...days until CJ takes the mound versus the Red Sox.
I intended to write a blog about faith AND baseball. However, I've been leaving out the baseball part. I can't resist anymore. I need baseball. The world needs baseball. I personally am tired of all the bickering about the NFL owners and their money, the players and their money, and how they can't agree on who needs a bigger piece of the pie. I'm not in the position to discuss any of it. If you have a comment about it, keep it to yourself. I don't care. Baseball, that's where it's at!
Apparently a couple days ago the Rangers decided on their rotation for Opening Day. It was set with CJ, Lewis, Hunter, Holland & Harrison. After reading about it, I loved it. Good solid choices. Then only hours later Hunter had to go and pull a groin. Great... So, he'll start the year on the disabled list. Again. To be quite honest, it worked out for him last year--he had a great year, but I want him to do that from day 1. We've had several candidates vying for a spot in the rotation, that's a good problem to have. They may not all be aces like a particular National League team I know of, but the Rangers are definitely in a better position that some teams. CJ, obviously is our frontrunner to have a standout season. Last year he really stepped it up and proved what he said he could do--be a winner. Lewis, I hadn't heard too much out of them this off-season, not a bad thing. Last year he proved that he is a quality starting pitchers-again, no ace-but no shame in having him. This is a crucial year for Lewis to prove that what he learned in Japan wasn't a fluke. It's a contract year and he could be looking at a very nice contract next year if he repeats last year's success. As for Holland, save for the meltdown vs the Giants (pull the guy, he can't throw a strike!!!!!!), I think he's getting better, he has to keep his cool when out on the mound. He's had a good Spring, roughed up a little, but shown very good stuff. Feliz. Happy thoughts to say the least. Should he start? Should he close? Another good problem to have. I don't think we can undermine the value of a quality closer. I know we need five quality starters, but if we can fill the spots with guys who've shown they have the ability, put Feliz back in the 'pen! I honestly don't know, but did the Yankees have the same deliberations with Rivera in the mid-'90s? Certainly worked out for him either way.
I wish I could say I've kept up with every little thing the Rangers have done this Spring. I can't, I've been busy myself. After Opening Day, expect a fully functioning baseball addict to be doing more baseball blogs!
"'If you can'?" said Jesus. "Everything is possible for him who believes." - Mark 9:23