Another Former Rangersâ€™ Pitcher Conspires to Make Jon Daniels Nauseous
In news even more shocking than Big Brown finishing last or Roger Federer getting bagled in a Grand Slam final, this morning I came across this line:
â€śR.A. Dickey pitched two scoreless inning for the win.â€ť
What the %$#@*&?! The way ex-Rangers are chunking the ball this season, next thing you know Roger Moretâ€™s gonna snap out of his catatonic trance and be a 20-game winner for the Angels.
Surely you remember Dickey. After so-so results with the results with the Rangers earlier this decade he added a knuckleball and became the teamâ€™s fifth starter in 2006. After consulting with Bostonâ€™s Tim Wakefield and former Rangersâ€™ ace Charlie Hough, Dickey made his first start and â€“ kaboom! â€“ allowed six homers. He was immediately demoted to Triple A and disappeared until resurfacing in April with the Mariners.
Last night he picked up his first Major League win since 2005, and lowered his ERA to 2.67.
Iâ€™m not saying the Rangers bungled another pitching career, or that Dickey belongs anywhere near the second-thoughts conversation with Edinson Volquez or Chris Young, et al. Iâ€™m just saying, considering last weekâ€™s release of Sidney Ponson and Thursdayâ€™s emergency start by Eric Hurley â€“ a 22-year-old with a 2-5 record and 5.30 ERA in the minors â€“ hmm, what exactly am I saying?
Dammit! -- Richie Whitt