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  1. the giddy-up lost on his fastball won’t show up over multiple games. as far as i am aware, it only happened in the last inning or two of his last start in which his fastball suddenly dropped down to 88 mph before getting pulled.

    Comment by Jimmy Wrench — June 7, 2012 @ 3:33 pm

  2. Let me shed a tear…..

    Comment by Peter R — June 7, 2012 @ 4:34 pm

  3. Can someone explain why Ogando didn’t go into the rotation instead of Feldman? I found that very curious. It was weird enough that Feliz went into the rotation and Ogando to the bullpen before the season but the Rangers continued insistence on keeping Ogando there despite his far greater value as a starter is curious. Before the season I could see that they had questions in the bullpen but those have been erased.

    Comment by stan — June 7, 2012 @ 4:39 pm

  4. “The PITCHf/x data actually doesn’t help up much in confirming this.”

    Anyone watching Monday not can confirm this. By his last inning (6th), he was throwing 88. I’ve never seen Holland throw fastballs below 90 before.

    Comment by John — June 7, 2012 @ 4:39 pm

  5. Feldman is the long man/spot starter and was more stretched out for this sort of thing. Though Ogando is one of the most likely RP for the Rangers to pitch multiple innings, he still wasn’t pitching as many innings per outing as a long man.

    Comment by Prashanth Francis — June 7, 2012 @ 4:46 pm

  6. Hind sight is 20/20. But they should’ve known, its easier
    to develop a reliever than a starter. If they’d kept Ogando
    as a spot starter long reliever, they would now be in better
    shape for Ogando to start. But, its very tempting to use
    him as a set-up, because he can come in and wing
    97 – 100+ MPH fastballs. So, he’s very affective against
    lefthanders and righthanded batters. Additionally, Ogando
    has been more effective than Feldman. What was the
    thinkng for using Feldman in lieu of Ogando as a
    spot starter – long reliever? Neil Ramirez has been pitching
    better than Perez. Hell, if the veeterans and prospects
    aren’t affective, use the prospects. At least you’ll
    give the veterans competition and an oppoprunity
    (which they might not get again) to the prospect.
    They need to know that they need to keep
    progressing for the day the parent team comes
    calling.

    Comment by Juan Chapa — June 7, 2012 @ 5:02 pm

  7. This whole situation was a PRIME opportunity to use the old A-ball standby … tandem starters. Put Feliz and Ogando out there every fifth day as a set. One starts and goes twice through the order, the other comes in and finishes the game. Keeps the “starter” fresh longer and gets more innings out of the “reliever”.

    Comment by NatsFan73 — June 7, 2012 @ 5:15 pm

  8. Yes! This is just the opening the Mariners needed. We are about to explode through the Rangers barn door and steal their eggs and shear the wool from their sheep and stuff! *fist*

    Comment by Revenge of the Marinerds — June 7, 2012 @ 6:07 pm

  9. Rangers just lost three straight series to the Marniers, Angels, and Athletics. This doesn not help.

    Comment by Keystone Heavy — June 7, 2012 @ 7:39 pm

  10. Just because Mariners have just won 5 of 9 from these 3 top tiered teams(Rangers, White sox, Angels) in their ballparks does not mean they are going to the top…it will be fun to see what it does mean especially if their starting pitching comes around. Who would have thought that their hitting would be picking up?

    Back to Rangers…this is what makes BB so much fun

    Comment by Christopher — June 7, 2012 @ 7:42 pm

  11. His velo seemed to be peaking at 94 two and three starts ago instead of his usual 96. Not much, and may have affected his average velo even less. I didn’t think much of it at the time, but by eye it looked as if a small dip was there. He also looked ashen after getting pulled from his last start. What I’m unclear on is if the ‘should fatigue’ is simply due to the lost weight/virus, or if it’s something new; it seems the former would be somewhat less worrying than the latter.

    Comment by rf — June 7, 2012 @ 11:41 pm

  12. I thought the Rangers were supposed to be one of the overall best teams – actually, best organizations – in baseball, with surprising pitching depth. Aren’t they supposed to have enough talent to overcome something like this? Perhaps they aren’t building the dynasty over there that people were talking about during this past offseason. The Angels might just overtake them in the second half if Weaver gets right and Pujols, Trout, etc. settle in.

    Comment by Beantown — June 8, 2012 @ 12:41 am

  13. especially in the AL where you won’t have to worry about running out of quality pinch hitters later in the game. I like the idea of a tandem start.

    Comment by Antonio Bananas — June 10, 2012 @ 11:06 pm

  14. Their money, part of what makes them the best overally organization, made it so they could grab Oswalt, who will probably be at least serviceable. They have Jurickson Profar who I’d think along with some raw guys would be able to get most SP too.

    Their ML and MiL pitching and hitting is elite. They are in a large market. There isn’t another franchise that hits all of those.

    Comment by Antonio Bananas — June 10, 2012 @ 11:09 pm

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