What is your opinion of the A.J. Pierzynski signing?
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Longhorns losing big after a disastrous sixth inning and Texas facing the ridiculously good Dan Haren...yeah, this isn't shaping up to be a real great baseball night...
Fun fact: Haren's BB+HBP/PA ratio is just 3.7 percent thus far in 2009. He did both in the span of five pitches against Byrd and Blalock, with the latter's four-pitch walk being particularly unusual in that his walk rate of 5.2 percent is a new career low...
And Teagarden delivers with a one-out RBI double against the NL's ERA leader...nice job of staying back on a mistake slider and lacing the ball just inside the bag at third base...
I'm thinking Padilla shutout tonight.
Bad Padilla would have let that Young error rattle him. Good Padilla keeps on pitching, getting a double play and a fly out.
I'm also wondering if the dugout is giving the take sign to more hitters now. How else do you explain a Hank Blalock walk?
Kinsler rakes a hit and then proceeds to swipe his 15th base in 17 attempts, bringing him that much closer to his first career 30-30 campaign...
Mike: Seems plausible, at least.
I'll be really impressed if Blalock walks again here.
I like how every time Davis has a decent night at the plate, Washington decides he needs a day off right after that.
Really wishing they'd sent Murphy on that hit by Byrd.
That is weird about Davis being off tonight after looking decent yesterday, doesn't make any sense to me neither.
Apparently it's because he doesn't want him facing Dan Haren. It's a decent reason, but I think I still put him back out there to get into some kind of rhythm.
I'm sure he wants to get Blalock some time, too.
Had to take care of some stuff tonight, but I'm liking C.J.'s performance...Texas is an out away from the win...
And C.J. closes the deal with a perfect ninth inning to give Texas a surprising 2-1 win over Dan Haren...
Hey Joey, how much stock do you put into the offensive struggles being mental and breathing related, just wondering if you got a chance to read that article on the Rangers site about Jaramillo?
Eh, I think I mostly buy it -- Rudy can preach all the right things, but he can't swing the bats for them. That being said, I've questioned the "aggressive yet disciplined" approach that he teaches, which I don't think is quite as realistic or practicable as some people seem to think, and a few of his quotes give off strange vibes, but you're going to get what you're going to get with Rudy -- a master swing technician who wants you to swing the bat and whose biggest flaw probably lies in the delivery of his message. Lots of assumptions there, but I think that's a largely accurate assessment of Rudy.
Thanks man, much appreciated input on that.