Rain outs on this blog mean one thing: Random pic post.
I know it’s not baseball related, but here is a picture of a mailbox that is painted to look like R2D2 from Star Wars. I came across it one night walking around downtown Fort Worth.
Tonight it’s the Rangers vs Indians live from Cleavland.
Eric Gagne and his butt have both been put on the 15 day disabled list. Were you expecting anything less? Gagne is quickly turning into another Adam Eaton, a high profile guy who stole money from the Rangers and pitched maybe a handful of games.
Mariners are in town tonight. I’m not sure of Seattle’s rotation, but I hope we get to see Félix Hernández either today or tomorrow.
And now I’m off to search for one of those inflatable donuts for Gagne.
PS: I just learned that Felix is on the 15 day disabled list right next to Gagne and his "hip."
He came out to the mound in the top of the ninth inning. He donned his extra baggy jersey and Kareem Abdul Jabar goggles. He put away Jason Kendall and drew a full count on Mark Ellis, and….landed wrong.
This after I assured a friend of mine that the Rangers got a good deal signing Eric Gagne, and he retorted by warning me of his injuries. "Nonsense!" I yelled, throwing in a self-righteous snort.
Gagne hobbled off the field like Brenden Morrow hobbling off the ice on Saturday night. But unlike the Star’s captain, the Ranger’s closer did not limp to the A’s dugout to waffle Mark Ellis, exacting revenge.
Apparently, he strained his….posterior. I didn’t even know that was possible. Fortunately, A.O from Tokyo ran from the bullpen to finish off the unAthletics, by causing Eric Chavez to foul out.
Michael Young went 0 for 4, striking out twice. He is now at .162.
Hammerin’ Hank however, drove in both tying and go-ahead runs with the single he hit in the eighth inning down two strikes.
That’s all for tonight. Now I’m off to gear up for tomorrow’s new episode of 24.
PS: MISSING- Dallas Mavericks. What happened to them tonight? I’m most disappointed. 😦
During spring training, Kam Loe pitched the lights out. However, management thought that he would be better suited for the bullpen, so a travesty occured when Jamey Wright was named the fifth starter. Fortunately for C.J. Wilson’s roomate and tag team partner, Mr. Loe was given an opportunity to shine when Jamey Wright hurt himself.
After a no decision for his first start, Kameron Loe came back this evening and gave the Rangers 5 1/3 shutout innings. Attaboy Kam, way to stick it to em!
The Rangers bats woke up and took care of the rest by ripping off five runs in the eight inning to win the game by a final score of 7-0.
Michael Young however, continued to struggle, going 0-5, and leaving four men on base.
A testament of Rangers teams both old and new have been weak pitching and great hitting. 2007 so far has shown us weak pitching and misplaced bats.
The weak pitching I was used to, and was actually bracing myself for. The misplaced bats on the other hand, I don’t know what’s going on with that.
Michael Young is so far hitting .171, Teixeira slightly higher at .233, Hammerin’ Hank is at .220, the Cat is currently .154, and Corky Sosa, a measly .196. The only person doing great is Ian Kinsler who is .340 with seven homeruns, 15 RBI, and two stolen bases.
I know, I know: nobody was expecting the Sosa of 98, Tex always starts out cold, and The Cat is, well, the cat. However, the way Ron Washington and the local media was hyping this team up, I thought the balls would be flying out of Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. (R.I.P Ameriquest Field) And why not?
The Rangers have always had smoking bats. Juan Gonzalez, Pudge, Jose Canseco, Ruben Sierra, Alfonso Soriano, A-Fraud, Julio Franco, Raffy Palmerio, Will Clark, Rusty Greer, Dean Palmer, and Kevin Mench, are just some of the names of Rangers big bats of the past.
In conclusion, get your act together Rangers batsmen!
In the meantime, I’ll be sitting in my bunker comparing Brandon McCarthy and John Danks’ stats. Who wants to help?
PS: Congrats Dallas Stars for realizing that you were in the playoffs, and pushing the series with the Nucks to a deciding game 7.
PS2: Go Mavs!
Texas Rangers’ Carlos Lee looks to the stands before his at-bat in the first inning against the Kansas City Royals in Arlington, Texas, in this July 29, 2006 file photo. Lee, one of the top free agents on the market, signed with the Houston Astros, a source close to the negotiations said Friday, Nov. 24, 2006. Lee signed a six-year, $100 million deal with the Astros, the source told The Associated Press.