Found October 21, 2011 on Fangraphs:
Last night, Jason Motte gave up two bloop singles and took the loss, but likely even more frustrating for the Cardinals not-closer closer, he had to watch the runs score from the dugout. After Ian Kinsler dumped one into no man’s land and then Elvis Andrus punched one into shallow right-center f...

Cardinals Pitcher Jason Motte's Vision So Bad He Struggles to See Plate Despite Throwing Close to 100 MPH

Jason Motte has emerged as the Cardinals' closer this postseason and has been lights out. And he's been doing it all despite terrible vision, which often leads to him being unable to see where he's throwing the ball. The 29-year-old reliever's nearsightedness is bad enough that he often squints on the mound because he can't see catcher Yadier Molina's signals...

Rangers star Hamilton hampered by groin injury

Texas Rangers star Josh Hamilton says his lingering groin injury is getting a bit worse. The slumping slugger strained his left groin about two months ago. He says that if this were the regular season, he'd probably be on the disabled list right now. Hamilton spoke Thursday before Game 2 of the World Series against St. Louis. He went 0 for 4 in the opener as Texas lost 3-2...

Motte hopes to rebound from loss

With every pitch he delivered this October, Cardinals reliever and closer-elect Jason Motte has accomplished something he hasn't experienced before in the majors. One moment it's his first pitch to cl

The BP Broadside: In Defense of Tony LaRussa by Steven Goldman

As those pundits who reflexively criticize we sabermetric types like to remind us, baseball is not a tabletop game. As Bill James pointed out on more than one occasion, you can actually learn a lot about baseball from running through a few hundred simulated games, but leave that aside for now. The key here is the one thing you can’t get out of two-dimensional player-cards, an...

What's become of Josh Hamilton?

ST. LOUIS When Nelson Cruz is blasting six home runs in the ALCS, it's easy to look past what's going on with center fielder Josh Hamilton. It's not like he's disappeared in the postseason, but he certainly hasn't been himself. Hamilton went 0-for-4 in Game 1 of the World Series on Wednesday and looked overmatched against the Cardinals' long-in-the-tooth...

Pujols miscue hurts Cardinals in messy ninth

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Jason Motte faltered for the first time in the postseason. Albert Pujols closed his glove on air.The St. Louis Cardinals couldn't hold a ninth inning lead, either, falling victim to the Texas Rangers' two-run rally for a 2-1 victory Thursday night that evened the World Series ...

Aggressive Running Game Evens World Series

With their World Series hopes close to essentially being dashed, the Rangers sent the top of their order up against St. Louis Cardinals de facto closer Jason Motte to try to scratch one run across the plate to send the game to extra innings or two to win it. The struggling top of the order opted for the latter, and it was because of the aggressive nature of the Rangers on the base...

Rangers' Josh Hamilton says injury might be sports hernia

ARLINGTON, Texas - Josh Hamilton entered Saturday having played every inning this postseason even though he...

Rangers' Hamilton may have sports hernia

Texas Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton says he might be playing with a sports hernia. He will worry about it after the World Series. Hamilton said before Game...

Rangers heading home with World Series momentum

Josh Hamilton and the Rangers are heading home with all the momentum — and their slumbering is offense finally showing signs of life.

Meet the one guy Josh Hamilton doesn't want to see when he steps up to the plate

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Cards, Rangers hoping to go batty in World Series

Nelson Cruz, Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton got plenty of hits to put their teams into the World Series.

Home field should serve Rangers well

The Rangers may or may not have been staring into the abyss with three outs to go on Thursday night, teetering toward an 0-2 World Series deficit, but don't ask them to dwell on those dark images. The American League champs understand only that the Fall Classic looks infinitely more promising, now that they've got home field advantage, a forecast of warmer weather in Texas...

Who's the #2 Redbird?

I have an odd theory about why the Texas Rangers, despite their current 0-1 hole, at least seem like a better baseball team than the St. Louis Cardinals.Point #1: I think it's pretty clear who, given complete health, the best player on each team is. Albert Pujols (duh) and Josh Hamilton -- in fact, in the past couple of years, both have staked various claims on best player in...

World Series Game One

[Box Score] [C70 At the Bat] [Dallas Morning News] [ESPN Dallas] I turned the game on last night for a while because baseball history was being made. Everyone remembers a moment from game one of every World Series. For me, that moment was finding out that Arthur Rhodes was being paid a measly $1,000 dollars by the St. Louis Cardinals and $1.1 million by the Texas Rangers. The same...
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