Believing. 312 comments


The Rangers have had far too few victory celebrations.

 

A few weeks ago, right before the trade deadline, Adrian Beltre pleaded with Jon Daniels not to give up on the team. He said that he believed in the Rangers, and the players still believed.

Since then, the Rangers are 4-4. And that’s with Joey Gallo playing like he belongs in some higher league.

As much as Rangers fans love Adrian Beltre, and as much as we feel he is Superman and can accomplish anything on the field, he cannot do the impossible.

He cannot will a mediocre team to anything above mediocrity.

Saying you want to do it and saying you believe you can do it is a far cry from actually being able to do it.

Beltre is the author of the two greatest moments in Texas Rangers 2017 history: His 3000th hit. And his moving the on deck circle.

But even the Great Beltre cannot pull off the trick of transferring his powers to the hitters and pitchers around him.

*****
TODAY’S GAME:

Charlie Morton (9-4, 3.78) vs. Cole Hamels (6-1, 3.59)
Game time: 7:05

How the Astros hit against Hamels.
How the Rangers hit against Morton.

 

 

  • Nathan Whitten

    This team can’t win 2 in a row. They’re like a bad pool player he can make a shot, but not be in a position to make another. Seattle was right with the Rangers, but they got hot and quickly moved into the WC picture. Yes there are lots of teams shooting for (possibly) one spot. I thought the Yanks had the other, but they seem to be backing up. But, I digress. I think that the Rangers can put together some wins and get in that gang that’s shooting for a WC spot. If Houston comes in and sweeps this series when we have Hamels and Griffin pitching the 1st and 3rd games, then forget any WC shot for this team. If the Rangers can somehow sweep Houston, Beltre might get his wish. I’m not bettin’ the ranch on it.

    Hamels on the mound. They’d better win tonight.

  • Tony Howell

    Rangers have 48 games left and set 3 1/2 games back in the wc hunt. In a normal year we would have 1 maybe 2 teams ahead of us but this year we need to jump 7 teams. The 3.5 could be made up but you need 7 other teams to go backwards, but on the bright side the teams ahead of us are just about as bad as the Rangers. Looks like 84-86 wins will get you in the playoffs, Rangers hang around and keep hanging around. Hang around long enough, Banny will get a pat on the back from Jd.

    • dearmidol

      The problem with all those teams in front of the Rangers is, often they play one another, so all seven can’t lose at the same time. It’s pretty hard to jump seven teams. The only thing they can do is look at the team ahead of them, try to catch up with that team, then go from them. They’re two games behind Baltimore. That’s who they have to pass. Once they do that, then it’s the next team.

  • dearmidol

    Baltimore was left for dead, just like the Rangers. The Cardinals were too. But both teams did something at the traded deadline that the Rangers didn’t. They started winning.

    • Tony Howell

      I think the Rangers will play 500 ball the rest of the season. Not good enough, they would need to win about 30-34 games out of the remaining 48. 30 and 18 not impossible but unlikely. Well that’s why we keep watching, Iam going down with the ship. I think most of you on this site are going with me because you all are true fans and love the game of baseball, as I have for the past 50 years.

      • dearmidol

        Yes, I will follow the Rangers, win or lose.

        • FlappingGums

          Me too! πŸ˜€

          • GoRangers23

            Me four! I’m going wherever this ship takes us. πŸ˜„ The good, the bad, and the ugly.

          • GoRangers23

            As of yesterday, we have an ex Pirate to help man our ship. I wonder how well he can steer/navigate? πŸ’£βš“οΈπŸ—‘πŸ’ŽπŸ¦‘β˜ οΈπŸŒŠ

  • Curt Hays

    Kevin’s a h8r. Not a real fan.

    Signed: Curt with a K

  • Eli Scary Saenz

    rangers will get that WC 2 and Joey gallo will walk if off game 6 with a walk off strike out

    • dearmidol

      That’s exactly what the guys on MLB Network Radio have predicted.

  • SABERMETRICS MASTER
    • dearmidol

      I’ll be there.

      • SABERMETRICS MASTER

        We have to meet and have a beer tonight

        • dearmidol

          Sounds good.

    • GoRangers23

      What a cute family! Welcome to Arlington, C family! I hope we pull out a win for you tonight!

      • SABERMETRICS MASTER

        Yeahhh.

    • FlappingGums

      Great looking family!! I hope y’all have a blast at the game!! πŸ˜€

      • SABERMETRICS MASTER

        Thanks Flap

  • vegasRANGER

    Another ace down…the result of all the 100+ pitches…..will they NEVER learn??

