A landslide victory. 129 comments


 

It wasn’t that it was the Yankees getting pounded that made last night’s game so enjoyable. As far as games go, the competitiveness was over after the Red Sox scored seven runs in the fourth and made it 10-0.

This isn’t about Yankee-bashing. No matter what you think of the Yankees, you have to respect them and look at them with huge doses of envy. They have ownership that insists on winning. And they have a system that knows how to accomplish it. It is at our website built by web design manalapan.

As a fan of baseball, how can you hate a team that is trying to give its fans a winner every year? Isn’t that what your team is supposed to do? Wouldn’t that be nice around here?

What made last night’s 16-1 Boston massacre so meaningful was that it was Right Way playing Wrong Way. And Right Way crushed Wrong Way.

The Right Way got 16 votes. The Wrong Way got 1. It was a landslide.

The Yankees are built along the new model, all too familiar in these parts. Home run or strike out. They led the American League in home runs in 2018, breaking the all-time record in fact. (It helps that they play in a ballpark so small that a pop up to second is warning track power.) But they also had the third-most strikeouts of any American League team.

They are the quintessential all-or-nothing team. They were just a successful version of the Rangers.

The Red Sox, on the other hand, are a team of contact hitters. Yes, they have power. But power isn’t their only game. In fact, last night, they scored sixteen runs on eighteen hits. Just one of those was a home run. Their very last hit.

Eighteen hits. And only five extra-base hits (three of them by Brock Holt who had one of each.) That means there were long sustained rallies. There was offense. There was baseball.

The Red Sox even executed a hit and run. Sadly, that has become an oddity. Why risk running into an out when you can wait for your hitter to just hit one out?

Baseball front offices are one thing. Copycats. And as they see more and more teams winning championships with a balanced offense (Houston in 2017, Chicago in 2016, Kansas City in 2015, and so on), they will get the hint.

Swing for the fences ball might play during the regular season (it certainly didn’t in Arlington). But post-season success is about the ability to make contact. To not strike out. To move runners over. To get runners on, get them in.

It’s a great sign for baseball purists. But it’s a sad one for Rangers fans.

Our team can do none of those things.

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  • elkaba

    Kevin, you hit the nail squarely on the head today. In a post season so far bereft of surprises, let alone competition, last night’s game was enjoyable for the very reason you site. I only wish it had been more of an even contest. But then some might have missed your eloquent point- classic, hard scrabble baseball is always more entertaining than today’s home run or bust display. (It’s called BASEball not homerunball for a good reason!)

  • WhoKnowscs

    The Rangers were experts at getting runners on and hitting home runs last season. They just rarely did them at the same time.

  • CrazyEd

    When looking at team batting averages and the individual batting averages on those teams, it’s appalling what is happening. When a team batting champion hits in the .270’s/.280’s something drastic is wrong with the attitude of management and the players. It started years ago. Players started using bats with the spindly handles and not much “meat” in the mid sections. An extra 1/4″ if mid section meat can some times result in a hit vice a broken bat, dribbler, or pop up. Players have changed their approach to hitting. How often do you see a player cut his swing down after two strikes? How often to do you see a player “choke up” to get more bat control when necessary. It rarely happens in the modern game. The end result is you get games like the one the Ragers put up this year where they left eighteen men on base. Eighteen! Think about it. The maximum possible is twenty seven in a nine inning game! That’s something that should be almost impossible to accomplish.

    End of rant.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Good post ED…..same fans love the DH

    • elkaba

      Good points all. But I’m not so sure the fault lies with “average fans.” Why not average sports agents who want their clients bringing in home-run-hitting big bucks? Why not owners and GMs? Why not the leagues and their juiced ball promotions like the Home Run Derby nonsense? I think the fans were anything but interested in seeing the Rangers hit home runs this season, since most of them stayed home. Most fans want to be entertained, sure. But there was very little you could call entertaining about this season’s Rangers or many other teams.

