For the First Time in a Long Time, We'll Recognize the Texas Rangers

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A day short of six weeks after breaking his arm, Josh Hamilton is back. So is Nelson Cruz.

And with them, will the Rangers welcome the return of their offense?

After a weekend in Philly in which they were outscored only 5-4 over 27 innings of, let's face it, boring baseball, the Rangers -- after a weather-forced pit stop in Arkansas -- return to host the White Sox tonight in Arlington with their two biggest bats back in the lineup. Amazingly, they return to a team that is both above .500 (24-23) and in first place (by 0.5).

In their final rehab starts Sunday in AAA Round Rock, Cruz homered for the third consecutive game and Hamilton went 0 of 4 with two strikeouts.

The Rangers went 15-21 without Hamilton, injured on a head-first slide in Detroit April 12. Cruz has been gone since straining his right thigh May 3.

Without Hamilton, the Rangers' offensive production has slid almost two runs per game. They were harmless against the Phillies' trio of Roy Halladay-Cliff Lee-Roy Oswalt and lucky not to be swept.

On Friday the Rangers manufactured an early run against Halladay on a crafty double-steal but lost 3-2 despite C.J. Wilson allowing the Phils only four hits.

Saturday former teammate Lee was even more dominant, striking out 10 Rangers and surrendering only five singles in a shutout.

Yesterday Matt Harrison gave the Rangers another well-pitched game (his best as a Ranger) and Texas scratched out two runs -- thanks to a Mitch Moreland double and a Craig Gentry bunt -- in a 2-0 win over Oswalt. After two blown saves in Kansas City, Neftali Feliz closed this one with 10 pitches to get the final two outs.

In all, the Rangers hit .231 (22 of 95) in the series. They saw 388 pitches from Halladay-Lee-Oswalt, striking out 22 times and managing only five extra-base hits (all doubles). 

But, to their credit, they still haven't been swept this season after it happened seven times last year.

The offense should be better. Starting tonight.


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Chuck G.
Chuck G.

 I'm just surprised that Richie was able to post something about the Rangers in between Mavericks, stolen Ticket bits, Duke's Roadhouse remote's, In N Out Burger talk, Mike Modano, and butt (or hair) plug insertions.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

Well the Rangers starting pitchers threw  321 pitches struck out 19 holding the phillies BA to .210.  Id say the Ranger pitching was as dominate as the Phillies and we were missing the meat of our order.  It wasnt a bad weekend out there, it was a pitching duel, and we sucked with RISP.  Im not as mad about losing 2 of 3 bc of the way we pitched. 

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

Appreciate the numbers SM..I wanted to know what our #'s were..but I guess me and RW were both to lazy to look em up.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

Y'all see the picture at the top of the blog entry? That's what your SFBL teams will be seeing in their nightmares!  Boomstick meet Jham..and we snuck a claim through on the Dutchoven after Scruff cut him loose..He'll be starting manana. 

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

I cut him loose to snag Chris Carpenter. Methinks it was a worthwhile gamble given my current state of suckiness. Holland's pitched well, but I needed someone with more skins.

Good luck with Boomstick's feast-or-famine approach. Watch yer rear-view. My team won't stay terrible.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

 you know hwy chris carpenter was out there? BECASUE HE SUUUUUUCKS!!!!  He has fallen apart and it aint coming back

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

I'm thinking tradet probably spends far more time on Facebook trying to be awesome than any of us spend tending to the fantasy team.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

@tradet you would be way off, but let me guess you are a mid 40's stoner/doucher living at the parents house driving dads leased bimmer 3 series to one word named uptown bar, or are you one of those tree hugging super green bike riders wrecking into runners on Katy trail

Tradet
Tradet

How old are you fantasy-baseball playing losers?   Let me guess,mid-40's to mid-50's. I have a feeling I'm right..... 

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Look where I'm at. You see Carpenter hit the wire, you see Holland's mediocre ERA, and you roll the dice. And with my selection of starting pitchers--I'm not exactly relying on the dude.

Storm_71
Storm_71

Read from Evan Garnt that Cee Jay blogged that he "owned" Raul Ibanez before Fridays game. We see what that got him.

Scattershooting while wondering what Cee Jay's trade value will be at or near the deadline. I for one am kind of sick of his act. Is he a good pitcher yes is he a great pitcher me thinks not. Lets face he does not want to be here next year anyway.  

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

I'd much rather put Kinsler as #1 on the trading block. Pretty soon the league will get wise to the fact he's a solid but not outstanding fielder and a freeswinging wannabe power hitter who should be spraying liners opposite field but actually will pop up on the first pitch far more often.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

The time to do that was the last off-season...could've brought in Greinke. 

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

The only way he's traded is if we go 10 and 20 over the next month..but you are correct about a couple of things..He won't be back next year, he wants to hit and he's going to get paid like a #1 starter..although he is our #1 and a pretty dang good pitcherman..he'd pitch 5th on the Phillies.maybe 4th. 

Mishon
Mishon

I would rather my team have good pitching over good hitting, but I'll admit the Phillies aren't the most exciting team to watch the Rangers play against. Glad that series is over and glad to see Josh and Nellie coming back. The AL west is looking like its going to be a tight race this year. I hope Seattle fans don't get too excited.

Is it F-ed up that I was hoping for an injury when Colby lined the ball off CLee's back?

Chuck G.
Chuck G.

 People like Richie keep stating that Hamilton AND Cruz will ignite this offense once back. Do you not realize that Cruz was hitting an abysmal .219 before going down!?  

Evan
Evan

Sample size, sample size, sample size. Plus, he's been good for a 102 OPS+ in those 120 PA. He's not bailing us out on his own, but he's stabilizing a line-up that's been so hurt by injuries that we've had to give Craig Gentry several starts.

Nana Krego
Nana Krego

second turdburglers!

Kergie out.

Legend. 

ps-Rangers, MEH (yawning and streching).......GO Sawx, Bruins.  Git em'.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

Thought it was a Hell of an effort from the good guys this weekend.  Business is picking up starting tonight. Hope the weather blows on through, and TRDP1 gets with the Commisioner's office..so I can get my pick on...Hurry up TRDP1.Congrats to Scruff, 3 point gain yesterday..arrow is pointing up.  Scott's merkin is cleaning our clock (18.5 point lead..wow) and Merten/Fandricks/BalkYou and Davy are stalking..a bit off the blistering pace that SM is setting...TKR, SB, Me and TRDP1 are just a few furlongs back from them. 

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

If fantasy baseball were a NASCAR race, I'm multiple laps down with a couple hundred to go. I'm making up ground here lately, but I need to get on the leap lap again. Idiot me missed that I had James Shields on my bench yesterday and he goes out and throws a gem. Ouch. That's what I get for having a busy weekend.

I'd like to welcome Michael Young to the Minescruffy Twins, pending him passing a physical.

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