As close as they’ve ever been. 632 comments


Mitch Moreland got the Home Run Derby off and running with a solo blast in the top of the second inning, his team leading 19th HR.

Mitch Moreland got the Home Run Derby off and running with a solo blast in the top of the second inning, his team leading 19th HR.

 

Three, four, three, two, three, two, three, two. It’s like they’ve been doing the Texas tango or something.

The Rangers could get close to Houston, but they always dropped back. They could get to within two, but always lost ground immediately. Like Houston had an impenetrable force field or something.

Until now. The Astros lost 4-0 to Oakland and the Rangers beat Seattle 9-6 to pull to within one game of first place in the West.

Finally. First place is right there in sight. Finally.

After 137 games, this is the closest the Rangers have been all season.

On June 13, Texas beat Minnesota and closed the gap to a game-and-a-half. Then they lost nine of the next fifteen and followed that up by losing ten out of thirteen, and before they knew it they were nine games behind.

Then, the long steady grueling climb began.

Last night, the bats woke up at the perfect time. It had been four games since a Ranger hit a home run. In fact, through the first seven games of the road trip, the Rangers had just two home runs.

The offense, it appeared, stayed in Arlington.

They made up for it last night. When they really needed to, when the pitching was less than stellar.

They hit four home runs: Moreland, Choo, Odor and Gallo. The Rangers got four home runs in a game against Baltimore on June 29 (two for Moreland, one for Choo, one for Corporan). What made that noteworthy is, they followed that up with four more the next night (two more for Moreland, another for Choo, one for Chirinos).

So it appears when the Rangers offense wakes up, it jumps out of bed, splashes water on its face, and is ready to conquer the world. Just in case you need a residential or Commercial Plumber services for your water system, visit mucciaplumbing.com

Carpe Houston.

The Rangers have one more huge step to go. One more game to get to first place.

This time the Rangers need to run into a ladder, not a chute.

 

  • John Ross

    Was kind of scary though! With that big lead Hamels just started throwing meatballs letting the defense worry about the results. It almost got away from us.

  • TD30_4_Scary

    Glad to read the news from Jake on Scary going home soon. Can’t wait for Scary to be back causing trouble around here again.

    • Rowdy Yates

      Yep, good news! … and just got a pm saying he was on his way to the Sandbox and would keep in touch with us when he can.

      • TD30_4_Scary

        Yes I’m very glad he will be able to check in and keep us updated on how he is doing.

    • Nashvillecat66

      That is wonderful to hear.
      Can’t wait to stir things up with that old rascal again.

  • Rowdy Yates

    Hubba, Hubba … looks like I missed a fun one! And Cheapwine got two hits to add to the homers by big boys!

    • Nashvillecat66

      Took me a couple of minutes to figure out the “Cheapwine” reference.
      Good play there Rowdy.

    • GT500

      Maybe he did finally have his Roy Hobbs moment……Gallo hitting em out helps to hide the absence of an effective #3 or #4 hitter……

      • Nashvillecat66

        Even though Fielder and Beltre are in a bit of a downturn at the moment, I’ll take them over just about any 3-4 combo in the major leagues.
        They are professionals and know how to hit. I wouldn’t be surprised if they break out in a major way during the upcoming home stand.

        • GT500

          Let’s hope so, they both look pretty bad right now……on the other hand Moreland & Choo BA on the way up…..never going to get em all going at the same time, most teams have 4 or 5 out of 9 going good….but poor Prince is in a prolonged and only slump of the year, once he relaxes he can be a game changer again

          • John Ross

            He’s been off ever since his yapping in the dugout got Beltre tossed…or slightly before.
            Maybe being the good team player accepting the DH position is wearing thin for him, losing focus sitting so much.

          • GT500

            One thing Prince has been known for is his toughness and being in every game……I don’t think we will ever know the effect on him of being on the sidelines might be having….

          • elkaba_4_Scary

            I think it actually started when Josh arrived.

        • SportsJunkie

          You know, I took a good hard look at Prince’s swing last night and think I may have identified his issue. He’s actually looking to go the other way too much, and when he has to turn on a pitch inside half he’s swinging a tad late on it so he’s getting the ball on the top half of the barrel and skying balls he would normally hit out. He needs to just swing away as he seems ’em and forget about the over shift and just go hit!

          • Nashvillecat66

            The bat-breaking single early in the game was a good swing.

          • SportsJunkie

            Yes it was.

          • Nashvillecat66

            Regardless of whether he’s 3 for 4 or 0 for 4, Fielder still represents a lineup presence, especially with Beltre’s protection and Moreland’s protection of Beltre.
            Every team in the league understands he’s a threat, much more so than last year when his neck was hurting.
            He’ll terrorize pitchers again before this season’s over.

          • SportsJunkie

            Wish I had the computer skills to do a side-by-side comparison of his swing plane before the AS break and after. It’s a different swing. Hope he can figure it out. He is a presence, no doubt. I think if Beltre was Beltre, or if we had Nellie coming in after Prince, you’d see a lot more pitches for him to hit. Right now, they’re happy to pitch around him and walk him.

          • John Ross

            Careful or you’ll make Magadan mad again.

          • SportsJunkie

            Is he still the hitting coach?! ……

          • John Ross

            He sits in that seat.

          • SportsJunkie

            LOL, apparently he has worked hard with Elvis, so I can’t bash him too much, but then again…..

          • John Ross

            Took Josh to finally reach him…and loan him his bat.

          • Nashvillecat66

            And Tony Beasley to tell EA how he was wasting his ability.

          • John Ross

            Exactly. That’s the kind of thing that says this is an effective coach.

          • Nashvillecat66

            There are different ways to reach different players.
            What works for someone such as Clint Hurdle doesn’t work for someone such as Joe Maddon.

          • John Ross

            Right but bottom line is ability to reach inside a player’s head, not just have great clipboard skills.

          • Nashvillecat66

            I’ve said this many times previously: the player has to take on most of the responsibility of wanting to get better.
            The hitting coach, the pitching coach or the manager can deliver the message, but if a player doesn’t want to hear it — such as it appears Elvis was doing previously — the words are worthless.

          • John Ross

            It takes the right stuff. Like Ted Williams used to tell his Rangers, “just hit the ball!” lol
            Great stats don’t always translate to teaching ability.

          • SportsJunkie

            That was excellent. Beasley is one of those quiet leaders you like to have on your team.

          • SportsJunkie

            That’s right. The heavier bat has helped him more than madagain ever could.

    • RangerReclinerCoach

      Took a second on “Cheapwine”.
      I moaned when I saw him in the line up but he done good.

  • Rangers_SUPERFAN

    Nothing much today. Great game yesterday. Hoping for an even better game today. Hope everybody has been okay.
    #GORANGERS
    #HEYHOUSTON
    #LOOKWHOSCOMINGFORYA
    #thatisall

  • John Ross

    10:05 PM
    Astros at AthleticsProbables:
    HOU:
    McHugh
    (15-7, 3.75)
    OAK:
    Brooks
    (1-2, 6.91)

  • isittime

    Went to bed thinking things were in hand, thinking the usual BP would get a break, and woke to a -9-6 dicey W. Not sure what happened but we need Holland to put the clamps down on Seattle tonight.

    • Nashvillecat66

      Actually, Perez takes the ball tonight.
      Holland is Thursday’s starter.
      But your point is accurate. Regardless of who pitches, the Rangers need to continue building momentum and keep the pressure on the Astros.

      • isittime

        My bad. I didn’t check the scheduled starter. Thanks for the correction.

        • Nashvillecat66

          Probably was a bit petty on my part.
          Didn’t mean to wag my cyber finger in your direction.

  • Nashvillecat66

    Although he had a bad inning (7th) I submit that last night Cole Hamels performed the way a staff ace is supposed to — get key outs and keep the other team from building momentum.
    The telling moment for me came in the third when he gave up a single, a walk and another single that nearly took his head off.
    With the bases loaded, he got a big strikeout, a ground out (which was close to being an inning-ending double play) and another ground out.
    Hamels kept the damage to a minimum and sent his offense out again, still with a three-run lead.
    It wasn’t pretty at times, but it showed his bulldog mentality.
    The type of mentality that can win playoff games, if and when they arrive.

    • GT500

      One thing for sure, he is a pretty tough SOB…..some pitchers would have been a hell of a lot more rattled than he was after the back roll and dodge of the rope hit right at him

      • Nashvillecat66

        Just because he looks as if he’s just another San Diego-born pretty boy doesn’t mean he doesn’t have an edge.
        He’s tough as boot leather, which was emphasized by Gerry Fraley in his story a couple of weeks ago in the DMN.

        • GT500

          Well he is proving his toughness……

      • elkaba_4_Scary

        That’s as good a sign as any that he can handle the pressure of the post season, too. That kind of poise is a good lesson for the youngsters, as well.

    • dearmidol

      Hamels is a stud. We are lucky to have him.

      • Nashvillecat66

        For several more years.

      • GT500

        Yep, no denying he will be good to have and another hats off to the GM…..I know there are some who would be happier if he gets blown out so as to create an I told you so opportunity, but in the meantime just sit back and enjoy!!!!

        • von_4_Scary

          That might be a little unfair. I’ve come around, but I was skeptical at first. That doesn’t mean I wanted him to get blown out, but he’s expensive and required a big investment, prospect-wise. He got the win and did what was necessary last night, but if he maintains a 4.07 ERA, I will agree with any person who decides to say, “I told you so.” I disagree that a bulldog mentality will win us playoff games, if it comes with four runs. I don’t think he will end up with a 4.07 ERA, and he’s shown that he’s better (including in his past couple games with us), but I don’t think the statements, “He’s been good” and “But he needs to be better” are incompatible, and I don’t think saying that means that someone will be happy if he gets blown out.

          • GT500

            I didn’t call any names nor even insinuate anybody on RR3 feels that way…..simple fact is Hamels is a very good pitcher in transition with a proven track record of being a grinder who is not perfect…..we are lucky to have him, his name is most predominate in the BB World when the “experts” discuss our short and long term potential…..he helps us even on the bench…..

          • wetfeet

            Good post, I was not in favor of the trade but he is performing slightly better than I thought he would. Still has a way to go to be considered the staff Ace. If he improves steadily he could get there. I see a couple of pitchers already on the Rangers staff coming back to take the staff Ace job. Right now the Rangers have the starting pitching and the BP to easily make the playoff. That is if the bats keep putting runs on the scoreboard most games. Right now the Rangers are about where I thought they would be at the start of this season. Of course everyone thought I was crazy for believing the Rangers would even have a 500 team this year.

          • Nashvillecat66

            We could debate the term “ace” all day, but the reality is it simply doesn’t make a whole lot of difference, especially if this team qualifies for the playoffs.
            Right now, in a one-game, Wild Card play in, give the ball to Hamels.
            In a division series, it’s a great comfort to know Hamels, Holland and Gallardo all are quality options, with Perez and Lewis ready to go as well.
            It stacks up pretty well if you ask me.
            If the Astros haven’t been paying attention, they will be fully alert by the first of next week.

          • GT500

            Ace or no Ace, who gives a heck!!!

          • durnrangers

            I’ll drink to that!

          • wetfeet

            :~)

          • Nashvillecat66

            And I’ll drink to your drinking to that.
            (That way, we can keep it going, don’t you see).

          • dearmidol

            Do you think the team that started this season would be in this place? I don’t think there is any way possible that team would be over .500.

