1. Is Ron Washington's proclivity for bunting bad for the Rangers in the grand scheme of things? A slightly more thought-provoking follow-up: If Texas wins the division, should Texas re-sign Washington to a multi-year contract in spite of any tactical shortcomings he might possess?
2. How alarmed are you by the fact that Scott Feldman, despite having posted a lower fielding-independent ERA thus far this season (4.21 FIP) than he did last year (4.31), has had worse control/velocity in 2010 and proven vastly more hittable than he did last year? Even if his FIP continues to greatly outpace his ERA, can Texas afford to roll with Feldman indefinitely in the rotation if the runs keep flooding in?
3. Provided that something miraculous happened along the lines of, say, the Chuck Greenberg/Nolan Ryan-led ownership group taking the reins before Memorial Day and vowing to invest big money in a trade deadline acquisition, what would you will be willing to sacrifice in order to get a deal done for Roy Oswalt? Or should Texas divert its gaze from Oswalt altogether?
4. With the heavy early-season burden on the Rangers' bullpen growing larger by the day, what changes would you make to optimize the bullpen in terms of roster additions/cuts? Remember that Texas has an open 40-man roster spot -- which would be required in order to add Tanner Scheppers to the mix -- and several viable relief options already on the 40-man roster.
5. Which of the Big Four -- Elvis Andrus, Neftali Feliz, Derek Holland and Justin Smoak -- would you consider the most -- and least -- untouchable if a trade for a superstar-level talent presented itself? Why? And as with all thought-process questions, "all of them" isn't an acceptable response, because if such a trade opportunity presented itself, you'd be forced to evaluate all of your potential trade chips.