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0 Transaction Analysis: Dented Cans and Safety Nets by Bryan Grosnick and Jared Wyllys
3 Transaction Analysis: Angels Load Up On Infield D by Matthew Trueblood, Kate Morrison and David Lee
3 Transaction Analysis: Texas Two-Step by Bryan Grosnick
0 Transaction Analysis: Vesatility, Depth, and Scenery by Bryan Grosnick and Rob Mains
1 Transaction Analysis: Seattle Swag by Dustin Palmateer, Meg Rowley, Jared Wyllys and Kenny Ducey
3 Retro Transaction Analysis: Tex-Sized Blockbuster by Bryan Grosnick
5 Two-Strike Approach: Where Do the Rangers Go From Here? by Cat Garcia
4 Playoff Prospectus: Texas Forever by Trevor Strunk
0 Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and ALDS Game 3 Previews by Brendan Gawlowski
5 Playoff Prospectus: Trying to Remember the Rangers Are Good by Kate Morrison
1 Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and ALDS Game 2 Previews by Aaron Gleeman
0 Playoff Prospectus: Hamels' Missing Changeup by Andrew Felper
0 Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and ALDS Game 1 Previews by Kate Morrison and Matthew Trueblood
0 Playoff Prospectus: ALDS Preview: Blue Jays vs. Rangers by Aaron Gleeman
1 Prospectus Feature: The Joy of Adrian Beltre by Kate Morrison
1 Transaction Analysis: Bourn Again by Bryan Grosnick and Steve Givarz
0 The Call-Up: Yohander Mendez by Craig Goldstein and Wilson Karaman
0 What You Need to Know: What You Need to Know: A Di(z)azter for Edwin by Emma Baccellieri
1 Transaction Analysis: Go-Go Goes to Texas by Bryan Grosnick
2 Rubbing Mud: These Post-Lucroy Indians by Matthew Trueblood
0 Transaction Analysis: Lucroy Vetoes His Way To Texas by Bryan Grosnick, Kate Morrison and Ben Carsley
0 Transaction Analysis: Carlos Beltran's Deadline Deja Vu by Kenny Ducey, Christopher Crawford, David Lee, Jarrett Seidler and Ben Carsley
0 Transaction Analysis: Nats Pay for the Pitcher, Not the Velo by Bryan Grosnick, Christopher Crawford and J.P. Breen
0 Raising Aces: In Awe of Southpaws by Doug Thorburn
0 Transaction Analysis: Reliever Swap, Starring Storen and Benoit by Bryan Grosnick and Wilson Karaman
0 Transaction Analysis: Made For Joaquin by Bryan Grosnick
2 Prospectus Feature: The Road Ahead in Arlington by Cat Garcia
0 Prospectus Feature: The Increasingly Lopsided Everybody-Wins Trade by Aaron Gleeman
4 Rubbing Mud: Can Ian Desmond Be The Last? by Matthew Trueblood
0 What You Need to Know: The Improbable Frequently Fails To Happen by Emma Baccellieri
2 Cold Takes: Gonz But Not Forgotten by Patrick Dubuque
1 Transaction Analysis: First Base Merry-Go-Round by James Fegan, Christopher Crawford and Bryan Grosnick
0 Raising Aces: Instant Gratification by Doug Thorburn
9 Prospectus Feature: The Matt Bush Challenge by Trevor Strunk
4 What You Need to Know: Yu is Back; Baseball Better by Ashley Varela
11 Players Prefer Presentation: Let Ballparks Get Old by Meg Rowley
2 Transaction Analysis: Return of The Freak by Matthew Trueblood, Kate Morrison, Bryan Grosnick, Adam McInturff, Steve Givarz and Christopher Crawford
22 Pebble Hunting: The 14 Heroes Of Sunday's Odor/Bautista Brawl by Sam Miller
0 What You Need to Know: Nomar Mazara Makes Five Of Us Look Smart by Daniel Rathman
4 Players Prefer Presentation: Cole Hamels, and The Win's Long Con by Meg Rowley
4 Fifth Column: The Long-Term Future of the Rangers' Third Base Situation by Michael Baumann
1 Rumor Roundup: Someday Yet He'll Begin His Life Again by Ashley Varela
4 Rumor Roundup: The Big Bad Beltre Extension by Demetrius Bell
1 Winter Is Leaving by Sam Miller
11 Pitching Backward: Starting Pitching Depth, Ranked by Jeff Long
3 Pitching Backward: Bringing the Heat by Jeff Long
1 Rubbing Mud: Catch a Tiger by Matthew Trueblood
3 Pitching Backward: A Refresher on Changeups by Jeff Long
2 Pitching Backward: Pudge, Preserved by Jeff Long
3 Playoff Prospectus: Holy Cow It Almost Happened Again: ALCS Game 5 by Sam Miller
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January 16, 2017 6:00 am
Texas takes a flier on Tyson Ross, Tampa Bay adds Colby Rasmus' power, and Colorado breaks the emergency glass.
