A speeding car. 161 comments


A brilliant headline in the Arizona Republic got picked up by every news source in America and made the rounds in social media yesterday:

Even funnier, who saw this speeding locomotive called the Texas Rangers undefeated road trip coming?

So far it’s flattened the Washington Nationals. And last night it ran over the Houston Astros.

Losers of twelve of their previous sixteen games. Having a horrible road record. Playing the two best teams in baseball. And winning four games in a row.

It all comes down to starting pitching. It always does. The Rangers have gotten four great starts in a row.

Against the Washington Nationals, Rangers’ starters combined for an ERA of 1.89.

Last night, against the Houston Astros, Yu Darvish kept the gravy train rolling right along, with seven brilliant innings, giving up just one hit—barely—and one run, in a 6-1 victory.

He didn’t have the fall-apart inning that has plagued him so often this year. He didn’t serve up crippling home runs. He didn’t walk off the mound falling just short of expectations.

The only hit he gave up was a bloop that eluded Nomar Mazara’s glove by about a quarter of an eighth of a sixteenth of an inch.

Then Rougned Odor, Joey Gallo and Nomar Mazara—appropriately on draft night—took care of the offense.

So, the Rangers go into today’s game with the opportunity to get back to .500. With four wins in a row against the two best teams in baseball.

No self-respecting psychic would have ever predicted that.

 

*****
TODAY’S GAME:

Nick Martinez (1-3, 4.88) vs. Brad Peacock (3-1, 3.15)
Game time: 7:10

How the Rangers hit against Peacock.
How the Astros hit against Martinez.

 

  • LoboTX

    Nope – never saw this coming, but I’ll take it (and 4 more just like it).

    Like the late, great Yogi Berra said, “Predictions are hard, especially about the Future”.

  • Nashvillecat66

    It occurred to me during last night’s easy-to-watch slap down of the Astros, it’s been awhile since I’ve offered one of my “If I was Boss of Baseball” diatribes.
    So here are some random thoughts — some from last night and some not — if I was king of the land of Baseball.
    (1) I would make it mandatory that unsightly players — especially pitchers like Joe Musgrove and Fatolo Colon — must wear a face mask. One of the goals of MLB is to attract as many young fans as possible. This can’t happen as long TV cameras zoom in on the likes of Musgrove. Youngsters who watched that must have had nightmares.
    (2) Anyone caught doing the “wave” would be banished for life from every major league ball park.
    (3) Every night would be $1 hot dog night. No exceptions.
    (4) The @#$%^&* A’s franchise would be cut adrift and allowed to sink into the Pacific Ocean.
    (5) Every time A.J. Hinch is shown on TV, there must be “I am a self-important jerk” superimposed under his name.
    (6) Eric Byrnes, that nauseating chatterbox on MLB Network, would be put aboard the @#$%^&* A’s flotilla, and for counterweights at each end, Pete Rose and Aroid.
    (7) Oh, and I almost forgot, Dave Raymond must be aboard as well.

    • elkaba

      Nothing like a good diatribe in the morning. 🙂

      • Nashvillecat66

        With you there Elk.
        Clears the head.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Ranger park is the worst for the wave!! Think the Stros hate is taking over for your As dislike😘

      • elkaba

        It is what it is. There’s always been a Houston-Dallas, in-state rivalry going back a long time, in fact, well before there were baseball teams in either area. (And this isn’t exactly neutral ground.)

        • JacobMcCandles

          Really more about football

          • elkaba

            More about oil money vs. other money…

      • Nashvillecat66

        I didn’t specify where the wave is taking place. It should be banned on planet earth.
        Period.
        And, yes, obviously I do not like the Astros. At all.
        But it’s never going to rise to the level of the hatred I have for the @#$%^&* A’s.
        Never.

