Texas Rangers at the Trade Deadline

By Lindsey Jones
Texas Rangers and Dallas Cowboys Writer

The Texas Rangers find themselves in an interesting position after today’s 4-3 loss to the Kansas City Royals. They are currently 16.5 games back in the division and 3 games back in the wild card race to the Rays and Yankees. The Rangers have several impending free agents, including Yu Darvish, Andrew Cashner, Jonathon Lucroy, and Carlos Gomez, many of whom would be coveted by contending teams should the Rangers decide to sell. They also have veterans such as Mike Napoli, Cole Hamels, and Adrian Beltre who teams would also likely be interested in.

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Texas Rangers Position-By-Position Preview: Third Base

By Derek Reed
PSDC Texas Rangers Correspondent

THIRD BASE

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Current 40-Man Roster: Adrian Beltre, Ryan Rua

Adrian Beltre. Period. The End.

I could sum up the Rangers’ third base position that easily. But where’s the fun in that?

Beltre will be heading into his 18th season in the big leagues and his fifth in Texas. He was named Rangers Player of the Year for the third time in a row after the 2014 season. Ruben Sierra, Juan Gonzalez and Alex Rodriguez are the only other Rangers to accomplish that feat. He is five homers away from joining the 400 club and has a career batting average of .285. [Read more…]

Gordon and Guthrie Lead Royals Over Texas Rangers

By Bob Cole
PSDC Texas Rangers Correspondent

The Kansas City Royals rewarded the solid pitching of Jeremy Guthrie with solid hitting to defeat the Texas Rangers 6-3 Saturday at Globe Life Park in Arlington.

Guthrie pitched eight innings giving up five hits and only one run to even his win-loss record at 10-10 for the season. Ranger starter Nick Tepesch simply could not keep the Royals down despite having four solid starts in recent games. Tepesch accounted for all six of the Royals runs, pitching six and a third innings. He gave up the six runs on seven hits, three walks with two strikeouts. [Read more…]

Texas Rangers Overcome Angels in Bottom of Ninth

By Bob Cole
PSDC Texas Rangers Correspondent

The Texas Rangers defeated the Anaheim Angels of Los Angeles (more sensibly known as the California Angels) in a come-from-behind victory in the ninth inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington.

Photo Credit: AP

Photo Credit: AP

Pitcher Nick Tepesch pitched seven solid innings giving up only two earned runs off of six hits. Although throwing 52 strikes in 91 pitches, Tepesch kept the run total down despite also giving up four walks. [Read more…]

Texas Rangers Win Behind Composite Pitching

By Bob Cole
PSDC Texas Rangers Correspondent

The Texas Rangers defeated the Oakland A’s 4-1 Friday behind a combination of five pitchers at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas.

Starter Jerome Williams pitched six solid innings. He allowed five hits, struck out four and permitted one earned run. He threw only 88 pitches, but 58 of those were strikes. Relievers Roman Mendez and Ryan Feierbend successfully shut out the A’s in the seventh with Neal Cotts pulling no-hit bullpen duty in the eighth. Neftali Feliz closed the game in the ninth, earning his first save since the 2011 season. [Read more…]

Ugly: Texas Rangers Crushed by Angels

By Bob Cole
PSDC Texas Rangers Correspondent

Last night was ugly for the Texas Rangers. The Rangers lost to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (better known as the California Angels) 15-6 Thursday at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Not only was the game ugly, it was ugly early.

Photo Credit: Fort Worth Star Telegram

Photo Credit: Fort Worth Star Telegram

The Rangers gave up 13 runs in the first three innings with all of them attributed to the pitching of Colby Lewis.  Lewis lasted only two and one third innings. The score was 13-2. Lewis gave up 13 hits for 13 runs with 11 of them earned runs before he was pulled. The Rangers were never able to recover. The Angels were only able to get four hits off of the bullpen, but the damage was done. [Read more…]

Hard Times in Arlington

By Bob Cole
PSDC Texas Rangers Correspondent

The Rangers are 15 games out of first place on Independence Day. The preseason promised hope for another run at a pennant, but those dreams seem highly unlikely today. What has happened?

