ABD was AOK. 352 comments


Rangers’ ace slayer Austin Bibens-Dirkx.

 

In 1971, Texas took the team from Washington DC.

Forty-six years later, Texas took the team from Washington DC again, but in a different way.

In what has to be the most unlikely sweep of the twenty-first century, the sluggish Texas Rangers came into DC and won three games against the mighty Washington Nationals.

David beat Goliath.  And even more unlikely, Austin Bibens-Dirkx outpitched Max Scherzer.

It wasn’t just because Bibens-Dirkx earned a win he deserved and Schezer was tagged for a loss he didn’t deserve. It’s because Bibens-Dirkx, making just his second major league start ever, actually outpitched a guy with two Cy Youngs, two no-hitters, two thousand strikeouts, and two twenty-win seasons.

In fact, Bibens-Dirkx’s performance was record breaking. Between giving up a lead off home run and then a single in the first inning and then a single in the seventh, he retired nineteen straight batters, a Rangers rookie record.

It’s a pretty incredible story that is playing out. He played for twelve seasons in the minor leagues, independent leagues and different Caribbean leagues with twenty-one different teams. He came to the Rangers and outperformed everybody in spring training. Then he went back to the minors and waited for his chance.

Austin Bibens-Dirkx is now 2-0 with a nice 3.28 ERA. And he outdueled Max Scherzer.

Baseball officially makes no sense.

*****
TODAY’S GAME:

Yu Darvish (5-4, 3.18) vs. Joe Musgrove (4-4, 4.89)
Game time: 7:10

How the Rangers hit against Musgrove.
How the Astros hit against Darvish.

 

 

  • JacobMcCandles

    Game of the year. Ultimately will this be bad for our team? 2 games out of the WC after being 5 out a wk ago.

    RIP Adam West……ZONK…GADZOOKS

    • elkaba

      How do you know who Adam West was? You weren’t even born when he was on TV.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Kidding?? My education was TV..I Probably know more about 60s thru 80s tv than anyone on here

        • Nashvillecat66

          I beg to differ, young sprout.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Yvonne Craig…….yowza……ok second….Old Brussel

          • Nashvillecat66

            Yep, she was a looker alright.
            Was one of those performers who took full advantage of the early wave of TV. She did some films, but mostly was a small-screen gal.
            In fact, her last credited role was in an animated series on Nick called “Olivia.” She voiced the role of Grandma.

          • JacobMcCandles

            She played in a Elvis movie as well…..Leather outfit on a bike…whats not to like. Had a good episode on Star Trek.

          • Nashvillecat66

            Leather outfits can be hubba-hubba inducing indeed!

          • JacobMcCandles

            What would Mrs Cat day?👍😎

          • Nashvillecat66

            She would “say” (I’m assuming that’s what you meant) she wouldn’t be caught dead wearing leather.
            But, in point of fact, there are very, very few women who are hubba-inducing in leather.
            Unfortunately, a lot of them who try to wear it don’t have full length mirrors.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Haha…..classic!

      • SABERMETRICS MASTER

        My 8 yr old knows who Adam West was. I’m not kidding!!!! He really knows !!!

        This generation is amazing!!!

      • GT500

        Are you having a V8 moment?

        • JacobMcCandles

          Wow I could’ve had one!!

  • JacobMcCandles

    Off to Houston….tickets to all 3 games. Google Magnolia Hotel, pool on top floor, I will 👋

    • dearmidol

      Good luck. Awesome road trip.

      • JacobMcCandles

        👍😎

  • Straxusd

    Looks like Ross is ready, but his last start was terrible….. Also, Hamels is getting close and Gomez is too!!
    http://m.rangers.mlb.com/news/article/235771268/tyson-ross-set-for-first-start-with-rangers/?tcid=podium_TEX

    • SABERMETRICS MASTER

      What this team needs is Odor to start performing as expected!!!!

      Bannister keeps placing him in the heart of the order for no justifiable reason and all Odor has done so far is underperform

      • Nashvillecat66

        Hey Mr. C!
        Were you holding up a Texas flag at the end of the Rangers’ game in Washington on Saturday? I saw just a glimpse of some folks with Rangers’ gear on and one of them was holding a Texas flag.
        I saw where you said you took your son to the game and I thought you might have brought our precious state flag with you.

        • SABERMETRICS MASTER

          Hi cat!
          Unfortunately not; and there were not many Rangers fans in the game either. Amazingly, I spotted several Gallo jerseys amongst the few Rangers fans I saw around.

