Why Joey Gallo Needs to Stay in the Big Leagues

By Lindsey Jones
Texas Rangers Beat Writer

There is a lot of talk these days on what the Rangers should do with Joey Gallo when All-Star and Gold Glove third baseman Adrian Beltre comes off the disabled list in a few weeks. While the easy decision would be to send Gallo down to the minors, considering he is boasting a .190 batting average, the Rangers need to look beyond the below-mediocre average and look at what Gallo has done to help them get back to .500 and how he could potentially help them catch the Astro’s for the AL West title.

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2014 Red Sox: Empire Strikes Back or Caddyshack 2?

By Matt Conley
PSDC Contributor

The 2013 Red Sox were a Hollywood movie script. Coming off of a tumultuous 2012 season in which they finished last place, fired their embattled manager and lost their wunderkind GM that brought two titles to town, there weren’t many people with high expectations. Then, on Patriot’s Day, the Boston Marathon bombing tragedy happens. Through the pain and sorrow, the city rallied around this team they previously had minimal expectations for. You know the ending of the story, and all the, “Team of destiny” talk already. This is baseball, though. The most analytically scrutinized sport in the world. Destiny isn’t something we can quantify. We can, however, figure out what made this team so good, and estimate if they can repeat their “magical” season.

Photo Credit: fansided.com

Photo Credit: fansided.com

The Red Sox led the majors in runs, by a wider margin over the second place Tigers than the gap between the Tigers and the sixth place Indians. Seems to be a pretty impressive feat for a team that only had two players in the top 60 in wRC+. So how does a team that doesn’t feature what we traditionally think of as a loaded lineup manager to greatly outscore everyone else in baseball by a significant margin? The answer seems to be good old-fashioned barreling of the ball, baserunning, power and luck. [Read more…]

Daily Randomness: October 24, 2013

By Johnny Griffith
PSDC Director of Randomness

Random Sports Stat of the Day

Mike Napoli drove in three runs with his bases-loaded double in the first inning of Wednesday’s opener, after he drove in 10 runs for Texas during the 2011 World Series, which is the highest total for any player in one postseason series against the Cardinals. Napoli is the first player ever to register as many as 13 RBIs within his first eight World Series games, and he’s the first player since Reggie Jackson to drive in 13 or more runs over any span of eight Series games.

With three runs in the first inning followed by a two-run second frame, the Red Sox became the first team in major-league history to put crooked numbers on the scoreboard in each of the first two innings of a World Series opener.

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Courtesy of Elias via espn.com

Random Band of the Day: The Ben Miller Band

Random Word of the Day: Loquacious

Random Cocktail of the Day: The Old Fashioned

Random Cigar of the Day: CAO Mx2

2013 MLB Team Preview: Texas Rangers

By Hayden Henry
PSDC Staff

Josh Hamilton could be right.

Soon after signing with the division-rival Angels, Hamilton rattled Ranger nation by saying Arlington was not a ‘true baseball town.’ But that’s a different story.

Hamilton followed up that comment with one that makes more sense: That Rangers fans were spoiled by the team’s recent success.

He may have had a point, 2013 can prove him right.

After reaching the World Series for the first time in franchise history and following it up with a consecutive appearance, Rangers fans were riding a high they had never experienced before.

It all came crashing down in the waning weeks of the 2012 season. Poised for a three-peat, the Rangers blew a substantial division lead with two weeks left in the regular season, ultimately bowing out of the playoffs all together in a one-game Wild Card loss.

Then the real fun began.

Hamilton signed with the division rival Angels. Michael Young – a 12-year Ranger and the franchise leader in hits – was traded to the Phillies. Crowd-favorite Mike Napoli now plays in Beantown. Beloved Ranger icon and CEO Nolan Ryan could possibly be on his way out.

It was an offseason of headlines for the Rangers, none of which played particularly well for a team that reached the World Series two out of the last three seasons, an accomplishment that now seems like ages ago after the past six months.
Sunday begins a new chapter in Rangers history. [Read more…]