      • CrazyEd

        Like I said, I put “a lot of it” on the average fan. There’s plenty of blame to go around. Management caters to it in pursuit of backsides in the seats and tv ratings, players and their agents cater to it because it brings in the bucks. If the average fan was turned off by it and wanted to see “traditional baseball” the money attached to homerunitis wouldn’t be there and it would be diminished.

        • elkaba

          Oh, how I wish someone would bring back some good, old fashioned small ball. I miss it. 🙂

          • JacobMcCandles

            Get rid of DH

          • CrazyEd

            Alas, it’s getting closer and closer to the day when we’ll have the DH in the NL. Sad, but the day is coming.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Yeah it sux….turns BB from chess to checkers

          • CrazyEd

            I think most, if not all, on this board feel the same. Alas, we are by far the minority as baseball fans go.

  • JacobMcCandles

    I guess I’m ignorant or naive….or both..(Good place for a free shot) I know you agree with me Kevin but can anyone elaborate
    more on why some are complaining on a “lack of competition”….makes no sense. Best teams win. Astros swept but the games were mostly tight until the end. Atlanta had a 5-0 lead that would’ve squared the series then lost. This is BB, nothing new here?? I, myself have enjoyed every series…..I just love BB I guess…..if I want whining I guess I can turn on CNN….no offense to anyone, if you don’t enjoy post season BB that is your right

    • CrazyEd

      Maybe, like me, they don’t enjoy “blow outs” and series “sweeps,” and long for the days when they didn’t exist. Alas, at least in my memory, “series sweeps” and “blow outs” have been with us for as long as sports. Like it or not, they happen. I think they are more prevalent today than in the past simply because with the expansion of the play-off picture there are more games, ergo more opportunity. Back when the play-offs consisted of the WS there were only seven chances for an noncompetitive game and one for a blow out series. Now there are much more opportunity with wild card games, league championship series, etc. That’s my take on it.

      • JacobMcCandles

        I understand that ED…and Thanks. I get where everyone would like to see all the series go 3-2 and the winning run scores in the last inning.. I guess I’m just not bothered with things I can’t control

        • CrazyEd

          Not being bothered by things you can’t control is a good thing. I think a lot of the stress people have in their lives today is a result of being overly concerned with things they can’t control. I learned years ago to blow off what I like to call the “nickle dime, penny ante boot camp bull shit” clear my mind and move on. I also learned there are major things you can’t control that need to be put aside before they drive you nuts. Compartmentalizing some things and just forgetting otheres makes life a lot simpler.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Yeah I think its partly military upbringing…..very black and white

          • JacobMcCandles

            Not to take the religious pulpit but I do believe…..there is a passage in First Corinthians that goes…
            When I was a child.I thought as a child I spake as a child, I understood as a child, but when I came to be be man I put away childish things.

          • CrazyEd

            1 Cor 13:11

          • JacobMcCandles

            : )

    • dearmidol

      Most of the games have been competitive.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Amen and agree

      • elkaba

        Games, yes. Series, not so much. 🙂

        • JacobMcCandles

          Same thing???

  • GoRangers23

    It’s a gully washer. Stay safe out there, people. 😄

    • CrazyEd

      Boy howdy. Flash flood warnings here.

      • GoRangers23

        I’ve never understood why we have to get a months worth of rain in one day. 😄

  • CrazyEd

    Vlad Jr. is 0 for 2 and JPM is 1 for 1. Surprise is down 5 to 3, top of the 5th.

  • CrazyEd

    JPM grounded out 1 for 2, Vlad Jr ground rule double, 1 for 3. An oddity in the Surprise line up ….
    4. Craig
    5. Biggio

  • CrazyEd

    It may not mean anything, too soon to tell, but Surprise is playing JPM in LF vice his traditional CF position.

    • dearmidol

      How is he hitting?

      • CrazyEd

        1 for 3 with a ground out and a fly out.

