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(ESPN)   Yu Darvish loses 1-0. This is not a repeat from May 21, July 27, or September 9   ( scores.espn.go.com) divider line
    More: Fail, Yu Darvish, runners in scoring position, Oakland Athletics, RBI, Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, on-base percentage, GIDP, third bases  
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2013-09-14 07:59:09 PM  
0-3 vs OAK this year. A's have his number.

Go Oakland
 
2013-09-14 08:00:37 PM  

Charlie Freak: 0-34 vs OAK this year. A's have his number.

Go Oakland


FTFM
 
2013-09-14 10:14:37 PM  
i182.photobucket.com

U MAD?
 
2013-09-14 10:14:39 PM  
I say this every time the Rangers choke (which is basically every year), they need to get rid of Washington. Glad I never jumped on their bandwagon.
 
2013-09-14 10:15:14 PM  
I don't think that today qualified as "having his number". Scoring one run (and rarely having any threatening situations) is not exactly a dominating offensive performance. Bartolo Colon was just that little bit better.

Totally looking forward to the sweep tomorrow for the knockout, though. That should pretty much lock up the division for the A's.
 
2013-09-14 10:18:30 PM  

Cagey B: [i182.photobucket.com image 628x419]

YU MAD?


FTFY.
 
2013-09-14 10:20:01 PM  

JayCab: That should pretty much lock up the division for the A's.


He didn't really mean it, baseball gods. Don't punish us.

But yeah, it's not looking good for Texas. That seven game road trip they have to take next through Tampa Bay and Kansas City looks absolutely brutal.
 
2013-09-14 10:28:17 PM  
I'd rather Texas not make the playoffs than go through that one-and-out wild card thing again.  They just look terrible...again.
 
2013-09-14 10:38:46 PM  
Is there actually no World Series this year, and the A's and Red Sox never got the message?
 
2013-09-14 11:08:12 PM  

Cagey B: JayCab: That should pretty much lock up the division for the A's.

He didn't really mean it, baseball gods. Don't punish us.


I really should know better, too. I made a crack a couple months back about the A's magic number being at, like, 40... and then they went and had that shiatty August.
 
2013-09-14 11:55:10 PM  

TheJoe03: I say this every time the Rangers choke (which is basically every year), they need to get rid of Washington. Glad I never jumped on their bandwagon.


This year a lot of blame falls on John Daniels (the GM).  He knew Cruz would be suspended as far back as January, he did nothing to replace Hamilton's bat and they failed to land another front line pitcher.  Basically the off-season sucked.

The mid-season moves were better. Getting Rios I think is a win as he's a solid defensive outfielder. Garza is a curious move because he didn't see like he would live up to the hype. Jon Daniels is a numbers guy and the numbers didn't really match so I wonder if that one was another one of Nolan Ryan's gut feelings.

But no I don't blame this on Wash. The offence is very streaky due the all the rookies. They've not had a solid 5th starter all year and has been filled with rookies in it all year. It's pretty amazing the team has done as well as they have.

If we're going to fire Wash we should fire him for games 6 and 7 of the 2011 WS.
 
2013-09-15 12:50:42 AM  
Texas scored two runs or less for Darvish his last seven starts.


fark it, sit the DH and let him hit for himself. It can't hurt.
 
2013-09-15 12:52:38 AM  

cfreak: TheJoe03: I say this every time the Rangers choke (which is basically every year), they need to get rid of Washington. Glad I never jumped on their bandwagon.

This year a lot of blame falls on John Daniels (the GM).  He knew Cruz would be suspended as far back as January, he did nothing to replace Hamilton's bat and they failed to land another front line pitcher.  Basically the off-season sucked.


Blame? IIRC, the options that were available weren't that great, and the thinking was they'd ride out 2013, get out from under some contracts, and have more money to go after better options in the upcoming off-season. That being said, signing Berkman was a huge mistake from the get go. Still have no clue what the Rangers were thinking on that one.

But no I don't blame this on Wash. The offence is very streaky due the all the rookies. They've not had a solid 5th starter all year and has been filled with rookies in it all year. It's pretty amazing the team has done as well as they have.

