Daily Archives: April 29, 2017
Third cycle of the year and it isn’t even May!
My oh my. I can’t update this list of most recent cycles fast enough! Are we really going to have 3 cycles a month? We are on that pace.
At least this one wasn’t in Coors. The second cycle in Carlos Gomez’s career put the Rangers over the top over the Angels.
But don’t get used to this list. There is bound to be another one soon!
Here is the list, updated for today’s action!
THE MOST CYCLE HIT
FOR EACH FRANCHISE
September 28, 2016 vs. Chicago Cubs
July 2, 2016 vs. Toronto
NEW YORK YANKEES
August 2, 2009 vs Chicago White Sox
June 4, 2007 vs. Boston
August 1, 2006 vs Tampa Bay.
ST. LOUIS CARDINALS
April 27, 2005 vs. Milwaukee Brewers
June 28, 2004 vs. Montreal
TORONTO BLUE JAYS
August 17, 2001 vs. Texas
May 9, 1993 vs San Diego
KANSAS CITY ROYALS
June 24, 1990 vs. Toronto
Last Cycles Hit For Teams in Old Locations
September 14, 2003 vs. New York Mets
May 26, 1964 vs. Boston
NEW YORK GIANTS
July 11, 1954 vs. Pittsburgh
August 2, 1950 vs. Chicago White Sox
June 25, 1949 vs. Pittsburgh
ST. LOUIS BROWNS
July 19, 1941 vs. Boston Red Sox
October 6, 1910 vs. Philadelphia Phillies
With all these cycles in 2017, there MUST be one for the Marlins at SOME POINT!!!
Carlos Gomez hit the first Rangers cycle since 2015, driving in 3 and scoring a pair to lead the Rangers past the Angels, 6-3.
Andrew Triggs threw 7 shutout innings, struck out 9 Astros and earned the 2-1 decision for the A’s.
Matt Kemp hit 3 homers and drove in 5 as the Braves clobbered the Brewers, 11-3.
Ivan Nova threw a stellar 3 hit complete game shutout, striking out 7 Marlins and securing the 3-0 Pittsburgh victory.
They all owned baseball on April 29, 2017
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For the second straight year, the Texas Rangers ran away with the AL West with a 95-67 record, and for the second straight year, they failed to make it out of the division series, getting swept by their new arch rival, the Toronto Blue Jays. Despite the repeat result, 2016 was an encouraging year for the Rangers. Older, broken down players like Prince Fielder and Josh Hamilton stepped aside, leading to younger players like Rougned Odor and Nomar Mazara to start the Rangers identity overhaul. Ace pitcher Yu Darvish finally came back from injury to contribute down the stretch as well, and late season additions Carlos Beltran and Jonathan Lucroy ensured that the Rangers would be the AL West’s only postseason representative. And who could forget Matt Bush? The former number 1 pick, who had seen his career bottom out due to addiction and legal troubles, found a home with the Rangers, and became a key part of their bullpen during the season.
Positional players are currently made of both experienced veterans and young phenoms who could be the faces of the franchise moving forward. Jonathan Lucroy is only entering his second season with the club, but has hit the 30-years mark and is an expiring contract. Adrian Beltre is nearing 40 and will likely play out his newly signed contract before hanging up the cleats for good. There are a handful of openings available, but also a number locked up moving forward. Rougned Odor and Elvis Andrus are both inked for the next six seasons and prospects Joey Gallo, Nomar Mazara and Jurickson Profar have become regular contributors in the everyday lineup. The club is set up in a favorable position if they can reload at the voiding positions in the next couple years.
Texas Rangers’ Minor League System
The Jonathon Lucroy and Carlos Beltran trades saw a great deal of prospects moved to both the Brewers and the Yankees, including 2012. 2014, and 2015 first rounders Lewis Brinson, Luis Ortiz, and Dillon Tate. In spite of this, organizational rankings put Texas in the middle of the pack. This isn’t to say the Rangers farm system is lacking, in fact, it shows that the remaining Rangers’ prospects do have significant value. With Mazara completely shattering expectations of who he is and Matt Bush’s revival, it’s clear that once the system repopulates from the Lucroy and Beltran deals, the Rangers could once again be a top 10 organization.
The Rangers’ system is very well represented internationally, with their top 5 players all ISD products, and their 2016 draft gave them two top ten prospects as well. Texas has done a lot better with international prospects in the past three years, and it’s likely that that trend will continue. A number of the top options, Leody Tavares and Cole Ragans, remain a few years away from any real contributions at the top level. However, there is a fair mix of players ready to make an impact: Jose Leclerc, Yohander Mendez, and Jose Trevino.