That chemo meteor hit me last Tuesday night, and really, I’m only finally digging out of it. I was in a virtual fetal ball in the LaZBoy, with drool running down my chin, and no discernible brain activity for six days. A handful of opiates pulled me through, and now I get to start the second cycle on Monday. Whee!
And, the Rangers will have to fill out their starting rotation. The top four spots seem secure with Matt Harrison, Yu Darvish, Derek Holland and Alexi Ogando, and will be for years. Harrison agreed to a five-year, $55 million extension in the offseason. He and Darvish are under club control through the 2017 season, Holland through the 2018 season, and Ogando through 2016. The immediate candidates for the fifth starter are Martin Perez, Justin Grimm, Robbie Ross and Kyle McClellan. Then, Colby Lewis should return by June from flexor tendon surgery and Neftali Feliz could be back from Tommy John surgery by midsummer.
In part because of circumstance and in part because they have the farm system for it, the Rangers this winter chose the longer view. Jurickson Profar, Mike Olt, Martin and Perez, among others, are bearing down on the big leagues. The organization is healthy. The options come opening day and beyond are plentiful.
That’s a pretty solid 1-4. Probably not the most solid in the majors, but still, those are young guys who sure seem to have something. I remain convinced that Ogando will surprise some people. Colby and Neftali coming in late is kind of icing. However, I remain convinced that Holland is just too much of an oddball, and needs to get over himself.
Here’s some new good solid American music I liked from guys I’d never heard of before — Sons of Bill, Santa Ana Winds
Good song, makes me feel young & want to take a night trip with an ice chest full of beer…as it should be.