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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Yu Gotta Be Kidding Me: Injury Bug Biting Texas Rangers Again

By Derek Reed
PSDC Texas Rangers Correspondent

Spring Training is almost in full swing now and the Texas Rangers are already beginning to resemble last year’s team. But sadly, the 2014 squad is not a team one should strive to resemble. The Rangers were decimated by injuries last year and set a MLB record for the number of players used in a season. Now the injury bug is back again, and this time it may have taken its most important piece of the puzzle.

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Yu Darvish made the dreaded trip to Dr. James Andrews this week to have Tommy John surgery on his pitching elbow. Recovery time tends to be just over a year, which eliminates any chance of Darvish pitching in 2015. It’s doubtful that he’ll be ready by the beginning of the 2016 season either and to make things sound even worse, he is only signed with the Rangers through 2017. So, there’s that too. [Read more…]

Texas Rangers Position-By-Position Preview: Starting Rotation

By Derek Reed
PSDC Texas Rangers Correspondent

STARTING ROTATION

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Current 40-Man Roster: Lisalverto Bonilla, Yu Darvish, Jerad Eickhoff, Matt Harrison, Derek Holland, Luke Jackson, Colby Lewis, Nick Martinez, Martin Perez, Nick Tepesch

If Matt Harrison and Martin Perez were healthy, Texas would have one of the best starting rotations in baseball.

1) Yu Darvish
2) Derek Holland
3) Martin Perez
4) Matt Harrison
5) Colby Lewis

Unfortunately, injuries are part of the game and I don’t expect to see Harrison or Perez any time soon. The absence of those two starters leaves a couple question marks in the Rangers’ rotation. Yu Darvish, Derek Holland and Colby Lewis are all but a lock to make the rotation, but the other two spots are up for grabs. [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…]

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?

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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.

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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…]

Can the Texas Rangers Win Despite Injuries?

By Derek Reed
PSDC Texas Rangers Correspondent

“The Rangers are going to win the World Series.” Those are the words that came out of my mouth as I read the message on my phone. I was eating dinner at the local Mexican joint with my wife when a buddy of mine sent me a text, asking if I’d heard the news. Prince Fielder was coming to Texas from Detroit in a straight up trade for Ian Kinsler. That’s when I made my bold prediction. Was I somewhat joking? Yeah. But, was I somewhat serious? Yeah.

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Photo Credit: Getty Images

I’ve been on my share of bad teams, but I’ve also been on, and pulled for quite a few teams that have won championships. I felt like this Fielder trade (not to mention the Shin-Soo Choo signing the following month) had just made this team a legitimate championship team. Now, I know that having a good team isn’t the only thing you need to win that ever-elusive championship. Sometimes a good team is only good enough to get you three wins and 8 2/3 innings of the four games you need to hoist the trophy. Championship teams have to not only be good, but they also have to have a little luck, magic or whatever you want to call it. [Read more…]

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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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…]

Texas Rangers Walk Off with a Win

By Bob Cole
PSDC Texas Rangers Correspondent

The Texas Rangers walked off Globe Life field with a win, despite a masterful performance by Seattle Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez.

Hernandez stymied Rangers batters for an impressive seven-inning performance. He allowed no runs, only four hits and struck out nine Ranger batters. He also commanded the strike zone with 68 strikes out of 96 pitches, but even those outstanding numbers did not hold down the Rangers. [Read more…]

Texas Rangers Pitching Staff: Starting Over

By Bob Cole
PSDC Texas Rangers Correspondent

The Texas Rangers are starting over as they replenish their starting pitching staff with starters filtering back into the rotation from pre-season injuries. Colby Lewis is the next Ranger pitcher due back into the lineup. Lewis has not pitched in the majors since a back injury in the 2012 season.

Earlier today ESPN reported that Lewis was expected to start today’s afternoon game against the Astros. The Texas Rangers started Matin Perez instead. In any event, Lewis will be back soon, and the Rangers need him healthy and ready to produce. [Read more…]

Thank Yu! Darvish Dominates Astros

By Bob Cole
PSDC Texas Rangers Correspondent

Texas Ranger pitcher Yu Darvish dominated the Houston Astros for eight innings at Globe Life Park Friday night. He led the Rangers as they defeated the Astros 1-0 in a 12-inning battle in Arlington. A pitchers’ duel in Arlington? Yes. And Yu Darvish once again proved to all that this Japanese import deserves his spot on the Major League stage.

How dominant was he? He retired the first 15 batters he faced. During those eight innings he struck out nine Astros, walked one and only allowed one hit. Darvish threw 101 pitches with 63 of them being strikes. The Ranger bullpen took over in the ninth. Joakim Soria threw 14 pitches in the ninth (eight for strikes), walking one batter, striking out one and forcing two groundouts. [Read more…]