The Texas Rangers’ season ends with a thud!

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Playoffs by joelapinski on Wednesday 12 October 2016 at 8:52 pm

The Texas Rangers got pushed around and swept by the Toronto Blue Jays, as they were outscored 22-10 in this series!  Elvis Andrus led the way for the Rangers’ offensively in this series as he was 4 for 11 (.364 avg, 1.182 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 1 triple, 1 homer and 1 RBI!  Mitch Moreland had a solid series as he was 2 for 8 (.250 avg, .833 OPS) with 1 run scored, 0 homers and 2 RBI.  Rougned Odor was only 2 for 10 (.200 avg, .833 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 1 homer and 2 RBI.  Ryan Rua only played in 1 game in this series, but he was 2 for 3 (.667 avg, 1.333 OPS).

Carlos Beltran, Carlos Gomez and Jonathan Lucroy were hired guns that the Rangers acquired late in the year and they went a combined 5 for 36 (.139 avg) with 2 runs scored, 0 homers, 2 RBI and 1 stolen base.  Ian Desmond was 3 for 14 (.214 avg, 500 OPS) with a double and 2 RBI.  Adrian Beltre also had a rough time as he was 2 for 11 (.182 avg, .523 OPS) with a double and a run scored.  Nomar Mazara and Shin-Soo Choo shared right field in this series and they were a combined 1 for 9 (.111 avg) with 1 run scored and 1 RBI.  The Rangers were a combined 21 of 103 (.204 avg, .575 OPS) with 10 runs scored, 2 homers, 10 RBI and 1 stolen base in this series.  They also walked 7 times while whiffing 22 times.

The Rangers thought they were set up well in the starting rotation, but boy were they wrong!  Cole Hamels was 0-1 with a 16.20 ERA and a 2.70 WHIP in this series.  Yu Darvish was better, but still far from good, as he was 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP.  Colby Lewis didn’t get a decision, but he certainly pitched awful enough to be a losing pitcher!  He was 0-0 with a 22.50 ERA and a 2.50 WHIP.  The Rangers’ starting pitchers in this series were a combined 0-2 with a 13.94 ERA and a 1.94 WHIP.

The Rangers’ bullpen were much better than their starting pitchers.  Lefty Alex Claudio pitched in 2 games for the Rangers in this series and he was 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP.  He worked 5 shutout innings in which he gave up 3 hits and 3 walks without whiffing any batters.  Righty Matt Bush worked in 2 games and he was 0-1 with a 0.00 ERA and a 0.82 WHIP.  Bush worked 3 2/3 innings in which he gave up 1 hit, 2 walks, 1 run (it was unearned) and he whiffed 6 batters.  Righty Tony Barnette worked in all 3 games in this series and he was 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA and a 0.75 WHIP.  He gave up 3 hits and 0 walks in 4 shutout innings while whiffing 1 batter.  The Rangers’ bullpen were a combined 0-1 with a 1.56 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP.  The Rangers’ pitching staff overall were a combined 0-3 with a 6.18 ERA and a 1.48 WHIP in this series.

Game #3: Toronto Blue Jays 7, Texas Rangers 6 in 10 innings

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Playoffs by joelapinski on Monday 10 October 2016 at 8:43 am

The Texas Rangers made a nice comeback yesterday in Toronto, until Josh Donaldson scored from second base on an error on a throw to 1B by 2B Rougned Odor that would have gotten them out of the 10th inning tied at 6.  Colby Lewis got destroyed by the Blue Jays’ hitters as he only lasted 2 innings in which he gave up 5 hits, 6 runs (all earned) and 0 walks while whiffing 2 batters.  Two of the hits Lewis gave up were homers (Edwin Encarnacion and Russell Martin).  Tony Barnette, Alex Claudio, Jeremy Jeffress, Jake Diekman and Keone Kela combined to work 5 innings in which they gave up 4 hits, 3 walks, 1 unearned run and whiffed 2 batters to keep the Rangers in the game.  Matt Bush worked the last 2 2/3 innings in which he gave up 1 hit, 1 walk and whiffed 5 while giving up the unearned run that made him the losing pitcher in the Rangers’ last game of the year.

