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  1. rangers suck

    Comment by bSpittle — May 29, 2012 @ 6:35 pm

  2. You don’t strike me as a regular reader of this site.

    Comment by R√łark — May 29, 2012 @ 6:44 pm

  3. Yeah, they should have taken the Devils to seven if not won the series….

    Comment by Mark — May 29, 2012 @ 6:51 pm

  4. I can’t wait until the Pirates trade Neil Walker to the Rangers. The headlines will be glorious.

    Comment by Jack — May 29, 2012 @ 7:00 pm

  5. Kind of thin on the analysis, is this ESPNgraphs?

    Comment by Fredchuckdave — May 29, 2012 @ 7:11 pm

  6. True, but they’re still the second best team after Celtic.

    Comment by Sam Samson — May 29, 2012 @ 7:12 pm

  7. come on, how much better can they get? this is unfair. The rest of the league doesn’t have a chance.

    Comment by henry — May 29, 2012 @ 7:23 pm

  8. This guy must be a Bolton fan.

    Comment by funketown — May 29, 2012 @ 7:31 pm

  9. why…may I ask? First off, it won’t happen because they have Kinsler, and then second off…why whould it be such a big deal. I don’t understand if this is a joke of some kind…?

    Comment by Daniel — May 29, 2012 @ 8:03 pm

  10. Walker, Texas Ranger. Ya know, 90′s Chuck Norris TV vehicle.

    Comment by Jack — May 29, 2012 @ 8:08 pm

  11. Except for the playoffs where everyone kinda does.

    Comment by nik — May 29, 2012 @ 8:14 pm

  12. Its this new thing they’ve been doing at fangraphs where they have short news pieces; not for analysis.

    Comment by Daniel — May 29, 2012 @ 8:15 pm

  13. hahaha my bad got it

    Comment by Daniel — May 29, 2012 @ 8:15 pm

  14. I’m interested to see how much this move matters. Five years ago he was a legit ace but as Eno said the periphs have been sliding since then. Can he stay healthy, will he be better than the alternatives, Does his ERA take the one run league to league leap? I think they are all fair questions. At the price it was obviously a no brainer as he should provide leadership and may even slot in as a 2 or 3 starter in the best case scenario. If all the pitchers get healthy and are pitching wel………Yikes, I think particuraly at the back end of games with Feliz, Ogando, Nathan, Ross, Adams, Uehara and Adams.

    Comment by yo-yo — May 29, 2012 @ 8:16 pm

  15. To everyone who just made a soccer reference, you guys are awesome.

    Comment by David Wiers — May 29, 2012 @ 8:19 pm

  16. I am A Ranger fan, don’t get me wrong, but I am also a REALIST.
    The Rangers will not win a WS, until they get a solid rotation.
    The Giants were led by their aces, Lincecum and Cain, and
    the Cardinals had Carpenter (Wainwright was on DL). The ace
    makes the rotation better, as the rest of the rotation knows
    that if any of them fail, they can count on the ace. The aces
    even get the offense going, when they start hanging 0′s on
    the scoreboard. The Rangers have not experienced this
    (on a regular basis) since they had Lee. They have been
    successful, because they had a top rated bullpen & offense,
    and a decent rotation (but no stopper/ace). Darvish is a
    step in the ace direction, but has yet to prove himself
    (and lacks the experience). True, aces do not guarantee
    wins or success, but in the post season they can make
    a difference!

    Comment by Juan Chapa — May 29, 2012 @ 9:12 pm

  17. They won the Memorial Cup in ’03.

    Comment by bluejaysstatsgeek — May 29, 2012 @ 10:52 pm

  18. He isnt being asked to be the ace. Just being asked to throw some pitches now and then. Thats all.

    Comment by Cidron — May 29, 2012 @ 11:19 pm

  19. And, the timing of the signing of Oswalt, (maybe the best FA pitcher out there), is in no way related to the DL’ing of Angels pitcher, Weaver, nor Phillies pitcher Halladay. Oswalt was going to sign somewhere today. LA, Philly, or Texas, due to needs of two, and wants of one. Texas won.

    Comment by Cidron — May 29, 2012 @ 11:21 pm

  20. argh.. fangraphs, you need an edit feature of your posts..

    correction … Weaver, and Phillies…

    Comment by Cidron — May 29, 2012 @ 11:22 pm

  21. To be fair, the Rangers could easily have won the World Series in 2011, ace or no ace. The Cardinals winning Game 6 was nothing short of a miracle.

