Close the Doors…
The Rangers showed some signs of life yesterday, as they avoided the sweep in Anaheim and beat the Angels, 7-3. After a painful loss on Saturday night, Ron Washington called a team meeting in an attempt to get the derailed Ranger team back on track.
“It was something teams that aren’t doing the right things do,” Washington said. “It had to change.”
With Sunday’s win, the Rangers hold the Angels at a deficit of 4 1/2 games. While this isn’t what many Rangers fans were hoping for going into the weekend series, there is now a feeling of content with having at least salvaged one win given the poor execution and mental mistakes from games 1 and 2 of the series. Hopefully what we saw yesterday was the reemergence of “Rangers baseball”.
“We were happy with the way we played,” designated hitter Michael Young said. “It was just one game, but there were some things we want to make adjusments on and we did a pretty good job.”
Elvis Andrus, who had a mental lapse to be outdone by no other on Saturday felt that the focus was better on Sunday.
“Our focus today was at a whole different level than the last few days,” said Andrus. “Yesterday’s talk opened everybody’s eyes.”
Hat’s off to Wash for realizing it was time to close the doors and get this team re-focused. Should this meeting have happened prior to the first two losses in Anaheim? Perhaps, but time will tell if the timing was right.
Not going to rehash yesterday’s game blow-by-blow, but has Nellie’s home run landed yet?
Ride the Scooter
Scott Feldman takes the mound for the Rangers tonight in Oakland as he attempts to showcase his abilities as a starter a few more times before the arrival of Roy Oswalt. Feldman, who is 0-3 with a 4.61 ERA in his last three starts, needs to prove that he is more than just a long-reliever. While he is extremely valuable to this team in that role, the Rangers need to know what they have as far as starting rotation insurance and with his name already floating around out there as trade bait, it’d be nice to see him increase his value with a few solid outings.
Getting beyond the 5th inning is a good place to start. The 5th inning has proven to be fateful for Scooter in his last 3 trips to the mound, giving up 8 runs in that stretch.
“I know I can pitch more than five innings,” Feldman said. “I know it’s happened three times in a row, but I’ve been working on a starter’s program between starts, and hopefully the third time is the charm. I can go deep in a ballgame and give the bullpen a break.”
Oakland will counter with Jarrod Parker (1-2, 2.88 ERA), who despite some good performances recently, hasn’t picked up a win since May 1st in Boston.
- Rangers Uber-Prospect, Jurickson Profar, had his run of games reaching base ended at 50 yesterday.
- Mike Olt continues to demolish minor league pitching as he homered twice yesterday for the third consecutive game.
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- 2012 First Year Player Draft starts tonight. Check out Tim Howell’s breakdown of potential Rangers picks.
- Be sure to check out our most recent podcast. Jasen and I discuss the current state of the Rangers, get into the impact of the Roy Oswalt signing and propose a fun activity for the upcoming Field Trip.
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