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G46: Rangers lose 1-0 game to A’s

This is a game I’ve written about several times over the now 15th season I’ve written about Rangers game for this blog.  1-0 losses can only be described one way, really.   You had outstanding pitching, but your offense was dead.  There really is no other story behind a 1-0 loss, is there? [Read more...]

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Several Roster Moves

  • C AJ Pierzynski activated from 15 day DL
  • C Robinson Chirinos optioned to AAA
  • P Neal Cotts purchased from AAA
  • P Josh Lindblom optioned to AAA [ Link ]

NOTES: As I wrote the other day, Lindblom was someone whose minor league numbers said he would come up and do decently.   Well, that didn’t happen as such.   He came up, got hit around, and sent back down.   The Lindblom gamble cost Derek Lowe his roster spot, as he was DFA’ed (and not just sent down (granted, 13 earned runs in 13 innings will do that).   Still, Lindblom looked better numbers wise in the minors this year than he did in the spring.   Chirinos was just keeping the seat warm for AJ anyway, so that’s no surprise.    I don’t think Cotts is here long term, either.  We have a doubleheader coming up Monday, and that always means some weird roster moves.  I don’t see Cotts being here past next Monday, if not sooner.

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Catching Up, sorta

Hey, I’ve fallen behind in game updates again.   I’m now down 11 games, and I’m not feeling particularly interested in writing about the Rangers.  Last week I had a death in the family, and then there’s the tornadoes we had in the DFW area a week ago, and then tonight the mess in Oklahoma.  I think I’m just going to skip writing about those games, as I’m really NOT in the mood to write about baseball at the moment.

I am however, going to go through the transactions and bring that up to speed, and I already brought my “How Many in 2013″ up to speed.   I did see that the move they made today to get Josh Lindblom up will be negated before tomorrow, as he’s going back down.  Odd move, as it effectively jettisons Derek Lowe.   I’ll have more to say about that in the actual transaction.

I know from my traffic logs, I don’t have a ton of high level traffic, and that’s OK.  I used to care about that, I don’t as much anymore.   But still, for those that do follow me, I don’t like getting that far behind.   Sorry about that.  :)

I also realized I never updated my roster page for the start of the season.   Part of that is because I haven’t been to a game this year, and haven’t been able to pick up a media guide, which is what I usually use for that.  I’ll get to that when I get a copy of the media guide.  Anyone who goes to the game be interested in picking me up one and sending it my way?  Let me know.

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Lindblom up

  • P Josh Lindblom recalled from AAA
  • P Derek Lowe designated for assignment [ Link ]

NOTE: The Rangers needed a starter, so Josh Lindblom was brought up from AAA to do that.   He didn’t do too well in the spring, but he’s had good numbers at AAA so far this year.  4-0, 2.08 ERA in 8 games (7 started) for the Express.  So it was a good choice there.  I am a bit surprised that it cost Derek Lowe his roster spot.  Especially because they had two open spots on the 40 man roster after this move, so they didn’t have to DFA Lowe.  I guess they just wanted to, and this was a timely decision.

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Kinsler to DL

  • 2B Ian Kinsler placed on 15 day DL, retro to May 18
  • 2B Jurickson Profar recalled from AAA [ Link ]

NOTES: Well, there’s not much to say about this other than I don’t like it.  Kinsler has been doing better overall this year than the last few.  Mostly (not completely) conquered his capt popup problem.   So I was’t thrilled at this.  From what I can gather, it won’t be a long stay, but you never want to take someone out of a groove.   Still, an appearance by Jurickson Profar will be good.  So long as he doesn’t just sit on the bench.

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Rehabs

  • P Justin Miller sent on rehab assignment (May 17)
  • C AJ Pierzynski sent on rehab assignment (May 18)

NOTES: Well, AJ’s return will probably happen.  Don’t see Miller cracking the major league roster when he’s done with rehab.

