Bad baseball all around. 180 comments


The downtrodden Rangers manager Jeff Banister explains another loss, a situation he is all too familiar with this season.

 

The four-game series started out so promisingly with a win in the first game highlighted by the Rangers biggest offensive explosion of the season.

Unfortunately, they scored just one run in the next game and in the fourth game, and lost the remaining three to the Boston Red Sox. And the difference between the elite teams in the league and the Rangers became more evident.

The Rangers are sorely deficient in every aspect of their game: offense, rotation, bullpen, defense.

You can’t struggle in so many areas and expect anything more than 1-3 in a series.

When you look at the standings in baseball, and you see how bad some of these teams are doing, you have to wonder about the wisdom of the total strip down and rebuild. Yes, it has worked for the past three World Series winners. But it creates an almost unwatchable brand of baseball getting there.

Right now, six teams are on pace to have 100-loss seasons. Six. That’s twenty-percent of baseball. Is that really good for the game? The difference between the haves and have-nots has never been this significant.

The bottom feeders, and their final records at their current pace:

San Diego Padres 60-102
Texas Rangers 58-104
Kansas City Royals 52-110
Chicago White Sox 45-117
Cincinnati Reds 38-123
Baltimore Orioles 38-123

One team is noticeably absent from this list: the Miami Marlins, who famously held a fire sale in the off-season and sold off the best outfield in baseball. They are on pace for a whopping 63-99 record. Not inspiring, certainly. But also not 100 loses, although it’s splitting hairs.

What’s even more revealing here is all off-season, Rangers general manager Jon Daniels had insisted this won’t be a rebuild, that he was building a team that would compete.

Which means, the 2018 Rangers represent a horrible job of roster construction and not a deliberate attempt at sacrifice.

So he didn’t succeed at failing, he failed at succeeding.

This team wasn’t trying to be horrendous. It is just built that way.

*****
TODAY’S GAME:

Michael Fulmer (1-2 2.80) vs. Matt Moore (1-4, 7.67)
Game time: 7:05

How the Tigers hit against Moore.
How the Rangers hit against Fulmer.

 

  • Rowdy Yates

    As a kid when I screwed up big time I used to tell my step-dad “I meant to do ……” and he’d jump in with “the road to hell is paved with good intentions.” The inevitable results were either a whupping when I was little or a grounding when older. And in John Daniels case the road to last place is paved with his inept “good intentions”. Ownership needs to give him a whupping and a permanent grounding.

  • Tony Howell

    Yes this team is very weak, and no answers in the minor league system. There is not one real pitching prospect in our system just a handful full of wantabees. There is no place for Calhoun up here when we are playing an outfield of Gallo, DD and Maz. Hunter Cole is hitting 330 at AA but no place for him either.

  • WhoKnowscs
    • JacobMcCandles

      Watch JD prob will not wait the week and trade for him!!! Harvey’s era will go nicely with Moore.

      • WhoKnowscs

        Probably will trade IKF for him.

  • elkaba

    I wonder what our billionaire owners think of wasting so much money on JD favorite type of player, proven losers? He’s wasting their time and money right and left. They have to see that, right?

    • GoRangers23

      You would think so, but they appear to be blind.

    • JacobMcCandles

      I have said this for a couple of years now…..if you add up some of the $$$ we have spent on retreads, you prob could’ve had a player by now. You have a proven model now with the Cubs,Houston and now Phillies,Braves,Brewers. But it takes a plan, and we are so far behind the 8 ball that we do not have very much in the minors to help out.

      Sorry but we are going to be bad for at least 3-4 years, if not longer.

      • grumpyderfsmagic8ball

        Watch the 8 ball comments. 🤓

        • JacobMcCandles

          I grumpily agree…LO

  • GoRangers23

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    • JacobMcCandles

      HA!!! FSSW stole my “Gallows” line…..more followers of RR3RD

  • GoRangers23
  • WhoKnowscs

    In the AL Central. Playing .500 ball gets you first place in the division.
    In the AL West, the NL East, and the NL Central only one team per division is .500 or below.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Strange year. 2017 was the yr of the favorite…2018 has Cleve at .500, Halos in first Braves,Phils first and second. Cubs in second. Dodgers decimated by injuries, Nats underachieving again. But June first is kind of the first indicator of whats what.

      • WhoKnowscs

        The Dodgers have a lot of injuries but I think a lot of it has to do with them overachieving last season.

        • dearmidol

          I agree. Now Kershaw is out for a few weeks as well.

  • FlappingGums

    I think the game is on FSSW & ESPN tonight.

