Kauf Drops: Monday Morning Notes

by Todd K | Posted on Monday, May 21st, 2012

Derek Holland - Texas Rangers v Houston Astros

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By Todd Kaufmann

Sr. Columnist

toddmkaufmann@att.net

Another three game series has passed and the Texas Rangers were able to salvage a two-games-to-one series win over the more then terrible, Houston Astros.

If Houston wanted to know what kind of beating they’re in for coming into the American League next season, maybe this was just a little taste of what’s to come. Kind of feel sorry for them, don’t you?

Yeah, me neither. I’m still trying to wrap my head around why this kind of a move would be made. Say what you want about a possible in-state rivalry between the Astros and Texas Rangers, but it won’t be much of one for the forseeable future. So, I ask again. Why is Houston coming to the American League again?

Neftali Feliz out…Roy Oswalt in?

Earlier today, the Texas Rangers made the decision to put Neftali Feliz on the disabled list after complaining of pain in his right elbow. Any time you hear of a pitcher complaining of pain in his pitching elbow that is never a good sign. Sometimes it’s nothing at all and it just needs time to rest and it’ll be good to go again.

On the other hand, and baseball fans are all too familiar with this, the injury is much more serious than just pain. Texas Rangers’ fans are hoping that Tommy John surgery isn’t in Feliz’s future.

With the former closer turned starter going on the disabled list, right-hander Scott Feldman will take his place at the fifth spot in the rotation. However, one has to wonder just how good Feldman can be as a full time starter. You knew he was going to get his chance at proving to everyone that he was the Scott Feldman of old, but so far he’s been on a limited pitch count. We haven’t seen what Feldman is completely capable of, at least not this season.

With that in mind, it didn’t take long for the radio airwaves around Dallas/Ft Worth to begin speculation about the possibility of the Rangers bringing in native Texan, and former Houston Astros’ star, Roy Oswalt.

Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reported on Saturday that the veteran right-hander had thrown for the Rangers on Friday but Jeff Wilson of the Ft Worth Star Telegram says the team was “just doing their due diligence.”

Keep an eye on this rumor because this fire isn’t completely out. Say what you want about the Rangers’ rotation being “full,” CEO Nolan Ryan and general manager Jon Daniels know what Oswalt brings and if he looked completely healthy and they believe he is someone they need to add, he’ll be donning a Rangers jersey in no time.

Worried about Josh Hamilton leaving Texas?

I’ve been on the “sign Josh Hamilton” bandwagon for quite some time and I thought it would be done prior to spring training coming to an end. I even went as far as to say the Rangers would sign him before the 2012 season ever came to a close.

Apparently I’m going to be wrong on both fronts.

Nolan Ryan was asked about Josh Hamilton’s upcoming free agency and said he fully expects the All-Star outfielder to test the free agent waters. At that point, it’s anyone’s guess just how far Josh is going to take his search.

He has been on record as saying if the Rangers waited until his free agency to sign him his price tag would be much higher than had the deal gotten done prior to or during the regular season.

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports still has the Rangers as the lead dog to sign Hamilton but watch out for the Los Angeles Dodgers and their new ownership. They are going to be going hot and heavy after the 31-year old outfielder to compliment another star outfielder, Matt Kemp.

APB put out for Derek Holland

Three good starts. Two bad ones. Two good starts. One bad one.

That’s how the season has gone for young left-hander, Derek Holland. After a solid start to the 2012 season, winning two of his first three starts and giving up just seven runs in 20.1 innings pitched.

But for those three starts, there seems to be at least one or two really bad ones before another one or two very solid starts. That’s been the season so far for him.

This past Saturday in Houston, Holland had another one of those tough outings after back-to-back solid starts on the road against the Cleveland Indians and the Baltimore Orioles.

After being handed a four-run lead through 2.1 innings, Holland would give up six runs over the next four innings including three home runs.

But, before I jump off the Derek Holland proverbial cliff, I know there’s one or two solid starts coming after this rough one. I guess there’s a silver lining somewhere, right?

Epic battle in Seattle

Even if you’re not a Rangers fan or even if you’re not a baseball fan, the matchup on Monday night between the Rangers and Seattle Mariners will be one you will not want to miss.

Texas will have their right-handed stopper, Yu Darvish, on the mound while the Mariners will go with their ace, Felix Hernandez. The Mariners got the better of Darvish when he made his Major League debut so this is his chance to get a little payback on Seattle’s home turf.

If you miss it, you’ll miss one heck of a battle.

 

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