Before we order playoff tickets… 488 comments


 

 

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The Rangers have started to click.

Power, great starting pitching, a non-caving-in bullpen, Elvis paying attention, no Leonys Martin, power. All the ingredients for winning games.

Four wins in a row.

They were sort of being cocky in their post-game interviews. I saw swagger. I heard them talking about how this is the team they knew they had, this is who they are, this is the Texas Rangers, yadda yadda yadda. And I thought, well, wait a second, there’s that one little matter we cannot forget.

It’s called April.

You cannot erase your past. Especially when it is so infamous.

“Wait, why can’t I get a Assistance with payday loans?” Oh, yeah, I ran Enron. By the way, even if you have bad credit, you can still loan at moneyfall. Look their official site on the internet if you’re interested. Furthermore, the company website of wolfinace will also guarantee the right loan product for you even though you have unpleasant credit.

“Wait, why aren’t you going to hire me at the day care center?” Oh, yeah, I murdered that one guy.

“Wait, why won’t you marry me?” Oh, yeah, I cheated on you six times. That you know of.

So, while I am thrilled the Rangers have four wins in a row, and thrilled that on this road trip they don’t look like the 2014 Rangers, I am not going to get too carried away.

This is still the 2015 Rangers. To quote that old Three Dog Night song from the 70s, “I have piece of April, it’s a morning in May.” Those pieces of April are shrapnel, and they are lodged in my brain.

So before you print playoff tickets, Texas Rangers in particular Elvis Andrews, we know about April. We saw what you did.

I will be pragmatic here. It’s going to take career years from about five hitters to make this team serious contenders. It’s going to take continued domination from this rag tag starting staff. It’s going to take the bullpen being what it was the last four days and not the first four weeks.

It’s going to take a whole lot of great baseball on your end, Texas Rangers, to wash away those memories of April. It took a whole lot of Jack Daniels on my end.

At least the Rangers are headed in the right direction.

 

 

  • GT500

    2 for 11 RISP, 8 LOB, not exactly situational hitting……we took advantage of a gift offered by a cocky young pitcher who is pretty good but still has a lot to learn about pitching, but a win just the same and 3rd place….one thing I did notice, usually Odor comes to bat with more padding and stuffing than the Thanksgiving Butterball….his last AB he was devoid of all the extra equipment and did much better….instead of his 4th SO in 4 at bats he hit a really high fly ball out in foul territory, progress…..Blanks saved him from 2 errors and made more great plays at first, he is looking good right now

    • Scary

      Agree 100% on Blanks! And to be that fast with that size frame..whew, shouldve been a middle linebacker

  • derft

    We really do need to try a different solution at 2nd base.. Hello Lucas or Field or ?.

    • GT500

      Put Rosales there, his energy is contagious and we look better as a team, regardless on how he does at the plate…..

      • derft

        Odor has a better OBP then Rosales. Not a good solution for me.

        • WhoKnowscs

          Getting hit by a pitch is not a learned skill though. Getting out of a slump is though.

          • derft

            Agreed. Learn it at AA or AAA not at the major league level..

          • GT500

            I think the point was also his OBP influenced by being hit by pitch more so than actually hitting pitch

          • GT500

            Give Rosales the AB’s Odor has had, then let’s see…to me it is a bigger picture thing than just OBP, we are simply better without Martin/Odor, and that may just be the other 7 get better….

      • elkaba

        He’s certainly less of a hole in the lineup.

      • Scary

        Rosy just doesnt carry enough bat…I would like to see Lucas or Field…mostly we need to see less of Odor, dont know why JD is dragging his feet here

        • Rowdy Yates

          Rangers have good middle infielders galore in both RR and Frisco. No reason for JD to be sitting on the Odor situation … or even Andrus if he reverts to April form. They can all hit and field and the guys at RR aren’t just inexperienced kids.

      • Rowdy Yates

        Rosales is 32 yrs old, 8 yrs in the Majors with a lifetime .224 avg. That’s the resume of a career sub. His attitude is great but he’s the guy you put in with a big lead or way behind or for a few days when a real starter is down. Time for Lucas or even Pastornicky from Frisco to come up to the Rangers.

        • Mr C_ROSALES

          With the outfield getting crowded, why not Rua at 2B?

        • Mr C_ROSALES

          Agree; but with regular at bats, Rosales average is much better.

          He is a truly super utility player, and for that reason, I would keep him in the bench.

          I think Rua is a natural hitter and he can play 2B.

    • Mr C_ROSALES

      RUA

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    • GT500

      Our division 2-5 close primarily because been beating each other up a little….next couple weeks expect to see more separation…..think we also find out if we can be competitive, this series and the next especially important to a strong May

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  • WhoKnowscs

    I didn’t watch the post game interviews(I typically don’t because they always say the same stuff) so I can only go by what you say but I can only say “Please Hush” to these guys and find a way to simply say “We are happy to win ______ in a row, we hope we can continue for as long as possible.” Last I looked they still had a loosing record they were stil marred in, they still went back to draging the pen out way too early, and Houston broke out of the mini slump from our sweep so we still have ground to make up.

