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A sigh of relief (Why it's fun to play the Astros)

A sigh of relief (Why it's fun to play the Astros)

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Yu Darvish and his 11 K's were a beautiful vision for worried Rangers fans. Granted, the opposition was from Houston. But it all counts (Photo by Rick Yeatts/Getty Images).

by TRAVIS AWALT

WFAA Sports Blogger

Posted on June 16, 2012 at 4:59 PM

Updated Saturday, Jun 16 at 5:27 PM

If the Rangers could save time in a bottle...

 
What? I will go Jim Croce all over this blog!
 
The Rangers have done what they wanted since Alexi Ogando's National League-based injury, winning three of four. Not surprisingly, pitching is the big story. Or lack of a big story, given the arm & groin drama of the last month.  Long, low-scoring outings from the 3 regular starters (24.1 IP, 3 ER). And then Scott Feldman*. Wamp wamp.
 
Of course, anybody is happy winning 3 of 4. But they won't get this week's output from Lewis, Harrison, Darvish all 18-19 remaining turns through the rotation.The 4th and 5th starters absolutely must show up and pitch well enough to make it a game. 
 
I didn't think I'd say this, but I wish the man with the bad back was here to fill out the rotation (do I?). Until then...
 
There's a rookie making his first start tonight. I don't know anything about Justin Grimm except that he's a Leo. And that may work (remember Tampa's Matt  Moore going 7 scoreless in only his second big league start in Game 1 of the ALDS last year?), because the Astros won't really know anything about him either. Plus they're mostly Capricorns. If he's brilliant, so is Ron Washington for putting him out there. If he sucks, hey, he's a rookie, we'll shave his eyebrows later.
 
As for the other guys... I said last week that Lewis & Harrison are dialed in. They still are. Colby, of back-to-back CG fame, is keeping the ball in the yard (to an extent). Harrison, who hasn't given up a run in 16 1/3, is doing the thing where he....uhh... I give up. Matt Harrison is still a mystery to me**. Keep winning.
 
Yu Darvish, who missed his last start absorbing local culture & staying at a B & B***, looked like the rest did him some good. He found the strike zone (76 of 110 pitches), and that's going to be the story with him: finding the strike zone & keeping his pitch count low.
 
One good week in the books. Still very much in the woods. Go Rangers.
 
*I feel for Feldy (I even call him Feldy to humanize him). If I ever saw Scott Feldman in the street I would go up and tickle him. Probably been a while since he had a laugh. He's asked to do a lot of janitorial pitching for the Rangers. It's an unglamorous, but necessary role. But he's a lonely 0-6 in his seven starts. The team is not competitive when Feldman is on the mound.

**So is the fact that Kitten Face completely lights it up when Matt Harrison starts (5-5, followed up with a game winning RBI). I don't know if he's trying to impress Matt Harrison  or what, but keep Craig Gentry in the lineup when Matt Harrison pitches.

***Figuratively

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