Jun 192012
 
Maybe hope can stay afloat. Take a deep breath just in case.

Scott Feldmans Bound to Win Sooner or Later, Why Not Tonight? Padres/Rangers Game 2 Preview

Maybe hope can stay afloat. Take a deep breath just in case.

So far so good for this trip to the West Coast. The Texas Rangers were able to win last night at the ultimate pitcher’s park, 2-1. They couldn’t have done it without Matt Harrison (9-3), who, once again, was outstanding.

One troubling trend for Texas continued, however.

It seems as though the Rangers can only score in one inning per game. Or at least, the outcome during their current four game winning streak has been decided based on the one big inning.

In last night’s affair, all two of their runs were scratched out during the first inning. That’s interesting, since the Rangers scored zero runs in the first four innings at home against the Astros, but still managed the sweep while outscoring Houston 23-8.

Tonight, once again, Scott Feldman will look to earn his first victory since 2011. I hate to bag on the guy, but I have about zero confidence in his ability to keep the Rangers in the game. Here’s hoping Texas can plate nine in the first frame and Feldman can somehow find a way to win.

Sixth starter Scott Feldman (0-6, 6.50 ERA, 1.52 WHIP, 6.8 K/9) will oppose former Ranger Edinson Volquez (3-6, 3.70 ERA, 1.40 WHIP, 7.6 K/9).

Tonight’s starting lineups:

San Diego Padres (24-44)

Scott Feldmans Bound to Win Sooner or Later, Why Not Tonight? Padres/Rangers Game 2 Preview

Headley was 3-for-5 with an RBI last night for San Diego.


RF Will Venable
CF Cameron Maybin
3B Chase Headley
LF Carlos Quentin (.273 BA, 1 HR, 2 RBI vs. Feldman)
1B Yonder Alonso
SS Everth Cabrera
C Nick Hundley
2B Alexi Amarista
P Edinson Volquez

Feldman

Scott has been more “cooler” than “scooter” since he slid into the number five slot last month.

It’s been an odd five-start stretch for Feldman. There have been games where he’s pitched decently, such as on June 9th when he allowed just two earned runs over 5 1/3 innings against the Giants, yet took the loss.

Then there were games where he has been flat-out awful. Take the eight earned runs in 1 2/3 innings against one of the worst offenses in baseball on June 4th at Oakland as an example.

Over his last five starts, Feldman’s 0-5 with a 9.00 ERA. Amazingly, he’s been even worse on the road, where he’s 0-3 with a 9.92 ERA. That’s really strange since his home park, Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, is notoriously hitter-friendly—yet his ERA is 3.66 in Arlington.

Left-handed hitters are batting .247 off of him this year while righties hit him at a .309 clip.

Tonight at San Diego’s Petco Park he’ll toe the rubber at the ultimate pitcher’s paradise. So, once again, he should be in good shape to get a win. We’ll just have to see.

Texas Rangers (41-27)

Scott Feldmans Bound to Win Sooner or Later, Why Not Tonight? Padres/Rangers Game 2 Preview

Murphy supplied all of the offense for Texas, with a two-out, first inning, 2 RBI single.


2B Ian Kinsler
SS Elvis Andrus
CF Josh Hamilton
3B Adrian Beltre (.111 BA, 1 RBI vs. Volquez)
RF Nelson Cruz
LF Davis Murphy
C Mike Napoli
1B Mitch Moreland
P Scott Feldman

Volquez

There was a time, in the not-too-distant past where Volquez was the “v” in the acronym that provided the only real glimmer of hope for a franchise perpetually out of contention.

Volquez, signed in 2001 by the Rangers out of the Dominican Republic, was the initial piece in what would become known as the “D-V-D” boys, with John Danks (1st Round, 9th overall pick, 2003) and Thomas Diamond (1st Round, 10th overall pick, 2004) supplying the “d’s”. Both Danks and Volquez have had a measure of success—not with the Rangers, of course—and Thomas Diamond, well, not so much.

Edinson won 17 games for the Reds in 2008, but brought us Josh Hamilton, so all is forgiven. Even though Danks now is likely done for the season with a tear in his pitching shoulder, all we have to show for him is Brandon effing McCarthy.

Volquez, after having Tommy John surgery following his breakout 2008 season, has struggled. However, this season with the Padres he has had some success. His ERA at home is a sparkling 3.17, despite having won just one game at Petco.

His platoon splits are solid as lefties (.232 BA) have just a tad more success against him than righties (.220 BA).

Prediction time:

I think the Rangers offense is going to continue to do just enough to sneak out of San Diego with a win. Josh Hamilton, now fully recovered from a nasty intestinal virus, will have a big game against Volquez. Rangers extend their streak to five games in a row, and Feldman gets a no-decision.

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Dec 192011
 

The Calm Before The Storm

 

It’s been very quiet in Rangers country this last week. The entire baseball world is waiting with bated breath to find out who’s won the right to negotiate with Japanese pitching sensation Yu Darvish. While initial reports are that the Blue Jays of Toronto have made a “massive” $40m plus bid, those “in the know” feel like this is down to either your Texas Rangers or Toronto.

In the meantime the biggest free agent left on the market both literally and figuratively is Prince Fielder. Several teams are said to still be in the mix for the enormous first baseman and well-known shrimp cocktail lover. While many feel like the Rangers would also be in the mix for Fielder, their official response when asked has been tepid to say the least.

The most likely scenario for the Rangers would have them trading for another starter before the season starts. Several names have been thrown out there including John Danks, Gio Gonzalez and possibly Matt Garza.  The Rangers are in a great position to trade for a big name starter thanks to a talent rich farm system built by John Daniels and the Rangers scouting department.

Its quiet…too quiet.  Once the Yu decision comes down, expect the floodgates to open.

 

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