    • GT500

      Very true, April hurt….we have 22 games left in May….to finish the month at .500 have to win 13 of those…that would be a lofty goal of a winning % of .591……

  • durnrangers

    Well said Midol. The Rangers probably aren’t as bad as they played in April, and they’re probably not as good as they played in Houston. When all is said and done, we’ll probably be a bit better than a .500 team. But with Hamilton coming back, and the starting arms coming back, and some of the kids coming up towards the end of the year, and with the trade possibilities (buying or selling?) coming up in the summer, it could be pretty entertaining.

  • elkaba

    Well Midol, for me it’s all about capabilities. April showed us how bad this bunch are capable of being. Now May is showing us how good they can be. The rest of the year is up to them and the baseball gods. At least we know now where the bars are set.

    • wetfeet

      I have always said nothing in BB is as bad or as good as it appears on any given day. We saw what many thought was the worst of BB in the Ranger’s history last month. Now May comes around and the Rangers go out and sweep the team that had the best record in April. Which team is actually the true team this year. Neither, it’s a team somewhere in between. Players on the DL will start to return. How well will they be when they return? No one actually know, to much BB still left to play.

      • Scary

        Good portion of truth and wisdom there…but when the dust settles I like Houstons chances more than Texas.

        • wetfeet

          Yep jumping off to a good lead gives the Stros a good cushion. Buy the AS break we should be able to make a better bet on who the better or be it the worst team in Texas actually is.

          • elkaba

            Cushion is good, but it can lead to overconfidence and complacency, as we know first hand, as in we’ve had good cushions disappear overnight in August. I’ll take clawing our way up over sliding down.

        • Mr C_ROSALES

          I dont. Don’t want to be mean; but I truly dont. I don’t see Houston starting rotation better nor worst than the Rangers. I think they are comparable. However; Holland will eventually come back and may give the Rangers an edge.

          The bullpen is advantage Houston. No question about it.

          The lineup is advantage Rangers. Choo, Andrus and Beltre’s bat are starting to click. Their career averages are better than their current stats. It’s reasonable to believe their bats will get hotter in May. Add Hamilton and Rua to the lineup and with the demonstrated power from Peguero and Blanks, the Rangers suddenly have a very scary lineup. Houston lineups scares nobody. Even Detwiler had a great game when he face them.

          • Rowdy Yates

            Isn’t Houston #2 in HRs and # 7 in runs scored? I’m guessing that scares a number of pitching staffs.

          • Mr C_ROSALES

            Absolutely. Look at their averages and OBP.

          • Mr C_ROSALES

            Let see if they sustain that when they face better pitching outside of our division.

          • elkaba

            Yeah, I was going to say that same thing. I’d imagine the teams they ran over in April think Houston’s lineup is plenty scary.

          • Mr C_ROSALES

            Our division pitching was not very good in April. Let see how they do when facing better pitching in May.

          • elkaba

            I’ve been repeating DMN article saying we’ve faced all the top AL pitchers in April, (some twice- Gray, Hernandez) and Houston’s only faced two.

          • Mr C_ROSALES

            Still we need to see if we will be able to sustain our offense numbers, but I still think we are better than the Astros.

          • Scary

            Doesnt really mean much after 162

          • elkaba

            In the end, no, it won’t matter. Just now, after so few games, it does.

          • Scary

            Remember I think it was 3 or 4 years ago everyone was whining cuz th Rangers were beating up on the Astros for wins and their NL competition was weak..and for the year we were like 500 agst winning teams…it balances out..sometimes you get a team and you miss their ace…like the Rangers got Stros two worst pitching matchups…luck of the draw

          • GT500

            Yeah, they have 9 guys that can hit the long ball regularly

          • Scary

            #1 in HRs, SBs, SOs

          • Scary

            Kuechel and Mc hugh are both better than anything we have and it is a arguement with Darvish

          • Mr C_ROSALES

            I agree 100% with your statement; but you are missing my point. We were arguing which team have the better chance.

            My point is that both teams rotations are comparable. Houston 1-2 in the rotation is very good; better than Texas; 3-4-5 are worst than Texas 3-4-5.

            Long season …… Holland, Perez and Harrison may improve our rotation in the 2nd half of the season…. and for that reason I’m giving Texas an edge over Houston.

          • Mr C_ROSALES

            But the rest of the rotation is really bad. Collectively Houston and Rangers have a comparable rotation.

        • GT500

          Astros have a “scarier” lineup…but, if we plug the holes in CF/2nd base, Blanks/somebody else stay hot, Beltre/Choo come out of their funk, JH can still hit, and we get “decent” pitching we are potentially scarier……they need a starter and long relief….

    • Rowdy Yates

      Well said elk.

  • Scary

    Good article….hope my negativity has not influenced you at at all. BTW I LOVE that song. I saw Three Dog night with America once. Best thing I can say is you can always tell when players feel at ease..when they are not uptight and are relaxed they perform better…these are the same players….they are just not making the same mistakes. In addition huge boost from Peg and Blanks. Blanks is truly a beast! If he has somehow put it altogether…whoa. Armchair on Banister, have not been overly impressed with his game mgt, but lot of that is controlled by the players as well. Do think Nick deserved to finish the fifth. Did like how Banister gave him a good 1 on 1 in the dugout after..and Claudio shut hem down, so alls well that ends well.

