Saturday, July 18, 2009
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Thursday, July 16, 2009
With both Minnesota and Kansas City have solid left-hand hitting lineups, the Rangers are putting lefty Derek Holland back in the starting rotation. Holland will start Sunday against the Twins and next weekend against Kansas City. Vicente Padilla will start Friday night, followed by Scott Feldman and Holland. Kevin Millwood will start Monday against Boston with Tommy Hunter going Tuesday. The Rangers have their work cut out for them against Boston, which will start John Smoltz, Tim Wakefield and Josh Beckett in the three-game set.
- Anthony Andro
Although this sounds like the smart move, in reality, it is _not_ what the club _prefers_ to do, per TRS:
The Rangers still want Holland in the bullpen right now but have no choice but to start him. He'll get three starts and that will take the Rangers back to the Trade Deadline. By then they will know if they know if they can trade for a starter or if they can expect Matt Harrison back soon.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Here is A BA update on Aroldis Chapman which has his career stats. His control improved dramatically in year 3 but has plateaued in the frings average/below average area. Serie Nacional is Cuba's elite league FWI. Here is the entry in its entirety:
WHere in the World is Aroldis Chapman?
We’re still not sure exactly where Cuban lefthander Aroldis Chapman is, but at least we have narrowed it down to a continent.
Chapman has taken the next step toward a career in Organized Baseball with the hiring of an agent, following his defection from the Cuban national team on July 1 while in the Netherlands for the World Port Tournament. Athletes Premier International trumpeted its "representation and marketing agreement" with Chapman in a press release on Monday.
When asked where Chapman was and when he might sign, a spokesman responded: "Aroldis is currently with Edwin Mejia in Europe. We will announce where he plans to establish residency and his next steps as soon as that information is available."
Mejia is the founder of Athletes Premier International, and according to the company’s release is a licensed attorney in Massachusetts and New York. The agency was established in 2006 and "represents historically underserved athletes from Latin America and the inner cities of the United States," the release says.
"Aroldis is a tremendous person and athlete," Mejia says in the release. "He is the highest-caliber athlete to sign with our agency, and it is an honor and a privilege to help him achieve his professional and personal goals."
The release confirms that Chapman is 21, though it says he was born on Feb. 28, 1988 in Cayo Mambi, Frank Pais, Holguin, Cuba. While that birthplace is consistent with previous reports, the birthdate is six months later than the one cited in other sources: Sept. 11, 1987.
The release says that Chapman’s wife and young daughter, as well as his parents and two sisters, remain in Cuba.
It also includes his career statistics from Cuba’s professional league, Serie Nacional, where he spent four seasons with Holguin:
Well, I can certainly see why the Rangers are excited about what Neftali Feliz can bring to their long-suffering pitching staff. He blew away Eric Young Jr. and Desmond Jennings to start the inning then made some tough pitches to Brett Wallace before walking him on a full count before finishing the inning by getting Chris Carter to hit a soft liner back to the mound. Impressive stuff right there.
... and BP's Kevin Goldstein: