Where to start? I love my Rangers and I love the bats but damn….pitching? Let’s flash me back to 1992. My one thought process…great bats, no pitching. I know, I know….Please don’t kill me just yet.
Let’s start with Yu Darvish. Anyone that Nolan Ryan says has better control than he did at 25 is a keeper. PERIOD. Yeah, he didn’t do all too well today. I agree. No jury needed. I don’t need an explanation on how he faltered or how he let 7 out of 13 reach base. Am I mad? Yes. Am I worried? No.
Will his first couple of starts be a beating for Rangers fans? Possibly. But I still have faith in the guy. You can’t doubt THE Nolan…and if you do, just ask Robin Ventura!
Darvish gave up a lead off walk, and if it hadn’t been for Torrealba we could have been in some serious trouble in the top of the first. Darvish had this to say:
“If Torrealba wasn’t catching, I probably would have given up 10 runs.”
Did he have killer command today? No, he had trouble with the fast, the change, and the slider (which are his 3 dominant pitches). Darvish has two kinds of pitching….either soooooo nasty they can’t hit it, or so slow they knock the crap out of it. No in-between. Maybe he’s nervous?
But what we have to remember is that it’s only Spring Training. Like I said before, I still get mad that I don’t know a single guy that plays after the 4th inning. WOOOOSAHHHH….It’s Spring Training. Everyone has some nerves during ST. It’s natural right?
So what I’m NOT worried about is our bats. The Rangers came storming out in the first 3 innings. 7-0 Rangers. WHOOO right? Wait for it. Our bats are awesome….but our pitching (like I said earlier) has some issues. The Indians came back and scored 2 in innings 3,4,5, and 6….8-7 Indians. Booooooo!
We had some major OOPS brain errors as well. Angel Beltre (not the good Beltre) decided that when he grounded to third, the out at third wasn’t good enough and headed towards the dugout…Two outs. Yipppee! Ugh, I think I’m done ranting tonight. Tomorrow is a new day…
Rangers, you play the Rockies Wednesday. Let’s get rid of the “rocky-ness” and let’s do something!