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Rangers in on Roy?

Just don’t see it happening

Watch out for L.A….

 

Speaking of the Angels, there remains one confirmation I need
to firm up, but we’ve tentatively targeted Sunday, July 25, for Newberg Report
Night at Rangers Ballpark, when Texas tees it up against the Angels for the
fourth of seven head-to-head battles in a huge 10-game span. 

 

Maybe the ownership transfer will be complete by then.  Maybe a new impact player or two will be in
uniform.  Maybe it will be as big a July
game as we’ve had here in years.

 

Expect the usual stuff: late-afternoon Q&A sessions with
a couple of the best baseball writers in the country and some of the top
officials in the Rangers organization – less than a week before the trade deadline
- plus a raffle and auction of baseball memorabilia to raise money for charity,
and tickets for close to 300 of us to sit together at the game.

 

We hope to lock the date in soon.  Stay tuned.

 

In the more immediate future, our second live, in-game chat
session hosted by Fox Sports Southwest will be this Wednesday, June 2, when
Texas visits the White Sox for a 7:10 game pitting 2-5 righthanders Scott
Feldman and Gavin Floyd against each other.

 

Finally, while I’d continue to suggest that Roy Oswalt isn’t
likely to be a Texas Ranger by time we gather on July 25, there are two other righthanders
who pitched yesterday that just might be. 

 

At Oklahoma City, in Game One of a doubleheader against
Seattle’s AAA affiliate in Tacoma, 2007 supplemental first-rounder Tommy Hunter
(making his fifth start of the season) held the Rainiers to one run on four
hits and two walks in four innings (68 pitches), fanning five.  Jon Daniels said in a chat session yesterday
that Hunter is ready to go whenever the need in Arlington arises.

 

Relieving Hunter was 2009 supplemental first-rounder Tanner
Scheppers, making his sixth RedHawks appearance after six Frisco games pitched. 

 

First Scheppers inning: strikeout swinging, strikeout
swinging, lineout to right field.

 

Second Scheppers inning: walk, strikeout swinging, shortstop
error to put runners on first and third in what was a one-run game, strikeout
swinging, strikeout swinging.

 

Third Scheppers inning: strikeout swinging, strikeout
swinging, 3-1 putout to close out the 2-1 victory.

 

Seven strikeouts and zero hits in three innings. 

 

Overall, in 13 AAA frames, Scheppers has scattered two runs
(1.38 ERA) on eight hits (.174 opponents’ average) and seven walks while
setting 22 hitters down on strikes.  In
his 11 Frisco innings, he permitted one run (0.82 ERA) three hits (.079
opponents’ average) and zero walks while fanning 19.

 

Combined: An ERA of 1.13, a .131 opponents’ batting average,
seven walks and 41 strikeouts in 24 innings. 

 

With one exception, Scheppers has pitched on three or four
days of rest every time out this year, so he’s probably going to get the
holiday weekend off in New Orleans before he takes the mound again, probably
when Oklahoma City returns home to host Memphis. 

 

But at the rate things are going, both in Oklahoma City and
in Arlington, where the starting pitchers continue to fail to get out of the
sixth inning on average and the current long man is walking far too many
batters, I once ask the question I first posed on Twitter on May 13:

 

Alternate
spelling for “Nippert” before long : S-C-H-E-P-P-E-R-S?

 

 

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2 Comments

Offense — Two weeks ago, when I posted a comment on here, I wrote, “Now that Nelson is back, the lineup has few holes, but the 7/8/9 is lightyears softer to pitch to than the new 1-6 that is potentially comparable to any lineup in baseball. I like Justin Smoak’s ability to get on base, so he shouldn’t be lumped into the same net as Matt Treanor or Julio Borbon, but he still bats under .200.” I hate to pat myself on the back for things I wouldn’t mind being wrong about, but since this is the case, I will do it anyway. At the beginning of May, I thought it would be impossible for Matt Treanor to still be out number one catch heading into June. But that’s how it’s looking. Oh well, I guess. It nice to read that Salty is making progress at AAA, and that Taylor is getting his stroke back at AA.

Pitching — I’ve been loving following Tanner Scheppers’ progression. I think – longterm – he will be even better than Neftali Feliz. Compared to Feliz, TS has two potentially dominant pitches at the ML level, as to where Feliz really still has nothing beyond his fastball. It’s good to see Feliz pitching well in the ninth, and Frankie pitching OVER-dominantly whenever he comes in. I like Dustin Nippert. I think he’s a warrior that has battled for the Rangers every game he’s been asked to. But there is nothing that would make me oppose letting him try to clear waivers, risking him being picked up by another team, in favor of bring Tanner here. He is a difference-making arm to have. And at this stage, that is a cheap, effective way of solidifying a tired bullpen when the dog days start coming.

Offense — Two weeks ago, when I posted a comment on here, I wrote, “Now that Nelson is back, the lineup has few holes, but the 7/8/9 is lightyears softer to pitch to than the new 1-6 that is potentially comparable to any lineup in baseball. I like Justin Smoak’s ability to get on base, so he shouldn’t be lumped into the same net as Matt Treanor or Julio Borbon, but he still bats under .200.” I hate to pat myself on the back for things I wouldn’t mind being wrong about, but since this is the case, I will do it anyway. At the beginning of May, I thought it would be impossible for Matt Treanor to still be out number one catch heading into June. But that’s how it’s looking. Oh well, I guess. It nice to read that Salty is making progress at AAA, and that Taylor is getting his stroke back at AA.

Pitching — I’ve been loving following Tanner Scheppers’ progression. I think – longterm – he will be even better than Neftali Feliz. Compared to Feliz, TS has two potentially dominant pitches at the ML level, as to where Feliz really still has nothing beyond his fastball. It’s good to see Feliz pitching well in the ninth, and Frankie pitching OVER-dominantly whenever he comes in. I like Dustin Nippert. I think he’s a warrior that has battled for the Rangers every game he’s been asked to. But there is nothing that would make me oppose letting him try to clear waivers, risking him being picked up by another team, in favor of bring Tanner here. He is a difference-making arm to have. And at this stage, that is a cheap, effective way of solidifying a tired bullpen when the dog days start coming.

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