        • JacobMcCandles

          More diatribe…lo

        • GoRangers23

          I have a question about the wave. The explanation I got as to why people hate the wave apparently stems from Ian Kinsler’s hatred for it, and the fact that he couldn’t concentrate while it was happening. ( From what I understand, anyway. ). I understand that it can distract a pitcher, but I don’t really see how it distracts the men on the field. Some enlightenment here would be great. Maybe I would understand if I were out there playing. It seems to me that distracting the other pitcher would be a great thing. I thought that these guys learn early on to ignore what is going on in the stands. Now, my other question is, would you still be against it if the announcer had the audience do the wave during periods where there is no on field playing going on, like the seventh inning stretch?
          Inquiring minds have to know. 🙂

          It only took about 20 minutes to finally be able to think clearly enough to actually type out this entire question. My oldest son came home from his class, and brought a lot of noise with him. :-l ……boys and their noise. Lo

          • Nashvillecat66

            Two reasons I don’t like it … and never will.
            1. It looks stupid.
            2. It’s very distracting for people trying to watch a game in person. Which might suggest your idea of having it done when there is no action on the field is a good idea, but the reality is that some knot head would start it anyway during the game.
            As to its purpose, I have no clue. I would like to think players won’t be distracted by it, but there are some who might be.
            Interestingly enough, it has been suggested that it started in North America at an Edmonton Oilers’ hockey game in 1980 by some guy named Krazy George Henderson.
            Supposedly, he later took this asinine show on the road to baseball game in, where else, Oakland in 1981.
            That’s enough of my Crabby Old Man (Hey you kids!! Get off my lawn!!!) for today.

          • GoRangers23

            Ok, thanks. That helps a little. 🙂

            See, when I was in high school, it was a very popular thing to do during football games to show our school spirit for our team, so it has always confused me as to why it is so hated on this site. Back then, if you didn’t participate, you looked stupid. So now, I’m conflicted. I haven’t done it since they were talking about it on here, but it makes me feel like a party pooper. In the past, I would never have wanted to be part of the group that sits there like, Oh, I am FAR to cool to do something like that. However, I wouldnt want to do anything that distracts our players.

          • Nashvillecat66

            As I said, I would hope the players can concentrate to the degree where the wave won’t affect them.

  • elkaba

    We’re 12 games out, and I’m happy with the way this team is playing recently. Nobody could have seen that coming either. 🙂

  • JacobMcCandles

    LAA,Ms,TX all 1 game under .500….

    • WhoKnowscs

      And the Astros big win streak is over. Will they fall now that it’s taken a toll on their staff, and if they do will it be enough, we shall see. But there’s a reason going .700 a season is rare.

      • Nashvillecat66

        Not just that, but everyone around here learned a painful lesson from last year’s 95-win team: Success in the regular season doesn’t guarantee anything.
        Not. One.Thing.
        These aren’t the 1950s Yankees, who won the AL the first part of September and were primed for four games in October.
        Let’s ask the 2001 Seattle Mariners, shall we?
        That team set a ridiculous record with 116 wins, but were booted from the playoffs by the Yankees in the ALCS.
        The Seattle parade floats are still in storage.

        • WhoKnowscs

          Yep. The Indians swept Houston at home, which was all I needed to know to that their vaunted season currently might not carry them on it’s on accord. Also the 2014 Angels, best record in the AL that year(and maybe Majors),98 wins, because they had the 2014 Rangers to essentially kick while down. Then they go and got swept by the Royals.

          • Nashvillecat66

            Exactly.
            With the wild cards in play — pun intended — baseball playoff success isn’t guaranteed regardless of what all those people currently slobbering over the Astros would like to believe.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Your jealousy,envy,sour grapes is unbecoming for you. LOLA

            Tears on my pillow caused by Houston, whoo a whoo🏆👍😎

        • JacobMcCandles

          And those teams are not the 2017 Astros….WS baby

  • Rollie Fingerbangers
  • Nashvillecat66

    The RR3 Linkmeister (me) forgot to post this earlier.
    It’s an eye-opening story on the Rangers’ third pick of the draft yesterday.
    Very interesting reading.
    http://www.ocregister.com/2017/06/08/will-a-dana-hills-pitcher-become-a-first-round-draft-pick-a-millionaire-and-keep-his-cool/

    • elkaba

      Interesting makeup.

