Post-Game Thoughts on a 1-0 Win

ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 10: Neftali Feliz #30 of the Texas Rangers delivers a pitch against the Seattle Mariners at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on April 10, 2012 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Rick Yeatts/Getty Images)

Some thoughts after the Rangers 1-0 win over the Mariners...

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  • Seriously...did anyone expect anything like that from Feliz tonight? 7 innings, just 6 baserunners allowed, and 0 runs. 108 pitches (68 strikes). And most impressive was the way Feliz used his breaking ball and changeup, with the change being particularly effective after the lineup turned over.
  • There was a scary moment when Mike Napoli had a Blake Beavan fastball hit him on the head, and there were some boos from the crowd after it happened, but Beavan clearly wasn't throwing at Napoli. Beavan was up 1-2 on Napoli, and it was a one run game. And if you look at the movement on the pitch, the ball clearly tailed a lot more than it was supposed to...the reality is that, if Beavan was throwing at Napoli, that pitch would have been a lot straighter than it was.
  • David Murphy is mashing. Last year, a terrible start kept him from capitalizing on the opportunity for more playing time early in the year. He is avoiding a repeat of that experience thusfar.
  • Endy Chavez is trending as I type this. Twitter continues to troll me even after Endy is gone.
  • The Rangers have outscored their opponents 23-11 so far this season.
  • Josh Hamilton has seen exactly 3 pitches per plate appearance so far this season. Coming into tonight, he'd swung at 74.3% of the pitches he'd seen this season. One of the reasons that I questioned the conventional wisdom that he'd be particularly productive in a contract year was that I felt it would exacerbate his over-aggressiveness at the plate. He's not going to have a good season swinging at three-quarters of the pitches he sees and seeing 3 P/PA.
  • I think Blake Beavan is going to be one of those guys who never is in an All Star Game, never gets Cy Young consideration, but who we'll look at in fifteen years and see that he, very quietly, had a very successful career.
  • Engel Beltre has two home runs tonight. He had one all of last season.
  • Justin Grimm has allowed 1 run in his first two starts at Frisco, totaling 11.2 innings. Grimm was a well-above-slot sign (he got a bigger bonus than Mike Olt, taken in the same draft) as a guy whose results in college never matched his stuff. I think he's the most intriguing arm in the Frisco rotation, and someone worth watching.
  • Nelson Cruz seems really out of sync at the plate right now.
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