    And the TX DH finished with the Stros scoring three runs in the top of the 9th to beat the Halos 3-2 and if both teams win again tonight, Rangers are in second place. And then Josh rode in on the white horse.

  • GoRangers23

    Good Morning all! Tonight’s game is another early start at 6:10p.m….. Don’t be late! Yovani Gallardo faces Nathan Karns. Today’s National Days are: Military Spouse Appreciation Day, Coconut Cream Pie Day, and Have A Coke Day. Refresh to see pictures. I hope we can continue our winning streak! Go Rangers!

    • Rowdy Yates

      Having grown up in a military family I know first hand the sacrifices made by the spouses and they deserve true recognition. However ……….. COCONUT CREAM PIE DAY!!!! I’m in ecstasy just thinking about coconut cream pie. mmmmmmm.

      • GoRangers23

        Lol! I love too!

    • wetfeet

      Great pictures as usual. Like the picture of Feliz seams to have that look back in his eyes. Good statements by Newberg about Feliz and his pitching last night.

    • elkaba

      Fielder looks like he had an accident in that last pic. Hehehehe!

      • wetfeet

        40 yards to the outhouse by Will he make it, kinda accident?

        • elkaba

          Yep. That’s not where a uniform normally gets dirty. 🙂

      • GoRangers23

        Every time i look at that picture I think about how dirty Deshields is….then it makes me think of pigs in mud….and then pigs flying. 🙂

        • elkaba

          That’s what stealing bases does for you! 🙂

    • TD30

      Military spouse appreciation day! I like that one!!

      • Scary

        Amen and they need more than 1

    • dearmidol

      Great photos. Thanks for posting these.

      • GoRangers23

        You’re welcome!

  • Scary

    Funny hilight you might go see on Stro website…..a liner hit to CF is caught my Stro CF Marisnick and he just runs the ball all the way back in to 1B to double up Pujols who doesnt even make a effort to try…..

    • GT500

      Shows few things about Pujols….either he misjudged the fly ball, didn’t know how many outs there were, or 1 or both of the above and he is just lazy

    • elkaba

      How’s the guy who ran into the wall? Concussion or precaution?

      • TD30

        He’s on the 7 day concussion dl

        • elkaba

          Thanks. Hope he’s ok. That didn’t look bad at first until the replay. He really hit that wall hard with his head.

          • Scary

            And that is George Superman Springer….learn it you will be seeing him a lot.

          • elkaba

            Not if he keeps doing things like that. That’s 90% of what happened to Gentry. Just couldn’t pull up at the wall.

          • Scary

            Hamilton too but he had other issues….dont have a prob with the approach…but I do when its 7-1

      • Scary

        TD got it

  • wetfeet

    If you have checked the obit for mojo, you know there is no time set for a service. She donated her body to medical science for research. When a memorial service is announced, I will post the date.

  • wetfeet

    I have some family matters to take care of, hope to be back by game time. Later

    • elkaba

      Later Wet.

  • GoRangers23

    Has anyone heard from Nash lately? I’m not sure if I have just been missing him, or if he is just not posting right now for some reason. Did he say he was going to be gone for a little while? I cant remember.

    • elkaba

      I asked that the other day. He just posts at work during the week, but he’s been gone a while now. Hope he’s ok.

      • GoRangers23

        I know, I have been worried about him. I seem to remember someone saying that they were not going to be posting for a while. Was that him? I have a terrible memory!

        • elkaba

          Me, too! Can’t keep everyone straight half the time.

          • GoRangers23

            I think it is because a few people have said that from time to time, but thankfully they werent gone for long, so I didnt really make a mental note of it at the time. Normally people cant stay away too long…..they cant help it….they love this place. 🙂

          • elkaba

            OK, this is bugging me now, so I went back and found his last day to post. It was April 30th, 8 days ago in the “Shooting Blanks” thread. He said he’d be “off the grid” for a while but would be back “next week.” It’s been longer than a week, so his trip off the grid is longer than anticipated or something else is going on. BTW, he’s not listed under Members.

          • GoRangers23

            I thought he said something like that. I just didn’t have time to hunt for the last post. Thanks! I hope he is o.k.

          • Nashvillecat66

            See post above.
            And as far as the members thing is concerned, I guess I’m going to have to get with Twig about signing in the right way.
            When the site blew up a couple of months ago, I couldn’t navigate my way back through to re-establish my membership.

          • elkaba

            Yep. Everyone had to get with Twig for that.

