Hopefully you’ve had time for your Super Bowl heartbreak to heal (I preferred to see the Patriots beat the Giants, but that obviously didn’t happen), but here’s some Rangers news for you.
Today the Rangers signed two players – OF/1B Conor Jackson and LHP Joe Beimel (please click that link and tell me how scary Beimel looks, damn frightening!) – to minor league deals with invites to Spring Training today. Beimel may serve as the veteran left-handed reliever the Rangers are looking for with the departure of Darren Oliver. Don’t expect the Rangers to abandon their pursuit of lefty reliever Mike Gonzalez, however. Continue reading
Now that the fuss over the official signing of Japan’s most sought-after pitcher has begun to die down, I decided that it’s a good time to share my two cents worth (and considering that the Rangers have officially invested more than $110 million in Darvish, it makes my opinion feel relatively cheap).
The signing of Yu Darvish affects more than just the starting rotation. Continue reading
Well, it has been a few days since the Rangers lost Game 7 of the 2011 World Series. Never in my life have I ever been so emotionally distraught. Some will say that we, as Ranger fans, should be happy that our team made it to the Series. While that may be true, the Rangers literally had the championship bounce out of Nelson Cruz’s glove. However, it’s time to move on and look back at the Rangers’ 96-win season. Continue reading
I haven’t posted much in the last few weeks – apologies for the slip in production.
The Texas Rangers have sat atop the American League West for most of the 2011 season. The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have sat right behind them in the number two spot for most of the season as well. These two powerhouse clubs will face each other in a four game series in Anaheim starting tonight in what could shape up to be a very pivotal match-up.
The best thing about speculating on possible trades is sometimes being right. The worst is speculating on a trade, then having the team make you look like a fool for speculating. Such is the case for me now – it’s time to eat a little crow. Read why after the jump. Continue reading
A few quick notes heading into a three-set in Anaheim:
*During the current 11-game winning streak (which equals last year’s best and is second-best in club history), the Rangers have out-scored opponents 70-24. This is a welcome sight from the season’s offensive struggles, and it comes at the right time as the Rangers try to distance themselves in the division race.
*The rotation is also hitting it’s stride. Led by Derek Holland and back-to-back complete game shut outs, the Rangers’ starting pitching is making like miserable for opposing batters. Even Ichiro, one of the game’s best hitters, has looked befuddled. This is what Jon Daniels, Nolan Ryan and Ron Washington envisioned in Spring Training. Of course, Ogando has been a pleasant surprise in Tommy Hunter’s spot.
*Speaking of pitchers, it appears as the Neftali Feliz of old has decided to return to the bullpen. This is great news, as it appears the eighth inning now belongs to Mark Lowe. With the starters beginning to look like they can go 6 or 7 innings on a regular basis, our pitching might be our greatest asset.
*ESPN’s Buster Olney says that the Rangers are one of the front runners for Health Bell’s services. From Twitter: “Padres have exchanged names on Bell, Adams with other teams, but haven’t been inspired yet. Tex and Phi involved.”
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