    • dearmidol

      Who went down?

  • GoRangers23

    This was apparently the talk of the town yesterday. Tony Barnette cut off his flowing mane of hair. I think he looks great! Refresh

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    • GoRangers23

      Actually, I should have said his hair looks great. I could do without the longer beard.

    • FlappingGums

      This is certainly a different look for Tony B.! I might have trouble recognizing him when he wears his baseball cap! πŸ™‚

      • GoRangers23

        It’s definitely different. I like it!

        • FlappingGums

          I’m not crazy about it, but it’s okay. He just looks so different! He’ll need sunscreen on his neck now for sure! πŸ˜‰

    • TD30

      Wow! He looks great!

      • FlappingGums

        I’m getting used to it. It takes me some time. 😊. I’m liking this look on him!! Polished! πŸ˜€

  • GoRangers23

    I had a question in the middle of the night that I’m going to ask again on this page. I was wondering why it only took the scouts a few innings of watching Yu Darvish, to see that he was tipping his pitches, yet no one in the Rangers organization even picked up on it. Isn’t it someone’s job to be watching these things? We’d be a little higher in the standings if Yu hadn’t lost any of his games. He’s pitching like an ace now, because someone from another organization saw things that ours missed. Our guys got plenty of runs to win Darvish’s games if he hadn’t given up any runs, or even if he had only given up one run.

    Shouldn’t, at the very least, the guy that is responsible for seeing these things, be given his walking papers?

    • FlappingGums

      I would guess that it would first be Brocail’s job to catch this and similar problems. I can’t for the life of me figure out what that man does!
      And that’s a good point Go!! πŸ™‚

    • dearmidol

      That’s a great question, Go. I would think Brocail would be pretty embarrassed by that.

      • GoRangers23

        I think someone needs to be fired. Maybe more than one someone. That seems like a huge drop of the ball.

        • TD30

          Amen sister

          • GoRangers23

            Hey TD! How are you doing this morning?

          • TD30

            Good. Headed out of town again. We’ve been gone the last 3 weekends in a row. Headed down near San Saba for my husband’s cousin’s wedding.

          • GoRangers23

            That sounds like fun. Have a great time! We haven’t been anywhere this summer. We normally don’t go anywhere in the year we don’t go to Disney, but I have really been wanting to do something fun with the boys. It’s getting harder to work around school and jobs now, unfortunately. My second son has decided that he wants to help people, and be a psychiatrist. That comes out of left field, but if he really sticks with it I will be a very proud mom. πŸ˜„

          • TD30

            That’s awesome for your son Go. That would be a cool field to go into.

          • GoRangers23

            I hope so. I actually don’t know anything about that field of work.

          • GoRangers23

            I just looked up the average median salary and almost had a heart attack!

          • FlappingGums

            Have a great time at the wedding! Y’all have a safe trip! πŸ˜€

      • elkaba

        I would think Brocail would be pretty unemployed soon.

  • Gregor_S

    I think we know JD isn’t a believer in this season. If he were he’d have acquired a front-line reliever or two at the deadline and he’d have traded Lucroy for a player to be named now, not later.

    So Beltre would have to overcome not only the team’s mediocrity but the beliefs of his GM.

  • GoRangers23

    Here are the pics and stats from the last game. Refresh. Have a great Friday! Hopefully we can win this one tonight, with Hamels on the mound! I am very excited to see how we do against the Astros…..who we used to pummel, and now are our biggest rivals. This is the Silver Boot Series. I’m not sure where we stand with that as far as how many games we have won or lost, thus far. It will probably be a miracle if we don’t lose it to the Astros, but we’ll see. GO RANGERS!! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/1a7fc095c00b61e4ecb6c494955bd0872360f54f2f60687034275df70cc14e64.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/1fac2f688f8762690b400a2746774cbf8c9092dd22f722d7c8f8b9061b123d8d.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/1ef94b5f8a9861ddf8bd05dbe9e178e3d444569fc40466b75e154b1bd08b7235.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/dcf1895157200b444daf31f56568cce5910f1ec2f88467d6bfb7d6805c177ee7.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/9549a22adadb171cceeabc6742ddf64f8621359e9799d81e757aedc316f51251.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ea16f6b62d44095f508d604e03172c44be69b0fd02036ab8fedebc3ae6a696f1.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c59aec0f0f59f8e4a14e9a7fdcc18530405f0f1e16b6a1f70247688dfade3c63.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/67470405900d2280d7886e5c5bcf8009ee498f29e554a1b277636cd2f52bc01a.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/89b1751eb2e3e818167e03a3ace0e31ba04b278bb5bf3d83d0b6fe4dcad53e4b.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d2a80b805edc27684444675d636d13a2fca685b430b65557e2c5a724ddbe62a0.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/124ec215fc2e2763666b02ef32e418233e653d815e80dc77a1a4fa2592ff1333.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/cd8e9d1dde5aab4b1fc2388dfac809f0cb46692185d06f351d6281bebae50abc.jpg

