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The Tampa Bay Debacle

This is very frustrating. I want my team to do well, and they’re not.

I’m not a fickle fan who will stop watching the Rangers if they lose. Even if they lose every game for the rest of the season, I’ll still watch every single game. It’s just frustrating.

What’s up with all the injuries?? Ian Kinsler’s obviously been out for a while, but it looks like he’s not coming back any time soon. Hopefully Dustin Nippert and Matt Treanor will be rejoining the Rangers shortly.

Then there’s Nelson Cruz and Cristian Guzman. We’re not missing too much with Guzman gone, but losing Nelly for 2 weeks hurts. Bad.

And Josh Hamilton can’t play defense on Astroturf because of his knees? Yeah, let’s put Vladdy in there, because his knees can take it, and his defense is so great! Gimme a break!

They should have just left Vladdy on the bench and played Brandon Boggs. It’s not like Vlad’s bat is all that stellar lately either.

Wow, I’m being really negative! Sorry about that, it’s just hard to find good things to talk about right now.

 
Michael Young is having trouble with neck stiffness. I can’t be mad at Michael Young, because he always wants to play and he never misses because of injury. I’m just saying it’s bad timing.

Cliff Lee hasn’t been too lucky when starting for Texas. I think it’s time for us to give him a day off here and there, instead of always starting him on the 5th day no matter what. We don’t want him to be burned out before we get to the playoffs.

Tommy Hunter is perplexing. It’s understandable that he wouldn’t do such a great job last Friday, because he was throwing up. But what happened on Tuesday at the Trop??

And Derek Holland yesterday! I didn’t get to watch the game, because I was at work, but I listened to it. He threw 106 pitches in just 4 1/3 innings and gave up 5 earned runs on 6 hits and 4 walks.

We all know that Rich Harden doesn’t have it, and that Scott Feldman doesn’t either. What happened to our multitude of starting pitcher options in Spring Training??

I think we should get Matt Harrison out of the bullpen and give him another shot at starting. It could be a good thing.

Everybody just looks really tired. Half the team is already on the DL, so I think they should just bring up the entire AAA roster for the next couple of weeks. They couldn’t be much worse than the big league team right now.

Monday night’s game seemed to be going pretty well for Rangers’ fans. Cliff Lee was motoring along as usual, and although David Price was great, the Rangers chased him after 6 innings.

They were able to get 2 runs each in the 7th and 8th innings because the Rays’ relief pitchers weren’t necessarily as good as Price. But then again, who is?

Then the bottom of the 8th inning happened, and it all fell apart. The Rangers lost 6-4.

There were several squandered scoring opportunities by the Rangers all throughout the game. If the Rangers had more of a cushion, those 4 runs in the bottom of the 8th wouldn’t have hurt as badly.

I think if the Rangers had been able to pull out a win on Monday, they might not have lost on Tuesday and Wednesday. A win on Monday would have given them some momentum. Oh well, I guess we’ll never know.

Tuesday’s game was just bad all around. We lost 10-1. Blech!

Wednesday’s game looked bad when the Rangers were down 7-2, but then they rallied in the 8th to make it 7-4. And in the 9th they added 2 more runs to make it 8-6. But then the game was over.

Tonight they’re heading to Baltimore for 4 games with the Orioles. No problem, right? The O’s suck.

Except that the last time we faced them, we were swept in a 4-game series. In OUR ballpark. Now they’ve hired Buck Showalter as their manager, and they’re on a hot streak. Great.

Tonight it will be Colby Lewis (9-9, 3.28 ERA) against Brian Matusz (4-12, 5.28 ERA). It looks like Colby’s got this one sewn up.

But Colby has a 2.72 ERA in his last 5 games, and he hasn’t gotten a win in that time. It’s about time Colby got his 10th win, because he’s been pitching really well. He just seems “snakebit” lately, as my dad would say.

A win for Colby would definitely help to get the Rangers out of this funk they’re in. We could use some cheering up! Go Rangers!!

Overall Rangers’ record: 97-52
My Rangers’ record: 13-8
Days ’til my next game: 6

Rangers updates

Okay, a lot of stuff has been happening with the Rangers lately, and I feel an obligation to share it with you, my legions of followers. [Oh, who am I kidding? My mom doesn’t even read this.]
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Expanded Roster

I figured out some stuff about the expanded roster. They don’t have to bring up all 40 guys, but it is possible. So that means that they can have anywhere from 25 to 40 guys on their active roster. The Rangers decided to add the following 7 guys to their existing 25-man roster:

Brandon McCarthy
Eddie Guardado (pitcher, activated from the 15-day DL, already on 40-man)
Warner Madrigal (pitcher, already on 40-man)
Esteban German (infielder, already on 40-man)
Guillermo Moscoso (pitcher, already on 40-man)
Brandon McCarthy (pitcher, activated from 60-day DL, not on 40-man)
Kevin Richardson (catcher, not on 40-man)
Craig Gentry (outfielder, not on 40-man)

So the Rangers needed to find 3 spots on their 40-man roster to put these new additions. Well, actually, they only had 39 guys on their 40-man roster, after trading minor leaguer Jose Vallejo to the Astros as part of the  Pudge trade. So the Rangers needed 2 spots.  