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Ogando to DL

  • P Alexi Ogando placed on 15 day DL
  • P Cory Burns recalled from AAA [ Link ]

NOTES: Ogando has been hurt a bunch.   Not liking this.   Given he was delayed in starting his career due to the visa problems, he’s older than he should be based on major league service.  I wonder if this is age breakdown, something that isn’t likely to get better the more years we get into his career.  :(

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Perez activated from DL

  • P Martin Perez activated from 15 day DL, and optioned to AA Frisco [ Link ]

NOTES: Uh, OK.   Rehab time was up, and there was no spot, so he was technically optioned to AA, but he was already there on rehab.  Gotta love moves like that.  :)

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AJ to DL

  • C AJ Pierzynski placed on 15 day DL, retro to May 6
  • C Robinson Chirinos recalled from AA [ Link ]

NOTES: AJ was doing quite well this season so far.  Good behind the plate, hitting the ball well, then he couldn’t do either.  Got hurt somewhere along the line, which was annoying, as I was starting to like what he was doing for the team.  Hopefully it’s not a long stay.

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G34: Holland looks good, Rangers win 4-1

Derek Holland had another good outing, but with a few too many hits.  He threw seven innings, but gave up ten hits.  It didn’t hurt him too much, as he allowed just one run.   93 pitches over those seven, so it was working fairly well, if again – too many hits to call it a dominant performance.

That’s all I’m gonna write about this one, other than to say Moreland had another home run – that’s two days in a row now. [Read more...]

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G33: Rangers lose again, this time 6-3 to Brewers

As last game could be the start of Nick Tepesch’s loss of his rotation spot when guys come back, this one could have been the start of Justin Grimm’s.   Eight hits and three walks combined for five runs in five innings.  Ugh.   However, all five runs came in the first inning.  That he came out beyond the first was a bit of a surprise.  But he did put up zeroes in innings 2-5.   That’s not bad, but the first inning was pretty far away from good.  Check that, VERY far away.

My man Smokin’ Joe Ortiz had another shutout inning.  Liking this guy a lot! [Read more...]

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G32: Rangers lose makeup against Cubs, 9-2

This was supposed to be a day off, but the Rangers had to make a trip to Chicago to make up a rainout from a couple of weeks ago against the Cubs.  It showed.  They were lethargic, and quite frankly looked like a tired team.

Nick Tepesch might be coming back to earth a bit.   As he was the starter, he did the “fly ahead early” ahead of the team to get some sleep.  It didn’t help.  He got knocked around.    Threw four innings, allowed six hits, four walks, and the first six Cubs runs; although one was unearned.   Given we now have Colby Lewis & Martin Perez about to hit rehab assignments, it looks like perhaps Tepesch will lose his spot if he pitches like this again.  Even if he straightens up, he’s likely to lose his spot anyway, as we’d need two slots for the other guys.   Still, I like the kid, and he’s done mostly pretty well this season.   [Read more...]

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Perez Rehab

  • P Martin Perez assigned to AA from Texas Rangers

This is mostly  procedural move, as he’s gone out for rehab assignments.   Felt so bad when he got hurt in the spring, as he was doing quite well.  Hopefully when he returns, he returns at the same level, and not as a “I have to find myself” kind of thing.

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G31: Rangers sweep Red Sox with 4-3 win

Oh, there’s a bunch I could write about this game.

  • Yu Darvish’s 14 strikeouts. (16 overall by staff)
  • Nelson Cruz’ 2 run HR in the 6th to tie it.
  • Another scoreless outing by our bullpen
  • Mitch Moreland’s increasing confidence

Oh, there’s a bunch from this game to like.  But honestly, the thing that most Rangers fans will remember is the image to the left here.  The Rangers swept the Red Sox.   It envokes memories of this sound clip, which was also against the Red Sox..

The Rangers, who were already a good team this year, swept the Boston Red Sox, the previous best record in MLB holder before the series.   YU gotta love that!

