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Posted on: September 24, 2010 7:47 pm

Rangers' lost boys biding their time

Scott Feldman
If a team reaches September with its season-opening No. 1 and 2 starters clinging to roster spots, that's not generally a sign that things have gone well.

But in Texas, they've managed just fine without much help from Rich Harden or Scott Feldman, who, according to T.R. Sullivan of, are unlikely to even make the Rangers' postseason roster.

"It's all right," said Feldman, who has pitched just three times this month out of the bullpen. "I just wish I was contributing to the team a little more ... a lot more. I'm just trying to stay ready. If they need me, I'm more than ready. I'd be happy to contribute in some way."

Feldman won 17 games last season and was the opening-day starter this spring. But he's 7-10 with a 5.45 ERA and was dropped from the rotation in late July.

"I was not expecting this," Feldman said. "I was expecting to be on a good team ... that part has been great. But I didn't expect to be marinating in the bullpen and not pitching. That's obviously disappointing."
Harden has managed just 88 innings and has had miserable command, leading the majors with more than six walks and 19 pitches per inning. He signed a one-year deal with the Rangers and won't be back.

"I don't know ... it wasn't a lack of effort," Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said. "Maybe a combination of health issues, general inconsistency and a lack of command. We knew it was kind of a high-risk/reward signing. He's capable of more. It didn't pan out the way anyone predicted."

Meanwhile, the Rangers converted C.J. Wilson to starting, and have been rewarded as he has posted a 14-7 record and 3.15 ERA. They also made a little trade you might have heard about, acquiring Cliff Lee in July. They are hardly hurting at the top of the rotation.

"We talked about our pitching depth at the beginning of the year," Daniels said. "We were counting on our depth coming into play, picking up the back spots of the rotation. The way it worked out -- in baseball you never know what's going to happen."

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: September 5, 2010 1:43 pm
Edited on: September 5, 2010 2:53 pm

Lee will be skipped

Cliff Lee Not only is Josh Hamilton out for the Rangers, Ron Washington told reporters that it's "70-30" that the team will skip Cliff Lee's spot in the rotation on Tuesday.

The ruins a dream matchup of Lee-Shaun Marcum.

But Lee's not been himself lately -- in his last five starts, he's 0-3 with an 8.28 ERA and even three walks. The Rangers have lost all five of those games.

Lee was scheduled to pitch a bullpen session on Saturday, but his ailing lower back didn't feel good enough, so he just played catch. Lee didn't thrown on Sunday.

The Rangers could start Rich Harden, who was recently moved to the bullpen, or maybe Scott Feldman, who was scheduled to make a rehab start today. The team said it would make a decision either today or tomorrow.

UPDATE: Lee won't be starting on Tuesday, the team has announced. Feldman, eligible to come off the DL on Monday, will likely get the start. The team still hasn't decided if he will be pushed back or skipped. If skipped, he would pitch again next Sunday against the Yankees.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 4, 2010 11:27 am

Feldman struggling due to absence of sinker

Scott Feldman Manager Ron Washington thinks he knows why Scott Feldman has struggled so much this year.

"Once he gets his sinker back, I think he'll tell everybody where he is," Washington told ESPN Dallas.

"His sinker is the key. He gets his sinker back, I think all the questions that you guys want to know about Feldman will be answered."

Right now, there are plenty of questions about Feldman, who looked like he had broken through last season, posting a 4.08 ERA and 17-6 record in 189 2/3 innings.

However, xFIP saw Feldman's performance at 4.49. His current xFIP of 4.73, so there doesn't seem to really be any major changes in Feldman's effectiveness as his BABIP went from an incredibly lucky .275 to .353.

That said, there is clearly something wrong with Feldman's sinker as it isn't as effective as it used to be. Whether or not that's completely to blame for his struggles can be debated, but what cannot be is that he is missing a major part of his game that has seen his groundball percentage decrease as a result.

"You've got to go out and actually do it on the field, but I know I've been putting the work in to try and get better," Feldman says of his struggles. "I think as long as I continue to do that and try to get better, things will turn around."

The Rangers would love Feldman to correct his struggles as starting pitching remains a problem down South, although nowhere as bad as it used to be. The club has been linked to Cliff Lee in trade rumors, although it is difficult to see Lee ending up in Texas. The Rangers will either have to go after a lower-cost alternative or cross their fingers that their starting pitching as is can get the team into October.

-- Evan Brunell

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