Just When You Think He's All Right, Neftali Feliz Blows One to the ... Lastros

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'Twasn't as good last night
Was gonna construct a list of the Rangers' worst losses this season, then I realized after last night's 5-3 self-Heimlich to the Houston Astros ... there is no No. 2.

Two-run lead in the 9th. All-Star closer Neftali Feliz on the mound. At home. Against the worst team in baseball. And one that hadn't homered in eight games.

Yuck.

The problems actually started in the 8th inning. Trying to protect a lead provided by a sparkling outing from Colby Lewis, manager Ron Washington handed the ball to Dave Bush. What a sad state of affairs in the Rangers' bullpen. Bush -- the Rangers are 2-13 when he throws a pitch -- immediately gave up two singles and a wild pitch to allow Houston to claw within 2-1.

Then in the bottom of the 8th the Rangers pushed the lead to 3-1 on Michael Young's double but should've gotten more. On the double Josh Hamilton reached for his left hamstring and then didn't try to score on Nelson Cruz' grounder to 2nd.

Of course, when your closer has a night like that, another run wouldn't have mattered. Feliz had three blown saves in 2010. In 2011 he already has four.

Feliz was hitting 96 mph with his fastball but the meek-hitting Astros were turning it around. In between a passed ball by Yorvit Torrealba -- Bengie Molina, anyone? -- Feliz allowed three extra-base hits, including a pinch-hit, two-run homer to Matt Downs.

Four runs. Twenty-two pitches. The worst Rangers loss of the season.

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Baseball Intelligence
Baseball Intelligence

Is it just me, or has Yorvit been just this side of spare all this year? I mean I think we all knew he would win a batting crown, but wasn't his deal how good a defensive catcher and game caller/pitcher handler he was? IMO he has been very mediocre behind the plate, furthermore I think Napoli has been more than serviceable, certainly more than YT. I know Nap's hurt right now and Teagarden spares me to death (at the plate and behind it) but I'd like to see more reps for Napoli when he gets back to speed. It just seems like Yorvit gets lazy calling the game, for instance why not call a few more breaking balls in the 9th last night? If Nefti keeps shaking then you call time, go out there and remind his ass that you've been in this game since he was in middle school, shut your mouth and throw what I call. My point is, if you handle a pitching staff you gotta let them know your in control and not let a 2nd year closer (although immensely talented) pretend he's Mariano Rivera and keep throwing straight, middle/middle fastballs that even an Astros Pinch Hitter can hit out of the yard.

[Hops down off soap box]

Kerry_Okie
Kerry_Okie

Wash should have put Gentry in to pinch-run for Hamilton, which would have got us other run on the Cruz ground ball.

Feliz still isn't right. That breaking ball he's throwing this year isn't even close to the one he had last year. Fastball isn't moving much, either.

Storm_71
Storm_71

Maybe just maybe if Feliz could mix in a change up here and there. The Astros where looking fastball all the way.

Also RW "Lastros" your a clever little mf'er. I bet you gave yourself a nice little pat on the back for that. I'll give ya that, it was alright.

Mishon
Mishon

Well, if we would have signed CLee, then we could have kept Ogando in the bullpen. No, I'm still not over it and probably won't be for awhile.

P.S. Lee pitched his second straight shutout last night for the Phils. Vomit.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Isn't Lee 8-5 now? He's been good, but has he been $20 million good?

Mishon
Mishon

Yeah, that's true. And I love having Beltre, but will he be a difference maker come playoff time like Cliff was? Most likely not. But we'll see man. I'm hoping the Rangers pull something out of their hat at the trade deadline again. We need help.

Mishon
Mishon

I think so. He is better than anything we have now and I know Ogando's stats are better right now, but will it last the whole year? Also a few of those CLee loses he got no run support. If he pitches them to a World Series, his regular season record won't mean squat anyway.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Rangers+Lee would've meant Rangers-Beltre, keep that in mind.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

8-5 on that philly staff is good enough for $20 mil, but if we paid $20 mil for 8-5, the Rangers front office would be getting roasted and so would lee, i bet someone would throw a hot dog at his wife as they sit in traffic getting to the ballpark, I guess that dumb bitch didnt know the back roads or know to ask about them

gofuhcureself
gofuhcureself

Some might say that Warsh blew it, considering that Feliz pitched 2 innings the night before. But I guess there really wasn't much choice.

PlanoDave
PlanoDave

The Astros are professional ball players.  Why is the "story" that Neftali "blew it" rather than giving some props to the Astros for figuring out how to hit the heat?  They clearly had a plan and executed it well.  It helped that our 3rd baseman had his feet cemented to the infield and didn't come close to making a play on either shot down the 3rd base line.

Baseball is a team sport.  Win a a team, lose as a team.  In this case, the Astros won.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

Umm there are facts/stats that prove Neffy blew it, its called a blown save.  and the story is neffy blew it bc this is DFW not houston, and our view is he blew it.  That Astros couldnt hit a hr off of a tee this year and they hit one off neffy, ill say the story is neffy.  And is it the teams fault when neffy throws a 94 mph meatball right down the middle to a spare bench player.

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

Well JSIB, you pulled one over on me w/Feliz. He had a very humble 54.00 ERA last night. Are you still offering the 2 bags of magic beans?

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

Well this will be the no 2 worst loss of the year, #1 is reserved for the one that eliminates from playoff contention in September.  Lets hope Tommy Hunter can provide some help to our pen, lowe bush rhodes and oliver just are not cutting it

Richie's douchiness
Richie's douchiness

Feliz isn't cutting it either. He's pitching like Charlie Sheen in Major League. Actually he's just pitching like Charlie Sheen.

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