A bright spot. 67 comments


Jeffrey Springs strikes out Ranger-killer Khris Davis in the first inning.

 

Swept in Oakland.

If there was ever any doubt from anyone but the most optimistic of rose-colored glasses Pollyannas, yesterday’s 7-3 loss to Oakland eliminates any chance of Texas finishing over .500.

It was their eighty-second loss of the season. It will be the Rangers’ third under-.500 finish in five seasons, wrapped around two division championships.

Visiting the Athletics has been a house of horrors for Texas the last two seasons. With this weekend’s sweep, the Rangers finished 3-6 this season in Oakland. That’s after a 1-8 “effort” last season.

It also appears that the Rangers are headed back into a period of irrelevance.

After going ten consecutive seasons, from 2000 to 2010, without a post-season appearance, the Rangers had a nice three-season playoff run going, highlighted by, of course, two World Series appearances. But since The Collapse of 2012, when the Rangers choked up a huge division lead to the Athletics and had to settle for the wild card game, the Rangers have had just two playoff appearances in six seasons. The franchise that cockily declared it was going to build a consistent winner hasn’t been able to do that.

Six more series remain in this lost season. Often times you use these waning, worthless games to look for answers for next year.

The answers may not be evident but the questions are pretty obvious. It’s all about pitching. One nice solution may be revealing itself, though. Jeffrey Springs had another strong outing yesterday, going three scoreless innings to start the game. The twenty-five-year old lefty was the Rangers’ thirtieth round pick in 2015. With the dearth of pitching anywhere near the major league level, he got a chance to prove himself this year. In twelve games and 22.2 innings pitched, he’s struck out 23 and walked only one, giving up just five earned runs, for a 1.99 ERA.

1.99.

Yes, a Texas Rangers pitcher has an ERA of 1.99. Better yet, he has given up zero home runs to Khris Davis. That might be more unRanger-like than the ERA

Springs is auditioning for a role in the Rangers rotation for 2019.

So far, so good.

*****
TODAY’S GAME:

Mike Minor (11-7, 4.31) vs. Jaime Barria (10-8, 3.30)
Game time: 9:07

How the Rangers hit against Barria.
How the Angels hit against Minor.

  • JacobMcCandles

    The worst part is that we will be irrelevant for several yrs

  • Gregor_S

    Last year when the Rangers went into Oakland they’d be swept because they faced Manaea, Cotton, and Graveman. This year the A’s don’t have any of those guys but someone the Rangers manage to get swept anyway. Impressive.

    But what’s really impressive is what the A’s have accomplished this year. No one expected them to do much even when it was expected they’d have the same rotation as last year. If it had been known they’d have none of the big 3 the betting would surely have been that they’d finish last.

    • dearmidol

      They saw a huge step forward in Chapman and Olson. If the Rangers can experience that with their young guys it will be huge.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Chapman is the best 3B in AL

    • JacobMcCandles

      What has been impressive is the mileage they have got out of the retreads..Jackson,Cahill,etc

      • dearmidol

        Right. When the Rangers seem to miss time and again on them.

  • elkaba

    Yes, we have youngsters developing now and some possible future options showing up where there were only question marks before. But the big question for me remains what will JD do this off season to improve this team? Or I’d even settle for what will he do to be seen as trying to improve this team? Either one will be a better step than doing nothing as he has the last two off seasons. I’m not convinced there’s nothing he can do, or more accurately, I’m not convinced there’s nothing anyone could do. Perhaps he can’t turn this ship completely around, but I do believe there are obvious holes that can be filled, redundancies that can be eliminated and any number of steps that would boost morale (along with season ticket sales.)

    • dearmidol

      I am not a subscriber to the notion that you do nothing and let the team rot until it is ready to compete. If I go to a game I would love to seem them have a chance to win it.

      • elkaba

        Yep, that’s my point. So what if they can’t run out and buy a superstar pitcher or fielder or hitter? There are going to be some serviceable, reasonably talented, ML level veterans looking for work next Winter. There always are. People get hired every Winter. And I don’t see any excuse for some of them not being hired to come help out these kids and help fill out a complete roster. There’s just no excuse for starting another season with nothing to show for the off season but a wish and a prayer.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Rather sacrifice the yr and save the payroll……guess you could do more 1 yr contracts….but my main point has always been, add up all the money spent on projects and you could get a good player

  • JacobMcCandles

    Minor..our one bright spot in the rotation…..Barria has been a surprise for the Halos…should be a good matchup

    • calntom

      Minor = Trade Bait 2019
      Just don’t overwork him before July 31st.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Someone has to be in the rotation…lol

        • calntom

          The rotation only matters through mid May or so as they have sold the vast majority of ticket packages for the year.
          After that, anyone that does not figure in the plan for 2020 or 2021 and beyond would be fair game.
          You know they have to “spin the wheel” on a rotation at least one or two more years.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Yep…..but still have to put butts in seats

  • TD30
  • JacobMcCandles

    Hard enough watching TX….West coast HUFF…Better call Saul

  • JacobMcCandles

    @disqus_MU26ovYVmb:disqus Lost Rodney Anderson for the yr……Huff….prob cost us the Championship

    • TD30

      Hopefully one of the younger guys will step up and surprise us!

  • JacobMcCandles

    Booking my first cruise!! Yes,Moodys John Lodge among others playing on the cruise

    • Consternationreigns

      If the band starts playing “Nearer ,My God,to Thee” you should start panicking. Enjoy !! 🙂

      • JacobMcCandles

        Was really looking for Vlad Jr to be brought up….not happening

    • WhoKnowscs

      Great . . watch some movies to prepare!

      There’s:
      Titanic
      The Poseidon Adventure/Poseidon
      The Perfect Storm
      and many more!

