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The Texas Rangers have six free agents heading into this winter

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Friday 28 October 2011 at 11:18 pm

The Texas Rangers have six free agents heading into the winter. Here is who I see staying and leaving out of this bunch:

Matt Treanor: 35-year old righty swinging catcher Matt Treanor played in 7 games for the Rangers last year and he was 0 for 10 (.000 avg, .083 OPS) with 1 RBI. He played in 72 games overall last year with the Rangers & Royals and he was 42 for 196 (.214 avg, .628 OPS) with 24 runs scored, 3 homers, 22 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. PREDICTION: LEAVING

Brandon Webb: 32-year old righty starting pitcher never made it to the mound with Rangers in 2011. He did pitch in 4 games (all starts) in AA-ball last year and he was 0-2 with a 9.75 ERA and a 2.25 WHIP. PREDICTION: LEAVING

C.J. Wilson: 30-year old lefty starting pitcher C.J. Wilson was outstanding in 2011. He pitched in 34 games (all starts) for the Rangers last year and he was 16-7 with a 2.94 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP. The Rangers aren’t going to get in a bidding war for Wilson. PREDICTION: LEAVING

Yoshinori Tateyama: 35-year old righty reliever Yoshinori Tateyama pitched in 39 games (0 starts) for the Rangers as a rookie last year and he was 2-0 with 1 save, a 4.50 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP. The Rangers have a club option for 2012 for Tateyama worth $1 million bucks. PREDICTION: LEAVING

Darren Oliver: 41-year old lefty reliever Darren Oliver was outstanding in 2011 for the Rangers. Oliver pitched in 61 games (0 starts) for the Rangers last year and he was 5-5 with 2 saves, a 2.29 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP. PREDICTION: STAYING

Mike Gonzalez: 33-year old lefty reliever Mike Gonzalez pitched in 7 games (0 starts) for the Rangers last year and he was 0-0 with a 5.14 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP. Gonzalez pitched in 56 games (0 starts) for the Rangers & Orioles and he was 2-2 with 1 save, a 4.39 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP. PREDICTION: LEAVING

The Texas Rangers had a very solid 2011 season despite losing the World Series

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Season Reviews by chinmusic on Friday 28 October 2011 at 11:02 pm

The Texas Rangers lost the World Series, 4-3 to the Cardinals, but they still had a solid year. They beat the Tampa Bay Rays and Detroit Tigers to get to the World Series. They won the A.L. West with a 96-66 record, which had them 10 games ahead of the Angels as they really pulled away from them in September. Here are the things that really stood out to me about the Rangers in the 2011 regular season:

TEAM MVP - The Rangers almost got rid of 35-year old righty swinging DH Michael Young last winter. They are lucky they came to their senses as Young was the best hitter on the team in 2011. Young played in 159 games for the Rangers last year and he was 213 for 631 (.338 avg, .854 OPS) with 88 runs scored, 11 homers, 106 RBIs and 6 stolen bases. He proved in 2011, that he has plenty left in the gas tank.

BEST PITCHER - 30-year old lefty starting pitcher C.J. Wilson was even better in 2011 than he was in 2010. Wilson pitched in 34 games (all starts) for the Rangers this year and he was 16-7 with a 2.94 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP. He only gave up 191 hits in 223 1/3 innings this year while whiffing 206 batters and walking 74, as he was impressive.

PLEASANT SURPRISE: The fact that 25-year old lefty Derek Holland and 26-year old lefty Matt Harrison started pitching up to their abilities. Holland pitched in 32 games (all starts) and he was 16-5 with a 3.95 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP. Harrison pitched in 31 games (30 starts) for the Rangers this year and he was 14-9 with a 3.39 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP. The best is yet to come from these two guys.

BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT: The Rangers dealt Tommy Hunter and Chris Davis to the Orioles in return for 36-year old righty reliever Koji Uehara. Uehara pitched in 22 games (0 starts) for the Rangers this year and he was 1-2 with a 4.00 ERA and a 0.78 WHIP. He was so awful in the playoffs that he was left off of the World Series’ roster.

