A good, old fashioned butt whippin’. 104 comments


Joey Gallo’s 18th home run of the year, a 466-foot blast, cut the lead to just eleven runs.

 

Nobody expected the Rangers to go undefeated for this road trip. Not against the Nationals and Astros.

So you can look at the Rangers 13-2 butt kicking as another pitiful performance for a team that is going nowhere.

Or you can say, it was just one loss in a six-game road trip in which we saw surprisingly strong starting pitching and timely hitting and air tight defense from a team that is struggling to find its any of those things on a consistent basis.

Jeremey Jeffress didn’t have it last night. But in his past five games, spanning 7.2 innings, he’s given up just one run. So, he’s been pretty solid of late. Every reliever is due a blip on the radar.

Tony Barnette, on the other hand, has been struggling mightily of late. Five earned runs in his last 4.1 innings before last night. Three more runs without getting an out last night. His blips are coming at Sam Dyson frequency of late.

Every team is due a bad game from time to time. Yes, the Rangers have had more than their share this year. But to come back from that road trip 5-1 is remarkable.

With six games against the Nationals and Astros, most fans would have been satisfied if they came back 1-5.

*****
NO GAME TODAY.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Jeffress has turned into a waste…surprised both threw at Astros, after they got whooped…seemed to be on their own…glad no one got hurt

    • WAR-time Consigliere

      That trade of Brinson looks like one of JDs worst

      • SABERMETRICS MASTER

        Small sample; but that .083 average so far looks very promising !!!

        • WAR-time Consigliere

          He was hitting nearly .330 in AAA and he’s a future Mike Cameron with better defense. LuCroy is looking like a bust trade piece just like Dumpster and Garza

          • dearmidol

            If the Rangers don’t sign him longer term, you are right.

          • WAR-time Consigliere

            It would be stupid to sign an average catcher in his 30s to a long term deal.

            The money this off-season needs to go to Darvish and Otani

          • dearmidol

            The difference between Chirinos and Lucroy is not worth the difference the salaries they are both going to command.

          • WAR-time Consigliere

            Some other dumb GM will overpay LuCroy like they did Ian Desmond. Ill just offer the QO and get the 3rd round pick. Pitchers also seem to like Chirinos more

          • elkaba

            No, for me, to QO… he might accept it!

          • WAR-time Consigliere

            I doubt it. He’s 31 and this will be his last contract

          • JacobMcCandles

            Yep…better spent elsewhere

          • elkaba

            Yep. Chirinos is the better deal.

    • GoRangers23

      They had no control of the ball. Why do you assume that they did it on purpose? And it’s definitely not hard to get the ball closer to Altuve’s head….just sayin. I truly don’t think they did it on purpose. I could be wrong though. It wouldn’t be the first time. 😐

      • SABERMETRICS MASTER

        I agree GO.
        That was not on purpose, just as Choo’s was not on purpose the day before.

      • JacobMcCandles

        What I said basically….

      • JacobMcCandles

        Why do you assume I assume😇

        • elkaba

          Huh? Because it’s what you posted… “surprised both threw at Astros, after they got whooped…seemed to be on their own…glad no one got hurt.”

          • JacobMcCandles

            To Go not you….posting to avatar again….Strike ?

          • elkaba

            Posting to avatar? What the heck does that even mean? Post on here are fair game for everyone, not just one person. If you want a private talk, send a PM. Strike 3 🙂

          • JacobMcCandles

            Astroboy,Astrodoosh,Astro closet poster,Ranger traitor, waiting on the next one…hoping for more originality from the next one….two caps bring more than one opinion and clearly more open mindness.lo 52

    • dearmidol

      I don’t think those were on purpose. He has no control.

      • elkaba

        Unlike all the pitches thrown at Choo the other night…

        • JacobMcCandles

          No crying in BB

          • elkaba

            Nobody’s crying. Can’t have it both ways though. Can’t hold Astros blameless for all the throws at Choo and claim JJ was throwing at Altuve on purpose. Blinders off please. 🙂

          • JacobMcCandles

            Was there elk….understand the gm…not disagreeing with the WHY….blinders all the way around

          • elkaba

            Was not there. Got to see the game up close on TV. Easier to read faces and body language from TV than from seats way out in the OF. No blinders here, just saying sauce for a goose is sauce for a gander. Six of one, half a dozen of the other. Etc., etc., etc.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Strike 2 lo

    • Ruffknuckles

      Give me a break. He couldn’t hit an elephant standing at the plate if he was trying.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Calm down😎 wear another cap, for a minute..I actually do think JJ was throwing at him, was there for all 3 games..frustrated

        • Ruffknuckles

          I guess you’re right and everybody else is wrong as usual.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Good and proper answer

          • Ruffknuckles

            You just seem to have a knack for knowing what’s going on in peoples heads and then you rush to judge. Just like how you say that Elvis could be a much better player except that he doesn’t care enough to work on it. It’s like you’re some kind of psychic or something.

