So much goes into the ebb and flow of a baseball season. Hot streaks, cold streaks, pitching match-ups. Catching a team when they are hot, long road trips, injuries and more. We have experienced more of the negative side of that, than positive. Specifically injuries to our rotation. Last night in San Diego, one of our healthy ones hung up another nice outing, as the Rangers picked up a 2-1 win over the non-lethal Padre lineup. We are catching a break right now. Our schedule is a little easier than it has been. We have one more Scott Feldman to get through tomorrow, then the conversation becomes about Roy Oswalt, Justin Grimm and the return of Derek Holland. If Grimm has one more two more stars like his first, this would light a sufficient fire under Mr. Holland’s ass.
Nolan Ryan knew Justin Grimm was a keeper. It is high praise indeed. Evan Grant from the Dallas Morning News had the best suggestion. Start Oswalt Friday (which is looking more and more like it will happen) and start Justin Grimm for Feldman the next time his turn comes up. I like it.
We’ve pulled back out in front of the Angels by five games. Phew.
Please, please, please, make your All Star votes (all 25 times please). Ian is barely holding on at second base. Nellie has dropped and I am not sure we can get Elvis back into it. One last note….get well Dave Barnett. I like Steve Busby, but you and Tom Grieve have started developing something special.