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Keys To Success/Failure: Texas Rangers

The Texas Rangers

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Keys To Success


Hitting

 

Fielding

 

Why Hitting?

The Rangers have long been
viewed as a great-hit-no-pitch team, and rightfully so.  Just this season have they managed to
put together a respectable pitching staff and bullpen that should be just good
enough to get to the playoffs.  But
the real key to the Rangers’ success remains their hitting.  Texas in fourth overall in hitting in
the AL.  The Rangers’ main
strength, aided by their ballpark, is the homerun.  They are second in the AL in homeruns, four of their
starting nine have over 10 HR’s: DH Hank Blalock (13), 1B Chris Davis (13), 2B
Ian Kinsler (17), and RF Nelson Cruz (18).  The Rangers are also a excellent baserunning team, they are
third in the AL with 52 stolen bases.

 

Why Fielding?

Texas has an excellent
fielding team.  While the rank near
the middle of the AL in errors and fielding%, the metric UZR/150 provides a
different story.  Using UZR/150,
(excluding catchers), shows that the Rangers deffense will save the team 19.9
runs over the course of 150 
games.  The worst culprit in
the Rangers defense is 3B Michael Young, with a -25.2 UZR/150, but he’s still
adjusting to third base.  What
really exemplifies the Rangers’ defense is that they are one of the best
infields in baseball at turning double plays.

 

A Improvement?

None necessary.  (Except maybe the pitching)

What’s A DH?/AL .OPS Teams

  • What was a DH?

Originally, a DH was just an opportunity to put an extra hitter in the lineup, an attempt to pull the AL out of a era of great pitchers.  The popular notion was that fans preferred high-scoring games over low scoring games, and that having higher-scoring games would entice more fans to attend games.  In short, it was just another way to make money.


  • What is a DH?

The DH spot is now a spot to stick overweight multimillionaires who have no idea how to play the field, (see Ortiz, David) .  These players earn a comfy salary for tearing the cover off the ball every 2-3 innings, (or not tearing the cover off the ball, see Ortiz, David), while their teammates stand out in the field for 9 innings doing most of the work.  The DH has done what is was supposed to have done!!!  Now get rid of it!!!!!!

Note: The DH rule was originally supposed to be a three-year trial run, running from 1973-1975.
The AL All-.OPS, Not-so All-.OPS Teams

The Best of the Best .OPS Team (AL)
C Victor Martinez, Indians, .970
1B Kevin Youkilis, Red Sox, 1.073
2B Ian Kinsler, Rangers, .847
3B Evan Longoria, Rays, .971
SS Derek Jeter, Yankees, .841
LF Jason Bay, Red Sox, .998
CF Torii Hunter, Angels, 1.013
RF Ben Zobrist, Rays, 1.091
DH Jason Kubel, Twins, .922
The Worst of the Worst .OPS Team (AL)
C Dioner Navarro, Rays, .541
1B Chris Davis, Rangers, .697
2B Chris Getz, White Sox, .610
3B Josh Fields, White Sox, .625
SS Orlando Cabrera, A’s, .576
LF David DeJesus, Royals, .670
CF B.J. Upton, Rays, .620
RF Magglio Ordoñez, Tigers, .701
DH David Ortiz, Red Sox, .637

On Pace, Who’s Gonna Keep It Going

1. Adrian Gonzalez, 1B, Padres, is on pace for 67 Homeruns

Will he keep it up?  No.  No one is allowed to hit more homeruns than Sammy Sosa!!!!!!!
2. Chris Davis, 1B, Rangers, is on pace for 250 Strikeouts
Ouch!  Will he keep it up?  Probably not, but I can see him challenging the strikeout record, 204, set last year by Mark Reynolds.
3. Evan Longoria, 3B, Rays, is on pace for 168 RBI
Will he keep it up?  Slim chance, Manny Ramirez had 165 in 1999, and Alex Rodriguez had 156 in 2007, but I don’t consider Longoria that talented a player, yet…
Pitching coming later…
This Day In Baseball History

1891-Charles Garder Radbourn wins his 300th game beating the Beaneaters at South End Grounds in Boston, 10-8. ‘Old Hoss’, who will finish 484 of the 497 games he starts, will end his 11-year career this season with 309 victories.

1918-Facing only 28 batters, Dutch Leonard tosses his second career no-hitter as he holds the Tigers hitless in the Red Sox 5-0 victory at Navin Field. ‘Hub’ had also pitched a no-no against the Browns two seasons ago at Fenway Park.

1935-Babe Ruth announces his retirement from baseball.

1951-Due to the poor lighting during a Alabama-Florida League contest at Peanut Stadium in Headland, Alabama, Ottis Johnson of the Dothan Browns fails to get out of the way of a fastball thrown by Jack Clifton. The 24-year-old Class D minor League outfielder undergoes surgery and spends eight days in the hospital before dying on June 10 as a result of being hit by Dixie Runners hurler’s pitch.
R.I.P.

1987-Using their the number one pick overall in the draft, the Seattle Mariners select Ken Griffey, Jr. The signing of ‘Junior’, son a major leaguer Ken Griffey, will play a major role in Seattle’s success in the mid-1990’s.

1990-Randy Johnson becomes the first Mariner to pitch a no-hitter as the ‘Big Unit’ shuts out the Tigers, 2-0. The southpaw strikes out eight while walking six in the first no-hitter ever thrown in the 14-year history of the Kingdome.

1999-In the first-year player’s draft, the Devil Rays select North Carolina prep star Josh Hamilton as the top pick. It is the first time since 1993, when Alex Rodriguez was selected, that a high school player has been chosen first.

2000-With the Tigers visiting Wrigley Field for the first time since the 1945 World Series, Cubs’ reliever Rick Aguilera pitches a perfect ninth inning for his 300th save to nail down a 2-0 Chicago victory.
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