Thursday, August 13, 2009

Man Crush.

Ranger pitcher Neftali Feliz appeared in his fourth game as a big leaguer today. The result was 2 perfect innings and 5 strikeouts...against the first five batters he faced. Going back to his last appearance, he actually tied NOLAN RYAN for the team record for most consecutive strikeouts (7). For those keeping track (me!!!), here's how his major league career has started out so far:

6.2 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 13 K (1.35 ERA)

He's 21. Excuse me while I wipe the drool from my mouth.

And if that wasn't enough to get excited about, here's a question for you. What do Roy Halladay, C.C. Sabathia and Scott Feldman all have in common? They're tied for second place in the American League for most wins by a starting pitcher. Feldman, of course, makes only a fraction of what those other two guys make, but with his win today to improve to 12-4, he's proving to be one of the most reliable pitchers in baseball. He's 26.

But let's not forget about Tommy Hunter. After his seven shutout innings yesterday, he lowered his ERA to 2.26 and improved his record to 5-2. He's 23.

And Josh Hamilton is starting to hit. And Ian Kinsler comes off the DL just in time for the series against the Red Sox. And, and, and god damn I love this team.


Blogger JMW said...

I say this as a die-hard Yankees fan and a sometime Rangers supporter: What a disgusting, awful, hideous, demoralizing, couldn't-have-come-at-a-worse-time loss by the Rangers tonight. Sickening.

I might be angry and overreacting because one of my fantasy pitchers gave up 10 earned tonight, but I honestly don't think so.

August 14, 2009 at 11:50 PM  
Blogger Kraig Smith said...

I'm glad I knew nothing about the game until I saw your comment--yet another benefit to having gone to Atlantic City. It was an ugly end, you're right, but tonight is the perfect example of why they're going to hang around. They don't seem to know that demoralizing losses are supposed to carry over into the next game. Nope, the Rangers just went right out and took care of business...and it was the kids who did. Borbon (4 hits and 4 steals), Andrus (3 hits and 3 steals), a good start from Holland, and Feliz nailed his first career save. If last night was the worst loss of the season, tonight was one of the best, most promising wins. TONIGHT you saw the future of the Rangers.

August 15, 2009 at 11:34 PM  
Blogger JMW said...

Very glad to see them bounce back like that. Promising young pitchers are notorious heartbreakers, but Holland has the makings of a stud.

August 16, 2009 at 1:39 AM  

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