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report card

I checked T.R. Sullivan’s blog today, and he had a kind of report card for this year’s players. I agree with most of what he says, but we differ on a few things. This is his report card:

Kevin Millwood – Manager has already said he is the Opening Day pitcher in 2010
Scott Feldman – What an amazing season.
Derek Holland – This kid is going to be fine. Can’t wait for his next start.
Tommy Hunter – Tommy, meet Nolan Ryan, the resident conditioning fanatic.
Brandon McCarthy – The Big Tease. He has talent but at what point do the Rangers say uncle?
Matt Harrison – He was pretty good before he got hurt
Neftali Feliz – The Rangers will try him in the rotation. Bet he makes it
Dustin Nippert – His numbers will work every year
Guillermo Moscoso – Should be Opening Day pitcher at Oklahoma City

Frank Francisco – Needs warning label: handle with care.
C.J. Wilson – Most Valuable Reliever
Darren O’Day – Transaction of the Year
Jason Grilli – Wasn’t the same after he got hurt
Doug Mathis – Can he fill middle relief role?
Eddie Guardado – No finer person in baseball
Pedro Strop – Needs more time. Just not ready
Willie Eyre – Taking long road back from injuries

Jarrod Saltalamacchia – Should still be No. 1 on depth chart
Ivan Rodriguez – Would you give him $4 million for two years?
Taylor Teagarden – Should have been in Triple A
Kevin Richardson – He is from Seattle area. He should have started one game this weekend.

Chris Davis – Only one other player is a bigger key for Rangers in 2010.
Ian Kinsler – Absolutely nothing wrong with 101 runs and 86 RBI.
Elvis Andrus – He lived up to it all
Michael Young – Turns out he can still hit…and play third.
Omar Vizquel – He has one definite vote for the Hall of Fame.
Esteban German – A nice fifth player if the Rangers had the room
Hank Blalock – Hank’s Homies bid you adieu. It was fun while it lasted.

Josh Hamilton – Obviously the biggest key for the Rangers in 2010
David Murphy – Forget Rusty Greer all right? Anybody think he can be Paul O’Neill?
Julio Borbon – Definitely the kind of player the Rangers desperately need
Nelson Cruz – He is a good player. Can he be a great one or is this enough?
Marlon Byrd – Loved watching him tell the rookies to turn off the football game on Sunday and turn on baseball.
Andruw Jones – Next.
Craig Gentry – Off to Triple A to bide his time.

My take:
Derek Holland: I wouldn’t say I “can’t wait” for his next start. I think if he works hard during the off-season, he can have a stellar year. He has a lot of untapped potential.
C.J. Wilson: I would not call him the most valuable reliever. I think with C.J., you never know what you’re gonna get.
Pudge: I don’t think it will take that much money. I think $3 million for 2 years, or if the Rangers aren’t sure how long he’ll last, then around $1.5 mil for 1 year.
Ian Kinsler: His runs scored and RBIs are good, but he needs to be more reliable. And, most importantly, he needs to work on his swing in the off-season and find out whyhe’s popping everything up!!!
Esteban German: I don’t think it’s an “if the Rangers have room” situation. I think they’ll definitely need a bench player who can step up if anyone gets injured, and who can spell all 4 infielders at regular intervals. He has played mainly 2B and 3B, but he has big league experience at SS and 1B as well. He’s a true utility infielder.
Josh Hamilton: I don’t agree that he’s “obviously the biggest key for the Rangers in 2010.” If he can perform, it will be great, but I don’t think we can depend on him to perform. You can never predict injuries. I don’t want to trade him, because I think he’s a great addition to a team, whether he can play or not. And when he’s good, he’s really good. But look what this Rangers team did this year without Josh Hamilton!
Julio Borbon: I wouldn’t say that the Rangers “desperately need” someone like Borbon. Borbon has a great OBP, and he’s excellent at stealing bases and manufacturing runs. But he’s got a weak arm for an outfielder, and he’s not good against LHP. Borbon is a lefty outfielder, and we already have Josh Hamilton and David Murphy that are left handed outfielders.
Craig Gentry: Gentry can be the perfect center fielder that the Rangers “desperately need” in 2011, but he needs more experience. If the Rangers decide to take a chance on Gentry like they did on Elvis, it could pay some amazing dividends. But I’m betting that the Rangers put Gentry in AAA all next year.
Marlon Byrd: I don’t know anything about the rookies watching football, but I think Marlon is the “biggest key for the Rangers in 2010.” We need him next year. Not only is he an amazing player, he’s a revitalizing force in the clubhouse.