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December 12, 2016 6:00 am
Danny Espinosa joins Team Trout, Tyrell Jenkins gets a fresh start in Texas, and Atlanta adds Luke Jackson to the bullpen.
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Texas re-signs Carlos Gomez, while Ian Desmond leaves for a $70 million deal in Colorado.
November 28, 2016 6:00 am
Atlanta adds super-utility man Sean Rodriguez, Andrew Cashner goes home, and the Rays and Mariners make their annual offseason swap.
November 16, 2016 6:00 am
Danny Valencia stays in the AL West, Will Middlebrooks gets his latest chance, and the Braves go bargain shopping.
October 21, 2016 12:10 am
Travel back in time to 2007. A-Rod and Rollins were MVPs, Braun and Pedroia were Rookies of the Year, and the Braves gave up the farm for Mark Teixeira. Knocked out in the first round again, the Rangers may need some luck on their side to keep winning in 2017.
“If you lose the last game of the season, nobody gives a shit.” -
, Billy Beane Moneyball
Twice. Two years in a row, the Rangers were knocked out of the playoffs in the first round by the Blue Jays. The sadness would have swept over me if I hadn’t had an ominous feeling about the Rangers chances in October from the start. It wasn’t all about the Blue Jays--the sweep stings more considering it was at the hand of the Toronto--but that wasn’t what the apprehension was totally about.
Read the full article... The team with the AL's best record was sunk by a great offensive team and a narrative they couldn't escape.
If there’s one annoying thing about being a baseball fan, in my experience, it’s dealing with the expectation of narratives. Baseball, especially over a long 162-game season, has such a granular quality that defining any team with a sentence or two glosses over so much as to be barely descriptive. You get the feeling, as a fan, that the way the media, other fans, heck even your own family understands your local team is so detached from reality as to be barely recognizable. You’re telling me the team I’ve lived and died with since April chokes in big spots, or doesn’t have the pitching they need for October, or needs more pop to really succeed in a short series? Hoo boy, we’re going to have to settle in for a long talk about how wrong you are!
Read the full article... Josh Tomlin vs. Clay Buchholz in Boston and Colby Lewis vs. Aaron Sanchez in Toronto.
After getting blown out in Game 2, the Red Sox head home with their season hanging by a thread. Obviously the first two games didn’t go well for Boston, but Cleveland’s short-handed staff gives the Red Sox a chance to get back in the series.
Read the full article... Toronto takes a 2-0 lead over Texas as the ALDS heads to Canada.
Here’s the thing: The
are a good team. Maybe they’re a good team that was helped a little by whatever luck or deity-type-thing you prefer in the regular season, but they’re a good team. The Texas Rangers are also a good team. Their luck was maybe a little more confined to simple human err in a one-game playoff, but luck it still was, and so they found themselves in Arlington these last two games, riding on a wave of momentum that seemed like it could take on any day’s pitcher. Toronto Blue Jays Read the full article...
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October 7, 2016 8:56 am
J.A. Happ vs. Yu Darvish in Texas and David Price vs. Corey Kluber in Cleveland.
Texas looks to bounce back
from a Game 1 shellacking with their second ace, right-hander , on the mound. Toronto looks to bring a commanding 2-0 lead back home and try to finish the series Sunday. Yu Darvish The remainder of this post cannot be viewed at this subscription level. Please click here to subscribe. Toronto bashed Cole Hamels into submission in Game 1 of the ALDS, raising questions about Texas' ace.
retires to his Cole Hamels palatial suburban estate outside of Dallas--perhaps with another World Series ring or two and a borderline Hall of Fame resume--and looks back on all the innings he tossed (2,300 and counting entering this postseason), it’s safe to assume the third inning of Game 1 of the ALDS against the Blue Jays will not rank high on his all-time list. The numbers were grisly: Read the full article...