  • GoRangers23

    Children are wonderful….and hilarious. I don’t care how bad a mood someone is in, just one sweet, serious comment from a child can turn your sad into happy.
    I was in Walmart yesterday, just taking my time so that I could get away from the house for a while, and there was a sweet little boy and his dad looking through cards for Mother’s Day. The dad was trying to convince this little boy, who I believe was 3 years old, to pick a certain card for his mom. The dad said, ” How about this one. This one is good”. The little boy looked at the card and said, ” But that one has cars on it. It is for mom. She doesn’t want cars.” The dad replied, ” But a BOY is giving it to her. It is supposed to have boy things on it.” Now, that already started me giggling, but their conversation continued. The dad picked a different card because the little boy was just not going to pick the car card. To the next card, the little boy said, “No, Dad! Monsters don’t like rainbows! Dad wasn’t going to give up this time, and tried over and over to talk the little boy into the card. The boy responded with the same answer every single time. “No Dad! Monsters don’t like rainbows!” At that point, every single adult on the card isle was giggling quietly. The husband was obviously in a hurry and didn’t think picking out a card with a three year old was going to take very long. Lol….I’m really glad that after having three boys, Mr Go didn’t try to bring me boy cards for Mothers Day, but rather, pink ones with flowers. I think I might have cried since everything in my life is blue and cars like. 🙂

    • Scary

      Im with you on it all except for spending time of enjoyment in a Wal Mart…..THE HORROR…..but I am always enamored at card shopping nuances, guy takes two minutes. Woman takes 30

      • elkaba

        Ha! I take 30 seconds, if that.

        • Scary

          I went 12 years without going into one and Mrs S was forbidden as well…but had to get drugs for the Gdaughter when she was one and I was in a small town in OK and that was it…..now its been another 8 since I have gone back

          • elkaba

            I boycotted them for years after they put in a neighborhood store close by then closed it in favor of a superstore much farther away. Boys used to ride their bikes up and spend their allowance on baseball card packs. When the store closed, it left an ugly abandoned store in our neighborhood that stood vacant forever, along with all those grocery stores (forgot the name) that got put up and abandoned in the 90s. But in the end, after Tom Thumb sold out to Safeway, old Sam got me back. Just can’t pass up the selection and prices. Don’t hate me. I’m weak.

          • Scary

            Wal marts have bldgs all over this country vacant and have never cared about the communities or treating customers well…..VP for them once told me we have the lowest prices of all thats our customer service…deal with it or not….I tanked as well…Mrs S can go there now….not I

          • elkaba

            I get great customer service at Kroger and Central Market, but I pay a lot more for it. Plus no other store near me carries all the items on my list. I hold my nose and customer service myself in Walmart.

          • Scary

            Yep….Big boxes are finding that out..Lowes where I managed and still know people have not had a profitable Qtr since 2007 I think…people will pay more for the opportunity to talk to someone, especially in the Hardware business.

          • wetfeet

            That is funny I usually get better service at WalMart than other stores. Looking for a item ask the box boys that stock the shelfs if they don’t know they have the 2way radios. Never have a problem. Never ask the ladies walking around they only know their small section of the store

        • wetfeet

          I take time looking for the right card for the person I am giving it to. My wife alway looked for the cheap card section. Alway said they just throw the card away anyway. After she passed away I found every card I had ever given her all neat and in a separate file marked “Special”

  • Nashvillecat66

    Well, well, well….guess I was missed after all!
    Nothing has been wrong, just wanted to take a break for a while. I try to step aside each season for a few days at a time just to recharge.
    And lookie, lookie …the team’s been doing just fine since I was on hiatus.

    Mrs. Go and Elk, thanks for the concern. But as I said, I’m fine. Nothing serious at all.
    Been following the day-to-day postings and nothing stirred me into action until today.
    You guys are great which is why I would never consider staying away permanently.

    • GoRangers23

      NASH!! I am so relieved that you are alright. Im a worrier, you know….cant help myself. 🙂

      • Nashvillecat66

        Thanks Mrs. Go. You are too sweet!

        • GoRangers23

          Have you been watching the games lately? We’ve been doing really well!

          • Nashvillecat66

            Yes, and as matter of fact, I attribute that to the fact I haven’t been posting lately.
            So I was a bit hesitant to cross the Rounderville City Limits because I might jinx them.
            If they lose tonight, it’ll be my fault!

          • GoRangers23

            Lol! No, it wont! Besides, the winning streak has to end some time, doesn’t it?….hopefully not for a while though. 🙂

    • GoRangers23

      Thanks for checking in. We missed you!

    • elkaba

      Glad to hear it Cat! Been missing your sage inputs for too long. These guys go crazy without someone sane to reel them back into the light. 🙂

    • FlappingGums

      It’s good to see you back here! 🙂

    • Beltrebatfan

      Glad you’re back AND that you got your break over with for the season! 🙂

    • Scary

      You were gone? Didnt notice

  • durnrangers

    Jeff Wilson ‏@JeffWilson_FWST 6m6 minutes ago
    To those wanting Delino DeShields to play second for #Rangers, he’s taking grounders there now. Of course, he’s been doing that since spring

    My comment: Who the heck ever talked about DeShields playing second base? Second base is a highly-skilled position, you don’t learn it overnight. It’s even a bit more complicated than SS, because of the pitcher/first base coordination on ground balls. You just don’t need the big arm you do at SS.

    • von_todwin

      He has played it in minor leagues, from what I hear, so it’s not like throwing Profar in the outfield. But people are only bringing it up because Odor’s not clicking right now, so it’s not like WE MUST HAVE DESHIELDS or something.

      • durnrangers

        I haven’t watched the last few games too closely, but it seems that deshields actually plays an OK center field? Speed covers up a lot of deficiencies….