          • GT500

            I did pick em to win 86 but to finish 3rd behind LAA and Seattle…..I thought from the first day they could win with offense but the pitching was shaky……but until JD took over they were going nowhere…..and there was nothing that a knowledgeable BB fan would have found redeeming at that point…..go to the predictions page to see who picked them high enough to be in the playoffs…
            http://predictor.rangersrounding3rd.com/index.php/

          • elkaba_4_Scary

            I had them at 87 wins, I think, and coming in 2nd. (Hope I was wrong about the second part. 🙂

          • wetfeet

            Yes and everyone thought I was crazy. With all the players coming off the DL saw no reason this would not happen.

          • GT500

            Why only 84 2nd place?

          • wetfeet

            When I posted my forecast I thought I was posting 87 wins same as elk. Just recently see I hit the 2 not 7

    • GT500

      Bravo!!!

  • Instant_Hesitation

    30-15 last 45 18-7 last 25. Just keep chugging along this team has the winning attitude back it lost in 2012

  • WAR-time Consigliere
    • Nashvillecat66

      That is so dang funny but I can’t name it POD.
      Nope….
      IT’S THE POST OF THE YEAR!!! (so far).

    • John Ross

      Riding the mighty phallus spaceship to October glory?

    • dearmidol

      One word: Wow.

      Nice moves by Wash.

      • Nashvillecat66

        Yes! That was impressive I must say.

    • GoRangers23_4_Scary

      Lol. I had no idea Wash was so……flexible.

    • elkaba_4_Scary

      That was funny… in a creepy, bizarre kind of way. 🙂

  • John Ross

    Does anyone do the Papa John’s 50% off deal?
    Seems to save a few bucks on custom pies

    • dearmidol

      I don’t because I hate the guy Papa John. He is a huge a-hole.

      • John Ross

        Oh yea? Wasn’t aware of his politics. Makes good pizza tho

        • dearmidol

          Not his politics. He is just a horrible person to deal with.

          • John Ross

            Steve Jobs Syndrome eh?
            Goes with the territory usually.

  • SportsJunkie

    I’m in my happy place. Two wins behind the Stros for the lead in the division, and level with them in the loss column. Angels lose and sit at at .500, Twins lost, heck of a night. Stayed till the last pitch, Tolleson really nailed the gate shut with some ace-level offspeed stuff to go with one well-placed fastball per hitter. Kela is outstanding and getting better. Diekman hit 100mph on the gun three pitches in 4, the other was offspeed at 99. He went to the wrong part of the plate to Cano, but he was otherwise electric. Gallo boomed one to mid right center and landed it halfway up the stands, Choo, Mitch and Odor sent balls over the fence and we didn’t flinch when the Mariners carved out some runs on Hamels (total ace) and Diekman. Perfect. Loved it.

  • elkaba_4_Scary

    Good story on Rangers vs. Astros by Phil Rogers today on MLB… http://m.rangers.mlb.com/news/article/148270070/texas-rangers-have-experience-for-stretch-run

  • wetfeet

    Morning Rangers fans, Great day here on the farm just outside Voss TX sitting on the porch enjoying the slight breeze and cooler temp than the last few days.

    • dearmidol

      And the Rangers only a game back.

    • elkaba_4_Scary

      Getting some sprinkles here, off and on. Sure wish it would rain all day!

      • wetfeet

        Hasey here posible rain tonight. Really dried out here need some rain to cut down the possibility of a fire breaking out. With the wind it could really be a disaster if a grass fire broke out.

        • elkaba_4_Scary

          Yeah, as wet as it was earlier in the year, it has dried out to dust now. Need some rain badly.

  • elkaba_4_Scary

    The discussion on Hamels always seems to coalesce down to the questions of whether or not he’s an Ace and whether or not he was worth the prospects he cost. Looks to me, in a way, that’s somewhat beside the point. For one thing, there are few who would argue with the fact that, Ace or no, he’s a good, veteran pitcher. And he doesn’t have to be an Ace to help us, this year or next, as we now have ample evidence. Second, and probably most important, he was the best available non-rental at the time, especially when you add in the little discussed impact of adding a multi-year-controlled pitcher to a team, as opposed to a rental. By stating he’s here as much for 2016 and beyond as for anything he might contribute to this year’s efforts at reaching the post season, JD took a load of rental-player pressure off the players, the GM/ FO, the Manager and Hamels, himself, to make the trade pay off now. That has to be a good thing for everyone.

    • Nashvillecat66

      All valid points, to be sure Elk.
      Let me add one more: He wanted to be here.
      Don’t know if you read the story on how he and his wife sorted through around 100 questions concerning possible destinations, but Texas came up first in all of them.
      He’s a great pitcher, but from what I’ve read about him he’s a family man first and he was impressed with the quality of life the mid-cities had to offer his family.

      • dearmidol

        I will guarantee that, if the Rangers are able to set it up the way they want, Hamels will be the Game One starter in any playoff series.

        • Nashvillecat66

          Yes, I would agree. The advantage of playoff experience is impossible to gauge.
          Not just that, but Hamels has had major playoff success at the highest level. Not many pitchers in the American League can say the same thing.

          • elkaba_4_Scary

            I took his being able to get 3 outs after nearly losing his head last night as a good sign he can handle some pressure.

          • GT500

            Yep, my point earlier…..if it had been poor Colby he would have been beaned or still trying to get up after the double back roll…….Hamels cuts himself no slack, after the game he says “when I pitch we shouldn’t have to score more than 4 runs, I needed to do better”!!! How many Ranger pitchers come on after blowouts and say, “I felt good, didn’t think I missed that many, they were just swinging hot bats”……a lot of them!!!

          • elkaba_4_Scary

            That’s so true. I think he’s good for us in many ways, not the least of which is his healthy dose of self awareness!

          • Beltrebatfan_4_Scary

            Holland would’ve retired!!

          • elkaba_4_Scary

            BBF!!!! Good to have you back. 🙂

          • Beltrebatfan_4_Scary

            Thanks! It’s better than you can imagine to be back here. Now, all I need is a good nap and I’ll be great!
            Have to go back to do one more grandparent reading and then it’s nap time! Woo Hoo! I’m ready to be rested for a night game.

          • GT500

            He might have at least ditched the Jobu shrine and been scared into a decent haircut!!!

          • John Ross

            Almost went back to McCarthyism

          • Nashvillecat66

            Yes, he nearly “lost his head.” Literally.

        • elkaba_4_Scary

          And that was part of the point I was making. The playoffs are pressure enough, even for a guy with good experience, so why add the pressure of being a rented player who has to be “THE GUY” who has to get it done? That’s a good thing to avoid in my book for a lot of reasons, not the least is you’re stacking pressure on top of pressure on top of more pressure.

      • elkaba_4_Scary

        I did read that! Good point. Add one more to the “yes” pile. 🙂

    • GT500

      Yep, there seems to be this hang up with is he or isn’t he an Ace…..it just doesn’t matter, nobody has a good definition of what an Ace is anyway, just their opinion……some say Ace is the pitcher with the most W’s, so that means Colby is our Ace….doubt there are many that would pick Colby right now to pitch a 1 game WC over anybody else in the rotation…. 4.68 ERA doesn’t shout ACE, regardless of how many W’s he has……we have a good enough staff to make a good run, Hamels makes it that much better, period……

    • dearmidol

      In nine seasons, Hamels has finished in the top ten in Cy Young voting four times. Yu Darvish has finished in the top ten twice in three seasons.

      Hamels’s career ERA is 3.30. Yu Darvish’s career ERA is 3.27. Pretty even.

      His career WHIP is 1.145. Darvish’s is 1.196. Pretty even.

      Darvish averages 11.2 strikeouts per nine innings. Hamels, 8.3.

      Both pitchers allow 2.3 walks per game in their careers.

      Hamels was the MVP in both the 2008 World Series and the 2008 NL Championship Series.

      He’s pitched two no hitters, one by himself, one with three other Phillies pitchers (including Jake
      Diekman).

      • GT500

        “Gentlemen, those are the facts of the case, and they are not in dispute”!!! (Few Good Men)….

        • dearmidol

          Great movie.

  • GoRangers23_4_Scary

    Update on BBF’s granddaughter: She’s doing great. She’s eating and drinking and they are just waiting on test results that show that she has improved. She should be going home today or tomorrow.

    • elkaba_4_Scary

      YAY!!! That’s awesome news.

      • Nashvillecat66

        Missed all that. Nothing too serious I hope.

      • wetfeet

        AMEN!!

  • John Ross

    So what’s going through Yu D’s mind seeing this season develop the way it has?
    Some got the impression he’d be happy to cut ties with Texas in ’17/’18 or is Texas feeling more like home to him?

    • elkaba_4_Scary

      I think a side effect of getting Hamels will show up next year in the competition it gives Yu. To me, he’s looked a bit bored at times, like he needed a challenger for top dog. This could be very good for both of them… and us! 🙂

      • John Ross

        Too bad he didn’t have TJ done in October, he could be in it right now.

        • elkaba_4_Scary

          Maybe not. Like Profar, Yu is not of this season. I feel good about who we have now, about what they’ve been through together, about the ups and downs they’ve weathered together. Even the guys who have come on in this last month are part of it now, but to drop someone like JPro or Darvish into the mix at this point might work, but could just as easily mess everything else up. I say we play the hand we have and see where it takes us.

          • John Ross

            It is what it is for now but might be changing:

            “Jeff Dugas is also trying to answer that question as well. A surgeon at Andrews Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center, he is performing a new surgical approach to torn ulnar collateral ligaments that could potentially cut down the recovery period for pitchers by at least six months.

            Generally, pitchers who need Tommy John surgery fall into two categories: Those have partial tears of their UCL and those that have full tears. For those with full tears, likeZack Wheeler, surgery is unavoidable.

            But for those with partial tears, like Matt Harvey and Masahiro Tanaka, who sometimes try rest and rehab before settling for surgery, Dugas believes he has a possibly less invasive option.”

            http://www.nj.com/mets/index.ssf/2015/04/how_mets_and_yankees_are_helping_mlb_try_to_figure.html

          • elkaba_4_Scary

            Isn’t that what they tried with Yu when they shut him down last year? The rest and rehab option?

          • John Ross

            Yep, against Wash’s wishes.
            Wash knew what’s up.

          • elkaba_4_Scary

            That’s what I thought, too, but when it comes to health questions these days it always comes down to what the player and his doctor decides, not the manager or anyone else.

          • John Ross

            Did CJ Wilson take over your profile?

          • elkaba_4_Scary

            What?

          • Nashvillecat66

            I’ll hold him down while you beat the tar out of him Elk.

          • John Ross

            lol

          • elkaba_4_Scary

            No kidding. That was WAY below the belt. 🙂

          • Nashvillecat66

            Yep, call me a commie, but there’s no need to compare anyone to that dirt bag.

          • John Ross

            Did Mike Scioscia take over your profile?

          • Nashvillecat66

            Where are the Mods when you need one to dispense some justice?

          • John Ross

            All in good fun.

          • durnrangers

            Quote from Dredd or Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

          • Nashvillecat66

            Yes….”Get me the dip, I feel like dispensing some justice!”
            Those nasty weasels!
            Loved, loved, loved that movie.

          • elkaba_4_Scary

            Shave and a haircut…

          • John Ross

            2 biiiiiiiiiiiiiiits

          • elkaba_4_Scary

            🙂

          • John Ross

            I can’t control it.

          • Nashvillecat66

            There were so many great scenes in that movie…Benny the Cab, the talking bullets, Baby Herman (“This stinks like yesterday’s diapers”) and of course……
            Jessica Rabbit!!
            “I’m not bad, I’m just drawn that way!”

