Monday Morning Manager in Tampa Bay
“They’re certainly entitled to think that, and they’re entitled to full respect for their opinions… but before I can live with other folks I’ve got to live with myself. The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.”
Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird
Somehow Mike Napoli was safe on Sunday afternoon, Nelson Cruz hit a home run and the Rangers were spared the agony of having to debate Neftali Feliz one more time.
The two most scrutinized people in baseball – especially with the Rangers – are the manager and the closer. They sit up late at night like Atticus Finch reading the newspaper in the courthouse square waiting for Scout and Jem to disperse the mob while everybody else pretty much gets a free ride.
But the starting pitching is still good, the offense has Josh Hamilton and Nelson Cruz back and the defense…well the Rangers are still inexplicably last in the American League in defense.
Still, 60 percent of the teams in first place on Memorial Day over the past 15 years have gone on to post-season play. That includes the Rangers from last season but the division wasn’t as tight as it this season.
By the way, if the season ended today, it would be the Rangers and the Red Sox in the first round of the playoffs. Plus the Phillies vs. the Diamondbacks, who have won 14 of 16, and the
By the way, if you are looking at blown saves, Mariano Rivera and Feliz both have three. Rivera’s ERA is 2.11 while opponents are hitting .244 off him. Feliz has 1.45 ERA and opponents are hitting .190 of him. Rivera has blown just one in May though.
Right now Jose Valverde is the only perfect closer in the American League and he is despite a 3.52 ERA.
1. What is your level of concern about Neftali Feliz?
2. Do you think Brandon Webb will be able to help the Rangers?
3. Does it bother you that the Rangers are last in the league in defense?
4. Do you think the American League West will be this close all season?
5. What should Jon Daniels be doing to help this team?