A thing called pitching. 50 comments


Mike Minor punches out Shohei Ohtani for the first of seven strikeouts. Minor is now 5-1 with a 2.78 ERA in his last six starts.

 

There’s an old saying in baseball that any night you go to a ballgame there’s a chance to see something that had never been seen before.

It happened last night at the Ballpark. Rangers fans witnessed a rare event indeed.

What they say was what’s known as “pitching.” It’s a rare phenomenon when the pitcher—the ball thrower guy on that little hill thing in the middle of the field—is adept enough at his position that he is able to get batters “out.” Out is a quaint term used in some far reaches of major league baseball to refer to the act of retiring a batter so he doesn’t eventually come around to score runs. You, as a Rangers fan, are familiar with the term “runs.”

Rangers pitcher Mike Minor continued his successful transition from reliever to starter, with five-plus innings of three-hit, seven-strikeout, two-run baseball, for his eleventh win of the season.

Getting a quicker than deserved exit, Minor watched his bullpen hold down the Angels the last four innings, for a 4-2 win, as the offense contributed home runs from Elvis Andrus and Adrian Beltre, and a two-run double off the bat of Nomar Mazara.

The win moved the Rangers to sixth in line for the second wild card, just 21.5 games behind Oakland.

Immediately after the stunning victory, the Rangers front office vowed to review tapes of the game and discover what this new phenomenon called pitching is. If other teams in the league have implemented this “pitching,” they have promised to look into it as well and see if they can bring this unique strategy to Arlington.

Stand by for further details. Actually, don’t stand by, this may take a while.

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TODAY’S GAME:

Jaime Barria (9-8, 3.46) vs. Bartolo Colon (7-11, 5.45)
Game time: 7:05

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

  • JacobMcCandles

    Kev…did you laugh while you wrote. Amazing talent you possess. You are as important as the morning coffee and the paper in the front yard. Lol

    • dearmidol

      Thanks, Jake. That means a lot. I have fun doing this.

      • Nathan Whitten

        As I indicated above, I wholeheartedly agree with Mr. McCandles. You did a great job of writing with your tongue firmly implanted in your cheek. I love irony…or sarcasm, if you will. You are often very good with it. Today’s article was exceptionally so. This ought to be used in a writing class as an example of classic use of irony. A person has to be careful not to be drinking something when they read your work. If not, they’ll end up snorting whatever up their nose. I can see how aspiration could occur if they were stupid enough to drink AND eat whilst reading one of your classics. This one is a classic. Thank you very much for today and all those other days. I love to write, as you no doubt have guessed. You are a great example for me.

    • Nathan Whitten

      Jacob, thanks for saying what I would.

      • JacobMcCandles

        You got it…..😎

  • JacobMcCandles

    Rosy still getting paid to play….called up to the show by Cleveland😄😄miss that smile.

    • dearmidol

      Amazing. He just keeps finding a job.

      • GoRangers23

        I think it’s because he just tries so hard and he ever gives up. And he’s just so nice. 🙂

  • JacobMcCandles

    Strange that for the most part AL Playoffs are set. Bosox,Cleve,Houston,NYY,Oak….NL wide open.

    • dearmidol

      NL West might come down to the last day. Great races.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Coming from Jake’s land of cornyville
    ..when I see the military cap, I always thank them for their service…..guy at Quick Trip was short some change on a sixer and a hot dog….”Did you serve?” and he did two tours in Nam like a Scary dude…but he was early..and in the Idrang valley…..worst of the worst…face was worn, hands were like leather..anyways…

    • dearmidol

      I always try to give them a nice salute. I would never have the cajones to do what they did.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Yeah. I always feel a little embarrassed bringing up my service, till Scary whacked me on the head (not softly ) and said you put on the uniform. Took me and pkd me up every time🍺🍺🍺🍺

        • dearmidol
          • JacobMcCandles

            Did not work on phone…Ck it out at home.

