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    I noticed one hasn't been made yet, so here is the talkback thread for the season, playoffs and World Series.

    My team, the Washington Nationals, is off a to fast start this year. Currently, they're 9-3 on the season and at the top of the NL East standings.

    Edit: Now they're 10-3 after coming back to beat the Astros, 3-2.

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    I noticed one hasn't been made yet, so here is the talkback thread for the season, playoffs and World Series.

    My team, the Washington Nationals, is off a to fast start this year. Currently, they're 9-3 on the season and at the top of the NL East standings.
    I hadn't made one solely because the All Star Game last year was discussed on Page 2. There didn't seem much purpose for me to come on each day and brag about how good my Rangers are when nobody else was discussing the season.

    Speaking of the Rangers, I'd like to see where all those fans that said they couldn't beat the Angels are right now. I've said it before, and I'll say it again. Teams that usually buy up the best talent typically lose chemistry together. It has proven true for the Yankees the past few years, and right now it is proving true for the Angels (who are worst in the division). Look at what Texas has done this season.

    Chicago White Sox at Texas Rangers
    April 6- TEXAS 3, Chicago 2
    April 7- Chicago 4, TEXAS 3
    April 8- TEXAS 5, Chicago 0

    Seattle Mariners at Texas Rangers
    April 9- TEXAS 11, Seattle 5
    April 10- TEXAS 1, Seattle 0
    April 11- Seattle 4, TEXAS 3
    April 12- TEXAS 5, Seattle 3

    Texas Rangers at Minnesota Twins
    April 13- TEXAS 4, Minnesota 1
    April 14- TEXAS 6, Minnesota 2
    April 15- TEXAS 4, Minnesota 3
    (First ever series win for Texas at Target Field. In fact Texas was 1-11 at Target Field going into this season. Texas swept the Twins in their only appearance to Target Field this year.)

    Texas Rangers at Boston Red Sox
    April 17- TEXAS 18, Boston 3
    April 18- TEXAS 6, Boston 3



    Texas has the best starting pitching ERA in the Majors at the moment. They also have the best relief pitching ERA. Josh Hamilton is leading the majors in OBP, and Mike Napoli and Josh Hamilton are both in the Top 10 in home runs (from the 4 and 7 spots most of the time).

    Look at how dangerous the Rangers bullpen is. Alexi Ogando, Scott Feldman, Mark Lowe, and Mike Adams, 4 former starters, are anchors for a bullpen that closes with Joe Nathan. The Rangers might not have a true #1 starter, but what they do have is a group that outside of one bad game (Darvish's first start) hasn't given up more than 3 runs in a game. Colby Lewis, Derek Holland, Matt Harrison, Yu Darvish, and Neftali Feliz have been killer bees with their consistent solid pitching. Over 28 innings of work, the Rangers bullpen has only given up 2 walks. I realize it's early and that there will be some injuries that happen, but right now Texas truly looks like the best team in the entire Major League. I not only expect them to win their 3rd consecutive AL pennant, but at the moment I fully expect them to win the World Series (if they continue to play this way).
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    Forigve the pun, but the hits just keep on coming for the Texas Rangers. In a match-up of the top 2 teams (at the moment) in the AL, Texas got a 1-0 lead after one inning, increased it to 2-0 in the second with Napoli's fifth homer in four games time (tying Hamilton for the club lead with 5), and Texas never looked back. The closest Detroit managed to get was 2-1. Texas went on to win 10-3 and improve Yu Darvish to 2-0. And the said thing is that while Texas is putting up huge numbers, the number of people left on base is still larger. Texas had 10 runs on 18 hits, but they stranded 18 people on base tonight. On Tuesday they had 18 runs on 21 hits, yet they stranded 15 people on base Tuesday night. Through the season to date, the lowest number of people left on base for Texas has been 8. Imagine how bad these scores would be if Texas was knocking in even half of the people left on base.

    (11-2) Texas Rangers 10/18/1
    (9-4) Detroit Tigers 3/5/2
    Texas's only series to Detroit this year resumes tomorrow night at 6 PM on TXA21 (and accompanying affiliates- locally it's on MyTV16), Fox Sports Detroit+ (the Tigers get preempted for the Red Wings tomorrow on FS Detroit), and on MLB.TV.

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    We've been in a slump for runs for days now, it was lucky to get a sweep over the Royals who are always a pesky team. No offense, but we had the defense played just enough to keep them just behind us... glad we had it, because I knew of the challenge(s) that were coming.

    if we can't take 3/4 which I don't expect, I'd hope to at least split w/ Texas. I'd say to get that split though, we'll want to win today. JV pitches tomorrow, I think he'll be fine, but I really hope Leyland doesn't let him go complete this time, even if he's healthy enough for it. Sunday we're opposed by Colby Lewis, where I expect a slow day for my club in the runs department.

