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3 Deep, But Playable: Jurickson Profar's Path Forward by Craig Goldstein
0 Flu-Like Symptoms: The Worst Bullpen in Baseball by Rob Mains
4 Circle Change: Pico de Gallo? by Zach Crizer
1 Fantasy Freestyle: Five to Watch: Leadoff Surprises by Greg Wellemeyer
2 Looking Back on Tomorrow: Texas Rangers by Kate Morrison
2 Banjo Hitter: PECOTA's Breakout Bets: Hitters by Aaron Gleeman
12 Transaction Analysis: Worst Base? by Bryan Grosnick
1 Cold Takes: Cole Hamels Is Not Being Honest by Patrick Dubuque
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
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September 2, 2016 6:00 am
Right-hander, Left-hander, Yohander. As long as they get outs.
The Situation: It’s September. got called up. This is a September call up. Yohander Mendez
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August 31, 2016 1:24 pm
Ubaldo Jimenez's surprising palatability, a rare off-night for Edwin Diaz, and more from Tuesday's slate of games.
The Tuesday Takeaway
The number that describes ’s performance as a starter this year is perhaps not one of his individual stats, but instead one of the Orioles’ collective ones—a team rotation Ubaldo Jimenez of 4.65. Baltimore’s starters have been the worst of any team with a winning record, and yet Jimenez struggled so greatly that he was deemed unfit even for them. After a month in the bullpen, however, Jimenez is back as a starter courtesy of DRA ’s trip to the disabled list. And two outings in, his return to the rotation been remarkably not bad. By the standard he set as a starter earlier this year, remarkably good, even! (When that standard involves averaging fewer than five innings per game and putting up an Chris Tillman over 7, “remarkably good” is perhaps not so hard to come by, but regardless.) ERA
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Carlos Gomez's swift decline got him dropped by the Astros, but the Rangers think there's still value to be had. Cleveland's post-deadline swoon highlights their missed opportunity.
The Indians lost a heartbreaker on Wednesday night, surrendering five runs in the ninth inning (four of them on an
grand slam) to lose 10-7 to the White Sox. It dropped the team to 8-8 in August. They’ve gotten lucky, as their frustrating fortnight has coincided with a Tigers collapse and preserved most of their division lead. They had a 90.2-percent chance to win the AL Central on July 31; they have about the same chance to do so today. Still, this is not what this team had in mind when the front office traded for Adam Eaton . And it might not be happening at all, but for the trade the front office wasn’t able to make. Andrew Miller
and Roberto Perez have combined to bat .180/.255/.320 during August. In Texas, meanwhile, Chris Gimenez is hitting .250/.348/.725. There haven’t yet been serious repercussions, but I believe that the Indians’ franchise fortunes took a nasty, long-term turn for the worse at the very moment when the deal they had put together to land Lucroy fell through. Jonathan Lucroy Read the full article...
Jonathan Lucroy may end up being the most valuable deadline pickup, with a chance to help the Rangers on both sides of the ball.
The veteran is traded out of New York at the 11th hour for the second time in four years.
The Nationals get Mark Melancon, a reliever who has been as good as Aroldis Chapman.
Notable pitching performances by Jon Lester, Cole Hamels and Danny Duffy.
Toronto and Seattle exchange disappointing veteran relievers, Texas brings in some pitching depth, and Joey Gallo gets a chance to let it fly.
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July 26, 2016 11:17 am
The remainder of this post cannot be viewed at this subscription level. Please click here to subscribe. The Rangers haven't been the team their record suggests. Here's why that's OK.
are currently sitting pretty atop the MLB standings, and through games played on Monday stood one win ahead of the ever-popular, ever-publicized Texas Rangers . Both teams currently lead not just their divisions, but their Chicago Cubs leagues, and by wide margins at that.
But things aren’t all rosy in Arlington. The Rangers are currently running out an ailing rotation that can’t seem to catch a break, the numbers suggest that that they have one of the worst bullpens in baseball, and they’re middle-of-the-pack offensively.
Taken in isolation, that combination of facts leaves you scratching your head, wondering how the Rangers have gotten to this point and how they’ll manage to make it any further.
Read the full article... Fielder for Kinsler was supposed to be the fix for both teams' surpluses, but the 2016 season has put the clubs' returns in stark relief.
Three offseasons ago—November 20, 2013 to be exact—Detroit and Texas made a rare one-for-one, star-for-star trade between contending teams, with the Tigers sending five-time All-Star first baseman
to the Rangers in exchange for three-time All-Star second baseman Prince Fielder . In addition to the obvious star power involved, this particular trade had some interesting money-related factors and featured the analytical juxtaposition of a traditional slugger with shiny Ian Kinsler totals and negative defensive value being swapped for an up-the-middle defender with less of a bat and a far more varied all-around game. RBI
Three-and-a-half years later the trade looks like a blowout victory for the Tigers, to the extent that they added one of the best all-around infielders in the league
and saddled the Rangers with a bad player on an albatross contract that runs through 2020 at an annual salary of $24 million. All of which is much different than things appeared around this time last year when Fielder, not Kinsler, was chosen for the All-Star team on the strength of his .339/.403/.521 first half that seemed to be proof of a full recovery from the neck surgery that halted his first season in Texas after 42 games.
Fielder’s production fell off in the second half, as he hit .264/.348/.394, and this season he’s been arguably the worst everyday player in baseball.
sees him as producing the sixth-worst overall value, with all five of the lower-WARP players— WARP , A.J. Pierzynski , Mark Teixeira , Dioner Navarro , Ryan Howard —playing part-time or sitting on the disabled list. Fielder has started 67 of 72 games for the Rangers, hitting .203/.273/.325 with his usual bad defense and poor baserunning, which is how he’s the lone big leaguer with more than 200 plate appearances and a WARP worse than -1.0. Dating back to last year’s All-Star break Fielder has hit a combined .235/.313/.356 in 140 games. Chris Coghlan
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