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Thoughts on a 5-1 Rangers loss

This game was very irksome

Jim Rogash

BoSox 5, Rangers 1

  • This entire game, it felt like the Rangers should be down by a lot more than they were.  And then, in the 8th inning, they suddenly were down as much as it seemed like they should have been down all game.
  • Tanner Scheppers was better than he was in his first start.  92 pitches over 5 innings, 2 runs allowed, 3 Ks, 1 walk, 1 HBP.  On the one hand, his DIPS numbers were fine.  On the other hand, he allowed 9 hits in five innings.  On yet another hand, they were all singles, and he stranded a lot of runners.  On the fourth hand, just 3 Ks in 5 innings.  If you think Scheppers can be a starter, its a game that will make you say, "See, he can start."  If you think Scheppers should be in the bullpen, its a game that you will point to and say, "See, he should be in the pen."
  • Apparently, if the Rangers are trailing in the early part of the season, we should plan on seeing a lot of Pedro Figueroa and Seth Rosin and Shawn Tolleson.
  • Seth Rosin pitched in the 7th inning of a one run game.  He escaped unscathed, though he allowed a couple of hits.  He was then sent back out for the 8th inning of a one run game, gave up a bloop single, a walk, and a bunt single that included Prince Fielder making a throwing error, and was pulled for Shawn Tolleson with the score 3-1.  Tolleson then allowed two inherited runners to score.
  • Here's what I don't get...why was your Rule 5 guy pitching in a one run game in the 8th inning, on the road, after giving up a couple of hits the inning before?  Does Wash trust Rosin that much?  Or does he figure, if there's not a lead to protect, there's no use wasting your good relievers?  Does he think Koji Uehara is so untouchable there's no point using Jason Frasor or Alexi Ogando?
  • I mean, have an 8 man bullpen, and you're using the Rule 5 guy in a critical situation late in the game.  I don't get it.
  • The offense, outside of Shin-Soo Choo and Alex Rios, was not good.  Prince Fielder was 0 for 4, and is now hitting .143 with 2 walks and 1 XBH.
  • Other than the pitching decisions, the Ron Washington move/non-move I just don't get was the decision to not use a pinch hitter in the top of the 7th.  To set the stage, the Rangers were down 2-1 in the 7th.  Alex Rios led off with a walk, and then stole second base.  Rios advanced to third on a Mitch Moreland ground out.  That brought up Donnie Murphy.  With Jim Adduci and Michael Choice available on the bench, Wash let Murphy hit.  I figured, okay, maybe he doesn't want to use the righthanded Choice to pinch hit, and he's saving Adduci to hit for Arencibia.  But then, after Murphy popped out and Leonys Martin walked, Arencibia was allowed to hit.  And with the tying run at third base and two outs, Arencibia grounded out to second.
  • I'm guessing that Wash will say after the game that Arencibia had hit the ball well earlier in the game (which is true), and that he doesn't want to end up with no backup catcher on the bench by hitting for Arencibia.  And I guess that Wash wanted to save his pinch hitters for a more critical situation late in the game.  Unfortunately, when Murphy's turn came up again, the Rangers were down 4, and Wash didn't even bother to pinch hit for him.
  • Maybe it wouldn't have mattered.  Maybe Adduci wouldn't have gotten on base, or even gotten the ball in the air if he'd hit for Murphy, and Rios would have been stranded anyway.  But I don't see what the point is in having Adduci and Choice as your bench bats if you aren't going to use them in key late-game situations to hit for the two worst batters in your lineup.