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Bullpen Report, Week 22: Go Go Power Rangers

It's telling over a period of time, taken into account the teams success rate naturally, how well their bullpen is performing. Take a look at the Texas Rangers over the last 30 days.  They are a 19-10 and steaming toward playoff relevance... maybe.  During that time they had 17 save/hold situations.  Those of you that can't count well, that is a lot. Leading the charge for them...
Via Razzball
10 hours ago  |  Discuss

Elvis Andrus Steals Home, Padres’ Souls

The Rangers sure are exciting these days. They’re only two games behind Houston for the AL West lead and one game up on Minnesota for the last Wild Card while still holding the title of The Best Team With a Negative Run Differential. That is, if nothing else, an unwieldy banner. It’s the banner equivalent of Jarrod Saltalamacchia’s name on a t-shirt in that it would start on...
Via Fangraphs
10 hours ago  |  Discuss

Tolleson on closing for contending Rangers: 'It's exciting'

Right-handed reliever Shawn Tolleson has been instrumental in the Texas Rangers' playoff push, and things have gone well. They enter play Thursday only trailing the Houston Astros in the AL West by two games, and Tolleson has performed admirably as the club's closer.  Still, as's T.R. Sullivan pointed out after Tuesday's victory, Tolleson is entering uncharted territory...
Via Fox Sports
11 hours ago  |  Discuss

Foul ball lands in nachos at Rangers-Padres game (video)

Don’t buy nachos if you go to a Texas Rangers home or road game. The Padres’ Will Venable bounced a foul ball into the seats Tuesday at Petco Park and it landed in a Rangers fan’s nachos. A man and woman, both wearing Rangers T-shirts, sat next to each other and appeared to be sharing the nachos. The woman kept eating after the ball skipped through their snack. Apparently...
Via The Sports Daily
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Video: Rangers fan’s nachos destroyed by foul ball

Last night proved to be another active evening for baseball fans. One poor Texas Rangers fan was simply trying to enjoy his nachos and take in a ballgame when Will Venable knocked a bouncing foul ball into the third row. Just a couple of hops later and this innocent fan’s nachos were destroyed. The lesson here, kids, is keep your eye on the ball and only your eat nachos between...
Via Campus Sports Net
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Elvis Andrus steals home, Rangers celebrate in dugout (video)

Texas Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus showed the world just how fast he is in Tuesday night’s game against the Padres. The Rangers were looking for some runs with the game tied at 4-4 and the bases loaded, and Andrus came through with a clutch single to drive in three runs (two RBI, third scored on an error). Andrus advanced to third on the error, and with two outs, the Rangers...
Via The Sports Daily
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Baseball Profcast: Valuing Profar

Submit a question to be answered on the show! In Episode 264, Professors Lance Rinker (@LanceMRinker) and Jake Devereaux (@DevJake) discuss a pair of young players and how to evaluate September call-ups. Topics include: Whether you should stash Jurickson Profar in keeper/dynasty leagues Should you pick up Jackie Bradley Jr. How to evaluate September call-ups...
Via Baseball Professor
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WATCH: Elvis Andrus steals home against Padres

    Here’s something you don’t see very often: a straight steal of home. Texas Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus pulled off the rare feat in the seventh inning of Tuesday’s game against the San Diego Padres. Andrus had singled with the bases loaded, and an error allowed all three runs to score and Andrus to advance to third to make it 7-4. The Padres brought Kevin Quackenbush...
Via Larry Brown Sports
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Rangers have got themselves a bullpen

Loudly and quietly, the Blue Jays made a series of improvements around deadline time. Very conspicuously, they added an incredible shortstop. Very conspicuously, they added an incredible starting pitcher. Somewhat conspicuously, they added a decent left fielder. It was the bullpen work that went almost unnoticed. Armed with some new personnel, and with some shifted personnel, the...
Via Fangraphs
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Rangers' reliance on Tolleson grows with each save

ARLINGTON, Texas –€“ Having earned saves in each of the last two games, Rangers closer Shawn Tolleson could have used a day off Saturday. Yet with the Rangers holding onto a 4-3 lead over Orioles, there was Tolleson again on the mound in the ninth inning. "It was a tough decision," Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. "We've got to find an opportunity to get him a day or two down...
Via Fox Sports Southwest
4 days ago  |  Discuss

The Texas Rangers are firing on all cylinders

It took over four months, but the Texas Rangers are finally syncing in all facets of the game. Texas has shown flashes of dominant pitching, elite offense, and even the occasional flash of a competitive bullpen. But not until the month of August has all of this come together to form one of the better teams in the American League. The start of the 2015 season was one of the more...
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Chris Gimenez hits cameraman with home run (Video)

Texas Rangers catcher Chris Gimenez hit a cameraman with his solo home run in the fifth inning of Friday night's game against Baltimore. The ball bounced off the arm and shoulder of cameraman Dick Sosa before changing direction and landing in the stands. To Sosa's credit, he didn't even flinch. Now that's a true professional.Video via MLB. This post appeared first on Holdout...
Via Holdout Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Hamels dazzles as Rangers top Orioles

Just when it seemed like Texas left-hander Cole Hamels was starting to struggle Friday night he flipped a switch. After that it was all over for the Baltimore Orioles. Hamels had his best performance since being acquired from Philadelphia last month as the Rangers opened a key series with a 4-1 victory. The win moved the Rangers four back of Houston in the American League West and...
Via Fox Sports Southwest
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Is Phillies' prospect J.P. Crawford a future All-Star?

