Kazmir to LAAA.

If the Angels player to be named that Tampa Bay will get to complete the Scott Kazmir deal is in fact 21-year-old righthander Jordan Walden (as an Angels-centric blog is speculating), I’ll feel a little better about it.  The hard-throwing Mansfield and Grayson County Community College product is right at the top of the Angels’ pitching prospect depth chart.

If Kazmir ends up replacing John Lackey in the Los Angeles rotation the next two years, I’m OK with that.  

But those things don’t help us over the next five weeks, which include seven more games against the Angels, and probably two against Kazmir, who is 1-1, 2.92 against Texas in 2009 and 7-6, 6.29 against everyone else.  (Lifetime: 5-1, 2.28 against the Rangers, 50-43, 4.03 against everyone else.)

Then again, if we’re going to play well enough to catch the Angels, chances are fair that in the process we’ll catch Boston (2.5 games behind Los Angeles, 2.5 ahead of Texas) and hold the Kazmir-less Rays off.

I’m just glad that all these issues on the periphery matter so much.  I’d forgotten how amazing August can be when you’re in a pennant race without the nagging sense that you’d gotten there with smoke and mirrors.  This Rangers team has earned this.

Speaking of periphery issues, a sunny Saturday morning postcard to Mike Estabrook:


(Hat tip to MakaveliThaDon from the Newberg Report message board.)


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