World Series Game #7: St. Louis Cardinals 6, Texas Rangers 2

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The Playoffs, The World Series by chinmusic on Friday 28 October 2011 at 10:50 pm

The Rangers scored two runs in the top of the 1st inning but that was all they could muster in this game. Ian Kinsler was 2 for 3 with 1 walk in this game. Josh Hamilton went 1 for 4 with 1 run scored, a double and 1 RBI despite not moving too well due to a groin injury. Michael Young was 1 for 4 with a double and a RBI. Mike Napoli (1 for 4) and David Murphy (1 for 4 with a double) were the rest of the offense for the Rangers in this game as they had a hard time with Chris Carpenter and the rest of the Cardinals’ pitchers. Matt Harrison got the start and it was a rough one for him. He pitched the first four innings in which he gave up 5 hits and 3 runs (all earned) while walking 2 batters and whiffing 1. Scott Feldman was terrible in this game as he only got two guys out while walking 3 batters and allowing 2 runs (both of which were earned). C.J. Wilson pitched 1 1/3 hitless innings and he whiffed 2 batters as he was solid. Mike Adams had another rough game as he worked 2/3 of an inning in which he gave up 2 hits, 1 run (it was earned), while walking and whiffing 1 batter. Mike Gonzalez worked a solid inning in which he got all three batters out that he faced (he whiffed two of them). Alexi Ogando struck out the only batter he faced last night. The Rangers season has ended with a thud once again, as they have lost the World Series, 4 games to 3.

The Texas Rangers have a quartet of hitters that are swinging good bats in the World Series

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Playing Well, The Playoffs, The World Series by chinmusic on Friday 28 October 2011 at 10:04 am

Mike Napoli, Adrian Beltre, Ian Kinsler and Elvis Andrus are hitting the ball well in the World Series and the Rangers need them to keep up the good work tonight. Napoli has been pretty darn awesome in this series as he has played in 6 games in which he is 6 for 16 (.375 avg, 1.313 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 2 homers and 10 RBIs. Adrian Beltre is also swinging a red hot stick as he has played in all six games for the Rangers in which he is 9 for 27 (.333 avg, .963 OPS) with 5 runs scored, 2 homers and 3 RBIs. Ian Kinsler is only 1 for three stealing bases but he is still 7 for 22 (.318 avg, .828 OPS) with 2 runs scored and 2 RBIs in the first six games. Elvis Andrus has also given the Rangers a spark at the top of the order as he is 8 for 27 (.296 avg, .630 OPS) with 4 runs scored. The Rangers need to get to Chris Carpenter early tonight if they are going to win the World Series.

It’s a winner take all Game #7 in the World Series tonight!

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The Playoffs, The World Series by chinmusic on Friday 28 October 2011 at 9:59 am

The Cardinals are on a roll right now after winning an improbable game last night. The Rangers can’t let the disappointment from last night’s loss trickle into tonight’s game. The Rangers are going to start young lefty Matt Harrison against crafty righty Chris Carpenter of the Cardinals. Harrison has pitched in 1 game (1 start) for the Rangers so far in the World Series and he is 0-1 with a 7.36 ERA and a 1.91 WHIP. Harrison has now pitched in 4 games (3 starts) so far in the post-season and he is 1-1 with a 5.02 ERA and a 1.53 WHIP. The Rangers need Harrison to pitch like he did during the regular season as the Cardinals have a very impressive offense. Chris Carpenter of the Cardinals has already pitched in 2 games (both starts) in the World Series already and he is 1-0 with a 2.77 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP. He has now pitched in 5 games (all starts) in the post-season for the Cardinals and he is 3-0 with a 3.30 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP.

