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Odd Men Out: The Rangers Rotation Down the Stretch

No The Rangers are coming to a crossroads regarding their rotation.<p>With <b>Derek Holland</b> and <b>Colby Lewis</b> due back in the next two weeks (Holland against …

Baseball

On Colby Lewis, and His Place In Rangers History

<i>“Colby Lewis, starting pitcher.</i><p><i>A man barely baseball alive.</i><p><i>Gentleman, we can rebuild him.</i><p><i>We have the technology.</i><p><i>We have the capability to build the</i> …

Baseball

20 in 20: A Huge Test of Managerial Fortitude

From afar, and if we, as fans, only looked at results, the Texas Rangers are in great shape. At .585, they are owners of the second-best winning …

Back It Up: The State of Catching in Arlington

Rangers won’t survive having Holaday and Nicolas as their catchers<p>— jamie (@JamieLanders10) April 26, 2016<p>@Friar_Faithful so why you keep trying to …

Jose Bautista

On Lewis Brinson and baseball's biggest challenge

Question: What’s the hardest part of baseball?<p>Make no mistake, baseball is difficult. We don’t appreciate often the difficulty of the game that 162 …

Tampa Bay

RIP: Aaron Mathews

Editors note: Aaron Mathews, the author of several “throwback” pieces here at SDI, has gone on to that great keyboard in the sky. While he will be …

Derek Holland and Ridiculous Expectations

“I’m sorry” – Wrigley<p>Since Ian Kinsler left via trade in late 2013, the Dutch Oven has been the most polarizing player on the Texas Rangers. So what …

List-Worthy

The 100 Million Dollar Man

In the winter of 2013, Ian Desmond turned down a contract from the Washington Nationals that would’ve paid him $107 million over seven years. Instead …

NL East

RANGERS HALL OF FAME: MICHAEL YOUNG

When I first started writing here at SDI, I used a pen name – Aaron Mathews (Hank and Eddie, of course). At the time I thought I had good reasons for …

On the Trade Block: Jurickson Profar

<b>Jurickson Profar</b> is finally producing for the Rangers. The former #1 prospect is posting an unsustainable yet eye-popping, .380/.392/.620 (.415 BABIP …

Baseball

Ian Desmond: Should he stay or should he go?

In February, the Rangers went into spring training with a glaring hole: They only had two reliable every day outfielders. With <b>Josh Hamilton</b>‘s health …

Yu Darvish

Beckyard Baseball: The Tale of Preston Beck and Pablo Sanchez

It was Sunday, June 5th, a partly cloudy 88 degree day in Frisco, Texas. At Dr. Pepper Ballpark, home of the Texas Rangers affiliated Frisco …

Amir Khan

Forgotten man: The state of first base for the Texas Rangers

The last few years, many Ranger related discussions focus on the infield. Questions like “Can <b>Rougned Odor</b> keep this up?” or “Should the Rangers have …

Texas Rangers

RANGERS HALL OF FAME: NOLAN RYAN

This is the second in a series of profiles on members of the Texas Rangers Hall of Fame, and it’s about one of the most dominant and polarizing …

Beltre's injury repeated and if history follows...watch out

Wait right there, partner. Don’t tell me you actually thought <b>Adrian Perez Beltre</b> was destined for a trip to the disabled list due to a little ‘ole …

Offensive Stylings: Choosing Profar over Gallo

It’s been 23 days since the power phenomenon <b>Joey Gallo</b> was recalled from Triple-A, while <b>Shin-Soo Choo</b> and <b>Drew Stubbs</b> went on the disabled list with, …

Baseball

Texas Rangers' Summer Shopping Wish List

The Texas Rangers are currently the best team in the American League. This season has been incredible thus far, even with little to no production …

Baseball

Monday Editorial: The Importance of Existence

<i>The Monday Editorial is a new weekly feature coming to ShutDown Inning. Monday mornings will feature editor Samuel Hale writing about something more</i> …

Sticker Shock: The realities of the Texas Rangers stadium agreement

A wise philosopher once said, “Mo money, mo problems.”<p>It’s something that Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams likely didn’t consider as he sat in front of …

Texas Rangers

With one trial down, another difficult test awaits Texas

It’s June 24th and the Texas Rangers are enjoying their largest division lead at the earliest point in time in franchise history. They just finished …

Monday Musing: Make (pro) baseball fun again

It’s the question on most baseball people’s minds: How to make the game more appealing/fun to a larger audience?<p>From the league’s corporate office …

Texas Rangers Hall of Fame - Juan Gonzalez

My freshman year in college I had to read the Greek tragedy <i>Oedipus Rex.</i> It was my first exposure to the concept of the tragic hero: someone who …

Baseball

Shadows on a Sunny Day: The inevitability of slumps and how to fix them

<i>“It’s only ‘a hitch’ when you’re in a slump. When you’re hitting the ball it’s called ‘rhythm’.”</i><p>Slumps are the most confounding things in sports. How …

Just in time: The history of retired numbers, and who should be next

In the history of Major League Baseball through June 29, 2016, 183 numbers have been retired by 28 franchises. All teams in baseball have retired …

No way around it: The Rangers need a starting pitcher

0.2.<p>4.0.<p>4.1.<p>4.0.<p>4.2.<p>Those numbers listed above are the amount of innings the Rangers starting pitchers have completed going into the final weekend …

First half debrief: Despite heavy blows, Rangers remain standing

When the season started for the 2016 Texas Rangers, the fans held lofty expectations. Certain professionals had them listed as division winners, at …

Favorite Rangers memories, as told by the SDI Staff |

This is a critical time for the Texas Rangers.<p>With just under two weeks until the trade deadline and the team in first place looking to improve, …

Brewing up bullpen success: Jeffress the elixir to what ails Texas

Watching Texas Rangers baseball in July has been tough.<p>Even with four days in a row off, it feels like the team has lost every single game this …

How a Brewers battery could supercharge the Rangers' title hopes

Trade season is here, and the Rangers are spinning in and out of the rumor tornadoes. For months they have been linked to <b>Jonathan Lucroy</b> of the …

(Baseball) Bat signal: How a Gotham dynamic duo could be the heroes Texas needs

It’s not often you look at a team tied for the most wins in their league as of July 19th, who has the lead in their division and go “They need …