  • CrazyEd

    Salt River scored 2 in the top of the 7th to pull ahead 7 to 5

  • CrazyEd

    Surprise got one back in the bottom half 7-6

  • CrazyEd

    Top of the 9th Salt River leads 9-6. Vlad Jr. 2 for 4 and JPM 1 for 3. JPM is the only Ranger in the line up. Not surprising as the Rangers sent mostly pitchers. First game of the new season.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Think Boston finishes them off tonight….at least it was competative IMO……LOL

  • CrazyEd

    JPM grounds out , 1 for 4. Vlad Jr doubles, 3 for 5. bottom of the 9th Salt River wind 10 to 8.

  • CrazyEd

    Just finished off a plate of “Root Beer” smoked pork ribs. Saw it on youtube and had to give it a go. Not bad. Not my favorite, but not bad. Adds a LITTLE different flavor. Personally, I’m not into much fancy stuff on my ribs, just salt and pepper rubbed in with some Texas Pete hot sauce suits me fine but like to try different things at times.

    • JacobMcCandles

      My Grandad always said always said the less you need the better the meat

      • CrazyEd

        I think I like your Grandad!

        • JacobMcCandles

          He served in WW II…….our family has had people serve all the way back to Civil War

  • CrazyEd

    A little break for some Japanese music from a guy I first heard in the 60’s, Eddy Fukano.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O4XoHvWpIlo

  • Rowdy Yates

    Woohoo Sox! Finish it….

    • CrazyEd

      They’ve got a good start!

      • JacobMcCandles

        Jakes betting service is cleaning up…….Kins broke it open…he,Mitch.Cruz would all look good in a Ranger uni

        • azrangerfan

          I’m not one for going backwards. Time to go forward into the future.

        • CrazyEd

          They would, nostalgia is a wonderful thing. Alas, we need to live with the present, such as it is. The Rangers have some exciting players in the minors but it will take a couple years for them to show up.

          • JacobMcCandles

            I love the past ED…….much better than the present, lol

  • CrazyEd

    Every time I watch the Astro’s and/or Red Sox outfield and think about the Rangers having Calhoun in LF it gives me nightmares.

    • azrangerfan

      Yep I agree. I don’t believe Calhoun has the tools to ever be a ML outfielder. Might end up being a respectable hitter for average with not much power. I don’t see that type fitting long term.

      • JacobMcCandles

        LF is the easiest position on the squad

        • azrangerfan

          I agree and I don’t see Calhoun ever filling that position long term. Murphy was decent but only average and Calhoun in no way stacks up to Murphy. Maybe for next season but no way long term. If Calhoun is the LF of the future then JD really needs to go.

          • CrazyEd

            I’m not sold on Calhoun being the primary target of the Darvish trade. I’ve always thought that A.J. Alexi was the guy they were after. I think Calhoun could be a serviceable DH, although one dimensional. I think the Rangers showed their thoughts on it in the later part of the season when the put Tocci in LF and sat Calhoun.

          • azrangerfan

            Not much of a Calhoun fan just based on his defensive abilities. I believe they will try to trade him. Might not be successful in doing so. I don’t ever see him being a long term solution as a DH either. I guess you could say I just don’t see him being serviceable on a contending team for anything other than a bench role.

          • dearmidol

            He seems to have stalled out in his development. Maybe he needs a new attitude.

          • CrazyEd

            That is/was one of his problems. He showed up in ST out of shape and went into full mope mode when he didn’t make the big squad. Went to RR and dogged it until they finally benched him to get his attention. He was sent home this winter with instructions to lose weight, and work on his defence and base running. I think he’s ticked off the wrong people and been placed on a very short leash.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Or a legit chance

          • JacobMcCandles

            Could be right…Tocci was rule 5….I think the Strangers wanted to keep him

      • Rowdy Yates

        He’s a 2nd baseman IMO … period. Doesn’t have the height or power to be a star at any other position. I’d be happy to trade Odor and put Calhoun there but that isn’t gonna happen which has always had me wonder why they took Calhoun in the Dodgers deal. He was worth more then as a tremendous 2B prospect than he is now.