          • GoRangers23_4_Scary

            Lol

      • GT500

        Yep, a little internal competition has been historically good for the great teams, Mantle/Maris, Drysdale/Koufax, Ruth/Gerigh, etc, etc…….

        • elkaba_4_Scary

          Yeah, and who knows, Holland and Perez might give both of them a run for the money next year, too. Just imagine if all 4 are jockeying for top slot! That team could be a juggernaut and roll over the West!

          • GT500

            Even the very good staffs today talk about pushing each other to perform, that is another intangible Hamels brings to veteran pitchers who can handle the heat……having Cole Hamels standing next to you is not lost on guys like Holland or Perez, it matters

          • Nashvillecat66

            That scenario could become the long-awaited payback for the travesty that was 2014.
            This year has been loads of fun, especially since the All Star break, but laying waste to the AL West next year would definitely be incredible.

          • elkaba_4_Scary

            Yes it would. And I can see that happening. We slug it out and somehow get deep in the playoffs this year, enough to give all these little lads a good taste. Then we come back next year and just mow them all down on the way to an unbeatable dynasty for years to come. The owner’s are so pleased they build us a state of the art air-conditioned/open air, ballpark with real grass. (A girl can dream. 🙂

          • Nashvillecat66

            While you’re at it, dream up some 10-cent beer nights too.
            Oh, and maybe some big scoreboard shots of EJ!
            (A boy can dream, can’t he?)

          • elkaba_4_Scary

            LOL

  • wetfeet

    Taking a lunch break, later, this was a post from a hour ago posted it now I come back and I had a red flagged attached to the post saying my post was flagged. Now I will try again.

    • Beltrebatfan_4_Scary

      I had to restart my computer today, just to get on the site!! I was ready to CLAP CLAP CLAP for the news from Jake, and couldn’t even get RR3 to come up. I’m so happy he’s done well enough to have in-home care. Praying for continued progress once he’s home.
      We also have good news as my little granddaughter just got home! It wasn’t a life or death situation, but seeing a little bitty thing like her being poked and stuck was NO FUN! Thanks for your kind words and everyone else’s. Nice to have that support from here. 🙂

      • Nashvillecat66

        Yes, by all means, that is certainly something to be grateful and thankful for.
        Hopefully your spunky little granddaughter won’t remember this, even though you can’t forget.

        • Beltrebatfan_4_Scary

          I don’t think she’s going to forget for a while. She now hates strangers. LOL

          • GoRangers23_4_Scary

            Bless her little heart!

          • Nashvillecat66

            Especially ones aiming needles at her, I bet.

          • Beltrebatfan_4_Scary

            Yes – especially those!

      • elkaba_4_Scary

        That’s great news that she’s back home and feeling better!

      • SandyMc

        Glad to know that you’re home and that everything is OK. Now get some rest and be ready for tonight’s game! The Rangers need to win and that means everyone cheering for them!

    • elkaba_4_Scary

      That’s weird. Never had that happen before!?!

      • wetfeet

        Yep several times in the past. I figured it was caused by Hughesnetsucks but know way to know for sure.

        • elkaba_4_Scary

          Well flagging a comment is a pretty user-specific function. You have to move your cursor just so to get the flag option to come up, and then you have to press it. Not sure how that would happen as part of your network connection. I wonder if there’s a way Midol or Twig can figure out who has flagged your comments. If so, they could ask why. And if it’s being done maliciously, invite whoever it is to join our other excommunicated folks.

          • wetfeet

            Flagged may be the wrong name for what happened. I posted left came back to a Red comment my post was under review. I added my comment tried to post it again and it went thru.

          • elkaba_4_Scary

            Ok, that might make a difference, but it still sounds like it was flagged. Otherwise why review it? Hopefully Twig or Midol will know how to find out.

          • wetfeet

            The original post was (I am going to take a lunch break. Later)

          • elkaba_4_Scary

            Hmmm. Now that doesn’t sound like a comment that needs reviewing…

          • GoRangers23_4_Scary

            Well, that’s just offensive! 🙂

          • Nashvillecat66

            Never in all my born days have I read such a thing!

          • wetfeet

            I thought it was a nice lunch!! :~)

          • John Ross

            Were you going to the YMCA?

          • GT500

            Are you sure you are not just seeing a red banner asking you to verify your credentials? That happens when you start a post and your connection blinks before posting……

          • wetfeet

            Nope I hit post left for lunch came back to the Red comment. this is not the first time it has happened

          • elkaba_4_Scary

            Just after this discussion on your flagging issue I got knocked off the site. All I got was a blank page with Internal Server Error 500. So it’s probably the servers for the site are having a bad day. Hope the site doesn’t crash tonight during the game!

          • GoRangers23_4_Scary

            Heaven forbid!!

          • wetfeet

            Nope never had that happen.

          • GoRangers23_4_Scary

            I hope it wasn’t me….I don’t want to be excommunicated. :-). I’m pretty sure I accidentally flagged one of Rowdy’s comments before, but I have never flagged anyone on purpose. It is easy to do on an iPad. I have to be really careful what I touch with other fingers.

          • elkaba_4_Scary

            That was kind of what I was getting at. That flag comment button only appears when you hover over the line with your cursor (or finger on a tablet.) I was just wondering if sometimes it might be done accidentally by those on tablets. (Even might be Wet accidentally flagging his OWN comment.) But the tell would be if it’s happened to him several times and is always the same person…

          • GT500

            Can’t let the keyboard or touch screen get the drop on you, slippery little buggars

          • wetfeet

            No this had nothing to do with the site, it is something to do with the company that the site uses, With Hughesnetsuckas at times my signal is so weak it causes problems

          • elkaba_4_Scary

            Actually, this time I think it might be the server this site is running on. Too many people having issues who aren’t on Hughesnetsucks. 🙂

      • Nashvillecat66

        I had one that was “under review” (edited) a few weeks back. Never could figure it out.
        And today, I tried logging on about mid-morning and I got a message saying “Web site unavailable.”
        Go figure.

        • GT500

          It was offline for awhile……

          • Nashvillecat66

            Ah, so it wasn’t me being a web illiterate.

        • GoRangers23_4_Scary

          I got the same thing. I had to log back in too.

    • dearmidol

      I think it’s a glitch with Disqus. It does that from time to time, for no reason.

  • GoRangers23_4_Scary

    Good afternoon everyone! Well, my glorious summer of fun and packing, painting (and not painting), looking for houses and stressing about it all is finally over…….the stress isn’t over–just the summer, as the GoRangers family goes back to jail…..I mean school. Um, I would like to officially take this time to ask for a summer do-over……please? Alright, I know that isn’t going to happen so I might as well put on a stiff upper lip. Come on summer 2016! 🙂

    Tonight’s game begins at 9:10 pm CT. Martin Perez will pitch against LHP Vidal Nuno.
    Martin apparently fought through stomach problems caused by food poisoning in his last start against the Angels. He allowed three runs in that game, and has allowed exactly three runs in each of his last five straight outings.
    Nuno makes his sixth start of the season. He has lasted five or more innings in just three of his five starts.

    Today is National Teddy Bear Day and Care Bears Share Your Care Day– This is supposed to inspire people to spread caring, sharing, love, friendship, acceptance, fun, happiness, compassion and philanthropic generosity not just today, but every day of the year……their words, not mine.

    Have a great day! Refresh for pics and remember to keep Scary, Jake and baby BBF in your thoughts and prayers. Go Rangers!!!

    • Beltrebatfan_4_Scary

      Thanks Go!

      • GoRangers23_4_Scary

        You’re welcome!

    • elkaba_4_Scary

      Thanks, as always, Go. I think you did a fine job of the To Do list this summer, especially considering how uncooperative the Waco housing market was. 🙂

      • GoRangers23_4_Scary

        The house we finally settled on is one that the rest of my extended family is questioning, I think. My sister in law told me this morning, ” Well, it looks like it is in a good area”…..in other words, that’s the best thing she could think of to say. Our pastor said, “No comment, but now I’m REALLY going to pray for you harder than I already am. My mom said she thought we paid too much money for it……read–Not Good, MAYDAY, MAYDAY!!! :-). That’s o.k. They apparently don’t see it’s potential like I do. Now, if I can only get past the fact that there are rattlesnakes and possibly rats and mice and bugs, I’ll be fine……read AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGGGGHHHHHH !!!

        • elkaba_4_Scary

          Was it the one on an acre?

          • GoRangers23_4_Scary

            Yes. With pecan trees.

          • elkaba_4_Scary

            OK, good. Now don’t worry about what people are saying. When we bought our house, or I bought our house- Mr. Elk was traveling and I decided on it alone- we’d been looking in Plano for months. We had a nice house in Dallas, but this one was going to be the forever house, and though we didn’t really have the budget for it, I wanted a big house with loads of trees in a really good area. I jumped on the cheapest house we’d seen in the best area but in the worst condition. We could afford that one! Luckily Mr. Elk saw what I was going for and was pleased. Everyone else we knew looked at us like we were crazy. But I could see it had the potential to be a fabulous house. Just needed (lots of) work. Now it’s universally loved and complimented on by all. So don’t look at your new house as everyone else does right now. See it for what you can make of it and go for it!

          • GoRangers23_4_Scary

            Thanks Elk! You have no idea how much better I feel because of what you just said. 🙂

          • elkaba_4_Scary

            No problem. I know it’s tough at first, but stay there as is for a while. Just clean it up really good! You need time to get over the move and see how it’s working for the family. The longer you live with it as is, the quicker you’ll be sure what all has to change and in what order. You’ll be surprised how your priorities change from what you thought they’d be the first time you saw it. We made the mistake of doing a lot of work immediately. Most of that got torn out a few years later when we decided to do the bigger remodel. I always figured I’d have saved a lot of time and work just by living in it a while before I did anything.

          • GoRangers23_4_Scary

            Thanks

          • GoRangers23_4_Scary

            I am taking a screenshot of these two posts because I will probably need to refer to them in the near future. I forget everything! I have a horrible memory. I’m afraid it runs in the family. Whenever I feel like I am going insane I remember my dad and grandpa and my twin aunts. 🙂

          • GoRangers23_4_Scary

            Did you move walls or anything of that nature?

          • elkaba_4_Scary

            Yes, we did. Took them down and added more, 1400 square feet in fact.

          • GoRangers23_4_Scary

            You added onto the original house by 1400 sq ft? Wow, did you use a contractor or did you do it yourself? If you remember, in the pictures of the house, it shows a sunroom. It was made by the owner of the house and we want to build it so that it is part of the house and redo it with better windows and a real roof. How do you go about making the older roof connect with the newer one?

          • elkaba_4_Scary

            We took in a 400 sf attached garage and added 200 sf to the house and a new garage behind it with a new game room, bedroom, storage/furnace room and bathroom above. The old garage and added space got divided up between a garage entry/mud room and staircase, a new bedroom and bath and an addition to the original kitchen footprint that more than doubled its size. We completely gutted the kitchen and took in the old master and a small bedroom adjacent to the master for walk in closets and new master bath. Because the original wall between the garage and kitchen was loadbearing, we had to add a 23′ composite laminated beam up in the attic to carry the load when we removed the wall. I was the general contractor and hired and scheduled all the sub contractors to do the work. (We had over 100 permit inspections!) If you’ve never done a large remodeling project before, I’d suggest you hire a good contractor. Check their references carefully. Actually talk to the people who recommended them. Go see their work. Then set a firm budget and scope of work with them. Calculate a payment plan that allows you to pay incrementally, but upon completion only. That’s very important! They’re going to want money for supplies. You agree to pay upon delivery to your property. You divide up the work and how long it’s going to take and agree to pay a week’s worth of work every Friday. By doing that it becomes virtually impossible to scam you or get sucked into a situation where you’re at the contractor’s mercy to finish the job due to the money you’ve paid. As much as possible you want to end every week even. You’ve paid for what they’ve done so far, and if they don’t show up again, you still have money to hire someone else to finish.

