Neftali Feliz threw 32 pitches tonight.
The Kansas City Royals swung and missed at four of them.
Last night he threw 26.
The Royals swung through one.
Texas just lost its 21st game, a number that – all things considered – is nothing to gripe about, but nine of those losses have been decided in the opponents’ final at-bat. There were only 15 of those all year in 2010.
On the road, the percentage is even worse. Twelve losses, seven of the walkoff variety.
It’s not difficult to diagnose the biggest trouble spot underlying those stats, a bullpen corps providing very little relief, a problem that approaches crisis levels when you come to realize that your one go-to guy, your surest thing, at least at the moment is going to the mound not only without his normal command but now, staggeringly, without swing-and-miss stuff.