Newberg: Closer

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Jerad Eickhoff went 3-3, 2.65 in eight starts, with really good peripherals, for a Phillies club looking to find a new identity.  He looks like a guy who can pitch in the middle of a big league rotation right now, super affordably. Alec Asher didn’t fare as well in his big league debut (0-6, 9.31 in […]

Newberg: 162+

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There were just seven weeks left in the season, and the Rangers, who two weeks earlier sat eight games out in the West, had won 12 of 17 since a 21-5 disaster at the hands of the Yankees. There were seven weeks left, and someone asked Jon Daniels during the Q&A portion of our Newberg […]

Newberg: Tight

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Back home for the duration, facing the second-worst team in the American League, your warrior-beast on the mound, and that happens. Meanwhile, the Astros win by one run and the Angels win by one run and, hell, even the Twins won, though by a cushiony two-run margin. It’s a bad movie script. Tip of the cap […]

Newberg: 3.0

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Some of you have asked why I haven’t started up with the Magic Number countdown. I suppose it’s because of the way this season has gone.  It’s been an incredible six-month battle, starting with the news that Yu Darvish would be lost for the season and leading to a second straight year in which the Rangers have lost — by far — the most games to […]

Newberg: 108, 5-3, and 0.5

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And maybe, just maybe, Prince. (Awkward lede, perhaps, but it’ll look cool in the book, I think.) The game pitted Cole Hamels against Scott Kazmir, who’d faced off twice before in their big league careers, once in Game 1 of the 2008 World Series (Philadelphia 3, Tampa Bay 2) and again in Game 5 (Philadelphia 4, Tampa […]

Newberg: Draw

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Taijuan Walker had bedeviled the Rangers twice this season in Texas, scattering three runs in 13 innings, and then last night he retired the first four hitters he faced, but I liked how it looked.  My tweet after Adrian Beltre lined out to left to open the second: “Three balls squared up so far (all but Prince).  Good […]

Newberg: One Year

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It was on this date one year ago that Ron Washington resigned as manager of the Texas Rangers. The club was 31.5 games out in the West, and 24 games back of the second Wild Card spot, with 22 games to go.  A 10-2 loss the night before to Seattle made Texas the first club […]

Newberg: MVB

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On July 28, the Yankees embarrassed Texas in Arlington, 21-5 — after which the Rangers reeled off seven of eight. On August 12, Minnesota punished them, 11-1 — and Texas responded by winning five straight and nine of 11. On August 26, Toronto hammered Texas, 12-4 — and since then the Rangers have won four times without losing. […]

Newberg: The comfort of powerlessness

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We sat down last night to watch a couple old episodes of “Inside the Actors Studio,” the first one featuring Sting and then another starring Anthony Hopkins, the latter of whom said something toward the end of his hour that, naturally, made me think about baseball. “Today is the tomorrow I was so worried about yesterday.” Thursday, […]

Newberg: Strong

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It was awesome. From mid-afternoon until 9:56 pm, it was awesome. More than 100 of us gathered in a room for a few hours, and we heard Scott and Mike hold forth for an hour and we heard JD answer a thousand questions for nearly an hour and a half and, in between, we watched this incredible […]