          • JacobMcCandles

            I’m am a seeer I see you being a great father,husband….and a positive impact….with a great sense of humour and a above avg duck Hunter. Bad cycle rider…..close?

          • JacobMcCandles

            Tune in to CNN second to oldest brother shipped out to Quatar…he will be labeled a war mongering Trump lover

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    • GoRangers23

      He was really young, but that’s just disturbing!

    • dearmidol

      Which story am I supposed to be directed to?

    • dearmidol

      While this story is horrible and what he did was despicable, is it different than Matt Bush? Would you want this guy to be drafted by the Rangers if he paid for his crime? We have embraced and forgiven Matt Bush. Why not him? Is what he did worse than what Bush did? I am not trying to be provocative here, I am just asking to see what people think.

      • JacobMcCandles

        No opinion other than the victims get forgotten too fast

        • dearmidol

          I totally agree. The Matt Bush victim is still bitter, and you can’t blame him. But if we believe as a society that criminals can be rehabilitated, then shouldn’t they be allowed to pursue a career? What they did will never go away or be forgotten, and the victim will always be a victim. This is a real gray area. I am curious what people think.

          • JacobMcCandles

            TD should jump in here…but based on all law enforcement I have worked with and educated on. Rehabilitation in this country on at least violent offenders is about 80-90% failure….but that’s mostly IMO cuz the way we baby prisoners….Japanese have only 10% repeat felony repeats…they live in a 6×6 cell. Our silly thought process is that’s unjust….but what’s more unjust…that cell for st time or not ultimately helping them stay away?

          • elkaba

            Alcoholism and people who drink and commit DUI accidents, those are people who can overcome their addiction/disease/bad judgment. Plus it’s such a pervasive problem in society, it would be hypocritical for society to condemn everyone who ever injured anyone while driving over the limit.

            Problem with pedophilia is it isn’t really a bad habit or a curable disease. When the object of your sexual desire is kids, there’s no fix for that, and it doesn’t just go away. It’s especially sad because all or almost all offenders start out as victims. Like Ruff said, it’s a horrible cycle. Baseball is so identified with kids, I just don’t see how that works out.

      • GoRangers23

        It is different for me. People get into cars after baseball games every single day. Any of them could have a wreck and almost kill someone, especially if they have had too much to drink. I am not condoning what he did, and he obviously had a problem, but there is something not quite right about what this other guy did. I think that you are either drawn to do those things, or your not. I’m not sure any amount of jail or prison time can fix that. But alcohol and drugs are an addiction that can be overcome. Also, Bush seems to have turned his life around. That is the big difference to me. If I felt like Matt was still having the same problems that he had before, I would definitely feel differently about him.

        • dearmidol

          I am in no way condoning what that sick SOB did. I have five daughters. What he did is inexcusable. Like I said, this is a very sensitive topic. Thanks for your opinion on it.

          • GoRangers23

            Oh, I know you weren’t condoning it.

            When I said I wasn’t condoning what he did, I was talking about Bush. I didn’t write that very clearly.

      • TD30

        It is way different. One made a bad choice and someone got hurt. One is a sexual predator who sexual assaulted a member of his own family. One is not likely to hurt anyone else especially if he doesn’t drink again. The other you don’t know if you can trust alone in a room with a child ever again. I know both are criminals , but there different types of criminals.

      • Ruffknuckles

        My issue with pedophilia is that more often than not the abuser was a victim themselves. So it’s a cyclical thing. You have to break the cycle which is obviously not easy or somebody would’ve figured it out already. Given that he was so young when he committed this crime is another factor. I don’t know, passing on your victimhood to another victim is not an excuse, and I can’t even say that that was the case here. Either way, taking advantage of children is inexcusable.

      • elkaba

        Totally different, I think. One is curable. One, by all accounts, is not.

  • GoRangers23

    It’s funny how after we win a game, it seems so depressing on an off day, but after such an awful game like the one last night, it’s like….Meh, I could use a day off……Let’s find a good movie to watch. …..Plus, I suppose I’m a little afraid that last night’s game might start a string of losses. We seem to win and lose in bunches.

    • dearmidol

      That sixth inning was pretty bad. I guess we just wanted to see it over, and see the game over.

      • GoRangers23

        Ha. I was talking about myself for the most part. I missed the better part of the game. About the only part I heard was the sixth inning. It was excruciating. I really hope they get back on the winning track after the off day. Meanwhile, I will probably get a lot done today. 🙂

        • elkaba

          I totally agree with Brad Pit in Moneyball on this… “I HATE losing. I hate it even more than I like winning. They’re two different things you know.”

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    • elkaba

      Hahahaha!

