Rangers Series Preview: Boston Red Sox

The Rangers are back to Texas for a seven-game home stand, which will be starting from a four game weekend series against Boston Red Sox. Mitch Moreland, who played for rangers a few years back is now at the top leading his Boston Red sox team with a 22-8 record.

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Following is a list of Pitching matchups in the game:

Thursday, May 3 at 8:05 PM David Price  vs. Mike Minor

The game one matchups Mike Minor and David Price. After a loss against Tampa and losing his command against Rays Price made one good start against Texas last year by tossing six shutout innings with nine strikeouts and two walks. last year Minor tossed 5 2⁄3 innings against Boston over four appearances and he allowed two runs on eight strikeouts and three walks. Seeing that red sox have been having troubles with lefties this match is ought to be interesting.

Friday, May 4 at 8:05 PM Rick Porcello vs. Bartolo Colon

Friday’s game is going to be a one hot game because the battle is between two wonderful players the best their teams have Rick Porcello and Bartolo Colon. Porcello’s overall performance last year been brilliant in fact he is getting better every second. On the other hand Colon been pitching from a Decade and this 45 year old player still got some guts.

Saturday, May 5 at 8:05 PM Eduardo Rodriguez vs. Cole Hamels

Eduardo Rodriguez will hopefully be making his first start on Saturday. He have had to miss 3 games already and with any luck that wont be the case this time. Cole Hamels will get the start for the Rangers who have been a trade target for years by Red Sox.

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Sunday, May 6 at 3:05 PM Chris Sale vs. Doug Fister

Sunday Afternoon’s Series Finale and the best match will see Chris Sale go face to face with former Red Sox team member Doug Fister. Sale is one of the best baseball pitchers and no less can be said for Fister. The game should be exciting considering both player fly through the motions.

High Chances for New York Yankees to win the World Series

Yankee’s recent game have earned them oddsmakers’ good side. According to Sport Experts they now are dominion over the label of World Series Favorites.

The Bombers’ title odds sit at 5-1, which were at 9-1 at the beginning of May and now have significantly fell, they were three games behind the Red Sox in the AL East at that time. The Astros — who held the shortest odds at the start of the month — are a close second at 11-2, with Boston holding at 13-2.

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This big change happened when Yankees started their month magnificently winning 10 out of 12 games in May which are 20 out of 23 in total.

The Yankees back to back fabulous performances and the high capacity bets was the reason for this change to occur.
“When we reopened our odds after the Giancarlo Stanton trade, the New York Yankees were listed as the favorites,” Kevin Bradley, Bovada’s sportsbook manager, told The Post. “They were soon passed by the defending champion Houston Astros as 15.94 percent of all bets were on them and our exposure lead us to move them back to the favorites. Now after a league’s best start by the Yankees, combined with the fact that 19.9 percent of all bets in the last 10 days have been on them, we have moved them back into the favorite spot.”

Melky Hits For Cycle, Moves Tony Fernandez Into Yankee Oblivion

My dad and I both hated it: for 14 years, every time they would talk about someone going for a cycle in a Yankees broadcast or had a trivia question about it on the radio, the answer was always Tony Fernandez. The Yankees signed Fernandez in 1995 to be a one-year stopgap until top prospect Derek Jeter was ready to man shortstop. Fernandez would be a 5-time All-Star who hit the Yankees really hard, but in his one year in the Bronx, he had his worst season in the Majors with a .245/.322/.346 line. The Yankees would go down in a painful ALDS loss to the Mariners and Fernandez would go down as one of my least favorite Yankees ever.

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Melky Cabrera changed that today. He became the 15th Yankee to hit for the cycle. Before Fernandez (9/3/95), the last six Yankees to hit for the cycle were Bobby Murcer (8/29/72), Mickey Mantle (7/23/57), Joe DiMaggio (5/20/48) and Joe Gordon (9/8/40). Amazingly, Bobby Murcer’s cycle only came with one RBI.

Melky’s today led to a big Yankees’ win. If you thought you were turning this game on to see a pitching duel, you were sorely mistaken. CC Sabathia was not great, but got the win. Mark Buehrle came off of his Major League record streak of 45-straight batters retired, and got hit hard by the Yankees.

But the biggest hitter of all was Melky Cabrera who got it started early with the 3-run home run and ended it late with a triple that led to a big insurance run. Melky had all of the Yankees extra base hits in the game. Melky said in his post-game interview with Kimberly Jones of YES that he would have gone for third even if he would have gotten out. That’s not really what you want to hear, but it was good to see how excited Melky was after the triple. He worked himself back into the starting lineup this season and has been hitting really well recently (.819 OPS in July).

This was a big win for the Yankees. They need to get back on a roll with Boston coming in to the Bronx this week. Hopefully this is the first step in that process.

Who Exactly Was Canseco Talking About?

When there’s steroids news, there’s Jose Canseco quotes. To be fair, although most people thought he was a nut, he’s been right about mostly all of the players he’s called out as steroids users. So what did he say today?

“When you tell me something I didn’t already know, I’ll be surprised,” Canseco told ESPN. “And I’ll tell you this, Major League Baseball is going to have a big, big problem on their hands when they find out they have a Hall of Famer who’s used.”

