Kauf Drops: The Bionic Man Strikes Again

Colby Lewis is getting ready to return and not a moment too soon (Image: Jim Cowsert-USA TODAY Sports)

I haven’t had the chance to do a Kauf Drops article in quite some time so I figured it was time to bring it back. For those of you who are coming around for the first time, this is a place for me to give random thoughts on whatever sports thoughts are rolling around in my brain.

With that said, let’s get to it.

 

Are you kidding me, Colby?

I have to admit I was against the Texas Rangers bringing Colby Lewis back. I’ve been of the opinion that Texas has needed to move on from Lewis for a few years now but the two keep getting back together and somehow the veteran-right hander seems to get better with age. Kind of like a fine wine.

Maybe I should just nickname him the bionic man especially with the surgeries he’s had in the past. I don’t know how he keeps pitching like this and being as effective as he’s been. Well, he took yet another step in that amazement on Thursday afternoon against the Oakland Athletics, taking a no-hitter into the 9th inning before giving up a lead off double to Max Muncy that was almost caught by Nomar Mazara just as he ran into the wall in right field.

So, with all that being said, Colby Lewis has my apologies because without him in the starting rotation I don’t think the Texas Rangers would be where they are so far this season. He has been incredible.

 

Doing it with what they don’t have…

You can say what you want about the Texas Rangers and what they have but let’s consider what this team is doing with what they don’t have.

They were winning without Yu Darvish, who made his 2016 debut on May 28th at home against Pittsburgh, and will be without him for at least another few weeks after he hit the disabled list with tightness in his neck and right shoulder.

They haven’t had Josh Hamilton at all this season and won’t for the remainder of the year after he underwent ACL reconstruction surgery on his knee.

Prince Fielder has very little power at all and has been absent from their offensive firepower for most of the season.

Mitch Moreland is just now starting to regain his swagger and his power stroke.

Shin-Soo Choo has been on the disabled list twice and the season isn’t even three months old yet.

Derek Holland has only had five solid starts out of the 13 he’s had so far this season.

The Rangers have had to change closers after Shawn Tolleson stopped being able to close out games.

This team is 17 games above .500 because guys like Ryan Rua, Jurickson Profar, Nomar Mazara, and Ian Desmond are having one hell of a first half of the season. And because guys like Colby Lewis are continuing to be the steadfast leader and veteran of the starting rotation and because guys like Sam Dyson and Matt Bush continue to be dominant out of the bullpen.

Just imagine what this team will do when Fielder gets going and Darvish can stay healthy.

 

Let the rumor mill begin…

Just a few minutes ago, Joey Gallo was pulled from a game in the sixth inning with no explanation from the Rangers or anyone in the Dallas/Ft Worth media. In the same time frame, the Atlanta Braves pulled Ozzie Albies from a game early and also with no explanation.

Not saying a trade has been struck but with silence from the Rangers, as well as the media who covers the team, one has to wonder if trade season has officially begun. The middle of June is normally sooner than trades like this normally happen but we’ve already seen the San Diego Padres get going with trades after sending James Shields to the Chicago White Sox a few weeks ago.

Gallo has played extremely well over the last month or so and even though there’s no spot open to him right now it doesn’t mean he can’t be an impact player for the Rangers in 2017 and beyond especially since most believe Mitch Moreland is playing his last season in Arlington.

But, then again, Adrian Beltre might be headed to the disabled list and this is just a simple call up.

We’ll see what happens.

About Todd Kaufmann

Growing up in San Diego, CA, Todd made the move to Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas in the spring of 2008. Since then, he has covered events such as the Byron Nelson Classic, the Colonial Tournament, the AT&T Cotton Bowl, numerous home games for the Texas Rangers as well as high school football around the metroplex. He and his wife Kerri make their home in Little Elm, Texas with their daughter, Hannah, and yellow lab, Ranger. Contact: Website | Facebook | Twitter | More Posts

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