You don't think the myriad of lineup changes and substitutions is partly to blame? I like Wash, but he does have his faults. He has a weird way of handling struggles. Not saying he should be fired - that honor should go to Dave Magadan, whose approach has not meshed with this team at all.

IMO, 2013 was always going to be a transition year (I firmly believe Cruz was never part of their plans after this year anyway) and losing Harrison for the whole year basically solidified that. In short, I'm surprised that they hung in as long as they did as well.
 
2013-09-15 02:05:39 AM  

Candygram for Mongo: Texas scored two runs or less for Darvish his last seven starts.


fark it, sit the DH and let him hit for himself. It can't hurt.




Is that allowed ?
 
2013-09-15 02:19:15 AM  

Mid_mo_mad_man: Candygram for Mongo: Texas scored two runs or less for Darvish his last seven starts.


fark it, sit the DH and let him hit for himself. It can't hurt.

Is that allowed ?


Actually I don't think so.  I'm pretty sure the DH is required to be in the starting lineup.  AL pitchers can hit in non-interleague games, it's rare but it has happened. If the DH is moved to a fielding position during the game he can't be replaced and the pitcher has to hit. It doesn't happen too often but it does happen.  The DH can be removed from the game and replaced with another DH though.
 
2013-09-15 02:27:51 AM  
The rules state that using the DH is optional:

MLB Rule 6.10 (2)(b)
A hitter may be designated to bat for the starting pitcher and allsubsequent pitchers in any game without otherwise affecting the status of the pitcher(s) in the game. A Designated Hitter for the pitcher must be selected prior to the game and must be includedin the lineup cards presented to the Umpire in Chief.
The designated hitter named in the starting lineup must come to bat at least one time, unless the opposing club changes pitchers.
It is not mandatory that a club designate a hitter for the pitcher, but failure to do so prior to the game precludes the use of a Designated Hitter for that game.

I wonder, though, has any AL team ever chosen not to use a DH?  I can't imagine such a scenario, but stranger things have happened.
 
2013-09-15 02:51:57 AM  

mcnguyen: The rules state that using the DH is optional:

MLB Rule 6.10 (2)(b)
A hitter may be designated to bat for the starting pitcher and allsubsequent pitchers in any game without otherwise affecting the status of the pitcher(s) in the game. A Designated Hitter for the pitcher must be selected prior to the game and must be includedin the lineup cards presented to the Umpire in Chief.
The designated hitter named in the starting lineup must come to bat at least one time, unless the opposing club changes pitchers.
It is not mandatory that a club designate a hitter for the pitcher, but failure to do so prior to the game precludes the use of a Designated Hitter for that game.

I wonder, though, has any AL team ever chosen not to use a DH?  I can't imagine such a scenario, but stranger things have happened.


John Wetteland, closer for Texas in 1997, hit for himself in a game against the Yankees, his former team.  He doubled.  I have no idea what circumstances led to him hitting for himself, or why anyone thought this was a good idea.  But he doubled.
 
2013-09-15 05:59:51 AM  
If the DH enters play as a fielder, you may not replace his DH spot with another batter. In such a case the pitcher takes the batting position of the batter whom the DH replaced in the field.
 
2013-09-15 08:41:08 AM  

Dafatone: John Wetteland, closer for Texas in 1997, hit for himself in a game against the Yankees, his former team.  He doubled.  I have no idea what circumstances led to him hitting for himself, or why anyone thought this was a good idea.  But he doubled.


That was a situation where Texas moved their DH into the field. Once you take your designated hitter and move him to a defensive position, the pitcher has to hit for himself from that point on.
 
2013-09-15 01:00:39 PM  

mcnguyen: I wonder, though, has any AL team ever chosen not to use a DH?  I can't imagine such a scenario, but stranger things have happened.


Apparently, teams elected to bat their pitcher four times in the first few years that the DH was available. And one team had a pitcher as the starting DH.

As for losing the DH because the DH was moved to the mound, it has happened four times this season (although one was a position player pitching).
 
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