The Rangers amazingly scored 6 runs despite only having 4 hits last night in Toronto!  Rougned Odor led the way for the Rangers’ offensively as he was 1 for 3 with 2 runs scored, a homer and 2 RBI.  Mitch Moreland (1 for 3 with a walk, a double and 2 RBI), Elvis Andrus (1 for 4 with a solo homer) and Jonathan Lucroy (1 for 4 with 1 run scored) also pitched in offensively for the Rangers in this game.  The Rangers were a combined 4 of 34 (.118 avg) with 4 walks and 9 whiffs.  The Rangers got swept in three games by the Toronto Blue Jays in the A.L.D.S.

Game #2: Toronto Blue Jays 5, Texas Rangers 3

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Playoffs by joelapinski on Friday 7 October 2016 at 8:53 pm

The Texas Rangers went 13 of 40 (.325 avg) with 3 walks and 7 whiffs, but they could only muster 3 runs today.  That’s not going to cut it when your starting pitcher (Yu Darvish) gives up four homers!  Ian Desmond led the way offensively for the Rangers today as he went 3 for 5 with a double and 2 RBI.  Carlos Gomez (2 for 5 with 1 RBI) and Ryan Rua (2 for 3) also had solid games today at the plate for the Rangers.  Adrian Beltre (1 for 4 with a double and a walk), Mitch Moreland (1 for 2 with a double and a run scored) and Nomar Mazara (1 for 3 with 1 run scored) also pitched in at the plate for the Rangers.  The Toronto Blue Jays blasted Yu Darvish today, as he worked 5 innings in which he gave up 5 hits (4 homers), 5 runs (all earned) and he walked 1 batter while whiffing 4.  He was the losing pitcher!  Tony Barnette, Matt Bush and Sam Dyson combined to throw 4 shutout innings while allowing only 1 hit and 1 walk while whiffing 3 batters to keep the Rangers in the game.  The Rangers are now down 2-0 in this series as it shifts to Toronto.

Game #1: Toronto Blue Jays 10, Texas Rangers 1

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Playoffs by joelapinski on Thursday 6 October 2016 at 7:33 pm

The Texas Rangers never had a chance today as Cole Hamels got ambushed by the Blue Jays!  Hamels only lasted 3 1/3 innings today against the Jays as he got 6 hits, 3 walks, 7 runs (6 earned) while whiffing only 1 batter.  He was the losing pitcher for the Rangers.  Lefty reliever Alex Claudio came into the game after Hamels, as he was excellent in working 3 2/3 scoreless innings, allowed 2 hits, walking none and whiffing 2.  Righty reliever Tony Barnette was next up for the Rangers and he threw a scoreless inning while allowing 1 hit.  Lefty reliever Jake Diekman finished the the game for the Rangers today and he got battered.  He worked 1 inning today, allowing 4 hits (1 homer, Jose Bautista), 1 walk, 3 runs (all earned) and 1 whiff!

The Rangers didn’t hit a lick today off of Marco Estrada or Ryan Tepera of the Jays.  They combined to go 4 for 29 (.138 avg) with 0 walks and 6 whiffs today!  Elvis Andrus was the only guy on the Rangers with more than 1 hit.  He was 2 for 3 with 1 run scored, a triple and he got caught stealing.  Carlos Beltan (1 for 3), Adrian Beltre (1 for 3) and Shin-Soo Choo (0 for 3 with 1 RBI) were the only other batters on the Rangers that showed a pulse at the plate today!  The good news is, as bad as the Jays whipped them today, that it only counted as 1 loss.  The Blue Jays are up 1-0 on the Rangers in this series!

2016 A.L.D.S. Toronto Blue Jays (89-73) vs. Texas Rangers (95-67)

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Playoffs by joelapinski on Thursday 6 October 2016 at 12:59 pm

These two teams hate each other!  They played in the A.L.D.S. last yeast r and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Texas Rangers in five games!  Last year’s series was a classic and Jose Bautista had the bat flip seen around the world off of Sam Dyson of the Rangers.  Then earlier this year, Bautista tried to take out Rangers’ 2B Rougned Odor, who responded by punching him in the face!  Here is a look at the matchups in what could be a really chippy series:

