Today's track (courtesy K-Mart) is "Cosmic Girl" by Jamiroquai:
● T.R. Sullivan writes that Colby Lewis isn't too disappointed with last night's shelling, because he was still able to pound the strike zone. Yorvit Torrealba goes into further detail on what went wrong:
"It wasn't the Colby we saw the last couple outings," catcher Yorvit Torrealba said. "He wasn't able to expand the zone, especially late in the count with two strikes. He was hanging a couple of breaking balls, and against such an offensive ballclub, they weren't missing them. It was more about executing his pitches, and he wasn't able to. There were a lot of hanging pitches."
Lewis was able to hang around for six innings. That at least kept the Rangers from going to the bullpen early with long reliever Scott Feldman still unavailable after throwing 4 2/3 frames Sunday. The last thing Washington wanted was a short outing from one of his most reliable starters.
"That would have destroyed my bullpen," Washington said.
● Jean-Jacques Taylor has a column on the struggles of Koji Uehara and Mike Adams, and says that the bullpen will be fine. Tim Cowlishaw has a piece up behind the paywall about how the Red Sox could be a favorable playoff draw for the Rangers in the playoffs ... I think. Or it could be about pulled-pork nachos. Evan Grant says the Rangers can't let the "recent poundings" weigh on their minds, which I find vaguely odd because I don't think this team would let either of those last two games weigh on their minds anyway.
● C.J. Wilson was on with Ben and Skin yesterday, and, well ...
On qualities that would make him a good future investment for the Rangers:
C.J. Wilson: There's not a lot of mileage on my arm. The fact that I've had a pretty healthy track record. Because of the lack of a night-life issue, I'm probably younger than my age in a lot of ways. I tend to pitch well in the hot weather, which is a good indicator of being in good shape.
I'm going to give this Wilson kid 5 years, $100 million. You good with that?
C.J. Wilson: I think you're gonna have to run that by Nolan before you make that offer.
● Baseball Prospectus lists some of the worst acquisitions ever, and the Juan Gonzalez trade makes the list:
The summer of ‘99 had ended, Historic Tiger Stadium had closed its doors for the last time, and Ernie Harwell had turned off the lights at the Corner of Michigan and Trumbull. The Tigers were moving to spacious Comerica Park, and general manager Randy Smith was looking to make a “splash.” The splash he made nearly crippled the team as he traded away the farm for Juan Gonzalez. The only thing that saved the Tigers was the ego possessed by Gonzalez, which prevented him from taking the Tigers’ record breaking 8 year, $140-million contract extension.
The disaster wasn’t in the trade itself but rather in the assumption by the Tigers GM that Gonzalez was ready to sign the extension at his introductory press conference and even further that Gonzalez, with the GM as his puppet, made a mockery out of his time in Detroit. The worst part of it all was that Smith believed his offer for Gonzalez—who would be 38 by the end of the contract—was a fair deal for both sides: "This guy is one of the best players in the game. His consistency is phenomenal. He's always been productive. We think this is a good offer for a great player." It was quite lucky that Gonzalez didn’t believe it was fair and turned it down."When you have a player of this caliber—on his way to Cooperstown—he's going to be expensive," Smith said. "But we think he's worth it, especially if he stays consistent."
The mockery of the Tigers continued as they tried to trade the depressed slugger at the deadline to the Yankees for Drew Henson only for Gonzalez to reject the deal and force the Tigers to keep him for the remainder of the year. Mercifully, the Juan-Gone era in Detroit would end early due to an injury that summer. The once “future Hall-of-Famer”, instead of making $140-million until age 38, would be out of baseball at age 35 as a cellar dwelling Kansas City Royal. Randy Smith almost killed the Detroit Tigers with Juan Gonzalez; thankfully Juan Gone was too egotistical to let that happen.
● StadiumJourney.com shares a great review on BB&T Coastal Field, the home of the Rangers' High-A affiliate, the Myrtle Beach Pelicans.
● Mike Napoli says that the switch from Thad Bosley to Scott Coolbaugh has helped his production. Sullivan has some notes on Adrian Beltre's rehab progress, and Ron Washington's impressions with Jarrod Saltalamacchia. Drew Davison has a column on Rick Carlisle's cameo at the Ballpark, and some notes on the rotation's workload and Matt Harrison's recent unhappiness with himself. Jeff Wilson talks about Saltalamacchia's life in Boston.