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Breed
05-16-2009, 11:24 AM
Since switching to a heavier bat Davis is making a lot more contact; which is not a good thing if you're an opposing pitcher. After altering his stance in Spring Training, Hamilton has reverted back to his old stance and is starting to hit like the '08 Hamilton. Probably most important for the Texas Rangers offense, Kinsler is starting to heat up.

And finally, up until last night, the pitching has been great (2.97 ERA in May).........but Tim Tschida has got to be one of the worst umpires in MLB. I thought Milwood was getting squeezed, but that was nothing compared to the way he squeezed Holland. For the 2+ innings Derek Holland was in the game, Tshcida squeezed him on 5-7 'balls' that should've been stirkes. Tschida may or may not have a bias against the Rangers, but one thing is for sure, he's one of those umpires that believes a rookie should never have an advantage over a veteran player....so he ajusts his stirke zone how he sees fit. Someone should drag that Ron Jeremy look alike mother****er ( http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/0aqQadc2jb38j/610x.jpg ) out in the parking lot and kick his ****ing ***.

I"m not sure how long the Rangers will keep it up, but they should be better than last year. If nothing else, Holland/Andrus/Davis/Harrison/Felman etc. are getting experience.

Breed
05-16-2009, 09:10 PM
Lackey gets ejected after 2 pitches........the Rangers caught a break there.

The Rangers win their 6th game in a row (16-5 over their last 21 games).

Breed
05-17-2009, 05:14 PM
Another win, that's 7 straight now; that's also 13 out of our last 15.

Tuesday: McCarthy vs. Willis
Wednesday: Harrison vs. Verlander
Thursday: Milwood vs. Jackson

Detriot has killed Texas recently (going back to last year), so I'm guessing they take at least 2 out of 3 against Texas. The Rangers best chance to win is probably Tuesday, if they don't win that one I think they'll get swept.

Breed
05-25-2009, 12:09 PM
Texas got swept in Detroit, but that's ok, because Texas swept Houston.

Now they have the Yankees at home. I'm going to predict that the Rangers lose 2 of those 3 games, I hope I'm wrong.

Breed
08-03-2009, 08:59 PM
Well, the Rangers are still in it. It sucks though that they could miss the Playoffs and still have as good or better a record than some of the Division leaders.

Winning %
LAA: .612
NYY: .600
Boston: .596
Texas: .573
TB: .547
Detroit: .523

Then for the NL:
LA: .619
Philadelphia: .573
SF: .552
Colorado: .552
St. Louis: .537
Chicago: .534
Florida: .524

Breed
08-09-2009, 08:20 PM
Derek Holland seems to be coming along well; he just dominated perhaps the best offense in all of baseball. I have to say, the Rangers have a lot of young starters that are really coming along this year (Holland, Hunter, Feldman) and Feliz should step into the rotation next year. That's a lot of young high ceiling talent. Martin Perez might be ready by 2011 and he could be the better than all of them.

Breed
08-12-2009, 01:34 PM
Martin Perez is making his AA debut tonight at just 18.3 years old. He's been compared to Johan Santana.

NamathDrunkLove
08-13-2009, 06:33 PM
Derek Holland seems to be coming along well; he just dominated perhaps the best offense in all of baseball. I have to say, the Rangers have a lot of young starters that are really coming along this year (Holland, Hunter, Feldman) and Feliz should step into the rotation next year. That's a lot of young high ceiling talent. Martin Perez might be ready by 2011 and he could be the better than all of them.

1.35 ERA, 0.15 WHIP,.045 BAA, 13 K/0 BB (17.7 K/9 IP) in 6.2 IP

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/players/profile?playerId=30149

Neftali Feliz=sick

Tommy Hunter and Scott Feldman aren't doing bad either:

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/players/profile?playerId=29198

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/players/profile?playerId=6384

If/when Feliz is in the rotation next year, the Rangers will have perhaps the best young core of starters in the American League.

Holland/Feliz/Hunter/Feldman

Breed
08-13-2009, 09:54 PM
1.35 ERA, 0.15 WHIP,.045 BAA, 13 K/0 BB (17.7 K/9 IP) in 6.2 IP

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/players/profile?playerId=30149

Neftali Feliz=sick

Tommy Hunter and Scott Feldman aren't doing bad either:

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/players/profile?playerId=29198

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/players/profile?playerId=6384

If/when Feliz is in the rotation next year, the Rangers will have perhaps the best young core of starters in the American League.

Holland/Feliz/Hunter/Feldman

"I also suspect that Feliz is, right now, one of the dozen or so best relief pitchers in the major leagues. He won't be 22 until next spring, and at some point the Rangers will have to find out if Feliz can be one of the two dozen or so best starters."

http://myespn.go.com/blogs/sweetspot/0-4-171/Rangers--Feliz-still-unhittable.html

Breed
08-16-2009, 11:49 AM
That game Frankie Francisco blew was the toughest loss of the year, but Texas bounced back and ran all over Boston. Texas has a career spare starting today, and Boston has a rookie starting for them......tough to say who has the advantage. Nippert's stuff has improved since coming from Arizona, but I don't trust him to go more than 5 innings. With that said, I like his future with Texas as a long reliever.

I'd also like to add, it was nice to see Holland have a solid start in Arlington despite not having anything close to his best stuff.

Breed
08-16-2009, 05:59 PM
Good Lord, this group of rookies are amazing.

Holland, Feliz, Andrus, Hunter, Borbon

I wasn't expecting this kind of contribution this early.