    • FlappingGums

      Two sets of good pictures Go!! Thank you for these and for the bits of information! πŸ˜„

      • GoRangers23

        You’re welcome, Flap! πŸ˜„

  • GoRangers23

    More stats and pics. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d69d04d19ad2a7c5c59825d43055ef18684511d93442ccc12e699ca9f1d9ecf2.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/7d0e5b26846e64f24851b800641339345df6e035d9dfac3bc43db61d30600ba4.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/f046d1ecb114951b8c6cde6a605864af2360ca01ae23c820894daf342d7a377c.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e9a42d2d12fea0aea818035aa30c3e5fb3a55b4f2961dc22c5bf3a1ab080e0cf.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b5e0e8266c9f7bd73152c051fe1027587aedbb0b265cb397aa911eff2cfd7a97.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4369fd8d783aa11db2344a1659cf4f857e60dafc02bf27fa5aeb05c73f17f473.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/1e2f94287691c2ab1f282dd49e4b4766c4ef8b0ca51878411ebf516cb6f64f02.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/231cd394f18c7d4246740203d30b67daa3c44f36d7e6a7b5084ddf6264fb7440.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/1b54b8d09e2dfb1fa7e218404ca25958025e31099e2ca0547426049d78f2954d.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/561a4ed55b90dce6d9077df3383047ef2b38fce1df8f587c479ed0e69fa35708.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/3fd4698ef1ea8d892dd4f19044f285ac4600d06be36a6294add2ec6140911daa.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/609bef73a79e8766a7466fa7f0108818280b820ad26a28b19c0d9b2050827736.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/3096169e3d0b3ba9fbfb7315f0e5664b1a146cd64767405b1ce13607aefeb4c5.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0d1425b98eec0b71a25b60d21359f6414ab45723898115b24757b74be9b46111.jpg

  • dearmidol

    MISTER MASTER: We are sitting in Section 25. I’ll check the RR3 site to see if there’s a place you want to meet up.

    • SABERMETRICS MASTER

      We will be at section 322.
      It’s 5:45pm and we are heading to the ballpark right now.

      • dearmidol

        We are here.

        • SABERMETRICS MASTER

          We just parked the car now

        • SABERMETRICS MASTER

          Ok. I’m here with my kids Section 25 stairs.

          • dearmidol

            Sorry. I just saw this.

  • TD30
    • FlappingGums

      Thank you for the Lineup TD!! πŸ™‚

  • TD30
    • FlappingGums

      There’s another promo I’d love to have!!! That’s so funny! πŸ˜€

    • GoRangers23

      That’s fantastic! I don’t use a mouse pad, but I would love to have one just to have. πŸ˜„

      • FlappingGums

        If I lived in the Arlington area, we could go to so many games and get these terrific promos! πŸ˜€

        • GoRangers23

          I would go, too, because Mr Go doesn’t particularly like to go and I won’t go by myself. It costs more to go with another person in my family anyway. I could have my oldest son drop me off and pick me up. It sure beats the outrageous price they are charging now for parking. πŸ˜„ And it’s a lot more fun to go with someone who actually knows what’s going on and enjoys the game.

          • FlappingGums

            I think we’d have a blast! Mr. Flap would be happy to drop me off at the game and come back later to pick me up! He would be happy we were going to games together! Thankfully he’s starting to really like and understand games . . . Finally! πŸ˜„

  • FlappingGums

    According to the MLB Channel, The Derek Jeter Bruce Sherman Group won the bid for the Miami Marlins.

    • dearmidol

      I always liked Jeter.

      • FlappingGums

        Me too! He was a terrific player and always seemed to be a nice person.

        • dearmidol

          Class act. Played the game right.

          • FlappingGums

            That’s very true!

  • SABERMETRICS MASTER

    Kevin
    They are kicking us out
    I will have to meet you later tonight.

    Heading to our seats upstairs now

    • GoRangers23

      Oh, I hate it when that happens! Bummer!

  • SABERMETRICS MASTER
    • GoRangers23

      Cute kids!

