What is your opinion of the A.J. Pierzynski signing?
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Sorry for what happened in Oklahoma.
Did yuou do it?
Considering all our pitcher injuries, I am thrilled about having a 30-17 record. I would have been happy with this record if we had nobody on the DL. Lewis, Soria, Perez, and Feliz have yet to throw a pitch in the big leagues this year. Harrison may be out for the year after making two mediocre starts, plus Ogando and Kinsler on the DL. Props to the coaching staff for finding fill-ins that are making decent starts in the rotation. With that being said I for one am not worried...
The Rangers are doing fine. There are a lot of other fans in baseball that would like to be in our position. The Rangers have some issues to solve. But I firmly believe that the team you see now, will not be the one that takes the field in September. That team, barring devastating injury, will be superior. The key to this season was to survive the first half of the season. They are doing better than that.
We don't have a lot of aces, but we've got a lot of solid pitchers. You don't necessarily need lots of aces to win it all, you just have to be good enough, and solid pitchers can do that often enough. Neither the Rangers nor the Cardinals had more than once ace in 2011, and both of them were kind of "fringe aces" (borderline #1/2 pitchers) at best. You won't get it done without good pitching, but you don't have to have 4 aces. Besides, aces aren't infallible.
The Cardinals won because they had the superior manager. Wash gave away the 2011 World Series and ran the 2012 team into the ground. I hope he is on shorter leash this year.
The Rangers performances this year are marked with three phenomena: surprisingly good pitching, binary-like hitting (all or none), and the contributions of the previously unknown or ineffective: Baker, Moreland, Martin, and host of MiLB pitchers who likewise contributed to the first phenomena.
Yes, it is still only May, but wins and losses count the same, whether it is a division sealing win in game 162 or a lucky win in April. Counting on the missing pitchers to improve the team meaningfully may be a poor bet. The kids are pitching about as well as you would expect from the DL pitchers. Harrison is risky in that he may revert, a thesis contested by ProfarMVP and advocated by RFan and others. Colby is old. Feliz is young and still developing. The biggest hope for me is Soria, who I hope to be able to take on the closer role if Nathan becomes more ineffective, which from my TV screen, looks like it is happening before our eyes.
The Rangers will not be successful if they cannot score runs consistently. It's fun to watch the 11 run blow outs, but more often the Rangers are slow to score, putting more pressure on the pitchers and defense. I don't know how the odds beat this out, but for every fewer run scored the odds of winning dramatically decreases. It is very hard to win a one run game, and it is impossible to win with no runs. At present the Rangers are winning a high percentage of one run games. I do not expect this continue.
The Rangers can compete with its pitching, but the team will struggle if it cannot increase its runs and improve the distribution of these runs.
Trying to blame the WS loss on Wash isn't fair. Yes, he could have made some better decisions. But, just in game 6, so many things went wrong. If any one of a number of them doesn't happen, the Rangers likely win. Besides, La Russa didn't have a perfect managerial record either (remember PhoneGate in game 5?)
He did, however, pretty much run the 2012 team into the ground. He pretty much stopped using his bench because we were "in a pennant race" and so, in those rare instances in which he did call on them, they were rusty and couldn't hit. Still, you can't fairly say he was 100% responsible for their failure to maintain the division lead then. Granted, he seriously hurt their chances by not giving them time off, but even tired guys can usually do better than 0 for 39483217 with RISP, and the Rangers couldn't.
At least this year he seems to be making fewer bad decisions and using his bench more. Maybe this year will go better.
Bring the "bowl o' bennies" back out... never more, never more.
Stop the god damn whining
Wow, lots of good stuff in this thread.
@drseuss writes: The key to this season was to survive the first half of the season. They are doing better than that.
I don't agree with much of what you say, but I agree with this very much. The job was to survive without Lewis and Soria and Feliz, and then Matt Harrison got injured, and then Alexi Ogando. To be where we are right now is impressive.
@primi posited a ton of logical nuggets in his above sequence.
For starters, this: Counting on the missing pitchers to improve the team meaningfully may be a poor bet. The kids are pitching about as well as you would expect from the DL pitchers.
Before the season started -- when everyone sans Soria/Lewis/Feliz were healthy -- would you have taken a 30-17 record through 47 games? Of course you would. We've done it partly because of the contributions of Nick Tepesch (+0.7), Justin Grimm (+0.7), Ross Wolf (+0.2) and Josh Lindblom (0.0), who've netted us about 2 FIP-wins collectively. I know that's a minor figure, but when you think about the 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th starting pitcher options in most organizations, they are giving replacement-to-below-replacement level production.
Basically, our Minor League pitchers have given everything we could have hoped for, and they've done it in a way that's probably above all of their heads. We've been extremely lucky.
And, as primi suggests, once all our disabled veterans return, I don't think we should expect them to duplicate a .637 winning percentage. At this point, I think it's best to stay cautiously optimistic, and just be happy every time we can steal games pitched by all the replacements.
As Eric said, getting back the DL'd players doesn't make the Rangers better (except possibly Kinsler), but it allows the team to play at the same level in the second half. What would make us *better* in the second half is better run production from the outfield, which will have to be bought or traded for.
"THE SKY IS FALLING" ....... I have this feeling the angels are getting back on track...... and I dont like it......
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You also have to keep in mind that with the A's, they are not the free swingers like some other teams. They lead the AL in walks for a reason. They are willing to take pitches even if they look like strikes. Then add in the umpire's box preference that night and it doesn't take much to start getting folks on base. Before Darvish's start I said this will be a tough one for him with the way the A's bat and I was right. But in the end they still only got one run off of him even with a number of base runners that night. Kudos to the Ranger's defense AND Darvish as they still limited the A's to only 1 home run. Just too bad our own offense couldn't get it going. Oh well.
damn wrong thread. sorry.
doh, it was the right thread. Didn't realize there was two pages.
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