Texas 3, Detroit 2
- That was an 8-1 road trip. Yes, Minnesota is bad, but Boston is considered a playoff contender, and Detroit is far and away the favorite to win the A.L. Central. And an 8-1 roadtrip playing no one but the Astros, Mariners and Orioles would still be pretty awesome. That's about as impressive a road trip as I can remember.
- We can all go ahead and acknowledge that Alberto Gonzalez's bunt on the suicide squeeze in the 11th inning hit his knee and should have been called foul, right? They just showed the replay on FSSW and John Rhadigan said "maybe" it hit his leg. It hit his leg. It was a blown call, and one more example of why we need instant replay. That notwithstanding, even if the bunt is called foul, the Rangers probably get a run home anyway.
- Terrific outing by Colby Lewis, who once again looked like 2010 Colbyashi. Just 2 Ks and a homer allowed in 7 innings, but Lewis didn't walk anyone, and for the season, Lewis has 24 Ks and 1 walk in 26.2 innings pitched. That's Cliff Leeian in terms of command. There was talk that Lewis was going to be the team's worst starter this year, but thusfar, he's been the best starting pitcher on the team.
- Robbie Ross is now 3-0 with a 3.38 ERA. Ross has appeared in five games, and the Rangers have won every game he's appeared in. He's come into games with a five run lead and a 9 run lead, has come in down 2 (with the bases loaded), and has come into tie games twice now.
- Josh Hamilton is continuing to tear it up. 3 for 3 today with a home run, a walk, a stolen base, 2 RBIs, and a sacrifice fly for good measure.
- A win is a win, but I've got some issues with some of Ron Washington's managerial decisions. First, Colby Lewis was at 98 pitches after 7 innings, was looking good, and going into the bottom of the 8th it was a tie game. Why not let Lewis go back out there for the 8th, given that there's a non-zero chance you're looking at not just extra innings, but quite a few extra innings, given how both teams had struggled to score runs? Instead, Alexi Ogando went out and threw 18 pitches in a scoreless 8th. Texas didn't score in the 9th, but rather than leave Ogando in in a tie game, Washington pulled him and went to Mike Adams. Why? Again, this isn't a criticism of Ogando or Adams...rather, knowing that you're on the road, you're struggling to score runs, and there's a good chance you'll need several innings from your pen, why not leave Lewis or Ogando in for another inning apiece?
- On the offensive side, believe it or not, I think Wash made a mistake not leaving David Murphy in to face the lefty Phil Coke with two outs and a runner on 2nd in the 9th. Yes, Murphy can't hit lefties, but Brandon Snyder, who was coming off the bench to pinch hit, wasn't significantly more likely to get a hit in that situation than Murphy was, particularly when you consider the "pinch hitting penalty." But Murphy is better defensively and going to give you more offense if and when that spot in the order comes around again. So I would have stuck with Murphy...although this does again highlight the need for the Rangers to upgrade that spot on the roster, particularly when they are playing shorthanded due to an injury.
- I wasn't shocked that Ron Washington put the squeeze on with the first pitch with Alberto Gonzalez up in the 11th, the bases loaded, and no one out. I was shocked Detroit seemed so unprepared for it. I was half-expecting Jim Leyland to pitch out, given how often Wash squeezes in that situation, and I facetiously tweeted afterwards that they must not have advance scouts in Detroit.
- Not Rangers related, but Jon Heyman tweeted this out today:
- Moneyball came out almost 10 years ago. Its time to quit talking about the "Moneyball" A's. Its like writers don't get that tactics or strategies that were cutting edge a decade ago no longer are as effective when everyone else catches up and starts using them.
- I think I peed myself a little when that ball left Prince Fielder's bat on the last play of the game. And not the good peed myself a little, the bad kind.
the #moneyball a's lead AL w/ 14 steals & are second worst in obp at .277 (to seattle, thanks to humber's perfecto)— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) April 22, 2012