Experimenting with the game. 67 comments

The Atlantic League is an independent baseball league that has become a test lab for Major League Baseball. When MLB has ideas for rule changes, they test them in the Atlantic League, in part because a lot of former major leaguers play in the league so the results are more true to […]

Projected roster number 1. 66 comments

We fans have spent a lot of time predicting the opening day roster for the Rangers. Now it’s time for the experts. T.R. Sullivan of mlb.com did just that. Here is his prediction: Catcher: Jeff Mathis, Isiah Kiner-Falefa. No surprises here. 1B: Ronald Guzman. Who else would it be? 2B: […]

Who spring matters for. 26 comments

There players who are helping their cause this spring: Hunter Pence: Pence went 1-for-3 with a double yesterday to raise his OBP to.421 and his OPS to a really nice .909. He came into the spring fighting for a spot as the fourth outfielder and just might wind up winning […]

Sunday baseball. 44 comments

What’s better than a Sunday afternoon of baseball? A Sunday afternoon with two Rangers games. A Sunday afternoon in which the Rangers collected a combined twenty-one hits. A Sunday afternoon in which thirty-six different Rangers positions players saw action, as well as eleven different pitchers. For most of these players, […]

Minor ace. 104 comments

Warning: Spring stats don’t matter. Okay, but, ignoring that warning, you have to be stoked about Mike Minor’s start yesterday. Three innings. One hit. So far this spring his ERA is 1.80. This might bode well for him this season. Minor was frustrated last season by the short leash he […]

Solid C. 34 comments

Former GM Jim Bowden is a contributor to The Athletic. He released his off-season report card grading the moves of A.L. West teams. Seattle got a B. Houston got a B-. Oakland got a B-. Los Angeles got a C+ Texas got a C. The one player he noted to […]

Three things. 40 comments

Three welcome development in Rangers camp so far: 1. Joey Gallo’s eyes. Gallo has almost as many walks (three) as strikeouts (four). He finally got his first hit, a double. But what’s important is how well he resists chasing pitches out of the strike zone, how well he is able […]

No experience needed. 29 comments

In most industries, the prerequisite for a job is experience. Employers value it. Employers demand it. If you don’t have experience, you needn’t bother calling. No experience, no job. That’s how it works in the world. Except for, it seems, in the baseball world. These days, experience is a four-letter […]

Impossible shoes. 36 comments

“I don’t think I am even close to being Adrian Beltre,” Asdrubal Cabrera noted when talking about his amazing diving play in yesterday’s Cactus League game. Cabrera may have the worst job in baseball this year. He gets to replace a legend. For his sake, let’s hope he isn’t hounded […]

A long way to go. 48 comments

When you start dissecting the talent level on the Rangers major league roster to see where they need to improve, you look to the important statistics to help shape your understanding. One very good measuring stick of a hitter’s overall worth is OPS. OPS is a hitter’s on-base percentage combined with […]