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  1. Mitch Moreland has been a pleasant surprise in Texas

    May 19, 2013, 11:00 PM EST

    Detroit Tigers v Texas Rangers

    Entering tonight’s game against the Tigers, Mitch Moreland has a .921 OPS with ten home runs and has arguably been the Rangers’ most dangerous hitter thus far in the 2013 season. Going into the season, first base was assumed to be a weak spot for the Rangers as Moreland had been more or less average…

  2. Why did the Rangers let Yu Darvish throw 130 pitches in a blowout?

    May 17, 2013, 11:19 AM EST

    Yu Darvish

    Last night’s big Justin Verlander-Yu Darvish matchup proved to be a bust, as the two aces combined to allow 12 runs. Darvish at least managed to fight through some early struggles to complete eight innings, whereas Verlander failed to make it out of the third inning in the worst start of his career. Of course,…

  3. Some fun with baseball splits

    May 9, 2013, 9:14 AM EST

    Division Series - Baltimore Orioles v New York Yankees - Game Three

    A few fun early season statistics using Baseball Reference’s amazing new “Split Finder.” The Kansas City Royals’ No. 3 through No. 6 hitters have six homers all year … by far the lowest total in baseball. The Royals, even in the midst of a three-game losing streak, are off to a very nice start, and…

  4. Matt Harvey gets the overlaid gif treatment. And it’s spectacular

    May 8, 2013, 4:30 PM EST

    New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey pitches against the Chicago White Sox with a bloody nose during the first inning of their MLB Inter League baseball game at CitiField in New York

    Matt Harvey‘s outing last night was otherworldy dominant. To see exactly why, you have to go check out Drew Sheppard’s latest at FanGraphs. Drew is the guy who made that Yu Darvish gif mashup that went viral, but this one is both instructive and cool. There are multiple gifs on the post showing strikeout sequences…

  5. Do the Houston Astros have what it takes?

    May 6, 2013, 10:28 AM EST

    Detroit Tigers v Houston Astros

    The Houston Astros have five pseudo regulars in thelr lineup — FIVE — who are striking out more than once per game. This is a rather astounding achievement, possibly historic, and it leads to my prediction that this team will get no-hit before the year’s out, maybe twice. They have already flirted with no-nos —…

  6. HBT Weekend Wrap

    May 6, 2013, 8:23 AM EST

    Bubble wrap

    We’re smack dab in the middle of the first ten days-to-two week period of beautiful weather in Ohio. It’s low 70s, low humidity, sunshine and nice breezes. Everything is in bloom and the land is green and lush.  This will be mirrored by the ten days-to-two week period in the fall in which the air will…

  7. Yu Darvish is striking out a lot of hitters

    May 5, 2013, 9:25 PM EST

    yu darvish reuters

    Underwhelming title? Rangers starter Yu Darvish‘s strikeout rate will overwhelm you. The 26-year-old right-hander struck out 14 Red Sox over seven innings today, lowering his ERA to 2.56. The 14 K’s bring his total to 72 on the season in 45 and one-third innings, a rate of 14.3 per nine innings. On a batters-faced basis,…

  8. David Ortiz extends hitting streak to 25 games with homer

    May 5, 2013, 8:20 PM EST

    david ortiz getty

    If one were to only look at his stats, one would never guess that David Ortiz has been suffering from an Achilles injury on his right foot. The injury knocked Ortiz out of 70 games last season and knocked him out of the first three weeks of the 2013 season. Since returning on April 20,…

  9. Justin Grimm, Evan Gattis named rookies of the month for April

    May 2, 2013, 5:43 PM EST

    Texas Rangers v Minnesota Twins

    And finally: Texas Rangers starting pitcher Justin Grimm has been voted American League Rookie of the Month for April. This marks the second consecutive April that a Ranger has garnered top rookie honors after teammate Yu Darvish won in April 2012. Grimm compiled a 2-0 record with a 1.59 ERA, 15 strikeouts and four walks…

  10. Justin Verlander’s four pitches get the Yu Darvish Gif treatment

    May 1, 2013, 2:00 PM EST

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    Last week’s Gif of Yu Darvish throwing five pitches at once — created by the incomparable Drew Sheppard — definitely turned some heads. It also inspired some folks at MLB Network, because they gave the same treatment to Justin Verlander, complete with Billy Ripken’s breakdown of his pitches: Love this stuff. Next obvious step, though:…

  11. April leaders: MLB’s best after one month

    May 1, 2013, 12:48 PM EST

    Matt Harvey

    Touring a handful of first-month leaderboards, with Matt Harvey leading the way.

  12. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    May 1, 2013, 6:52 AM EST

    Washington Nationals v Atlanta Braves

    Braves 8, Nationals 1: That’s nine straight wins by the Braves over the Nats dating back to last season. Someone should ask Danny Espinosa if he’s impressed by the Braves yet. Tim Hudson notched his 200th career win. In pretty grand style, too: he homered and doubled in addition to pitching seven strong innings. Indians…

  13. How to deal with a batter who calls for time too late

    Apr 29, 2013, 5:03 PM EST

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    Last week I put up a Gif of Yu Darvish that somehow became the most viewed thing in the history of this blog. Thanks Japanese people!  So might as well put up another fun Gif from the NPB. This one of a pitcher who was too far into his windup to honor the batter’s request…

