Uh-oh.

Neftali Feliz threw 32 pitches tonight.

The Kansas City Royals swung and missed at four of them.

Last night he threw 26.

The Royals swung through one.

Texas just lost its 21st game, a number that - all things considered - is nothing to gripe about, but nine of those losses have been decided in the opponents' final at-bat. There were only 15 of those all year in 2010.

On the road, the percentage is even worse. Twelve losses, seven of the walkoff variety.

It's not difficult to diagnose the biggest trouble spot underlying those stats, a bullpen corps providing very little relief, a problem that approaches crisis levels when you come to realize that your one go-to guy, your surest thing, at least at the moment is going to the mound not only without his normal command but now, staggeringly, without swing-and-miss stuff.

 
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Jamey Newberg

Dallas attorney Jamey Newberg has been commenting on Rangers from the big club down through the entire farm system since 1998.

Scott Lucas

Scott Lucas was born in Arlington, Texas, to Richard and Becky Lucas. He lived mostly in Arlington before moving to Austin, where he graduated from The University of Texas. Scott works for Austin Valuation Consultants, Ltd., and has published several boring articles about real estate appraisal and environmental contamination. He makes a swell margarita and refuses to run longer than ten kilometres.

Eleanor Czajka

Eleanor grew up watching the AAA Mudhens in Toledo, Ohio. A loyal Ranger fan since 1979, she works "behind the scenes" at the Newberg Report.

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