Sunday, March 30, 2008

Today in Sports.

Your Texas Rangers start their season tomorrow. They face the Seattle Mariners and their recently acquired ace Erik Bedard. I don't think anyone will forget this Gem of a start by Bedard last year. He owns the Rangers. The Rangers do have hope this year. The controversial acquisition of Josh Hamilton for Edinson Volquez is a big topic surrounding this club. As is the catching situation with Gerald "five tool" Laird getting the nod over the "prize" of the Teixeira trade, Jarrod Saltalamacchia. The Rangers have decided to send him to AAA to start the year. Which rubbed a few people the wrong way. They point out that JD has traded Chris Young, Soriano, Carlos Lee, Teixeira and has no one to show for them on the major league club. Which is flawed in so many ways. The Rangers have a plethora of talent in the minors and have a top five farm in the league. They'll be OK. Salt will be up by the all-star break and bring order to the world. Unless you were going to have Salt at 1st it's pointless to have him split time with Laird. Hopefully Laird mashes to start they year, JD flips him at the deadline and everyone gets to see more Salt. The recent acquisition of Dustin Nippert is interesting. Nippert is a good gamble. Really no risk at all unless you're a fan of Robinson Tejeda, who I think will clear waivers. JD says that Nippert will be in the bullpen. Which if fine. However, I'll be upset if he doesn't get one last shot at starting. By all accounts he is a top tier starter in the majors, if he harnesses everything and gets his change up working. Instead of rushing Hurley or letting Jamie Wright get a spot start I would like Nippert to get a shot. The Rangers might have something there.

For my prediction: I think they'll go 83-79 and finish 2nd behind the Mariners while the Angels and A's round off the pack.

The Maverick have failed miserably since the Jason Kidd trade. Going 0-9 versus teams with winning records. Pitiful. I was on the fence from the beginning, just because I'm a fan of Harris, but never in my worst dreams did I think they'll be on the brink of missing the playoffs. With the Nuggets moving into the eight spot last night with their defeat of the Warriors it makes tonights game against the Warriors that much more important. This is as close as a must win as it gets. Sadly however even the greatest homer in me won't allow me to believe the Mavs will have the intestinal fortitude to persevere in raucous Oracle Arena tonight. Prove me wrong.

The Stars get a much needed win last night against the Kings. Which makes the game tonight against the hated Anaheim Ducks a must watch. The Richards and Kidd trades didn't go as well as everyone hoped. But I have more faith in the Stars being able to get it together than I do the Mavs.

No Cowboys today. Go Davidson!

1 comment:

Jon said...

Nice work so far, Maurice.

I'm actually kind of optimistic regarding our chances against Bedard tomorrow - he's had an absoultely horrible spring, so we'll see if he's recovered from that or not.

I still wish Salty was up here to watch at the start of the season - IMO, him in AAA backs up the whole system, but it is what it is - I might as well stop beating the dead horse, and try to forget I've hated Gerald Laird for the duration of the spring. I hope he maintains his trade value... though I'm not sure it'll ever be higher than what it is now.

Keep up the good work!

- Jon, AKA lonestarJon