        • dearmidol

          Why? Two words: Jon. Daniels.

          • CrazyEd

            I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again …. I don’t think Calhoun was the primary target in that trade. I think it was A.J. Alexi. I also think Brendon Davis was high on their list as a high upside short stop. I think Calhoun was acquired to temporarily fill a huge hole the Rangers had in LF.

          • dearmidol

            You are probably right. But I still can’t let a chance to dig into Jon Daniels go by.

        • JacobMcCandles

          Calhoun can’t handle Roogies jockstrap…. : )

  • JacobMcCandles
  • dearmidol

    Keep them off the board. Get those fans to clear out early.

    • CrazyEd

      One thing I got to do in the military was to be around baseball fans from just about all the teams. Yankee fans were the most obnoxious of the batch. The Red Sox fans weren’t far behind. Cubs fans seemed to be the nicest to me.

      • dearmidol

        You pretty much nailed it. I like Cardinals fans as well.

        • CrazyEd

          That’s not to say the RSox org is a bad org, they were VERY pro military. At the time, if you showed up at the ball park in uniform admittance was fifty cents and you were free to sit in any seat you could find. At the time that equated to just about anywhere as RSox attendance was not that great. This was in the very early 60’s, like 61 or 62, just after the Cuban missile nonsense. Maybe 62? Dick Radatz (sp) was their closer at the time.

          • JacobMcCandles

            One of the many things JFK screwed the pooch on

        • JacobMcCandles

          Card fans are very intelligent and nice………Anything in the NE sux

        • CrazyEd

          I was just thinking and I only knew one guy from St. Louis. Strange!

          • JacobMcCandles

            Stay away from the East side

    • CrazyEd

      This got me to thinking about my time in Boston. I was on the Lake Champlain, a WWII era aircraft carrier, and we were in the Boston ship yards. One day myself and another guy were out on the catwalks looking over the yards and there were four destroyers in dry dock going through FRAM (fleet rehabilitation and mondernization). He told me when they complete FRAM they are going to be home ported in Japan. I thought that would be a nice thing for a single sailor. Shortly after I received orders to the USS Canberra, a heavy cruiser that had been converted to a missile cruiser with six eight inch guns foward and two twin terrier launchers aft. Went aboard in Norfolk. Sailed from Norfolk, through the Panama Canal, to San Diego. Went from San Diego to the yards in Long Beach. Midnight one night I got woken up and told I had orders to the USS Rupertus to be home ported in Japan. Turns out it was one of the four destroyers we had seen in the Boston yards. That’s how I got to Japan, Vietnam, and all places in the Western Pacific. Join the Navy and see the World …. Well at least half of it.

      • dearmidol

        Great story.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Thank You

  • dearmidol

    I would let Porcello go one more inning, or at least bring him back out. The Yankees can score off the Red Sox pen.

    • Rowdy Yates

      About to post the same. At least let him pitch until he puts someone on base.

      • dearmidol

        We think alike. You are a true genius.

        • Rowdy Yates

          Amazing how right you always are!

  • JacobMcCandles

    Skanks are done……said numerous times they just don’y have the pitching……Bosox and Stros will be BB terrific

    • dearmidol

      Not so fast. Red Sox bullpen isn’t great. Yankees can come back on them.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Corso…..not so fast my friend

  • dearmidol

    I will give dumbass Angel Hernandez credit. He hasn’t sucked tonight.

    • CrazyEd

      Funny!!!

  • CrazyEd

    Good Sox can use another run.

  • CrazyEd

    bah humbug

  • CrazyEd

    whew!

  • CrazyEd

    The more I watch games in Yankee Stadium, the more I think it should have been built in Japan. It’s about the same size. No wonder they hit so many HR’s.

    • dearmidol

      A lot of cheap home runs.

