THE NEWBERG REPORT — SEPTEMBER 16, 2006
The Rangers’ last seven starts:
PITCHER IP H R ER BB K
Kevin Millwood 6.0 4 3 3 1 7
Robinson Tejeda 6.2 4 2 1 2 7
Adam Eaton 6.0 8 2 2 0 5
Vicente Padilla 7.0 5 2 2 1 3
Kevin Millwood 7.0 7 3 3 2 6
Edinson Volquez 5.0 6 2 2 0 2
Robinson Tejeda 7.0 5 0 0 2 4
Tejeda, in his last six starts, has an ERA of 1.91. It’s 0.44 in his last three.
Jon Daniels said he has “no plans to change managers” for the 2007 season. Parse.
At the end of day, says Tom Hicks, as for whether Buck Showalter is back in 2007, it’s going to depend on Daniels’s recommendation.
It’s official: Gerry Fraley took a buyout from the Dallas Morning News. I wasn’t reading his material nearly as often as I used to, but he said something in an online chat last week that was probably as meaningful to me as anything he’s written: “[Mark] Teixeira wants to win as much as any player I have ever been around.”
There’s a faction of you who probably read that and decided that’s exactly why Teixeira will leave for a perennial contender when he can be a free agent after the 2008 season. There’s another group that, I’m guessing, considered it yet another reason that the Rangers, when that time comes, will do whatever it takes to keep Teixeira here.
I don’t know what Teixeira’s plans are, and I don’t know what the Rangers’ plans are. But I know this: I want him to be a Texas Ranger for life.
It’s going to be painful if I ever have to see Teixeira or Michael Young wearing another team’s uniform. Worse than Pudge. For several reasons.
By the way, that note I had last week about Don Mattingly being not only Young’s favorite player growing up, but also Buck Showalter’s favorite player ever? Mattingly was also the favorite player of a young Teixeira, who grew up in Baltimore as an Orioles fan in the heyday of Cal Ripken Jr. and Eddie Murray but wears number 23 to honor Mattingly.
Teixeira has a share of the fifth-highest home run total in baseball history (134) for a player in his first four big league seasons. He leads the American League in home runs since the All-Star Break this year and is tied for the league lead in walks in that span.
It’s been a breakthrough year full of storybook moments for Gary Matthews Jr., but let’s be honest: which was a better game, Matthews’s natural cycle on Wednesday, or Gerald Laird’s two-homer, two-double effort against Mark Buehrle and the White Sox on June 4? You’ll remember the Matthews cycle years from now. Did you even remember Laird’s day, just three and a half months later?
Detroit claimed Matt Stairs off waivers from Texas. Classy move on the Rangers’ part, giving Stairs (whom they acquired in July for reliever Joselo Diaz) an opportunity to help the Tigers in their attempt to reach the playoffs for the first time since 1987 (two years before the 38-year-old started his pro career). The Rangers couldn’t trade Stairs because he’d already been placed on trade waivers and claimed in August.
Apparently, there’s talk that Jason Botts could rejoin the team at some point in the next couple weeks as a result of Stairs’s departure. I’d like to see that. I’d like to see that very much.
Francisco Cordero has given up just one run in 19.2 innings since joining Milwaukee. And 11 hits.
Righthander Nick Masset is expected to pitch in the Mexican League this winter for Mazatlan, whose catcher will be Miguel Ojeda.
Texas has promoted Midwest area scout Mike Grouse to Central Crosschecker, a position that had been held by Dave Klipstein. Grouse is responsible for the Rangers’ draft selections of Travis Hafner, Ian Kinsler, Travis Hughes, Kea Kometani, Steve Murphy, Travis Metcalf, and Doug Mathis, among many others.
Michael Young, sitting three hits short of a fourth straight 200-hit season, is a lifetime .353/.411/.569 hitter against tonight’s Angels starter John Lackey.