The Punch Heard ‘Round The World

By Derek Reed
PSDC Texas Rangers Expert

The date was August 4, 1993. The Chicago White Sox vs the Texas Rangers. Robin Ventura at the plate. Nolan Ryan on the mound. Ventura takes a heater from the Ryan Express off the back of his right shoulder. He pauses for a second. Contemplates his next move. Then the 26-year old Ventura tosses his bat and helmet down and runs toward the mound. A mound occupied by the 46-year old legend and Texas icon. A headlock and several uppercuts later, and Ranger fans had a moment that is still talked about to this day.

That memory was one-of-a-kind. But, now it doesn’t stand alone.

Flash forward to Sunday afternoon. The Toronto Blue Jays vs the Texas Rangers. Jose Bautista at the plate. Matt Bush, making his second Major League appearance, on the mound. A 97-mph fastball glances off Bautista’s elbow and hits him in the ribs.

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A hard slide and a straight right hand to the jaw later, and another moment in Texas Ranger history is born. And it couldn’t have happened to a more deserving person.

Jose Bautista is a talented player. He plays the game hard. He plays with intensity. But, he also comes across as a prima donna. A whiner. A selfish person. And after Sunday, all bark and no bite. [Read more…]

Texas Rangers Position-By-Position Preview: Second Base

By Derek Reed
PSDC Texas Rangers Correspondent

Photo Credit: USA Today Sports

Photo Credit: USA Today Sports

SECOND BASE

Current 40-Man Roster: Rougned Odor, Jurickson Profar, Luis Sardinas

Texas traded away long-time second baseman and fan favorite Ian Kinsler to Detroit this time a year ago. Kinsler had given the Rangers an All-Star caliber player at the position for eight seasons, but Texas was confident that Jurickson Profar was ready to step in and show the league what all the hype surrounding him was about. However, as was the case with most of the season, an injury re-routed the organization’s plans and Profar never saw the field in 2014. In stepped rookie, Rougned Odor. [Read more…]

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: Texas Rangers

By Derek Reed
PSDC Texas Rangers Correspondent

The 85th edition of the MLB All-Star Game has come and gone and the Texas Rangers are set to hobble out of the break as the not-so-proud owners of the worst record in baseball.  With another loss to the Angels on Sunday, Texas finished the first half of the season with eight consecutive losses and posted a 4-23 record in the final 27 games before the break. With an overall record of 38-57, Texas is sitting 21 games behind the AL West Division leading Oakland Athletics. The good news: the team had a four-day break. The bad news: now we’ve got to make it through another couple months of almost unwatchable baseball before the season ends. Because it’s not going to get any better this year.

Photo Credit: SI

Photo Credit: SI

It’s not good baseball. But if you would have told me at the beginning of the season that players like Robinson Chirinos, Rougned Odor, Chris Gimenez, Daniel Robertson, Aaron Poreda, Ben Rowen, Jake Smolinski, Ryan Feierabend, Miles Mikolas, and Matt West would be counted on as some of the everyday players and contributors, I wouldn’t have expected to see good baseball. [Read more…]

It’s Time to Get to Know Rougned Odor

By Debbie Willeford
PSDC Texas Rangers Correspondent

What was once a possible scenario is becoming a reality for Rougned Odor and the Texas Rangers.

Earlier in the year, it was speculated that if it came to pass that Elvis Andrus was placed on the disabled list, the projected second baseman, Jurickson Profar would shift to shortstop and top prospect Rougned Odor would be called up to cover second base. [Read more…]

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Ernest is Tormenting the Texas Rangers’ Pitchers

By Brendon Morris
PSDC Writer

You know when David Ortiz took a hack in the seventh inning of Yu Darvish’s would-be perfect game last Friday? Then the ball splattered between a dazed and confused duo of Alex Rios and Rougned Odor?

The ball didn’t just fall and ruin another perfect game/no-hitter opportunity for the dealing Japan import. There was a third person involved that play.

It was the MLB Angel of Death. He was there, you just couldn’t see him. We’ll call him Ernest.

Ernest found his way to the ball club on that fateful Friday and decided to shake things up a bit.

Then he went after more, and we found his fingerprints just today.

Martin Perez, whom I believed would’ve been the No. 2 starter in Arlington by season’s end before today’s news, suffered a partially-torn UCL, a ligament in his throwing elbow, that usually requires Tommy John surgery.

That news stunk. Yet another starter on the cursed Texas rotation knocked out by Ernest. But then the angel did it again when Matt Harrison left last night’s game in the second inning with back stiffness. Ernest wants Harry to end his career with another back surgery, and all the Rangers want is someone to throw some strikes once every couple of days. Preferably the guy they’re going to pay for the next five years, which is Harry himself. [Read more…]

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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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Jurickson Profar Injury Chills Texas Rangers Spring

By Bob Cole
PSDC Texas Rangers Correspondent

Spring training is a time for optimism in most major league camps, but the Texas Rangers are now reporting that young infield sensation Jurickson Profar of Curacao will be sidelined for 10-12 weeks at the beginning of the 2014 season with a torn teres muscle in his right shoulder. Surgery is not expected.

Profar had been suffering from tendinitis at the beginning of camp, and the new injury is not good news for the Rangers as they have to deal with a vacancy at second base. Ian Kinsler is no longer with the team and now the Rangers must figure out how to plug their middle infield. [Read more…]