          • elkaba_4_Scary

            We replaced the roof at the time we did the addition. We also added a long front porch and a new area of roofing over that. The new roofing was tied into the older section at the time the roof was replaced. It was lower than the slope of the rest of the roof, so we added rolled roofing (like on a flat roof) under the composite shingles to make sure it didn’t leak.

          • GoRangers23_4_Scary

            Thanks, Elk!

          • GoRangers23_4_Scary

            Very smart!

          • elkaba_4_Scary

            You’d need to redo the smaller roof, and take the house roof back far enough to expose the seam with the new roof then make sure those decking areas are tied together properly. Then check your fall, making sure the new roof has the minimum. I think it’s still 4″/foot. If not, you’ll need to bridge over the seam and cover the flatter roof area with rolled flat roofing material then add composite over that to match the main roof. Any good roofer should be able to handle it.

          • wetfeet

            Will love the pecans, the family will appreciate them for the holidays.

        • wetfeet

          They don’t bother you if you don’t bother them. That is the rattle snakes I am talking about. Plus the eat the mice and rats, not sure about the bugs.

          • GoRangers23_4_Scary

            Thanks Wet. That makes me feel soooooo much better. Lol

    • Nashvillecat66

      Vidal Nuno sounds like he should work in a hair salon.

  • elkaba_4_Scary

    Wow! I just got knocked off the site by “Internal Server Error 500.” Took 10 minutes to get back in. Something is out of whack somewhere!

    • Nashvillecat66

      Yep, had similar issues.

    • Beltrebatfan_4_Scary

      That’s what happened to me earlier this morning. 🙁 I was afraid I wasn’t going to get back at all. Yikes!

      • GoRangers23_4_Scary

        Me too! It’s very scary! 🙂

      • GoRangers23_4_Scary

        I just got kicked off myself, but I just closed the tab and logged back on.

    • GT500

      Whatever web based dBase runs in the background is having some glitches……

    • GoRangers23_4_Scary

      Internal Server Error 500 is creating lots of havoc this afternoon.

      • SandyMc

        I wonder if that affects getting RR3 on the phone? I need to check that out…

    • wetfeet

      I tried for a hour without luck even went to the MLB site just to make sure it was not my puter.

      • elkaba_4_Scary

        Nope. It wasn’t you. It was the servers this site is hosted on I guess. Something it ate for lunch didn’t agree with it! Hope it’s fixed now. Need it working later tonight!

        • wetfeet

          Yep back on on the Mac Air and the iPad so I am good

  • SandyMc

    I was offline, too. Just now tried and got on here.

  • SandyMc

    This database connection problem is affecting getting RR3 on my phone.

  • dearmidol

    Seems the host server was down for a while.

    It was pandemonium.

    • wetfeet

      Still having problems, I refreshed and and lost the server had to keep working to get back on the site.

      • dearmidol

        That happened to me right after I posted this.

        There is really nothing we can do other than hope they sort it out on their end. We are at the mercy of their host server.

        • wetfeet

          Thanks, at least it’s not just my puter.

  • WAR-time Consigliere
    • “Pineapple” Dave

      I find this so completely hilarious that my students asked me if i was choking. when I laugh a lot i tend not to make noise btw.

    • dearmidol

      This is great. Thanks.

    • dearmidol

      This still makes me laugh, three hours later.

  • wetfeet

    Yep about a hour I tried about every 10 minutes

  • wetfeet

    Anyone else using a Mac Air??

  • dearmidol

    As we continue our discussion about Cole Hamels, here’s something to remember.

    Last season, in a five game stretch from mid-June to mid-July, Yu Darvish went 1-3 with an ERA of 5.40, sixth worst in the league during that stretch.

    Every pitcher goes throw bad patches.

    • John Ross

      Helps more when thinking about Colbs

    • wetfeet

      But as some say, not every pitchers live up to his rep when he relocates. Just food for thought. ??

      • dearmidol

        He’s 3-1.That’s pretty good. And, like I said, I would be willing to bet he is the one-game starter or Game 1 starter on this team if they are able to set their starters.

        I know you aren’t too high on Hamels, but I think he’s every bit as good as Darvish, except Darvish strikes out a few more.

        • GT500

          Well, after all, he has allowed some hits, runs, and hasn’t struck out every batter he’s faced….being sarcastic but he is going to settle into his groove, and it will be good

        • wetfeet

          Guess you forget I am not that big on Yu either both about the same to me.

          • dearmidol

            Did not know that.

          • wetfeet

            My feeling about Yu he is more Iranian than Japanese, Yu is looking out for Yu. Yu comes first team way down the list.

          • Yudabest

            But… Yu is da best…

        • Instant_Hesitation

          At this point we can feel good about Holland. We know Hamels will be a solid pitcher for us. What would really be nice to see is Perez to manage to really find his form and become a 3rd top pitcher to join those two in the playoffs. Blue Jays on fire or not if we have those 3 going well we’re gonna have a good chance.

        • elkaba_4_Scary

          Yeah, except for the strike out rate they’re like twin sons of different mothers.

    • WAR-time Consigliere

      Gallo bombs are majestic

      • elkaba_4_Scary

        But unfortunately rare, so far. Hope he can find something else to do when the majestic bombs aren’t working besides striking out.

        • Mr C_4_Scary_2

          I don’t know if anyone noticed that Gallo shortened his swing last night. If you have a chance to take a look at his BOOMB last night, notice when he “un-coils” and you will notice a much shorter follow through.

          He had 2 hits last night including the HR; but he made solid contact on 3 of his 4 at-bats as he was robbed by the CF in his 2nd plate appearance.

          • dearmidol

            That’s great. Let’s hope he keeps it up.

            He can be a huge threat if he can just make consistent contact.

          • elkaba_4_Scary

            I did notice that. Even commented I was impressed with the line drive more than the HR. It shows he’s making some progress. I think up to now he’s been so focused on the all or nothing approach, he didn’t realize that might keep him out of the big leagues.

          • Beltrebatfan_4_Scary

            Good catch and good news!

  • dearmidol

    My advice to everyone who gets on is to not close down for a while, just open another window if you need to to go another site. This site is hit or miss today and you might not be able to get back on. I opened another window to try. I got on. Then closed down. Then it wouldn’t let me back on.

    • wetfeet

      Yep same happened to me.

      • elkaba_4_Scary

        Ditto. Same here.

    • Instant_Hesitation

      I generally just leave it open all the time anyway myself. Rarely have the problems most seem to have. Refreshing also makes some things quit working. I just completely reload the website if I need to refresh

      • dearmidol

        Have you had problems getting on today? A lot of us have.

        • Instant_Hesitation

          No but I’ve been sleeping for 5 hours.

      • GoRangers23_4_Scary

        That’s what I am having to do. I keep mine open all the time too. Every single time I refresh it kicks me off. I just log back in and everything is fine. It’s happened three times so far.

        • wetfeet

          If you have facebook just log in with facebook. That is about all I use facebook for and to look at the Grandkids pictures they post.

      • wetfeet

        Same here but I have my mac air, not the pad with me each one has to be logged in to the password. Logging in thru facebook to the site I stayed logged in all the time. Can refresh without problems. When I dump the cookies I do have to log back on.

  • wetfeet

    Got to run to Coleman, hope to be back by game time! later

    • GoRangers23_4_Scary

      Bye Wet

      • wetfeet

        Took my puter with me forgot I have wifi at Mothers now

        • Beltrebatfan_4_Scary

          Well that’s awesome!

          • wetfeet

            Don’t want to miss Ruff return after Gallo’s HR and scoring last night!!

          • FlappingGums_4_Scary

            Bbf I’m so happy to hear that your granddaughter is better and is doing well enough to come home!!! I know that must have been a horribly worrisome time for you. I’m glad you’re back!!! 🙂

          • Beltrebatfan_4_Scary

            Thanks so much! We’re all pretty relieved here too. 🙂 (Her birthday is in 3 days – sure didn’t want to have her sick for it)

  • Mr C_4_Scary_2

    Just came back from work and want to express my point of view on Cole Hamels. He is a proven ACE, and as such, he should be used.

    Yesterday, Bannister did not bring him back in the 8th inning after he allowed 3 runs in the previous inning and completed 101 pitches.

    An ACE such as Hamels will rebound from a bad inning. I have no doubt that Hamels would have done a good job in the 8th inning last night. That’s why he is considered an ACE by the baseball world. He has proven throughout his career that he can rebound from a bad inning. When your ACE is pitching, your bullpen utilization should be minimized. Your ACE should consistently allow you to save your relievers for your #3, 4 and 5 starters.

    Not bringing Hamels back in the 8th last night was a wrong decision. That said, we won and I’m happy about that !!!!!

    • dearmidol

      I was okay with it either way. He could have come out for one more, but managers expect only six innings from starters, so we got an extra inning the way I look at it. Pitchers are delicate flowers and asking them to pitch more than one hundred pitches borders on cruelty.

    • wetfeet

      He was getting lit up like a roman candle.

  • durnrangers

    Website– i was getting a database crash message at work, but from my home computer it’s fine– so far.

    • dearmidol

      Yeah, it happened all afternoon to a lot of people.

      My advice is to keep your site up and don’t close down. Open a new window if you need to get to another site, because it’s been acting up today.

  • Mr C_4_Scary_2

    Lineups for tonight

    • durnrangers

      that looks like a winner! I especially like the pitching matchup. and, the Cruz-less Seattle lineup helps too.

      • Mr C_4_Scary_2

        I just hope Beltre starts producing big. Regardless, I have a feeling Napoli, Andrus and Odor will be the big producers tonight

        Martin Perez is coming from a quality start and I also like the matchup tonight

        Texas 8
        Mariners 2

        • wetfeet

          Like Perez a lot, look for Perez to be pitching near the top of the rotation next season. His play this year and STing should have him over his surgery by opening season next year.

    • WhoKnowscs

      I think Prince needs the rest over Moreland.

      • WhoKnowscs

        Prince is batting .174 in his last 7 games(Though he has a high OBP of .404 in that span). Moreland is hitting .313 in his last 7 games(with an OBP of .389). But when push comes to shove walking more and passing the responsibility to a slumping Beltre might nullify the extra OBP..

        • John Ross

          Beltre’ caught Josh’s ‘flail at sliders’ syndrome

  • twigRUA

    In class so can’t look into the issue too much, but If you get an error, just keep trying a hard refresh, which is crtl + F5.

    I’ll run a script on the database tonight to work on it

    • wetfeet

      Thanks twig!!

    • dearmidol

      Thanks.

    • elkaba_4_Scary

      Tried that earlier. Didn’t work.

      • wetfeet

        Hey elk you watching the game tonight or one of your nights to call bingo?

        • elkaba_4_Scary

          Never call bingo at night. Always days. Older people go to sleep early at night!

          • wetfeet

            We do, one told me that!! LOLA

          • elkaba_4_Scary

            It’s always during the day that I disappear. I’m always back for the games unless it’s a day game. 🙂

  • Nolanfan

    Go Rangers
    Go A’s
    Go Royals

    • SandyMc

      That sounds good to me. Go Rangers and GO any team whose wins can HELP the Rangers. Heck, I ‘d even cheer for the Darn Yankees if they could help!

