Team USA for the Win

by Ben Dieter on March 22, 2017

The World Baseball Classic has been fun to watch this year. There have been a lot of clutch moments from a lot of people, including Rangers like Jurickson Profar, Jonathan Lucroy and Sam Dyson. 

Team USA was facing an undefeated Puerto Rico thst beat them just five days before. The scoring began after a Jonathan Lucroy single followed by a Ian Kinsler home run. And it didn’t stop. Team USA really put it away in the seventh inning with 3 more runs to make it 7-0. Marcus Stroman was brilliant, allowing no hits through six innings. 

It is the first ever World Baseball Classic championship for team USA. The Puerto Rico team was just outmatched by Stroman in this one, and for the first time in the tournament as well. 

As all the MLB players return to their respective clubs,  the American players will return with a little more hardware to their name. Congratulations to Lucroy, Dyson and all the American players for a great tournament. Now lets start the MLB season already! 

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Nick Martinez Tries to Stay in the Discussion

by Ben Dieter on March 21, 2017

Nick Martinez had all but pitched his way of of a starting job for the Texas Rangers in the 2017 season. His ERA was high. He wasn’t lasting long into starts. He was being outpitched by Dillon Gee and others. Then Monday night happened. 

Martinez came outnpitching with a purpose. Through the first four innings he only gave up two hits and no runs. His pitch count was good. Martinez is saying “don’t forget about me”.

I am not sure one good outing will erase all the bad ones, but baseball is all about momentum. If Martinez can get momentum at the right time, he could worm his way back into the rotation discussion. 

Spring training is always more fun to watch when there is competition for pitching spots. Should be a really fun last few weeks of spring training to watch!

And as a side note, I really am liking the way Elvis Andrus is looking at the plate this spring. Good contact and he is making rhings happen. 

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The Rotation As of Now

March 18, 2017

A.J. Griffin may have solidified a spot in the opening day rotation last night. Although he started poorly. He finished great. Griffin will most likely be the fourth starter on opening day, in my opinion.  So, the Rotation looks like this as of right now: 1. Cole Hamels 2. Yu Darvish 3. Martin Perez 4. […]

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What the Chi Chi Gonzalez Injury Means

March 17, 2017

According to several sources on Twitter including T.R. Sullivan and Evan Grant, Chi Chi Gonzalez will be sidelined for the next three months with a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. Right now Dr. Keith Meister does not rhin Gonzalez will need Tommy John surgery, just rest. The problem is, […]

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My Thoughts on Bat Flipping

March 17, 2017

Rougned Odor and Astros Alex Bregman made news a couple of days ago when Odor flipped his bat on a single he thought was going to go yard. It did not go yard, and he wound up looking rather silly.  When Jose Bautista tossed his bat in the general direction of the Rangers dugout and […]

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