Loe’s low and Botts’ bat

Last night’s loss was tough to swallow.  Especially since it was my boy, Kam, who took the loss.  I am almost 100% convinced he will be starting the season in Oklahoma.  All but two of the bullpen spots are locked up, and he hasn’t even been mentioned as a candidate.  It breaks my heart, and I’m not even the least bit excited that I would get to see him in person in a RedHawks uniform in mid-April.  I’d much rather see him in a Rangers uniform and not see him in person until May or June.  *sigh*  But his fate is not looking favorable.

Jason Botts, on the other hand, has made a stronger case for a spot on the roster.  Today, he played a near flawless 1B (although he wasn’t too challenged) and went 2 for 5 with three RBI.  Both of his hits came with RISP, something the Rangers had been wanting to see from him all spring.  I guess it’s better late than never, and he may be in Seattle on March 31, afterall. 

Other random thoughts…

- I’m underwhelmed by Milton Bradley as of yet.  It’s clear he’s not 100% yet.  He used to be a Ranger killer.

- I don’t know what to make of Scott Feldman being converted into a starter.  I like Feldy, but he wasn’t a great reliever.  Then again, I hated C.J. Wilson as a starter and now embrace him as the closer.  Perhaps a change in roles will produce a changed player.  I sure hope so.  I would love to see Feldman succeed.

- I can’t lie — I cheered for a Mariner during today’s game.  Tug Hulett.  I miss him as a Ranger.  I hope he does great things.

- I’m on the fence about the Laird/Saltalamacchia/Melhuse situation.  Melhuse underwhelmed me last year, and he hasn’t done much this spring to win me over either.  Laird was fantastic behind the plate last year and, I think, helped make up for his anemic offensive output.  Salty can hit — there’s no doubt — but I’m not sure he’s comfortable with the catcher’s duties yet.  He’s very young, so he has a lot of time to grow into it, but I haven’t decided if he’d be better off learning at the big league or AAA level.

-  When I visit the Rangers gift shop in a few weeks, I plan to buy a new player tee (I get one each year), but I haven’t decided which one I’d want.  Of course, I don’t know which ones are available either.  So far, I have Loe, Kinsler, Young, Blalock and Wilson.  You know I’ll get a Botts one someday.  But Hamilton and Murphy are sounding good too.

- Jamey Newberg’s enthusiasm is contagious.  His reports from Surprise this week have been so fun to read. I appreciate that he’s unabashed in his love for the Rangers, and I thoroughly enjoy his reports, stories and anecdotes. I’m in awe of his knowledge of the game and the Texas organization, and try to soak up all I can.  His reports arrive in my inbox early in the morning, and they usually get my day started on a good note.

By the way, I’ll be taking down almost all of my photo albums in the next week to make room for the new ones I hope to add this season.  So…be sure to take a peek at all my photos before they’re gone!!

1 Comment

Actually, according to Evan Grant, Botts performance today did indeed win him the roster spot. Of course, nothing Evan Grant says is official, but he’s a beat writer just like TR Sullivan – if he says Bottsy’s got the spot, that’s good enough for me:

http://rangersblog.dallasnews.com/archives/2008/03/happy-early-easter-jason-botts.html

On thing’s for sure: if you want my adivice on what player tee to get this year, I’d go with Botts. It’s now or never for him, so this might be your only chance to grab one. I hope not, but you never know.

I don’t know what to tell you about poor Kam Loe. I like him too, but he really has yet to consistently produce as a major league pitcher, and I can’t help but sort of see his window here in Texas closing as younger pitchers like Luis Mendoza (who, according to Mark Connor, has a better sinker than Kam – though I’m not so sure about that) start to step up.

He’s too good a pitcher to let sit in AAA, and if Texas decides they have better, younger options for the Major League squad…

http://lonestarincalfornia.mlblogs.com/

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