Tuesday, July 18, 2006

 

When the Going get Tough the Tough get Going

As of July 18, 2006 the Rangers are only one game out of the AL West lead. It might as well be 10 games out. The Rangers simply lack the quality pitching to compete. Much has been made of Adam Eaton being only days away from returning to the majors, however, other AL West teams are in the same position and it can be argued that Eaton is not as good as his competition. The Angels expect Colon to return, and Rich Harden's return for the A's is not too far away. In my opinion, give me Colon or Harden any day over Eaton.

Even if Eaton returns and pitches well, the Rangers rotation is only three deep: Millwood (if he can stay healthy), Padilla, and Eaton. Koronka, Rheinecker, and Wasdin are not reliable. A .500 record in the second half is not good enough to beat the other AL West teams.

It is my recommendation that the Rangers sell some of the assets. This year more than others is a seller market due to all of the teams that remain in the chase. A player like Kevin Mench is in very high demand. He has a low salary, young, and wouldn't be a rent a player. If the price is right, deal Mench. Brad Wilkerson is another player that needs to be traded. His .240 average and strikeouts are not the numbers envisioned when he was traded for Soriano. The trading of Wilkerson could open up time for Botts, who at the very least should match the performance of Wilkerson. The Rangers need to act quickly and swiftly to avoid the mistake of standing put or giving up the future for an unattainable future.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

 

Daniels Traded



Unfortunely, the off season has claimed it's first Maverick fan favorite. According to ESPN's Mark Stein, the Mavs have traded Marquis Daniels to the Indiana Pacer's for Austin Croshere.

We hate to see Marquis go after seeing him devolope from an undrafted free agent out of Auburn to an NBA contributer. He was even the only player on the Mavs that could even slow down Dwyane "Whistles" Wade. Unfortunely, he fell behind Josh Howard and Jerry Stackhouse at the SF position but managed to pick up some minutes as a back up point guard to Devin Harris.

The Mavs hope the newly drafted Maurice Ager can fill his shows and then some. The Mavs aquired Croshere as a Keith Van Horn fill in. He can shoot hit open jumpers from behind the arc and can probably play a little better D than Van Horn. The Mavs are still looking for a true PF to back up Dirk and a true point to back up Devin. Van Horn has been getting offers as a free agent and looks to probably be playing elsewhere next season.

Monday, July 03, 2006

 

Vote Dirk

I know its been a while since the last post. It's taken a little while to get over the NBA Finals but it's time to rally. Dirk has been nominated for a few ESPY's including best NBA Player and best International Athlete so get out and vote.

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