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Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Schoenfield: Panic time for the Rangers

Nausea? Numbness?  Feelings of impending doom? All are symptoms of a major Panic Disbattingorder!

Issue No. 1: Ron Washington’s determination to stick with Michael Young. His artificially OK batting line of .277/.313/.370 masks that he just isn’t very good. His OPS+ of 78 is higher than just four other AL qualifiers—Mike Aviles, Alexei Ramirez, Yunel Escobar and Jemile Weeks. Those guys are all middle infielders; Young is the team’s primary designated hitter. We get it; Young is a respected veteran making a lot of money who helped the Rangers reach the past two World Series. This is a case where the front office needed to step in and acquire a better player or tell Washington to give those at-bats to somebody else.

As we’ve seen these past two nights in Oakland, the Rangers aren’t the same offensive juggernaut away from Arlington.

Home: .285/.347/.473
Road: .262/.321/.423 (before Tuesday’s game)

Ian Kinsler may be the biggest culprit here. His dead-pull swing works great in the left-field launching pad in Texas, where he’s hit .293 with 14 home runs. But on the road he’s hit .223 with five home runs. Yet Washington continues to him leadoff because he’s the leadoff hitter and Washington prefers a set lineup.

Repoz Posted: October 03, 2012 at 05:16 AM | 6 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Shooty Did Not Have Relations With That Pig Posted: October 03, 2012 at 08:34 AM (#4252155)
Tonight it's a blast
Tomorrow you're homeless
   2. BDC Posted: October 03, 2012 at 09:00 AM (#4252166)
I don't know if "panic" is the right word. Bracing for imminent winterlong despair, certainly, but I feel no actual panic. The Rangers went to Oakland needing to win one of their last four games to make the "round of eight." They've lost the first two; there are two to play. I'll save the panic for the last few innings of the play-in game :)
   3. asinwreck Posted: October 03, 2012 at 09:35 AM (#4252201)
It's not like Beane did anything special with these A's. After all, he had Hudson, Mulder, and Zito to work with.
   4. Ivan Grushenko of Hong Kong Posted: October 03, 2012 at 10:38 AM (#4252283)
It's not like Beane did anything special with these A's. After all, he had Hudson, Mulder, and Zito to work with.

As someone who always thought Beane was overrated since he inherited Hudson, Tejada, Giambi and Chavez, and then stumbled when he had to build his own team, I'm not sure what to make of his work with the present team. On the one hand, all his moves seem to have worked out this year -- Ryan Cook, Tom Milone, Derek Norris, Yoenis Cespedes, Josh Reddick, Jonny Gomes, Seth Smith, Coco Crisp, Brandon Moss. On the other hand the only one of those players who looks like he might amount to something special is Cespedes. The team could be a one-year wonder, but so what? It's been a great year.
   5. JJ1986 Posted: October 03, 2012 at 10:43 AM (#4252293)
I think it's interesting that (aside from Carter), all of the A's surprisingly good hitters came from outsider the organization. Gomes, Reddick, Cespedes and Moss all developed elsewhere. Beane's never really had a problem with talent acquisition, it was more that all of the young hitters kept crashing. They're still doing that (Barton and Weeks had awful years), but now he's added hitters around them.
   6. Charlie O Posted: October 03, 2012 at 04:16 PM (#4252691)
I think it's interesting that (aside from Carter), all of the A's surprisingly good hitters came from outsider the organization.

Since Suzuki was dispatched and Weeks lost his starting job, the only player in the A's regular lineup who was drafted by them is Cliff Pennington. The reserves except for Weeks were also acquired from other teams. Carter was originally drafted by the White Sox, traded to the Diamondbacks for Carlos Quinton, then traded to the A's in the Danny Haren deal.

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