          Rangers are playing Baltimore next month and I promised my son to take him to one of the games at Camden Yards. I’ll take a Texas flag with me !!!!

          • Nashvillecat66

            Great!
            Make sure you get on camera so all of us in Roundersville can see you proudly displaying our national flag!

  • Tony Howell

    Rangers are in a good place and a bad place at the same time. 2 back in the wc race. If we stay in the hunt Jd won’t sell he may buy at the end of July. And we don’t get in, too many players walk next year with no return. Unless this team plays the rest of the season like this past weekend, RANGERS MUST SELL. And look for the future 2019

    • dearmidol

      This team won ten in a row, then lost twelve out of sixteen. This level of play is not sustainable.

      • Straxusd

        Never know, maybe your article from the first Nationals game will pan out to be true and the Rangers go on a tear and we end up performing really well the rest of the season. The Astros series will kind of be telling. If we sweep them, then we are back in it, I believe.

        • dearmidol

          If we sweep them, yes, then it will get interesting.

          • Straxusd

            Well, we shut down an extremely productive offense in the Nationals, but we did take advantage of their high ERA bullpen…. so we need to jump on the Astros early and hope our pitching is a good as it was in Washington.

          • dearmidol

            I think we took advantage of their bullpen yesterday. Scherzer left with the game tied 1-1. The four runs after that were because of their bullpen. And because Dusty Baker was foolish for taking out Scherzer in the first place.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Sweep and we are 9 out….lo

          • dearmidol

            But we are in their heads.

          • JacobMcCandles

            HA!…..not anymore.

          • dearmidol

            I was not being serious.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Missed the font!! LO

    • JacobMcCandles

      Amen

  • elkaba

    The ABD saga makes me wonder how many other MLB worthy talents may be languishing out there in the shadow land between the big leagues and minor league clubs. And it raises Brocail’s value some for having recognized his potential value. Makes me think Brocail may not be the problem after all. It makes me wonder, especially after draft day, if we might not spare a scout or two to go have a look for any more ABDs hidden in plain sight.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Very little

  • JacobMcCandles

    Funniest most profound quote I have read in quite awhile.

    “Liberals can understand everything but people that don’t understand them” LOLA

    • grumpyderfsmagic8ball

      I like Ronald Reagans liberal quote more.

      • JacobMcCandles

        What was it? That quote is from Lenny Bruce, latest Bio I am reading.

        • grumpyderfsmagic8ball

          “It isn’t so much that liberals are ignorant. It’s just that they know so many things that aren’t so.”

          • JacobMcCandles

            Frame it!!

    • Ruffknuckles

      Understanding people that are divorced from reality is not an easy task..

      • JacobMcCandles

        Wife comments again?

  • Straxusd

    One thing I find interesting is how blah almost the entire American League is, we are two under .500 and only two games out of WC. The whole league is pretty much average….. Really only two teams playing well in the Yankees and Astros…

  • dearmidol

    Doug Brocail is vindicated. Sam Dyson’s ERA with the Rangers was 10.80. But now that he’s with the Giants, his NL ERA is infinity. Meaning, opponents will never stop scoring off him.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Brocail has a whale of a beard…..thats what counts.

  • JacobMcCandles

    For GoRanger:

    MM .280 avg,8 HRs,35 RBIs,OBA .378, OPS .863 3 errors, .993 fld% 5.5 mill ty
    Naps .192 11 HRs 25 RBIs, OBA .262 OPS .669 5 errors, fld% .986 8.5 mill ty

    Priceless

    • dearmidol

      Yeah, but Napoli cost a lot more.

      • JacobMcCandles

        3 mill more

        • dearmidol

          Moreland is enjoying the Fenway factor.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Pooper

          • dearmidol

            Look at how well Napoli did when he was there.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Its a factor….lineup is a bigger one

          • SABERMETRICS MASTER

            Bingo !

  • RangerReclinerCoach

    “Baseball officially makes no sense.” Baseball go.

  • TD30
    • JacobMcCandles

      Yep….the one guy that I wanted to keep….saw him play about 15 games…real deal….CF for years

      • dearmidol

        But we have a centerfi… Oh, no we don’t.

        • SABERMETRICS MASTER

          I remember a poster named Prince that would defend JD’s decisions to pass on any trades involving Profar.

          It’s hard to value and/or predict MLB future performance.

          • WhoKnowscs

            Based on JD’s track record, master of the tea leaves he is not. Profar a bust. Fielder a almost complete bust. Beltran was good but not worth what we gave up. Lucroy has been okay but isn’t at the same level he was once at. Dyson was a 1.5 season wonder whose fire has been smothered.

