Jeff Russell was a solid pitcher for the Texas Rangers

Blogged under Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Sunday 24 July 2016 at 9:32 am

Righty reliever/starter Jeff Russell was a rock solid pitcher for the Texas Rangers.  Russell pitched in 445 games (39 starts) in his 10 years with the Rangers and he was 42-40 with 134 saves, a 3.73 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP.  He gave up 735 hits and 295 walks while whiffing 474 batters in his 752 2/3 innings for the Rangers.  He also pitched in 2 games (0 starts) in the playoffs for the Rangers and he was 0-0 with a 3.00 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP.  He made the All-Star team twice with the Rangers, once as a starting pitcher (1988) and the next year as a closer (1989)!  Russell pitched in 34 games (24 starts) in 1988 for the Rangers and he was 10-9 with a 3.82 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP.  In 1989, Russell pitched in 71 games (0 starts) with the Rangers in which he was 6-4 with an American League leading 38 saves, a 1.98 ERA and a 0.95 WHIP.  He gave up only 45 hits and 24 walks while whiffing 77 batters in 72 2/3 innings for the Rangers in 1989.  Russell is currently #2 in both games pitched (445) and saves (134) in Rangers’ history!  He is also #13 in ERA (3.73), #23 in wins (42), #19 in WHIP (1.37), #21 in innings pitched (752 2/3) and #22 in strikeouts (474) in Rangers’ history!

The Texas Rangers call up a couple of players

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Wednesday 20 July 2016 at 8:25 pm

The Texas Rangers have called up 23-year old righty swinging outfielder Delino DeShields and 23-year old righty swinging infielder Hanser Alberto.  DeShields played in 30 games earlier this year for the Rangers and he was 23 of 106 (.217 avg, .596 OPS) with 17 runs scored, 2 homers, 8 RBIs and 4 stolen bases.  DeShields has now played in 151 games in his first two years with the Rangers and he is 134 of 531 (.252 avg, .694 OPS) with 100 runs scored, 4 homers, 45 RBIs and 29 stolen bases.  The Rangers hope that DeShields is better this time around, as he started the 2016 pretty poorly…earning his demotion to AAA.  Alberto played in 24 games for the Rangers earlier this year and he was 6 for 37 (.162 avg, .324 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 3 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  Alberto has now played in 65 games in his first two years with the Rangers and he is 28 of 136 (.206 avg, .453 OPS) with 14 runs scored, 0 homers, 7 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.  The Rangers need Alberto to step up this time around.

The Texas Rangers put two starting players on the D.L.

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by joelapinski on Wednesday 20 July 2016 at 8:18 pm

The Texas Rangers have placed 32-year old lefty swinging DH/1B Prince Fielder and 34-year old lefty swinging outfielder Shin-Soo Choo on the 15-day disabled list.  Fielder has a herniated disc in his neck and it is in a different area than when he had surgery the first time around to fix it.  Surgery is a really option for Fielder this time around and if he has it, it will end his 2016 season.  Fielder has played in 89 games for the Rangers this year and he is 69 of 326 (.212 avg, .626 OPS) with 29 runs scored, 8 homers and 44 RBIs.  Fielder has played in 289 games in his first three years with the Rangers and he is 293 of 1,089 (.269 avg, .760 OPS) with 126 runs scored, 34 homers and 158 RBIs.  It’s starting to look like the Tigers ripped off the Rangers in the Kinsler/Fielder deal of a few years ago.  Choo is on the D.L. with lower back inflammation and he should only miss a couple of weeks.  Choo has played in 33 games for the Rangers so far this year and he is 32 of 123 (.260 avg, .844 OPS) with 22 runs scored, 7 homers, 17 RBIs and 4 stolen bases.  Choo has played in 305 games in his first three years with the Rangers and he is 295 of 1,133 (.260 avg, .789 OPS) with 174 runs scored, 42 homers, 139 RBIs and 11 stolen bases.

The Texas Rangers acquire Scott Carroll from the White Sox

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Trades by joelapinski on Wednesday 20 July 2016 at 7:59 pm

The Texas Rangers have acquired 31-year old righty starter/reliever Scott Carroll from the Chicago White Sox for cash considerations.  Carroll pitched in 3 games (0 starts) for the White Sox this year and he was 0-0 with a 11.57 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP.  He also pitched in 16 games (12 starts) in AAA-ball for the White Sox and he was 2-8 with a 5.55 ERA and a 1.72 WHIP.  Carroll has now pitched in 47 games (19 starts) in his first three years in the show and he is 6-11 with a 4.60 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP.  This was just a case of the Rangers buying some rotation insurance.

