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I know what the title suggests, but no the talent isn’t from boys town, but that does remind me of when going to Mexico used to be good times for Texans. Have a few beers, eat some amazing Mexican food (not Tex Mex), and maybe catch a cock fight or two. Of course it is now one of the most dangerous places in the world, and going south of the boarder is a different kind of adventure if you dare. But when you’re the worst team in baseball, sometimes it’s worth the risk.
The Astros, in dire need of some talent have gone to Mexico for some players. The Astros did sign two Mexican League players, the first being outfielder Leo Heras. Heras will play right away in Corpus Christi. The other player is a monster of a man, 6 foot 3 and 315 pounds of a monster named Japhet Amador. As you’d expect, he’s not a shortstop, but rather a 1st basemen. He’s not running out any bunts, but he does clearly hit for power. Amador hit 36 home runs in the Mexican league, but no word if any were off former Charros pitcher Kenny Powers. Amador will play in Triple A for Oklahoma City.
Time will tell if the Astros Mexican mining trip will produce some starters, but when you’re the Astros you at least have to try. And as long as none of the scouts came down with Montezuma’s revenge, it never hurts to give it a shot.
The Texas Rangers ended their west coast travels by sweeping the hated Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim of Orange County. Before that the Ranger took 2 of 3 from the division leading Oakland A’s, and are now tied with the A’s for the division.
Just 2 weeks ago the Rangers were 6 games back, and haven’t been a top the division since July 1st. But even with a suspended Cruz, the Rangers have been able to keep the bats hot and the base runners stealing like swiper on Dora. (sorry, I have a 1yr old) It also doesn’t hurt that the Rangers absolutely own the Angels this season, with a 10-2 record against them so far.
Time will tell if this surge continues, or the Rangers might in fact start missing Cruz as much as we all figured they would. But one thing is clear; these Rangers aren’t going out without a fight.
The rebuilding process of the Houston Astros took another step in that direction, as the Stros traded reliever Jose Veras to the Detroit Tigers. Veras has 19 saves this season, with as 2.93 ERA. Veras is 32, and doesn’t figure to fit into the Stros long term plans.
In return the Astros get 19yr old prospect Danry Vasquez. Baseball America ranks him as the Tigers 6th best prospect. Danry is hitting .281 with 5 home runs and 39 RBI while playing outfield for the Tigers class A team.
The Texas Rangers have a long history of bashing the baseball, with stars like Juan Gonzalez, Pudge Rodriguez, Rusty Greer, Hank Blalock, Michael Young, and even Josh Hamilton all hitting dingers in the Texas heat. If chicks dig the long ball, then the Texas Rangers have a history of bringing the ladies to the park. This season, however, the Rangers strength is not the long ball, but instead the pitching rotation. With the addition of Matt Garza, the Rangers might possibly have the best rotation in baseball. Yu Darvish and Derek Holland have been flat out studs at the top of the rotation, but the rest of the rotation has been a real MASH unit. Injuries to Colby Lewis, Alexi Ogando, and Matt Harrison have hampered this rotation, making the Matt Garza trade a must. But with Ogando back in the rotation, and Lewis looking like he’ll be back soon, this rotation all of a sudden looks as deep as any in baseball.
The rotation down the stretch for the Rangers should be Yu, Holland, Garza, Lewis, and either Ogando or young thrower Martin Perez. Who’d a thought that last year’s opening day starter Colby Lewis would be #4 at best in this rotation. And if Matt Harrison comes back, Ogando and Perez could end up being pushed to the bullpen. The Rangers bullpen has already pitched well, and adding a few starting arms couldn’t hurt. Neftali Feliz also might be coming back in August, meaning the Rangers have an embarrassment of pitching riches.
With the offense struggling and with a pending Nelson Cruz suspension it’s clear that the heart of this team is no longer in the batter’s box. Now don’t be surprised if the Rangers also trade for a bat, but even if they do trade all they’ll be doing is trying to replace Cruz’s production, not really improving the struggling batting lineup. These aren’t your daddy’s Rangers, or even your older brother’s Rangers. Then again, offense wins games, but pitching and defense wins championships.