            About the only guy that has done well in trades was Hamels, and we gave up like 6 guys for him and a pitcher that had surgery this year(not arm related).

          • SABERMETRICS MASTER

            Elvis is FANTASTIC!
            Cliff Lee was as good of a trade as Hamels, IMO.

            I liked the Fielder trade back when it was done. $18M/yr for a power guy that averaged 150+ games per season?

            Lucroy carried the team the 2nd half of last season.

            Listen, JD in my opinion, especially in the past couple of years, have done everything in his power to provide Bannister a well balanced team of young and veterans players.

            The failures we are experiencing this season are not JD’s fault. I put most of the blame into:
            a. Bannister managing style
            b. Players underperformance

          • WhoKnowscs

            Yeah, I’m just noting he’s not a good “fortune-teller” based on how things have turned out. But yeah, I place about a quarter of our loses on Banny this season(I could think of 5 right off the top of my head). JD typically tries but often times is trying to go for the “Bargain” without taking into account why another team would do the trade or he looks desperate and pays too much.

          • SABERMETRICS MASTER

            I definitely think he paid too much for Choo and Elvis.

            The trade for Lucroy was fair price IMO.

          • dearmidol

            We disagree on Lucroy. I wanted him, but not for Brinson.

          • WhoKnowscs

            This, not that I knew much about Brinson, just that I was tired of trading away all the first round draft picks.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Yeap

          • JacobMcCandles

            Elvis has been above avg the last two yrs…FINALLY
            Fielder was a terrible trade, as the rest of MLB saw the denigrated skills.
            Lucroy carried the team? Excuse me??

          • WhoKnowscs

            Lucroy got hot with a lot more homers but certainly not carrying the team. Gomez looked like he had a fire in him to show the Astros the folly of their ways, and Beltran was consistent but ultimately everyone cratered vs the Blue Jays that you wonder about the Psychology of the team.

          • dearmidol

            When you really need starting pitching and when you are liking at the near future of your roster and will need a center fielder, that’s not bad luck.

          • WhoKnowscs

            Instead we got a DH and a Catcher that has highs and lows! And we got rid of our future center fielder. And maybe a future pitcher(s)

          • WhoKnowscs

            But then again, given our success with developing talent, we’ve probably got an outfielder somewhere, and the pitchers would likely be Holland(as a Ranger) level at best. Just look at Perez for that last one.

          • SABERMETRICS MASTER

            Well; JD explained why he made those moves. Starting pitching was extremely pricey and he decided to improve the lineup and the bullpen instead.

            Going to the playoffs with Hamels and Darvish, I can understand his justification back then.

          • JacobMcCandles

            The trade was for Lucroy….a catcher!

          • elkaba

            I was for it…before I was against it. (Like many on here 🙂

          • JacobMcCandles

            Yep

          • WhoKnowscs

            Prince on MLB didn’t even like everyone wanting to get rid of Dyson because of what he did last year.

  • GoRangers23
  • GoRangers23

    More pics.
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  • GoRangers23
  • TD30
    • dearmidol

      Suddenly Yu Darvish is more attractive to them.

    • WhoKnowscs

      Witness the reason teams that look like they are destined for .700+(113+) win rate end up with only 90-100 wins.

    • WhoKnowscs

      Now we’ll slowly get to test Jake’s theory about have a “whole team” of minor leaguers ready to take over that are better than most of the majors. Or at least whether they have 4 other starters ready to go.

      • dearmidol

        I don’t think any team can replace Keuchel and McCullers.

        • WhoKnowscs

          Nope, Blood is in the water though, time for the Sharks to come.

          • dearmidol

            The ten-day DL changes a lot, though. Guys can miss just one start, and it can be used to give pitchers a breather. Especially on teams that already have it locked up like the Astros and Nationals.

          • WhoKnowscs

            Nationals though will falter come October. At least without getting a new bullpen. Who knows on the Astros. The 10 day DL does make things easier but who knows if they are just trying to skip a start or if it will be more serious. But since it’s not the Rangers I’m guessing he’ll be back next week. Rangers seem to take at least a month for any injury. Unless it’s Dyson and then they have to race him back to see if they “fixed” him.

