Not really flabbergasting. I've been a Dallas Cowboys and Texas Rangers fan too long to be surprised by anything that happens before or during the season. Actually, I'm not a fan of pro football at all anymore.
The baseball season is long enough to give a team that starts out slow catch up and overtake a team that starts out "hot".
from the Star-Telegram:
Mark Lowe struggled in a minor league relief outing. He gave up three runs on three hits with one walk and no strikeouts in a 22-pitch inning.
My opinion, worth 2 cents:
Kirkman, Koji, and ......... umm......myself, lol. I have mastered the art of throwing a slider with a softball.
Red Sox president and CEO Larry Lucchino called a National League GM about Roy Oswalt but was dissuaded from signing him, tweets Peter Gammons of MLB.com.
Like I said, you're taking a chance signing a 37 year old closer coming back from TJ surgery. Not sure why the Rangers management thought he could do the job. I think maybe he could be effective in the bullpen but they need to limit his innings and not pitch him on successive games. I fear that's when he'll be most ineffective. I would've used Mike Adams yesterday. He seems to be in good early-season shape and is throwing the ball well. Relievers go through slumps just like every other ballplayer. You've got to go with the hot hand.
Losing these types of games are damaging to a team's psyche. It would've been sweet starting off the season on a roll at 5-1. Especially after that painful World Series. Nathan's a great guy but we all know where nice guys finish. Nolan and John Boy need to keep an eye on this situation and not wait to take action.
If this continues with Nathan, I just hope management has guts enough to admit their mistake and make a change. Either Adams or Ogando have the stuff to close. I remember back in the 90s, the Rangers signed Mike Henneman, who was over-the-hill. They overused him in May (15 saves) and his arm was spent for the rest of the year. Oates continued to throw him out there and Henneman blew an incredible amount of saves. Ranger management refused to make a change and fix the problem. I hope they don't make the same mistake with Nathan.