    On a side note, it's too bad we were on FS Detroit+ last night, for the beyond-going-nowhere Pistons. Still early in the season for broadcasts on the regular, but not even I would want to watch the Pistons, who ended up losing, again ~ (just glad we're not Charlotte, though)

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    The Braves are on a roll since starting 0-4, winning eight of their last nine. The bats have come alive and the pitching staff has been going strong.

    Chipper Jones also announced he'll be retiring at the end of the season (not gonna lie, I teared up listening to that press conference during spring training; he's been my favorite player since I was little.)

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    Philip Humber pitched a perfect game today which was the 21st in ML history and 3rd for a White Sox although looks like there will be some controversy on the last out.

    Also the Yankees came back from being down 9 runs in the 6th to win 15-9 vs the Red Sox who continue to have the worst pitching staff in MLB.
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    The KC Royals are having problems of their own. Today they play their 9th home game of the season, and try to win their first at home! Toronto puts Ricky Romero on the mound. KC sends out Danny Duffy to try and end their 9G losing streak, which continued a franchise worst home start.

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    I did mean to say congratulations to the Detroit Tigers for handing the Texas Rangers their first road loss of the year and for slowing the Rangers scoring to back beneath 5 runs. However it took a lot of luck (as in one bad inning from Neftali Feliz) for them to be able to win just one game in the series. It would have been more impressive if not for the stat I heard on the radio broadcast. Texas is now 0-9 in their history in day/night double headers. They've never won a night game in their franchise history when they have day-night double headers. Josh Hamilton continues to remain on fire. After last year where he struggled in day games, he is hitting nearly .500 in day games this year and has 3 homers. At 13-3, Texas is tied for the best record in the majors, and I'd hate to be the Yankees these next few nights.

    SATURDAY AFTERNOON
    (12-2) Texas Rangers 10/17/0
    (9-5) Detroit Tigers 4/8/1
    WP- Matt Harrison (3-0)
    LP- Rick Porcello (1-1)
    HR- TEX: Josh Hamilton (6), Mike Napoli (6); DET: Austin Jackson (3), Miguel Cabrera (4)

    SATURDAY EVENING (Makeup of Fridays PPD rainout)
    (12-3) Texas Rangers 2/7/0
    (10-5) Detroit Tigers 3/3/0
    WP- Justin Verlander (2-1)
    LP- Neftali Feliz (1-1)
    SV- Jose Valverde (4)
    HR- None

    SUNDAY AFTERNOON
    (13-3) Texas Rangers 3/9/0
    (10-6) Detroit Tigers 2/8/2
    11 innings
    WP- Robbie Ross (3-0)
    LP- Thad Weber (0-2)
    S- Joe Nathan (4)
    HR- TEX: Josh Hamilton (7); DET: Brennan Boesch (2)

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigddan11 View Post
    Texas is now 0-9 in their history in day/night double headers. They've never won a night game in their franchise history when they have day-night double headers.
    August 22nd, 2007 -- Rangers and O's played 2 games that day (in Baltimore). Rangers won the first one 30-3, yes, "30"-3. After the O's had their 3 first.
    http://www.baseball-almanac.com/box-...d=200708221BAL

    They then played later, Rangers won that one, too -- only 9-7 that time
    http://www.baseball-almanac.com/box-...d=200708222BAL



    In other news. Jays sweep the Royals at KC. Royals fall to 0-10 in their first home stand of the season. Record stands at 3-13. Possibly happy to get away from home, Royals begin a 3-city ALC rivalry tour, swinging by Cleveland, Minnesota, and Detroit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HUBTigers87 View Post
    August 22nd, 2007 -- Rangers and O's played 2 games that day (in Baltimore). Rangers won the first one 30-3, yes, "30"-3. After the O's had their 3 first.
    http://www.baseball-almanac.com/box-...d=200708221BAL

    They then played later, Rangers won that one, too -- only 9-7 that time
    http://www.baseball-almanac.com/box-...d=200708222BAL



    In other news. Jays sweep the Royals at KC. Royals fall to 0-10 in their first home stand of the season. Record stands at 3-13. Possibly happy to get away from home, Royals begin a 3-city ALC rivalry tour, swinging by Cleveland, Minnesota, and Detroit.
    HUBTigers, I think you missed the point completely. The game you are referring to was 2 afternoon games, the firts being at 12 PM and the second being at 4:30 PM (though it was actually scheduled to start at 3:30 PM but was pushed back 1 hour because of the 33 runs in the first game). It was not a day/night doubleheader. They were scheduled to start 30 minutes apart.