    • GoRangers23

      Who’s jersey are you wearing tonight?

      • SABERMETRICS MASTER

        Elvis.
        Lol

        • elkaba

          Fantastic!

    • FlappingGums

      Excellent!! Y’all look so happy! πŸ˜€. Have a ton of fun!!! πŸ™‚

  • GoRangers23

    It looks like a pretty packed house in there.

  • GoRangers23

    Mr C and Midol, I’m not sure if you know or not, but Pudge’s Hall of Fame plaque is on display there somewhere for this weekend only, before heading to the Hall of Fame museum.

    • dearmidol

      On the first base side. I’ll look for it.

  • GoRangers23

    Good walk Nap! Now let’s get some runs on the board!

  • GoRangers23

    I think that guy was saying, I don’t like this hat, get me one of those Beltre hats ! πŸ˜„

  • Rowdy Yates

    Bunting? BUNTING????? Situational hitting? OMG a first for 2017 season. And it surprised the Astros soooo much they blew a potential DP on it! Yeehaw!

    • GoRangers23

      Ha!

    • elkaba

      Mr. Elk ran in the room to announce that one. (I was visiting with company and missed it.)

  • SABERMETRICS MASTER

    Elvis is FANTASTIC

    • dearmidol

      Second best shortstop in the Ballpark.

  • SABERMETRICS MASTER

    Woooo Hoooooo

  • GoRangers23

    That’s the way to do it Rangers!

  • WhoKnowscs

    I like station to station. let’s do it 10 more times!

    • GoRangers23

      10 more times this inning. πŸ˜„

    • dearmidol

      It’s more fun.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Well with 2 outs lets just strike for 4 more in one go.

  • GoRangers23

    WOOO HOOOOO!! Good hit Carlos!

  • GoRangers23

    This is exciting!

  • dearmidol

    MISTER MASTER: You want to meet somewhere?

    • SABERMETRICS MASTER

      I was there at section 25 until they kick us out.

      I’m in the 3rd level with my kids.

      What do you suggest?

      • dearmidol

        We can head that way. There’s a few bars up there.

        • SABERMETRICS MASTER

          Ok. See u there

  • dearmidol

    Going to get a photo of Pudge’s plaque

    • SABERMETRICS MASTER

      Where is that?

      • dearmidol

        First base side by Section 32. Until 7th inning. If you go down let me know. It’s near beer.

        • SABERMETRICS MASTER

          Ok. Heading that way

  • GoRangers23

    Oh good grief! I hope he’s ok!

  • dearmidol
    • GoRangers23

      Cool! You just missed Cole getting hit by a ball.

      • dearmidol

        Is he okay? He’s all we have.

        • GoRangers23

          He got hit in the leg. He is about to make a pitch, so I guess he’s fine.

    • FlappingGums

      That’s cool!!!

    • elkaba

      Cool, but it doesn’t look a thing like him.

  • dearmidol

    For some reason it displayed sideways. But there is the Pudge plaque.

  • FlappingGums

    I’m way behind real time due to a phone call. We just found out that one of our nephews made Eagle Scout!! πŸ™‚

    • GoRangers23

      Both of my brother’s boys are Eagle Scouts. It’s a huge accomplishment! They have to do all kinds of things in order to achieve it.

      • FlappingGums

        I’m really excited about this! I’m so proud of him! This is our second nephew that has made it to Eagle Scout! πŸ™‚

        • GoRangers23

          Do they have an Eagle Scout ceremony and celebration?

          • FlappingGums

            Yes. It will be this week. We’ll be going to that. The call was an invitation to the ceremony and celebration. πŸ˜€

  • WhoKnowscs

    By the way it looks like the Astros are infact running out of steam but with such a huge lead this time it’ll probably just mean the finish in the 90s as far as wins go.

  • GoRangers23

    Good job Cole!

  • GoRangers23

    Midol, Mr C is heading down to the Pudge plaque, in case you missed it.

    • dearmidol

      Okay. I’ll head that way.

  • SABERMETRICS MASTER

    Kevin: I’m here in front of Pudge’s plaque

  • GoRangers23

    He’s safe, unfortunately.

    • FlappingGums

      He really was. Bummer.

  • SABERMETRICS MASTER

    Finally met the guy and forgot to ask him to sign my Elvis jersey !!!!! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/6e7223dd8b5dd6abcfd15a75ead3b15de612f4631301e832f6eccda921355a98.jpg

    • FlappingGums

      Terrific picture guys!! πŸ˜€ I’m so glad y’all got to meet! πŸ™‚

      • dearmidol

        And he bought me a beer. Class act.

