Thursday Morning Open Thread: Four Questions

  1. With a win in yesterday's early-afternoon game in Miami, Texas managed to win 5-4. With a 49-77 record, the Rangers now find themselves a full game into last place in all of baseball, with the Rockies being the next-to-worst team by winning percentage. In the AL West, the Astros are 4.5 games up on Texas. Given that it's looking more and more likely that Houston will finish ahead of Texas in the division, what kind of chances would you give the Rangers to finish the season behind the Rockies and lock up the worst record in Major League Baseball?
  2. Neftali Feliz, while earning another save yesterday, wasn't exactly sharp, leaving too many 87-89 mph meatballs up over the plate. How comfortable are you with the Rangers sticking with Feliz moving forward and giving him a chance to show that he's one of those guys that needs two full years to recover from Tommy John surgery?
  3. According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, Neal Cotts was claimed on revocable waivers by what we can only assume to be a contending team. The Rangers will have until Friday to work out a deal with the claiming team, which is, as of yet, unidentified. With the obvious option to pull him off of waivers if an enticing deal doesn't materialize, what kind of return would you like to see Texas get in exchange for Cotts, and what team would you guess put in the claim on the lefty reliever?
  4. We're almost to the point of the season in which September callups will get a chance to play with the big club for awhile. One of the more enticing possibilities I saw thrown around on Twitter by Jamey Newberg, among others, is calling up Ryan Rua to get some playing time in the outfield. Since getting called up to AAA Round Rock, Rua has amassed 201 plate appearances with an OPS of .854. Which guys on the farm would you like to see get some action in Arlington during the month of September?