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Michael Young makes first start at shortstop since 2008

Sep 27, 2011, 6:42 PM EST

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As much of an advantage that it’d seem to be for the Rangers to avoid the Yankees and play the ALDS at home, they’re not taking the final three games especially seriously.

On Monday, they pulled C.J. Wilson after two innings to keep him in line to start Friday’s Game 1, and tonight, they’re giving Michael Young his first start at shortstop in three years.

Young was the AL Gold Glove winner at shortstop in 2008, but the Rangers moved him to third base the next year to make room for Elvis Andrus anyway.  This year, Young has started 39 games at third, 36 at first and 14 at second.

The Rangers probably wanted to give Young a game at shortstop just in case they needed him there in the postseason, particularly in the World Series.

With Young at shortstop, Andrus is making his first career start at DH.

  1. crpls - Sep 27, 2011 at 6:48 PM

    “they’re giving Michael Young his first start at shortstop in three years.”

    “This year, Young has started 39 games at third, 36 at first and 14 at shortstop.”

    Eh?

    • Matthew Pouliot - Sep 27, 2011 at 6:50 PM

      Whoops. That should read second, of course. Thanks.

    • Bill - Sep 27, 2011 at 6:50 PM

      The 14 should be second base.

      Now the people who think the 8th or 9th best player on his own team should somehow be MVP of the whole league will be able to say “he played FIVE different positions!!!!!”

      So that’s exciting.

      • Ari Collins - Sep 27, 2011 at 7:50 PM

        Yeah, that commenter’s pretty amusing.

  2. jkb0162 - Sep 28, 2011 at 1:19 AM

    No one thinks Michael Young is the 8th or 9th best player on his own team. He has played every position because everyone else has been hurt or ineffective. 338 average, over 100 RBI’s, gold glove caliber defense at two positions (3rd and 1st). He should definately be in the MVP discussion.

    • Jeremy T - Sep 28, 2011 at 1:36 AM

      8th or 9th best may be slightly overstating it, but there’s no way he’s the most valuable player on his team, let alone the entire league. Kinsler and Napoli have been much better hitters, Beltre has a similar argument to Young but with both better fielding and slightly better hitting, and CJ Wilson has had a pretty fantastic year on the mound, too.

      • clydeserra - Sep 28, 2011 at 3:32 AM

        he is 7th by fWAR, 10th by rWAR

      • Joe - Sep 28, 2011 at 9:14 AM

        Yeah, people think he’s the 7th or 10th-best player on the team, not the 8th or 9th.

    • Joe - Sep 28, 2011 at 9:17 AM

      Then again, anybody who claims that known-defensive liability Michael Young has provided “gold glove caliber defense at two positions” probably can’t be considered an objective observer.

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