STARTING PITCHING:  The Toronto Blue Jays have a pretty solid starting rotation.  33-year old righty Marco Estrada will lead off this series for the Blue Jays.  He pitched in 29 games (all starts) for the Jays this year and he was 9-9 with a 3.48 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP.  He slowed down late in the year due to a back problem.  He has been a solid pitcher in the playoffs so far in his career.  He has pitched in 7 games (3 starts) in the playoffs so far in his career and he is 2-1 with a 3.00 ERA and a 0.95 WHIP.  33-year old lefty J.A. Happ will be up second for the Jays in this round of the playoffs.  He pitched in 32 games (all starts) for the Jays this year and he was great as he was 20-4 with a 3.18 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP.  Happ has pitched in 8 games (1 start) in the playoffs so far in his career and he is 0-0 with a 4.82 ERA and a 2.14 WHIP.  24-year old righty Aaron Sanchez should be well rested for the playoffs.  He pitched in 30 games (all starts) for the Blue Jays this year and he was 15-2 with a A.L. leading 3.00 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP.  He has done all of his work in the playoffs until now out of the pen, where he has been awesome.  Sanchez has pitched in 9 games (0 starts) in the playoffs so far in his career and he is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP.  25-year old righty Marcus Stroman will be #4 in line in this series.  He pitched in 32 games (all starts) for the Jays this year and he was 9-10 with a 4.37 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP.  He also has pitched in 4 games (all starts) in the playoffs so far in his career and he is 1-0 with a 3.91 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP.

The Texas Rangers are a little top heavy rotation wise coming into this series.  32-year old lefty Cole Hamels is a true ace.  He pitched in 32 games (all starts) for the Rangers this year and he was 15-5 with a 3.32 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP.  He has pitched in 15 games (all starts) in the playoffs so far in his career and he is 7-5 with a 3.03 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP.  Hamels was the MVP of both the 2008 NLCS and the World Series for the Philadelphia Phillies in 2008.  30-year old righty Yu Darvish will be #2 in line in this series for the Rangers.  He pitched in 17 games (all starts) for the Rangers this year and he was 7-5 with a 3.41 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP.  He has also pitched in 1 game (1 start) in the playoffs so far in his career and he is 0-1 with a 2.70 ERA and a 0.75 WHIP.  37-year old righty Colby Lewis will be #3 in line for the Rangers.  He pitched in 19 games (all starts) for the Rangers this year and he was 6-5 with a 3.71 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP.  He has been a big game pitcher so far in his career, working in 9 games (8 starts) in the playoffs so far in his career in which he is 4-1 with a 2.38 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP.  25-year old lefty Martin Perez is going to #4 in line for the Rangers in this series.  He pitched in 33 games (all starts) for the Rangers this year and he was 10-11 with a 4.39 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP.  Perez has pitched in 1 game (1 start) in the playoffs so far in his career and he is 0-1 with a 7.20 ERA and a 1.80 WHIP.

EDGE:  SLIGHT FOR BLUE JAYS

CLOSER:  21-year old righty closer Roberto Osuna could be having some health issues, as he appeared to have injured himself in the Wild Card Game on Tuesday.  When he’s righty, Osuna is a solid closer with great stuff.  He pitched in 72 games (0 starts) for the Blue Jays this year and he was 4-3 with 36 saves, a 2.68 ERA and a 0.93 WHIP.  He has pitched in 8 games (0 starts) in the playoffs so far in his career and he is 0-1 with 1 save, a 1.86 ERA and a 0.41 WHIP.

28-year old righty Sam Dyson has to forget about Jose Bautista’s bat flip in the playoffs last year and he needs to focus on closing out games.  Dyson pitched in 73 games (0 starts) for the Rangers this year and he was 3-2 with 38 saves, a 2.43 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP.  He has pitched in 4 games (0 starts) in the playoffs so far in his career and he is 0-0 with 1 save, a 2.45 ERA and a 1.91 WHIP.

