Ian Kinsler

Detroit Tigers 2014 Preview

Tigers didn't stand pat, but should still stand tall in AL Central
The Tigers underwent a lot of change for a team with such a winning pedigree — not all of it with a win-now mantra in mind. But the goal was to remain a World Series contender while keeping one eye pointed towards the future.

Over the winter, the Tigers underwent the type of overhaul befitting a disappointing loser, not a 93-win division champ that came within two wins of a second straight World Series berth. They switched managers, traded their cleanup hitter, jettisoned their starting shortstop and swapped a front-line starting pitcher for a trio of younger players.

21 Amazing MLB Stats for the Week

Highlighting the most important, intriguing and bizarre stats in baseball.
<p> The A’s are hot, the Yankees and Rangers’ bats are not. Competition in the NL West is getting tight and Dustin Pedroia is tough with two. These and more amazing MLB stats are here from the week of June 10-16.</p>

The A’s are hot, the Yankees and Rangers’ bats are not. Competition in the NL West is getting tight and Dustin Pedroia is tough with two. These and more amazing MLB stats are here from the week of June 10-16.

22-7    Oakland A’s record since May 15
The A’s have been smoking hot since the middle of May. With a 22-7 mark from May 16-June 16, the A’s own the best record in the majors during that time, three games better than the next-best mark of the Braves.

Texas Rangers 2012 Preview

Two-time defending AL champs have unfinished business
<p> The American League West race likely won’t be a runaway in 2012, as it was the past two seasons, but the Rangers remain the team to beat.</p>

Texas Rangers

Athlon Sports' 2011 AL MVP

Athlon editors comb through the crowded field of contenders and cast their vote for this year's AL MVP
<p> Athlon editors comb through the crowded field of contenders and cast their vote for this year's AL MVP</p>

Texas Rangers Take Advantage in Game 5-St. Louis Cardinals Don't

The Rangers made the most of scoring opportunities while the same cannot be said about the Cardinals
<p> The Rangers made the most of scoring opportunities while the same cannot be said about the Cardinals.</p>

by Josh Kipnis

My favorite baseball colloquialism to call out to a teammate at the plate is “Right man, right spot.”  It is the ultimate pick-me-up; it says, you are the man for the job and the time to do that job is now.

Going into the potential last game of the World Series, the Texas Rangers have taken this motto to heart in every one of their wins in this big showdown.