Tough Decisions Ahead

by Charles Parker on April 22, 2014

20140422 195337 Tough Decisions AheadAs of today, the Rangers are missing 11 of the projected top 25 guys from the lineup. Choo’s twisted ankle added the latest to that number. Yet, somehow Ron Washington has cobbled together 13 wins so far, and this limping bunch of “has been’s and never will be’s”, are firmly in 2nd place in the AL West, and gave the A’s all the wanted last night. The fact is they would be leading most divisions with their current record. I think we can all agree that nobody knows how this is going to play out over 162 games, but it is interesting to see the guys merge into a team.

All the injuries are continuing to create dilemma’s for this team in many ways. Kouzmanoff comes to mind again as last night he had another 2 for 5 night at the plate and is hitting .370. Beltre is due back this Friday! There is no doubt in my mind that Beltre is the heart and soul of the entire team. So how do you remove a .370 hitter from the lineup? Fielder is showing signs of waking up, and even Moreland has his BA up to .240. Martin has another hot bat as his average is up to .323, and Rios is hitting .325.

My question is can Kouzmanoff play 2B? If he can play third then he can play second. If I were making decisions for the club, it would sure be an experiment I would try. The Rangers still lead the league in intentional walks, so that tells you something, if you eliminate pitching around guys that stops and makes everyone else better. If anyone has an inside line to the Rangers skipper, tell him to start working with Kouz and 2B, and let’s see what happens!

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The Depleted Texas Rangers

by Ben Dieter on April 22, 2014

20140422 142823 The Depleted Texas RangersThe 2014 Texas Rangers began the year by finding out that their number two starter Derek Holland would need knee surgery, and would miss roughly half the season. Things have pretty much gone down hill since then. The 2014 Texas Rangers are without their starting second baseman Jurickson Profar, their starting catcher Geovany Soto, starting pitcher Matt Harrison, relief pitcher Neftali Feliz, starting third baseman Adrian Beltre and now starting left fielder Shin-Soo Choo will miss at least two games if not more. Yet, somehow, this team has won six of it’s last seven games.

How a team can have so many injuries is beyond me, with all the training and therapy and off-season workout programs they are on, but the fact is the Texas Rangers have been hit as hard as anyone in 2014 with the injury bug. The only positive to take from this so far is watching guys like Kevin Kouzmanoff, Josh Wilson, Donnie Murphy and Robinson Chirinos perform at a very high level in replacement of the injuries players.

If they can win the series against the Oakland Athletics, then they will be right where they need to be with all of the missing players. As is, the Texas Rangers have the second best record in the Amoerican League. I really look forward to seeing what this team can do when they have everyone back in the line up.

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The Daily Five for April 22, 2014

April 22, 2014

The Texas Rangers came back and defeated the Oakland Athletics last night it a game that was started by Yu Darvish. Darvish did not have his best outing, but Neal Cotts and Joakim Soria were able to pick him up. Another late one tonight for the Texas Rangers and hopefully another win as well. The […]

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The Daily Five for April 21, 2014

April 21, 2014

The Texas Rangers have won five of their last six games, and the offense (despite the lackluster performance yesterday) is starting to look good over all. The offense may be about to get better as well with the possible return of Adrian Beltre this week. The starting pitching is looking better as well, and tonight […]

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Who Are the 2014 Rangers

April 17, 2014

I assume everyone has seen the movie Major League and the many memorable lines.  Every time I think of the 2014 version of the Rangers, I think of the line that says, “Who are these freaking guys”.  I took the liberty of editing that line for posterity and censors. Seriously, who are these Rangers?  What […]

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