          • dearmidol

            Yeah, the Nationals bullpen is going to kill them unless they retool.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Get Eaton and Werth bk will help…but they still have Dusty

          • WhoKnowscs

            Their problem is they spent all their money on Starters and Harper, but still take out starters at “100 pitches.” Let them throw 120-130 and they might start not having a bullpen meltdown every other game. Or get rid of a starter for 2-3 bullpen arms that won’t crater.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Not really a problem…pitch cts dominate BB…Nats have a 1-3 SPs that will be formidable in post season

          • WhoKnowscs

            I saw All I needed to know about the Nationals with their innings limit crap with Strasburg and this game: https://www.mlb.com/gameday/giants-vs-nationals/2014/10/04/416353#game_tab=wrap,game_state=final,game=416353

            to know they won’t make it to the World Series until they are willing to take risk against “THE BOOK.”

            1 out in the game left for the win and they yank the starter because he gave up a walk, despite the 20 straight outs without a base runner prior to the walk. (No Giant on base since 3rd inning.) He was also at exactly 100 pitches

            Giants tied it and then won it in the 18th.

          • elkaba

            I had thought we might be leaving Bush behind up there…

        • JacobMcCandles

          Their entire 5 man SP staff is on the DL…that’s depth and the best team in MLB bar none. Too floor of the Magnolia pool. 4 Bud lites, to the game in two hours

      • JacobMcCandles

        Not theory….now Law..lol…this is prep for post season

  • WhoKnowscs

    Does Gallo know how to play catcher?

    • Nashvillecat66

      Are there openings on the Rangers’ roster?

      • WhoKnowscs

        Was curious if they traded Lucroy if they could fit him in as catcher.

        • dearmidol

          That’s a tough position if you have experience. I couldn’t imagine learning that on the fly.

          • JacobMcCandles

            RC was not catcher at first

        • Nashvillecat66

          Ah, I see.
          He’s pretty tall to be back there. Have to move as well laterally as you do forward and backward.

  • von_todwin

    A helpful article on the MLB site says that the Rangers’ draft strategy is to replenish the farm. Are there other draft strategies of which I’m unaware?

    • dearmidol

      It’s genius if you think about it. Drafting in order to get better.

      • elkaba

        Novel approach…

    • JacobMcCandles

      Yep…don’t trade all the prospects when you have them…unless their name is Profar….oops

    • dearmidol

      I am not a baseball insider, but I would bet that strategy means they will try to draft the best player available when it’s their turn instead of the worst.

      • von_todwin

        Sounds risky. I hope they’ve thought it through.

        • WhoKnowscs

          Apparently it’s all ready laid out by the Prognosticators about who the best available are.

      • elkaba

        You might be right…

  • TD30
    • WhoKnowscs

      Best lineup all season. And Odor isn’t at 5.

      • WhoKnowscs

        If Nap wasn’t injured you could use only 1 catcher and it’d be about the same.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Agree

    • elkaba

      Now this makes sense!

  • JacobMcCandles

    Doz shrimp,oysters before the game….one thing about Houston….much better Food than DFW….seafood.Mex,BBQ..🏆🏆

    • WhoKnowscs

      Depends on what you get. And what you want. We have the boomstick, And that’s not counting the restaurants around Arlington.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Lmao…..comparing boomstick to good food is like Salisbury steak to Ruth Chris

        • WhoKnowscs

          Depends on what you want. (And note I’ve never had the boomstick, but it’s one of our signatures . . . like burnt ends in KC or the Lobster roll at Fenway.)

          • JacobMcCandles

            Crickets in Seattle

    • dearmidol

      Are you going to all three games?

      • JacobMcCandles

        Yep….3 games/$99

  • WhoKnowscs

    I posted this the other day: See how close the draft is to it. It’s just one guys opinion though as to who is best available.

    http://m.mlb.com/news/article/235304580/round-1-forecast-mlb-draft-starts-monday/

    • WhoKnowscs

      4-6 so far and the 2 it missed, just switched places

  • JacobMcCandles

    JD talking about BBQ in Houston….lol

  • TD30

    .@Rangers manager Jeff Banister indicates Tyson Ross will “most likely” start Friday if he hits checkpoints before.

  • Rod Harper

    Anyone catching the MLB Draft tonight? A good way for the Rangers to start restocking the farm system!

    • WhoKnowscs

      I turned it on, but I don’t know if it’ll stay on it. It’s just the preview show right now.

      • dearmidol

        Starts at 6 central.

        • Rollie Fingerbangers

          How about we get Nate Pearson 6’6 240 RHP from Central Florida at no 26 then get Tristen Lutz RF from Arlington Martin High School at no 29?

    • dearmidol

      Let’s hope we can pick a future stud.

      • WhoKnowscs

        Chi Chi was a first round pick!

        • dearmidol

          Scheppers too.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Nats already losing 3-2 after the first.

    • dearmidol

      We broke them.

