Darvish vs. Verlander. All day, I looked forward to tonight's game. With two of the best aces in the game going head to head, I just knew it was going to be a beautiful night of pitching. I guess I forgot about the potent offenses. Or something. The Rangers got to Verlander first, scoring once in the 1st inning, after their own pitcher had thrown 11 pitches. But then Detroit took their bats to Darvish in the 3rd and jumped ahead 3-1. It was a pretty rough inning for Darvish, and I was sure he'd be done in the next few frames. I was wrong. Darvish wasn't done, and neither were the Rangers. In the bottom of the 3rd, the Rangers bats went crazy -- scoring seven times on four hits. Okay, so there was also a hit by pitch and two runs walked in that inning. It was not Verlander's night, and Geovany Soto was the last batter he faced. Soto...Read more
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May 15, 2013
Jerry Jones wanted Romo to be like Peyton Manning, now he wants him to...Read more
May 15, 2013
This is the time of year when football season really starts to pick up...Read more
Jerry Jones wanted Romo to be like Peyton Manning, now he wants him to be like Roger Staubach, might as well throw in John Elway and Bart Starr as well. Here are Jones’ latest comments about how he wants Romo to be a more active participant in the Cowboys offense courtesy of Pro Football Zone.Read more
“But what we want to use more than we ever have, is the kind of thing that (Roger) Staubach contributed on the field. Real input into designing a plan that helps beat that opponent.” Jones wants Romo to study more. “You gotta do more than look at a couple of quick plays on Tuesday or Monday,” said Jones. “You’ve got to get in, study, spend time, look at 100 plays. To really have that input, but we think he can bring that to the table and that will...
This is the time of year when football season really starts to pick up. Free agency is long gone. The NFL Draft is a memory. Even Rookie Camp has been completed. At this point, we're looking towards OTA's, training camps, preseason, and real NFL Football games.Read more
if the suit fits, Romo may just be calling plays in '13All that considered, it's a bit concerning that we don't know who will be calling the plays for the Dallas Cowboys offense. Much has been made about the lack of answers given by the organization, especially considering the pressure added by Jerry Jones to want to see changes in this department. Jason Garrett has called the plays since he was hired as Offensive Coordinator in 2007, but the lack of production has left that position up for grabs. There are three legitimate scenarios to help solve the case of the missing playcaller. First off, Garrett remains in charge. Judging by...
Admittedly, I've been worried about Nelson Cruz this season. Some of that worry was for his bat, but most of it was for his glove. Today, he presented strong evidence that I need not worry about him just yet. In the afternoon finale of the Oakland series, Cruz made a spectacular catch and hit a three-run home run. Cruz' heroics helped Alexi Ogando secure his fourth win of the season and to ensure the Rangers took the series. And thank goodness today's game was far less dramatic and stressful than last night's game. The offense played a big role in that. Lance Berkman drove in two runs on a single in the 3rd. He had the bases loaded, so I naturally hoped for more, but I'll take two. The Rangers really broke out the bats in the 5th, scoring four times. Three of those came in on Cruz' aforementioned home run. Ogando did plenty of work for himself, holding the Athletics...Read more
Tonight's game felt a little like a late season game. Even though it's only May, I was hanging on every pitch at the very end. And my heart was pounding. Man, baseball can be such a rush. And such a downer at times too. Mitch Moreland can't be feeling too down lately. He's been on fire this month. Tonight, he hit two home runs, and the second one -- a solo shot in the 10th -- proved to be very valuable as it gave the Rangers what we believed to be an insurance run at the time. It ended up being the winning run. Mitch wasn't the only offense though. Adrian Beltre also hit a home run in the 10th and finished the night with three hits. Elvis Andrus had two hits. The boys didn't hit into any double plays tonight, but there were a few times they wasted runners in scoring position. So irritating. For the record, Derek Holland did...Read more
Flat. There's no better word to describe how the Rangers looked tonight in Oakland. It's like they didn't want to be there. And who can blame them? With banjo music in the 6th inning, who would want to be there? Justin Grimm would probably like to forget the entire month of May. His ERA has inflated from 1.59 to 4.28 in his three May starts. The Athletics roughed him up pretty good tonight, scoring five times on seven hits during Grimm's five innings on the mound. It wasn't pretty. Neither was the Rangers' offense. Or whatever you want to call it tonight. The only run they scored came on a Mitch Moreland home run in the 2nd inning. After that, it was zeros all the way across the board. Several of the batters seemed frustrated by the strike zone, but fans were just plain frustrated as they watched ... or maybe skipped the rest of the game to get to bed...Read more
Tonight's win might have been the ugliest of the season so far. It was far far closer than it should have been. I'll be up front and confess that I slept through the first four innings. I never take naps, but apparently my body needed one this afternoon. When I woke up a little after seven, the game was already in the 5th inning. And tied at one run each, courtesy of home runs by Adrian Beltre and Matt Dominguez. Darvish had a heck of a time with Dominguez, who hit two home runs off him tonight. While he didn't look as sharp as usual, Darvish didn't have a complete meltdown at any point. He struck out nine and allowed four runs on four hits and three walks. A pair of errors by Ian Kinsler in the 7th could have been costly, but fortunately ended up being a non-factor ... except that it meant extra pitches for Darvish, who went...Read more
I'm not even going to begin to speculate why Derek Holland seems so mentally solid this year. But I'm certainly grateful for it. Tonight, he pitched seven innings, allowing just one run on 10 hits. He even navigated a few innings full of defensive nightmares, not letting them snowball into a slew of runs. That's maturity at play. At the same time, I want to know who broke Nelson Cruz. Tonight is a game he'd probably like to forget (along with Game 6 of the 2011 World Series, which he'll probably never live down). He was 0 for 5 with three strikeouts and at least three bad plays in the outfield. If I wasn't cringing, I was cussing at him. Come on, Nelson Robinson Cruz. Find the boomstick again! Ian Kinsler and Mitch Moreland each brought their version of the boomstick, homering in the 2nd and 3rd innings, respectively. Moreland ended the night with two RBI, and Adrian Beltre was responsible...Read more
Justin Grimm had an outstanding April -- two wins, an ERA of 1.59, and earning AL Rookie of the Month honors. But May hasn't been so kind for the Reaper. Tonight, his ERA ballooned a little more as he gave up five runs in the 1st inning -- on three singles, a double and a home run. It was hideous, but I tried to stay optimistic. It was only the 1st inning after all, and I hoped a near-shutout in Chicago might wake the Texas bats. Mitch Moreland hit a home run in the 2nd inning. The Rangers started a bit of a rally in the 6th when Jeff Baker hit a lead-off single, scooted to third on an Elvis Andrus double and then scored when Aramis Ramirez biffed on an Adrian Beltre hit. Andrus scored a little while later on a Nelson Cruz sac fly. The gap was now just 5-3. Two runs isn't so insurmountable, right? But then Ramirez atoned...Read more
It's no secret that I've always had a special place in my baseball heart for Scott Feldman. I was probably among the very few who liked him toward the end of his Rangers tenure. And I will take full blame for his regression after that 2009 season. I bought a Feldman shirsey and he was never quite the same. He seems to be OK with the Cubs though. Especially against his former team. Tonight, he held the Rangers scoreless and almost completely off the bases. Through seven innings, Texas only reached base three times -- two hits and a walk. Oh, and Feldman also collected an RBI. Go figure. Meanwhile, Nick Tepesch was not having a good time with the Cubs' lineup. He only lasted four innings, giving up six runs (five earned) on six hits and four walks. That 4th inning was especially ugly -- the Cubs scored five in that time. Chicago got another run off Michael Kirkman,...Read more