Colby looked sharp today
4 IP 0 H 0 R 5 K's 0 BB's
Colby looked sharp today
4 IP 0 H 0 R 5 K's 0 BB's
Never any love for scooter. Not nearly as good as Colby but 3 scoreless
Your lack of pics from ST is unacceptable.
colby is overrated based on his post season performances...as well as his spring training performances.
made this one with the idea that i wonka troll the astros thread for a week or so but now i am having second thoughts about committing to that.
Mo pennants, mo problems.
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I want to see the pic of Connor taking the fly ball to the face.
you would think nolan could get a better seat
Looks like he's gonna pour it on Nolan.
If you see Jamey, tell him we don't give a $#@! about Alveraz.
AZ resident or did you travel?
The Alvarez analogies are the worst newberg reports I can remember.
He threw every other pitch left handed IMO.
i bet that 66 mph hook was a surprise to whoever was batting
I saw someone with the name "Sierra" on the back. Who was that guy?
I don't know who he is exactly, but I'm pretty sure he $#@! on a kids dream and $#@!ed a big titted chick later that night.
Worst preview ever? Worst preview ever. From the Corpus Christi news.
http://www.caller.com/news/2012/mar/...eview-al-west/CORPUS CHRISTI — I love spring training. It’s a time of so much hope and so much irrational confidence. As a Houston Astros fan, all of that goes out the window in the dog days of July when the team is still searching for win #40 and the drudgery of failure begins to permeate every broadcast to the point where not even the superb commentary of Jim Deshaies and Bill Brown can keep me tuned in for longer than three or four innings before my trigger finger finds the remote, but none of that matters now. Everyone’s a contender in March.
I found it appropriate to preview the American League West Division first. You know, seeing as it’s the future home of the Astros, I might as well take a look and see what the lay of the land is before my team is dropped in like a mouse in a snake tank.
As we all know, the American League Champion has come from the AL West the previous two seasons, but after going 0-2 in the World Series, including a gut-wrenching loss last season to Albert Pujols and the St. Louis Cardinals, the Texas Rangers have a bit of a situation on their hands. While the Seattle Mariners remain the goat of the division, the Angels and Athletics have made strides (dumb) that will alter the focus in that division. I’m not declaring a three-team war in the AL West in 2012, but I’m not ruling it out. (dumb)
1. Texans (dumb)Rangers
Last season: 96-66 (.592), 1st place in AL West
Postseason: Lost in World Series (4-3) to St. Louis
My Projected finish: 90-72, 2nd place in AL West
RHP Yu Darvish (free agent, Japan)
RHP Joe Nathan (free agent, Twins)
LHP Joe Beimel (free agent, Pirates)
1B Brad Hawpe (free agent, Padres)
1B Brandon Snyder (trade, Orioles)
LHP C.J. Wilson (free agent, Angels)
RHP Darren O’Day (waivers, Orioles)
RHP Darren Oliver (free agent, Blue Jays)
LFP (He's left footed, maybe? dumb)Mike Gonzalez (free agent)
C Matt Treanor (free agent, Dodgers)
OF Endy Chavez (free agent, Orioles)
For all the little additions and losses teams go through from year to year, nothing is as risky as trying to replace a staff ace with a complete unknown who’s being paid and treated like a staff ace before he ever throws a pitch. When Cliff Lee departed via free agency last off-season, he was replaced by Wilson who stepped up big to the tune of a 16-7 record with a 2.94 ERA and 206 strikeouts. His WAR (Wins Above Replacement) value was 5.1, good for third on the team among all players, and first among pitchers. In fact, when it comes to how valuable he was to the Rangers pitching staff, no other pitcher came close to his overall value. Matt Harrison’s WAR value was 3.8, and from there it goes down, down, down.
I’m not saying Yu Darvish isn’t going to tear it up, but he’s filling big shoes, especially since the feet that used to be in those shoes will now be taking on Darvish and the Rangers all season as a member of division rival Los Angeles. Pressure is always big on Japanese superstars to quickly translate their skills to the American game, but although Darvish isn’t in a major media market like New York or L.A., he’s playing for the two-time defending AL Champs and is trying to replace the ace who was instrumental in getting them to those two World Series appearances, so while media hype will be somewhat tamed, the pressure he does feel will have substance beyond “is he the next Dice-K or the pitching-equivalent to Ichiro?” If he fails, it becomes too much to overcome in a division where the Angels pretty much purchased the division title barring a perfect Rangers season.
To offset any hiccups with Darvish, it’s essential that Derek Holland and Neftali Feliz (dumb)hold up more than their share of the bargain. We’re talking legit 2nd and 3rd starters. Colby Lewis simply needs to maintain his 2011 form as any drop-off would probably result in a negative WAR value.(dumb)
Offensively, the Rangers are bringing back the same cast. Kinsler, Hamilton, Andrus, Young, Beltre, Cruz, Napoli, Murphy and Moreland. They had the Hamilton sobriety slip a few weeks ago, as well as his ongoing contract situation, but it shouldn’t bleed into the season. They’ll lock him up soon (dumb)and the only concern after that will be if their pitching can keep them on pace with LA.
On the farm, shortstop Jurickson Profar – number 7 on Baseball America’s Top 100 Prospect list – is only 19 but is already getting to that point where he could create a scenario where, if the Rangers are in need of pitching in mid-season (and lets face it, they will be)(dumb), he could be used as the anchor of a major trade if a free agent like Roy Oswalt (dumb)doesn’t sign.
Overall, the hopes and dreams of the 2012 Rangers look to depend on if they can overcome losing their staff ace for a second year in a row. I didn’t agree with the immense price the Rangers paid for Darvish ($51.7 million just to negotiate with him, and $60 million over six years to sign him), but for a guy whose ERA never eclipsed 1.88 in five seasons of pro ball in Japan, I suppose it’s only a sunk cost if he fails.(dumb)
it's almost worth getting a username and p-word to make comments about how $#@!ty that article is. i nominate spy to rip that dude. he's kind of like the Luca Brasi of the board.
The A's have made strides. To be even suckier than they were last season and trade away any good pitcher they had.
Wow how the hell did that guy get that printed
Blake Beavan is going to be a good MLB pitcher in the future...hate that we traded him
If we could put him in a jar and store him for 3 years, it would be nice. As it is, it would be a while before he would crack our rotation.
tomorrow's game (Darvish starting) is being shown live on MLB Network...will probably be the Cleveland Indians broadcast as it's also on Sports Time Ohio (ch. 662 on DirecTV sports pack)...
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