  • JacobMcCandles
    • dearmidol

      Nice.

      How many games are you staying for?

      • JacobMcCandles

        All three baby! Thursday at the beach…..Friday dinner with a guy I served with…..who got hit by a drunk driver while driving a motorcycle, no helmet…..back surgery.

        • dearmidol

          Man, motorcycles can be bad news. I have a friend who got messed up pretty badly a few years ago. Woman turned into him. Never saw him.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Yepper…..he is in bad shape.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Got the military insurance…….not much money for expenditures……Paid his rent for the next couple of months.

  • WhoKnowscs

    That “predictor” below is now 4-10.

    4 of the 6 wrong just switched places.(1 and 5, 7 and 8).

    • dearmidol

      It’s always interesting to return about five years later and see how many of these first rounders pan out.

      • WhoKnowscs

        Yeah, usually it’s like 3-4 I think.

  • dearmidol

    It’s too bad the Astros are playing so poorly and they have to play to an empty stadium.

    • calntom

      They paid Jake $99 and free room and board to show up for all 3 games

      • JacobMcCandles

        HA!….Astros were wishing for a bigger opponent. 3rd row behind the Stro dugout on the RF ailse…..Wave to me!!

        • calntom

          Cool deal

  • WhoKnowscs

    You can watch live video of the draft-the mlb network channel’s feed here: http://m.mlb.com/video/topic/210960834/v1469243883/live-2017-mlb-draft-day-1

  • dearmidol

    Ruff’s favorite commercial.

    • WhoKnowscs

      Southwest?

      • dearmidol

        Yep.

  • dearmidol

    Gallo can play some first.

    • SABERMETRICS MASTER

      Do you know I have his jersey?

  • JacobMcCandles

    Elvis has the longest hitting streak in MLB at 15 games, batting .384…..7th in AL hits….don’t have his jersey!

    ***********************Trivia**************************what HS did EA go to that another current Ranger went too.

    • dearmidol

      Same one Odor went to?

  • WhoKnowscs

    Odor not at 5, Odor did well.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Jake promise….Roogie WILL perform

    • dearmidol

      Eventually he has to.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Stupid Gallo

    • dearmidol

      I thought it went over the fence.

      • GoRangers23

        I really hope it was!

      • JacobMcCandles

        Nope…hit the fence….and out at the plate

        • dearmidol

          Just showed the replay. Ball hit the wall. Gallo was safe at home.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Yes and No

          • calntom

            Looked to me like it hit something just over and behind the wall and came shooting back on the field

          • dearmidol

            Weird bounce.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Sit down Banny

  • JacobMcCandles

    Helluva play by Musgrove

    • dearmidol

      Yes it was.

  • GoRangers23

    Aw snap!

  • JacobMcCandles

    Clearly out, but its IR

    • dearmidol

      He looked safe from the angle they showed. Looked like he got his hand in.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Close

  • dearmidol

    The last time the Twins had the first pick in the draft, they choose Joe Mauer.

    • WhoKnowscs

      I remember a humorous article back right before the start of the season: http://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/page/SeasonpreviewMLB_WhyYourTeamWon'tWin/why-your-team-win-world-series

      It essentially was a play on all the prediction articles “about who makes the postseason and who makes the world series.” And was why all 30 clubs would not win the WS.

      For he Twins it was : “The Twins hold the first pick in the draft this year. You know how many
      teams have drafted first and won the World Series in the same year? If
      you guessed zero, you can probably guess the rest.”

      Now the Twins have a legitimate chance to make Oct. And where they go from there, while they have a weak pen currently, Is anyone’s guess.

      • dearmidol

        I like Jayson Stark. Good writer.

  • calntom

    Astros —J.B. Bukauskas, RHP, North Carolina

  • elkaba

    Saw that wonky play as we were leaving the restaurant…strange.

  • elkaba

    I’ve got the link up for the draft, but nothing’s happening. Is the link not working? Or are they taking a break?

    • dearmidol

      I don’t think they take a break. They have some time between picks, so maybe they are taking time to decide.

  • GoRangers23

    Come on Yu! Yu got this!

  • GoRangers23

    Yes!

  • WhoKnowscs

    Rangers need to score more runs.

  • WhoKnowscs

    I’d like to see the Rangers draft someone from TCU.

  • GoRangers23

    Come on guys! Let’s get some runs!

  • elkaba

    Beltre!

    • dearmidol

      He is amazing.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Nomar GoFar!

  • WhoKnowscs

    Hope Gallo gets the homer they robbed him of. Then a double and a single.

    • GoRangers23

      That would be really nice, wouldn’t it!