  • GoRangers23
  • WhoKnowscs

    First and Last place of the NL Central are separated by 4.0 games.
    First and Last place of the AL Central are separated by 6.0 games.
    First and Last place of the AL East are separated by 8.0 games.

    First and Second place of the AL West are separated by 12.0 games. 3 teams tied for 2nd place, it’d be hilarious if the A’s were tied with the other 3.

    Sometimes things just ain’t fair.

    The NL looks like the make up of their contenders are likely set barring a Central or East team making a magical super run and a West team cratering(1 from East. 1 from Central and 3 from West).

    The NL West has 3 teams at or above .600 win percentage. In fact if the National lose today and the D-Backs win today. The NL West would have 3 teams with better win percentages than the leaders of the other 2 divisions.

    • dearmidol

      It will be curious to see if teams start making a dramatic move up or down in the second half. The three teams in the West look legit.

      • WhoKnowscs

        Yeah, I think the NL West is pretty much set to get 3 in. Just a matter of who wins the Division.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Draft make up so far after 5 rounds

    Round 1 – Bubba Thompson OF – HS
    Round 1 – Christopher Seise SS – HS
    Round 2 – Hans Crouse – RHP – HS
    Round 3 – Mathew Watley – C – JR
    Round 4 – Ryan Dease – RHP – HS
    Round 5 – Jake Latz – LHP – JR

  • WhoKnowscs

    I heard them say last night Darvish has had only 4 games where he gave up 1 hit. All were vs the Astros.

    At least I think that is what they said.

    • dearmidol

      I remember a game against the Red Sox where he lost a perfect game to a David Oritz hit that Odor could have caught but didn’t. I can’t remember if that turned into a two-hitter. I’ll check.

      • dearmidol

        Yep, just checked it. He gave up two hits, both to Ortiz. One of which Odor botched to break up a perfect game with two outs in the seventh inning. The other was to Ortiz in the ninth with two outs. Of course, after that, Ogando had to come in and nail down the 8-0 victory.

        • WhoKnowscs

          They originally ruled the first an error. But after he got the hit in the ninth, I think it was appealed and changed.

          • Gregor_S

            Wasn’t that the one where it was a popup that both Odor and the right fielder (Rios?) could have caught but both pulled away? I think the RFer was more to blame because he had the easier play and Odor was in his first year and was prone to defensive lapses that it was assumed he would outgrow.

          • dearmidol

            Yes, it was. But if I recall, Odor was on it and it was much more his ball. Rios had to come up pretty far.

            I remember this because I was sitting in the first row in right field and had a really good view of it from behind.

          • Gregor_S

            Right, I remember now.

            Darvish it seems has been snake-bit during his entire tenure with the Rangers.

          • dearmidol

            Yes, that’s right. I remember now. David Ortiz complained that it should have been a hit and they changed it. After the game, Eric Nadel was pretty upset with Ortiz, saying something like, does he really need a hit that badly. But the reality is, Odor went back and totally missed the ball. It was a hit by the letter of the law. He missed it.

  • WhoKnowscs

    White Sox finally took the one I thought would work out well TCU’s Skouge

    • WhoKnowscs

      Or at least thought would be cool, a local player.

      Still can get Tanner from Decatur HS

      • WhoKnowscs

        But we’ve seen how people named Tanner do.

  • TD30
  • SABERMETRICS MASTER

    Watching Anthonny Rizzo’s approach at the plate and wonder why Iapoce doesn’t recommend Odor to adopt a similar approach.

    • dearmidol

      Maybe he has and Odor is too stubborn to do it.

  • Straxusd

    Who is home plate ump. Mlb app is showing lots of strikes called balls

    • dearmidol

      Mark Carlson.

  • dearmidol

    Springer kills the Rangers.

    • elkaba

      Hopefully one run does not a killing make.

    • SABERMETRICS MASTER

      I fear Gonzalez more than Springer

  • azrangerfan

    Well what do you think? Has Gallo found a home a 1st base? When Naps comes back will he end up being the primary DH? Looks like it’s headed that way to me.

    • SABERMETRICS MASTER

      with Bannister …. we will never know until the time comes

    • elkaba

      Yep. Gallo looks solid over there. Naps looks done.

  • cookies N milf

    Son of a #%*$& Raymond is an idiot!!! I know everybody already knows this but just when you think he couldn’t say anything dumber, he totally redeems himself!

  • Straxusd

    Lol Golden sombrero​ rangers are here tonight. Glad we could help Brad peacock be more “elite” than Darvish…..

  • SABERMETRICS MASTER

    7 SO’s already ????

    Where did the Astros find Peacock?

    • Straxusd

      Lol the crap rangers are batting right now…. He has a better line than Darvish

  • WhoKnowscs

    Moreland passed Andrus in home runs. Elvis needs to catch up.

    • Straxusd

      I would happy with making contact with the ball right now.

      • WhoKnowscs

        he fouled it, contact

        • Straxusd

          He struck out too…..

          • WhoKnowscs

            Then you should have specified a base hit.

          • Straxusd

            No I would happy with them lining out instead of the El whiffo

        • Straxusd

          Peacock is the next max schrezer. 😀

    • SABERMETRICS MASTER

      Elvis is due !

  • Straxusd

    At least mazara worked a good at bat

  • GoRangers23

    Come on guys, let’s get some runs on the board!

  • GoRangers23

    Yes!

  • GoRangers23

    Bring in some runs Choo!

    • WhoKnowscs

      there’s one . . .

  • GoRangers23

    Yay!

  • elkaba

    Nice walk. 🙂

  • grumpyderfsmagic8ball

    Be fantastic

  • WhoKnowscs

    Thank you for taking out Peacock.

  • Ruffknuckles

    Time to be Fantastic

    • Ruffknuckles

      Or not

  • GoRangers23

    Come on Nick, get the last out.

  • GoRangers23

    Woo Hoo!!

  • WhoKnowscs

    Nick is giving his best start of the season, and the only run we’ve got is from a bases loaded walk.

    • GoRangers23

      Hopefully we can pull ahead in the next three innings.

  • GoRangers23

    Come on Nick, one more out!

  • GoRangers23

    Little Altuve got mad and threw his hat. 😡

    • TD30

      I saw that. What a baby!

      • GoRangers23

        How did you do at work today?

        • TD30

          I survived. It hurt quite a bit, but I got an intern to do most of my running around for me so It wasn’t as bad as it could have been. She walked clients in and out for me and got everything off the printer for me 🙂

          • GoRangers23

            Oh, I’m glad you had an intern! Is there any way you can prop it up?

          • TD30

            I probably could figure out a way. Maybe tomorrow i will.

          • elkaba

            What happened? Are you hurt?

          • TD30

            I had foot surgery Thursday. Today was my first day back at work.

          • elkaba

            Ow!!! Hope it gets better soon. Agree about propping it up. Take a pillow with you to work- file drawer works pretty good for a foot rest. 🙂

  • TD30

    Roooogie!!!

  • GoRangers23

    ROUGIE!!

  • Eli Scary Saenz

    Im going to kiss that young man

    • GoRangers23

      😁.

      • Eli Scary Saenz

        I will

        • WhoKnowscs

          He’ll probably give you a Right Cross.

          • Eli Scary Saenz

            never

  • WhoKnowscs

    New ball game.

  • Eli Scary Saenz

    wheres ruff

    • GoRangers23

      He’s probably around here somewhere. He posted a little while ago.

  • GoRangers23

    Go Delino!

  • TD30

    That’s my boy DD!