  • FlappingGums

    On no! I just noticed the pitchers for tonignt.

    • dearmidol

      Yes, I heard the Tigers hitters were racing to get off the plane today.

      • FlappingGums

        Ha!!

  • TD30

    Line up
    https://twitter.com/Rangers/status/993588707486765058?s=19
    With a change:
    Drew Robinson has been scratched with left hip soreness. Renato Nunez will play third and bat 9th. Isiah Kiner-Falefa will play second

    • FlappingGums

      Thanks TD!! ☺

  • dearmidol

    It appears the Rangers are saying they will not pursue Harvey. Which makes it more likely he ends up in the Rangers system, GM-speak being what it is:

    https://www.mlb.com/news/rangers-trading-for-matt-harvey-unlikely/c-275700402

    • Gregor_S

      It would help if Moore has a decent start tonight. Even though that would probably mean his next 3 starts will be terrible.

      If Moore is lit up tonight, and if Lincecum’s outings in the minors go badly, that may make JD desperate enough to go after Harvey. (I realize Lincecum is supposedly in line for the BP but that could easily change.)

  • isittime

    Does anyone know the reason the rangers traded Nicolas to the padres? He seemed like a viable back up catcher.

    • dearmidol

      That’s a really good question. It seems they are struggling to find a quality backup, yet they trade the one guy they had.

      • isittime

        Puzzling

    • Rowdy Yates

      He had some power, was adaptable and also able to play 1B, had better than avg speed for a catcher, had a good arm and was a team player. Why would the Rangers keep him?

      • isittime

        And he was a lefty. Could match up against tough righties

  • dearmidol

    Very small crowd tonight.

  • dearmidol

    Darvish in the 10-day DL with the flu.

  • dearmidol

    The “kids” are coming back to the pack.

    Profar hitting .224, Kiner-Falefa .244, Ronald Guzman .184, Nunez .167.

    Add to that Choo has fallen to .243 and Chirinos is at .194.

    I think it’s safe to say they officially miss Beltre and Andrus.

    • Rowdy Yates

      Doesn’t take long for scouts to develop the ‘book’ on everybody.

    • Nolanfan

      Seeing them sitting on the bench together made me wish they were wearing mics, and we could listen to them the whole game. I’m sure it would be more entertaining than what we’re hearing now, if they are speaking English.

      • Rowdy Yates

        If they were speaking Yiddish it would be better than what we hear from Braymond.

        • Nolanfan

          Emes

  • Rowdy Yates

    Maz looking more and like Gallo but able to hit singles too.

    • isittime

      I like the way he shoots it to left field against lefties.

      • Rowdy Yates

        Watched him at Round Rock many times and always thought he had a sweet swing. Looks like he should be a long tme MLB player.

        • isittime

          He swing is smooth.

  • FlappingGums

    WOOHOO NOMAR!!

  • isittime

    2nd time through not so good

    • Nolanfan

      If he gets another start, jd and banny should be banned from baseball.

  • Rowdy Yates

    3 minutes ago there were 2 outs and nobody on base. Now 5 base runners in a row. Please JD dump Moore and end our misery … and his.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Updates….Beltre back on Wednesday…….Odor this weekend…..Lincecum prob in 10 days if his rehabs go well……If Tim can pitch he would be a boost since he should be able pitch more than 1 inning, if Banny lets him. Drew is my first to exit….hope Alfalfa stays….JD said maybe Guzman

    • JacobMcCandles

      I forgot Nunez prob goes….they are actually getting Alfalfa some work behind the plate.

  • isittime

    So much for the shut down inning. The Texas 2 step of pitching. 1 run up now 2 runs back

  • JacobMcCandles

    Nicholas hitting .314 in AAA 8 HRs

    • isittime

      We trade for cash and finally received a pitcher with a 5+ era. Should fit right in if and when he gets the call up.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Talented GM

        • dearmidol

          I wonder if there is some sort of other issue, like being difficult or something. Otherwise, it makes no sense.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Yep….Who knows anything nowadays

          • Gregor_S

            Thought I read he was considered weak defensively. Hardest position to judge as a fan watching on TV, at least for me. He seemed to block balls in the dirt okay. I do remember last year during the WBC, when Chirinos was out and Nicholas was among those filling in, Hamels struggled and then when RC came back Hamels said he was relieved to be able to throw to him.

    • WhoKnowscs

      Who did we trade him for?

      • WhoKnowscs

        Future Considerations from the Padres.

        • dearmidol

          Or cash.

  • WhoKnowscs
  • WhoKnowscs

    Oooh Astro A’s in 35 minutes. Go Athletics.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Oh great. Leo homered.

