Yu Darvish

Los Angeles Dodgers need to make a move with Kershaw out
With Clayton Kershaw out for potentially four to six weeks, the Los Angeles Dodgers must make a move. Oddly, it’s not necessarily because of the fact that Clayton Kershaw is out that the Los Angeles Dodgers need to make a trade. The offense is good enough to carry the team for now and despite a revolving door of pitchers on the disabled list, it’s possible they could make due without having to give up a top prospect for a pitcher like the Texas Rangers’ Yu Darvish or the Oakland Athletics’ Sonny Gray.  Both pitchers will come with a steep price. Darvish […]

The Los Angeles Dodgers must make a move, if not ...

colby lewis
Can the Rangers sustain their lead in the AL without Colby Lewis? The Texas Rangers are having a good first half of the 2016 season, so good in fact that they have the best record in the American League by six games. The Rangers are 46-26 and leading the AL West by a wide margin. They’ve been luckier than in recent years, keeping more of their players healthy and off of the disabled list, yet suddenly the injuries are hitting them hard once again.  Quite a few players, especially pitchers, are now unavailable. There’s been one pitcher without whom the […]

What will the Rangers do without Colby Lewis?

Yovani Gallardo
Should the Rangers go with Yovani Gallardo? Back in August, I wrote that the Texas Rangers were smart to hold on to Yovani Gallardo while adding Cole Hamels to their rotation. It worked, as it took the Rangers from virtual obscurity to 2015 American League West champions and into the postseason. Of course, a myriad of other factors helped the Rangers make their incredible second-half run. Yet you can’t look past the combination of Hamels and Gallardo as a major reason for the team’s comeback. Hamels struggled at first with the transition from Philadelphia to Arlington, but Gallardo backed him up with […]

Rangers need to re-sign Yovani Gallardo

It appears it may be the beginning of the end for the Houston Astros after they were annihilated this week by the Texas Rangers. The Rangers swept the Astros in a four-game series, outscoring them by 20 runs and taking away the Astros lead in the American League West. Houston now trails Texas by two and a half games. That’s not saying that the Astros have no chance at making the playoffs or even winning the division. They have 12 games left to play including another three game series against Texas at Minute Maid Park in Houston. Plus the other […]

Is the postseason really in the 2015 Houston Astros’ future?

jeff banister, awards
After recently reading a poll on the end of the 2015 season awards from ESPN’s experts in which 11 of the 14 panelists chose Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch as their candidate for American League Manager of the Year, one of the picks of three “outsiders” really made me stop and think. ESPN’s Christina Kahrl voted for Texas Ranger’s manager Jeff Banister. The more I reflected on it the more I realized that, what appears to be a no-brainer in electing Hinch as AL Manager of the Year, might not really be so clear-cut. Of course, Hinch appears to be the perfect candidate, […]

Rangers’ Jeff Banister should be AL Manager of the Year

I’ve already questioned the idea that there may be a curse on the Texas Rangers. Recent events, conversations and my own investigation/research into the idea suggests that there may, in fact, be a curse on the Texas Rangers that could become as big as the “Curse of the Bambino” or the “Curse of the Billy Goat.” If a curse, like the one that used to lay on the Boston Red Sox and the one that still plagues the Chicago Cubs, does apply to the Rangers it could be called the “Curse of Nolan Ryan.” Ryan took over as president of […]

Are the Texas Rangers under the “Curse of Nolan Ryan?”

As I’ve said before on this blog, “the Texas Rangers just can’t catch a break.” Just a day after telling MLB.com’s Sean Casey how important staying healthy was for both himself and the team this year, the team announced that outfielder Shin-Soo Choo will be out for a few days with some tightness or “fatigue” in his left tricep. Choo bats and throws left-handed. Now, there are reasons to be somewhat concerned by this development, despite the fact that he is only supposed to be out a few days. Choo missed quite a bit of the 2014 season with elbow soreness […]

Another injury for the Texas Rangers?

I had just written about the possibility of the New York Mets needing to keep and not trade starting pitcher Dillon Gee, even though he had been moved from the starting rotation to the bullpen. I mentioned that there may be an issue with starter Zack Wheeler. Originally picked for the starting rotation were Wheeler, Jon Niese, Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom and Bartolo Colon. Now it appears that Gee will be needed in place of Wheeler. Wheeler, who complained of elbow soreness last week, recently underwent an MRI. He’d had two clean MRI’s over the offseason, after some soreness last season, […]

Tommy John surgery likely for Mets’ Zack Wheeler

Cole Hamels, hamstring strains 2
It’s well known, due to the creation of the Pace of Game Committee by former MLB Commissioner Bud Selig, that the baseball executives want to encourage new and casual baseball fans to attend more ballgames.  It’s also well documented that current MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred is contemplating altering the strike zone in order to produce more offense in MLB games. More offense equals more attendance and more revenue as was witnessed, for example, during the 1998 home run record chase between Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa. ESPN’s Buster Olney writes about the number of injured starting pitchers this season and how […]

Could a lack of SP depth give Manfred the increase ...

Something is wrong in Arlignton, Texas. The Texas Rangers just can’t catch a break. The team spent last season in the cellar of the suddenly ultra-competitive American League West. The Rangers finished 21 games behind the Oakland Athletics and 31 games behind the A.L. West Champion Los Angeles Angels. It certainly wasn’t due to a lack of talent, well, it was in a way actually. The problem was that all their big-name talent, from slugger Prince Fielder to the number one prospect in all of baseball, Jurickson Profar to aces Yu Darvish and Derek Holland, were all injured. It wasn’t suffering […]

Is there a curse on the Texas Rangers?

UPDATE: March 26, 2015 8:30am PT I wrote this orginal version of this post 15 days ago (the original text is on the following page – like a short slideshow!) and if you thought that there were injuries then, well let’s just say the number has grown exponentially. Well, it seems that way at least. There haven’t been as many season-ending injuries as I mentioned in the original part of the post. I talked about the Toronto Blue Jays’ Marcus Stroman, the Texas Rangers’ Yu Darvish, Gavin Floyd of the Cleveland Indians, Sean Doolittle of the Oakland Athletics, Mike Minor of […]

UPDATE: 3/26/15 – MLB teams already being ravaged by injuries

Colorado Rockies shortstop & now former NL MVP candidate Troy Tulowitzki is going to have season ending surgery on his left hip.  More information to follow once I am no longer in the car! LOL! Poor Tulo! 🙁 Now that I have gotten out of the very uncomfortable “back seat” of the truck I had to sit in for 2 1/2 hours I have finally had a chance to write up the Tulo story for Call to the Pen. So check out the link below to learn more on this once breaking story! I guess now it’s just a story! […]

Breaking News: Tulo’s season is over, Darvish to DL (UPDATED)