    Comment by Ivan Grushenko — May 29, 2012 @ 11:59 pm

  22. what the hell is with the formatting in your post?

    Comment by jim — May 29, 2012 @ 11:59 pm

  23. Yo-yo, you overstate a few things by a wide margin here. First off, his stats aren’t in some 5-year tumble nor did I see where Eno suggested as much. Prior to last year, his skills had been rock solid save a 2007 blip where he was still able to post great results.

    The back issues led to a lot of career worsts last year, but his career worst was still better than a helluva lot of pitchers.

    The difference between AL and NL SP ERAs isn’t close to a run. It was 0.28 last year, 0.20 in 2010 and 0.31 in 2009. This year it has been 0.44 so far.

    Just wanted to level set these things for ya to help ya out.

    Comment by Paul Sporer — May 30, 2012 @ 12:48 am

  24. Well, apparently, all their World Series opponents need is to be one strike away.

    Comment by Snowblind — May 30, 2012 @ 1:10 am

  25. It’s so unfair for one city to get the kind of market share where they can build an all-star team like this.

    Go Yankees!

    Comment by Jon L. — May 30, 2012 @ 2:40 am

  26. Alright!

    Go Patton!

    Comment by shthar — May 30, 2012 @ 3:05 am

  27. “All of his stats are moving in the wrong direction”

    I guess it doesn’t help that he had a career year in 2010. Only one way to go in 2011, right?

    Doesn’t tell us much.

    Comment by John — May 30, 2012 @ 10:35 am

  28. Iambic pentameter?

    Comment by TomG — May 30, 2012 @ 11:03 am

  29. The question isn’t, “Is Oswalt still an ace?”. He certainly isn’t. The question is, “Is Oswalt better than Scott Feldman?”. I’d bet that he is. Then moving Feliz back to the pen makes the Rangers’ pen that much better.

    Comment by chuckb — May 30, 2012 @ 11:03 am

  30. funny you say that, it reads EXACTLY like an espn news piece. the analysis is listing career stats.

    Comment by Sleight of Hand Pro — May 30, 2012 @ 11:53 am

  31. 3yr SP splits coming into the year (2009-2012), all in the NL:

    H.Kuroda (37): 83gs, 6.2ip/gs, 7.1k/9, 2.1bb/9, 47.6gb%, .282babip, 3.31era, 3.53fip, 3.51xfip, 3.4war/32gs
    R.Oswalt (35): 85gs, 6.3ip/gs, 7.2k/9, 2.2bb/9, 44.6gb%, .286babip, 3.46era, 3.49fip, 3.66xfip, 3.5war/32gs

    H.Kuroda (37): 59.8%fb (92.2mph, 0.46w/C), 26.0%sl (84.2mph, 0.64w/C), 12.3%sf (87.2mph, 0.04w/C), 1.9%cb (78.6mph, 1.28w/C)
    R.Oswalt (35): 58.7%fb (92.5mph, 0.60w/C), 13.8%sl (84.3mph, 0.65w/C), 13.0%ch (82.7mph, 0.28w/C), 14.5%cb (72.1mph, 0.42w/C)

    2012 AL

    H.Kuroda (37): 10gs, 6.1ip/gs, 5.4k/9, 3.1bb/9, 48.5gb%, .277babip, 3.96era, 4.99fip, 4.32xfip
    R.Oswalt (35): ???

    Fair comparison for Oswalt? or does his true 4-pitch arsenal give him a leg up on Kuroda in translating his numbers to the AL?

    Comment by everdiso — May 30, 2012 @ 2:34 pm

  32. crap, the years on that 3yr split should read 2009-2011, not 2009-2012.

    Comment by everdiso — May 30, 2012 @ 2:35 pm

  33. Interesting number on Roy vs Kuroda. Kuroda with the Yankees, Ks down and BBs up, is that because of the move to the AL (and AL East no less) or could it be Charles Barkley’s undefeated friend, Father Time? I don’t expect Oswalt to be an ace by any means, but if he’s your fifth starter you aren’t hurting.

    Comment by Ross — May 30, 2012 @ 2:59 pm

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