangers have undergone a roster makeover. Not total, but significant (and not complete..yet) . My answer to your question is, we should be thrilled. Here is why...
The 2013 Rangers are 20-12 despite
-The loss of a huge bat (and defensive presence) in Josh Hamilton
-The loss of reliable relievers Mike Adams and Koji Uehara
-The loss of clubhouse leader and Ranger icon, Michael Young
-Being unable to land either Zach Greinke or Justin Upton in the offseason.
-Being unable to obtain James Shields
-Colby Lewis missing the first couple of months of the season
-Joakim Soria missing at least half the season
-Neftali Feliz missing 80% of the season
-Matt Harrison being lost, perhaps for the entire year
-Starting two rookies, a converted outfielder and a comedian for the first couple of months
-Nelson Cruz's uncertainty over an MLB investigation
-Lance Berkman's balky knees
-A new catcher
-The unknown of Leonys Martin (ok it's still unknown)
This club isn't done making moves, in my opinion. But they have played their hand as well as could be expected to this point. Meaning, they will deal from a position of strength. I worried that the Rangers were extremely vulnerable at the start of this season. Barring further misfortune, they should get stronger as the season progresses.
Oh, and there was the loss of some dude named Napoli somewhere in there, too.
The Rangers could always suddenly take a tumble and stop winning. It happens sometimes. Happened to them in September. Happened to the Red Sox the year before. But right now I see no reason why we shouldn't expect things to get better, assuming currently injured guys come back and other guys don't get injured. (Which they probably will, but still...)
TL,DR: no reason to worry.
JD yawning means you have a small penis. Thanks for confirming.
The Rangers have a mental problem. They fail to get into games mentally against lesser opponents. They play lackadaisically and it is very evident in watching the games. That is a major duty for a manager. Another major shortcoming for Wash.
The JD that posts here is very mentally ill too.
The Rangers played a game Sunday then did their Triple Play fundraiser Sunday evening then had a late flight to Chicago. I'm not surprised in the least to see the bats struggle last night and I wouldn't be surprised to see them struggle again tonight against Milwaukee. The Rangers will be fine. Take a deep breath.
Yeah those fundraisers play havoc with the bats.
NTE I taught etc etc.; But I think you will admit it gets bigger in your mouth,,.
I guess JD's penis going from a half inch to an inch in his mother's mouth technically qualifies as getting bigger.
Open wider idiot
That's exactly what I told your mother last night. She was amazing.
you are very childlike
Are you to the chapter on punctuation and capitalization in your grammar book yet?
Is that all you got?
Reynolds may not like the Rangers but he raises some fair issues. The season has been very strange. The pitching is excelling beyond anyone's realistic expectations but there are harbingers of problems to come.
The rangers are not scoring runs. Here is the run distributions:
Runs. Games0. 21. 22. 63. 34. 55. 36. 17. 410. 111. 1
The Rangers have won 4 of 5 one run games, an unrealistic pace.
The good surprise is pitching, allowing 0 runs in 5 games, although four of those were against HOU and SEA.
It will be an interesting season
I got alot more in my mouth and butt last night.
Over the winter, people on here were saying the team looked like it was good for about 88 wins. That corresponds with a win rate of about 54.3%. Assuming the team's win rate regresses to that percentage from now on, they end the season with 90 to 91 wins. The question is if that will be enough to top the A's.
If the Angels are actually a 97-98 win team (60.3% win rate) that are merely having a bad stretch, they could conceivably still end the season at 90 or 91 wins, but it's hard to imagine that happening with Weaver out and CJ looking worse than expected.
Oh boy here come the JD posers. GAY GAY GAY enough already!
Justin Grimm's FIP is 3.14. It is a small sample, but that is encouraging. Nick Tepesch's FIP 4.24. Not terrible. Perez and Lewis figure to be available to step in for somebody should the need arise.
It isn't a great hitting team, but how many clubs are better? A few? Sure. Most? No.
Will this team win 100 games? I don't see it. On the other hand, if they only play .500 ball for the rest of the season, that is still 88 wins. This team doesn't need a ton to go right to get into the low 90s in wins and reach October, and then it is just a matter of being healthy and lucky at the right time. And there is also the return of Matt Harrison and the possibility of landing of Stanton or Price to dream on.
Nothing is guaranteed, but there is plenty to feel good about at the moment.
Exactly badspellr - get to October and if everyone is healthy our rotation is Darvish, Harrison, Lewis and Holland. Anything can happen then but I like our chances.
As I watch tonight's game and the disastrous 1st inning (again) you all have to ask ---- Are we as good as our record indicates? Many of you posted that we lost a ton of bats, a ton of pitching and we are still 20-11. I guess that must mean we ARE playing over our heads then, right? Grimm is hanging on, but the bats are extremely inconsistent. Very frustrating.
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