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  • GoRangers23

    Wrapping two pieces of bread, spread with butter, topped with cheese, and sandwiched together, in parchment paper, then in aluminum foil and then dropped into a toaster, might seem like a neat new trick, but let me just assure you that it is not. It looks really great in pictures, but in reality, you are left with a flat, soggy sandwich that did NOT brown like the picture, and a smoking toaster. ☹️ Sometimes having more time on my hands is not a good thing. Lo

  • JacobMcCandles

    Liberal fake news alert… Guy who shoots people at the BB game in VA did it cuz of anti Trump sentiments….hmmm, wonder if was his meds or that he was a loon that lived in his van, press never missed a chance….

    Feeling like Sonny C on the tollway today. Move on to Michael and settle all debts

    • WhoKnowscs
      • JacobMcCandles

        And?

        • JacobMcCandles

          Dems would win a car race for sure

          • Ruffknuckles

            And an Electoral College race too.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Pass the law…till then accept it…😡😇😎

          • Ruffknuckles

            I accept that he is the president. You have to accept the fact that the majority of Americans didn’t, and still don’t want him to be the president. Unless you buy into his 3 to 5 million illegal vote claims. I’d love to get an update into that investigation………..LOLA.

      • Ruffknuckles

        I heard a suggestion that they mix the teams, half Dem half Repub on each team. Thought that was a nice idea, doubt they did it though.

        • WhoKnowscs

          Well they’ve trained as Dem and Rep. Maybe next year.

  • dearmidol

    Go, the other day we were talking about BBQ and I said that I wasn’t fond of Pecan Lodge. I went there today and realized I had been putting the wrong sauce on my pulled pork. They have two sauces. One sucks. The other is really delicious. I didn’t realize that one existed. It’s much better than I thought. Still not Sammy’s quality, but not a place to avoid at all costs.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Kev…..Good bbq gets no sauce…LOLA…some dipping sometimes…ever eat at Sonny Bryans on Inwood?

      • dearmidol

        Yes. Great place. It’s been a while, though.

        • JacobMcCandles

          Last male goes to Scary’s old church that I go to…has 4 daughters…so the the heritage is over….he has a place in Arl,tx

    • Ruffknuckles

      Don’t know if your daughter is still here in Austin and if you still come down here, but there’s a place called Freedmens on 24th St. that is really good and under recognized IMO. Went there on Weds. Of course there’s still the more well known places, Franklin if you have 4 hours. My new office is only a few blocks from Stiles Switch and it’s very good as well. LaBarbeque is a food truck run by a Franklin disciple on the east side, better brisket than Franklin I think. And my personal favorite is Valentinas, but it’s in way south Austin. You should try Feedmens next time you are in town as it’s very near campus and is a cool historic building.

    • GoRangers23

      Haha! That’s funny! So what is the difference in the sauce? For me, the sauce makes a huge difference in the BBQ. I do plan on trying Sammy’s though. Thanks!

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    • dearmidol

      Looks like Napoli is ready to go.

      • Ruffknuckles

        I like Nap, but I’d almost prefer he not come back.

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          • elkaba

            He appears to be done.

        • dearmidol

          Agree. Where does he go? With Gomez coming back, that leaves ten guys for nine positions.

          OF: DeShields, Gomez, Choo, Mazara
          IF: Beltre, Andrus, Odor, Gallo
          DH: Napoli,
          C: Lucroy

          • Ruffknuckles

            Banni will probably wanna platoon him with Gallo. That’s just my guess.

          • GoRangers23

            I totally agree with your comment above. I really like Nap too, but platooning Gallo would be awful, in my opinion. He’s finally gotten into a groove. I wouldn’t want to mess with it. I believe he’ll get a lot better at defense, given time. It’s a conundrum.

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    • WhoKnowscs

      Ahead of schedule then?

  • WhoKnowscs

    The Democrat pitcher threw 7 innings, gave up 2 runs, and K’d at least 7.

    • dearmidol

      Is he a lefty?

      • WhoKnowscs

        Not from what I remember. The game was only 7 innings. Below is the stream.

    • Ruffknuckles

      Hope he didn’t hit any batters. Jake would declare it a partisan issue without a doubt.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Ha
        Laptop is under repair…so haven’t been able to send or read PMs in over a wk…but wanna send you one if you will read

    • Ruffknuckles

      Democrats won 11-2.

  • TD30

    http://m.rangers.mlb.com/news/article/236655866/rangers-ryan-rua-has-first-fathers-day/?tcid=tw_share
    A nice little story about Rua and his first father’s day this year.

    • GoRangers23

      Cute story! That’s a lot of R names. 😄

  • GoRangers23

    https://twitter.com/rangers/status/875488114659049472

    This should be Rangers most Likely with Emily and Joey.

  • JacobMcCandles

    MLB just stated that Roogie was the only player not saluting the flag in the Anthem during last night’s game