The Texas Rangers yank the closer role from Shawn Tolleson

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Pitching BP by joelapinski on Wednesday 18 May 2016 at 3:18 pm

The Texas Rangers have yanked 28-year old righty reliever Shawn Tolleson from the closers’ role after he gave up a walkoff grand slam to Khris Davis of the Oakland A’s yesterday in a 8-5 loss!  Tolleson pitched in 137 games (0 starts) for the Rangers in his first two years with the team (2014 and 2015) and he was 9-5 with 35 saves, a 2.88 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP.  All 35 of those saves came in 2015 for the Rangers.  But, this year…..he has stunk it up…..BIG TIME!  Tolleson has pitched in 18 games (0 starts) for the Rangers so far this year and he is 0-2 with an American League leading 11 saves, a 9.20 ERA and a 1.91 WHIP.  He has given up 23 hits (5 homers) and 5 walks while whiffing 11 batters in his first 14 2/3 innings this year…..as he has been getting hit really hard so far this year!  28-year old righty Sam Dyson will get the next shot to close for the Rangers.  Dyson has pitched in 20 games (0 starts) for the Rangers so far this year and he is 0-1 with 2 saves, a 1.89 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP.  Dyson has given up 15 hits and 6 walks while whiffing 13 batters in his first 19 innings this year!  Dyson has now pitched in 51 games (0 starts) in his first two years with the Rangers and he is 2-2 with 4 saves, a 1.43 ERA and a 0.97 WHIP!  I think Dyson will do a solid job for the Rangers.

Tom Wilhelmsen has been absolutely awful so far this year for the Texas Rangers

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Pitching BP by joelapinski on Sunday 17 April 2016 at 10:12 am

When the Texas Rangers traded Leonys Martin to the division rival Seattle Mariners over the winter for 32-year old righty reliever Tom Wilhelmsen, they thought they were getting a late game reliever to help the pen.  He pitched in 53 games (0 starts) for the Mariners last year and he was 2-2 with a 3.19 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP.  So on the surface, the deal made a lot of sense for the Rangers, but it just hasn’t worked out so far this year.  Wilhelmsen has pitched in 5 games (0 starts) for the Rangers so far this year and he is 1-1 with a 22.50 ERA and a 3.75 WHIP.  He has given up 12 hits (4 homers), 10 runs (all earned), walked 3 batters and he has hit one batter in only 4 innings pitched this year.  The Rangers are going to have to cut ties with Wilhelmsen if this continues much longer.

The Texas Rangers release Donnie Veal

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Pitching BP by joelapinski on Monday 11 April 2016 at 11:12 am

The Texas Rangers have released 31-year old lefty reliever Donnie Veal.  Veal pitched in 5 games (0 starts) for the Atlanta Braves last year and he was 0-0 with a 14.54 ERA and a 2.31 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 105 games (0 starts) in his first five years in the show and he is 3-3 with 1 save, a 5.48 ERA and a 1.62 WHIP.  It’s too bad that Veal hasn’t really learned how to pitch, because he has a really live left arm.

The Texas Rangers’ bullpen has been downright awful so far in 2016

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Pitching BP by joelapinski on Thursday 7 April 2016 at 1:35 pm

The Texas Rangers‘ bullpen has been downright awful so far this year.  The Rangers have used 7 relievers so far this year and they are a combined 0-2 with 1 save, a 15.75 ERA and a 2.50 WHIP!  They have combined to give up 17 hits, 3 walks and 14 runs (all earned) in their first 8 innings while whiffing six batters.  I know it’s really early in the season, but I could see roles changing soon in the pen if the guys that are struggling don’t straighten out soon.