Well, there’s always next year…

Michael Young
With the Rangers’ loss to the Angels last night (5-2 Angels), they officially have no chance of making it to the post-season. Which is probably good at this point. They all just seem to be too tired to play much longer. Except Michael Young, who had a 3-week “vacation” recently. And you can tell that Marlon Byrd really wants to play, even though he’s tired and hurt. He had to come out of last night’s game in the 1st inning because of a “right hip capsule strain.” I don’t know what that means, but it doesn’t sound good.
Marlon Byrd
I’ve really gotten the feeling lately that Marlon has been so frustrated with the Rangers’ inability to win, and that he’s been trying frantically to make something happen. So it’s probably good that his body is making him stop and admit that it’s over. I know you don’t want it to be over, Marlon. I don’t want it to be over either. But it is. Just rest and get better and prepare yourself for next year.
Scott Feldman
Scott Feldman got the start last night, and he looks tired too. He battled, but he only got through 3 2/3 innings, and he gave up 7 hits and 3 walks for 4 earned runs in the short outing. Feldman said afterwards, “I’m falling behind guys, and my command is not too sharp. I’m getting into bad counts. Hopefully, in my next bullpen [session], I can make an adjustment and finish on a strong note. I’m really glad I have one more start.”
I really hope Feldy can make some changes and have a better start next time around too. We need it.
David Murphy
Scott Kazmir did NOT get the start for the Angels last night. Angels manager Mike Scioscia decided to rest him in preparation for the post-season and instead started RHP Sean O’Sullivan. In O’Sullivan’s 5 innings, he only gave up 3 hits to the Rangers (including a solo home run by David Murphy in the 4th inning) for 2 earned runs. Pretty good for a rookie who spend a good amount of time in AAA this year!
Michael Young had another 2-hit night. It still amazes me how dependable that guy is. He just goes out there every day (when he’s healthy, which he usually is) and he produces. Every game, you can always count on Michael to make the routine (and not-so-routine) plays in the field and to get some hits at the plate. I’m glad we’ve got him for next year.
Guillermo Moscoso
Guillermo Moscoso came in to pitch 2 1/3 innings after Feldman came out of the game, and he did a great job. We haven’t seem him very much this year, since he’s been shuffled back and forth to AAA several times during the season. But if last night was any indication, I’m looking forward to seeing more of him next year. He didn’t give up any hits in the outing (no hits! In 2 1/3 innings!), with 1 walk and 2 strike-outs. I really hope he becomes incredibly famous, especially since I have his autograph. 🙂
Pedro Strop and Willie Eyre each came in to pitch an inning of relief in the 7th and 8th innings, and I was pretty impressed with them as well. Both of them have had troubled outings this season, but last night’s performances looked hopeful.
Pedro Strop
Pedro Strop gave up 2 hits; one to the rookie Chris Pettit, which was his first big league hit (and I’m sure Pettit will remember it for the rest of his career). He also allowed the Angels to tack on another run. I know it sounds crazy for me to say that I was impressed with Strop after he gave up a run, but he seemed like he was pretty in-command. Obviously the hits aren’t good, but he also got 2 strike-outs in his inning. He’s still really young, but he looks promising.
Willie Eyre gave up one hit with a strike-out, and he didn’t allow any runs to cross the plate.
Game Notes:

Josh Hamilton
*Josh Hamilton will not play any more this year. After a meeting with Josh, Ron Washington, and trainer Jamie Reed, they decided to shut down Hamilton for the last 6 games of the season.