EDGE:  EVEN

BULLPEN:  It appears as if manager John Gibbons is going to use 39-year old righty Jason Grilli and 26-year old righty Joe Biagini late in games against righty batters.  Grilli pitched in 67 games (0 starts) for the Braves and Blue Jays this year and he was 7-6 with 4 saves, a 3.06 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP.  He has pitched in 12 games (0 starts) in the playoffs so far in his career and he is 0-0 with 1 save, a 0.00 ERA and a 0.86 WHIP.  Biagini was a Rule 5 Draft pick last December by the Blue Jays.  He pitched in 60 games (0 starts) this year for the Jays and he was 4-3 with 1 save, a 3.06 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP.  He pitched the Wild Card game for the Jays and he struck out both of the batters he pitched to.  30-year old lefty Brett Cecil will probably be mostly a lefty specialist in this series.  He pitched in 54 games (0 starts) for the Jays this year and he was 1-7 with a 3.93 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP.  Cecil has pitched in 3 games (0 starts) in the playoffs so far in his career and he is 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP.  32-year old lefty Francisco Liriano can be used in short or long relief in this series for the Jays.  He pitched in 31 games (29 starts) for the Jays and Pirates this year in which he was 8-13 with a 4.69 ERA and a 1.49 WHIP.  He has pitched in 5 games (3 starts) in the playoffs so far in his career and he is 2-0 with a 3.22 ERA and a 0.94 WHIP.  If 41-year old righty R.A. Dickey makes the roster, he will be used in long relief.  He pitched in 30 games (29 starts) for the Jays this year and he was 10-15 with a 4.46 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP.  Dickey has pitched in 2 games (both starts) in the playoffs so far in his career and he is 0-1 with a 7.11 ERA and a 1.74 WHIP.

The Texas Rangers have a young, but very talented bullpen.  30-year old righty Matt Bush has turned into the Rangers’ main set-up man as a rookie!  He pitched in 58 games (0 starts) for the Rangers this year and he was 7-2 with 1 save, a 2.48 ERA and a 0.94 WHIP.  32-year old righty Tony Barnette was a find for the Rangers, as they signed him last winter out of Japan.  He pitched in 53 games (0 starts) for the Rangers this year and he was 7-3 with a 2.09 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP.  Bush and Barnette have yet to pitch in the playoffs in their careers.  29-year old righty Jeremy Jeffress is back in the Rangers’ good graces after getting into some trouble shortly after the trade that brought him in.  Jeffress pitched in 59 games (0 starts) for the Rangers and Brewers in which he was 3-2 with 27 saves, a 2.33 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP.  29-year old Jake Diekman will be the lefty reliever the Rangers use later in games in this series.  He pitched in 66 games (0 starts) for the Rangers last year and he was 4-2 with 4 saves, a 3.40 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP.  He has pitched in 4 games (0 starts) in the playoffs so far in his career and he is 0-0 with a 1.50 ERA and a 0.33 WHIP.  24-year old lefty Alex Claudio will be the situational lefty in the pen in this series.  He pitched in 39 games (0 starts) for the Rangers this year and he was 4-1 with a 2.79 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP.  Claudio hasn’t pitched in the playoffs to this point in his career.

EDGE:  SLIGHT FOR RANGERS

CATCHER:  33-year old righty swinging catcher Russell Martin is a grinder behind the plate.  He played in 137 games for the Jays this year and he was 105 of 455 (.231 avg, .733 OPS) with 62 runs scored, 20 homers, 74 RBI and 2 stolen bases.  Martin has played in 49 games in the playoffs so far in his career and he is 33 of 166 (.199 avg, .637 OPS) with 20 runs scored, 4 homers, 17 RBI and 1 stolen base.

30-year old righty swinging Jonathan Lucroy was an excellent addition for the Rangers at the trade deadline.  He played in 142 games for the Rangers and Brewers this year in which he was 143 of 490 (.292 avg, .855 OPS) with 67 runs scored, 24 homers, 81 RBI and 5 stolen bases.  Lucroy has played in 10 games in the playoffs so far in his career and he is 8 for 32 (.250 avg, .625 OPS) with 3 runs scored, 1 homer and 5 RBI.

EDGERANGERS

FIRST BASE:  29-year old switch-hitting Justin Smoak might get a lot of time in this series, or the Jays could elect to play Edwin Encarnacion there.  Smoak played in 126 games for the Jays this year and he was 65 of 299 (.217 avg, .705 OPS) with 33 runs scored, 14 homers, 34 RBI and 1 stolen base.  Smoak has played in 9 games in the playoffs in his career and he is 0 for 9 (.000 avg, .000 OPS).