  • TD30

    Come on Chooo!

  • WhoKnowscs

    Choo’s 0-1 but he’s got 3 walks.

  • TD30

    Elvis HR. I’m calling it

    • TD30

      And I’m wrong 🙁

  • GoRangers23

    Come on Jonathan!

  • GoRangers23

    Come on Rougie!

  • elkaba

    He’s back…!

    • Ruffknuckles

      Odor is the new Moreland on the team. Great for 2 weeks, terrible for two months. great for two weeks…………….

      • elkaba

        Saw the numbers from last year. Starts slow. Gets better as the season goes on. But yeah, he runs hot and cold in spurts.

  • GoRangers23

    YES! YOU GO Rougie!

  • Eli Scary Saenz

    O-DOR ODOR ODOR ODOR

  • Eli Scary Saenz

    im GOING TO KISS THAT YOUNG MAN

  • TD30

    Looks like Roogie found his swing

    • GoRangers23

      Thank goodness! I knew he had it in him somewhere.

  • Straxusd

    Well I got home from work to see Odor’s 2-run shot, but is this the new Ranger strategy? Flounder with the starting pitcher but run up their pitch count and then knock in runs off the bullpen?? Also, 13 Ks today, we have got to do better.

  • Ruffknuckles
    • TD30

      Texas Rangers….setting records 🙂

      • WhoKnowscs

        As long as were up for setting records. Let’s add greatest comeback to win a division?

      • elkaba

        This bunch is go big or go home for sure. Wonder if that’s on purpose? Like maybe we’ve been suffering from Oakland-itis, like maybe the get-on-base strategy that gets use to top of the division fizzles out in the post season? Hmmm…

    • GoRangers23

      Interesting!

    • Eli Scary Saenz

      haha thats amazing

    • elkaba

      Yikes.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Message to Banny: Odor stays at 7 or below!

  • TD30

    Aww crap….please don’t be hurt Kela!!

  • Straxusd

    Why is the ump so bad at calling strikes?

    • elkaba

      He’s not a computer.

    • WhoKnowscs

      Because they aren’t computers

      • Straxusd

        They don’t need to be computers, but he is calling ones that almost split the plate balls.

    • TD30

      He likes balls?

      • Ruffknuckles

        So does Eli.

        • SABERMETRICS MASTER

          LOLA

        • Eli Scary Saenz

          and there it is

        • Straxusd

          HAHAH, but seriously, he has made some horrible calls.

  • Ruffknuckles

    Even if bringing Bush in for the 4 out save doesn’t work, I still like the move.

  • TD30

    Tiny Altuve has a temper

  • Eli Scary Saenz

    MURKA

  • elkaba

    I don’t see the upside of Hoying’s defense over DD’s bat.

    • TD30

      Me either

  • GoRangers23

    Come on Choo Choo!

  • TD30

    Why are they trying it kill Choo?

    • Eli Scary Saenz

      houston astros have ties with North Korea

      • elkaba

        LOLA!

      • TD30

        Post of the day!

      • Ruffknuckles

        They wanna send him home in a coma.

  • GoRangers23

    Watch it buster! Don’t hurt our Choo!

  • TD30

    Crap

  • WhoKnowscs

    Just get a double play Bush . . . no flyers.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Doesn’t Raymond know Ranger fans don’t like the phrase “One Strike Away”?

  • GoRangers23

    Come on Bush, one more!

  • elkaba

    Winner, winner, chicken dinner.
    Jake, Hope you brought your broom for tomorrow. 🙂

    • GoRangers23

      Lol

  • TD30

    Wooow hoooo

  • Ruffknuckles

    That was nice.

  • GoRangers23

    YEEEEESSSSSSSS!!

  • GoRangers23

    It’s so awesome to win a game everyone thought we would lose!

    • GoRangers23

      *Another* game

  • JacobMcCandles

    5 straight agst the 2 best teams in MLB WHY you keep rolling with the Roogie Boogie