Chris Davis (my husband)
*Chris Davis has a sore hamstring and did not play in last night’s game. He is currently listed as day to day.
*Marlon Byrd said last night that his hip has been bothering him for 3 weeks, but that he will show up tonight and try to play. So I guess we’ll find out more tonight about whether or not he’ll be back.
     Craig Gentry

Craig Gentry.jpg*Craig Gentry did a good job in center field last night after Marlon Byrd came out of the game. He has a really strong & accurate arm, his bat just needs to catch up.
*This team is just distraught. They’re obviously not happy with their performance of late, and this is really not how they wanted to end the season. They obviously wanted to make it to the post-season. Their first choice was to take the AL West, but if they couldn’t do that, they wanted to win the Wild Card. If they couldn’t do either of those, they at least wanted to finish strong. They did NOT want to go into a 5-game skid 3 weeks before the end of the season, then spend their remaining time trying (and failing) to get their $h!+ together.
Derek Holland
Tonight’s pitching matchup: Derek Holland (8-10) against the Angels Matt Palmer (10-2). Man, that looks scary. Derek Holland has been both spectacularly good and spectacularly bad this year, so it’s anybody’s guess as to which Dutch we’ll see tonight. And Palmer’s 10-2 record definitely looks intimidating. But I really hope the Rangers can pull off a win tonight; they’ve lost 3 games in a row now, and they need something to pull them out of their funk.

Pathetic loss in Anaheim

Wow. What can you say to that? The game started at 2:35 Central Time, and I was at work, so I listened to the game through my computer. And I’m glad that I didn’t have to watch it on t.v., because it sounded like it was just pitiful. We ended up losing 12-3.
Scott Feldman
Scott Feldman took the ball for the Rangers yesterday, and this is usually a very good thing. He went into yesterday’s game with a record of 17-5. He won 12 games on the road for the Rangers this year, becoming a so-called “road warrior.” His last start (against the Angels at home on Saturday, September 19) broke the Rangers’ 5-game losing streak. But the start before that (against the A’s in Arlington on September 14), he showed that he could self-destruct on the mound when he allowed 6 runs over the 6th and 7th innings.

But yesterday, Scooter was having trouble from the start. The first inkling of trouble showed up in the 2nd inning, when he walked two batters with 2 outs, but he got away with it. He wasn’t as lucky in the 3rd inning.

The Rangers were leading 2-0 going into the bottom of the 3rd inning. But by the time Scooter got out of the inning, the A’s were leading 4-2, thanks to a combination of 3 walks and 3 singles given up by Feldman. He gave up 3 more runs in the 4th inning before Ron finally took him out. {Sigh}

Jason Grilli
The Rangers put in 6 relief pitchers yesterday, but I guess that can happen when your starter only goes 3 1/3 innings. Dustin Nippert, Pedro Strop, Willie Eyre, and Guillermo Moscoso all pitched scoreless in their relief outings, but Jason Grilli and Warner Madrigal combined to give up 5 additional runs to the A’s (3 by Grilli, 2 by Madrigal). I don’t know what Grilli’s deal has been since he got back from the DL. And Madrigal is a bit of a question mark as well, because he is fantastic in AAA, but not so good in the Bigs.
Game notes:
Ian Kinsler
*Ian Kinsler stole his 30th base of the season in this game, and if he hits one more home run, he’ll hit the “30-30” mark for the season.
Craig Gentry
*Craig Gentry got his first big league start in this game, but he only got 2 at-bats. Wash pulled him in favor of Nelson Cruz in the 6th inning. Nelly also got 2 at-bats, but neither one got a hit. So poor Craig Gentry still has a .000 batting average in the Bigs, and he has yet to get his 1st big league hit. I really hope he can get a hit before the end of the season! Maybe Wash will give him more playing time after we’re mathematically eliminated.
Taylor Teagarden
*Taylor Teagarden was the starting catcher in this game, and a lot of fans are blaming him for Feldman’s meltdown. I think that’s a bit extreme, but Scooter appears to throw well to Pudge, so it is a bit of a mystery as to why Wash decided to start Taylor yesterday instead of the veteran. But Pudge is starting to get old now, so I guess he needs more rest. Just not when Feldman’s on the mound any more, m’kay?
Josh Hamilton
*Josh Hamilton is expected to rejoin the Rangers’ lineup against Tampa Bay this weekend, either tonight or tomorrow night. Yay, Josh! Michael Young isn’t quite ready to come back yet, although he does hope to get into a game before the end of the season. It just won’t be against the Rays this weekend.
Derek Holland
Tonight’s pitching matchup: Derek Holland (7-12) against the Rays’ James Shields (10-11). Dutch will be trying to break a 5-game losing streak, and he’s been having a real problem with giving up home runs this season. He gave up 3 more home runs in his last start, and he has now given up 25 homers total on the season, higher than any other rookie in Rangers’ history. Shields is apparently a really good pitcher, even though his win-loss record doesn’t really reflect it. He just hasn’t been getting the run support he needs from the Rays this season.

