A combination of rain delays and exams have made it difficult for me to discuss the many thoughts I've had watching Rangers' baseball the past week.
1. I love what I'm seeing out of Kevin Millwood. He is currently leading Zack Greinke in innings pitched (By a single out), currently holds a 3:1 K/BB ratio and a 2.78 ERA. Millwood appears as if he is genuinely motivated by Ryan and Maddux and his attitude is huge for the swagger of this rotation.
2. McCarthy, Harrison and Padilla all stepped huge in their last starts. The deeper the starters can go the less the team will have to depend on its shaky bullpen. These strong starts have slowly pulled the Rangers' out of the basement of staff ERA. Since Sunday the teams climbed from last to twenty fifth. Obviously, there is still plenty of room for improvement and the staff's continued success is huge to the teams success.
3. Elvis Andrus is incredible. His incredible throw in the ninth inning of Monday's game was unbelievable and it likely saved the game. Granted, the runner was probably safe, as it appears Davis's foot left the bag on his stretch. Nevertheless, history will remember it as an out and Elvis continues to show flashes of what he can do with both his glove and his bat.
4. I really like what I'm seeing out of Michael Young at third base. Young had several chances in Seattle to showcase his strong arm and is looking sharp at third base. It appears as though Young has also added some power back to his stroke, already up to seven homeruns and quickly approaching last year's total.
5. There is plenty to be excited about on offense and much of the lineup is exceeding expectations. However, the loss of Hamilton and the early season struggles from Davis and continue to cost the team opportunities. Davis is on pace for a record high strikeout seasons but still flashses his power. I'm a strong believer and Davis and believe he'll be able to turn it aroumd, but his performance so far reminds us that the 23 year old won't face some struggles.
The team is set to begin two game set in Oakland tonight before heading to Chicago to face the White Sox.
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Written by Brian Hutton