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The Rangers could deal a pitcher

Nov 9, 2009, 10:54 AM EDT

That’s odd to hear. The Rangers never have pitching to spare. In fact, the entire modern history of the Texas Rangers has been a distinct lack of pitching. Until last year, that is, when they were suddenly strong in that department.  MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan, however, describes the putative strength from which Texas could deal:

The Rangers know that Kevin Millwood (13-10, 3.67 ERA) and Scott Feldman (17-8, 4.08) are their top two starters. They are committed to Tommy Hunter (9-6, 4.10) and Derek Holland (8-13, 6.12) in the middle of the rotation. 

McCarthy (7-4, 4.62) ended the season as the fifth starter, but the Rangers are talking about moving Neftali Feliz into the rotation. They also know that they have Matt Harrison and Eric Hurley coming back from shoulder surgery. They know that Dustin Nippert was 3-3 with a 4.65 ERA in 10 starts, and Guillermo Moscoso was 5-4 with a 2.31 ERA at Triple-A Oklahoma. They have talked about moving C.J. Wilson into the rotation as well.

Having too many pitchers is certainly a nice problem to have, but if you’re a Rangers fan don’t get too excited: this time last year the Rangers allegedly had too many catchers and were going to use them to address weaknesses. Then at the trade deadline they were dealing for Pudge Rodriguez.  The lesson: you can’t plan for a damn thing in this league.

  1. Mo Green - Nov 9, 2009 at 11:32 AM

    Really good point Craig. Another lesson – there’s no such thing as too much pitching. I can remember reading article after article early this season about how the Red Sox had too much pitching. Then Dice-K tanked, Smoltz got beat up and knocked right out of town on waivers, then Brad Penny turned up again as the “bad penny” that gets passed around.

  2. Kevin S. - Nov 9, 2009 at 12:12 PM

    The Rangers have five starters and a lot of fillers that should only see a rotation in case of emergency.

  3. Jeff Pearlmann - Nov 9, 2009 at 12:15 PM

    I can remember reading article after article early this season about how the Red Sox had too much pitching. Then Dice-K tanked, Smoltz got beat up and knocked right out of town on waivers, then Brad Penny turned up again as the “bad penny” that gets passed around.

    What, that’s crazy! How could this happen. I even predicted that “Oddly, I like their [Red Sox]moves more than the Yankees. Penny and Smoltz could easily win more games than Sabathia and Burnett”.
    Note – since Jeff Pearlmann decided to change his website to remove the above, here’s the link courtesy of RAB:
    http://riveraveblues.com/2009/08/on-being-a-fan-and-not-being-jeff-pearlman-16219/

  4. Cru11 - Nov 9, 2009 at 1:30 PM

    If the Rangers move Feliz into the rotation it will just be another Joba Chamberlain ordeal. The Sox are thinking of doing that with Bard and I want to shout from the rooftops that all 3 decisions are and were the dumbest moves a team can make pitching wise. Just because a guy comes in for one inning, throws 98 or 99mph and has 2 plus pitches doesnt make them starting pitching material. These guys do not have the experience or stuff to face a lineup more than twice. I think the Yankees shouldve used Joba as setup man so he could fully concentrate for the entire inning and bridge the gap to Rivera instead of having two strong innings out of his 5 inning outings.
    Do not move Neftali into the rotation. Leave him to drop the hammer in the late innings.

  5. Church of the Perpetually Outraged - Nov 9, 2009 at 2:42 PM

    The Sox are thinking of doing that with Bard and I want to shout from the rooftops that all 3 decisions are and were the dumbest moves a team can make pitching wise. Just because a guy comes in for one inning, throws 98 or 99mph and has 2 plus pitches doesnt make them starting pitching material. These guys do not have the experience or stuff to face a lineup more than twice. I think the Yankees shouldve used Joba as setup man so he could fully concentrate for the entire inning and bridge the gap to Rivera instead of having two strong innings out of his 5 inning outings.

    One of those three pitchers is not like the others. He was a starter in college, and spent all his time in the minors as a starter and was only moved to the BP due to a dire need of relievers. check b-ref.com to find out, and then please stop trumpeting the above quoted as fact when it’s horribly wrong.

  6. Cru11 - Nov 9, 2009 at 3:08 PM

    Oh do you mean Joba? Yeah I understand he mowed down the Big 12 north but thats not the same as triple a or MLB caliber. And when did I say that this was a written fact? Its a blog you moron. Its open for opinion. Joba is proven that he is better out of the bullpen than getting the start. He averaged 5 innings an outing this year with a 4.75 era and ranked fourth in the AL in walks. So like I said before, I could see Neftali following Jobas footsteps if they move him in the rotation.

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