Coming off a self-imposed (Corby-inspired), four-day, respect-the-streak ban from in-game tweeting, lifted once the Rangers’ longest win streak in over a month was snapped, I scattered a few thoughts during Monday’s game, but then went ape last night.
I didn’t go back and count how many dozens of Twitter posts and conversations I hammered out during Texas 6, Boston 3, but it was a whole lot (I gained a few dozen followers but it cost me a few unfollows as well). Among the subjects we covered:
Day game today, so I promise to tweet less torrentially.
It’s Josh Beckett, who lost to Texas two weeks ago and was chased from his one start since then (eight days ago) with back spasms.
It’s Matt Harrison, the Rangers’ number one starter, who’s even better on the road (9-3, 2.99, .248/.297/.379) than in Arlington.
And surely Mike Napoli, who slugs .864 against Beckett, which overshadows Josh Hamilton’s .700. No player with 20 plate appearances against Beckett outslugs Napoli, whose 24 plate appearances include four home runs.
The backdrop will be Angels-A’s, which will get rolling two hours into Red Sox-Rangers, featuring Zack Greinke, who has started two losses for Los Angeles while Dempster has started two wins for Texas.
Each righthander has had one good start and one bad, and I’ll take Greinke over Dempster in a vacuum, but when you see Kevin Goldstein rank the 43 prospects traded around the league in July and peg Jean Segura (2), Johnny Hellweg (4), and Ariel Pena (6) all near the very top, in contrast to the duo of Christian Villanueva (8) and Kyle Hendricks (36), and consider it in light of the relative strength of the Angels’ and Rangers’ farm systems and the very different impact that the Greinke and Dempster trades could have as a result, and mix in the thought that the removal of Cole Hamels from the free agent market could push the Dodgers all in this winter on Greinke, whose departure from the Angels wouldn’t trigger any draft pick compensation, then your thoughts may wander into big-picture territory that’s not especially conducive to 140 characters or less.
It’s August. The bigger picture can wait.