The Brewers nation is happy, the Crew took 2 out of 3 against the Evil Empire, called the Chicago Cubs. The Texas Rangers are next the the Brewers schedule. The 1st place in the American League West Texas, being 6 games above .500 with a record of 33-27. The Rangers come in with a 3 game winning streak at Arlington, over the Big Z, Seattle Marniers. They outscored the M's in those 3 wins by a score of 31-6.
Its been a really long time since the Texas Rangers have played in the city of Milwaukee. This weekend will be the 1st time in Texas Rangers history they will be sitting in the visitors dugout at Miller Park. True the Brewers played the Rangers in 2007 at Texas. But the last time the Milwaukee Brewers face the Texas Rangers in Milwaukee, Johnny Oates was the manager of the Texas Rangers, the GM would be Doug Melvin. Heck the Brewers were not even in the National League. You have to go all the way back to Wednesday Afternoon August 27th 1997. Johnny Oates would send Pitcher Joe Oliver to the hill. Phil Garner would counter with Steve Woodard.
The Rangers starting line-up that day was
1. Tom Goodwin -CF
2. Domingo Cedeno -2B
3. Rusty Greer-RF
4. Juan Gonzalez-DH
5. Lee Stevens-1B
6. Jim Leyritz-C
7. Fernando Tatis-3B
8. Alex Diaz (former Brewer)-LF
9. Benji Gil-SS
The Crew line-up
1. Fernando Vina-2B
2. Jose Valentin-SS
3. Jack Voight-LF
4. Julio Franco-DH
5. Jeff Cirillo-3B
6. Mark Loretta-1B
7. Jeromy Burnitz-RF
8. Gerald Williams-CF
9. Mike Mathney-C
In the game the Rangers won 7-1, Woodard got nail for 3 runs in the 2nd and 3rd. Oliver would throw 7 innings of 6 hit 1 run baseball. Woodard would be follow by Ron Villone for 4 innings of 1 run baseball. Mark Davis threw 1 1/3 and Alberto Reyes the last 2/3. Danny Patterson threw the last 2 innings for Texas. 10,866 would be at County Stadium in this summer afternoon in 1997.
Calling the shots for the Texas Rangers in 2010, is manager Ron Washington. Washington is entering his 4th season as the skipper of the Texas Rangers. He would replace Buck Showalter in 2007. Ron Washington born in New Orleans, played 10 seasons in the big leagues. He broke in with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1977. Returns to the majors in 1981 with the Minnesota Twins. Play with the Twins from 1981 thru 1986. 1987, Baltimore, 1988 Cleveland Indians and his last season as a player 1989 with the Houston Astros.
In 1996, he would be asked by Oakland A's manager Art Howe to be his 1st base coach. In 1997, he cross the diamond and becomes the A's 3rd base coach. He does that for Howe until the end of 2002 season. When Ken Macha is named the A's manager in 2003, Ron Washington is asked to stay on with the A's and he does. He remains with the A's from 2003 thru 2006, until he is named the manager of the Texas Rangers.
Clint Hurdle -Hitting Coach - the former Colorado Rockies manager is in the Rangers dugout for the 1st time in 2010. He replaces Rudy Jaramillio would is the hitting coach for the Cubs. Clinton Merrick Hurdle, before he was the manager of the Rockies was their hitting coach
Dave Anderson - 3rd base -the former Los Angeles Dodgers infielder, is in his 2nd season coaching 3rd base for the Rangers. He replaced Matt Walbeck in 2009. Anderson before 2009 had not coached in the Big Leagues
Mike Maddux - pitching - Maddux is in his 2nd season working with the Texas Rangers pitchers. Of course we all know that he was the Brewers pitching coach from 2003 thru 2008. But the Rangers offer big bucks for Maddux (in the way of a pitching coach) and he jump ship.
Gary Pettis -1st base - the former Texas Rangers outfielder in 1990 and 1991, has been the 1st base coach since Ron Washington became manager in 2007. Prior to that he was the Mets 1st base coach in 2003 and 2004, before the White Sox in 2001 and 2002.
Jackie Moore - bench -talk about a guy who has been around baseball for a long time. He was the Brewers bullpen coach in the 1st 3 seasons, from 1970 thru 1972. He is in his 4th tour of duty with the Rangers, since he start coaching 30 years ago. He was the Oakland A's manager from 1984 thru 1986.
Andy Hawkins - bullpen - was the Rangers pitching coach in 2008, but would be replaced by Mike Maddox. The former Padres pitcher before that was a pitching coach in Rangers minor league system. He fill that role in 2001-2002 at Savannah, 2003 at Clinton Iowa, 2004 at Stockton. He left the organization in 2005 for the Royals. But return to Triple AAA Oklahoma in 2006
What does the Texas Rangers bring to the table this weekend. Last season Washington and his Rangers in 2009 snapped a 4 year losing streak. The Rangers were 87-75, which was the first winning season since Buck Showwalter was the manager in 2004, with a record of 89-73. Its been since 1999, under Johnny Oates, did the Texas Rangers have been playing in October.
In 2009, they were 48-33 in the Lone star state. On the road, they had a record of 39-42. They also had a huge difference in runs score, at home 426 compare to 358 on the road.
In 2010, they are 23-11 at home and 11-16 on the road. They started the season in the month of April with a record of 11-12. But starting to find their winning ways in May, with a record of 15-12. So far in the month of June they are 7-3. Again the Rangers find home plate more often at home, with 202 run compare to 106 on the road. They did play the Cubs in interleague play and lost 2 out of 3.
