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A couple of things I wanted to throw out there for your edification...

Joe Sheehan's column at BP today is on the Rangers, and why they've been such a colossal disappointment. His conclusion:

Could Daniels have done anything to change the Rangers' fortunes? I broke out the stats above the way I did to illustrate the point that the Rangers' pitching is largely being done by the same guys who had the jobs last season. Daniels did re-sign Padilla to a contract that seemed outsized in the moment, but that deal turned out to be in line with what mid-level starters got in last winter's market. Tejeda was widely praised after a late-season run of effectiveness last year, and Loe has his backers as a groundball machine. None of these guys is faring well, especially compared to last year, but this kind of collective drop may not have been predictable. Certainly the same strategy of returning mostly the same group of relievers has worked out. The Danks/McCarthy trade looks pretty bad at the moment, even beyond the hefty ERA gap (Danks has a 3.78 mark), but it's still a little early to issue an evaluation on that deal.

The Rangers are bad because their starting rotation has been among the worst in baseball, and their offense has not returned to being a top-tier outfit.

This is basically the same thing I've been saying, as well...

And John Barten has his weekly BTB Awards up...

Check it out...