 

 

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G30: Ogando beats Sox, 5-1

Well, OK, it wasn’t just Ogando, but I was getting tired of saying “Rangers beat…”  ;)    Although, Ogando didn’t do too bad.  Had a OK line.  Six innings pitched, and six hits allowed.  Threw in two walks, but gave up just one run – which is the important stat.   Didn’t exactly dominate, but pitched decently enough.  Technical quality start (as I’ve said before, I think a QS should be seven innings, not six).    Alexi also struck out four, and ran his season record to 3-2.   Average that out, and it’s about an 18 win season, if he sustains the pace, and I don’t know any team that won’t take an 18 game winner from one of their pitchers.  [Read more...]

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G29: Rangers shutout Red Sox, 7-0

This one is simple.

Derek Holland was bringing it.   8IP, 6H, 1BB, 0R, 9K, 112P.   Best outing of the year.

Our offense woke up.  EIGHTEEN hits, comprising of three doubles and fifteen singles.  Three walks thrown in there.

That was it.  Big bop bats, and stellar pitching will lead to wins like this every time.  Need more of it!

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G28: Rangers lose close one to ChiSox 3-1

Justin Grimm drew the “no offense” short straw in this one.   He actually pitched quite marvelously, but didn’t get the win.  That’s pretty much the definition of “hard luck loser”.   He did give up the three runs the White Sox got, and officially got a quality start.  But he was cruising through the first five. Didn’t allow any runs in the first five innings.   And of the six hits he allowed total, three of them came in the sixth inning.   Grimm did make it back out for the seventh, and retired the two batters he faced in the seventh, but was out at that point.   Felt bad, because the three runs all came on a three run home run.  Outside of that, he had a great outing.  But as Wash says, “That’s the way baseball go”. [Read more...]

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G27: Rangers drop game to Sox 5-2

This is a game we lost, but outhit our opponent.  Whenever that happens, I always see it as a game of missed opportunities.  Due to work and family stuff, I didn’t see or hear any of this game, so I’m saying this before looking at the recap or the box scores.    Taking a quick look at the box score, I see we left nine men on base.  Yeah, that kind of number kind of proves “missed opportunities”.     [Read more...]

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G26: Big inning leads to 10-6 win

It was a Yu Darvish game.   I’m getting the feeling when Darvish pitches that you used to get when Nolan Ryan pitched.  You always felt SOMETHING was going to happen, and you started the game expecting to win it.    So when Darvish got down 2-0 in the first inning, I was midly bummed.  Not that I expected the “Perfect game” Darvish every time out.  But I expected him to hold the line a little better early on. [Read more...]

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G25: Rangers lose finale 5-0, split series

Taking a pass on this one, ran out of time.

 

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G24: Rangers lose Saturday, 7-2

Taking a pass on this one, ran out of time.

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G23: Grimm pitches well, Rangers win 4-3

Taking a pass on this one.  Ran out of time.

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G22: Rangers squeak by against Twins, 2-1

Taking a pass on this.  Got too busy.

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G21: Rangers blow out Angels, win 11-3

It was Wednesday evening.  I was working.  I was working most of the evening, actually, so I didn’t have time to check into this game.   As such, I didn’t care too much that I’d get it spoiled.   So it was late, and I saw a few of my friends on Facebook being rather happy talking about Nelson Cruz, and “that was a great inning” in their updates (Hi Rose!).   So I thought I’d check in and see what was going on.  Turns out I missed the biggest offensive inning of the year to date.  We tagged nine runs on the Angels in the top of the fourth inning!!

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G20: Rangers lose in extras, 5-4

This one irritated me.   In fact, it irritated me so much, all I want to write is “Well, crap!”

Don’t like going to extra innings, as we generally lose those.  We lost this.    My boy, Smokin’ Joe Ortiz lost the game, giving up a walkoff home run.  Bummer.  Still like him a lot!  :)

OK, I wrote a little.  But basically..   “CRAP!”