        • SABERMETRICS MASTER

          My pleasure. You earned it !!!

        • elkaba

          One of the perks of the job. πŸ™‚

    • TD30

      Kevin that shirt is hilarious!

      • dearmidol

        Thanks. I wrote that myself.

        • FlappingGums

          Job well done! πŸ˜‚

    • WhoKnowscs

      Any time the Cat it killed is a good time. =)

  • GoRangers23

    ELVIS!!

  • dearmidol

    We are lucky to get to watch Beltre.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Who gave a Hinch Jersey to Banny?

    • GoRangers23

      I don’t know, but if it makes him manage better, I don’t care what he wears. πŸ˜„

      • WhoKnowscs

        Was making a joke because Hinch came out at exactly 100 pitches.

        • GoRangers23

          Oh, I knew you were joking. I was too. πŸ˜„

        • FlappingGums

          I noticed that too. LoL!

        • GoRangers23

          I think I misunderstood that one at first. πŸ˜„

    • FlappingGums

      100 pitch count?

  • GoRangers23

    Oh snap! I just lost my tv signal for some reason.

    • FlappingGums

      Oh no! Rain?
      So far, just commercials.

      • GoRangers23

        I have no idea. I hope it’s not going to rain! My boys are out at a huge church function for young adults and my oldest son is driving for the first time with his brother. It’s almost 40 minutes from our house.

        • FlappingGums

          I hope it doesn’t start raining!!!

          • GoRangers23

            You and me both!

    • dearmidol

      Elvis just doubled.

      • GoRangers23

        Thanks!

  • FlappingGums

    Elvis is up to bat.

  • FlappingGums

    Elvis got a double!

    • GoRangers23

      Thanks Flap! I turned on the radio, but I can’t see it. I have complete signal loss. ☹️

      • FlappingGums

        That’s rotten!! At least you have a radio signal! I’ll watch for any questions. Otherwise, I won’t post each play. πŸ™‚
        Unless you want me to.

        • GoRangers23

          No, that’s fine. Thanks though.

  • SABERMETRICS MASTER

    Elvis knows I’m here watching !!!!

    Elvis is FANTASTIC

    • FlappingGums

      Yes he does know you’re there!! πŸ™‚

  • FlappingGums

    ELVIS!!! Way to run!!!

  • GoRangers23

    YAAAAAY!!

  • FlappingGums

    Nomar got a base hit RBI

  • dearmidol

    Astros not looking good lately. They made a huge mistake standing pat at the trade deadline.

    • FlappingGums

      They sure did. It did damage to some attitudes in addition to not helping their rotation.

    • WhoKnowscs

      How much of collapse would it be if they lost the division. (Not likely, just wishful thinking)

      • dearmidol

        Probably the biggest ever.

    • Gregor_S

      Wasn’t long ago that they were talking about the Astros, not the Dodgers, setting a record for wins. Now they don’t seem unstoppable at all. If they continue to look sluggish when the playoffs start they won’t be a big favorite.

      • dearmidol

        Cleveland might be better now.

        • WhoKnowscs

          Cleveland was better then. Cleveland will go to the WS again.

  • dearmidol

    Adrian is a triple and home run shy of a cycle.

    • GoRangers23

      If Adrian gets a triple and beats out the throw, that will be quite a feat for him. πŸ˜„

  • FlappingGums

    Yes!!!!! πŸ™‚

  • dearmidol

    Rougie the Rally Killer

    • FlappingGums

      😩!

  • GoRangers23

    Oh good, I got my eyes back. πŸ˜„

    • FlappingGums

      Wonderful!!

  • elkaba

    Just bid a houseful adieu, and what do I see? Gomez gets a lucky single and Odor kills another bases loaded chance. Sounds like I didn’t miss much. Did I?

    • FlappingGums

      It’s really been a good game, in my opinion! πŸ˜€

      • dearmidol

        One of the better games of the year. Until that.

    • GoRangers23

      It’s been a really fun game. 6-0 Rangers. No home runs. I think Elvis has almost hit two out though.

  • FlappingGums

    It sounds like rowdy crowd tonight. I love it! πŸ™‚

    • GoRangers23

      There’s probably quite a few Astros fans there tonight too.

      • FlappingGums

        I bet there are.

  • FlappingGums

    Ah poo.

  • FlappingGums

    Good – Claudio is warming up!

    • FlappingGums

      Leclerc is off tonight for sure.

      • GoRangers23

        Too bad the man in charge of managing this team didn’t leave Cole in there just a little bit longer. It really would have been nice since he was shutting them out.