Nomar Mazara has been having a hard time at the plate lately for the Texas Rangers

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,In Need of a Slumpbuster by joelapinski on Monday 18 July 2016 at 1:10 pm

21-year old lefty swinging outfielder Nomar Mazara started his Major League career like a ball of fire for the Texas Rangers, but it seems like the pitchers in the Major Leagues have adjusted to him.  Since June 1st, Mazara has played in 40 games for the Rangers in which he is 36 of 145 (.248 avg) with 14 runs scored, 2 homers and 12 RBIs.  Mazara has now played in 84 games overall this year for the Rangers and he is 87 of 314 (.277 avg, .739 OPS) with 36 runs scored, 11 homers and 36 RBIs.  The Rangers hope that Mazara turns things around soon, or they might have to start taking away some of his playing time.  Mazara came into this season as the Rangers’ #3 prospect according to Baseball America.

The Texas Rangers activate Yu Darvish off the D.L.

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Saturday 16 July 2016 at 1:41 pm

The Texas Rangers have activated 29-year old righty starting pitcher Yu Darvish off the D.L.  He has pitched in 3 games (all starts) so far this year for the Rangers and he is 2-0 with a 2.87 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP.  Darvish has given up 11 hits and 6 walks while whiffing 19 batters in his first 15 2/3 innings so far this year.  The Rangers have sent 22-year old righty reliever Jose Leclerc to AAA to make room on the roster for Darvish.  Leclerc has pitched in 3 games (0 starts) for the Rangers so far this year and he is 0-0 with a 1.59 ERA and a 2.12 WHIP.  That was Leclerc’s first shot at pitching in the show.  Darvish is starting today against the Cubs and they need him to stay healthy this time around!

The Texas Rangers sign Alexei Bell

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Saturday 16 July 2016 at 8:07 am

The Texas Rangers have signed 32-year old righty swinging outfielder Alexei Bell to a minor league deal.  Bell played in 9 games in Mexico this year and he was 6 for 35 (.171 avg, .624 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 1 homer, 4 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  Bell has now played in 16 years in professional ball and he is 1,004 of 3,164 (.317 avg, .949 OPS) with 672 runs scored, 141 homers, 659 RBIs and 133 stolen bases.

The Texas Rangers place Jake Diekman on the D.L.

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by joelapinski on Friday 15 July 2016 at 5:26 pm

The Texas Rangers have placed 29-year old lefty reliever Jake Diekman on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 6th, due to a lacerated left index finger.  Diekman has pitched in 39 games (0 starts) for the Rangers so far this year and he is 1-1 with 2 saves, a 2.73 ERA and a 0.97 WHIP.  He has given up 19 hits and 13 walks while whiffing 36 batters in his first 33 innings for the Rangers this year.  To replace Diekman on the roster, the Rangers have activated 23-year old righty reliever Keone Kela off the 60-day D.L.  Kela pitched in 7 games (0 starts) earlier this year for the Rangers before he was injured and he was 1-0 with a 7.11 ERA and a 1.58 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 75 games (0 starts) in his first two years with the Rangers and he is 8-5 with 1 save, a 2.84 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP.

Delino DeShields is trying to work his way back to the Texas Rangers

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Thursday 14 July 2016 at 3:40 pm

23-year old righty swinging CF Delino DeShields burst onto the scene last year for the Texas Rangers as a rookie.  He played in 121 games for the Rangers last year and he was 111 of 425 (.261 avg, .718 OPS) with 83 runs scored, 10 triples, 2 homers, 37 RBIs and 25 stolen bases.  DeShields went into this season as the Rangers’ starting CF, but boy did he struggle.  He played in 30 games for the Rangers this year and he was 23 of 106 (.217 avg, .596 OPS) with 17 runs scored, 2 homers, 8 RBIs and 4 stolen bases.  That production earned him a one way ticket to AAA.  He has played in 48 games in AAA-ball for the Rangers since being sent down and he is 47 of 183 (.257 avg, .722 OPS) with 34 runs scored, 3 homers, 16 RBIs and 20 stolen bases.  DeShields could get another shot in the near future for the Rangers, if he starts to pick up the pace a little bit with the bat in AAA.

Cole Hamels of the Texas Rangers is an All Star

Blogged under All-Stars,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Sunday 10 July 2016 at 12:08 pm

32-year old lefty starting pitcher Cole Hamels of the Texas Rangers has been named to the All Star Team, for the 4th time in his career.  He has pitched in 18 games (all starts) for the Rangers so far this year and he is 9-2 with a 3.21 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP.  Hamels has given up 102 hits and 47 walks while whiffing 109 batters in his first 112 innings for the Rangers.  Hamels has now pitched in 325 games (324 starts) in his first 11 years in the show and he is 130-93 with a 3.31 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP.  The Rangers need Hamels to keep up the good work in the second half, as their starting rotation has been be-set by a lot of injuries as of late.

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