I hate to say it, because I’m always supposed to expect a win from my team, but this pitching matchup definitely favors Shields. I still think the Rangers have a good shot at winning, especially since we swept the Rays the last time they came to Arlington, but if they do win, it most likely won’t be because of Derek Holland. It will be because they had hot bats, or were aggressive running the bases, or because of Josh Hamilton, or something else.

Game 2 loss in Anaheim

Brandon McCarthy

Brandon McCarthy went to the mound for the Rangers’ last night, and he did a pretty good job. He wasn’t ‘masterful’ or anything; he had some problems locating his pitches, but he did a reasonable job. The main things that lead to our insulting 9-1 loss were 1) a missed ball by Nelson Cruz immediately followed by an error by Ian Kinsler, and 2) Willie Eyre.
Nelson Cruz
With one out in the bottom of the 2nd inning, Brandon McCarthy walked Jack Cust. Then, with two outs, Daric Barton hit a hard line drive to right field. Nelson Cruz tried to drive for the ball, but he missed, and it went behind him into the outfield. As Cust rounded third base and attempted to score, the cutoff man, Ian Kinsler, threw the ball high over catcher Pudge Rodriguez’s head and the ball went skipping towards the backstop. Brandon McCarthy tracked down the ball and tried to throw Daric Barton out at home, but the ball was wide, allowing Daric Barton to score.
Ian Kinsler
The play was officially called a triple for Barton with a throwing error by Ian Kinsler. But Nelly shared some of the blame, because he should have either caught the ball on a hop and blocked it from rolling into the outfield or he should have made dang sure that he could catch that ball before diving. And obviously Kinsler made an error by overthrowing the plate. But Brandon McCarthy could have thrown the second runner out at home if his throw had been accurate. If those Little League mistakes hadn’t happened, the score would have been 0-0 or 1-0 A’s at the end of the 2nd inning, instead of 2-0.
But those pesky Athletics kept at it. Daric Barton got an RBI single in the bottom of the 4th inning, scoring Ryan Sweeney. 3-0 A’s.
David Murphy helped the Rangers fight back a bit when he hit an RBI double in the top of the 6th inning, scoring Elvis Andrus. 3-1.
Neftali Feliz
Ron Washington pulled Brandon McCarthy after 5 1/3 innings, and he brought in Neftali Feliz. Uh-oh. After watching Feliz absolutely dominate the first 30 or so batters that he faced after his call-up in August, I never would have guessed that I would be this apprehensive about seeing him take the ball in September. {Sigh} Feliz walked the first batter he saw, but Pudge nursed him through and we were able to get out of the 6th inning with no more runs scoring.
Willie Eyre
But then, Willie Eyre came out to pitch the bottom of the 7th. I have no problems with Willie Eyre; he usually does a pretty good job of holding things together when he comes in during the later innings. But not last night.
By the time that Wash pulled Eyre (after only 1/3 of an inning) and put in Doug Mathis, the Rangers were losing 8-1. Yep, that’s right, he gave up a total of 5 runs on 6 hits. I’d call that a pretty epic blowout, wouldn’t you?
Then, to add insult to injury, Pudge had 2 passed balls and Guillermo Moscoso had 2 wild pitches to account for another run in the bottom of the 8th inning. 9-1 A’s. Just great.
Josh Hamilton
Game notes:
*I really hope that Josh Hamilton can come back to the lineup soon. He’s supposed to be close. We really need team leader Michael Young, but the consensus seems to be that he’ll stay out a while longer. 😦
*The Rangers didn’t lose any ground last night to the Red Sox or to the Angels, since both of those teams lost yesterday too.
Tommy Hunter
Tonight’s pitching matchup: Tommy Hunter (8-4) against the A’s Clay Mortensen (2-2). I have full confidence that Tommy can go out there and do a fabulous job tonight. Tommy’s coming off a loss in his last start, which was Friday night’s game against the Angels. I didn’t think that was Tommy’s fault as much as it was the Rangers fault for not getting any runs, since we lost 2-0. That was our 4th shut-out in 5 games. It wasn’t pretty. Mortensen’s a rookie too, just like Tommy, and his stuff doesn’t appear to be too shabby either, so we’ll have to see what he’s got.

