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The Texas Rangers became the first team in the majors to reach 50 wins last night. The Rangers have been an offensive juggernaut this season on the diamond, scoring with proficiency as evidenced by the +102 scoring differential, the best in the majors. Leading in virtually every offensive category, the Rangers also possess the best home record in the majors at 27-14.
The Rangers are first in runs scored (426), first in team batting average (.284), first in on base percentage (.346) and first in slugging percentage (.461). In their 50 wins, Texas has scored seven or more runs, 23 times. Very impressive. You would think that the Rangers would be content to cruise into post season play with the current roster of two starting pitchers with at least 10 wins nearing the All-Star break and an offense which seemingly can score at will. Not so fast.
Although advancing to the World Series in each of the last two seasons, the Texas Rangers have no championship to show for their ef...
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The Philadelphia Phillies, considered a contender when the season began, have been making inquiries with teams about the possibility of trading pitcher Cole Hamels, CBSSports.com reported Sunday. Hamels is 10-4 with a 3.08 ERA, but he is a free agent after this season. The Phillies, who are struggling through an injury-plagued season, are testing whether there is any interest...
Trading Cole Hamels for the Phillies may come down to deciding whether to part ways on his terms or theirs.
It’s not a popular opinion, but it is the bottom line. The Philadelphia Phillies trading Cole Hamels may be a necessary evil. I’ve said all along that there is value in a 28 year old left hander with his best days ahead of him. I just didn’t think that value would...
Cole Hamels is available from the Philadelphia Phillies as a big-ticket item. Will some organization be willing to overpay for a rental or make long-term commitment?
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I will publish after every battle that is not washed out. I will have many season-long highlights of puzzle pieces, especially important after drubbings and defeats. If...
Mike Stanton played a part in all of the Marlins runs today. He looks like he'll be a terror for Phillies fans for years to come. (AP)
The month of June has not been very friendly to the Phillies, and it would be more of the same today as they lost a second straight game to the Marlins 3-2.
COLE GOES FISHING
- So far this season, the Miami Marlins have owned Cole...
The Philadelphia Phillies will send 3 players to Kansas City for the All Star Game. Pitchers Cole Hamels and Jonathan Papelbon were both selected. Most importantly, catcher Carlos Ruiz, who leads the majors in hitting and has been the Phillies MVP this year, was also selected by manager Tony LaRussa.
Phillies’ace Roy Halladay threw a bullpen session this week that went very well...
Clearly, one deep-in-the-game arm is Cole Hamels of the Philadelphia Phillies. How does Miami compare after their ace has worked? The Apocalyptic Horsemen Stats are in my daily coverage.
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I am alternating a game-day 2012 ERA For The NL East and a 2012 ERA For The MLB 5. See link section below. In each publication, the number after the...
Well last night wasn't the start we were looking for. Cliff Lee was lit up for six earned and the Phils only produced two runs themselves. It wasn't a good game at all, and for Cliff Lee it hasn't been a good season at all. The Marlins now hold a 4-3 record against the Phillies this year, as well as sitting 2 1/2 games ahead of them in the divison standings. This afternoon...
The 2012 Pirates are not unlike the 2008 Brewers, trying to end a long drought, trying to win over a skeptical city.
What did those Brewers do? They traded for left-hander CC Sabathia and reached the postseason for the first time since 1982.
What should these Pirates do? Make like the Brew Crew, pull off a franchise-altering move and trade for either Brewers right-hander Zack Greinke...
The Miami Marlins have had little success this month, except when they've faced the Philadelphia Phillies.
Hoping to beat Cole Hamels for a third straight time this season, the Marlins look for a fourth consecutive win over the visiting Phillies on Saturday.
Josh Johnson threw six strong innings and outfielder Justin Ruggiano had three hits and two RBIs as Miami (36-40) beat...
Reports came out today that Ruben Amaro has made some phone calls regarding Cole Hamels. Amaro said yesterday he was not ready to do a "fire sale", but he has asked around to see the interest surrounding Hamels.
Buster Olney, ESPN MLB Analyst, has reported that the Phillies would be looking for 4-5 prospects, some of them being top A+ prospects. Whether the Phillies...
1. Cole Hamels (Philadelphia Phillies, 100% owned) 2. Justin Verlander (Detroit Tigers, 100% owned) 3. Clayton Kershaw (Los Angeles Dodgers, 100% owned) 4. Zack Greinke (Milwaukee Brewers, 100% owned) 5. Felix Hernandez (Seattle Mariners, 100% owned) 6. David Price (Tampa Bay Rays, 100% owned) 7. Matt Cain (San Francisco Giants, 100% owned) 8. Stephen Strasburg (Washington...