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Rangers Sweep the San Diego Fathers

The Rangers beat the Padres & Baseball Do beat something MALICIOUSRangers completed the sweep of the Padres last night behind a strong performance from Yu Darvish.  Darvish gave up 2 runs on 5 hits and 3 walks over 8 innings, while striking out 8.  Both of the Padres’ runs were driven in by the pitcher, Anthony Bass, in the second inning.  After that little hiccup, Darvish was lights out before handing over the reigns to Joe Nathan who secured his 15th save of the season.  Darvish, who is now tied for the AL lead in Wins,  improves to 9-4 with a 3.45 ERA on the season.

“The first two innings, it looked like he was trying to find his rhythm,” Washington said. “From that point on, he wasn’t going to be denied. His breaking ball came, his cutter came, he moved the ball around the zone pretty good. He did a great job.”

Darvish also got his first MLB hit in the game, a broken bat single to right.

Rangers shuffle rotation

Roy Oswalt will make his Rangers debut tomorrow night at the Ballpark against the Rockies, replacing Scott Feldman in the rotation.

“He’s ready to go,” manager Ron Washington said. “The reports we got say he’s ready to go. That’s what we brought him for, to bring him to the big leagues, and he’s ready, so we made the decision to do it. We challenge him now.”

Scott Feldman slides back into the bullpen, a move that he’s none too happy with.

“Basically, telling me that I’m not in the plans for the second time this year, spring training and then now, that’s fine, if I’m not in their plans,” Feldman said. “But it doesn’t mean I have to be happy about it.”

Look, Scooter didn’t really do much to prove that he deserved more opportunities and while he’s clearly not happy with the move back to the pen, it’s an important role for the TEAM.  His unhappiness is nothing to be worried about, and if anything shows that he’s a competitor that wants to be in the rotation.  If he get’s another opportunity, somewhere down the line with the Rangers or another team, hopefully he’ll show better.

The Rangers’ rotation, starting Friday, is Oswalt, Colby Lewis, Matt Harrison, Grimm and Yu Darvish.

Dutch and Feliz both continue to make good progress in rehab, both throwing off the mound yesterday.  Holland is hoping to return to the rotation on July 1st and Neftali is hoping for mid-July.  Barring any more injuries, Grimm would more than likely go back to the minors and Feliz will go to the pen in a set-up/7th inning role.

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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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Jun 182012
 
Mike Adams, Texas Rangers

Matt Harrison vs. Jason Marquis, a Rangers/Padres Game 1 PreviewThe Texas Rangers head out to the West Coast after a dominant home stand where they won 5-of-6, highlighted by a three-game sweep of the Houston Astros as their parting gift.

I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait until the Houston Astros are members of the A.L. West next season…but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. A win tonight would push the Rangers record to a high-water mark of 14 games above .500. Here’s a quick preview of game one of the Rangers’three-game jaunt of lovely San Diego, home of the N.L. West’s last place Padres.

Tonight, it’s Rangers’ LH Matt Harrison (8-3, 3.54 ERA, 1.24 WHIP) paired up against well-traveled RH Jason Marquis (3-5, 6.60 ERA, 1.86 WHIP).

Tonight’s starting lineups:

San Diego Padres (24-43)

RF Chris Denorfia
CF Cameron Maybin
3B Chase Headley
LF Carlos Quentin (.166, 1 HR vs. Harrison)
1B Jesus Guzman
SS Everth Cabrera
C Nick Hundley
2B Alexi Amarista
P Jason Marquis

Harrison

Harrison was outstanding in his last start, a 1-0 Texas Rangers win where he was dealt a no-decision. Harrison has a 16 1/3 innings scoreless streak going and will look to keep the streak alive in the pitching-friendly confines of Petco Park.

Texas Rangers (40-27)

2B Ian Kinsler
SS Elvis Andrus
1B Michael Young (.400 BA against Marquis)
3B Adrian Beltre (.444, 4 RBI)
RF Nelson Cruz
LF Davis Murphy
C Mike Napoli
CF Leonys Martin
P Matt Harrison

Marquis

In his last start, Marquis—who started the season with the Minnesota Twins before being granted free agency on May 29th—earned his first win as a member of the San Diego Padres. He went 6 1/3 innings with four walks, four strikeouts while scattering six hits against the Seattle Mariners.

The Texas Rangers are hitting .400 against Jason Marquis. Josh Hamilton has yet to get a hit off of him, but it has been announced that he will not start in tonight’s game.

Prediction time

I look for Harrison to continue his dominance of N.L. West teams, while Marquis gets knocked out early. Leonys Martin will get his first big league hit of 2012, and the Rangers will roll, 7-1.

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