There’s nothing like a Dutch Oven in the middle of the day!
Derek Holland and Michael Young led the Rangers to a 5-3 victory over the Mariners yesterday. Holland pitched 7 1/3 innings (115 pitches), giving up 2 earned on 5 hits and no walks, while striking out 8. Young accounted for 80% of the clubs RBI’s with 4, increasing his batting average on the young season to .321.
- Young hit from the 2 hole, as Manager Ron Washington gave Elvis Andrus the day off. Lot’s of banter on Twitter concerning Young’s position in the batting order, with the majority wanting to see MY10 permanently moved to the 2 hole. I’m personally a fan of the lineup with Young batting 5th and Andrus batting 2nd. This may be one where Jasen and I are split in our opinions, so instead of diving into here, we’ll save this topic for a podcast or future article.
- Rangers starters now have a 2.42 ERA on the season, which is impressive, but keep in mind that 4 of the 7 games have been against the Mariners and all 7 games have been at home. First road test kicks off today, and I’m hoping to see the strong performance continue.
“They are throwing early strikes, which is something that’s preached around here, and they aren’t giving in,” cather Mike Napoli said. “But more than that, the young guys are growing up. They’re not throwing out there. They’re pitching.”
“I wanted to stay consistent with both my fastball and off-speed pitches,” Holland said. “The big thing that Mike Maddux pitches to us is first-pitch strikes. If we go out there and throw our first-pitch strikes, go after hitters right away, it makes it a lot tougher for those hitters to react.”
“We’re trying to motivate each other,” Holland said. “We’re very happy with the way things have taken off. We’ve been doing our jobs. That’s to go out there and make sure we give our team a chance to win.”
- Box Score Note – both Napoli & Cruz were hitless in the game, continuing their slow starts. One of the beauties of this team is the depth across all facets of the roster. They’ll come around eventually and when they do, more than likely someone else will slump a little. The points is, one way or another, the Rangers are going to score runs because there are NO holes in their lineup.
- Matt Harrison takes the mound tonight in Minnesota looking for win number 2. The Twins will send Anthony Swarzak to the hill…who?
- Harrison attributes his strong opener and recent success to working inside:
“Once you have some success against some guys in, it shows that you’re able to pitch inside,” Harrison said. “Whenever that happens you’re willing to do it more often. Once you start getting strikes in there, you start to open up the inner half. It’s a lot better for you when command both sides of the plate and keep the hitters more uncomfortable.”
- Adams got the save in yesterday’s game, after Nathan pitched in back to back games on Tuesday and Wednesday.
- Wash is sticking by closer Joe Nathan after lots of knee-jerk reactions from fans and media after Wednesday night’s blown save and loss.
“Two things can happen: You get off good, you get off bad,” Washington said. “We’re going to support Joe Nathan 100 percent. Once he recovers from workload last night, he’ll close. If he’s in position to close a second night, we’ll give him the ball.”
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