Stock Report: Nolan Ryan/Jon Daniels up; Matt Harrison down
Joe Ortiz: The Rangers' 22-year old rookie won his first Major League game, pitching two shutout innings in a 4-3 victory over Seattle on Thursday night. Ortiz used 28 pitches to mow down six Mariners, two of them on strikeouts. Ortiz has three straight outings without allowing an earned run. Opponents are hitting .174 against him and he's walked one batter in 6 2/3 innings.
Derek Holland: Holland is off to a fantastic start. He has backed up his spring training goal of being a more focused pitcher. Holland has two quality starts, allowing four earned runs in 15 innings. When he's pitched himself into trouble, he's found a way out of it. Holland doesn't have a win to show for it -- the Rangers have scored two runs for him -- but he has kept his team in games.
Nolan Ryan/Jon Daniels: The Rangers announced after Wednesday's game that Nolan Ryan is remaining with the organization, a big boost to one of the baseball's best organizations. Ryan brings credibility and goodwill to the franchise. That shouldn't change after things got tense when his title of team president was taken away and it looked like the Hall of Famer might be exiting. Ryan and Daniels have formed a good partnership. The Rangers should contend for years to come and Ryan deserves to be on center stage if they finally win a World Series.
Matt Harrison: Harrison struggled in his first two starts, allowing 10 runs in 10 2/3 innings. Now he's on the disabled list with an inflamed nerve in his lower back, forcing him to miss Thursday's start in Seattle and likely at least one more. The earliest Harrison can return is April 23 against the Angels. The good thing is Harrison can get healthy now -- his back has ailed him going back to his opening day start -- and he can get his sinker working again.
Adrian Beltre: The Rangers' All-Star third baseman had two hits in Thursday's win, but overall he's been inconsistent. He's driven in three runs and has three extra base hits in 10 games. Beltre had one hit in 13 at-bats with runners in scoring position. It's early and Beltre simply hasn't gotten hot yet. He will.
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Play Podcast Rangers GM Jon Daniels joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett to tackle the tough questions after his team failed to advance to the playoffs.
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Play Podcast Nolan Ryan joins Galloway and Company to discuss the latest Rangers news, including the team's struggles, Ron Washington's job security and a rumored trade with the Braves.
Play Podcast Ron Washington joins Ian Fitzsimmons and Tim MacMahon to discuss the Rangers' dismal September, who's to blame for their September struggles and his status as the team's manager.
Play Podcast Fitzsimmons and Durrett discuss how some people are calling for the Rangers to fire manager Ron Washington.