        • FlappingGums

          DeShields has been doing well in CF, IMO. His speed is a plus – he catches better than I expected him to. Interestingly he’s not done too bad at bat either. From what I remember of Spring Training, he’s doing a lot better now that he did then.

      • durnrangers

        yep, I just got a chance to look it up. he did play 2nd in high A for 3 years. then when he made AA he was an OF. So you’re right, he should be able to play 2nd.

    • Scary

      His Dad was good there…JD is banking on it being hereditary

  • durnrangers

    TR Sullivan ‏@Sullivan_Ranger 4m4 minutes ago
    Now Moreland cleared the center field wall. Look for Moreland and Josh Hamilton to be together in Round Rock as early as Sunday

    • dearmidol

      I’d keep Moreland only if they put him in the outfield. An outfield of Hamilton, Choo and Moreland is much better than Choo, Martin, LF de jour. Then, the first thing I would do is try like hell to find a replacement for Moreland.

      • elkaba

        I would have taken the under on how long it would take you to post something like that. 🙂

        • dearmidol

          You would have won.

          • elkaba

            LOL. I know. I just want to get all these guys back together and see what shakes out. I’m a huge believer in baseball magic. Can’t define it, just some groups gel and play together better than others. Can’t explain why or how it happens- add one guy, subtract another, and suddenly it’s a different team.

          • dearmidol

            Baseball magic is right. Look at the San Francisco Giants. Who would have every thought that team would win three World Series the last five years? But they seem to gel.

  • FlappingGums

    Midol – are you still here?

    • dearmidol

      Yes, for a few minutes.

      • FlappingGums

        Oh – if you’re in a hurry, I’ll try to catch you after the game tonight. – No big deal.

        • dearmidol

          Okay, I have to run into a meeting.

          • FlappingGums

            See you later! 🙂

        • GoRangers23

          Hey, how are you today? After yesterday’s last post from you, i wasn’t sure you would be back.

          • elkaba

            What? What happened?

          • FlappingGums

            Hi Go! I’m okay today – thank you for asking. Yesterday I wasn’t sure I’d be back either. I’m going through some stuff right now & my thinking isn’t very clear. I may not be posting as much though – I really don’t have anything intelligent to add here. But I sure like the people here! 🙂

          • elkaba

            Hi Flap. Glad you’re ok. Sounded like something was wrong. Keep in touch. We like you, too. 🙂

          • FlappingGums

            Thank you, Elk! 🙂

          • elkaba

            BTW, intelligence is optional here. 🙂

          • FlappingGums

            Okay! Good to know. If it’s optional, maybe I Can fit in! 🙂

          • elkaba

            You already do!

          • FlappingGums

            That’s so sweet! Thank you so much for saying that! 🙂

          • elkaba

            I mean it. Anyone who can put up with all of us is a fit. We’re all just a bunch of nutty fans who happen to love the Rangers. Take care.

          • Scary

            I dont have many friends…..dont leave me

          • FlappingGums

            Okay. I’ll stay here, friend! 🙂

          • Scary

            Now I have 1.5 friends…… .5 is elk she is short

          • elkaba

            What a prince…

          • Scary

            How about Jester

          • elkaba

            🙂 fitting.

          • GoRangers23

            WHAT AM I, CHOPPED LIVER????

          • Scary

            elk should know

          • elkaba

            I was speaking for both of us actually. 🙂

          • Scary

            You first

          • elkaba

            LOL

          • GoRangers23

            I have read your comments. You have been a baseball fan for a really long time.. Thats all you need to fit in here! Don’t let anyone’s comments make you feel like you dont belong. You are doing just fine.

  • Scary

    Of course after my visit with my Mom….I find out a close friend of mine had passed away and had been dead in his house for 3 days and another friend had found him…I am immersed in thought of death and pain and I pull into the hotel parking lot and the last song I here before I visit RR3rd land……..LOLA…..Thank you, I needed that!

    • elkaba

      Hang in there, Lola.

      • Scary

        He was a real good friend….but had lost him to the bottle, we would make plans once a month and he would never show…..big heart, small brain

        • elkaba

          That’s always tough. Such a waste. You see some people clinging to life with all they have while others seemingly just throw it away. It’s a crazy world.

          • Scary

            Amen sister. Near half a gallon a vodka a day. Drank and sat in a chair watching TV. Sounds more like jail than life.

          • wetfeet

            I have buried 6 of my best friends since I retired, bummer! Got a couple more I expect the call any time now. Looking for younger friend to still be around when my time comes.

  • Scary

    Wow…..Votto only suspended 1 game……talk about some status, yowza

  • SandyMc

    I just got my Mothers Day gift, a smart phone! I’m afraid that it’s going to be so much smarter than I am that I’ll never get it figured out! My son will be here next week, though, so I’ll just wait for him before I try to do anything!

    • dearmidol

      You will figure it out. And, I would be willing to bet, you might actually like it. But, I have to admit, I use mine for about a tenth of what it can do. Calling, texting, getting on RR3.

      • SandyMc

        I have no doubt that I’ll like it! Technology is fascinating to me. He also sent me a router and said that he will get that connected for me when he’s here–no more trips to McDonald’s to download books from the library, ha!

