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23-17, 2nd place, .5 games behind Cle (won earlier today)
Wow, what a game last night. Spectacular effort by Porcello (that’s now 24 Ks in his last 25 IPs – 3.24 ERA and a .96 WHIP…pretty salty), and the bullpen was almost as good. Luckily, I was at a graduation celebration last night and didn’t have to stomach Valverde in the 9th. Kudos to those of you who stuck it out.
Rangers starter Justin Grimm was the AL rookie of the month for April after going 2-0 with a 1.59 ERA and 1.18 WHIP, but it’s been pretty grim since then. In May, he’s 0-3 with a 7.02 ERA. This month his walks are up, the BAA has skyrocketed to .300, and he’s not getting very many groundballs (.88 GO/AO). Note, his BABIP in April was .362, so it looks like he really did simply have a heck of a start, and perhaps now things are starting to even out. Though the Tigers have been known to struggle against unknown struggling rookie guy.
Sanchez will be looking for his 8th straight quality start tonight. Remember when JV had a streak like that? Sanchez is currently 4th in the AL with 66 Ks and 5th with a 2.05 ERA.
A win tonight would be huge. I’d love to have a shot at taking the series.
A few notes:
- The Tigers have 407 hits so far (leads the AL) and 403 pitching Ks (leads all of MLB).
- May 25th will be the 25 year celebration of the ’68 team.
1. Dirks, LF
2. Hunter, RF
3. Cabrera, 3B
4. Fielder, 1B
5. Martinez, DH
6. Peralta, SS
7. Avila, C
8. Infante, 2B
9. Garcia, CF
BEST OF MAXIM
Miguel Cabrera continued his reign of dominance over MLB pitching with a 3-home-run game in an 11-8 loss to the Texas Rangers on Sunday night. Cabrera went 4-for-4 with 3 runs scored and 5 RBIs in the game. He started off with a line-drive single in the top of the first for Detroit’s lone hit of the inning. Two innings later, he followed hits from Omar Infante and Torii Hunter...
ARLINGTON, Texas Moving up in the batting order was intended to get a slumping David Murphy more involved in the action. You can't get more involved than Murphy's 3-run homer in the sixth Sunday night.
The blast to right field gave the Rangers the lead for good in a tumultuous, 11-8 Texas win.
Murphy moved up to the No. 2 spot in the order the day before in a shuffling...
The Detroit Tigers are concerned enough about their
late-inning relief that they’re still “looking hard” for options on the trade
market, according to Danny Knobler of CBS Sports.
Entering the spring, the Tigers were expected to go with
rookie Bruce Rondon as their closer. His struggles during the exhibition season
resulted in him beginning the year in the minors...
The Texas Rangers placed 2B Ian Kinsler on the 15-Day DL with an Intercoastal Strain. Kinsler was having a nice season, hitting .302 with 7 home runs and 20 RBI. The Rangers called up top prospect Jurickson Profar to fill in and he is a must own in all league formats. Profar had 17 ABs with the Rangers last season and managed just 3 hits (2 doubles) but Profar had 40 hits...
The Texas Rangers have placed second basemen Ian Kinslder on the 15-fday disabled list. Kinsler’s time on the disabled list is retroactive to Saturday as he is dealing with a right intercostal strain.
Jurickson Profar has been called up from Triple-A to assume his roster spot.
On the season Kinsler is batting .302 with 7 home runs, 11 doubles, 20 RBI, and 24 runs scored in 40 games...
This happens every other game he catches - ain't no way Alex Avila is having a son drafted by the Tigers.
Tigers also lose, 7-2.
GIF via World of Isaac
Before going any further, it needs to be said that Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler is a very good baserunner. Over the course of his eight-year career he’s stolen 160 bases and been caught just 33 times for a solid 83 percent success rate. He’s also generally known around baseball as a “heads-up” baserunner, rarely making a miscue or running into a giveaway out.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- The Texas Rangers have placed second baseman Ian Kinsler on the 15-day disabled list because of bruised ribs and recalled top prospect Jurickson Profar from Triple-A Round Rock.
The move was announced before the Rangers, with the best record in the majors, played their series finale against Detroit on Sunday night.
Because Kinsler entered Friday night&...
Miguel Cabrera is the reigning 2012 MVP. There was much debate over whether he should be or not, and in case you missed it, the Cabrera-Trout argument eventually morphed into a misguided old school vs new school battle for legitimacy. Last year, clearly old school won the fight among the among the BBWAA, as Cabrera’s Triple Crown topped Trout’s incredible all-around season...
Miguel Cabrera never had a night like this last season when he won baseball's first Triple Crown in 45 years.
And it still wasn't enough to get the Detroit Tigers a win.
David Murphy put Texas ahead for good with a three-run home run just over the wall in right field in the sixth inning, and the Rangers spoiled the second three-homer game of Cabrera's career with an...
Ron Washington was not about to question himself Friday over Yu Darvish's recent workload.
Especially since Darvish felt fine after throwing a career-high 130 pitches Thursday night against the Detroit Tigers.
The Texas manager had no qualms about sending his ace back to the mound in the eighth inning against the Detroit Tigers even though the Rangers had a 10-4 lead.
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Lance Lynn is off to another hot start this season, but just like last year it wasn’t meant to last. Another correction is coming soon. He just can’t sustain success throwing the fastball 70% of the time. Gio Gonzalez, Clayton Kershaw, and David Price are the only 3 pitchers from 2010-2012 to post gaudy stats throwing the heat over...
Was it "Fake Mustache Night" at the Texas Rangers game on Saturday?
We're not sure, but Batting Stance Guy sends his props.
Hey girls in Rangers front row. Love it. twitter.com/BattingStanceG...
-- Batting Stance Guy (@BattingStanceG) May 19, 2013
Then again, maybe it's Tony Clifton in the front row.
Lone Star Dugout's Jason Cole recently sat down with Triple-A Round Rock pitching coach Brad Holman. In the interview, Holman discusses right-hander Josh Lindblom, who is slated to start for the Rangers on Monday, along with the early dominance of Neal Cotts and the struggles of RHPs Jake Brigham and Lisalverto Bonilla.
Dealing with an injured pitcher is nothing new for the AL West-leading Texas Rangers.
Not coming out of the bullpen is new for Josh Lindblom, who is expected to make his first major league start - and his Rangers debut - Monday night against the visiting Oakland Athletics.
Despite Neftali Feliz and Colby Lewis not pitching this season due to elbow injuries and Matt Harrison out...