World Series Game #6: St. Louis Cardinals 10, Texas Rangers 9 in 11 innings

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The Playoffs, The World Series by chinmusic on Friday 28 October 2011 at 7:56 am

The Rangers’ bullpen just couldn’t hold leads last night and it cost them this game. The Rangers had two outs in the ninth inning and two strikes on David Freese when he ripped a 2-run triple to tie the game and send it to extra innings. Josh Hamilton then cranked a two-run homer in the top of the 10th inning, but Lance Berkman hit a single with two outs in the bottom of the 10th inning to tie this game. David Freese then came up in the 11th inning and he ripped a solo homer to give the Cardinals an improbable win.

Josh Hamilton led the way for the Rangers in this game as he was 3 for 6 with 1 run scored, a homer and 3 RBIs. Ian Kinsler (2 for 5 with 1 run scored, a double and 2 RBIs) and Elvis Andrus (2 for 6 with 1 run scored) gave the Rangers some juice at the top of the order. Adrian Beltre (1 for 6 with 1 run scored and 1 RBI) and Nelson Cruz (1 for 6 with 2 runs and 1 RBI) each ripped solo homers in this game. Michael Young (2 for 4 with a double and a RBI) and Mike Napoli (2 for 3 with 3 walks and 1 RBI) also had good games with the bat. Young had some issues in the field with two costly errors.

Colby Lewis started the game and he was solid. He worked the first 5 1/3 innings in this game and he gave up 3 hits, 4 runs (2 earned), while walking 3 batters and whiffing 4. Alexi Ogando worked a 1/3 of an inning but he walked in two of Lewis’ runs. Derek Holland was next in line and he worked 2 innings allowing 2 hits and 1 run (it was earned). Mike Adams worked 1/3 of an inning and he gave up 2 hits but no runs. Neftali Feliz blew a rare save by working 1 inning in which he gave up 2 hits, 2 runs (both earned), while walking 1 batter and whiffing 2. Lefty Darren Oliver was the next pitcher to blow a save for the Rangers last night as he worked 1/3 of an inning in which he gave up 2 hits and 2 runs (both earned). Scott Feldman followed him in the game and he wasn’t too effective either. He pitched 2/3 of an inning allowing 1 hit and walking 1 batter. Mark Lowe pitched to one batter in the 11th inning and he gave up a walk-off homer to David Freese of the Cardinals. This Series is tied up at 3 games apiece with a winner take all Game #7 in St. Louis tonight!

World Series Game #5: Texas Rangers 4, St. Louis Cardinals 2

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The Playoffs, The World Series by chinmusic on Tuesday 25 October 2011 at 8:36 am

The Rangers had some magic off the bat of Mike Napoli in the bottom of the 8th to give them the win last night. Napoli was only 1 for 4 on the night, but his hit was a 2-run double that gave the Rangers the 4-2 lead heading into the 9th inning. Adrian Beltre and Mitch Moreland both were 1 for 4 with solo homers last night. Josh Hamilton (1 for 3 with a walk), Michael Young (1 for 4 with a double and a run scored), Nelson Cruz (1 for 3 with a run scored) and David Murphy (2 for 4) also helped out with the bats for the Rangers last night. C.J. Wilson was so-so last night for the Rangers as he worked 5 1/3 innings in which he gave up 4 hits, 2 runs (1 earned), while walking 5 batters and whiffing 3. Scott Feldman was up next and he worked 2/3 of an inning allowing 1 hit, no runs and he whiffed 1 batter. Alexi Ogando worked a very tough inning as he gave up 2 hits, 3 walks, 0 runs and he whiffed 1 batter. Darren Oliver worked a scoreless 8th inning without allowing a baserunner as he whiffed 1 batter. He was the winning pitcher. Neftali Feliz earned the save by working a scoreless, hitless inning in which he walked 1 batter and whiffed 2, to earn the save. The Rangers are now up 3-2 on the World Series as it shifts to St. Louis.