        • FlappingGums

          Exactly!

  • GoRangers23

    I hate it when the next pitcher has to warm up so fast. It can’t be good.

  • dearmidol

    Dumbass Banister.

    • Gregor_S

      Hamels committed the sin of throwing 98 pitches. The fact that he was working on a shutout meant nothing at all to Banny. But if the BP blows this one it will be chalked up to “the BP failed” not “Banny went to the BP too early.”

      • GoRangers23

        It’s literally sickening!

        • Gregor_S

          Especially when it happens time after time after time. And by overusing the BP it makes them that much less effective in the next few games but that won’t stop Banny from continuing to go to them as 100 pitches approaches, or the starter walks someone after 80 pitches, or he sneezes, or who knows what.

          • FlappingGums

            Yeah, that’s the way of Rangers 2017,identity? πŸ˜•

          • FlappingGums

            Identity should read isn’t it

          • GoRangers23

            I couldn’t decipher that one. Lo

          • FlappingGums

            LoL!!

    • GoRangers23

      Every game that goes by, I dislike him a little bit more. It’s getting ugly.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Claudio will blow up if they bring him in.

    • WhoKnowscs

      At least this inning.

      • Gregor_S

        If he doesn’t blow up tonight he’ll start blowing up soon. For a short while Banny was using him judiciously but we all knew that couldn’t last.

        • WhoKnowscs

          Yeah he’s become his blankey now. Banny runs to him every jam.

  • FlappingGums

    What a charge! We Needed that double play!!

  • GoRangers23

    I had lost my tv again, but got it back just in time to see the dancers. Funny!

  • FlappingGums

    Banister is restless now.

    • GoRangers23

      He’s useless too.

    • elkaba

      They should give him some Prozac in the 6th inning. That should save the bullpen some.

      • GoRangers23

        Will that knock him out so that he can’t finish the game and single handedly lose it for us? If so, then YES!

  • dearmidol

    Appropriate that the bullpen changes are sponsored by American Standard toilets.

    • elkaba

      LOL

    • SABERMETRICS MASTER

      Speaking about toilets ….,,,

    • FlappingGums

      That’s sad and Funny both!!πŸ˜‚

    • Rowdy Yates

      Every time they bring in a reliever they could have a real loud flushing sound played.

  • Rowdy Yates

    Why didn’t you wait a little longer Bani? Then Leclerc coulda walked another couple guys and the Astros coulda hit a dinger and tied it with benefit of only a couple hits. What a couple of putzes you and Brocail have turned out to be.

    • WhoKnowscs

      Can’t even reliably lead a bullpen blowup.

  • FlappingGums

    OUCH!!!

    • GoRangers23

      What happened? I lost my tv again.

      • FlappingGums

        The batter swung his bat all the way around and it hit Robinson on the head.

        • GoRangers23

          Good grief!

  • Rowdy Yates

    Looking forward to the day when the Rangers have 3 legit outfielders playing at the same time.

    • elkaba

      And a real manager in the dugout.

      • GoRangers23

        Mostly this^

  • WhoKnowscs

    Sometimes I hate being right.

  • FlappingGums

    This is ridiculous!

  • elkaba

    Can you imagine how demoralizing it must be to play 7 solid innings and then watch it all unravel in the 8th or 9th? Has to be frustrating.

    • GoRangers23

      EXACTLY!

    • FlappingGums

      For Cole – – – & the whole team.

    • Rowdy Yates

      And it just doesn’t have to happen. No need to take out Cole when he did. Let him pitch the 8th until he gets in trouble at least. Ridiculous game management.

      • FlappingGums

        I Totally Agree!!!

      • elkaba

        I know games get lost like that from time to time, but we must hold the record for games given away by pitching changes I think.

        • Gregor_S

          Hamels lost a few wins in just this way in April when Dyson was blowing all his saves. If he hadn’t missed time with injury he’d have probably lost a few more this way.

  • WhoKnowscs

    We don’t want Brocall out, he’s worthless.

  • GoRangers23

    I not only blame Banister here, I blame the men higher up that continue to let him do the same things over and over and over and over again. THIS is why we are not in any race!

    • FlappingGums

      FO either isn’t paying attention or don’t care.

      • elkaba

        They’re too busy picking curtains for the new digs I bet.

        • GoRangers23

          I think they are too busy counting all the dollars they are making from the $20.00 parking.

      • GoRangers23

        It’s their money that is being lost. You would think they would stay on top of it.