Where to the Texas Rangers rank in the American League in 2010
Runs per game - the Rangers average 5.13 runs per game. That is 4th best in the American League. Behind the Yanks 5.55, Red Sox 5.29, and Rays 5.28. The Rangers would lead the NL with 5.13, the Reds are #1 with 5.05 per game
Homeruns -Toronto Blue Jays lead the AL with 98 homeruns. Texas is 6th in the AL with 59
Stolen Bases - The Rays are the best in the Al with 67, the Rangers have 54, which is 4th best in the AL
Batting average - The Yankees are the best hitting team for average in the game of baseball with .282. The Reds are next at .279. 2nd best in the AL and 3rd best in baseball is Rangers, hitting .278
On base % -New York are the best in the AL with .364. The Rangers are at .339, which is tied with Detroit for the 4th best in the AL
ERA - The 1st place Rays have the lowest era in the American, posting a team era of 3.22. The Rangers are 6th in the AL, posting an era of 4.13. The Brewers are 4-14 against NL teams ranked 6th or better in era, so far this season
Homeruns allowed - should be no surprise the AL worst team for giving up the long ball, has the worst record in the AL. The O's have given up 74. The Rangers have given up the 3rd most in the AL with 64
Strikeouts - the Jays have the most with 469. The Rangers have 439, which is the 4th best.
Whip - The Rays are #1 in whip with 1.207. The Rangers staff as a whip of 1.37, which is 7th in the AL
Friday night - Rich Harden vs Chris Narveson ---Probably the only Texas Ranger picther, the Brewers will have any idea, what he is throwing is James Richard Harden, know has Rich Harden in the baseball world. The 29 year righty is 6-1 195 from Victoria British Columbia. He throws righty, but friday he will have bat, which he is a lefty. Harden played for the home of Spartans, Claremont High School in Victoria. After his senior year, the Seattle Mariners would draft him in the 38th round of the baseball draft in 1999. He does not sign with the M's, instead he plays 1 season at Central Arizona College. In 2000, the Oakland A's coming calling in the 17th round. Harden becomes a Texas Rangers, when he signs a 1 season free contract for 7.5, after pitching for the Evil Empire (Cubs last season). Rangers fans must be wondering if it was money well spent, in his 12 starts for the Rangers, he is 3-2 with an era of 5.34. He will be making his 140 career start against the Crew. His record is a respectable 53-31, with an era of 3.53. In his last 3 starts for the Rangers, he has thrown 15 1/3 inning and been tagged for 12 runs =7.04 ERA. You get the same Harden at home or on the road. In his career he is 25-17 with an era of 3.42 at home. He is 28-14 with an era of 3.67 on the road. Harden face the Brewers 3 times in 2009, the Brewers had his number. He was 0-2 with an era of 8.18. 10 runs in 11 innings of work. In his career, he faced the Brewers 5 times, with a record of 1-2 an era of 4.70. The bad news, Harden is 1-0 with an era of 1.38 in his 2 starts at Miller Park.
Chris Narveson, is their anyway, we can start the game in the 2nd inning. Again, in Narveson last start against the Redbirds, he was tagged for 4 runs in the 1st inning. With those 4 runs, Narveson era in 1st inning is 12.38. It should be no surprise, Narveson has never faced the Texas Rangers. Lets hope he can get thru the 1st inning.
Saturday night - Scott Feldman vs Manny Parra - Scott Wynne Feldman is 6-6 230 lefty. Feldman was born in Kailua Hawaii. He plays his high school baseball at Burlingame California, the home of the Panthers. He plays college baseball at San Mateo College. He is drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 30th round of the 2003 draft. Feldman in his 12 starts in 2010, he has a record of 3-6 an era of 5.73. Last season Feldman was a 17 game winner for the Rangers. He will be making his 69th start against the Brewers and his 148 appearances. He has a record of 27-27 an era of 4.74. Since May, he has surrender 32 runs in 44 1/3 innings for an era of 6.44. He is 26-22 with an era of 4.64 as a starter. He has never faced the Milwaukee Brewers in his career.
Manny Parra is coming off his career best strike-outs and when he k'd 4 in the first inning. He was the 1st Milwaukee Brewer pitcher in Milwaukee Brewers history to do that. He has no record in 2010 as a starter, his era is 4.38. 15's k in 12 1/3 innings pitched. Is this the Manny Parra the Brewers Nation has been waiting to see. If history repeats itself, we will see the bad, Manny Parra against the Texas Rangers. Parra has never faced the Texas Rangers.
Sunday afternoon - Colby Lewis vs Yovani Gallardo ....Colby Preston Lewis is 6-4 215 righty from Bakersfield California. He played his high school baseball at Bakersfield North, the home of the Stars. He plays his college baseball at Bakersfield College. He is a 1st round and 38th overall pick by the Rangers in 1999. Lewis is in his 2nd tour of duty with the Rangers. In 2004, he was placed on waivers by the Rangers. He was signed as a free agent in January of this season. In 2010, he has a record of 5-4, with an era of 3.40, in 12 starts. When he faces the Crew on this Sunday, he will be making his 47th career start. It will be the 85th time he takes the mound. His overall record is 17-19, with an era of 5.85. His record as a starter is 16-16 with an era of 5.98. He is 11-6 at home with an era of 5.45. On the road he is 6-13 with an era of 6.24. He has also never faced the Brewers in his career.
Yovani Gallardo is poor young man, seems to never get any offense support, when he is on the mound. In 4 of his 13 starts, the Brewers have score 2 or less runs. Gallardo has been unbelievable in his last 3 starts. He has tossed 23 innings and has surrender 1 era run, for an era of 0.39. Gallardo every other pitcher in this series has not faced the team, he is pitching against
The Rangers will be a tough team to beat. The Brewers awful pitching, can not make any mistakes. The series could be a high scoring affair. Myself will be attending Sunday's game, looking forward to seeing the G-Man pitch against the Rangers High -octane offense
Enjoy your baseball and Go Crew
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