Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Watched My First Spring Training Game This Season And...

Glass Half Empty / Afternoon Cloud: ...I won't complain again about every Texas Rangers Spring Training exhibition game not being on TV.  Relief looked a little shaky in the 9th.  Yu was scratched from the start with a stiff neck.

Glass Half Full / Silver Lining: ...the Rangers won 8-2, with KC's only runs coming in the 9th.  Lowe started and went 3 scoreless.  He probably has put himself in the discussion to be the 5th starter since he has won 20+ games as a starter, albeit a while back.  Of course he'd be nice to have in the bullpen too since he also saved 40+ games before, again a while back.  Offense looked fine even without AJ Pierszynski in the order, putting up 8 runs on 17 hits with only 1 homer (Kins).  Berkman (Fat Elvis) contributed with 2 hits, and Moreland, Borbon, Kins and Beltre also had multiple hits.

Thoughts / Observations / Sidenotes: Mike Olt was optioned to triple A Round Rock, completing his fall from the second top prospect in the organization to a big fat question mark.  Cannot help but wonder if calling him up last year to play in only 16 games down the stretch didn't contribute mightily to his current situation.

See?  You can score 5+ runs without 2-3+ homers.  Less power, but ample run production.

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