The Philadelphia Phillies have quality depth in the farm system, but at the very top resides shortstop, J.P. Crawford. Crawford was drafted with the 16th pick in the 2013 MLB draft. Coming out, Crawford was said to be a true shortstop meaning he was projected to be drafted and remain a shortstop for his entire career. So far he has done nothing but live up to expectations and given...
6 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Texas Rangers OF Delino DeShields With A Little League Home Run Thanks to Jose Bautista

Heading in to the seventh inning Thursday afternoon against the Blue Jays the Texas Rangers held a slim 1-0 lead over Toronto. By time the Rangers half of the inning would end Texas would hold a nice 4-0 lead thanks in large part to Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista.With two on Delino DeShields hit what should have been a single, but since Bautista misplayed the ball it got the...
Via FatManWriting
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Decision looming for Rangers: What to do with Joey Gallo when rosters expand?

Texas Rangers super-prospect Joey Gallo made a quick impression when he was called up to the major leagues earlier in the summer. In a brief stint with the Rangers, the 21-year-old crushed five home runs - and most of them were tape-measure blasts reflecting the kind of power he exhibited on a regular basis in the minors.However, Gallo is still rough around the edges and showed it...
Via Fox Sports
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Darvish update: Rangers' ace reports 'nothing negative' with TJ recovery progress

The Texas Rangers are in the thick of the postseason race and have done so without the services of ace Yu Darvish.  Even with him undergoing Tommy John surgery prior to Opening Day, the Rangers have surpassed expectations thanks to the diligent work of manager Jeff Banister and his staff. Meanwhile, Darvish has been going through the tedious recovery and rehab work that goes along...
Via Fox Sports
8 days ago  |  Discuss

The Texas Rangers Will Take The 2nd Wild-Card

Cole Hamels has begun to pitch well for the surging Rangers Behind the Toronto Blue Jays or New York Yankees, who are in a very heated race for the AL East crown, there is a very cluttered race for who will take the 2nd wildcard. The 2nd wildcard is currently occupied by the Texas Rangers, who hold a 1.5 game lead over both the Minnesota Twins and Los Angeles Angels, a 2...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Napoli's Numbers Get Him More Playing Time In Texas

(Getty Images)The Mike Napoli deal had to happen. Let's get that out on the table right away. And yet, it is interesting to see Nap's resurgence since re-donning the uniform of the Texas Rangers. As's Nick O'Malley points out, in just 11 games, Napoli is hitting .318—with a .400 OBP, is slugging .636 and has a 1.036 OPS. He will likely get more starts if this trend...
Via FenwayNation
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Texas Rangers surging up American League ranks

The AL Wild Card race is a tight one going down the stretch as four teams are less than two games back of the second Wild Card position, currently held by the Texas Rangers. After, Saturday’s win against the Detroit Tigers and the LA Angels losing to the Toronto Blue Jays, the Rangers took possession of the second wild card position. Their gritty “Never Ever Quit” motto style...
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Charlie Sheen ‘flattered’ Derek Holland is rocking ‘Wild Thing’ hairdo (pic)

Texas Rangers pitcher Derek Holland returned to the mound on Wednesday after a stint on the disabled list. He was solid in his first game back, pitching six-plus innings, giving up two earned runs while surrendering eight hits to go along with six strikeouts. But what perhaps stood out most about Holland is how he was rocking a pretty slick new hairstyle, one inspired by Charlie...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Rangers charging hard in AL West and wild card races

Tuesday night’s news that the Texas Rangers had traded for outfielder Will Venable may have prompted a few eyebrows to raise. Why was Texas making this move? That may have compelled a few to click over to the MLB standings and the revelation that the Rangers are indeed making a push into the AL playoff race. Going into Thursday’s play, Texas sits four games behind the Astros...
Via The Outside Corner
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Projecting Marcus Greene: The Return for Will Venable

On Tuesday night, the Texas Rangers swung a deal to acquire Will Venable from the San Diego Padres. In return for Venable, the Rangers sent catcher/outfielder Marcus Greene to San Diego, along with a player to be named later. Here’s what my fancy computer math has to say about Greene and his future outlook. Greene has played exclusively in Low-A Hickory this season, where he...
Via Fangraphs
14 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Mike Napoli's helmet knocked off in odd fashion

A potentially dangerous situation turned into a video for the ages. Texas Rangers first baseman Mike Napoli was up at bat Wednesday when a pitch bounced short of the plate. Now, this single act isn’t out of the ordinary, but what happened after has us scratching our heads. The ball bounced up and off Napoli’s ankle, and then somehow knocked off his helmet. It’s a moment...
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Padres deal Will Venable to Rangers

THE SAN DIEGO PADRES ARE FINALLY SELLING! Well…kind of. On Tuesday night, they dealt outfielder Will Venable to the Texas Rangers. The Rangers have acquired OF Will Venable from San Diego for catcher-OF Marcus Greene and a player to be named later. Michael Choice DFA. — John Blake (@RangerBlake) August 19, 2015   Venable is a free agent after the season, so this is...
Via The Outside Corner
16 days ago  |  Discuss

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