Victor Diaz needs to get regular playing time for the next several months, if not the rest of the season. And this isn't just based off of his nice two HR day against the Mariners, either - Diaz is showing something. I'm going to refrain from getting too excited, though; he has yet to draw a walk in 60 ABs this year, and you can only go so far with a .290 OBP.
As much as I loved Nelson Cruz and Matt Kata coming into this season, they're simply killing this lineup. Adam Morris makes some interesting observations concerning Washington's usage of Kata, and it reminds me a bit too much of how Buck Showalter fell in love with certain spare players.
Robinson Tejeda allowed seven earned runs in just 5.2 innings in Sunday's 11-6 loss to the Mariners. Texas's starting rotation ERA is now 6.58 on the year; the record is 6.64, set by the 1996 Detroit Tigers. A few pitchers who made starts for that team include Justin Thompson, Jose Lima, C.J. Nitkowski, and Todd Van Poppel.
Make sure to take a look at MVN's MLB Draft University, where various MLB writers are mock drafting the first round of this week's draft. I represented the Rangers, and went with Jarrod Parker and Casey Weathers at picks #17 and #24, respectively. I'll have much more to say about the draft in the coming days.
Peter Gammons said during tonight's ESPN Sunday night game that Eric Gagne was attracting a great deal of interest from teams around the league. The way this season is going, Texas will be selling players like Gagne a lot sooner than the July 31st deadline.