      • Nolanfan

        Yup, even the Yankees

      • wetfeet

        Tried that last year left a sour taste in my mouth! Took forever to get rid of it.

        • Nolanfan

          Scope is a wonderful thing.

          • wetfeet

            Can’t get rid of cheering for the yanks!!

          • Nolanfan

            That is hard to do

    • dearmidol

      Hey, Nolanfan. Haven’t seen you here for a while. Welcome back.

      • Nolanfan

        Thanks, good to be here. Computer probs. On my phone now, so can’t keep up during the game.

        • wetfeet

          It’s a site problem today. It appears to be getting better now. And welcome aboard!!

        • FlappingGums_4_Scary

          Hi Nolanfan! I’m glad you’re back! I hope you post often! Welcome!!! 🙂

          • Nolanfan

            Thnx, will try to pre and (CST) post game

          • FlappingGums_4_Scary

            Sounds Good! 🙂

  • SandyMc

    It’s still almost two hours until game time. I’ve had a long,nap and don’t know how to pass the time now. I think there’s one more late game and after that, game time will be more normal.

    • Nolanfan

      Thank God

    • wetfeet

      Looks like the posters are holding off for tonight,I Hope to be back home by game time. Nothing up tomorrow so a little sleep in after a win tonight. Then out in the cool morning to get a few thing done tomorrow morning. Love this time of the year. Cooler nights and not so hot in the morning. Time for coffee on the porch in the morning wat the wildlife enjoy the cooler morning.

    • dearmidol

      This could be a huge night. The Rangers could move into first tonight.

      How unlikely is that? Amazing, really.

      • wetfeet

        Bosox beating up on the Jays already to night.

      • FlappingGums_4_Scary

        I think it’s quite likely … I don’t know but that’s what I choose to believe! This is such exciting baseball!!! 🙂

    • FlappingGums_4_Scary

      Hi Sandy! I’m thinking that tomorrow’s game is a day game. Don’t quote me on that but that’s how I remember it from reading the schedule yesterday.
      If you’re bored, please feel free to knit a sweater for me. It’ll be winter soon. (She says, winking.) 🙂

      • SandyMc

        Oh, I hope it’s an afternoon game! Interesting that you mentioned knitting because I thought not long ago that I haven’t knitted anything in ages and maybe I’d give it a try. When my son was little, pre-school age, I enjoyed knitting sweaters and matching caps for him. Also made sweaters for myself and family and did several afghans.

        • Beltrebatfan_4_Scary

          There could be a market for some RR3 afghans or throws. 🙂

          • SandyMc

            The time involved would make them too expensive, ha!

          • Beltrebatfan_4_Scary

            Maybe so. Stocking caps?? 🙂

          • FlappingGums_4_Scary

            You’re full of good ideas tonight, Bbf!

          • Beltrebatfan_4_Scary

            Thanks. It’d be something to occupy the off-season. HA

          • FlappingGums_4_Scary

            Good plan. Just today I was wondering what I’m going to do to survive the off-season. I watch MLB to try to keep up with trades. Not that I remember them but it gives my mind something to do. Haha!

          • SandyMc

            That might work! At one time, a group at my church made things, caps included, for babies at Parkland Hospital. So many of the women who have their babies there have nothing for them, I’ve been told. We made layettes of gowns and diaper shirts, receiving blankets, etc. I loved doing this and might see about doing it again.

          • Beltrebatfan_4_Scary

            That’s a wonderful thing to do as they’re definitely needed.

          • SandyMc

            Since garments for newborns are so small, you can turn things out pretty fast, too, and inexpensively. A yard of fabric can go a long way!

          • Beltrebatfan_4_Scary

            I remember that. I made some pretty cute dresses and what seemed like hundreds of shorts and tops for my daughter when she was little. I was just starting to talk about getting that started for my granddaughter, when suddenly #3 was on the way. There’s no way I’m organized enough to do that right now.

          • SandyMc

            I can believe that! I always wanted twins, thinking that since one baby takes 100% of your time, two couldn’t take any more than that, ha!

          • Beltrebatfan_4_Scary

            LOL! That was good.

          • FlappingGums_4_Scary

            That’s a wonderful and very loving project!

          • SandyMc

            Just don’t know how I’ll feel long-term.

          • FlappingGums_4_Scary

            That’s a great idea, Bbf! 🙂

        • FlappingGums_4_Scary

          Oh – WoW! I’m impressed that you’ve knitted afghans and wearables! I never learned to crochet or knit. I wish I could do both … or either. I agree that it’s funny timing to mention knitting since you’ve been thinking about it recently! 🙂 That’s fun!

  • John Ross

    I see they’re giving Alberto’s nads a rest tonight…anyone see this?

    https://sports.vice.com/en_us/highlight/joey-gallo-celebrates-home-run-by-giving-teammate-a-nut-shot

    • dearmidol

      This happened in June. I hope his nads have recovered since then.

      • John Ross

        Ahh ok…i say keep that shekacki in the Minors

        • dearmidol

          Or behind closed doors.

          • John Ross

            Or when they pop each other’s backs…keep that in the showers, geez!

    • wetfeet

      Hope it’s a minor league thing! Some guys might hit a little hard!! LOLA!!

  • FlappingGums_4_Scary

    Hi Everybody! I just got here a short time ago. I’ve been reading posts to catch up with the day. (I’m a very slow reader so I’m proud of myself for sticking with it!) I might have missed some, but I tried to read them all!
    Sounds like the server was in a bit of a mood today. Well, that mood hasn’t gotten any better – – – it took quite a few tries to get on RR3rd.

    • dearmidol

      Yeah, it’s frustrating.

      But, we are just trying to make it worth your while. If it was too easy to get on, anyone would do it.

      • FlappingGums_4_Scary

        I thought maybe you were trying to keep out the riff-raff! LoL!

      • Nolanfan

        FBNL

        Frustrating but not livefyre

  • John Ross

    If this is true…wow

    jackschil: The Rangers are 14-4 when Gimenez starts behind the plate; 9-8 with Wilson, 15-15 with Corporan and 34-35 with Chirinos. So with Giminez, the Rangers are 10 games above .500.

    • FlappingGums_4_Scary

      WoW! This is one More reason to like Gimenez! 🙂

    • dearmidol

      I would imagine a lot of that is because he is the only one of those catchers who can hit.

      • elkaba_4_Scary

        You know, I’ve always thought he was a really good catcher. Just couldn’t hit. But whatever’s got him hitting now, I hope it sticks.

        • “Pineapple” Dave

          he got advice from Deshields Sr to talk to Choo’s wife about using Josh’s bat.

          • elkaba_4_Scary

            LOL!!!! Post of the DAY!!!!!!

  • Nolanfan

    I have to say JD looks like GM of the year(spit), and Banny looks like a keeper too.
    Feels like the good ole days are here again.
    Now, off to line up some ducks.
    Let’s Go Rangers.

  • Ruffknuckles_Scary

    And TR still can’t stop calling Gonzalez, Rodriguez.

    Sullivan_Ranger
    Chi Chi Rodriguez pitched 2 scoreless innings for Round Rock Wed. and then pulled. He might go Sunday for Texas so Hamels faces Astros Mon.
    9/9/15, 7:34 PM

    • elkaba_4_Scary

      He has a little problem with that one.

      • Ruffknuckles_Scary

        In his defense I didn’t catch it the first time I read it. Read a similar tweet from E Grant then it hit me.

        • elkaba_4_Scary

          Yeah, I’ve seen it several times, too.

  • dearmidol

    The Mets just tied the game of Strausburg, then went ahead on a Cespedes home run off Storen. Up 4-2 heading into the bottom of the 8th.

    • Ruffknuckles_Scary

      I get the impression that you and I share the same view on the NL East.

      • dearmidol

        I am not a Mets fan, but I really despise Harper and Strausburg, and am thrilled to see the Nationals disappoint again. The curse of Scott Boras is upon them, as it will soon be upon the Mets when he threatens legal action to keep Harvey from pitching.

        • O’Saenzism_GetWellScary

          HARPER IS BEAST HE PLAYS THE GAME RIGHT AND HES CUTE ):

          • dearmidol

            He seems like a huge jerk.

          • Ruffknuckles_Scary

            I’ll introduce you to his stylist

        • Ruffknuckles_Scary

          Feel the same about the Nats, but I also have a soft spot for the Mets. Used to go to one game a year when I lived in NYC. I wouldn’t mind see them do something, their kind of my adopted NL team this year.

        • Instant_Hesitation

          I’m not sure that’s really so smart. Teams will just be like Harvey didn’t even push to keep pitching that one time and possibly give a lower contract.

          • dearmidol

            He threatened the Nationals with a $300,000 negligence lawsuit if they kept pitching Strausburg. And Strausburg went along with it.

            It seem Harvey has flip flopped and now is willing to pitch.

            What a pansy.

          • Instant_Hesitation

            Never heard about the Nats lawsuit. Nats should have just said go ahead and do it. 300k is nothing in baseball.

          • dearmidol

            Wait, sorry, I mean $300 million.

          • Instant_Hesitation

            Ah it’s amazing teams deal with Boras. At the same time if you’ve ever heard an interview with him the guy is really smart has great game understanding and ideas for improvement.

          • dearmidol

            I’d want him as my agent. But look at how many of his players fail.

            Choo and Andrus come to mind.

          • elkaba_4_Scary

            From the fan’s POV, yes. From the super-rich ball player, maybe not so much. 🙂

  • O’Saenzism_GetWellScary

    WHY WOULD BANNISTER SIT GALLO AND MM AFTER THEY HAD GOOD GAMES YESRTDAY JUST BECAUSE THE PITCHER IS LHP WHAT THE FRIG

  • O’Saenzism_GetWellScary

    I ASKED THIS GIRL FOR HOMECOMING AND IM SCARED OMGH OMG OMG OMG

    • SandyMc

      Scared of what? You must like her or you wouldn’t have asked her. And she must like you if she accepted. Just go and enjoy homecoming.

    • Yudabest

      Go dressed as Batman. Chicks dig Batman.

    • Ruffknuckles_Scary

      I’m sure it will be fabulous. I’m so excited about this.

    • FlappingGums_4_Scary

      That’s wonderful! 🙂

  • SandyMc

    Oh joy! Flap is right–tomorrow’s game starts at 2:00-something!

    • Ruffknuckles_Scary

      Holland vs. Felix. Should be good.

      • dearmidol

        The Rangers have gotten to Felix in the past.

        • O’Saenzism_GetWellScary

          If Felix is RHP wHY USNT MORELAND AND JOEY IN THE LINE UP

          • dearmidol

            That’s tomorrow.

        • Ruffknuckles_Scary

          I used to know how to look up team stats versus a specific pitcher and can’t remember how I used to do that. You know?

          • dearmidol

            Let me see if it’s on baseball-reference.com.

          • dearmidol

            Yes. Google the players name and baseball reference. You will see splits. You can do it by career or each year.

            Against the Rangers in his career, Felix is 15-21 with an ERA of 3.88.

          • Ruffknuckles_Scary

            Thats right. You have to go to Felixs stats not the Rangers. I knew that I got it through baseball reference as it’s pretty much the only site I use for stats, just couldn’t remember how i did it. Thanks.

          • dearmidol

            That site is amazing.

          • Ruffknuckles_Scary

            I’ve fallen down the wormhole on more than one occasion

          • Instant_Hesitation

            Through the wormhole. Loved those shows. Never saw them all though.