  • dearmidol

    Is Leslie McCaslin the new Emily Jones?

    • GoRangers23

      I really hope not. She almost quit last season though, so maybe.

      • dearmidol

        Emily did?

        • GoRangers23

          Yes. She didn’t want to be away from her kids so much. Her mother in law talked her into staying.

        • TD30
          • GoRangers23

            I love that story! She is a really good writer!

          • TD30

            Makes me teary eyed!

          • GoRangers23

            Ha! Me too. 😁

          • dearmidol

            Thanks. Great story.

    • elkaba

      Just on the road I think. Em’s probably home with the kiddos.

      • JacobMcCandles

        In her contract…..she was leaving and TX made her an offer she could not refuse

  • JacobMcCandles

    Darvish dealing….and the Banny pitch count is within reason

    • GoRangers23

      So what did you choose to eat tonight?

      • JacobMcCandles

        Oysters and Shrimp before the game

        • GoRangers23

          They don’t have anything good to eat at that ballpark?

          I cook home cookin’ almost every day, so I enjoy eating the junk food at the ballpark. 😄

          • JacobMcCandles

            Houston has superior restaraunts vs DFW….so eat out no ballpark food……TX does have better ballpark food

          • GoRangers23

            Oh, ok. I guess it’s ok then. 😁

          • JacobMcCandles

            Better BBQ,Tex Mex,Seafood,,,,hands down : )

          • GoRangers23

            So what are the best restaurants there?

          • GoRangers23

            Ha! You can tell me later. I forgot you’re at the game.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Jackson St BBQ right across the ST from Min Maid….Nadel and company did a show from there

          • dearmidol

            So funny how personal BBQ is. Friends of mine swear by Pecan Lodge. I think it’s less than mediocre.

          • GoRangers23

            I’ve been wanting to try that for a while. People talk like it’s the best in Texas.

          • dearmidol

            Yeah, I know. But not in my opinion at all. I’ve been there a couple of times.

          • GoRangers23

            What didn’t you like about it?

          • dearmidol

            Meat was dry. The BBQ sauce was blah. Not much flavor at all.

            You ever been to Sammy’s?

          • JacobMcCandles

            Yes…….

          • GoRangers23

            No, where is it?

          • dearmidol

            Right next to the Federal Reserve building in sort of downtown, sort of uptown.

          • GoRangers23

            Oh, ok. Thanks! I may need to make a trip to the Federal Reserve building and take my youngest son on the tour. He’s never been.

          • GoRangers23

            There’s just nothing worse than dry meat!

          • GoRangers23

            I like sweater sauce.

          • GoRangers23

            No, not sweater sauce…..sweeter sauce. Lo

          • JacobMcCandles

            You from TX??????????????

          • GoRangers23

            My grandparents were born here, my parents were born here, all my aunts, uncles and cousins were born here. I wasn’t born here because my dad was in the Air Force, but I got back here as soon as I could…….And we ALL like sweeter sauce. Lo

          • JacobMcCandles

            Turn in your TX ID

          • GoRangers23

            If my grandparents liked it that way, it IS Texas! 😛

          • JacobMcCandles

            Nope…: ) sweeter is KC

          • GoRangers23

            NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

          • JacobMcCandles

            YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!

          • GoRangers23

            NO WAY!

          • JacobMcCandles

            WAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY

          • GoRangers23

            I give up….but I know who’s right. 😄

          • JacobMcCandles

            Me of course

          • GoRangers23

            HA!

          • Ruffknuckles

            I used to go to Sammys a lot when I lived down the street on Maple Ave. My wife is a vegetarian and they have good sides so it was the only BBQ I could get her to go to.

          • dearmidol

            Love that place.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Lockhart…in Austin…will have a place at Globe life…..

          • dearmidol

            Never been there.

  • WhoKnowscs

    He wanted no piece of Gallo . . . make em pay Cheerios.

  • WhoKnowscs

    RANGERS ON THE CLOCK!

    • dearmidol

      Daniels era hasn’t been good when drafting pitchers.

      • WhoKnowscs

        Nope . . . gotta wonder if you need better scouts.

  • WhoKnowscs

    RANGER first – BUBBA THOMPSON OF

    • dearmidol

      Bubba in Texas. Perfect.

      • SABERMETRICS MASTER

        SCOUTING REPORT

        “Thompson’s most obvious tool is his well-above-average speed, which he showed off by running a 6.35-second 60-yard dash at the Perfect Game National Showcase last summer. He’s not as raw as might be expected for a player whose time has been divided by two sports, displaying feel for the barrel and a quick right-handed swing. His stock has risen this spring as he has exhibited more power than he had in the past, and scouts now think he might deliver 15 or more homers per season.

