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Los Angeles Angels
Josh Hamilton is this season's oWAR leader.
Of the Bench’s series on rethinking the offensive lineup continues today with a look at Offensive Wins Above Replacement.
Offensive Wins Above Replacement is very similar to regular WAR, except for the fact that it doesn’t take into account defensive metrics. All WAR stats compare a player to a generic “replacement level” player. A replacement level player is defined as a typical minor league/bench level guy. Basically, WAR creates a level playing field upon which to judge exactly how good Albert Pujols is relative to Ronnie Cedeno and how much each player means to the success of their team. oWAR isolates offensive ability and could be a good way to organize a lineup. The best hitters have the highest oWAR and by grouping those guys at the top of the order, we can hopefully maximize abs for the team’s best hitters.
Carlos Ruiz (2.0)
Hunter Pence (1.0)
Shane Victorino (1.0)
Placido Polanco (.1)
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Roy Oswalt officially joined the Rangers with a one-year contract. He expects to join the big league rotation after about four starts. Oswalt told reporters that thrown bullpen sessions every other day for the past six weeks. His first start is excepted to come at Triple-A Round Rock, on Saturday. "My arm feels great, my body feels great," Oswalt said during a conference...
The Texas Rangers banked on relationships being their No. 1 drawing point to lure free agent right-hander Roy Oswalt. Based on Oswalt's first comments Wednesday after signing a minor league deal with the club, it certainly appears the relationships paid off. Among those ties: Club president Nolan Ryan worked with Oswalt in 2000 when Oswalt was playing for Class AA Round Rock...
The Texas Rangers are the front-runner as the Roy Oswalt sweepstakes steam toward a conclusion.
Ownership approval, in fact, appears to be the only roadblock left for the Rangers, major-league sources say.
The Rangers are over-budget; their $120.5 million Opening Day payroll ranked sixth in the majors.
However, the team's average attendance has increased from 36,382 last season...
The Rangers are the best team since the ’98 Yankees. Do you agree?
Tom Verducci made this statement yesterday to John Feinstein and Bruce Murray during their mid-day show on Mad Dog Radio. I think Nolan Ryan and Jon Daniels have done a fabulous job turning around that ballclub, but they should not be discussed in the same breath as one of the best baseball teams...
It appears that the rich are about to get richer. Roy Oswalt has agreed to a contract with the Texas Rangers, according to the Dallas News, citing a source close to the negotiations. Oswalt had been courted by several teams since the beginning of the year, including the Red Sox, but seems like he settled on the Rangers after a spot in their rotation opened up with Neftali Feliz&...
They just Ridley Scotted from my belly, gushed out after I heard the news: Texas signed Roy Oswalt. "OF COURSE THE F====G RANGERS SIGNED HIM. THEY GET F====G EVERYBODY.” Yes, people… the Rangers are the Yankees. Unable to dominate the NFL, the malevolent, George Bushian state of Texas has chosen to exert its oily blood money in baseball. And we, the Eastern dandy...
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Justin Smoak hit two three-run homers against his former team and the Seattle Mariners used a pair of early eight-run innings to rout the Texas Rangers for the second straight game, winning 21-8 Wednesday night.
Smoak had three hits to go with his career high for RBIs as Seattle reached double digits in back-to-back games against the AL West leaders. Jesus...
Hot News for OF Julio Borbon
This season, I have decided to use off-days as a time to introduce you to some of the great people I’ve met because of the Rangers and social media. These are people I watch every game “with” via twitter. I’ve tried watching without my Twitter family, and let me tell you it’s just not the same.
Now, let’s meet Lisa Wilkinson of Caddo, Oklahoma.
When and how...
Three-time-All-Star pitcher Roy Oswalt has signed with the Texas Rangers. If he is called up by July 1, he will receive $8 million pro-rated-$4 million in his pocket plus and extra $1 milion in incentives if he makes10 starts.
Oswalt may be ready to join the Rangers by June 20.
The Dallas Morning News is reporting that Roy Oswalt has signed with the Texas Rangers. According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports, it’s a one-year deal worth between $5-6 million, depending on how much time Oswalt spends with the team. Bob Nightengale of USA Today tweets that Oswalt told the Rangers he will ready to pitch in the majors in one month.
When he is ready, Oswalt likely...
What he did: I always thought Nolan Ryan got screwed playing nine seasons on the Houston Astros. That's what I used to think at least, looking at years like 1987 when Ryan led the National League with a 2.76 ERA but finished 8-16. Certainly, those Astros went 76-86 and scored two runs or less in about half of Ryan's starts with him going 1-13 in those games. But there'...