      • SandyMc

        Yes! I’m not as afraid of Felix as I used to be, but he’s still a prime time pitcher. Holland may put together another gem for us, and if he pitches anything like he did the last time, I’ll say he’s back, all the way.

  • TD30_4_Scary

    Oh I thought I might never get back to my RR3rd friends with the stupid error messages.

    • dearmidol

      It’s annoying. Twig is looking into it.

      • TD30_4_Scary

        Glad he is looking at it. It is a bit annoying, but made it back for now so I am happy.

        • dearmidol

          Don’t shut down or you may have problems getting back in. If you have to go to another site, open another window.

          • TD30_4_Scary

            Ok. I’m on my phone for now. So I will try to keep it open.

      • Ruffknuckles_Scary

        Server problems can be really annoying. Went through a few hosts years ago before we ended up with the one we have. My wife and I have an E commerce site and I remember calling the host the first time we had press coming out in a national magazine. I asked if they would move us to a dedicated server and they guaranteed me that the shared server we were on would handle the traffic.

        Of course it didn’t. And all I could do was sit there and think of all the money we were losing as people tried to go to the site and couldn’t. And I knew they’d never return. That only happened one time.

        • dearmidol

          That is awful. And they frankly don’t care.

          • Ruffknuckles_Scary

            The frustrating thing was that we tried to tell them that the traffic was gonna be through the roof and they wouldn’t listen. We found a different host that put us on a dedicated server for not much more money right after that.

        • FlappingGums_4_Scary

          I think it’s cool that you have an E-commerce site! 🙂

          • Ruffknuckles_Scary

            I thought the same thing 9 years ago when we launched it, not as much now though. My wife is sitting at the desk next to me working on it while I gab on here.

          • elkaba_4_Scary

            At least you have your priorities straight. 🙂

        • elkaba_4_Scary

          Ah, the dreaded promise of the shared server. Run away!!!

    • Beltrebatfan_4_Scary

      Glad you made it! Just don’t leave now – you just have to stay and stay logged in…probably no refreshing either!

      • SandyMc

        I have had success with refreshing. It has worked for me both on this computer and on my phone. But I’m not giving any advice about this problem! What works for me might not work for anybody else.

        • Beltrebatfan_4_Scary

          That’s just it. It works once so you think you’re safe, try it the next time…..then BAM! LOL

    • FlappingGums_4_Scary

      Hi TD! So glad you made it in here! 🙂

  • dearmidol

    Harper just hit his second home run of the game. 4-3 Mets. Getting interesting.

  • FlappingGums_4_Scary

    It’s almost game time!!!

    GO RANGERS!!!!!

  • isittime

    Had trouble getting on. Had to click on recent discussion on the right to get to the current page.

    • dearmidol

      It’s been doing that all day. Problem with the server.

      • isittime

        It’s all good. Made it on. How’s everyone?

        • FlappingGums_4_Scary

          So glad you made it here! 🙂

        • elkaba_4_Scary

          Good! Now that we have the gang all here!

          • Instant_Hesitation

            Good thing I leave the window open I can’t get into it in a new window

          • Beltrebatfan_4_Scary

            I had two open today and just lost one when I forgot and refreshed the page.

          • elkaba_4_Scary

            I refreshed when line up came out. Took forever to load, but it did!

          • Beltrebatfan_4_Scary

            On the 2nd one, I finally got the home page to appear, but when I clicked on today’s article, that darned ol’ database error showed up again.

  • dearmidol

    Looks like the Mets just knocked the Nationals out of the playoffs. They just beat them for the third time in a row.

    • isittime

      Talk about a team that took off. That team turned it around after the Cespy trade.

      • dearmidol

        He has been huge for them. 14 home runs in 36 games.

        • Ruffknuckles_Scary

          How funny would it be if Cespy was the NL MVP and Donaldson the AL MVP?

          • FlappingGums_4_Scary

            That Is a funny thought!

          • dearmidol

            Wow. That would be great.

      • John Ross

        Oakland’s sucked ever since dumping him.

  • dearmidol

    Baltimore is beating the Yankees 4-3 in the top of the 9th.

    • FlappingGums_4_Scary

      🙁

      • dearmidol

        I want the Yankees to lose. If for some reason the Rangers don’t win the West, I want them to pass the Yankees in the wild card, otherwise the game would be in New York.

        • FlappingGums_4_Scary

          Oh – I hadn’t even thought about where we would play. Okay – that makes sense … I definitely would want the game to be in Arlington – as we all do what we can to get tickets to that game. 🙂

        • Beltrebatfan_4_Scary

          And….they did!

  • WhoKnowscs

    The Nats lost . . . I’m pretty sure the Mets have the NL East locked up 7 games up. And the Dodgers pretty much are guaranteed to win the NL West with the Giants 8.5 games back. The Cubs are almost certain to be the 2nd wild card(They performed the “Cardinal SIn” in modern day baseball of pulling a dominating starter out because of pitch count and ended up blowing the 2 run lead they had in the bottom of the 8th inning.) with the only real possibility for change in the NL Central where I hope the Pirates push the Cards into a wild card game. The 5 teams are basically chosen . . .it’s just posturing for 2 of them. In the AL The only thing certain is the Royals will win the Central. Either the Rangers or Astros could win the West and either the Blue Jays or Yankees will win the East. Meanwhile the Twins could sneak in to a wild card but time is running out for them.

    • dearmidol

      An honest to goodness pennant race.

      • WhoKnowscs

        in the AL . . . NL is pretty much set.

  • WhoKnowscs

    A 2 out single!!?!!?!! No Way!

    • WhoKnowscs

      Get consecutive hits/walks on 2 outs for a run then I’ll be surprised.

  • Ruffknuckles_Scary

    Ooh lala Nunez.

    • Instant_Hesitation

      He’s allowed more homers than walks this year. Lets homer.

      • Ruffknuckles_Scary

        His hair is fabulous

        • Instant_Hesitation

          I can’t see the hair.

  • SandyMc

    Seager is enjoying that bunt entirely too much!

  • SandyMc

    First inning and already in a huge jam!

  • Ruffknuckles_Scary

    Jesus

    • SandyMc

      Who?

      • dearmidol

        Hay-zeus Montero.

        • SandyMc

          OK. Thanks.

      • Ruffknuckles_Scary

        Montero

        • durnrangers

          pretty obscure movie quotes:
          “And kid, leave God out of this. He wants no part of what happens next.”

          • Ruffknuckles_Scary

            Sounds familiar. Can’t remember though

  • durnrangers

    Roogie— bad dog

  • Yudabest

    Could have been worse.

    • Instant_Hesitation

      Could have been better. But it was that.

  • Instant_Hesitation

    Sounds as is nothing in the inning was hit hard.

  • dearmidol

    After one, 0-0 Astros Athletics.

  • Instant_Hesitation

    Now he doesn’t have more walks than homers. This needs to be corrected.

  • durnrangers

    nice bunt Elvis.

  • dearmidol

    Houston 1, Oakland 0, middle of the second.

    • Ruffknuckles_Scary

      Scoreboard watch much?

  • O’Saenzism_GetWellScary

    guess whos back

    • durnrangers

      Jack Nicholson

  • dearmidol

    Get back your run here, Odor.

  • durnrangers

    that didn’t help, Roogie

  • Ruffknuckles_Scary

    Got watch out for O’Maley in the early innings, he’s still half sober

  • O’Saenzism_GetWellScary

    CALL FOR STUBBS

  • Instant_Hesitation

    We’re gonna need more runs to win.

    • Ruffknuckles_Scary

      Gonna need a leadoff hitter that doesn’t K every AB. Stubbs should go back to making BBQ.

  • Ruffknuckles_Scary

    Plunked

    • O’Saenzism_GetWellScary

      never

  • wetfeet

    Problems keep kicking me off, maybe later if the puter works better.

    • Ruffknuckles_Scary

      Probably Gallos fault.

    • Instant_Hesitation

      going by the limited comments im guesing most cant post right now.

    • FlappingGums_4_Scary

      I’m going thru that too.

  • Ruffknuckles_Scary

    I hope this guy doesn’t pick up his first win after 20 career starts versus the Rangers

    • Instant_Hesitation

      At least we’ve made him throw 64 pitches.

      • Beltrebatfan_4_Scary

        You aren’t trying to join the “Glass half full” club by any chance???

        • Instant_Hesitation

          That really don’t sound like me. But if the team plays well I’ll adjust me expectations

      • Ruffknuckles_Scary

        He must have been watching Gallardo

  • twigRUA

    the fact that Nuno already has 6 strikeouts against us makes me believe right now that they didn’t do any type of scouting on him.

    Hard outs I’d understand. Can’t control where the ball goes. But making Nuno look like Yu Darvish ? That should not be possible….

    • dearmidol

      He’s not that good.

      • twigRUA

        He is a good reliever actually. So I’m hoping it’s just him being on for just the first few innings.

        But he’s not a starter.

  • Ruffknuckles_Scary

    Ooooops

  • O’Saenzism_GetWellScary

    trumbo is so bad.

  • twigRUA

    Bad Perez. Gotta keep that changeup down more

    • O’Saenzism_GetWellScary

      thing is hes gonna pitch 7 innings and keep em at 3 but our offense wont come through

  • Ruffknuckles_Scary

    7 K’s for Vidal?

  • twigRUA

    Looking at some splits of Nuno, he actually has good numbers first couple innings. Though around the 4th- 5th inning his numbers take a huge hit like Tepesch.

    Opponents hit almost .400 off him after the 4th and 5th innings

  • Ruffknuckles_Scary

    Maybe part of the Rangers success this year is a lack of facing AAA pitching. Doesn’t seem like they’ve had to face too many spot starters this year. That had been a pretty big problem for them over the last three years

  • Ruffknuckles_Scary

    I couldn’t sleep after last nights game and ended up staying up until about 3:30 or 4:00. Got up at 6:00 because I had work to do. Kinda feeling it right now

    • dearmidol

      Being good hurts.

      • Ruffknuckles_Scary

        It’s the price you pay in a pennant race. I like to go in our guest bedroom when I can’t sleep because it’s like a cave and it’s the coldest room in the house. Wasn’t working last night so I was walking back into my bedroom when I saw a coyote sniffing around in the creek.

        So I watched him for a minute then he disappeared into the darkness. 60 seconds later 4 deer go running right outside the sliding glass door in bedroom. 2 does and 2 fawns. Then the coyote reappears. By this point I’m sitting on the edge of my bathtub watching through the bathroom window. Next thing I see is the two does reappear running straight at the coyote. I’m sitting there with my mouth open watching this unfold in my backyard.

        They chased the coyote into the darkness and after that I laid in bed staring out the glass door waiting to see what would happen next.

        • FlappingGums_4_Scary

          Those Mamas were going to protect their babies at any cost! That is so cool!!!

          • Ruffknuckles_Scary

            It was weird wild stuff. My neighbor told me he saw a doe chasing a coyote the other day, I’d never seen it.

          • FlappingGums_4_Scary

            I would think it’d be the other way around. That Is definitely wild and worth watching. I’d have done the same thing.

        • wetfeet

          Had a young buck still in velvet in the yard mid morning, checking out a feeder which doesn’t have any corn, With this dry weather the grass is dying off early. Guess I need to put out corn early this year.

          • Beltrebatfan_4_Scary

            That’d be nice wet. 🙂

          • FlappingGums_4_Scary

            I bet that buck was beautiful! Yeah – it sounds like they’re ready for some corn.

