Tuesday, July 13, 2010

All-Star Preview

You didn't think I was going to preview the whole All-Star game/experience did you? This is about the Texas Rangers team record 6 representatives.

Well, it was almost 7. Joe Girardi stuck his foot in his mouth yesterday by announcing at his press conference that Michael Young was replacing Adrian Beltre at third. The only problem was, Adrian Beltre hadn't pulled out of the All-Star Game so a replacement wasn't needed. No big deal, according to Michael Young. He had been to the 7 previous games and was looking forward to the rest. (I'm sure he would like to have been there, but he WILL enjoy the rest).

Let's take a quick look at the 6 Rangers who did make the team.


Josh Hamilton, OF

Josh has 25 doubles, 22 homers, 64 RBI's and 7 steals to go along with a healthy .346 avg and 1.014 OPS

Vladimir Guerrero, DH

Vlad has 20 homers and 75 RBI's with a .319 batting average.

Ian Kinsler, reserve

Ian missed a number of games due to a high ankle sprain, but has come along nicely. He has 15 doubles, 4 homers and 30 RBI's to go with 8 steals and a .310 average.

Elvis Andrus, reserve

Elvis is running all over the building, with 23 steals and a .280 average.

Neftali Feliz, relief pitcher

23 saves, 3.82 ERA, 1.06 WHIP and a .197 BAA.

Cliff Lee, pitcher

I guess we get credit for him since he's a Ranger, but this is based on his time in Seattle. He is 8-4 with a 2.64 ERA and 91 strikeouts. Hopefully he can get better run support with the Rangers and pick up some good wins in the second half.

The National League hasn't won an All-Star Game since they beat the A.L. 6-0 in 1996. They have lost the last 4 games by one run. I think this is the year they turn it around. They have amazing pitching from top to bottom. I'm thinking....N.L. wins 8-4.

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