Posts Tagged ‘Texas Rangers’

Keys to the Game: Rays Vs. Rangers, ALDS Game 1, September 30, 2011

September 30, 2011

The 2011 postseason will kickoff with a rematch of last year’s ALDS when the Tampa Bay Rays visit Arlington to face the AL West Champion, Texas Rangers. While the Rays were smoking hot to finish the season, winning five games in a row to complete the largest regular season comeback in Major League history, the Rangers were even hotter winning 10 of their last 11 contests. The Rangers will start their de facto ace, C.J. Wilson (16-7, 2.94 ERA) tonight. Wilson has had great success against the Rays this season going 2-0 with a 2.08 ERA and a miniscule 0.83 WHIP in three starts. Track Wilson’s ERA this season. Click for much further insight on Wilson’s pitching.

Rays Manager, Joe Madden, has shocked the baseball world by starting Rookie left-hander, Matt Moore (1-0, 2.89 ERA), in Game One. Moore has only pitched 9 and 1/3 big league innings but pitched five scoreless innings with 11 strikeouts against the Yankees in his last start.

The Rangers have a powerful offense, finishing third in the league in with 855 Runs Scored and second by knocking in 210 Home Runs. Ian Kinsler and Adrian Beltre lead Texas with 32 Home Runs and have scored a combined 203 Runs and batted in 182 Runs. Amazingly, the Rangers have 467 more total bases than they Rays! Rays hero Evan Longoria, who hit the Wild Card clinching extra innings walk off Home Run Wednesday evening, has 31 Home Runs and 99 RBIs this season. Compare the Rangers’ and Rays’ starting lineups.

RBIs (Blue), Runs Scored (Orange) & Total Bases (Green)

The Rangers won the regular season series 5-4, so don’t be surprised if this series goes the five game distance.

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AL Starting Rotations

September 29, 2011

The Postseason is upon us and in a season when offensive production was down through out the league the age old adage “Pitching wins Championships” should ring even true in 2011. All four American League Playoff teams boast formidable projected four man rotations. The Detroit Tigers have the best one two punch with presumable AL Cy Young winner Justin Verlander (24-5, 2.40 ERA) and Doug Fister who is 8-1 with a 1.80 ERA since joining the Tigers at the trade-deadline. Check out Detroit’s projected playoff starting rotation.

DET: ERs Allowed (Blue), Strikeouts (Orange) & Walks (Green)

The Defending AL Champion, Texas Rangers, have a fantastic starting trio of C.J. Wilson (16-7, 2.94 ERA), Derek Holland (16-5, 3.95 ERA) and Matt Harrison (14-9, 3.39 ERA). Check out the numbers for the projected Rangers starting pitchers.

TEX: ERs Allowed (Blue), Strikeouts (Orange) & Walks (Green)

The “miracle” Rays have two pitchers, James Shields and Jeremy Hellickson, with sub 3.00 ERAs. Check out how Tampa Bay’s potential postseason starting staff have performed this season.

TB: ERs Allowed (Blue), Strikeouts (Orange) & Walks (Green)

The New York Yankees finished with the best record in the American League but besides staff Ace, C.C. Sabathia (19-8, 3.00 ERA), the Bronx Bombers have some serious issues with their potential post-season starters. Ivan Nova (16-4, 3.70 ERA) has had a great rookie campaign but can the Yanks trust such an inexperienced arm in big pressure games? With Phil Hughes out with a back injured, can the pinstripes really in good faith give the ball to A.J. Burentt (11-11, 5.15 ERA). Check out how the four potential New York starters have performed in 2011.

NYY: ERs Allowed (Blue), Strikeouts (Orange) & Walks (Green)

With such great pitchers except some excellent pitchers duels this postseason in the American League.

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Keys to the Game: Rangers Vs Red Sox, September 2, 2011

September 2, 2011

Tonight two of the top teams in the American League will square off in a potential postseason preview when the Texas Rangers open a three game set at Fenway Park.  While Texas is 4-3 against the Red Sox this season, Boston has won the last three games by a combined score of 30-7.  Both clubs have potent offenses as the Red Sox and Rangers are first and second in the Majors in team batting average with .280, and .275 respectively.  Compare the numbers of Boston’s top four sluggers of David Ortiz, Adrian Gonzalez, Dustin Pedroia and Jacoby Ellsbury with Texas’ fearsome foursome of Adrian Beltre, Michael Young, Josh Hamilton and Nelson Cruz.

RBIs(Blue), Runs Scored (Orange) & HRs (Green)

Tonight’s pitching match-up features two talented young arms. Boston will send Andrew Miller (7-, 4.42) to the mound and Texas will counter with Derek Holland (12-5, 4.30).  Check out their numbers over their last 5 starts.

ERs Allowed (Blue), Strikeouts (Orange) & Walks (Green)

Can Boston sustain their recent slugging shellacking of the Rangers? Or will Holland, who is leading the American League with four Shutouts this season, be able to fasten the floodgate at Fenway?

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AL West Power Display

August 28, 2011

The Los Angeles Angels will try to cut their AL West deficit to one during tonight’s three game series finale versus the Texas Rangers. The Angels have won seven of their last eight games and have outscored their opponents 54-32 since the middle of August. Colby Lewis, who has struggled at home all season, will pitch for the Rangers. The stats may be on the Angels’ side this game: In Lewis’ last four starts against the Angels he’s 0-2 with a 3.0 ERA. Do you think the Angels will cut their deficit in the AL West?

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Battle In The AL West

August 26, 2011

Today begins a three game series between the AL West first placed ranked Texas Rangers and the second place Los Angeles Angels. Against Texas, the Angels are 6-7 with a 3-3 record at Ameriquest Field. The Angles have performed well on the road; however, the Rangers have 40-25 home record, which suggests the team will put up a tough battle to maintain their first place position in the AL West. Take a look at how the Angles are playing on the road. Do you think the Angels have what it takes to knock the Rangers out of first?

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Keys to the Game: Red Sox Vs Rangers, August 24, 2011

August 24, 2011

After Scoring 11 Runs last night in their 11-5 victory, the Red Sox will get one of their biggest bats back off of the DL tonight. Boston’s DH David Ortiz (.300 Batting Average and 24 Home Runs) is in the lineup tonight for the first time in 10 days.  Compare Ortiz’s production this season with Ranger’s DH Ian Kinsler.

RBIs (Blue) & Home Runs (Orange)

Ortiz and the rest of the high powered Red Sox offense will face Ranger’s Lefty Matt Harrison (10-8, 3.23 ERA), who has been dominant in his last six starts in Arlington going 4-0, with a 2.16 ERA and a phenomenal Strikeout to Walk ratio of 10.66.

ERs Allowed (Blue), Strikeouts (Orange) & Walks (Green)

Josh Beckett (10-5, 2.46 ERA) gets the call for the Red Sox tonight.  Beckett has struggled against Texas in his career going 2-2 with a 5.53 ERA and allowing six Home Runs in seven starts.

ERs Allowed (Blue), HRs Allowed (Orange) & Strikeouts (Green)

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2010 All Over Again?

July 18, 2011

Not since the Dodgers and Yankees played each other for the World Series titles in 1977 and 1978 have two teams met in back-to-back World Series. This year may be the next exception. The Giants and the Rangers, the 2010 NL and AL champs, are proving once again that they are in the running for playoffs. Both teams are currently ranked first in their division and have been playing strong during the second half of the season. The Giants have won seven of their last 10 games and the Rangers are on an 11-game winning streak. Let’s take a closer look at how the 2010 World Series contenders compare so far this season.

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