          • wetfeet

            Lot of rain this early spring, plenty of grass until about a month ago. Starting to see a lot of deer on the road side in the 25 miles home. Keeps you on your toes driving home after dark!!

          • Ruffknuckles_Scary

            Been sprinkling here on and off for last 3 hours. I’m still waiting for my cold front and thunderstorms.

          • FlappingGums_4_Scary

            It just started sprinkling here about 5 minutes ago. That’s better than no rain at all even though I’d sure like more than a sprinkle. Oh – I think it might of just quit. That was fast.

          • wetfeet

            The dust on my pickup is so thick, if it just sprinkles my pickup will be covered in mud!! lol

          • FlappingGums_4_Scary

            LOL!

          • wetfeet

            May get some rain at 5:00 to 6:00 AM has rained hard out in WTX and north to Lubbock.

          • wetfeet

            We had a pickup stop in Valera a small town about 1/2 way to Coleman. Driver smelt something pull off the road at a restaurant parking lot. The pickup burst into flames burnt in no time. Had he stopped a mile before or after he would have been in the dry grass along the road side and no telling how much pasture would have burnt. There was a strong wind blowing, may have taken hours to put out.

          • FlappingGums_4_Scary

            Was the driver okay?

          • wetfeet

            Yes it did not catch fire until he was outside the pickup. A friend driving by used his phone to video the fire as he drove by. There was several cars in the parking lot people running to move their vehicles before they caught fire. I drove by after the fire was out and thought it had been a wreck until someone told me what happened.

          • FlappingGums_4_Scary

            Oh my! What a day that poor driver had. That’s just terrible that it happened. It’s Wonderful that the driver and everyone was safe + no grass fires started up. It sure could have been a lot worse. I’m glad it wasn’t.

          • wetfeet

            Our Voss fire dept sent 2 trucks just in case, Valera had 2 fire trucks, plus 2 from Coleman showed up, but the truck burned so quick all the could do was keep it from spreading. I have a video but don’t know how to post it.

          • Ruffknuckles_Scary

            I’m going through 50 pounds of corn a week right now.

          • Ruffknuckles_Scary

            And right as I said that they show up.

          • wetfeet

            Takes 2500 Lbs to just fill every feeder on the place.

          • Ruffknuckles_Scary

            How many feeders do you have?

          • wetfeet

            6 and a couple of smaller one to put out for turkeys.

          • Ruffknuckles_Scary

            Didn’t realize your farm was that big.

  • dearmidol

    Okay, let’s hope that gets them going.

  • dearmidol

    Houston 3, Oakland 0.

    • wetfeet

      Stros give then take it back

  • Beltrebatfan_4_Scary

    Well, that was pretty disgusting. ehh

    • FlappingGums_4_Scary

      That’s the nicest way to put it for sure. ::-)

      • Beltrebatfan_4_Scary

        I have a little bit of an issue with germs. LOL
        I can remember offering my daughter $100 if she would NOT go to a party at a water park. That was years ago. They were pretty much the best place for germs to thrive.

        • FlappingGums_4_Scary

          That $100. was a good trade-off to not get all those germs! Did she go to the party, or do you remember?

          • Beltrebatfan_4_Scary

            She may have gone to one or two over the years, but most of them I was able to avoid. 🙂 It seemed as though one of the kids would end up extremely sick every time. Like hospital sick. Scary to me.

          • FlappingGums_4_Scary

            Oh my gosh, that Is scary! Hospital sick is too serious to go to a party for. But kids, what can you tell them – they want to go to the party where their friends will be.

          • Beltrebatfan_4_Scary

            And the bribery only becomes more expensive! LOL

  • FlappingGums_4_Scary

    It kinda seems that McClendon was really wanting to challenge something.

  • Ruffknuckles_Scary

    Strausburgler and Stubbs aren’t the answer

    • Ruffknuckles_Scary

      5 ABs, 5 K’s.

    • twigRUA

      sadly we pretty much have no other choice than Stubbs with Deshields out. No one else can man center field.

      • twigRUA

        well I guess you could put Venable out in center field.

        • dearmidol

          Venable played in center last night.

          • twigRUA

            yea, I forgot that he can play center for some reason.

            Though Venable against LHP isn’t pretty sometimes. Might just end up being Stubbs out there against LHP.

          • FlappingGums_4_Scary

            Hopefully DeShields will be back soon. I hope he’s getting better.

  • dearmidol

    That was nowhere near the strike zone.

  • twigRUA

    rather just play Gallo than Strausburger.
    At least he brings some power potential when he is in and is actually a legit prospect (strausburger pretty much has never been a legit prospect). If I have to watch people strikeout, might as well have the guy up there who can hit a mistake pitch out of here at least

    • dearmidol

      I agree with that.

  • Rowdy Yates

    Gameday shows out of 14 Rangers outs 9 by strikeout … glad I’m not able to watch it on TV.

  • SandyMc

    Where did Stubbs come from? Has he been hiding out on one of the farm teams? Come with a trade? I had never heard of him before he showed up.

    • dearmidol

      He was cut by Colorado.

      • Ruffknuckles_Scary

        I think “cut by Colorado” pretty much says it all.

  • Ruffknuckles_Scary

    I noticed someone come out of the Seattle BP and refill O’Maleys warning track flask again.

  • wetfeet

    Finally got back on ,a lot of swings and misses tonight.

    • Beltrebatfan_4_Scary

      Hang on tight!!

      • wetfeet

        At least now I am seeing post coming in ,for about a hour never saw one. Refreshed and lost the site.

        • FlappingGums_4_Scary

          I went through the exact same thing. Once I was off, it took a while and a lot of tries to get back here.

        • Beltrebatfan_4_Scary

          Looks like many of us have had the same issues today. I’m on my backup page, hoping it stays with me since I also refreshed and lost the first one.

          • wetfeet

            Fingers crossed for a win and the site staying up.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Typical Rangers . . . they get a big offense 1 game and the next day act like they are God’s gift to hitting. 9 of 15 outs via K and only 1 hit . . . Yeah I know it’s not the same people but of the Righties only Beltre, Napoli, and Gimenez have any chance of being a threat.

  • Ruffknuckles_Scary

    Ruh roh.

    • WhoKnowscs

      I’m not sure it matters . . . they could have only scored the one run in the first on the botched double play. We have no offense.

  • FlappingGums_4_Scary

    I don’t like the way this game is going at this point.

    COME ON RANGERS!!!!!

  • Ruffknuckles_Scary

    Perezs development was interrupted by TJS and I think a little patience will be needed. I still see him as a number 2 or 3 type guy, he’s shown he has the potential

    • WhoKnowscs

      I don’t think this level is the place to get him back in shape.

      • twigRUA

        as weird as it may be, pitching a major league pitcher in AAA or somewhere else really isn’t for this kind of shape.

        Two totally different things. Look at Holland, he didn’t have good numbers in his rehab starts, but he is dominant up here. Rehab starts are mostly just to get their arm stretched out again, not to get them ready for the majors. You can only do that here.

    • dearmidol

      I just hope we don’t see this year out of Darvish after Tommy John surgery.

      • Ruffknuckles_Scary

        Darvish is much more established. But, you are right, nothing is a given. Darvish is going to have to prove himself again

      • Beltrebatfan_4_Scary

        Either everyone’s lying or he’s doing pretty good. Well, at least so far.

        • twigRUA

          well to quote Dr. James Andrew when someone interviewed him and asked him what does it mean when a guy coming back from surgery is said to be “doing good.”

          He said: “it means we are lying. No really it just means nothing went wrong during surgery. The only way you’ll know if a player is feeling good and had a successful surgery is until they are back playing again.”

          • Beltrebatfan_4_Scary

            Ha! I know we won’t know “the rest of the story” until he’s actually pitching, but I was encouraged by his own comments so far. He didn’t say anything extreme, just that he was following the steps to return and so far everything felt good.

      • twigRUA

        first few months won’t be great.

        It usually does take a few months to get back to normal when you come back after surgery. Perez. is doing pretty much what I expected.

      • WhoKnowscs

        We are not going to see the same Darvish we are use to next year . . . the 1 year time frame has always been a period to start pitching. And I can’t think of the last time a pitcher returned the first year like they were when they left.

    • Beltrebatfan_4_Scary

      I’m sure it doesn’t help to have ZERO run support. Not very encouraging.

  • Beltrebatfan_4_Scary

    Scheppers coming in…….wine being uncorked. 🙁

    • Instant_Hesitation

      The best thing that can happen if he comes in is that he gets lit up. He’ll probably manage a good inning just to give them a thought he isn’t terrible then get into a close game and blow it though.

      • Beltrebatfan_4_Scary

        And how many times did he get lit up the last go round??? One bad appearance in a losing game won’t say much to anyone. I’m still just shaking my head over this decision. Actually, I hope he proves me very wrong.

    • dearmidol

      At least that continues his streak of pitching in games the Rangers lose.

      • Beltrebatfan_4_Scary

        I’ll drink to that.

    • FlappingGums_4_Scary

      I thought you were just kidding around about Schep coming in! :-o!

      • Beltrebatfan_4_Scary

        Nope and not kidding about the wine either. 😛

        • FlappingGums_4_Scary

          I like that!!! 🙂

  • Ruffknuckles_Scary

    3 runs this inning. Thats all I ask

  • WhoKnowscs

    I really hate how the Rangers look like they give up when they get behind.

    • twigRUA

      I don’t think they look like that honestly. I actually have been very happy to see them not give up and keep fighting until the last out for a lot of this year.

    • Ruffknuckles_Scary

      This team is 9 games over .500 with a run differential of -26. I would say that’s the definition of a team that doesn’t give up. They are 25-20 in one run games and 41-30 in games decided by one or two runs.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Buzz and Grieve go on and one about all the K’s Nuno is getting . . . well 5 of 9 are Stubbs and Stras. I think that’s more telling than Nuno doing well.

    • dearmidol

      That’s pitiful.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Everyone ready for Darvish’s innings limit next year?

  • twigRUA

    perfect time for a washism?
    “Gotta tip your cap to the pitcher.”

  • WhoKnowscs

    Banister is throwing in the towel.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Nobody forgets Schep’s last outing Buzz.

    • WhoKnowscs

      And we all know the DL visit was bull.

    • dearmidol

      32,000 fans in the Ballpark wanted to strangle him.

  • WhoKnowscs

    3 outs on 2 pitches . . . a shame we won’t likely see any offense.

  • twigRUA

    well that was the worst thing that could had happened.
    That just bought Scheppers a lot time I bet

    • FlappingGums_4_Scary

      You’re probably right, but I sure hope not.

    • WhoKnowscs

      I was told Freeman going 1 2 3 was no big deal because we were down by ___. The same applies to Scheppers.

      • twigRUA

        same does apply to Scheppers. Actually even worse.

        It sadly just means though they’ll want to hang on to him hoping he can somehow find the 2013 luck, but no one can get that lucky again.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Just pitch Scheppers the rest of the game unless we have any offense.

  • GoRangers23_4_Scary

    I have been trying to get on this site for about two hours. Is there anyone else missing? I thought it was shut down. I even ventured over to the MLB site to see if anyone was there. I tried to respond to a post by RealPossum, but for some reason I haven’t been able to post on that site for about a year. He left a very long post about how sad it is that hardly anyone is posting over there now and that there is no excitement there in the posters. I guess they do a lot of fighting over there. He and another poster mentioned how fun the site used to be and that they used to stay up late after the games were over, talking to each other and finding out about each other’s lives. About how they used to laugh so hard their sides would ache the next day. It made me a little sad that those people refuse to come over here. I don’t know if they are afraid to try something different, or maybe they came over here at a bad time and decided they didn’t like it…..whatever it is, I hate it that they miss the interaction they used to have with some of our posters, yet they refuse to come here. One of them mentioned Wet and the other one mentioned that a lot of people left to come to RR3rd. I know they know about us. Maybe they are afraid to abandon the other site? It’s just sad!