        • Scary

          Ruff is getting indoor plumbing next week.

          • SandyMc

            That’s wonderful. I’m sure he will enjoy it, especially on cold winter mornings…

          • Scary

            You know what a slop sink is?

          • SandyMc

            No. Don’t think I want to know.

          • Scary

            My Grandmothers house didnt have indoor plumbing…so on cold days they had slop sinks….big tub looking things that you “used” and then you slid it under the bed…beds use to be more elevated back then for that reason

          • wetfeet

            That’s a Slop Jar just bigger!

          • wetfeet

            Know what a Slop Jar is, used one when I was a kid.

          • FlappingGums

            Oh – I’m happy for him! 🙂

        • dearmidol

          Since McDonald’s is my client, I have to inform you to continue going to McDonald’s, and in fact, go more frequently.

          • SandyMc

            I’m loving it!

          • dearmidol

            There you go.

          • elkaba

            Barf.

          • dearmidol

            Don’t make me have to ban you for life.

          • Scary

            Yuck

          • dearmidol

            Don’t make me ban you for life.

          • Scary

            OK…I will do the McRib….if I rub all the sauce off……OH>>>>I do like the sausage/egg/cheese Mcmuffin

          • wetfeet

            Fish sandwich and take you sauce for the McRib about it for me.

          • Scary

            Frozen fish from the Grocery store better than that

          • wetfeet

            Probably right but the only sandwich other than a McRip I will eat from there.

          • wetfeet

            Use to love the fries, not the same now!

        • FlappingGums

          That’s wonderful!!!

        • Beltrebatfan

          Oh wow! You will now feel extremely “connected” to the world.

    • elkaba

      Trust me. It’s easier than a remote control!

    • wetfeet

      It will be easy, tried to stay with the old Tundra indescribable flip phone I loved. My son took it pulled the simcard put it in a iPhone. I learned to use it, you will to. Love it now

      • SandyMc

        My son says that after I have used a smart phone for a week, I won’t know how I ever did without one.

        • wetfeet

          True!

    • FlappingGums

      I’m happy for you on your new smart phone! I use mine for calling out, taking calls, texting & taking pics. I have a lot to learn – & I will or I won’t. lol!

  • dearmidol

    Scary, earlier you had mentioned seeing Three Dog Night and America in concert. America has been my all time favorite band ever.

    • Scary

      I loved them both, its amazing the volume of songs Three Dog Nite has….that night 3 Dog opened….old venue in Houston called the Arena…it was circular and the stage would do semi circle rotation. There is a lyric in “Mama told me not come” that has always been huge for me…especially decades ago and I think you will know why!!

      “Ive seen so many things Ive never seen before..dont know what they are and dont want to see no more”

      • dearmidol

        Yeah, I think both Three Dog Night and America might be two of the most under-rated bands. Great music.

        • Scary

          Pieces of April is not a huge song but one of their prettiest…thay could do so many diff types of songs…..you ever heard of “Out in the Country”

          • dearmidol

            No, haven’t heard that one.

          • elkaba

            Three Dog Night didn’t hit the stratosphere for me until Michael McDonald came on board. THAT was awesome!

          • dearmidol

            Wasn’t that the Doobie Brothers?

          • Scary

            Yep

          • elkaba

            Oops. Never mind.

          • Scary

            I used to roll for the Doobie Bros

          • durnrangers

            I remember that song but I thought it was by Johnny Rotten and the Sex Pistols. Learn something every day!

          • Scary

            Might have a version….will defer to Ruff on that…he saw and met them I think

    • elkaba

      A horse with no name.

      • Scary

        Felt good to get out of the rain

        • elkaba

          You can remember your name.

      • dearmidol

        Oh, yeah.

        Sister Golden Hair, Ventura Highway, Lonely People, Sandman. The list goes on and on.

        • elkaba

          That’s the golden age for me- those were the bands and when the songs had lyrics and you could sign along with at the top of your lungs with the windows rolled all the way down.

          • dearmidol

            America just released a new album on Tuesday.

          • Scary

            Wonder how many originals are left

          • dearmidol

            Two of the three. The third guy died three years ago of an enlarged heart.

          • Scary

            “rolled” styrofoam cooler noise on the back seat driving you crazy

        • Scary

          Usually dont advocate greatest hits albums but those are two groups that I do

  • SandyMc

    See y’all at game time…

    • FlappingGums

      Congrats on your Smart Phone! Have fun playing with it! 🙂

      • SandyMc

        Thanks! I’m probably the last person who hasn’t had a smart phone!

        • GoRangers23

          Just like Scary, i just have a flip phone.

          • wetfeet

            Scary’s came in a Cracker Jacks box

          • GoRangers23

            🙂

          • wetfeet

            Yep someone stuck it in there scary thought it was the prize!

        • GoRangers23

          We have been waiting for a good deal to get ours. We are both upgrading. He wants an iphone 6. I dont care what I get as long as i can use it to get on the internet when i need to away from home.

  • wetfeet

    Saw the Three Dog Night in concert at Inn Of Mountain Gods about 3 or 4 years ago. They were great!
    ,

    • Scary

      Where in Sam Hades is that

      • wetfeet

        Ruido NM one of the largest Indian casinos ever

      • wetfeet

        You need to get out more.