  • Rowdy Yates

    Whew! I was getting worried Moore wouldn’t be able to maintain that +7 ERA.

    • WhoKnowscs

      It’s slowly dropping. Maybe he’ll get to 6.00 by the ASB.

      • dearmidol

        I hope he is not around that long.

        • Rowdy Yates

          Wondering if he’s had even one inning without a base runner this season? Must have but doesn’t seem like it.

          • WhoKnowscs

            The first today.

        • WhoKnowscs

          I didn’t think he belonged after spring training. But JD can’t admit when he screws up so we appear to be stuck with him.

      • Rowdy Yates

        5 earned runs tonight in 5 innings increases the 7+ ERA even more.

    • dearmidol

      His ERA actually went up this game.

      • isittime

        Yep. Flirting with an 8 era today. Just shy.

        • FlappingGums

          Oh dear! That’s serious!

  • Rowdy Yates

    Starting to believe Barnette isn’t a career AAAA pitcher but maybe a career Japanese League pitcher.

    • Gregor_S

      He’s another guy who was awful last year and said he figured it out over the winter and didn’t. Rangers have a few of those.

  • dearmidol

    Moore’s performance wasn’t very good. But if the Rangers can score only one run, even a great Matt Moore wouldn’t matter.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Last 8 runs scored by the Rangers all by homer. and 10 of last 11.

    • isittime

      There u go

  • WhoKnowscs

    First Non-Homer RBI since Thursday’s rout.

    • dearmidol

      It’s a lot more fun to score that way, unless it’s a walk off or something.

  • WhoKnowscs

    INO is due a hit . . . he’s in his first slump.

  • isittime

    There it is!

  • dearmidol

    Nice.

  • Rowdy Yates

    Sweet for IKF to break out of that nasty slump with 2 RBI 2B.

  • WhoKnowscs

    HH from the HH.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Guzman . . . what was that? Why go to 2nd?

    • dearmidol

      I think he saw the ball get behind the catcher. It took a very fortuitous bounce back.

      • isittime

        You’re right bounced right back off the bricks

    • isittime

      He don’t have ikf’s wheels. Unhitch the plow

  • isittime

    Heads up play by ikf.

  • dearmidol

    Smart baserunning there.

    • WhoKnowscs

      well half of it.

  • WhoKnowscs

    no loss for Moore.

    • WhoKnowscs

      More importantly, new game.

  • Gregor_S

    Tied after 6, bullpen game. Have the Rangers won a single game like this in the past two seasons?

    • dearmidol

      Not many.

      • Gregor_S

        Would have been happy if they just kept it tied for half an inning, but looks like that won’t happen.

        Leclerc has pitched a lot lately.

        • WhoKnowscs

          Leclerc’s been used a lot lately
          Claudio’s been pretty flakey of late
          Banny likes saving Diekman for the 8th and usually wants him for lefties.
          Chavez seems to have been relegated to mop up duty one way or the other.
          Banny’s already burned Barnette.
          Kela’s the “closer” and he’s flaked out the past week
          that leaves jepsen and Mendez.

          • Gregor_S

            Not sure Banny remembers Mendez is on the team. Not that I’d use him here anyway. And Jepsen’s been used quite a bit too.

            Amazing how Banny’s managed to wear out a bullpen this big.

          • isittime

            Jensen can’t go 2 days in a row. Totally inaffective without a day of rest

          • Gregor_S

            All the more reason for Banny to use him.

    • WhoKnowscs

      They have won their extra inning games this season. But getting to extras is another story.

  • isittime

    Lot of hangers being thrown

  • WhoKnowscs

    K coming.

  • dearmidol

    That was a fair ball.

    • WhoKnowscs

      first and a run.

  • elkaba

    I can’t take any Moore of this stuff.

    • dearmidol

      Agree. He put them in a huge hole. Five runs should be enough to win.

  • dearmidol

    That has to be an error.

  • isittime

    Rangers d

  • isittime

    Buck farmer. One must be careful. Lol. Who new braymond could have a good 1

  • TD30

    Nice running DD

  • GoRangers23

    I left to go on a walk with the family after that very awful and disgusting homerun from Martin. I can’t tell you how delighted I was to find out that it was tied, right before we walked in the door. I hope we get the run back plus at least one. 😄

  • dearmidol

    Let’s see if the Rangers can take advantage of that error.

    • isittime

      Choo needs to get going if they ever have any hope of trading that contract

  • Gregor_S

    DD almost has to go here, to get into scoring position with 2 out.