  • Gregor_S

    When Yu Darvish sees the box score of this game tomorrow he will feel so relieved he’s in LA now.

    • WhoKnowscs

      When Ranger fans see Banister in the unemployment line they will feel relieved.

  • GoRangers23

    I wonder if any of the starters have tried to talk to Banister about pulling them out of a game like this?

  • Rowdy Yates

    40 pitches in the inning. Took Hamels until the 4th inning to get to that many.

    • SABERMETRICS MASTER

      I have no voice by now !!!

      • Rowdy Yates

        Root them to a win Mr C!

      • GoRangers23

        Mr C, I don’t ask this very often, but you are going to have to go down there and do something drastic. Hit Banister with your shoe and knock him unconscious. I’m not sure you can save the game at this point, but it would make ME feel a whole lot better! πŸ˜„

        • SABERMETRICS MASTER

          I’m walking to my car and this guy walking in front of me is wearing a Bannister blue jersey

          I wanted to hit him !!!!!

          • FlappingGums

            Too funny!! LoL! πŸ˜‚

        • FlappingGums

          LoL!!

  • dearmidol

    Mazara saved Banister.

    • GoRangers23

      In my opinion, NOTHING can save Banister at this point!

      • Rowdy Yates

        Great minds!

    • Rowdy Yates

      Nothing can save Banister.

  • FlappingGums

    Nomar made a great catch!!!

  • FlappingGums

    Let’s go NAP!

  • FlappingGums

    Astros woke up.

    • Rowdy Yates

      BP went to sleep again.

    • elkaba

      This is a good team, one where you open the door they walk right in and take it from you.

      • GoRangers23

        They have watched us do it to them too many times in the past. We taught them well.

        • elkaba

          Where’s Jake? Has he been around lately?

          • GoRangers23

            No. I’m very worried about him.

          • dearmidol

            Me too.

          • elkaba

            Have you sent him a Pm?

          • FlappingGums

            I did. No reply.

          • elkaba

            Hmmm, I know he was having some mystery health problems. Hope he’s ok.

          • FlappingGums

            That’s what I’m worried about.

          • GoRangers23

            The only time he normally goes off the grid is when he is in the hospital. I don’t know if we would ever know if something were to happen to him.

          • elkaba

            That’s scary.

          • GoRangers23

            It really is!!

          • FlappingGums

            Very.

          • GoRangers23

            No, but we keep an open PM all the time. He hasn’t responded in quite a few days.

          • FlappingGums

            No one has heard from him lately. I’m very worried about him.

      • Rowdy Yates

        Kinda like the Rangers were in most recent seasons.

        • GoRangers23

          We are on a roll. πŸ˜„

    • GoRangers23

      Too bad! They knew that all they had to do was wait on Banister to make his 100 pitch count move. Works almost every time.

  • GoRangers23

    I think he could have tried a little harder to get that, but I’m not sure.

    • WhoKnowscs

      Rougie pulled off and Gomez really didn’t have a chance to begin with.

    • Gregor_S

      Did seem to hesitate a moment before running in.

  • GoRangers23

    This is sooooooo ridiculous!

    • FlappingGums

      Yes it is.

  • GoRangers23

    THIS GAME IS MAKING ME CRAZY!!….ok, I just had to get that off my chest.

    • FlappingGums

      Me too!!!!!!!!!!

  • starrangers

    I haven’t been this nervous in a baseball game in a while!!

    • GoRangers23

      Me either!

      • FlappingGums

        In with y’all!

  • WhoKnowscs

    Leclerc and Claudio have combined for almost 60 pitches in 2 innings. I wonder if Banny tries to run to them tomorrow. After all we have Ross coming back from a blister so that will mean an “80” pitch limit because we wouldn’t want to risk reinjury on a guy who already had a surgery that’s notorious for producing unreliable results.

    • Gregor_S

      Ross hardly ever goes beyond 5 even when he’s not coming back from an injury. That’s another reason for Banny to have tried to stay away from using the BP tonight. But I guess he can’t be expected to think a whole game ahead.

      • GoRangers23

        Yep!

  • starrangers

    YES!!!

  • GoRangers23

    I just realized that I’m holding my breath until after the pitch is thrown

  • FlappingGums

    Pins and needles!!!

  • SABERMETRICS MASTER

    Yeaaashhhhhhh

    • GoRangers23

      I’m glad you guys got a great win! That was a really great game!

  • Rowdy Yates

    Beeeoootiful. Claudio to the rescue. About the only guy out there that’s even close to dependable.

  • GoRangers23

    HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!! MAN THAT WAS NERVE WRACKING!

