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Monkey with a Halo:
MONDAY, 7/29: Jered Weaver vs. Matt Garza: It's so damn hot!
But seriously... we can already see it coming. Weaver has never been able to pitch in the Texas heat and I'm pretty sure that isn't just narrative. I am anxious though to see if the Halos can ruin Garza for the Rangers much like they ruined Dempster for them.
TUESDAY, 7/30: C.J. Wilson vs. Derek Holland: WE CAN HAZ ALL THE BOOZ?
But seriously... we get it, Texas. You don't like C.J. and you think he's a douche. We also get that you don't like Hamilton, think he's a cancer and don't appreciate his "baseball town" comments.
WEDNESDAY, 7/31: Jerome Williams vs. Perez: Is human sacrifice legal in Texas?
But seriously... this could get REALLY ugly. Jerome Williams has been just awful of late and is only still in the rotation because the Angels have no other options and need someone to keep the spot warm until Jason Vargas is ready to return. Jerome is just out there as a sacrificial lamb.
FALSE HOPE INDEX
The index reading for this series is: For Sale
They are for sale, just about every single player. I don't believe for a second that they are only going to move Downs. There is a pretty good chance that there will be a game in this series where Shuck, Cowgill, Hawpe and Field are all in the starting lineup. Gird your loins, people.
The deadline has give us something to look forward to and hold our interest during a series where they Angels are most likely going to get to get their brains bashed in.
They might trade someone you want them to keep. Aybar, Kendrick, Trumbo and Bourjos are all candidates to have a new address by the end of this series. Everyone has their preference as to who should stay and who should go.
This whole deadline business has made a normally enjoyable rivalry series the secondary story. It is too early to start playing the role of spoiler and after their lackluster effort in Oakland over the weekend, it feels very much like they are lambs being led to a slaughter in this series instead of heading in there with their claws out ready to draw some blood from their bitter rivals.
I really can't wait for ESPN to completely oversell Monday's game as a meaningful series between division rivals. The Angels are clearly out of it and no longer even pretending to be in the race, but I bet ESPN will keep the charade going to make this dog of a series seem like it is actually compelling.
BEST OF MAXIM
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Texas right-hander Colby Lewis believes his long rehab road back to the Rangers could be coming to an end soon.
Lewis pitched five innings for Double-A Frisco Sunday and is slated to make another rehab start Saturday for the Roughriders, with 90 pitches his goal.
If there are no issues with that, Lewis thinks he could be ready to pitch in the majors again.
Texas Rangers' pitcher Tanner Scheppers escaped serious injury, but he was not available for yesterday's game. Scheppers originally reported being assaulted by a group of men and sucker-punched. However, it seems the incident may have simply been a bar fight.
Doug Brown of Clevescene.com says witnesses who saw the altercation said Scheppers was the verbal instigator...
In 29 games out of the Texas Rangers bullpen, Neal Cotts is 4-1 with a 0.85 ERA. The 33-year-old left-hander is having a very good season. Not long ago, it looked like his career might be over.
When he took the mound in late May, it was his first big-league appearance since May 2009. When he logged a win on June 5, it was his first since 2006. During the past four years, Cotts has...
The Los Angeles Angels are running out of time to climb out of the hole they have dug themselves into in the AL West, and Josh Hamilton knows it. The Angels fell to 12 games out of first place with a loss to the division-leading Oakland A’s on Saturday. “It sucks. I mean, there’s not [...]
In what initially seemed like deja-vu, the Los Angeles Angels seemed to be duplicating their season of a year ago. It was then when they stole the headlines, signing free agent Albert Pujols and LHP CJ Wilson. This made a very good team seem better as the Angels were the favorites to win the AL West division. The Angels started out 2012 by going 8-15, but were 26-26 by the end of...
The Rangers can laugh about it now; but in the sixth inning of the Cleveland vs. Texas game, a pop fly in foul territory could have wiped out the whole entire left side of the Rangers’ all-star infield. Both Adrian Beltre and Elvis Andrus were pursuing a foul ball down the left field line. These two have a history of fighting for pop-ups and trying to outdo one another on...
Los Angeles manager Mike Scioscia has been ejected from the Angels' game at Texas.
Scioscia went out to argue a play at first base when slow-footed Geovany Soto was called safe on a close play in the second inning Tuesday night. Crew chief Jerry Layne, who was at first base, heard only a few words from an irate Scioscia before tossing the manager from the game.
Layne then stood...
Texas Rangers catcher Geovany Soto hit a walk-off home run to beat the Angels during Monday night’s game. Soto’s home run was the second off Angels pitcher Ernesto Frieri in the ninth. A.J Pierzynski hit the first.
The Angels led 3-0 until the Rangers scored their first run in the bottom of the sixth.
The Rangers are 57-49.
The Atlanta Braves acquired the left-handed reliever they've been coveting, picking up Scott Downs from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in exchange for minor leaguer Cory Rasmus. The 37-year old Downs is in the final year of a three-year, $15 million contract he signed with the Angels prior to the 2011 season Downs is the second reliever to be traded today, following the...
The Atlanta Braves have acquired lefty reliever Scott Downs from the Los Angeles Angels for minor league pitcher Cory Rasmus. The Braves have been looking to acquire a veteran lefty reliever since Eric O’Flaherty was hurt in May. Downs has performed at a high level this season, registering a 1.84 ERA in 43 appearances. Included in that record, is an incredible run where he...
Ah, the trading deadline; my favorite time of year. It’s the midseason plot point where words like “blockbuster” are thrown around like clothes in a dryer and can change the fate of any team.
I don’t think a blockbuster is in the Mets’ near future. I do believe there are trades that can be made if Sandy Alderson decides to lift his backside from his chair and pull his hands...
It’s bullpen upgrade day. A few hours after the Tigers added Jose Veras, the Braves got the lefty reliever they’ve been hunting for, landing Scott Downs from the Angels, and they got him for what amounts to a hill of beans.
Working against Downs’ value was his age (37), his contract (remainder of $5M salary), and his splits (basically a LOOGY at this point). Adding a couple...
The Atlanta Braves made a move to bolster the bullpen acquiring left-hander reliever Scott Downs form the Los Angeles Angles in exchanges for minor leaguer Cory Rasmus.
Downs has compiled a 1.84 ERA in 43 appearances for the Angels this season holding opponents left-handed hitters to a .196 batting average and .255 on-base percentage. Right-handed hitters have batted .286 with a...
Expect the unexpected? Maybe. With the revelation that Lance Berkman's discomfort in his surgically-repaired right knee may result in him filling out retirement papers, as well as the harbinger of a potential season-ending suspension for Nelson Cruz, the Rangers are in dire search for offensive reinforcements.
According to Ken Rosenthal, this has put nearly every current...