Cole Hamels is rolling for the Texas Rangers

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Monday 16 May 2016 at 11:21 am

32-year old lefty starting pitcher Cole Hamels has been aces since the Texas Rangers acquired him from the Philadelphia Phillies last July.  Hamels has pitched in 7 games (all starts) for the Rangers so far this year and he is 4-0 with a 2.95 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP.  Hamels has now pitched in 19 games (all starts) in his first two years with the Rangers and he is 11-1 with a 3.42 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP.  Hamels has given the Rangers a true ace at the top of the rotation ever since he got to Arlington.  Wait until Yu Darvish comes back and gives the Rangers a tremendous 1-2 punch at the top of the starting rotation.

Colby Lewis is looking good so far this year for the Texas Rangers

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Thursday 5 May 2016 at 11:12 am

36-year old righty starting pitcher Colby Lewis is looking good so far this year for the Texas Rangers.  Lewis has pitched in 6 games (all starts) for the Rangers so far this year and he is 2-0 with a 3.32 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP.  He has given up 40 hits (8 homers) and 11 walks while whiffing 27 batters in his first 38 innings pitched.  So he has been getting hit kind of hard, but he is limiting the damage due to his solid control.  Lewis has now pitched in 192 games (181 starts) in his first 9 years with the Rangers and he is 73-65 with a 4.71 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP.  Lewis amazingly is #6 in Rangers’ history with his 73 wins!  He is also #28 in games pitched (192), #6 in games started (181), #31 in ERA (4.71), #17 in WHIP (1.36), #7 in innings pitched (1,096) and #6 in strikeouts (887) in Rangers’ history.

A.J. Griffin is looking good for the Texas Rangers so far this year

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Tuesday 26 April 2016 at 1:00 pm

28-year old righty starting pitcher A.J. Griffin missed the last three seasons due to injury, but he hasn’t looked rusty so far this year for the Texas Rangers.  Griffin has pitched in 3 games (all starts) for the Rangers so far this year and he is 2-0 with a 3.18 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP.  Griffin has given up 13 hits and 8 walks while whiffing 12 batters in his first 17 innings pitched so far this year, as he has been impressive.  Griffin has now pitched in 50 games (all starts) in his first three years in the show and he is 23-11 with a 3.58 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP.  If Griffin can stay healthy, he is going to help the Rangers in 2016.

Derek Holland is looking good for the Texas Rangers so far in 2016

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Friday 22 April 2016 at 8:01 am

29-year old lefty starting pitcher Derek Holland is looking good so far this year for the Texas Rangers.  Holland has pitched in 3 games (all starts) for the Rangers so far this year and he is 2-0 with a 2.70 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP.  He has only given up 13 hits and walked 5 batters while whiffing 14 of them in his first 16 2/3 innings pitched.  The Rangers hope that Holland can stay healthy, as he only pitched in 16 games (15 starts) combined in 2014 and 2015 in which he was 6-3 with a 3.57 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP.  Holland has now pitched in 160 games (141 starts) in his first 8 years with the Rangers and he is 57-41 with a 4.25 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP.  Holland is moving up in the Rangers’ record book!  He is currently #11 in wins with 57 of them.  He is also #41 in games pitched (160), #10 in games started (141), #12 in innings pitched (894 1/3), #8 in strikeouts (737), tied for #6 in shutouts (8) with Jim Bibby, tied for #44 in shutouts (8), #14 in WHIP (1.31) and he is tied with Jim Bibby for 26th in Rangers’ history in ERA (4.25).  If Holland can stay healthy, he will keep on moving up in the Rangers’ record book while also helping them win!

