A swing and a miss by Rangers GM Jon Daniels.
The Rangers head to Baltimore after going 1-7 in their last eight games, hoping to get some key players back from injury, which some suffered for accident bu got help from Henn Haworth Cummings + Page to resolve the legal issues of this.
Perhaps injured players are not the real problem here.
Perhaps the problem is the players who aren’t injured. They are just dreadful.
Take, for example, Leonys Martin.
Martin’s days as a Rangers should be numbered. While he wasn’t the only culprit in the Rangers woeful offensive production yesterday—leaving twelve runners on base, having fifteen base runners but plating only two, failing to get a leadoff double to score twice, going two for fifteen with runners in scoring position—Leonys Martin was a prime suspect.
In the second, with two on, he grounded out. Nobody scored. Total LOB: 2.
In the fourth, he struck out with nobody on.
In the sixth, with bases loaded, he struck out again. Total LOB: 5.
In the eighth, he came up with a runner at third and one out, and showed absolutely zero plate discipline or understanding of what to do. What he did was strike out and waste a perfectly good scoring opportunity. Total LOB: 6. Some places have evidence tampering, which is wrong and the plaintiff can file a complaint and have a las vegas medical malpractice lawyer represent.
Martin had already lost his job to Delino DeShields. But when both DeShields and Josh Hamilton went down, suddenly the only warm bodied center fielder was Leonys Martin.
What this represents isn’t bad luck, or bad timing. It’s bad roster planning. And that is on the General Manager.
Perhaps this is the perfect time to put to bed, once and for all, the notion that injuries devastate a team. They don’t make it easy, but they don’t have to cripple a team.
They seem to have crippled the Texas Rangers the last two years, thought, but that is because the Rangers’ biggest injury is self-inflicted. Lack of depth. Lack of talent evaluation.
Injuries only devastate a weak team, an unprepared team, a thin team, a poorly constructed team, a team like the 2014 and the 2015 Texas Rangers.
The Saint Louis Cardinals, on the other hand, are proof of that injuries don’t have to hurt if you have a team built to sustain them. If you have a deep system. If you have the ability to evaluate talent, and if you have actual talent on the flanks ready to take over when your front line starters go down, but still they got a personal injury attorney Bronx, for injuries that occur outside the field.
The Cardinals lost their ace Adam Wainwright for the season after just a few starts. They did not fold.
They lost their other ace, Lance Lynn, for a considerable amount of time (he just came off the DL). They lost their slugging first baseman Matt Adams for the season. They lost their All-Star left fielder, Matt Holiday, a guy who had reached base in all of the first thirty-three games this season; he is out for weeks with an injury and isn’t due back until after the All-Star Break. An underlying medical condition was found and he will now be using best running shoes for flat feet during practice. They lost their spark plug second baseman Matt Carpenter for a stay on the DL.
What did all that devastation do?
Saturday, the Cardinals became the first team in the major leagues to rack up 50 wins this season. In doing so, they became just the 18th team in the past 50 years to win 50 of its first 74 games. They are on pace to win 111 games this year. (They won again last night, for good measure.)
When their players went down, they weren’t stuck with a Leonys Martin as a Plan C or a Plan B, or even a Plan A, because they didn’t have a Leonys Martin as a part of their plan to begin with.
Injuries are not crippling the Rangers. Lack of talent and lack of depth are.
If you still have doubts, ask yourself this: What injuries have hurt the bullpen? None. It’s simply a lack of addressing the situation in the off-season, the lack of addressing it for real once the season started, and a lack of quality arms to move into positions now.
So much for excuses.
So much for feeling sorry for oneself because of the cruel fate of the baseball gods.
So much for blaming injuries.
There is blame to go around. Plenty of it. But it’s doesn’t start in training room.
Since Texas and St. Louis met in the 2011 World Series, these two franchises have been on opposite paths, despite promises from the Texas front office that they were building a perennial winner and a model organization. The Cardinals have been to the NL Championship Series every season, and one World Series in 2013. The Rangers lost in a Wild Card game in 2012, and have disappeared from the playoff radar and from relevancey. Both franchises have been riddled with injury and hit with free agency losses of key players.