    I probably didn't mention this also, but when they gave that stat, they were referring only to games that became day/night doubleheaders because of rainouts. The Rangers are winless in day/night doubleheaders when they play them as makeup games for rainouts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigddan11 View Post
    The game you are referring to was 2 afternoon games, the firts being at 12 PM and the second being at 4:30 PM (though it was actually scheduled to start at 3:30 PM
    Thanks for the confirmation. I really tried to search for the start times before making that post, but just couldn't find them, so I went out on a limb on the assumption that #2 was at night. I don't remember much about that day, but I sure do remember the 30-3 result

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    The Philly/D-backs game was something. Arizona went into the top of the 9th leading 9-0, and the first 6 Phillies reached. Single, Double (9-1), Single, Home run (9-4) Home run (9-5). [pitching change] single. The next two up ended the game pretty quickly with a ground-ball double play, and then a grounder. D-backs won 9-5

    Jake Peavy pitched a complete game 3-hitter. White Sox defeated the A's 4-0. 2 straight shut-outs for the White Sox, having both starting pitchers combined, go 18 innings and only surrendering 3 hits (Peavy), 2 walks (Peavy)

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    This thread has been deadball for a bit.

    Yankees have been struggling lately. So many injures... we have no Brett Gardner (no stolen bases), no David Robertson and Joba (possibly), Pineda and Mariano Rivera are out for the entire year.

    We rely on Freddy Garcia in the bullpen and always expect to lose the lead whenever he's pitching. He's been horrible, like Phil Hughes, but Phil is doing a tiny bit better this year.

    A-Rod has been A-Fraud. Tex is starting to get hot. Jeter is classic. Ibanez is super clutch. CC's been off. Kuroda has trouble pitching to the AL East, usually.

    The team doesn't know how to score in RISP.

    Best part: We are two games out of first place in the AL East and over .500.

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    Sorry, but I have to bump.

    Yanks had a 10 game lead in July... now, tied with the Fighting Showalters at the top of the AL East. Rays right behind them. BoSox snuck out of it, made a big blockbuster this past month and there's rumblings of Bobby V. being fired soon.

    Tigers haven't been able to pull through and take the lead from the White Sox. Hawk probably didn't like it that they lost to the last place Twins, 17-9 yesterday. D. Wise threw a shutout inning and Phil Humber has been a disaster since the perfecto. Royals in 3rd, Indians might be in 5th, thanks to the Chris Rose curse.

    Surprising Slugging A's behind the Rangers in the AL West. Just like the Tigers, the Angels and AL MVP/ROY... heck, Cy Young too, Mike Trout hasn't been able to put everything together. Don't sleep on the M's, 5 games under .500.

    Nats have to rely without Stephen Strasburg, who's been shut down on the 12th. Braves and Chip in 2nd, followed by the Fighting Phils, in 3rd. They traded a lot of good pieces away in the trade deadline. Mets and Marlins in 4th and 5th.

    Reds and Chapman in 1st in the NL Central, followed by the Cards. Pirates were in 2nd for a while, but have cooled off. Luckily, they aren't out of the wildcard and are over .500. Brew Crew might make a late push. Cubs and 93-loss Astros in the cellar with a rookie manager.

    Even with all the trades, the Dodgers are looking up at the Giants. The D-backs and Padres are in 3rd and 4th. The Padres are going to be my sleeper pick for the NL Wild Card next year. The Rockies have been a disaster this year, pitching wise. It's a year to forget.

    Going to list my award predictions.

    AL MVP: Mike Trout (LAA)
    NL MVP: Andrew McCutchen (PIT)
    AL Cy Young: Felix Hernandez (SEA)
    NL Cy Young: Aroldis Chapman (CIN)
    AL Rookie of the Year: Mike Trout (LAA)
    NL Rookie of the Year: Todd Fraizer (CIN)
    AL Manager of the Year: Buck Showalter (BAL)
    NL Manager of the Year: Davey Johnson (WAS)
    AL Comeback Player of the Year: Adam Dunn (CWS)
    NL Comeback Player of the Year: Buster Posey (SF)
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    Hey about them Reds? Looking forward to a successful postseason.
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    And now they have Votto back.

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    As an Orioles fan, this season has been beyond my wildest expectations. I'm getting greedy now, I want the playoffs. Doing my part and going to a couple games this month.
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    As a Tigers fan ..... this season has been a disappointment.
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    Yanks lost last night. Good for them. I hope we win next 3.

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    Yankees lost tonight on what must be the worst call by a first base ump since Jim Joyce blew Galarragas perfect game. Teixeras entire upper body was past the bag before the ball got to the bag.
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    If this doesn't lead to exdented replay, I don't know what will. You are now messing with the Yankees, now that one of the big teams got screwed, I don't think Selig has anymore choice.

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