Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Ranger's Over M's 7-1; Return of the Jedi-Josh

Glass Half Empty / Afternoon Cloud:
Had the game remained close Frankie would not have been available because of some trouble with his bicep. Thankfully, the Rangers blew the game wide open with a 6 run 7th.

Otherwise, not a lot to write here.

Glass Half Full / Silver Lining:
When the Rangers blew the lid off the game seemingly all the young guns (and some veterans like Young, the old man, and Jones)contributed:
1) Y, the old man, singled
2) Jedi-Josh went yard scoring Young.
3) Jones reached on an infield hit.
4) Byrd doubled, moving Jones to 3rd.
5) Nellie Cruz's sac fly scored Jones, moved Bryd to 3rd.
6) Crash Davis (he had hit a solo homer earlier in the 5th) reached on an error, Byrd scored.
7) Salty doubled, Crash scored, Salty reached 3rd on the throw.
8) Elvis singled, Salty scored.

Kinsler singled but didn't score later in that same inning.

Scooter Feldman pitched 6 1/3 innings, giving up only 4 hits and 1 earned run.

Doogie Holland pitched a perfect 1 1/3 innings and Every-Day Eddie pitched a perfect 9th to close the game (non-save opp.).

Thoughts / Observations / Sidenote(s):
If the starters keep pitching like this it'll be difficult for Doogie Holland to break into the starting rotation, not a bad problem to have. If one of the starters falters, then Doogie appears to be ready to step in.

Your Texas Rangers are 8-2 in their last 10, not too shabby.

Hopefully Frankie's injury is short term but it could be more serious and put him on the DL, which would mean trouble for the Rangers in close games when they need a shut down closer. Every-Day Eddie and CJ Wilson have been anything but consistent this year. Maybe Jennings? Maybe closer by committee if Frankie goes on the DL?

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