The little things

My esteemed colleague cites the oppositions' home run production as the reason for the 4-5 road trip not being a 6-3 or 7-2 road trip. Certainly the opposition was hitting the ball with more authority and power, and the Rangers were laboring in home run friendly parks two out of three cities (BAL and NYY).

I have a differing opinion and it's not backed up with a single statistic. Only observation. If I had the time to labor over the stats, I might find that I was wrong. But here's what I saw. . . . .

Pitching. Particularly at the back end, our pitching wasn't terribly strong. Against weak hitting foes like BAL and DET, the starters were, for the most part, adequate (spot starter Bush was living on the edge his entire time). But the bullpen wasn't shut down, which they needed to be because. . . . .

Hitting. They're just now coming around, but Kinsler, Andrus, and Beltre were very light in the numbers. Some of those games shouldn't have been that close, particularly in DET. The hitters are handcuffed a bit because. . . .

Hamilton. Even when he's off kilter a bit, Josh is such a presence at the plate that it affects the way pitchers operate against everyone else in the line up. With him gone, the pitchers had a different approach to the rest of the line up. If I were to do a statistical analysis, I might be proven otherwise. And MYoung has stepped in admirably, but he is not the same basher as Hamilton. He strikes fear, but not trembling, the hearts of opposing pitching.

MY two cents worth. But Rob could be totally correct.