World Series Game #4: Texas Rangers 4, St. Louis Cardinals 0

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The Playoffs, The World Series by chinmusic on Monday 24 October 2011 at 7:15 am

The Texas Rangers evened up the World Series behind starting pitcher Derek Holland who was awesome last night. Holland worked the first 8 1/3 innings last night in which he gave up only 2 hits and 0 runs while whiffing 7 batters and walking only two. He was the winning pitcher. Neftali Feliz got the last two outs to finish off the Cardinals in this game. Mike Napoli provided the firepower for the Rangers last night when he cranked a three-run homer off of Mitchell Boggs in the bottom of the sixth inning. He finished up 1 for 2 with 1 run scored and 3 RBIs last night. Elvis Andrus (2 for 4 with a double and a run scored), Josh Hamilton (1 for 4 with a double and a RBI) and Nelson Cruz (1 for 2 with 1 run scored) also had solid games with the bats for the Rangers. The Rangers have now tied up the World Series at 2 games apiece with Game #5 in Texas tonight.

World Series Game #3: St. Louis Cardinals 16, Texas Rangers 7

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The Playoffs, The World Series by chinmusic on Sunday 23 October 2011 at 7:14 am

Every pitcher the Rangers used gave up at least 1 run last night and that was way too much for the batters to overcome. Albert Pujols of the Cardinals made sure the Rangers weren’t coming back as he jacked three homers in his last three ABs. He became only the third player ever to hit 3 homers in a World Series Game (Babe Ruth and Reggie Jackson). Matt Harrison started for the Rangers and he was the losing pitcher last night. He worked 3 2/3 innings allowing 6 hits, 5 runs (3 earned), while walking 1 batter and whiffing 3. Scott Feldman brought in the gas can, like every reliever the Rangers’ used tonight, as he worked 1 1/3 innings in which he allowed 2 hits, walked 2 batters and he gave up 3 runs (all earned). Alexi Ogando continued to pitch B.P. in the World Series as he worked only 1/3 of an inning but he allowed 3 hits, 4 runs (3 earned) while walking 2 batters and whiffing 1. Mike Gonzalez was next up for a beating as he worked 1 2/3 innings in which he gave up 1 hit, 1 walk and 2 runs (both earned). Mark Lowe pitched the 8th inning and he gave up 2 hits and 1 run (it was earned). Darren Oliver worked the 9th inning and he gave up 1 hit and 1 run (it was earned) with 2 strikeouts. Adrian Beltre led the way for the Rangers last night with the bat as he was 4 for 5 with 2 runs scored, 1 double and 1 RBI. Michael Young (2 for 5 with 2 runs scored and 2 RBIs) and Nelson Cruz (1 for 4 with 1 run scored and 2 RBIs) each cranked a homer apiece last night. Elvis Andrus (2 for 5 with 1 run scored and a double), Mike Napoli (1 for 2 with 2 RBIs) and Yorvit Torrealba (2 for 3) also pitched in with the sticks last night. The Cardinals are now up 2-1 in the World Series with Game #4 tonight.

The World Series Game #2: Texas Rangers 2, St. Louis Cardinals 1

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The Playoffs, The World Series by chinmusic on Friday 21 October 2011 at 6:18 pm

The Texas Rangers’ pitching staff deserves a lot of credit for giving the team a chance to come back in this game. Colby Lewis worked the first 6 2/3 innings last night and he only gave up 4 hits, 2 walks, 1 run (it was earned), while whiffing 4 batters as he was impressive. Alexi Ogando got one guy out but not until after Allen Craig got another run scoring hit off of him (he knocked in Lewis’ runner). Mike Adams earned the win by pitching a scoreless 8th inning. Neftali Feliz worked a scoreless ninth inning to earn the save, as he was downright nasty last night. The Rangers only could muster five hits last night, but two of them came in the 9th inning. Ian Kinsler (2 for 3 with 1 walk, 1 run scored and 1 stolen base) led off the ninth inning with a single. He moved to 3B on a single by Elvis Andrus and scored on a sacrifice fly from Josh Hamilton, which moved Andrus to 3B. Michael Young then knocked in Andrus with a sacrifice play and that’s all the offense the Rangers would need to win last night. The Rangers have tied the World Series at 1 game apiece as it shifts to Texas for the next three games.

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