Photo Credit: Getty Images

Photo Credit: Getty Images

The hitting is respectable by comparison. The Rangers rank sixth in the major league in team batting average having a team average of .260. The on base percentage is .319 which puts them 14th in the majors. The Rangers can get on base at a reasonable rate, but what about the rest of the game? [Read more…]

Wash Keeping it Patched Together

By Bob Cole
PSDC Texas Rangers Correspondent

The Texas Rangers are only at .500 for the season, yet this still might be Ron Washington’s best managing year ever. This might even rate a better year for Wash and his skills than even the pennant winning years. Many of you are thinking, “Bob, are you drunk?” I am not. At .500 this year, it takes everything the manager can do. Consider the following evidence.

Photo Credit: Getty Images

Photo Credit: Getty Images

The injury roster has plagued the Rangers all season, even from the end of Spring Training. A print out of today’s Texas injury roster has the following pitchers listed: Yu Darvish, Derek Holland, Matt Harrison, Martin Perez, Joseph Ortiz, Pedro Figueroa and Tanner Scheppers. That would make an impressive roster for any team, if they were playing. Figueroa and Martin are out for the season. Darvish could be back today. These pitching injuries have the Rangers at 13th out of 15 American League teams in ERA at 4.37. The Rangers are also at 13th in opponents batting average at .275. Somehow, Wash still has the team at.500 on June 1. [Read more…]

Texas Rangers End Skid, Top Astros

By Bob Cole
PSDC Texas Rangers Correspondent

Rangers pitching kept the Houston Astros scoreless Monday night and the bats gave the Rangers a 4-0 win at Minutemaid Park in Houston. Despite giving up 11 total hits compared to 10 for the Rangers, the Astros could not bring a run across the plate. [Read more…]

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Rockies, Rare Air get to Rangers and Perez

By Bob Cole
PSDC Texas Rangers Correspondent

The Colorado Rockies defeated the Texas Rangers and Martin Perez in the rarified air at Coors Field in Denver Monday night.

The Rockies won 8-2 with home runs by Nolan Arenado and Troy Tulowitzki that ended the run by Rangers pitcher Martin Perez of having the longest streak by a Major League pitcher without giving up a dinger. [Read more…]

Ron Washington and the Texas Rangers Weathering the Storm

By Bob Cole
PSDC Texas Rangers Correspondent

Ron Washington and the Texas Rangers are masterfully weathering the storm of injuries that have plagued the Texas Rangers since spring training. Injuries promised to derail the Ranger efforts at the beginning of the year, but they are not knuckling under. Everyone knows that April is storm season in North Texas, and Wash is proving to be the best weatherman in the region.

The Rangers share the top record in the American League at 14-8. They share that honor with the Oakland A’s, who were swept in a series by these Rangers earlier in the week. Despite some blowouts this year, notably a horrible Opening Day at the hands of the Phillies, the Rangers are ahead of the Yankees, the Red Sox, the Tigers and everyone else but the A’s in winning percentage thus far. They are figuring out how to win with what players are available, and those players are rising to the occasion. [Read more…]

Darvish Stands and Delivers

By Bob Cole
PSDC Texas Rangers Correspondent

Yu Darvish took the mound against the Tampa Bay Rays today and delivered a gem for his first start of the season with a 3-0 shutout. The Rangers began the season without Darvish, who had been projected to be the Opening Day starter, due to a neck ailment. He started the game today and handed the Rays their only loss in this three-game series.

Darvish led the team with a strong seven innings that included six strikeouts and one walk. He threw 154 pitches with 89 of those being strikes. Although Darvish allowed seven hits in his seven-inning stint, the Rays did themselves no favors by going 0-11 with runners in scoring position. [Read more…]