I set up a thread on Saltalamacchia in the Rangers forum about a week ago. Rangers fans all seem to think he's worth more now than he was during the offseason.
That was before he hit a grand-slam in extra innings against Seattle to lock up a win.
His defense is supposedly greatly improved, too.
To be honest, I think Buchholz for Saltalamacchia was too hefty a price tag anyway. I value pitchers higher than any position.
I'm with you...Tek's arm is definitely a concern. I'm not sure there's much we can do about it right now, though. I'm still hopeful Theo can pull off something clever.
I'm with you on Delcarmen too. I'd still trade him for the right piece in return, but I'd hate to even slightly dismantle a bullpen that has been so strong.
Masterson is on the fast track back to the pen. So that makes Lopez expendable when Dice returns? I think so...
MDC, I need to see what the returning parts are....he certainly not untouchable.
Last year he got to start 6 or 7 and the results were not nearly as great: pitches/IP climbed, strikes/pitches dropped, gb/fb dropped. The latter is his bread-and-butter. Like Carmona '07 he can skate on a lowish k/bb because he drives the ball into the ground. The results slowed considerably when he hit 100 pitches for the first time (in MLB). Keep in mind that he prepped as a starter in 2008 so it was not a stretch for him when he did it with BOS.
Well, guess what. We're at start 5 and the results in the last couple of outings were not that great. In his last start he topped 100 pitches for the first time this season. He's giving up more runs in the later innings (similar to his decline in 2008). I'm not crying out that the sky is falling but I'm beginning to see a trend that suggests to me that he could be a lock-down SU guy who could go 2IP regularly and be effective but who may not be a dominant starter.
He throws much harder in the pen. I agree with you. I also believe guys need to work through mistakes. Problem is we don't have too. His fit as of now is the BP once Dice gets back.
Not sure how they can experiment with him? We have two other starters to boot maybe three. Buch-Bow-Smoltz--- why pitch him where he seems less effective. (masterson-starting)
He is such a big kid and still a baby pitching wise. Eventually who really knows what his niche is -right now- the pen seems his calling.
I agree, I would love to see Masterson as our setup guy for the next long while. Tough to make a young pitcher want to agree to that role. Why wouldn't he want to start in the majors?
His delivery just seems like that of a reliever. I know he has great stuff and can get out lefties, I just think it is tough to get long starts out of someone with that weird arm angle. Maybe I'm wrong; I'm sure some of you will attempt to prove me wrong. I'm not saying this just because of his rough start last night.
Time to put Masterson back in the pen and give Clay a start before Dice-K comes back.
I think it would actually be really counterproductive to call up Buchholz for one start and then send him back down.
It disrupts his development process and sends the wrong message to him.