The Texas Rangers send Phil Klein to AAA

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Wednesday 13 April 2016 at 12:31 pm

The Texas Rangers have sent 26-year old righty reliever Phil Klein to AAA, through no fault of his own.  He pitched in 2 games (0 starts) for the Rangers this year and he was 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA and a 0.00 WHIP.  He whiffed 3 batters in 3 innings and no one got on base against him.  He has now pitched in 30 games (2 starts) for the Rangers in his first three years in the show and he is 2-2 with a 4.35 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP.  The Rangers have called up 24-year old lefty reliever Alex Claudio to replace Klein in the pen.  He pitched in 1 game out of the pen in AAA-ball this year for the Rangers and he was 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA and a 0.00 WHIP.  Claudio has pitched in 33 games (0 starts) in his first two years with the Rangers and he is 1-1 with a 2.89 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP.  Klein will be back with the Rangers at some point in 2016 and Claudio could help them right now due to his funky delivery.

Cole Hamels is off to a fast start for the Texas Rangers in 2016

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Monday 11 April 2016 at 11:16 am

32-year old lefty starting pitcher Cole Hamels is off to a fast start in 2016 for the Texas Rangers.  Hamels has started 2 games so far this year for the Rangers and he is 2-0 with a 2.08 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP.  He has only given up 8 hits in his first 13 innings this year, but he has also walked 6 batters while whiffing 12 of them.  He has now started 14 games in his first two years with the Rangers and he is 9-1 with a 3.44 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP.  He is proving to be well worth the bounty the Rangers traded to the Phillies for him last July.

Tanner Scheppers has been outstanding for the Texas Rangers in 2013

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Thursday 26 September 2013 at 11:43 am

26-year old righty reliever Tanner Scheppers has been outstanding for the Rangers in 2013.  He has pitched in 71 games (0 starts) for the Rangers so far this year and he is 6-2 with 1 save, a 1.88 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP.  Scheppers has given up only 54 hits and 24 walks while whiffing 55 batters in his first 71 2/3 innings this year, which are impressive numbers.  Scheppers has now pitched in 110 games (0 starts) in his first two years with the Rangers and he is 7-3 with 2 saves, a 2.68 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP.  Scheppers is going to be a big part of the Rangers’ pen for a long, long time as long as he can stay healthy.

Neftali Feliz is all the way back for the Texas Rangers

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Sunday 22 September 2013 at 8:36 am

25-year old righty reliever Neftali Feliz tore his elbow up as a starting pitcher last year, but he’s back in the saddle for the Rangers now.  He pitched in 8 games (1 start) on a rehab assignment in Rookie+AAA-ball this year and he was 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA and a 0.84 WHIP.  Feliz has also pitched in 6 games (0 starts) for the Rangers so far this year and he is 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP.  Feliz has given up 5 hits and 2 walks while whiffing 4 batters in his first 5 2/3 innings for the Rangers in 2013.  Feliz has now pitched in 168 games (7 starts) in his first five years with the Rangers and he is 10-7 with 74 saves, a 2.61 ERA and a 1.01 WHIP.  I was screaming on this site about how stupid the Rangers were in moving Feliz into the rotation and I was right about it.  Hindsight is always 20/20, but the Rangers should abandon all thoughts of making Feliz a starting pitcher.

Martin Perez was outstanding in August for the Texas Rangers

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Sunday 1 September 2013 at 7:47 am

22-year old lefty starting pitcher Martin Perez was excellent in August for the Rangers.  He pitched in 5 games (all starts) for the Rangers in August and he was 5-0 with a 3.06 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP.  Perez has now pitched in 14 games (all starts) for the Rangers overall this year and he is 8-3 with a 3.58 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP.  Perez has given up 88 hits and 26 walks while whiffing 58 batters in his first 88 innings this year, which are pretty solid numbers.  The Rangers hope that Perez keeps rolling and responds well to the pressure of a pennant race.

Joe Nathan continues to roll for the Texas Rangers

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Wednesday 21 August 2013 at 7:44 am

38-year old righty closer Joe Nathan is showing no signs of slowing down.  He has pitched in 53 games (0 starts) for the Rangers so far this year and he is 3-2 with 37 saves, a 1.60 ERA and a 0.91 WHIP.  Nathan has now pitched in 119 games (0 starts) in his first two years with the Rangers and he is 6-7 with 74 saves, a 2.27 ERA and a 0.99 WHIP.  Nathan is currently tied for 5th in saves (74) in Rangers’ history with Neftali Feliz.

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