3rd straight loss

Ugh. I don’t even want to write up this summary right now. And what makes it worse is that I was actually at this game and witnessed it first-hand.

Brandon McCarthy
I was so excited for last night’s game because Brandon McCarthy was taking the mound, and Michael Young was back in the lineup, and the Rangers would surely bounce back (like they’ve done all year) after their last 2 shutouts. The rain was gone, and that would pull the Rangers out of their rainy-day blahs and they would have a victorious win, and we would be back in the playoff race. Brandon McCarthy has done a great job in his last 2 starts since coming off the DL, and the Rangers would pull it out. I mean, they had to, right?

Doug Mathis
Brandon McCarthy only lasted 3 innings. He was finally taken out in the top of the 4th inning when he failed to get any outs. He threw 80 pitches. He gave up 4 runs (3 earned) on 4 hits and 3 walks. And for the third game in a row, the Rangers found themselves facing a 4-0 score. Doug Mathis came in to pitch the 4th and 5th innings, an he gave up 3 hits but no runs.

David Murphy
David Murphy kept the Rangers from getting shut out again by hitting a solo home run in the bottom of the 4th inning. That energized the crowd quite a bit.
Neftali Feliz
When Chuck Morgan announced that Neftali Feliz was coming in to pitch in the 6th inning, the crowd went crazy. Since coming up from AAA earlier this year, Neftali has been simply dominant. To the people that were in the crowd last night (myself included), that meant that the A’s would be stuck at 4 runs while the Rangers were given a chance to come back and win the game. You can always rely on Neftali to shut down the opposition.

Except he didn’t shut down the opposition last night. He gave up 2 hits and 2 walks for 2 earned runs. Of course, he scattered 3 strikeouts in there as well.

Willie Eyre, C.J. Wilson, and Frank Francisco each pitched an inning of scoreless relief to close out the game. The final score was 6-1.

Game notes

Michael Young
*Michael Young only had one at-bat, in which he flied out to center field with one man on base. When it was Young’s next turn at bat, I glanced over to the on-deck circle and noticed that it wasn’t Young warming up. It was Nelson Cruz. It turns out that during the first at-bat, Young felt his strained hamstring “grab,” and he made the decision to wait a few more days. He will probably sit out the game tonight, enjoy the off day on Thursday, and join the lineup again on Friday, as was originally planned.

*The Rangers walked in a run twice last night. Yep, that’s right, on 2 different occasions, a pitcher walked the batter with the bases already loaded. First it was Brandon McCarthy in the 4th inning, then it was Neftali Feliz (!) in the 6th inning.
Elvis Andrus
*Elvis Andrus had a 16-game hitting streak going, but he broke it last night after going 0-for-2 with 2 walks.

*The Rangers had 3 errors last night. They only resulted in one unearned run, but still! 

Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez
1) The first error was by Pudge in the 1st inning while he tried to throw out Rajai Davis as he stole 2nd base. The ball hit Davis and skipped off into the outfield, allowing Rajai to take 3rd base. He later came home.

Esteban German
2) Esteban German also made a fielding error in the 1st inning, allowing Kurt Suzuki to reach base, and

CJ Wilson
3) In the 8th inning, the Kurt Suzuki hit a line drive straight back to C.J. Wilson. C.J. thought fast and caught the ball cleanly, but then he threw to 2nd base to get the lead runner (Ryan Sweeney) and the throw sailed way over Elvis’ head into center field. Doh!
Craig Gentry
*Craig Gentry got to come into the game in the top of the 9th inning. He took Marlon Byrd’s spot in center field, but didn’t get an at-bat in the bottom of the 9th. He’s only had one big league at-bat, in which he grounded into a inning-ending fielder’s choice.

