1. Obviously the Rangers fan base's perception of Colby Lewis is very good right now (five solid starts of sub-3.00 FIP pitching will do that for you, as will possessing the third-highest strikeout rate in all of baseball at 28.6 percent), but have your long-term expectations changed? Is he still the rock-solid No. 3-4 innings-eater that many were expecting him to be before the season, or is this red-hot start indicative of something bigger and better?
2. With Tanner Scheppers newly promoted to Triple-A Oklahoma City, where do you now have the over/under set as far as the date when he's going to get the call to the majors? Furthermore, which Rangers reliever is he the most likely to supplant?
3. Baseball Prospectus's Shawn Hoffman on MLB attendance this past Thursday: "We’re only 3 1/2 weeks into the new season, but Major League Baseball cannot be happy with the way things have started out in terms of attendance. Despite having what should be a ridiculously easy comparison season (2009 will hopefully be the worst economic year we’ll have in a very, very long time,) teams are drawing 540 less fans per game, or about 2 percent off of their 2009 level. If we take out the Twins, who just opened their new ballpark, the numbers look that much worse, with the rest of the league down close to 4 percent."
Baseball isn't wont to panic over a one-month deviation in attendance (Hoffman acknowledges that while April attendance is a good forward indicator, it's not impossible to overcome), but if things remain on this course attendance-wise, what would you intuitively consider to be the single biggest factor in the decline? Potential answers: still-high ticket prices, the on-going attendance disasters in Cleveland/Toronto, consumer wariness or even a slight decline in baseball's national popularity. I'm sure that's just the tip of the iceberg.
4. Hopefully the last time I have to bring this subject up: When Joaquin Arias is activated from the 15-day disabled list down the road, who are you most inclined to cast away -- Arias, Andres Blanco or Ryan Garko?
5. Hypothetical scenario: Elvis Andrus settles in as a true-talent 3.5- to 4.5-win player, representing a very good but not truly elite shortstop. The Chuck Greenberg/Nolan Ryan-led consortium finally assumes the ownership reins and follows through on its promise to pump cash into the payroll. With Andrus facing arbitration eligiblity for the first time after the 2011 season, do you try overpaying with a long-term contract extension to make him the new "face of the franchise" -- and with Scott Boras as his agent, do you even manage to get anywhere?