31-year old lefty swinging Mitch Moreland will start against righty pitchers for sure in this series.  Moreland played in 147 games for the Rangers this year and he was 107 of 460 (.233 avg, .720 OPS) with 49 runs scored, 22 homers, 60 RBI and 1 stolen base.  He has played in 30 games in the playoffs so far in his career and he is 19 of 89 (.213 avg, .645 OPS) with 7 runs scored, 3 homers and 11 RBI.

EDGERANGERS

SECOND BASE:  25-year old righty swinging Devon Travis is a player on the rise for the Blue Jays.  Travis played in 101 games for the Jays this year and he was 123 of 410 (.300 avg, .785 OPS) with 54 runs scored, 11 homers, 50 RBI and 4 stolen bases.  Travis has played in 1 game in the playoffs and he is 1 for 5 (.200 avg, .400 OPS) with 1 run scored.

22-year old Rougned Odor has added a pretty awesome power stroke to his game in 2016.  He played in 150 games for the Rangers this year and he was 164 of 605 (.271 avg, .798 OPS) with 89 runs scored, 33 homers, 88 RBI and 14 stolen bases.  He has played in 5 games in the playoffs so far in his career and he is 5 for 18 (.278 avg, .881 OPS) with 7 runs scored, 1 homer and 2 RBI.

EDGE:  RANGERS

SHORTSTOP:  31-year old righty swinging Troy Tulowitzki is still a great player when he is healthy, and he is right now.  He played in 131 games for the Blue Jays this year and he was 125 of 492 (.254 avg, .761 OPS) with 54 runs scored, 24 homers, 79 RBI and 1 stolen base.  Tulowitzki has played in 27 games in the playoffs so far in his career and he is 21 of 105 (.200 avg, .600 OPS) with 8 runs scored, 3 homers and 17 RBI.

28-year old righty swinging Elvis Andrus had a nice bounceback season for the Rangers in 2016.  He played in 147 games for the Rangers this year and he was 153 of 506 (.302 avg, .800 OPS) with 75 runs scored, 8 homers, 69 RBI and 24 stolen bases.  Andrus has played in 39 games in the playoffs so far in his career and he is 42 of 162 (.259 avg, .596 OPS) with 19 runs scored, 0 homers, 6 RBI and 9 stolen bases.

EDGE:  BLUE JAYS

THIRD BASE:  30-year old righty swinging Josh Donaldson is one of the best all-around players in all of baseball.  He played in 155 games for the Blue Jays this year and he was 164 of 577 (.284 avg, .953 OPS) with 122 runs scored, 37 homers, 99 RBI and 7 stolen bases.  Donaldson has played in 23 games in the playoffs so far in his career and he is 22 of 89 (.247 avg, .728 OPS) with 12 runs scored, 3 homers, 8 RBI and 1 stolen base.

37-year old righty swinging Adrian Beltre just keeps rolling along for the Texas Rangers.  Beltre played in 153 games for the Rangers this year and he was 175 of 583 (.300 avg, .879 OPS) with 89 runs scored, 32 homers, 104 RBI and 1 stolen base.  He has played in 25 games in the playoffs so far in his career and he is 27 for 100 (.270 avg, .772 OPS) with 15 runs scored, 5 homers and 11 RBI.

EDGE:  SLIGHT FOR THE BLUE JAYS

LEFT FIELD:  29-year old lefty swinging Michael Saunders had the best year of his career in 2016.  He played in 140 games for the Jays this year and he was 124 of 490 (.253 avg, .815 OPS) with 70 runs scored, 24 homers, 57 RBI and 1 stolen base.  Saunders has played in 1 game in the playoffs so far in his career and he is 1 for 2 (.500 avg, 1.500 OPS) with 1 run scored.

30-year old righty swinging Carlos Gomez has been quite a find for the Rangers after being cut loose by the Astros.  Gomez played in 118 games overall this year for the Astros and Rangers in which he was 95 of 411 (.231 avg, .682 OPS) with 45 runs scored, 13 homers, 53 RBI and 18 stolen bases.  Gomez has played in 15 games in the playoffs so far in his career and he is 9 for 33 (.273 avg, .879 OPS) with 6 runs scored, 3 homers, 5 RBI and 2 stolen bases.

