THE NEWBERG REPORT — MAY 2, 2006
There’s one pretty surefire way, if you’re a hard-luck pitcher like Kameron Loe has been in this season’s first month, to nail down win number one.
Just go out and blank the other guys. Crush ’em.
It was Loe’s team-leading fourth quality start out of six, and he averaged a dozen dirty pitches per inning over seven walkless, four-hit frames.
The Rangers got 51 quality starts in 2003.
Sixty-one in their storybook season of 2004.
They upped it to 66 last year.
Texas has 12 quality starts right now — only five American League staffs have more — which puts the club on a pace to log 75 for the year.
This isn’t the best starting rotation in baseball, and it isn’t the best in the AL West. But it’s getting better all the time, and a better rotation means a more rested, more defined bullpen.
As for the offense, Hank Blalock was named the Rangers’ player of the month for April, but it could have been any of four or five guys. Just as with the rotation and the pen, the lineup isn’t being carried by one or two players. Bodes well.
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Ten of the next 16 are against New York and Boston. Buckle up.