  • JacobMcCandles

    I thought it was 5-5…went to get a sody pop and Detroit scored…Good grief

  • isittime

    Whoa! Those wheels

  • elkaba

    I love DD. I don’t care what anyone says.

    • JacobMcCandles

      He is def a player and very good leading off…has improved his defense…..He is motivated

      • elkaba

        He’s what we need a lot more of. He’s got spark and spunk. He makes things happen. Half this team sleeps through games.

        • JacobMcCandles

          And he doesn’t seem to stop trying to get better

    • isittime

      I like how he’s always trying to improve. The notebook thing is a cool thing foe a centerfielder. And that speed is a weapon. Scoring on that play from 1st is more exciting than a home run.

  • JacobMcCandles

    WAHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO DD

  • TD30

    Woo hoo DD

  • Gregor_S

    That was fun to watch. More fun than almost any other run I seen scored in a long time.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Haha…..I agree

      • Gregor_S

        What speed does. He wouldn’t have even gotten on without it.

        • JacobMcCandles

          Firestarter

  • WhoKnowscs

    I didn’t know we were playing ourselves! cool

  • GoRangers23

    Now that was some wheels! Go Delino and Choo!!

  • Rowdy Yates

    Speed kills. And in this case, ties.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Choo has wheels………LO

    • Gregor_S

      Kind of like my old Dodge Dart had wheels.

  • GoRangers23

    Now that’s some baseball!

    • elkaba

      That was a sweet slice hit! I want more of that, too!

  • WhoKnowscs

    Need More Runs.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Tigers are getting Stumpfed

  • WhoKnowscs

    Gotta get more runs. Our pen comes back out next inning.

  • Rowdy Yates

    Oh crap! A 1 run lead with 2 innings to go. Nail biting time with the Rangers BP and Bani managing.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Diekman time.

    • WhoKnowscs

      Banny is so predictable. I was only guessing.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Well it only took 3 years *after* he left the Rangers, but Leo might finally be a major leaguer.

    • elkaba

      Somebody finally taught him how to bat.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Give him time he will revert!!!

        • elkaba

          I don’t know. He’s looking pretty good.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Could be a late bloomer….BUT

        • Gregor_S

          Yep. He got off to a hot start with Seattle, especially when they played the Rangers, but it didn’t last.

      • WhoKnowscs

        Well see . . . if there are 2 walks, 2 hit by pitches, and a sac fly in the last 5 batters will he try to put the ball in play on the first pitch he sees.

    • GoRangers23

      😳😳😳😳

  • TD30

    I love that tiny outfielder.

  • GoRangers23

    Great catch Delino!

  • JacobMcCandles

    Nice break on the ball

  • JacobMcCandles

    Alfalfa screws the pooch

    • elkaba

      Rookies…

      • JacobMcCandles

        His parents are there too,,,LO

    • GoRangers23

      That was an accident waiting to happen. I’m just glad that no one collided.

  • dearmidol

    Oh, come on.

  • elkaba

    Doug Brocail. Two words… “ground ball.”

    • JacobMcCandles

      Good advice

  • JacobMcCandles

    V Mart could always hit

  • JacobMcCandles

    OUT

  • dearmidol

    Double play.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Alfalfa redeems…..If IR lets it

  • GoRangers23

    WOO HOOOOOO!

  • Gregor_S

    For two not so terrific teams they’ve played a really interesting and enjoyable game.

    • JacobMcCandles

      I might finish one!!

  • JacobMcCandles

    Go Kela Monster

  • WhoKnowscs

    Well . . . it looks the the Astros “won” their game before we finished ours. It’s 11-0 in the top of the 4th.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Held him to a single

  • TD30

    Yay!!

  • JacobMcCandles

    Hello W column

  • GoRangers23

    We did it!!

  • Gregor_S

    Nice to win that. After all the excitement of the come-from-behind etc. it would have been painful to lose.

    • Rowdy Yates

      Yep …. really nice big come from behind win and the BP held it.

      • Gregor_S

        Which makes it all the more memorable. (The BP part.)

  • Rowdy Yates

    Lincecum sucked in his Round Rock debut tonight.

    • WhoKnowscs

      So he’s ready

  • von_todwin

    Springer’s having a nice little game lol. 4 for 4 by the 5th inning. Not bad 😀

  • WhoKnowscs

    Dallas Keuchel a free agent next season.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Midol should make tomorrow’s title “Rangers play themselves . . . and win”

    • dearmidol

      It is good playing a team we can beat, and one that beats itself.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Springer ended up 6 for 6…..Stros won 16-2