  • GoRangers23

    They are not messing around.

    • dearmidol

      Guess not.

  • CrazyEd

    This better get over pretty quickly, I’m about out of beer.

  • CrazyEd

    Kimbrel had better find the strike zone …. quickly!!!!!

  • GoRangers23

    What Kimberel does with his arms is just weird. Does he think that that discombobulates his opponent into not being able to hit his pitches? It didn’t seem to work with Judge.

    • CrazyEd

      I don’t get it either. Some of the stuff other pitchers do, like the shimmy and so forth I can see, but whatever that is Kimrel does befuddles me.

  • GoRangers23

    Oh my!

  • GoRangers23

    The crowd has come to life. One of those fans tried to hit Kimbrel with something. That’s despicable.

    • CrazyEd

      The announcers say it was a can of beer. How they could tell, I don’t know, but it was for sure despicable and a terrible waste of beer.

      • GoRangers23

        Ha! Yes, I thought it was a can of something too.

  • GoRangers23

    Just WOW.

  • GoRangers23

    It really will be sad if this one guy gives up the entire game all by himself.

  • dearmidol

    Well, here we go.

  • dearmidol

    Kimbrell is unravelling.

    • CrazyEd

      I’m sitting here in utter amazement.

    • GoRangers23

      I don’t understand why they are not putting in someone else.

      • CrazyEd

        Morland could do as well, …. maybe

        • GoRangers23

          😁 Ha! true

  • GoRangers23

    As per the discussion earlier today…..I think I would prefer that the team I am cheering for to get ahead and stay that way. Even if it is a blowout. Lol

  • GoRangers23

    I did not need this much excitement this late at night.

  • CrazyEd

    Good Grief!!!

    • GoRangers23

      It’s truly unbelievable.

      • CrazyEd

        Where’s LeClerc when you need him?

        • CrazyEd

          Out

  • GoRangers23

    Oh my word, that was so close.

  • GoRangers23

    WHEW!!!

  • dearmidol

    Amazing ending.

    Hello, baseball.

    • GoRangers23

      I really didn’t need that much stress. Lo

      • dearmidol

        Now I’m wide awake.

        • GoRangers23

          Yep, me too.

  • GoRangers23

    Now what’s wrong with Nunez?

  • GoRangers23

    It’s good to see Mitch and Ian so happy. 😄

  • CrazyEd

    That was hard on the beer supply!

    • dearmidol

      Yes it was.

      • CrazyEd

        In Japan, they have a beer fairy. Beer comes ten 500 ml (about a pint) to the case. You finish a case, you put the case of empties outside the front door. Wake up in the morning and the beer fairy has been there and replaced the empties with full ones. An amazing thing, almost miraculous.

  • GoRangers23

    Now I’m curious. I know who Jake is going to root for, but what about everyone else? Who are y’all going to cheer for in the ALCS? Will it be our biggest Rivals, the Astros, or the team that has some ex Rangers on it, the Red Sox?

    • CrazyEd

      I’m just going to have to play it by ear. Before moving to Texas I was a Padres fan so the Astro’s were enemies. Have never really warmed up to them. Then again, Boston has never been one of my favorites because before I joined the Navy I was a Twins fan (being from N. MN). So, there’s two teams I rooted against I now have to sort out who to root for.

      • GoRangers23

        That makes sense.

      • GoRangers23

        I have a very hard time rooting for the Astros even if they are the other Texas team. They are our enemies during the entire season. Plus, I really like Mitch and want to see him go to the WS. I will definitely be in the Red Sox corner. Now, if the Astros end up in the World Series I will probably root for them instead of the other team, but I won’t be all that thrilled about it. 😄

        • CrazyEd

          Mitch and the much maligned Kinsler also

  • CrazyEd

    I’m watcing the post game show and Angel Hernandez still sucks. He missed several calls that if he had made them correctly the game would not have been the nail biter that it was. I guess the good news is he made it more interesting.