    • Beltrebatfan_4_Scary

      Welcome back! Flapper showed up but it looked like all the females disappeared for a while. Haven’t seen Elk or you.

      • GoRangers23_4_Scary

        Elk is probably having problems too.

        • FlappingGums_4_Scary

          I bet so.

          • Beltrebatfan_4_Scary

            It was weird because all three of you vanished at about the same time. I scrolled up and down to be sure someone hadn’t offended everyone.

          • GoRangers23_4_Scary

            Lol

          • Beltrebatfan_4_Scary

            Well, I had to check. HA

          • GoRangers23_4_Scary

            It takes A LOT to offend me. I’m pretty hard headed. 🙂

          • FlappingGums_4_Scary

            LOL!!

        • elkaba_4_Scary

          I was. Seems to have cleared up now.

      • FlappingGums_4_Scary

        I think Sandy is either having trouble getting here/staying here or she’s sleeping. LoL! Haven’t seen her in a while either.

        • Beltrebatfan_4_Scary

          Yup – I meant to include her too.

    • FlappingGums_4_Scary

      That is sad. I’ve tried to post over there but for some unknown reason, I can’t post there. I can’t even ‘Like’ a post. If the folks know about RR3rd I wish they’d just come over here and enjoy this interaction. The ones that fight each other can stay over there until they calm down a bit. LOL! But really, nearly everyone is welcome here. Maybe one day they’ll be here.

      • Beltrebatfan_4_Scary

        Some feel they are betraying the other group if they leave and feel like we all abandoned them. It’s a shame because it was never meant to be that way.

    • Beltrebatfan_4_Scary

      It is sad. For some reason they see this site as a competitor, which it never really was. We were having a lot of trouble with the site itself and with trolls. Twig surveyed the group and we all voted yes to a new site. I’d love for everyone to at least stop by here like tommy was doing. I can’t post over there any more either and have a really hard time following a conversation.

      • GoRangers23_4_Scary

        It is so hard to figure out where everyone is posting also. I wrote the help desk a note about not being able to post. I definitely remember all the talk about a twig making a new site. I didn’t come over here immediately myself. I think I waited a month or two because I am pretty cautious and I didn’t know what I was getting into, but I learned quickly that there was nothing to be afraid of. I’m so very glad I did too!

        • Beltrebatfan_4_Scary

          So are we. 🙂
          I was just saying the other day that I don’t even remember how to get to the articles, like via Gameday. I used to do that but it’s been too long I guess.
          I was trying to relay a msg about Scary and it took me forever to find anyone.

        • FlappingGums_4_Scary

          I used to read the posts on the MLB site all the time. Occasionally I would see something about ‘the other site’ and had no idea what they were talking about. One time Scary mentioned RangersRounding3rd so I Googled it to find out how to get here. From then I read the posts here for a few months before I could figure out how to post here. Y’all have been stuck with me ever since! 🙂

          • GoRangers23_4_Scary

            And I am very glad you came! 🙂

          • Beltrebatfan_4_Scary

            Ha. I’m really enjoying the group of posters here. When I started on mlb, I actually found the posters by accident. Must have clicked on something while reading. I thought it was pretty cool, but followed along for at least six months. I wouldn’t have dreamed of posting. Finally I got up the nerve to post and was called an idiot by someone. Turns out, since I was posting as a commenter, I had no credibility and was just another idiot. I had no idea how to even get a name. LOL

          • FlappingGums_4_Scary

            That’s funny. Yet how rude and arrogant of someone to refer to you as an idiot because you were a Commenter. Some people are quite difficult to understand – must have a fun life that person. LoL!

          • elkaba_4_Scary

            They used to do that to everyone who posted without a name. Never got any cred over there unless you put a name on it.

          • GoRangers23_4_Scary

            Hey, were you locked out too?

          • elkaba_4_Scary

            Yep. Not locked out. Just kept getting knocked off here. Decided to just watch and see if it cleared up. Looks like it did.

          • GoRangers23_4_Scary

            I was locked out completely for two hours. It makes me crazy! But I survived. 🙂

          • GoRangers23_4_Scary

            That is so hilarious because I did the same thing and I believe Elk said about the same thing too. I read the site for about a year, I think, before I made my first post. Then I had been reading everyone’s posts for so long, I felt like I knew people by that time, but no one knew me because I hadn’t posted. I posted as commenter for a long time because the more people would say something about it to others, the more stubborn I was about NOT changing it. Told you I was stubborn! :-). I have never been one to follow the crowd. I guess I have just always felt like if they didn’t like me the way I was, it was just too bad for them. :-). It took someone new posting as commenter that said something I totally didn’t agree with to finally get my own name. I finally realized that that is the only way people know who you are. So, I have known most of the commenters here much longer than they have known me. 🙂

        • twigRUA

          you should tell MLB to hire me as their web guy, cause whoever manages their web apps is bad.

          If I managed MLB’s web stuff it’d be 2x better. They have no idea what is good for their users

          • GoRangers23_4_Scary

            That is very true! I’ll try to put in a good word for you if I ever get the chance. 🙂

  • FlappingGums_4_Scary

    Uh-Oh – He’s still pitching and has over 100 pitches.

  • Ruffknuckles_Scary

    Vidal with 37 strike outs tonight. A guy who has’t won a major league start in 102 attempts. This has to be some kind of record.

    • twigRUA

      guess he was bound to finally have a good start at some point?

      • WhoKnowscs

        Or meet a bunch of AAA guys.

        • twigRUA

          I’m sorry, no disrespect, but do you just secretly hate the Rangers?

          Not sure how you can say so many negative things about a team that is one of the best teams since the All Star Break.
          This team hasn’t lost two games in a row since the Blue Jays series, and before that the last time they lost two straight games was at the end of July. Just not sure how you can be negative about that

          • FlappingGums_4_Scary

            Well said, twig.

          • elkaba_4_Scary

            Watching tonight’s game would make anyone feel negative.

          • twigRUA

            it sucks, but really?
            I could find countless amount of games every single year that good teams got dominated in against below average pitchers.

          • elkaba_4_Scary

            Sure, but that doesn’t make it feel any better watching tonight. This team is maddeningly hot and cold. And this IS NOT an ace we’re facing. Drives me nuts. It’s not just different players, but the same players from night to night. Just wish we could develop a bit more consistency- it will come in handy if we make the playoffs.

          • twigRUA

            Good teams find ways to win games when they in a ldry spell.
            So we entered a dry spell, but what have we done? Oh that’s right: WIN.
            The team has only lost two in a row once since the end of July.
            This team has only had a three game losing streak once since the All Star Break.

            They are being dominated against a below average pitcher, it sucks, but the exact same thing to happens to every team. The Cardinals got dominated against a below average pitcher the other day. Guess they should be worried too.

            The Rangers are doing exactly what a good team should be doing since the All Star break.

          • Ruffknuckles_Scary

            Good teams suck against crappy pitchers all the time. That’s baseball. A .667 win percentage means you’re gonna win quite a few that you should’ve lost and lose a few that you should’ve won.

  • FlappingGums_4_Scary

    Nuno has been pitching good + we’re off tonight. 🙁

  • Ruffknuckles_Scary

    I think that sums up tonights experience. Dribbler……….

    At least Scheppers gets credit for that run.

  • Ruffknuckles_Scary

    Gallo gonna hit a 6 run homer here

    • elkaba_4_Scary

      LOL… right.

    • dearmidol

      Instead he struck out for Stubbs.

      • Ruffknuckles_Scary

        I’ll take Gallo over Stubbs for a 6 run homer any day.

        • dearmidol

          Yep.

  • Ruffknuckles_Scary

    Just not the Rangers night. Luckily these nights have been few and far between lately. Tomorrow should be a great match up. Having Dutch going up against Felix gives the Rangers a really good chance of taking 3 out of 4.

    • Instant_Hesitation

      Yep kinda would like to see Holland shut him down besides the obvious reasons tomorrow. We have a struggling Colby then possible spot starter the next two games. Don’t need a little mini losing streak.

      • Ruffknuckles_Scary

        I think spot starter only one game.

        • elkaba_4_Scary

          We should be safe then.

        • Instant_Hesitation

          Colby one spot starter 2nd

  • FlappingGums_4_Scary

    I’m going to lay down on the sofa and watch the rest of this ‘terrific’ game.

    Good night, Everybody! 🙂

    • Beltrebatfan_4_Scary

      I was just thinking that it’s time to get more comfortable. Fingers crossed we have a major comeback ahead! Get some good rest.
      Good night all. See you tomorrow at the early game. YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • FlappingGums_4_Scary

        Good night, Bbf! 🙂

  • Ruffknuckles_Scary

    Nice of Banister to let Eli pitch an inning

  • dearmidol

    Need a rally here.

    • Ruffknuckles_Scary

      Have your hat on?

  • Ruffknuckles_Scary

    I can honestly say that I’m more disappointed in my lack of rain and cold front than the Ranger game tonight. Rain has become much more scarce than Ranger victories lately.

    • elkaba_4_Scary

      Same here. Had high hopes and lots of thunder this afternoon that came to nothing. Now it feels like Houston in August outside, a sauna.

    • Instant_Hesitation

      Based on the fact the next 2 weeks are solid rain here I’d say it’s staying dry there. Should make for more annoying camping next week for me

  • elkaba_4_Scary

    My only regret is that no one wiped that smirk off Seager’s face all night. That’s worse than a loss.

  • dearmidol

    Well, I sure hope we can all get on tomorrow.

    Thanks to everyone for battling the technical issues.

    • Instant_Hesitation

      It’s made it easier for me to do some planning on things to see after I leave next week. Gonna spend a few days around Seward and Anchorage before leaving the state.

      • twigRUA

        you going back home soon?

        • Instant_Hesitation

          Yep my work ends this weekend.

          • Ruffknuckles_Scary

            You should steal as many bath robes as possible. There’s a real desire for that stuff on the black market.

    • Ruffknuckles_Scary

      I wouldn’t miss this for the world. It’s a mitzvah

  • twigRUA

    31-19 since the All Star Break.

    Like Ruff just said: Good teams will win some you were supposed to lose, and will lose some you should had won.

    I can’t be negative about that all. Doing exactly what they should be doing.

  • elkaba_4_Scary

    Later guys. Time to get some sleep. Let’s win one tomorrow.

  • Ruffknuckles_Scary

    Alright I’m done. Some comedy gold on E Grants twitter feed. People coming unglued about this loss, you would think they dug up JFK and shot him again.

    • GoRangers23_4_Scary

      Lol

  • GoRangers23_4_Scary

    I’m out too. Later guys and gals. Tomorrow, we win! I hope Banny is smart enough to see that in the last several games, when Mitch is in, we win…..when Mitch is out we’ve lost. That might not mean anything at all, but it is interesting. 🙂

  • wetfeet

    I keep losing the site I am going to call it a night! Later

  • Ruffknuckles_Scary

    One more note before I go to bed for everyone that’s so upset about this loss. If the Rangers continue to win at the rate they are winning since the ASB through October then they will win the WS. Yes, they will lose a few playoff games, but I think we can accept that.