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23-18, 2nd place, 1.5 games behind Cle (who have now won 4 in a row)
Anibal Sanchez did his best Justin Verlander last night, and promptly got booted in the 3rd inning after allowing 11 base runners and 5 ER. The Tigers were never really in the game, and the best offense in baseball was tamed again for the 3rd straight night.
Against an opponent whose number we seemed to have for a while, the Tigers are now 6-12 versus the Rangers since October of 2011. And it feels even worse than that because in those 12 losses, the Rangers have reached double digits against the Tigers 5 times. Think about that – roughly every 3rd game against the Rangers has been a blowout loss. The Rangers are averaging nearly 6.5 runs per game against the Tigers during the time span (116 to 76). I think it’s safe to say that the Rangers have our number these days.
So Doug Fister climbs the hill tonight to take on Derek Holland on Sunday night baseball. Holland is enigmatic, to say the least. The young lefty has been brilliant at times, but he also gets a lot of flack for a seeming lack of concentration on the actual game part of playing baseball. Holland’s success this year (3-2, 2.93 ERA, 1.07 WHIP) can partly be attributed to his low HR rate (just 2 all year – .33/9) which is unsustainable over the long run. But Holland is a hard-throwing lefty with a good sinker and a great slider, and is also issuing a career low 1.79 walks/9. Tonight won’t be easy.
Of Fister’s 8 starts this year, 6 have been quality. He rebounded nicely last week against Houston (remember, it was Houston) after his shortest start since 2011 against Washington. Fister has been thumped by the Rangers in the past, to the tune of 14 ER and 19 hits (5 long balls) in 9 innings.
A few notes.
- This is the first time since 2003 that two Tigers’ starters didn’t make it through the 3rd inning in a series.
- In today’s the apocalypse is upon us note – the Tigers’ uni’s were beat out by the Orioles’. Blasphemy. This has really upset me.
- Prince Fielder is in a slump. Over his last 10 games he’s 6-36 with 1 HR. Last night’s RBI was his first in 7 games. He’s 0-3 career versus Holland, though lefties are hitting better against Holland than righties (.773 OPS v. .582 for righties).
Someone please post the lineup later, as I’m headed to a BBQ (game will be on).
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Miguel Cabrera put on a show for a national-TV audience Sunday night (albeit in a Detroit Tigers loss), smacking three home runs off Rangers pitching. One season after winning the Triple Crown, he’s threatening to do so again — he’s currently carrying a .387 average with 11 homers and 47 RBI.
There’s little question left that we are watching one of baseball’s all-time...
Miguel Cabrera is a pretty good hitter. On the heels of his 4 for 4, three home run, five RBI night against the Texas Rangers, his current numbers (through 42 games) make his numbers from last year through the 42 games look ordinary.
At the time of this post (May 20, 11:30 EDT), Cabrera leads the American League (and Majors) in batting average with a .387 clip. Rays first...
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.
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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...
AP Photo/Matt Slocum
“He’s definitely the best. It’s not rocket science here. He’s the best. By far. Without a doubt. The absolute best.”
Former Pirates and Giants left fielder Barry Bonds gave Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera some high praise during a phone interview with USA Today Monday. I don’t think you will get an argument from anyone who has seen an inning...
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...
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....
ARLINGTON, Texas Veteran Derek Lowe, who struggled this year for the Texas Rangers, was designated for assignment Monday to create room for Josh Lindblom.
Lowe, who was signed in spring training to a 1.25 million deal, was 1-0 with a 9.00 ERA in nine appearances for Texas. He pitched Sunday, his first appearance in a week, and allowed two runs in 23 of an inning.
The move means...
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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...
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...
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&...
After taking home baseball's first Triple Crown award in 45 years last season, Miguel Cabrera is off to an even better start in 2013.
Unfortunately for the Detroit Tigers, his eye-popping numbers haven't translated into many wins of late.
Cabrera and the visiting Tigers try to get back on track Tuesday night against the AL Central-leading Cleveland Indians, who aim for...
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.
The Oakland A's completed a well-pitched series sweep over the Kansas City Royals on Sunday, but their pitching staff will face a stiff test against the Texas Rangers in Arlington over the next three days.
Dealing with an injured pitcher is nothing new for the AL West-leading Texas Rangers.
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Despite Neftali Feliz and Colby Lewis not pitching this season due to elbow injuries and Matt Harrison out...