Guts & Eyes

I’ve been watching a lot of Rangers baseball lately* and there are a few things that (I think) I’ve seen that concern me.
* All of it, actually.
None of these things are based on numbers or critical analysis, but rather from the gut of the irrational fan. They’re not facts so much as they are feelings and things I will be looking out for in the coming weeks.
So, it seems like…
  • Ian Kinsler has returned to form with his extreme uppercut swing.
  • Kinsler has also lost all of his patience at the plate.
  • Adrian Beltre was well worth investing in.
  • Elvis needs to learn when to jump on “his pitch”.
  • There’s been a lot of sloppy glove work from just about everyone.
  • The outfield alignment with Murphy in CF, Moreland in RF, & Cruz in LF is stupid.
  • Julio Borbon is good enough to justify playing everyday.
  • There are too many 1st basemen.
  • Wash is too concerned about finding time for MY at 2B.
  • Taylor Teagarden is wasting space if he’s never going to play.
  • The team misses Matt Treanor, but not Jorge Cantu.
  • Nelson Cruz is doing his best Chris Davis impression.
  • Chris Davis is doing his best Chris Davis impression.
  • Dave Bush is actually not terrible.
  • The bullpen might lose just as many games as they’re going to win.
  • Darren Oliver is aging before our very eyes and he & Rhodes are being severely overworked.
  • This team can’t do anything without Feliz. Period.
  • Colby Lewis is elevating everything, which is more significant than his velocity.
  • The entire rotation needs to step up. It’s gut-check time.
  • The Blue Jays would easily win the Al East if they only had to play the Rangers.
  • It’s actually better to have MY than Derek Jeter.
I’ll be the first to admit that I could be wrong about most or even all of those things, but I have a feeling I’m not.
The last week has been frustrating, to say the least, but at least there’s this, which is kind of cool.

About Mike Luna

My name is Mike. I am an avid fan of the Texas Rangers. I like reading and jogging, but I don't do either nearly as often as I should. I like writing about more than just baseball. Your opinion is your own, but please be respectful. Everyone is welcome in The Bleacher Seats.
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2 Responses to Guts & Eyes

  1. Do you think the Jays are a preview of what’s to come? This week has been utterly frustrating…

    • Mike Luna says:

      Hard to say.

      For some reason, the Blue Jays love to play here. Watching this series, you’d think they were a super-team of All-Stars, but it’s just that they love to beat up on the Rangers.

      It obviously starts with starting pitchers and they got knocked around this week. If they can’t hide this young and injured bullpen, then it’s going to be a long season.

      We’ll know a lot more next week, after they take on some good west coast pitching. Hopefully they don’t slip further toward a .500 record.

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