  14. Is Clay Buchholz for real?

    Apr 26, 2013, 7:15 PM EST

    Clay Buchholz

    If you had Clay Buchholz being the first pitcher to five wins, please collect your prize. The Red Sox hurler, now 28, has had a great start to the season as seems to be the case for a lot of pitchers on the Beantown roster. Buchholz struck out ten Astros last night and has yet…

  15. Fan-freaking-tastic: all of Yu Darvish’s pitches at once

    Apr 25, 2013, 2:00 PM EST

    Texas Rangers v Boston Red Sox

    I saw this at Reddit via a tip from my friend Ethan. I know it’s bopping around Twitter now. Whoever created it, however, deserves the Nobel Prize for Cool Internet Things (UPDATE: It was Drew Sheppard.  All of Yu Darvish‘s pitches at once: It’s … beautiful. Maybe the best thing about it: all five pitches…

  16. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 25, 2013, 6:54 AM EST

    New York Mets' Valdespin celebrates after hitting grand-slam walk-off home run off Los Angeles Dodgers' Wall in MLB game in New York

    Mets 7, Dodgers 3: Jordany Valdespin with a walkoff grand slam. See, good things happen when he doesn’t try to bunt. Reds 1, Cubs 0: Mat Latos tossed seven shutout innings and Broxton and Chapman finished it off. Tough luck for Jeff Samardzija who struck out eight in six innings, but he’s gonna have to get used…

  17. Hisashi Iwakuma prevails in duel with Yu Darvish

    Apr 13, 2013, 1:29 AM EST

    Hisashi Iwakuma

    Pitching on his 32nd birthday, Hisashi Iwakuma outdueled Yu Darvish in a battle of Japanese starters Friday as the Mariners beat the Rangers 3-1. Darvish opened the bottom of the first by hitting Jason Bay with one out and then giving up three singles, putting the Rangers in the early 3-0 hole. He was stellar…

  18. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 8, 2013, 6:09 AM EST

    Country Breakfast

    Royals 9, Phillies 8: Country. Breakfast. Billy Butler drives in seven via a grand slam and a three-run double. The loss is an especially disheartening one for Philly, as they were staked to a 4-0 lead early with their ace on the hill. Cole Hamels was rocked, though, and now stands at 0-2 with a 10.97 ERA…

  19. Josh Hamilton rebounds, but Rangers beat Angels 7-3

    Apr 7, 2013, 11:25 PM EST

    Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish pitches against the Los Angeles Angels in Arlington, Texas

    Even though Josh Hamilton finished his return to Texas by going 3-for-5, the Rangers claimed the series Sunday night, beating the Angels 7-3. Unfortunately, Hamilton failed to come through when it would have made the biggest difference. After Yu Darvish opened the top of the first with a walk, a hit by pitch and another…

  20. Yu Darvish forced from start against Angels by finger blister

    Apr 7, 2013, 10:16 PM EST

    Texas Rangers starting pitcher Yu Darvish pitches against the Los Angeles Angels in Arlington, Texas

    It’s safe to say that part of the reason Yu Darvish didn’t threaten another perfect game on Sunday night is because he wasn’t facing the Astros. The other reason is that the finger blister, that developed during Tuesday’s masterpiece, continued to bother him tonight and forced him from the game after five innings, Darvish opened…

  21. Oakland’s Dan Straily strikes out 11, wins and then gets demoted

    Apr 6, 2013, 1:34 AM EST

    Dan Straily

    Dan Straily knew he was only a member of Oakland’s rotation because Bartolo Colon had a handful of games left on his 2012 PED suspension. So, it didn’t come as any surprise when he was optioned to Triple-A after striking out 11 Astros and picking up his third big-league victory Friday. Casey Pratt of CSNBayArea.com…

  22. Rangers strike out 15 Astros in second straight shutout

    Apr 3, 2013, 5:47 PM EST

    Alexi Ogando

    Alexi Ogando wasn’t quite Yu Darvish today, but he did surrender just four hits and strike out 10 Astros over 6 1/3 innings in the Rangers’ 4-0 win. Michael Kirkman and Joe Nathan combined to fan five in relief, giving the Rangers their second straight 15-strikeout game. Darvish racked up that many all by himself…

  23. Yu Darvish pitched near-perfect game with a finger blister

    Apr 3, 2013, 3:52 PM EST

    Yu Darvish

    While Yu Darvish was dispatching of Astros with ease Tuesday night, a blister was popping up on his right ring finger, he Star-Telegram’s Jeff Wilson reports. Fortunately, it was just a small one, and the Rangers don’t seem concerned about it at all. Darvish played catch in the outfield today and is expected to make…

  24. Quote of the Day: Ian Kinsler on Darvish’s near-perfecto

    Apr 3, 2013, 8:22 AM EST

    Ian Kinsler Getty

    Hey Ian Kinsler: did you think, with two out in the ninth, that Yu Darvish was gonna nail down that perfect game? “I’ve learned not to think that, ‘This is it,’” second baseman Ian Kinsler said. “I was definitely thinking what the celebration would be like. If there’s one team that’s not going to take…

  25. Yu Darvish not quite perfect, but plenty close enough

    Apr 2, 2013, 11:18 PM EST

    Yu Darvish

    It looked like destiny was on his side when Yu Darvish made such quick work of Jason Castro and Carlos Corporan to start the ninth inning Tuesday against Astros. Seconds later, destiny rolled right between his legs into center field. In the end, the pitch count may have gotten to Darvish. Not that he seemed…

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