        “Though Thompson still needs to refine his reads in center field, he’s a lock to play there at the next level. His strong arm would make him an asset anywhere in the outfield. He’s old for a high schooler and will turn 19 three days before the Draft, but there aren’t many obvious knocks on him as a player” – MLB.com.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Wow……great player, can’t believe he dropped that far

    • elkaba

      He’s a quarterback?

      • JacobMcCandles

        Plays soccer

        • elkaba

          LO

          • JacobMcCandles

            Flops a lot though

        • calntom

          Excellent midfielder

          • JacobMcCandles

            KEGBALL

      • GoRangers23

        It says he displays a “feel for the barrel”. I thought that might mean basketball?

  • dearmidol

    Gallo can play.

    • Ruffknuckles

      Looking good at 1B

    • calntom

      Learning fast

    • GoRangers23

      I so very glad I was wrong about him!

  • dearmidol

    There goes the no-hitter.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Would’ve been my first

      • dearmidol

        I saw Tom Seaver’s in Cincinnati in college.

        • JacobMcCandles

          Wow…..Scary and Grandad saw Ken Forsch in the Dome…78 or 79……his brother Bob threw one too

  • JacobMcCandles

    No to the No no

  • WhoKnowscs

    Rangers on clock again

  • Tony Howell

    That was a catchable ball to maz

  • WhoKnowscs

    Darvish is becoming a 5th inning choker.

    • WhoKnowscs

      If not the lead it’s at least when he’s given up runs.

      • dearmidol

        I was worried he was going to give up the tying HR.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Rangers second pick -Christopher Seise = SS

    • Tony Howell

      Don’t need no ss

      • WhoKnowscs

        Yeah , , . need pitchers get a SS . . . He’ll be great with . . . Andrus, Alberto. Profar, But Kozma won’t be around.

    • grumpyderfsmagic8ball

      Christopher is fantastic

  • TD30

    Good hit Beltre!

  • JacobMcCandles

    AB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • dearmidol

    We need eight more Beltres.

    • JacobMcCandles

      12 days of Xmas

    • WhoKnowscs

      7 Beltres, 1 Gallo, 1 Andrus.

  • JacobMcCandles

    OK…..more Bud lites…later for tad

  • Tony Howell

    Need Evan skoug tcu catcher

  • Rollie Fingerbangers

    Asking about Switch hitting Shortstop Prospect Chris Seise

    “I look forward to trading this young man” – Jon Daniels

    • Ruffknuckles

      LOLA.

    • WhoKnowscs

      Or will this be the one we hold on to when he’s the “number 1 prospect” Only to need TJS and end up hitting below .200 with no power.

      • Rollie Fingerbangers

        I bet his signing bonus is larger than the signing bonus Profar got in J2

      • calntom

        Just like a scratch off ticket. Instant loser

  • SABERMETRICS MASTER

    Scouting Report:
    Christopher Seise is a 2017 SS/3B with a 6-3 170 lb. frame from Winter Garden, FL who attends West Orange HS. Long and lean athletic build, really projects physically. Outstanding runner, 6.41 in the sixty, has fluid and fast actions defensively at shortstop, hands were especially soft and easy while on the move, lots of raw arm strength, has improved significantly on defense at shortstop and the tools/athleticism really stand out. Right handed hitter, has good rhythm and weight shift in his swing, line drive swing plane with some lift out front, swing mechanics are pretty simple and low effort, best on pitches middle and in, tends to give up hands away, should continue to improve with the bat as he gets stronger.

    • Rollie Fingerbangers

      So Drew Robinson with speed?

    • Rollie Fingerbangers

      dunno. Kid has a bad case of bust name.
      Like Scott Heard or Ryan Snare. Maybe Thomas Diamond. Hope he doesn’t bust though.

  • calntom

    One of the lady rounders main squeeze is having good year.

    The Red Sox’ signing of first baseman Mitch Moreland rather than Edwin Encarnacion looks like a good one, Jen McCaffrey of MassLive.com writes. Moreland’s offense so far this season has been the best of his career — he’s currently batting .281/.382/.492 with 26 extra-base hits. Encarnacion, meanwhile, has hit .245/.351/.446 with Cleveland, although he’s hit well recently. Interestingly, FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi tweeted today that Moreland turned down more money from the Indians to play for the Red Sox.