*In order to add a bit of happiness to this depressing game summary, I will add that before the game began, I got the autographs of Derek Holland, Eddie Guardado, and Julio Borbon. So the night wasn’t a total waste!

Dustin Nippert
Tonight’s pitching matchup: Dustin Nippert (5-2) against Trevor Cahill (8-12). The numbers obviously look favorable for the Rangers, but with the way they’ve been playing lately, they’ll make Cahill look like a Cy Young winner. It would be nice if the Rangers could put an end to this losing streak before it turns into a tailspin.

Game 1 loss against the Seattle Mariners

Kevin Millwood
The game on Saturday started about 20 minutes late because of a rain delay, which wasn’t too bad considering the copious amounts of rain we received before and after the game. Kevin Millwood was the Rangers’ starting pitcher on Saturday’s. He was supposed to start in Friday’s game, but the game was postponed, so he started Saturday. Great. And I thought the weather would be the biggest problems the Rangers would face.
Kevin Millwood hasn’t done too well since the All-Start Break. He’s logged just 2 wins since then (the All-Star Break was in the beginning of July, about 2 months ago). He’s pitched a maximum of 6 innings per outing since that time, whereas he was routinely pitching 7 innings per outing before the All-Star Break. The numbers don’t lie.
He had 5 starts in April, and he went 7 innings in 3 of those outings, 8 innings in 1, and the full 9 innings in the other start. In his 6 starts in May, he pitched 8 innings once, 7 1/3 once, 7 innings once, 6 innings twice, and 5 2/3 innings once. In June he had 5 starts, and he pitched at least 7 innings in 4 of those outings and 6 innings in the other outing. So in the first 3 months of the season, he only pitched less than 6 innings one time.
Even in his first July start, on July 1 (before the All-Star Break), he pitched 6 1/3 innings. But since the All-Star Break, the most he’s pitched has been 6 innings at once, and he’s only been able to reach that on 4 occasions.

But on Saturday, he only lasted 3 2/3 innings, which was his shortest outing of the year. [Well, on July 26th, he had to come out of the game after only 2 innings because of a strained gluteus muscle. So this was the shortest non-medical related outing.] Millwood gave up 8 hits and 2 walks for a total of 5 runs before it was all said and done.

Julio Borbon

With the Rangers down 3-0 in the bottom of the 3rd inning, Julio Borbon hit a 2-run homer to get the Rangers within 3-2. But Kevin Millwood couldn’t shut down the Mariners in the top of the 4th, and when he couldn’t, Wash took him out of the game.

Dustin Nippert
Dustin Nippert came in to spell Millwood, and he’s been having a bit of trouble too it seems since moving back to the bullpen from the starting rotation. It’s got to be difficult to come into a game with runners already on base and try to shut down the inning. Anyway, he gave the Rangers 2 1/3 innings, but he gave up 5 hits and a walk in that time for 2 runs.
Pedro Strop
Willie Eyre got an inning of work in the 7th, followed by Pedro Strop in the 8th. Strop kind of scares me now, after he gave up 4 runs in that 18-10 fiasco against the Toronto Blue Jays on August 31st. I’m sure he has the potential to be a very good pitcher. But it must be hard for the kid to come up from AA and face big league batters. He gave up 2 hits and a walk in his inning of work, one of which crossed the plate for a run. Warner Madrigal pitched an inning in the 9th.
In the bottom of the 9th inning, with no outs and 2 men on base, the rainfall that started as a drizzle in the 5th inning finally peaked at a downpour, and play had to be suspended. I waited for over an hour to see if the Rangers would continue their rally, but they finally decided to call the game. 8-3 Mariners was the final score.
So I got drenched, and since my step-dad and step-sister left in the top of the 7th inning, I was alone by the time they suspended play in the 9th. I started talking to this nice older couple, cause I was bored, and we hung out while we waited for them to make a decision about whether to finish the game or not. After they called the game, Manny and Lynn asked if I wanted to follow them to Denny’s to get something to eat. I said sure, and they ended up buying my meal! They were very nice.

Series sweep!

Yesterday’s game started at 11:05 Central Time, so I could have done the summary yesterday afternoon or evening, but then I would have been bored today. See, today is an off day. Ugh. I hate off days. But I love when the Rangers sweep a series!! Especially when the Rangers cap off the final game of the series with a shut-out!!