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“It’s not about naming names,” he said. “I’ve never had anything against the players. It’s always been against Major League Baseball. I know who’s on that list, but like I said, it’s not about attacking the players. It’s about the machine that allowed this to happen. What I speak out of my mouth is the truth. It burns like fire. Just remember, I have never lied about this subject.”

So who the heck is Jose talking about? Let’s just assume it was someone he actually played with. Using Baseball-Reference’s Oracle, which shows you everyone that Jose Canseco played with, here are the current Hall-Of-Famers who were his teammates (although he could have very well been talking about possible future Hall Of Famers Rafael Palmeiro, Roger Clemens, Derek Jeter or Mariano Rivera)

Nolan Ryan
Rickey Henderson
Wade Boggs
Reggie Jackson
Don Sutton
Rich “Goose” Gossage
Dennis Eckersley

The only guy on that list who was active in 2003? Rickey Henderson, the guy who was JUST elected to the baseball Hall of Fame. And Rickey Henderson and Jose Canseco were teammates on the 1990 Oakland A’s when Rickey won his only MVP…

Just saying…

Less Than 24 Hours Until Deadline, Could Halladay Still Go To The Phillies?

Less than 24 hours to go until the trade deadline.

The Dodgers got George Sherrill from the Orioles (via MLB.com), the Cubs seem on the verge of getting John Grabow and Tom Gorzelanny from the Pirates (via MLBTradeRumors), and one thought keeps on coming to my mind:
With Roy Halladay still out there, could the Phillies sweep in and get him?

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The Phillies were able to complete the Cliff Lee deal without dealing any of the prospects proposed in the Halladay deal. Could they turn around and trade Happ/Drabek, Dominc Brown and another prospect for Halladay?
Wouldn’t that be something?

Not a rumor…just throwing it out there.

 

Others

I really thought that this article from Joel Sherman titled “Pressure on Red Sox and Dodgers” had to do with the news about Manny and Big Papi coming out…but it was about making trades (Dodgers have responded and Red Sox are involved in a LOT of rumors)
On Washburn

Joel Sherman talked to the Mariners GM and he sounds like he doesn’t know if he’ll trade Washburn away, let him go as a free agent, or extend him

Rob Neyer is not sure if Jarrod Washburn will be dealt and if he is, he thinks the Mariners may have inflated his numbers a bit…

On the Cliff Lee Deal

Steven Goldman reviews trading day and the Cliff Lee deal

Jack Curry talks about choosing Lee over Roy Halladay

Rob Neyer thinks the trade is a win-win for the Indians and Phillies

Keith Law likes it for the Phillies because they gave up only a few high-end prospects

FanGraphs loves the acquisition and points out that they’ll have (at least) 3 lefties in their playoff rotation

New York Mets Rumor/Humor

Rumor has it Luis Castillo’s wife gave birth this morning and Castillo dropped the baby (H/T Malter)

In all seriousness, give credit to the Mets who have been looking much better as of late while playing against a very good Rockies team. My prediction of them playing until the last day of the season (only to fail again) is looking great!

Newsday thinks that not firing Minaya has to do with Madoff. I think that the Mets would swallow the money if they felt it was the move they needed to make. I also think that it would have to be the first time someone was fired before his extension kicked in. That’s impressive.

Also, Razor Shines doesn’t care how good your throwing arm is according to Amazin’ Avenue
A Mets win tonight and a Giants loss would put the Mets within 4.5 games of the Wild Card. Don’t stop believin’!

You Heard It Here First: Mets Will Play Until The Last Day Of The Season

I’ve been saying it to my friends and now I need to say it in public so I can be on record: despite how bad the Mets are playing, they will start mounting a comeback this season, springboarding a huge showing against the Rockies this week and push towards a playoff berth. They will play on the last day of the season with a chance to make the playoffs.

And they will lose again.

How is that for torture for Mets fans?

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Some more fun links for Metropolitan fans:

Deadspin looks into that unbelievably bizarre press conference. Amazin’ Avenue has the transcript of the press conference. ShysterBall is amazed that Mets can even make the firing of Bernazard a crazy affair.
Adam Rubin responds!

Buster Olney says that Omar Minaya has shifted the glare to himself now and his own clock is ticking. Rob Neyer notes that Minaya is losing control.

Deadspin on a sort-of-maybe apology from Minaya

The New York Times looks at Bernazard’s career before this debacle
Deadspin takes a few more rips at the Mets (picture courtesy of Deadspin, too)

And, lastly, I don’t know if SNY showing the whole press conference, the interviews afterwards, talking about it on the network and running clips of the meltdown on their website is one of two things: transparency from a team not trying to hide from its mistakes or complete and utter disdain for the fanbase which it seems to want to torture at every turn. It absolutely amazes me that a team that once employed drugged out Doc Gooden and Darryl Strawberry, (allegedly) women-crazy David Cone, firecracker-wielding Vince Coleman, poker-playing Rickey Henderson, reporter-threatening Bobby Bonilla, bleach-spraying Bret Saberhagen, sexually-harassing Steve Phillips and Mo Vaughn could only now be deemed a total mess.

Either way, it keeps A-Rod off the backpages so as a Yankees fan, I can’t complain