      • TD30

        Ruidoso NM

        • Scary

          I have a cabin in New Mex….have never heard of it….wet hasnt seen a movie in 30 years, but saw 3 dog nite at a Indian casino…..cant make this stuff up

          • wetfeet

            Yep The wife and I went a couple of times every winter we were there.

  • TD30

    Line up (refresh)

    • Mr C_ROSALES

      ROSALES at 2B !!!!!!

      MVP MVP MVP

    • wetfeet

      Great! Thanks.

    • Scary

      Lineup is looking better…

      • Beltrebatfan

        Just need to get rid of the beard now.

  • TD30
  • TD30
  • Scary

    You know what GOSHDARNIT….Rangers are due for some good news…early returns on pitchers and Josh to reinvent his MVP play……WE DESERVE IT

    • dearmidol

      Rangers got good news earlier. Martin is out for a few games.

    • GoRangers23

      Thats the spirit!

    • von_todwin

      *colby lewis spontaneously combusts* great, you jinxed it.

  • Mr C_ROSALES

    Mets vs Phillies

    Harvey vs Hamels

  • wetfeet

    Rangers starting right now!

  • derft

    Bottom third of our lineup scars the hell out of me. Not the Rays.

  • wetfeet

    Just looked up at the TV the shot by the camera looked like a space ship was landing!

    • GoRangers23

      It does look quite a bit different.

  • GoRangers23

    I have been on the floor in the dining room almost all day scraping it with a razor blade while Mr Go and our oldest son used a scraper. I am really ready for a break and even more ready to win this ballgame. Lets Go Rangers! Oh, and my player to watch is Rosales. 🙂

    • wetfeet

      Got a hunch going with Fielder!

    • Mr C_ROSALES

      MVP MVP MVP

    • Beltrebatfan

      You’re scaring me! We have 1900sf of carpet to pull up and another 8-900sf of laminate and ceramic tile to remove.

      • GoRangers23

        Oh, its just a barrel of laughs. I would recommend it to anyone. Builds character. 🙂

        • elkaba

          LOL.

  • Mr C_ROSALES

    123 inning

  • Mr C_ROSALES

    ALMOST

  • Mr C_ROSALES

    2 almost HRs in this inning !!!!

  • Thundherr

    GO RANGERS !

  • Thundherr

    Hello everybody ! hope you are having a good day.

    • wetfeet

      Hey!

      • Thundherr

        Hi Wet !

        im terrible with computers. would like to show you the post card from Elysian fields.
        a salute to mojo is at the top of the article. very nice of TR.

        have you seen it already?

        • wetfeet

          I am horrible with computers, I will look for it. Did you read the obit?

          • TD30

            I’ll post it up top

          • wetfeet

            Thanks!

          • Thundherr

            thanks TD30

          • Thundherr

            yes i did. thats a wonderful obit.
            mojo touched alot of people, made alot of friends. : – ))

            i can try to paste some of the elysian fields on here if thats ok.

          • wetfeet

            I am sure it is, not much help with that sort of things, some on here are!

  • LeonysM

    thought the game started at 7 so i turn the channel too see the pre game JUST TO SEE STARTED LAREADY ;P

  • LeonysM

    The dude i least expected ot hit it

  • wetfeet

    OK got that over with.

  • TD30

    http://trsullivan.mlblogs.com/2015/05/08/friday-happy-hour-at-the-elysian-fields-bar-grill-2/
    Post card from Elysian fields by TR Sullivan. Has a special shout out to our Mojo

    • Thundherr

      that is awesome!
      now i ask you, how do we get the players to wear her initials on their uniforms?

      • TD30

        Good question

        • Thundherr

          her initials on their uniform when the red sox come to town would be even better. LOL
          the red sox fans would know all about her ! she has a lot of friends at boston also.

  • LeonysM

    what a play.

  • LeonysM

    fielder time.

  • Thundherr

    back soon, gotta go back to work. GO RANGERS !

    • GoRangers23

      Have a good one!

  • GoRangers23

    Good job Yo!

  • wetfeet

    My computer is not giving notice of new post, slow to refresh. May just sit back and enjoy the game.

    • GoRangers23

      Mine is doing the same thing. I didnt know you posted anything until I refreshed. Rosy isn’t doing very well.

      • wetfeet

        Great 1 came thru and I find out I am not the only one having problems. Choo is fouling some about it.

  • Mr C_ROSALES

    Gallardo is pitching a good game …. we need to score some runs !!!

    • LeonysM

      now you know how mikolas feels

    • wetfeet

      Yep

  • MorelandFan18

    I just ate some cheese crackers..I think it’s helping the Rangers (4-1). Let’s go, Rangers. Just saying. ClapClap Clap Clap Clap

  • Mr C_ROSALES

    That looked like a strike in the corner

    • LeonysM

      it was corporan is abd framer

  • Rollie Fingerbangers

    I’m still not sure why so many had venom towards Speedy DeShields. The kid looks like he could be Craig Gentry lite for 400k.

    • LeonysM

      it was his “attitude” problems

      • Rollie Fingerbangers

        I haven’t seen that.