Scott Feldman
Scott Feldman was the Rangers’ starter yesterday, and with his most recent win, he set a record. He now has more wins on the road than any other Rangers’ pitcher ever in a single season, with 12. His overall record is 16-4 for the season.

He says he doesn’t do anything differently when he pitches on the road, and I believe him. I think it’s just one of those weird things that just happened to fall that way. I also think it has something to do with the position players behind him. In order for him to get a win, our offense has to produce more runs than the other team’s offense, and they have to perform well defensively by making the plays on the field. And I think they’re more comfortable and confident with Feldman on the mound for some reason, and they step up their performance. The Rangers only win about half of their games on the road, because their not as comfortable in other ballparks, but when they know Scooter’s on the mound they act like they’re at home. Okay, anyway, back to the game.

All of the action in yesterday’s game happened in the top of the 1st and the top of the 9th innings. The Indians sent Fausto Carmona to the mound to start yesterday, and he lasted for a grand total of 2/3 of an inning. He threw 41 pitches in that time frame. Man. We beat on him like a red-headed step-child.

Julio Borbon
Julio Borbon is always our lead-off man against right-handed pitchers, and Carmona promptly walked him on 4 straight pitches. Oh, Fausto, don’t you know that you’re not supposed to walk the lead-off batter? It usually leads to bad things!
Marlon Byrd
Elvis Andrus got on base next with a single, and when Marlon Byrd came to the plate one out later, he hit a 3-run home run to put the Rangers on the board first with a 3-0 lead. Yay Marlon!!
Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez
Another out later, David Murphy singled to get on base. And here comes Pudge. BAM!! 2-run tater to left center field. 5-0 Rangers.
And that was when Fausto Carmona came out of the game. Jenson Lewis came on next, and he pitched 3.1 innings of scoreless ball. He was followed by Mike Gosling, who pitched 4 innings of scoreless ball. Then came the 9th inning.
Esteban German
Rafael Perez came in to pitch the top of the 9th inning, and he started off by giving up a double to Esteban German. But really, you couldn’t blame him for that. German was white hot yesterday. He went 5-for-5 during yesterday’s game, and I think he would have gotten a hit off of any pitcher they decided to put out there.
Julio Borbon reached next on a fielding error, and then Elvis Andrus singled, driving German home. 6-0 Rangers. What followed was a barrage of 4 more singles, by Ian Kinsler, Marlon Byrd, David Murphy, and Pudge (with an out by Nelson Cruz thrown in the middle). 9-0 Rangers. And then Rafael Perez was unceremoniously taken out of the game, and Tony Sipp came in to pitch. He struck out Chris Davis, then gave up a single to Esteban German (unstoppable, remember?) to drive in another run and bring the score to 10-0.
The inning finally ended for the Tribe when the highly-anticipated Sipp-Borbon matchup resulted in a strike-out.
CJ Wilson
Scott Feldman lasted a total of 7 innings, followed by one inning each from C.J. Wilson and Willie Eyre. And C.J. couldn’t exactly blow the game when we had that many runs. He did a good job of maintaining the shut-out by only allowing one hit and getting 2 strike-outs. Nice job, C.J.!

Game Notes:

*The Rangers are now 4 1/2 games back in the AL West, and 2 games behind Boston for the Wild Card. 

Kevin Millwood
Tomorrow’s pitching matchup: Our “ace” Kevin Millwood (10-9) against the Mariners’ Brandon Morrow (0-4). Morrow spent a lot of this season in AAA “rebuilding his arm strength,” but is now back in the Bigs. 3 of his 4 losses came against the Texas Rangers, but to be fair, 2 of those came in save situations. Millie has had a tough go of it lately, going 2-4 in his last 11 starts with 5 no-decisions. That means that Millie didn’t even last 6 innings in 5 of his last 11 starts, or maybe the Rangers were losing when he came out of the game but came back to win later or something. He’s been on a steady downhill slide since the All-Star Break, and I don’t think Wash can afford to keep sending him to the mound if we’re gonna make a push for the playoffs. He seems to do pretty well when pitching at Ragers’ Ballpark, with a record of 7-2 at home this year, so maybe this will help to pull him out of his funk.