    • GoRangers23

      Awesome!….And I certainly have no idea who you are referring to, sir. 😄

      • calntom

        Hitting cleanup for the 2nd place BoSox

        • GoRangers23

          That’s great!

    • elkaba

      Figured he’d do well in that ballpark.

  • SABERMETRICS MASTER

    Darvish lost the plate

  • WhoKnowscs

    There goes Lutz.

    • Rollie Fingerbangers

      Michael Choice says “Hello”

  • GoRangers23

    Hit it good Joey!

  • WhoKnowscs

    Do sum’tin Cherry.

  • elkaba

    Just noticed the draft has 40 rounds!

    • WhoKnowscs

      Yeah but after the first 2 rounds it’s like 30 seconds at most.

  • calntom

    Dang, I forgot we even had Nap.

  • elkaba

    Ruff’s commercial…

  • WhoKnowscs

    There’s the requisite 7 innings by a Ranger starter needed for Banny’s “Foolproof” by the book win.

    • SABERMETRICS MASTER

      Do you think Darvish will come out and pitch the 8th?

      • elkaba

        Not looking like it.

      • WhoKnowscs

        He’s just over 100 pitches.

  • SABERMETRICS MASTER

    Elvis is due for a HR !!!

  • elkaba

    Nice bunt!

    • JacobMcCandles

      Perfect, Choo also is 7th in walks in MLB, he gets on base

      • WhoKnowscs

        I’ve always liked the DD then Choo at the top of the order. i think they should keep it every game.

  • TD30

    Nice

  • WhoKnowscs

    Andrus go boom . . . you like hitting in Houston.

  • SABERMETRICS MASTER

    What a great bunt !

  • dearmidol

    Nobody knows what will happen, but Darvish could have gone another inning. Barely over 100 pitches. He gave up one cheap hit.

    • elkaba

      Don’t think that’s in the cards… or the book.

    • SABERMETRICS MASTER

      Bannister should let him pitch the 8th IMO

      • JacobMcCandles

        Yeap

  • JacobMcCandles

    EA hits in a lot of DPs….skewed stat, means good bat contact

  • SABERMETRICS MASTER

    (((( SAFE ))))

  • JacobMcCandles

    This is another situation where IR fails, Banny already used his challenges

  • GoRangers23

    Make it another hit Beltre!

  • JacobMcCandles

    Bring it home Rounders…Laters,Toods

  • elkaba

    Maz!!!

    • JacobMcCandles

      No……MAZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

  • GoRangers23

    MAAAAAAAAAAZZZZZZZ!! YES!

  • TD30

    MAZ!!!

  • GoRangers23

    The first angle they showed, it looked like it missed his feet.

    • GoRangers23

      I guess not.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Last chance to score make it good.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Home Odor can lay off a ball

    • WhoKnowscs

      Or single.

  • dearmidol

    A two-hit game for Odor. That is huge.

  • dearmidol

    Odor is a home run and double away from the cycle.

  • von_todwin

    Former Ranger catcher Chris Giminez is pitching for the Twins right now. Former Ranger Cruz just homered off him.

    • von_todwin

      Oh no, it was overturned. Just a double.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Rangers 3rd pick – Hans Crouse RHP.

  • Tony Howell

    RC could have 200 strike outs if he was a full time starter

  • SABERMETRICS MASTER

    Scouting Report:

    Crouse has some Johnny Cueto (RHP, Giants) funk to his style, utilizing varying delays in his leg lift and incorporating the occasional shoulder shimmy into his motion to help disrupt batters’ timing. He’s much more than gimmicky mechanics, however, as the Dana Hills ace can bring double-plus heat with his fastball, reaching into the upper-90s on occasion, while mixing in an average curveball that has its moments and could mature into an above-average weapon. Crouse will flash an average changeup, as well, though it’s inconsistent and rarely used at present.

    There’s projection left in Crouse’s broad, limby frame, allowing evaluators to dream on another uptick in stuff somewhere down the line. Even on his present developmental trajectory, Crouse could wind-up with a true plus-plus fastball flanked by and above-average breaker and solid average changeup – good for a mid-rotation upside.

  • von_todwin

    Aw I thought Jeffress was going to have a scoreless outing, then they sent him back out there. Good luck, buddy!

  • dearmidol

    Whew. Thank goodness there’s no computer strike zone.

    • WhoKnowscs

      CB felt a little need for Tit for Tat

      • dearmidol

        He is one of the worse.

  • GoRangers23

    YAAAAAAAAAYYYYY!!!

  • WhoKnowscs

    Draft over for the day.

  • SABERMETRICS MASTER

    Good win

    Good night !