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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2014 MLB Team Preview: Kansas City Royals

By Keith Alrick
PSDC Writer

One of the best stories from last season was when the Pittsburgh Pirates ended a 21-year playoff drought. The Royals will be looking to one up that story this year by breaking a 28-year playoff drought. This is where most people tell you how cheap gas was and what movie made the most money 28 years ago to put it in perspective. I hear that Google can give you that answer. The exciting part for Royals fans is that they appear to be moving in the right direction. Last season they finished with a winning record for the first time since 2003. That was nice, but after 28 years of no playoffs nice isn’t enough. The expectation has to be to end the drought this year. And fine, gas prices were $1.20 and “Back to the Future” topped the box office.

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Major League Baseball’s Triumphs and Flops…So Far

By Ted Parrish
PSDC Contributor

As usual, Major League Baseball is full of pleasant surprises and cruel disappointments in early June. A prime example is the Washington Nationals, a star-studded team coming off a 98-win season and an NL East championship in 2012.  They were picked by 38 out of 43 ESPN.com analysts to win the division for a second straight year. Despite all the preseason hype, Washington sits in third with a 29-30 record after 59 games.

In the NL West, Arizona finished 2012 at 81-81, 13 games behind the eventual World Series champion Giants. They traded away four players, including their two-time All-Star Justin Upton and their top pitching prospect, Trevor Bauer. Now, led by hot-hitting Paul Goldschmidt, the Diamondbacks sit atop the NL West with a 35-26 record, 3.5 games ahead of the Colorado Rockies.

This article will take a look at teams that have surprised or disappointed their fans so far. This week we will go through the American League divisions, and next week we will visit the National League.

AMERICAN LEAGUE EAST:

Surprise: New York Yankees 35-26, 2nd place, 2.0 GB

There have been very few times in the last 10 years when you can describe the Yankees sitting in second place in the AL East as a “surprise.”  For years the Yankees have been almost a lock for the playoffs, including last season when they won 95 games and the division.

This season was shaping up to offer more of the same before injuries began to take their toll. At one point, New York had $95 million in salaries on the DL, including Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter, Curtis Granderson, Kevin Youkilis and Mark Teixiera. Those five players alone have combined for 35 career All-Star appearances. [Read more…]

2013 MLB Team Preview: Kansas City Royals

By Keith Alrick
PSDC Writer

I am not old enough to remember when the Royals were a legitimate franchise. With zero playoff appearances since 1985, they are beginning to bring a new meaning to the word rebuilding. It’s not that they don’t develop players; it’s that they don’t keep any of their players. In the offseason, they once again traded away a star prospect in Will Myers. The difference is that this time they brought in established major league players that will help them this year. The Royals for once have a nice collection of young and veteran talent, let’s just hope they don’t become sellers at the trade deadline and go back into the rebuilding cycle.

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