Now he can be one of those heroes to the baseball writers who have lately been praising Nolan Ryan to the heavens for instituting a policy with the Rangers that the minor leaguers can’t be kept on pitch counts (which somehow has led to them being in first place this year – don’t ask me to explain THAT one). You see, over his career, Ryan was just your usual ordinary run of the mill guy who had no problem pitching for 25 years, throwing complete 130-160 pitch games every single time out, just like every other starter of the 60s, 70s and 80s did. Unlike the babied, overpaid whiny china dolls of today who care only about money and aren’t Real Men.
Anyway, Moehler threw a FINE game, 7 H, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 GIDP. He was still going strong at the end of the 8th and I guess he must have told Coop that he wasn’t gonna get Chaconed (remember the poor guy’s 8 inning 4 hit 3-0 masterpiece last year – he was at 109 pitches and sailing along when Coop inexplicably pulled him to send in the closer because The Roolz say that the closer has to do the 9th if you are leading by 3 or fewer runs – and the closer promptly lost his game…) He had a 6-0 shutout going at the time, but he gave up a walk, a GR double and an RBI GO and there went the SO, but he sure nuff got his W which he certainly deserved.
Every starter in the lineup except for Moehler got a hit and Maysonet had a career night, going 4 fer 4 with 4 RBI and 2 runs scored. Since his callup, he’s 6 fer 14 with 5 RBIs and 2 runs. Which significantly beats the heck out of Jason Worthless Smith and his 0 fer 25 and NO RBIs. Which makes me wonder why Coop was so insistent on Smith’s Veteran Suckage.
I should also not that baserunning was NOT good – Bourn got thrown out trying to stretch a single, Tejada got caught in yet another rundown and TWO guys got thrown out at the plate in the 6th.
But hey, a W is a W and after all the suckage, I’ll take it.
Tomorrow, it’s Wandy vs Jeff Karstens.
Karstens, this year, has thrown 8 games over 43.1 IP – 44 H, 8 (!!!) Hr, 16 BB, 18 K – 5.19 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, .268 BAA.
Wandy, his last game, had the devil’s own luck in that every one of the 6 runs he gave up were designated as unearned. But he still threw flat out lousy and I sure hope he’s found the command he couldn’t find last time.
This year, he’s thrown 10 games over 63 IP – 53 H – 1 HR, 18 BB, 56 K – 1.71 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, .232 BAA.