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Roy Oswalt can’t get ready fast enough for the Rangers

Jun 5, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

Scott Feldman pitches against the Detroit Tigers during the third inning in Game 2 of their MLB American League Championship Series baseball playoffs in Arlington Reuters

While the Rangers wait for Roy Oswalt to build up the arm strength needed to join the rotation they’re using Scott Feldman as the fill-in for Neftali Feliz and … well, it ain’t pretty.

Feldman failed to make it out of the second inning last night against the A’s, allowing eight runs to an offense that ranked dead last among AL teams in batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, and runs scored.

It was Feldman’s fourth straight loss and the fourth straight time he couldn’t complete five innings, leaving him with a 7.01 ERA and 14/13 K/BB ratio in 26 innings overall this season.

When asked afterward whether he could continue to stick with Feldman, manager Ron Washington replied: “I don’t think I had time to think about anything like that. We don’t have a lot of options.”

Not exactly a ringing endorsement, and as Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas points out the Rangers could turn to Robby Ross for a couple abbreviated starts while Oswalt finishes up his stint in the minors.

  1. Old Gator - Jun 5, 2012 at 11:13 AM

    Oswalt has been sitting there waiting to be grabbed since the end of last season. It’s a bit facetious for the Rangers to be champing at the bit now, don’t you think?

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jun 5, 2012 at 12:48 PM

      What does his wife have to say about that? Nyuk nyuk!

  2. danielponce - Jun 5, 2012 at 11:40 AM

    meanwhile, in ogando land

    • hiltonandastoria - Jun 5, 2012 at 12:01 PM

      The land of 65 innings and a wall?
      The land where people pretend he isn’t more valuable succeeding in his current role than failing in that other role?

      • Old Gator - Jun 5, 2012 at 12:38 PM

        This place sounds ripe for French military intervention.

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jun 5, 2012 at 1:21 PM

        2011 post-all-star Ogando is still better than the slop the Rangers are throwing out there every 5 days. Perhaps, with a year of starting experience under his belt now, he would not hit a wall. The only way to avoid it is for him to steadily increase his innings.

      • stlouis1baseball - Jun 5, 2012 at 2:57 PM

        Hahaha! “French Military.” Hahaha!

  3. APBA Guy - Jun 5, 2012 at 12:06 PM

    The Rangers have been a .500 team since May 1, with a couple of their weaknesses on display last night:

    – Inconsistent starters: Feldman is the long guy, notionally he should be good for a couple of spot starts, but he hasn’t been good. He was two pitchers last night. The guy in the first kept the ball down and had excellent lateral movement. The guy in the second floated a couple of hangers that were hit hard (and out, in Inge’s case) and his other stuff was underwhelming. 8 runs later, the game was already over.

    But it isn’t just Feldman. Look at the starts for Lewis, Harrison, Holland and Darvish. Everybody is averaging 6 innings. Not bad, but the ERA’s range from 3.34 to 5.11. Average game scores are between 50-55. That’s basically average. Oswalt hopefully will make a difference by replacing Feldman, but it will be at least 3 more Feldman starts before that happens.

    – Defense: last night in the second inning Young at second could not make a play on a ball to his left that Kinsler gets to easily. 1 extra out. In the same inning Weeks is hung up off second on a ball that Beltre takes too long to get back to second and is safe. Two extra outs. When your pitcher is struggling you can’t give the team extra outs. It is wasn’t just last night. Inn May the Rangers allowed 26 unearned runs, only the 4th time since 1972 they’ve done that. Tellingly, 23 of those came during losses, only 3 during victories.

  4. jimbo1949 - Jun 5, 2012 at 12:33 PM

    You’re assuming that Oswalt would have matched no hit innings last night. Seems like the offense is slumping along with the pitching and bringing the Rangers back into reach.

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