EDGE:  EVEN

CENTER FIELD:  27-year old righty swinging Kevin Pillar is a decent offensive player and an all-world defensive center fielder!  Pillar played in 146 games for the Blue Jays this year and he was 146 of 548 (.266 avg, .679 OPS) with 59 runs scored, 7 homers, 53 RBI and 14 stolen bases.  Pillar has played in 12 games in the playoffs so far in his career and he is 13 of 46 (.283 avg, .805 OPS) with 6 runs scored, 1 homer, 6 RBI and 2 stolen bases.

31-year old righty swinging Ian Desmond has been quite a find for the Rangers.  He played in 156 games for the Rangers this year and he was 178 of 625 (.285 avg, .782 OPS) with 107 runs scored, 22 homers, 86 RBI and 21 stolen bases.  Desmond has played in 9 games in the playoffs so far and he is 10 for 37 (.270 avg, .587 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 0 homers, 0 RBI and 1 stolen base.

EDGE:  RANGERS

RIGHT FIELD:  35-year old righty swinging Jose Bautista plays big when the games get big.  He played in 116 games for the Blue Jays in a injury plagued season and he was 99 of 423 (.234 avg, .817 OPS) with 68 runs scored, 22 homers, 69 RBI and 2 stolen bases.  He has played in 12 games in the playoffs so far in his career and he is 13 of 44 (.295 avg, 1.120 OPS) with 8 runs scored, 5 homers and 12 RBI.

34-year old lefty swinging Shin-Soo Choo has been banged up all season, but he’s ready to go for this series.  Choo played in 48 games for the Rangers this year and he was 43 of 178 (.242 avg, .756 OPS) with 27 runs scored, 7 homers, 17 RBI and 6 stolen bases.  Choo has played in 6 games in the playoffs so far in his career and he is 6 for 24 (.250 avg, .808 OPS) with 6 runs scored, 2 homers and 3 RBI.

EDGE:  BLUE JAYS

DESIGNATED HITTER:  33-year old righty Edwin Encarnacion will likely get most of his ABs in this series at DH, but he could play some at first base in this series too.  Encarnacion played in 160 games for the Blue Jays this year and he was 158 of 601 (.263 avg, .886 OPS) with 99 runs scored, 44 homers, a American League leading 127 RBI and 2 stolen bases.  He has played in 12 games in the playoffs so far in his career and he is 12 of 44 (.273 avg, .839 OPS) with 6 runs scored, 2 homers and 8 RBI.

39-year old switch-hitting Carlos Beltran is only of the best post-season hitters that I have ever seen.  He played in 151 games for the Yankees and Rangers this year in which he was 163 of 552 (.295 avg, .850 OPS) with 73 runs scored, 29 homers, 93 RBI and 1 stolen base.  Beltran has played in 52 games in the playoffs so far in his career and he is 61 of 184 (.332 avg, 1.115 OPS) with 45 runs scored, 16 homers, 40 RBI and 11 stolen bases.

EDGE:  BLUE JAYS

BENCH:  The Blue Jays have a good bench and they aren’t scared to use it.  32-year old righty swinging outfielder Melvin Upton should be in the lineup against lefty pitching.  Upton played in 149 games this year for the Jays and Padres in which he was 117 of 492 (.238 avg, .693 OPS) with 64 runs scored, 20 homers, 61 RBI and 27 stolen bases.  Upton has played in 29 games in the playoffs so far in his career and he is 27 of 105 (.257 avg, .846 OPS) with 20 runs scored, 7 homers, 18 RBI and 9 stolen bases.  30-year old righty swinging infielder Darwin Barney had a solid year for the Jays.  He played in 104 games for the Jays this year and he was 75 of 279 (.269 avg, .695 OPS) with 35 runs scored, 4 homers, 19 RBI and 2 stolen bases.  This will be Barney’s first venture in his career into playoff baseball.  29-year old lefty swinging Ezequiel Carrera could also get in on the action in this series.  He played in 110 games for the Jays this year and he was 67 of 270 (.248 avg, .679 OPS) with 47 runs scored, 6 homers, 23 RBI and 7 stolen bases.  Carrera has played in 6 games in the playoffs so far in his career and he is 2 for 7 (.286 avg, .661 OPS) with 1 RBI and 1 stolen base.  32-year old switch-hitting catcher Dioner Navarro will back up Russell Martin in this series.  Navarro played in 101 games for the White Sox and Jays this year in which he was 63 of 304 (.207 avg, .587 OPS) with 26 runs scored, 6 homers, 35 RBI and 1 stolen base.  Navarro has played in 23 games in the playoffs so far in his career and he is 19 for 75 (.253 avg, .629 OPS) with 5 runs scored, 0 homers and 5 RBI.