      =P

      • JacobMcCandles

        Thanks……how about a documentary on USS Indianopolis

      • Consternationreigns

        “The Last Voyage” is a lesser known,but great movie 🙂

  • WhoKnowscs

    I hear JD’s on the phone to see what it would take to get Berria.

  • GoRangers23

    Well, we are ahead for the time being. Let’s see if we can win this one.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Man DD has a weak arm

  • elkaba

    Minor didn’t fall apart! This is major!

    • GoRangers23

      Hey Elk! How are you doing?

      • elkaba

        Good! Busy, but good. Just wish I had better baseball to watch. How are you? Got the kids back to learning something?

        • GoRangers23

          I wish we had better baseball to watch too! Losing gets old! It feels like we are still in Spring Training, waiting for the season to start. It is going to be a very long off season if we don’t get some good starting pitching.

          I am trying to get packed to go to Orlando. I got way behind because I have had that awful virus for the last two weeks. I couldn’t go anywhere or think about what needed to be done. Now I am scrambling to get everything done. I am almost in panic mode. Ha!

          • elkaba

            Y’all go every year? You must really like it!

          • GoRangers23

            No way! We have to scrimp and save just to go about every other year. I don’t buy any fancy shoes, purses, and lots of other things so that we can afford to go, and even then, I know how to go and save the most money. I know all the ins and outs. Yes, we love it! Mr Go and I went there on our honeymoon. 😄. We are coming up on our 25th anniversary.

          • elkaba

            Keep an eye on the Atlantic in case the hurricane takes a left. This could be a bad one.

          • GoRangers23

            Good grief! I haven’t even had time to watch the news. The last I heard they thought it was going to hit in the middle of the eastern coast, or turn and go up north. It wasn’t supposed to go anywhere near Florida, I thought. Do you know when it is supposed to make landfall? We won’t be there until Friday afternoon.

          • JacobMcCandles

            No worries…gonna whiff Florida

          • GoRangers23

            I heard that it has already been raining there almost everyday for about a month and a half. Of course that could have been an exaggeration. I hope it won’t be a soggy vacation, but we have dealt with that before. We need to stop going in September, but that is when they offer the free dining plan.

          • elkaba

            Here’s the link to the National Hurricane Center. Click on one of the storms pictured for more info. You can also link directly to the satellite images in the “Data and Tools” tab on the drop down menu at the top… https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/

          • GoRangers23

            Thank you!

          • GoRangers23

            THERE ARE THREE??? Good heavens!! I really hope I don’t have to deal with anything from any of those!

          • elkaba

            Supposed to hit Friday, and yes, it’s supposed to hit the Carolinas, but you never know with these late storms. There’s a wide swatch of possibilities with this one. You’re probably fine, but it’s worth keeping an eye on if you’re going to be in the neighborhood.

          • GoRangers23

            Ok, thanks! I’ll watch the news after the game.

          • elkaba

            And take the Mickey Mouse rain ponchos. You’ll probably need those. 🙂

          • GoRangers23

            Ha, I have already been to several stores that I have bought ponchos from in the past and I can’t find any. Academy Sports usually has some good ones, but they didn’t have any. I don’t really have time to go shopping, but I have to find some from somewhere.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Big Lots sells them

          • GoRangers23

            I checked Big Lots today. They only had the really thin 99 cent ones. Those won’t do. Those don’t last 30 minutes on my second son. 🙄

          • JacobMcCandles

            Yeah they are cheapy….but odds are you won’t need them

          • GoRangers23

            Oh, we will. That’s almost guaranteed. It seems to be very rainy in September. On a normal day it rains for about 10-15 minutes about once or twice a day. When there is a storm in the water, it can rain all day long every single day. That happened on one trip and it was miserable, but at least the hurricane didn’t make a direct hit while we were there.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Yep

          • elkaba

            You can get them there. The one time we went was in September- rained the whole time. We still have our Mickey Mouse ponchos. 🙂

          • GoRangers23

            Yes, I like those, but they are a lot more expensive than the colored ones I can get here. We have one from our last trip because someone tore theirs. ( Mr Go) 🙄

        • GoRangers23

          Thankfully I only have one still in school. The other two are in college. In fact, my oldest son is staying home to attend classes. It will be the first trip without him. I am already sad. 😥 College is good though. I really can’t complain about that. My youngest started his first year of high school. They just grow up so fast!

          • elkaba

            Enjoy the time off. Grandkids come sooner than you think!

          • GoRangers23

            😳😳😳😳😳

          • JacobMcCandles

            Grandma Go

          • GoRangers23

            Watch it buster!!! Lo

          • JacobMcCandles

            Mom and Dad have 14 Grandkids

          • GoRangers23

            My parents have 11. Both of my brothers have 4 kids each.

          • JacobMcCandles

            There were 9 of us….oldest has two,next has 5, next has two and wife is pregnant,,,,,first sister has three

          • GoRangers23

            My oldest son has a new girlfriend, so that sentence is VERY scary!!

          • elkaba

            LOL!

  • GoRangers23

    These games are getting harder and harder to watch. We are ahead for half of the game, then we somehow figure out a way to lose it. Well, at least we got out of it this time.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Man…what happened to DD?? He has digressed so much

  • JacobMcCandles

    Nice play GUUUUUZZZZZZ

  • olegeezer

    as was pointed out the rangers and my reds are just waiting for next year so in tribute to shaky let’s roll astros and get repeat series win.flap don’t burn down your she-shed we will be back next year,so i guess i might as well say it jon boy when you gonna spend some money and get some good pitching, catch ya later gators

    • JacobMcCandles

      Chomp..Chomp