            Scary was a retailer not on Rowdys level but in the stores..he told me he always had a policy that if they said they were military
            ..
            Give it to them

          • GoRangers23

            I’m not sure how real that is. It looks made up and the guy looks like he is acting. I know from experience that people are very friendly and exceptionally nice to people when they find out they have served. People are often very giving to my dad when they find out he served for 26 years. One time they let us park for free at the Rangers game because they saw my dad’s military sticker on his car. I have witnessed nothing but nice things. I have never seen anything like that before and I would have personally spoken up myself, had I seen anything like that. I can’t imagine that happening now days. People seem to be pretty thankful to military personnel. I would have been outraged for him. There’s just no way I could have been quiet in a situation like that.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Sorry have to disagree…although it has got better…..a wise Scary man once said it was the only silver lining to 9/11……when it hit home people tended to embrace cops,fire fighters,Military more. What the boys had to endure coming home yo the hips,yips of the 60s was a travesty.

          • GoRangers23

            I know that, Jake. My father-in-law served three tours in Vietnam. I am talking about now. This video was clearly made recently. And yes, a lot of things changed after 911 including how people view the military. I said I can’t image this happening now.

          • JacobMcCandles

            : )

          • Rowdy Yates

            I had the same feeling that it might be ‘staged’. Regardless his points were accurate and well stated.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Thanks Kevin…..really underlines the CNN generation we live in

    • Rowdy Yates

      The great book (and movie) “We Were Soldiers Once … And Young” is about the battle(s) in the Ia Drang Valley and is a fantastic true story of true valor and brotherhood at both the ‘command’ and ‘grunt’ level. Recommend it to anyone whether usually interested in this type of story or not. It’s truly inspiring.

  • elkaba

    Perfectly snarky, Kevin. I love it!

  • GoRangers23

    Nice one today Midol! It cracked me up!

    • Rowdy Yates

      Heck, Kevin does at least one of these every week. It’s just SOP for him, hilarious and on the mark at the same time.

  • GoRangers23

    I just found out that the guy behind the Rangers Captain costume has been replaced with a new guy. They said the last guy quit. I did not know this.

  • TD30
    • Rowdy Yates

      Bani’s loaded the lineup with hitters tonight since they’ll probably need a buncha runs with Bartolo throwing.

      • Rollie Fingerbangers

        What are those good ole boys saying about Tom Herman now.

        • Rowdy Yates

          He looked and sounded pretty pathetic at the presser afterward. Same ole, same ole Texas excuses. It’s hard to incent coddled football players and having a QB that loves to just throw the ball up in the air and see who catches it makes it tough to win. But TH luvs Ehlinger and hates Beuchel so it’s going to be another sloooow start at DKR.

          Dropped our season seats this yr. Son has had the same seats since 1993. The juice just ain’t worth the squeeze anymore.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Beltre will homer this game.

  • Rowdy Yates

    That low outside pitch has been Adrian’s ‘out’ pitch all yr. Don’t think he’s hit it once.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Watch Profar from near Grand Slam to a weak out.

    • WhoKnowscs

      He can always prove me wrong though.

    • WhoKnowscs

      Not weak necessarily but all that build up for just an out.

  • Rowdy Yates

    40 minute 1st inning to score just 2 runs. At that rate it’ll be a 6 game. Ugh.

  • calntom

    From MLB Rumors:
    While there’s little in the way of certainty on the Rangers’ roster at present, Grant notes that veteran righty Edinson Volquez, who signed a two-year minor league contract last year, is progressing well in his rehab from Tommy John surgery and could be on the cusp of facing live hitters. Volquez is expected to vie for a starting job next year alongside Mike Minor and at least one young, internal option. Texas could opt to pursue a veteran piece who could develop into a trade chip this winter….

    • calntom

      Sounds like an idea that would be a wash, rinse and repeat of 2017. I reckon it is all about panning enough to find a nugget or two.

      • Rowdy Yates

        Seems to me the Rangers are an old, tired organization. I know the ownership hasn’t been around that long and JD is still a young guy and the coaching staff and scouts aren’t a buncha old farts. But they all act like they are. They never change up anything in the way they operate. Should change the name of the team to the Texas Geritols.

    • WhoKnowscs

      So is JD going to try and pull a Billy Beane?

      • calntom

        Buy, sign and sell.

  • WhoKnowscs

    I’ve already written this game off.

  • WhoKnowscs

    And I was right, I said Beltre would homer tonight(after his first AB) And he did his 3rd.

  • Rowdy Yates

    2 1/2 hrs and still 3 innings to go. Think I’ve seen enuf of the Rangers tonight with it 7-2.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Yeah, uh that’s going to be a no on the Tommy John for Ohtani.