The Rangers’ bench is substantially younger than the one the Blue Jays will have in this series.  21-year old lefty swinging outfielder Nomar Mazara played really good early this year before fading in the second half.  Mazara played in 145 games this year for the Rangers in his first taste of the majors and he was 137 of 516 (.266 avg, .739 OPS) with 59 runs scored, 20 homers and 64 RBI.  26-year old righty swinging 1B/OF Ryan Rua could get some ABs vs. lefties in this series.  He played in 99 games for the Rangers this year and he was 62 of 240 (.258 avg, .731 OPS) with 40 runs scored, 8 homers, 22 RBI and 9 stolen bases.  23-year old switch-hitting IF/OF Jurickson Profar was on fire with the bat earlier this year, but he faded badly in the second half.  Profar played in 90 games for the Rangers this year and he was 65 of 272 (.239 avg, .660 OPS) with 35 runs scored, 5 homers, 20 RBI and 2 stolen bases.  Profar has played in 1 game in the playoffs so far in his career and he is 1 for 1 (1.000 avg, 2.000 OPS).  32-year old righty swinging catcher Robinson Chirinos played in 57 games for the Rangers this year and he was 33 of 147 (.224 avg, .797 OPS) with 21 runs scored, 9 homers and 20 RBI.  He has played in 3 games in the playoffs so far in his career and he is 3 for 11 (.273 avg, .818 OPS) with 1 run scored, 1 homer and 3 RBI.  27-year old lefty swinging outfielder Jared Hoying somehow made the Rangers’ roster.  He played in 39 games for the Rangers this year and he was 10 for 46 (.217 avg, .526 OPS) with 8 runs scored, 0 homers, 5 RBI and 1 stolen base.

EDGE:  BLUE JAYS

MANAGER:  54-year old John Gibbons is a tough guy for the Blue Jays.  He led the Blue Jays to a 89-73 (54.9%) record during the regular season in 2016.  He is 6-6 (50%) in the playoffs so far in his career and he knocked out the Rangers last year in this very round of the playoffs.

52-year old Jeff Banister led the Rangers to the best record in the American League this year, as they finished up with a 95-67 (58.6%) record.  He is 2-3 (40%) in the playoffs so far in his career.

EDGE:  SLIGHT FOR THE BLUE JAYS

PREDICTION:  I think the Rangers are going to be ready to take on the Blue Jays again, but I think it will be the same outcome.  BLUE JAYS IN FIVE GAMES!

 

 

 

Delino DeShields gets left of the A.L.D.S. roster by the Texas Rangers

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Playoffs by joelapinski on Thursday 6 October 2016 at 11:16 am

The Texas Rangers have left 24-year old righty swinging outfielder Delino DeShields off of their roster for the A.L.D.S.  DeShields played in 74 games for the Rangers this year and he was 38 of 182 (.209 avg, .588 OPS) with 36 runs scored, 4 homers, 13 RBI and 8 stolen bases.  2016 was a hugely disappointing year for DeShields, as he played really well as a Rule 5 Pick rookie in 2015 for the Rangers.  DeShields has now played in 195 games in his first two years with the Rangers and he is 149 of 607 (.245 avg, .680 OPS) with 119 runs scored, 6 homers, 50 RBI and 33 stolen bases.  DeShields also played in 5 games in the playoffs for the Rangers last year in which he was 7 for 24 (.292 avg, .708 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 0 homers, 2 RBI and 1 stolen base.

Derek Holland is left off the roster by the Texas Rangers for the A.L.D.S.

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Playoffs by joelapinski on Thursday 6 October 2016 at 11:11 am

The Texas Rangers have left 29-year old lefty starting pitcher Derek Holland off their roster for the A.L.D.S. starting later today against the Toronto Blue Jays.  Holland pitched in 22 games (20 starts) for the Rangers this year and he was 7-9 with a 4.95 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP.  He gave up 116 hits and 35 walks while whiffing 67 batters in his 107 1/3 innings for the Rangers this year.  Holland has now pitched in 179 games (158 starts) in his first 8 years with the Rangers and he is 62-50 with a 4.35 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP.  Holland has also pitched in 14 games (5 starts) in the playoffs so far in his career with the Rangers and he is 3-1 with a 5.02 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP.  Holland could come back in the A.L.C.S. for the Rangers if they get there.