Brandon Boggs
They put Brandon Boggs on the 60-day disabled list with a dislocated left shoulder, which opens up a spot. I had been wondering why Brandon Boggs and Greg Golson were passed over, even though they were already on the Rangers’ 40-man roster, in favor of Craig Gentry. This at least explains why Boggs wasn’t called up, but I still don’t know why they bypassed Greg Golson. If I figure that out, I’ll let you know.
Thomas Diamond
And in a surprising move, they designated AA pitcher Thomas Diamond for assignment to make another spot on the 40-man roster. I’ve mentioned Thomas Diamond before, when I explained the Rule 5 Draft. The Rangers had him on their 40-man roster to keep another team from drafting him, and then they just decide to hand him to the wolves on a silver platter?
 
Thomas Diamond was the Rangers’ Number 1 Draft pick in 2004, but he had to have Tommy John surgery, and he’s had a hard time recovering from that. The Rangers are trying to get him back through outright waivers, meaning that they’re just hoping that another team doesn’t take him (at least I think that’s what it means). But apparently, the Rangers don’t feel as protective over Thomas Diamond as they once did.

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Injury Reports

Michael Young

1) I already explained in previous posts that Michael Young has strained his left hamstring, which should keep him out of the lineup for 2-3 weeks.
 
Josh Hamilton
2) Josh Hamilton has reportedly been diagnosed with a pinched nerve in his back. He has received an injection of anti-inflammatory medication to help with the inflammation. See, I had a feeling that this wasn’t just a sore muscle that would go away. This could be something that gives Josh some trouble in the future, especially if he just tries to play through the pain.
 
Jarrod Saltalamacchia
3) After receiving reports a few days ago that Jarrod Saltalamacchia had been “shut down” by the pain and numbness from Thorasic Outlet Syndrome and that he might have to have “season-ending surgery,” the Rangers have now activated Salty from the DL. He will be available for use as a pinch-hitter, designated hitter, or emergency catcher, and he will wait to have surgery until after the season is over. So then why did they call up Kevin Richardson??
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Beau Vaughn’s Blog (Beau Knows Diddly)
Beau Vaughn
I talked about Beau Vaughn’s Blog a few days ago and how hilariously irreverent it is. Well, after he found out that Craig Gentry was being called up to the Bigs the other night, Beau immediately interviewed CG for his blog. And it was great! Jamey Newberg (The Newberg Report blog) even recommended it on his blog, even though he said it was “[n]ot as safe for children as most of his previous entries.”
 
Craig Gentry
Jamey was right; it was a bit more irreverent than usual, but it was awesome! But it was only up for 14 hours before ‘the man’ insisted that it be taken down. Beau had to apologize because “the subject matter was inappropriate for this forum” and because he “misrepresented the Texas Rangers.” He also apparently got in trouble because the team hadn’t issued a press release officially announcing the roster move.
 
I think that’s crap! I mean, they came to Beau and asked him to do this blog. Did they not know his personality before they asked him to do this? If they wanted somebody who wouldn’t curse or talk about lewd and inappropriate things, why didn’t they ask someone else?
 
Okay, it’s true that this blog would be more appropriate on myspace or somewhere else. But I still think it’s hilarious.

It’s September 1st…

…and that means that the Rangers are expanding to a 40-man roster! I’ve read from several sources that the Rangers are definitely adding pitchers Guillermo Moscoso and Warner Madrigal, who are already on the 40-man roster. Eddie Guardado and Esteban German will also be reactivated from the 15-day DL, but they were already on the 40-man roster too. Willie Eyre (also on the 40-man) will probably be called up in a few days as well, but he was optioned to AAA last week and has to wait 10 days before being called back up.

But some other names have been mentioned that will have to be added to the 40-man roster, and I’m not sure who the Rangers are planning on dropping to make room.

Craig Gentry, an outfielder from AA Frisco, has reportedly been called up, as well as catcher Kevin Richardson from AAA Oklahoma City. And pitcher Brandon McCarthy has been on the 60-day DL (and thus not on the 40-man roster), but he’s being activated too.

So who will the Rangers drop? Thomas Diamond or Omar Poveda? They’re both AA pitchers that the Rangers have on their 40-man roster to protect them from the Rule 5 draft. Or Luis Mendoza? He threw a no-hitter in AAA a few weeks ago. Max Ramirez or Jarrod Saltalamacchia? I guess it’s possible that they could add Salty to the 60-day DL, which would drop him from the 40-man. Joaquin Arias? He didn’t do too well during his stint in the Bigs this year. Brandon Boggs or Greg Golson? Boggs has big league experience, so they’ll probably be calling him back up.

But why did they call up an outfielder from AA? I mean, sure, he’s a great AA player, but is he ready for the Bigs? We already had 5 outfielders on the 25-man roster, as well as 2 more on the 40-man and another one on the 15-day DL. Hmm…