  • GoRangers23

    They need to put THAT reaction on a new Claudio baseball card. That was Fantastic! Lol

  • FlappingGums

    HUGE. WOO. HOO!!!
    WTG RANGERS!!!!!, πŸ™ŒπŸ™†πŸ™ŒπŸ™†πŸ™Œ

  • elkaba

    Good for Claudio! This game was a gift from the baseball gods to compensate us all for what we put up with.

  • FlappingGums

    Active was mad and mouthing off to the Ump.

    • FlappingGums

      Not Active, Altuve.

    • dearmidol

      It looked like a good pitch.

      • FlappingGums

        It was a beautiful strike!

        • dearmidol

          Give Claudio credit. Great pitch when he really needed it.

          • FlappingGums

            He had determination all over his face before that last pitch.

          • GoRangers23

            That would seriously make a great baseball card. It would be a pretty ugly face. They tend to really like those. Lol

      • Rowdy Yates

        Was definitely a strike. Just buckled Altuve’s knees.

    • GoRangers23

      It’s funny that I actually read that as Altuve. Lo

      • FlappingGums

        LoL!

  • dearmidol

    Emily is not at a home game?

    • FlappingGums

      Is she easing out? She mentioned retiring after this year. I hope she’s okay.

      • GoRangers23

        I was wondering if that girl would eventually be her replacement. I hope Emily won’t go anywhere any time soon though!

      • dearmidol

        Maybe she has

    • Rowdy Yates

      My wife asked the same question.

    • GoRangers23

      I wonder if she is on vacation. She had a picture on Twitter of her kids, and it wasn’t from around here. Here it is. Refresh. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/81cede88359d574e7763b10a1e768a88b24e6c5b07e9f7cadec7c6055cc1ca8d.jpg

      • Rowdy Yates

        Looks like the Wyoming and Montana lakes we just had our grandkids at last month.

      • FlappingGums

        Looks like vacation.

  • WhoKnowscs
  • GoRangers23
  • Nathan Whitten

    Well, the Rangers can play with the Astros—if Hamels is pitching and the ‘pen doesn’t choke away the lead. At least Claudio fixed his mess. Getting Altuve looking at He and McClerc were the ones I trusted the most. and they barely held a 6-0 lead for TWO innings. Aren’t you glad that Texas has a true ace like Ha

    I like scoring 6 runs with singles & walks; no power was needed. A good team can routinely score runs with small ball, or power that stays in the park. I like rallies that are a continuum. Double, single, walk. double…. A HR can actually be a rally killer. It clears the bases and someone has got to start over. Am I eschewing HRs? Of course not. It’s just that a team has got to score more ways than one. A good pitcher shuts down a team that can’t do that. That was the problem with the Ranger Division Champs of the 90s. They were dispatched in the ALDS by NYY all three times. That Yanks only broke a sweat in the 1st one–I’m thinking that was ’95. Juan Gonzalez was a terror to Yank pitchers–but Texas had no ‘pen and can’t hold leads in all of the losses. Maybe just in 2 of the 3. The other two times:3-0,3-0 NY,NY

    I digress. please excuse, it’s 4.84, and I am sleepy & tired. The Rangers can fix the ‘pen in the off-season and pick up a very good FA pitcher. Hamels, Griffin, Ross, Cashman, and Perez–if he start being the efficient like he was in his last start. That may be a fully filled pipe dream. Anyway, they have the making of a good rotation.

    This can wait. Whoopee–the Ranges beat Astros. There might be some concern in Houston. The have played below .500 since AS break, if I am not mistaken. I’ll check. It is a LONG season where teams have to adjust due to injuries, poor performance, etc. Then you are in the playoffs, which require different ways of handling pitchers and the position players. Players that are versatile are very valuable, always, but especially in the playoffs. The Astros may have peaked too early.

    • Gregor_S

      The Rangers are among the league leaders in HRs but near the bottom in BA and OBP. That’s why they’re near the top in percentage of runs scored on HRs. And it’s not fun to watch.

    • GoRangers23

      I agree that home runs are not as important as a team that can routinely get on base. It’s a lot more fun to watch the small ball. I have been saying that for years. Good teams need a mixture of both. I also agree about the Astros. They have definitely been running out of steam a little.

      As far as pitchers, I really hope the Rangers organization will replace Ross and Perez. Perez is a really nice guy, but I just don’t think he is getting the job done. I think we need to get better. I don’t know where these teams find these really great young pitchers, but it would really be nice if we hired someone who could find them for us.