Tampa Bay Rays 5, Texas Rangers 2

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Playoffs by joelapinski on Tuesday 1 October 2013 at 3:36 pm

Bad baserunning, a lack of hitting and sub par pitching conspired to end the Rangers’ 2013 season last night.  The Rangers called on rookie lefty Martin Perez to start last night’s game and it didn’t go too well.  He worked 5 1/3 innings in which he allowed 4 hits, 2 walks, 3 runs (all earned) and he whiffed 5 batters.  He was the losing pitcher.  Alexi Ogando followed Perez into the game for the Rangers and he brought in a huge gas can.  He worked 2/3 of an inning in which he gave up 2 hits, 2 walks and 1 run (it was earned).  Jason Frasor and Joakim Soria worked a scoreless 7th inning for the Rangers.  Neal Cotts threw a shutout 8th inning.  Tanner Schneppers gave up an unearned run in the 9th inning, due to an error trying to throw out Sam Fuld, who was stealing 3B.  Ian Kinsler and Elvis Andrus both got caught stealing (actually they were picked off by David Price) last night.  Kinsler led the way offensively for the Rangers last night as he was 2 for 4 with a double and 1 RBI.  Alex Rios (1 for 4 with 1 RBI), Elvis Andrus (1 for 3 with 1 run scored and 1 stolen base) and Craig Gentry (1 for 3 with 1 run scored) also pitched in for the Rangers offensively last night.

Game #163: Texas Rangers vs. Tampa Bay Rays

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Playoffs by joelapinski on Monday 30 September 2013 at 7:12 am

While this is not technically a playoff game, the loser will go home.  The Rangers are pitching 22-year old rookie lefty starting pitcher Martin Perez against the Rays tonight.  Perez pitched in 19 games (all starts) for the Rangers so far this year and he is 10-5 with a 3.55 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP.  He started 8 games at home this year and he was 3-3 with a 3.18 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP.  Martin has not really pitched much against the Rays and that could be to his advantage.  Matt Joyce and Evan Longoria are both 1 for 2 against Martin and Jose Molina and Ben Zobrist are both 0 for 2 against him so far in their careers.

The Rangers are probably glad to see David Price on the mound tonight.  He has started 8 games in his career against the Rangers and he is only 1-4 with a 5.98 ERA and a 1.49 WHIP.  Price has really had problems pitching in Texas when he has started 4 games in which he is 1-2 with a 10.26 ERA and a 1.98 WHIP.  The Rangers have a quartet of hitters that really have pounded Price so far in their careers.  Alex Rios is 10 for 23 (.435 avg, 1.370 OPS) with 2 homers and 7 RBIs, Elvis Andrus is 11 of 27 (.407 avg, .923 OPS) with 4 RBIs, Adrian Beltre is 9 for 26 (.346 avg, .923 OPS) with 1 homer and 4 RBIs and Nelson Cruz is 9 for 21 (.429 avg, 1.383 OPS) with 3 homers and 5 RBIs against Price.

The matchups look good for the Rangers in this game.

Baltimore Orioles 5, Texas Rangers 1

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Playoffs by chinmusic on Saturday 6 October 2012 at 6:35 am

The Rangers just couldn’t muster much offense against the Orioles last night, spreading out 9 singles. Elvis Andrus, Nelson Cruz and Michael Young each went 2 for 4 in this game. Ian Kinsler was 2 for 3 with 1 run scored for the Rangers last night. That was pretty much the extent of the offense. Yu Darvish didn’t pitch that badly, but he was the losing pitcher. He worked the first 6 2/3 innings last night, allowing 5 hits, 3 runs (2 earned), walking no one and whiffing 7 batters. Derek Holland worked 1/3 of an inning, allowing 1 hit and whiffing 1 batter. Koji Uehara was awesome against his old team, working 1 shutout inning and whiffing all three batters he faced. Joe Nathan had a rough time in the 9th inning, allowing 2 hits, walking a batter and giving up 2 runs (both earned). So the Rangers season has ended with a loud thud.

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