Texas Rangers Offer Paradise for Pitchers

James GrahamCorrespondent IJuly 26, 2008

The Texas Rangers took care of business again today, beating the hated Oakland A's in Oakland 9-4.

The Rangers might salvage their nine-game road trip by sweeping the A's tomorrow afternoon, but that is beside the point. The Rangers have not been to the playoffs since 1999, and have never been a club with a great rotation.

Only having one winning season since 1999 has not done the club well, either. I know Chan Ho Park was never the answer for the Rangers, and signing A-Rod to that ridiculous contract never worked in the Rangers favor; they could never get over that deal to acquire the pitching they needed in free agency.

I mean the Rangers are going to be forever known as a hitting team that drives in a ton of runs and gives up just as many.

Rudy Jaramillo has done a fabulous job and should be forever the Rangers hitting coach. Maybe he also needs to be the pitching coach as well. Orel Hershiser was a good addition as the pitching coach but with all the injuries, it was not looking good for him.

Ron Washington is the man to fix the Rangers and teach this team that power only takes you so far. Pitching and defense wins championships, and for the Rangers to get to the World Series, their pitching is going to have to be the driving force to lead this team.

They are always going to hit for power and average, but they haven't had a dominant pitcher since Nolan Ryan. If you are a free agent, why not look to be on the staff for the Texas Rangers? The Rangers have been in the top 10 in the MLB since 2001 in scoring runs.

Sure, Rangers Ballpark in Arlington is a hitter's park, and the Texas heat can get to anyone, especially pitchers. I do recall you play as many games on the road and a home.

The one-two punch of Kevin Millwood and Vicente Padilla have been good for the Rangers so far this year. Padilla is 12-5 with a 4.56 ERA, and Millwood is 6-6 with a 5.40 ERA. He has already been on the disabled list once and is headed back there again today.

Eric Hurley has had limited starts but has shown some good things. Brandon McCarthy has not even pitched this year and is supposed to come back in mid-August.

Scott Feldman has also held his own this year with the Rangers, but they want to protect him with him pitching a career-high 93 innings so far this year. Luis Mendoza and Matt Harrison are still to be determined, but have both shown glimpses of promise.

If the Rangers want to make a push for the post-season and not be back-page news to the Cowboys, they must find a pitcher to help them get to the post season.

If they don't nobody in the D.F.W. area will ever take this team seriously year to year and will just know they will fold come August-September when games matter the most.

Why not go out and try to get A.J. Burnett, Eric Bedard or even a Bronson Arroyo? Anything will help the Rangers.

Think of this rotation come mid-August granted McCarthy comes back. #1. Kevin Millwood, 2. Vicente Padilla, 3. A.J. Burnett, 4. Brandon McCarthy, 5. Eric Hurley.

That is not a bad staff, even if they don't trade for a starter but just get Millwood, McCarthy, Hurley, and Kason Gabbard back 100 percent for the stretch run, I would be happy with that.

Tom Hicks should take the approach Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones have and go out and get a big time pitcher in the off-season, like they did a couple of years ago with Millwood and Padilla.

Also, Jon Daniels has done a good job, but he probably wants some trades back that he has made. Losing John Danks, Armando Galarraga and the all the others they have traded in the minors in the past have proving to have bit the Rangers in the butt in the worst way.

What is wrong with parting ways with a Hank Blalock or a Marlon Byrd to get a No. 3 starter? I hope the Rangers can either hope their starters get healthy for the stretch run or get another starter.

Seriously, if you are a free agent pitcher this off-season, what is wrong with looking at going to the Texas Rangers?? They are going to produce runs and have always proven that.

I have been a long-time Rangers fan and want to see them in the playoffs again and have a great pitching staff as well. The position players are always going to be there for the Rangers.

They just need a couple of starters and guys in the bullpen and need to stay healthy and they can be a real contender this season and hopefully for a while as well!

I will be rooting for the Rangers till the end of the season and hope they can make the post-season this year because with Kinsler, Young, Hamilton, Bradley, Murphy, and even Chris Davis that is going to be one tough line-up for any playoff team to go up against!


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