The Texas Rangers yank Scott Feldman from the starting rotation

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Pitching BP by chinmusic on Tuesday 18 September 2012 at 12:43 pm

The Rangers have taken 29-year old righty starting pitcher Scott Feldman out of the starting rotation. Feldman has pitched in 26 games (20 starts) so far this year for the Rangers and he is 6-11 with a 5.32 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP. Since August 1st, Feldman has started 8 games for the Rangers in which he is 1-5 with a 6.20 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP. The Rangers will replace Feldman in the starting rotation with 21-year old rookie lefty Martin Perez. Perez has pitched in 9 games (3 starts) for the Rangers so far this year and he is 1-1 with a 3.38 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP. This is a lot of pressure to put on the kid, but it was the right move based in how poorly Feldman was pitching.

Yu Darvish has been pathetic lately for the Texas Rangers

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Pitching BP by chinmusic on Thursday 2 August 2012 at 8:20 am

25-year old righty starting pitcher Yu Darvish has been awful lately for the Texas Rangers. Since July 1st, Darvish has started 5 games in which he is 1-3 with a 6.82 ERA and a 1.52 WHIP. He has now pitched in 20 games (all starts) overall this year and he is 11-7 with a 4.38 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP. The Rangers invested a lot of cash in Darvish last winter, so they are going to need him to step up and be the pitcher they thought he was going to be when they signed him.

The Texas Rangers remove Roy Oswalt from the starting rotation

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Pitching BP by chinmusic on Tuesday 31 July 2012 at 5:14 pm

The Rangers have removed 34-year old righty Roy Oswalt from their starting rotation. He will now be the long man in the bullpen. Oswalt has pitched in 6 games (all starts) for the Rangers so far this year and he is 3-2 with a 6.49 ERA and a 1.73 WHIP. He has given up 54 hits (7 homers) in only 34 2/3 innings this year while also walking only 6 batters and whiffing 29. This makes sense as Oswalt has been getting hit really hard since the Rangers brought him up.

Roy Oswalt is still shaking off the rust for the Texas Rangers

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Pitching BP by chinmusic on Monday 16 July 2012 at 1:30 pm

34-year old righty starting pitcher Roy Oswalt is still shaking off the rust for the Rangers. He has started 4 games for the Rangers so far this year and he is 2-1 with a 6.26 ERA and a 2.00 WHIP. Oswalt has given up 40 hits in his first 23 innings for the Rangers this year while walking 6 batters and whiffing 19. I think that Oswalt is going to get back into a good groove starting soon for the Rangers as he is throwing the ball really hard right now. Oswalt has now pitched in 343 games (330 starts) in his first 12 years in the majors and he is 161-94 with a 3.25 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP.

Scott Feldman has been awful for the Texas Rangers this year

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Pitching BP by chinmusic on Thursday 5 July 2012 at 10:30 am

29-year old righty starter/reliever Scott Feldman has been awful for the Rangers so far this year. He has pitched in 15 games (10 starts) for the Rangers so far this year and he is 2-6 with a 6.11 ERA and a 1.49 WHIP. In his 10 starts, Feldman is only 2-6 with a 6.46 ERA and a 1.54 WHIP. They need him to step up and be the pitcher he was in 2009. In 2009, Feldman pitched in 34 games (31 starts) in which he was 17-8 with a 4.08 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP. That season is starting to look more and more like a mirage. Feldman has pitched in 190 games (90 starts) in his first 8 years with the Rangers and he is 35-39 with a 4.86 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP.

Yoshinori Tateyama has been getting destroyed by opposing batters this year

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Pitching BP by chinmusic on Sunday 3 June 2012 at 7:58 pm

36-year old righty reliever Yoshinori Tateyama should be placed on the D.L. due to whiplash with the way opposing hitters are whacking him so far this year. Tateyama has pitched in 5 games (0 starts) for the Rangers so far this year and he is 1-0 with a 15.19 ERA and a 2.25 WHIP. He has given up 9 hits (2 homers) and he has walked 3 batters in only 5 1/3 innings so far this year! Tateyama has now pitched in 44 games (0 starts) in his first two years with the Rangers and he is 3-0 with 1 save, a 5.66 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP. Tateyama isn’t likely going to be with the Rangers much longer.

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