Texas Rangers

A swing and a miss.

One of the main reasons the Ranger had such a surprising run earlier this season was their uncanny ability to hit with runners in scoring position.  One this road trip, where the Rangers are 1-4 so far, they are 0-for-18 in that situation. The problem stems from an age-old nemesis. […]

Let the kids play.

MLB has a marketing campaign entitled, “Let the kids play.” The Rangers are taking that to heart. A twenty-one-year-old pitcher started it for the Rangers last night. A twenty-one-year-old pitcher finished it for the Rangers last night. Kolby Allard’s Rangers debut was encouraging. Short, but encouraging. Heading into the fifth […]

The Kolby Allard era is here.

Edinson Volquez didn’t work. Neither did Drew Smyly. Or Shelby Miller. Or Taylor Hearn. Or Joe Palumbo. Or Jesse Chavez. Or Adrian Sampson. So, now the Rangers nation turns its lonely eyes to Kolby Allard. The guy the Rangers traded Chris Martin to Atlanta for is starting for Texas today. […]

No O.

When you face a team like the Detroit Tigers, .200 hitters become .300 hitters. Sore armed pitchers become Cy Youngs. Good players become All-Stars. And All-Stars become Hall of Famers. Then reality sets in.  Then you score two runs in three games and you are lucky enough to leave Cleveland […]

Talent show.

Now that the dust has settled from the trade deadline, mlb.com’s minor league expert Jim Callis ranks the top 15 minor league systems. They are: 1. San Diego Padres 2. Tampa Bay Rays 3. Los Angeles Dodgers 4. Miami Marlins 5. Arizona Diamondbacks 6. Detroit Tigers 7. Atlanta Braves 8. […]

Minor masterpiece.

To all those teams that desperately needed starting pitching at the trade deadline but refused to give the Rangers fair value for Mike Minor. Too bad. Minor proved why he is one of the game’s top pitchers again last night, against a team that is most likely playoff bound.  He […]

They came bearing gifts.

At 43-119, the 2003 Detroit Tigers had the worst record of any team in American League history and came within one loss of tying the woeful New York Mets of 1962 with the most losses in modern major league history.  The 2019 Detroit Tigers are almost as bad. A .299 […]

Who will win it?

Just imagine if one team had two candidates for the Cy Young Award. Or two players battling it out for MVP. That would be pretty special.  The Rangers are in that position. They have the two players who just might finish first and second in Comeback Player of the Year […]

Heineman time.

Welcome to the major leagues, Scott Heineman.  After hitting .412 in a handful of rehab games in the Arizona Rookie League this season, then moving on to Triple-A Nashville and hitting a whopping .372 with an OPS of 1.017, the twenty-six-year-old outfielder and first baseman was finally called up to […]

A long way to go.

OPS+ takes a player’s on-base plus slugging percentage and normalizes the number across the entire league. It then adjusts to measure where a player ranks among league average.  A score of 100 is league average, meaning, that players OPS is middle of the pack. A 150 is 50 percent better […]