When I started this blog, he was about the most feared slugger in the game. He hit 50 home runs in 2007 as a 23 year old for the Milwaukee Brewers. It seem like there would be no end in sight. I definitely thought he was a 450 home run guy we were looking at.
He will retire – ironically – with 319 career home runs just like his father Cecil Fielder. Prince always seemed like an upstanding, good guy. We liked Prince Fielder. We will miss Prince Fielder; although he was not very good to us during fantasy ownership through some seasons.
Dallas Keuchel has been a real mess this year. Even at his best, he’s been pedestrian; stringing together some quality starts but being mostly underwhelming. The Astros have had a hard time getting it going this season because their Ace from last season simply hasn’t been present.
Carlos Correa and Jose Altuve had big knocks in this one. The Astros took the game 5-0 and moved to within five and a half games of first place in the AL West which is probably out of reach, and three and a half games of the AL Wildcard.
Mazara got a piece of a Hector Santiago fastball, and it lands in a rare place at the Ballpark in Arlington. It was measured by statcast at 491 feet, the longest home run of the MLB season.
And I owned Nomar Mazara as a late round keeper in two fantasy leagues, and for some reason dealt him this week on both teams. The return of course netted me Syndergaard, DeGrom, and Sano; but this is a bad omen that I’m going to regret letting Mazara go.
Mike Trout wrecked the Texas Rangers this weekend in Anaheim. He ended the weekend with a four-hit performance, two home runs, and five RBI. His grand slam was merely the exclamation point.
There are so many guys around baseball absolutely wrecking things this year. It seems like; to a degree, offense is back in the game. Big time offense. Of all those guys, and all the youngsters who are making a big impression as the future of the game, Mike Trout stands above them all as the one immortal. The Mickey Mantle of the present.
At the conclusion of today’s game, Trout has 31 home runs to lead baseball, 64 RBI, 10 stolen bases, a .315 batting average, a .405 on-base percentage, a 1.038 OPS and a WAR fast approaching seven. The Angels are a game in first place, and Trout is going to win the second of what should have been his fourth MVP award. He’s 23 years of age.
Every single time you, I, or anyone decides to say ‘(fill in the blank with player name) is overtaking Mike Trout as the best player in baseball’ he gives you a startling reminder that the statement isn’t even close to being true.
And what the Hell were these Rangers pitchers thinking to continue throwing fastballs low in the zone? Must have had a death wish.
Yesterday was the long-awaited Joey Gallo day. Typically, we do a post on that day to commemorate a much anticipated debut of a highly rated prospect who is joining the fraternity of the finest for good. Yesterday, we slacked.
In Gallo’s second career at-bat, he made his presence felt. He showed off some of that huge power:
We can’t remember where we read it exactly – but a writer once pointed out that Hamilton is like a puppy dog. He needs the adoration and cheers from a crowd to succeed. The more he gets, the more dominating he can become. Think back to the Home Run Derby at Yankee Stadium. Hamiton was on top of the baseball world that night.
It’s wouldn’t be the least bit surprising that he experiences a mini-resurgence in Texas where he had his best days as a pro. The Texas crowd is behind him, and it appears right now that he’s going to ride a wave of adrenaline.
Texas is a weird team, stuck in a sort of state of roster flux (they want to play Delino Deshields Jr. every day, but have a glut of veteran outfielders and infielders). They have no real pitching staff. Yet, they’re not bad in every sense. They can’t just go out and blow it up.
The Hamilton storyline will be one of the most interesting to follow this summer.
Beltre has a lifetime 78.8 bWAR for you Sabermetrics folks. He absolutely has put up the numbers with his bat to be a likely Hall of Famer.
Texas as a team is in a weird limbo with their roster. They’re definitely not good and have all kinds of problems with pitching, yet the roster is littered with aging veterans just forced to play out the string.
In what is certain to be a season of struggle, Beltre provided the home fans with a big moment. And everyone got to touch the head!
The biggest news of the morning involves the Texas Rangers. This has been building for a long time coming, and it appears that one-time ace Yu Darvish may need Tommy John surgery that would cause him to miss the entire season.
Darvish statement: "I will be disappointed if I have to miss the season but want to look at all options, including getting a second opinion"
This really contributes to what figures to be an absolute dumpster-fire season for the Texas Rangers. Without their number one starter, they’ll be in full rebuild mode and probably lose between 90 and 100 games we would expect.
And there’s nothing about this that is good for baseball. No power arm in the game is safe from this injury, no one is immune to it. It appears that yet another great talent in the game will miss significant time with arm troubles.
My buddy Franco at Next Level Ballplayer is always rubbing elbows with guys in the bigs. I had the chance to meet and listen to him interview a promising young Texas Rangers reliever from nearby Gahanna, Phil Klein.
The White Sox were brutalized last night by the Texas Rangers by a score of 16-0. But for those who paid hard earned money for a ticket, all was not lost.
There are certain ‘baseball things’ you grab your cell phone for when you’re half asleep to fire off a handful of texts to your buddies. Big Adam Dunn coming out of the wind-up, painting corners at 80 would be at the top of that list.
There’s only a select few players in the game’s scavenger hunt of history who have pitched an inning on the mound and hit over 400 career home runs. Babe Ruth is one of them, and one of our all-time favorites Adam Dunn is now part of that list.
When I saw the pitching match-up last night was Hector Santiago versus Colby Lewis in that July heat at the Ballpark in Arlington, I knew it was going to be a fun night for someone and possibly both teams. I look back on it and ask myself why the Hell wouldn’t I just bet the over total in this game and make some money. It was a safe bet.
My suspicion was correct, as Colby Lewis surrendered an astounding 13 hits, 13 runs, 11 of which were earned in just 2 and 1/3 innings. Nice assist by his manager Ron Washington in deciding it was a good night just to leave Colby to the wolves of the Angels lineup.
Kole Calhoun and Mike Trout each had four hits, and it seemed that they had them before the first half of the game was over. Trout moved his OPS to 1.003 with the monster game, and got a low pitch off Colby Lewis that landed on that pretty lawn in center out in the heart of Texas.
When it was over, the Angels had compiled a 15-6 win. In the loss, future (maybe) Hall of Famer Adrian Beltre had three hits including a home run. It was the Angels 54th win of the season and the first credited to Hector Santiago.
Here’s Mike Trout’s 21st home run of the season, off poor Colby Lewis: