Saturday, May 21, 2011
Notes from the Rangers clubhouse
By Calvin Watkins
PHILADELPHIA -- Things were rather queit as the players watched the Colonial and the NHL Eastern Conference finals between Tampa Bay and Boston.
However here are some notes from the clubhouse before Game 2 of the Rangers-Phillies series.
*Cliff Lee gets the start tonight and faces his former team. The Rangers have tried to downplay this event for some time now but are excited to finally take him on. Lee also said it's just another game, but in reality, it isn't.
*Ron Washington wasn't sure if closer Neftali Feliz would pitch today. Feliz, who blew consecutive saves for the first time in his career this week, was going to throw before the game. If Feliz felt good then Washington said he would use him. Feliz was not available for Friday night's loss to the Phillies. After that game, Feliz said he felt good.
*The Rangers starters have been pretty dominant of late. The starters have thrown into the seven inning for five consecutive starts. The first time that's happened since May 22-27, 2005. The starters have compiled a 2.15 ERA in the last nine games. Overall, the Rangers have the fifth-best ERA (3.57) in the AL.
*Ian Kinsler is in a slump. On this road trip, he's hitting .053. He's got just one hit in 19 at bats. Kinsler has also gone his last 16 at bats without a hit and tonight he takes on Lee. "You just don't want to say, 'Yeah, it's a month and he'll get over it,' " said Kinsler, who hitting .228 overall. "Then, it's two months and he'll get over it and it continues to grow. It's got to stop at some point."
*Endy Chavez smiled when told that he was looking good running the bases Friday night after his pinch hit double. Chavez didn't start last night because of a hamstring strain. Washington was going to use him because Chavez is hitting the ball well and he can still scoot. Chavez, while not in the lineup tonight, is in the same situation.