        • LeonysM

          indeed

    • wetfeet

      Looks like DeDhields is at full speed his first step stealing bases he would out run Gentry

  • Mr C_ROSALES

    5 innings, 75 pitches

    Let’s do damage now and send this pitcher to the showers in this inning !!!!!

    LEGOOOOOOOOOO

    • Rollie Fingerbangers

      Dave Magadan is still on the hot seat.

      • dearmidol

        The last four games bought him four more years.

        • TD30

          That’s what i was afraid of

  • LeonysM

    Hr calllin it

  • LeonysM

    what the frig elvis

    • elkaba

      Error #8

      • TD30

        We should just call him Error Andrus

        • GoRangers23

          Lol. I really like Elvis, and even I thought that was funny. 🙂

        • wetfeet

          Arrow in the Andrus!

  • dearmidol

    Delino DeShields is the next Andrew McCutcheon.

    In the last twenty-three years, DeShields is only the second rookie with three walks and three stolen bases. The other was the Pirates Andrew McCutcheon.

    • LeonysM

      Except the 25homerun potential

      • dearmidol

        That doesn’t matter.

        • LeonysM

          kinda does

          • dearmidol

            I was joking.

          • TD30

            The art of sarcasm is lost online

          • dearmidol

            I sure is.

    • elkaba

      LOL

    • wetfeet

      lol

    • wetfeet

      Good eye and a quick first step, could take a player a long way

  • wetfeet

    Elvis being Elvis, again!

  • dearmidol

    Why pull Gallardo? Seriously. He had done really well. This is just way over-reacting.

  • GoRangers23

    Yovani looks furious.

    • LeonysM

      He should be. Error Andrus messed it up

  • LeonysM

    you throw a breaking ball thatcount gllardo

  • wetfeet

    That run is a gift from elvis!

    • dearmidol

      Right. Pulling Gallardo here is knee jerk at best.

  • dearmidol

    Those two runs should be charged to Banister.

    • LeonysM

      indeed. out of his paycheck

    • wetfeet

      Yep

      • dearmidol

        Sorry, actually, it was three runs.

        • wetfeet

          1 to the pitcher 2 to the manager

          • dearmidol

            Yeah, that is actually more accurate.

  • LeonysM

    why claudio… too a righty? with runners?

  • wetfeet

    Ball Game??

    • elkaba

      probably

      • wetfeet

        🙁

  • LeonysM

    I feel relly bad for gallardo

  • Mr C_ROSALES

    I dont understand Bannister way of thinking

    • dearmidol

      Honestly, he is just managing by the book. Nothing more.

      Anyone could do that.

  • LeonysM

    this makes me sick.

  • LeonysM

    when your pitching is throwing a gem you dont error the first out elvis.

  • LeonysM

    THIS SICKENS ME

  • Mr C_ROSALES

    If you sit Gallardo …. why Claudio who pitched yesterday?
    You have Bass and Pimentel fresh !!!!

    But why sit Gallardo to start with?

  • LeonysM

    GALLARDO COULDVE GOTTEN 7 INNINGS 1 RUN BUT ANDRUS YOU PUTRID PATHETIC SHORTSTOP YOU DISGRACE ME

    • GoRangers23

      Seriously? Calm down, please.

      • LeonysM

        I cant put up with him anymore. I makes me FURIOUS when pitchers throw gems and the Offense and defense dont show up.

        • dearmidol

          I will admit it is frustrating.

          • wetfeet

            Think how the pitcher feels

        • GoRangers23

          Then go scream into a pillow. You really don’t need to post things like that.

          • LeonysM

            my pops’ would slug me.

          • wetfeet

            Do like me, see his post, don’t read them

  • Mr C_ROSALES

    Now you call Bass !!!!!

    Too late !

    • dearmidol

      I have been pretty impressed with Bass this year.

      • Mr C_ROSALES

        and just as you said that ……..

        • dearmidol

          Ha, I know. Right when I hit send.

          • Mr C_ROSALES

            LOLA

          • dearmidol

            Why is it every time I am being positive, it come back to bite me in the butt?

          • elkaba

            jinx

  • GoRangers23

    Good job, Bass!

  • GoRangers23

    Come on Rosy! Dont let me down. You got this!!

    • wetfeet

      Skippy come thru!! Your call was right!! lol

      • GoRangers23

        Thats just hilarious!!

    • elkaba

      As you wish.

      • GoRangers23

        Lol!

        • wetfeet

          You need to do that more!! lol

          • GoRangers23

            You should have seen my player to watch happy dance….my family all thinks I’ve completely lost my mind now!

          • elkaba

            Sure beats scraping the floor, doesn’t it!

          • GoRangers23

            I kept telling my husband….just think, Elk did this with a screwdriver. Lol….i cant even imagine!

          • elkaba

            HAHA! Took months. Seriously, MONTHS every night after work and whole weekends. We were IDIOTS!

          • wetfeet

            They make a 6″ scraper with replaceable blades, does wonders. Has a 18″ handle.

          • elkaba

            YES THEY DO!

          • GoRangers23

            Thats what my son was using. My husband was using one like that with a long handle.

          • elkaba

            The long handle is the way to go. Much easier standing up.

          • wetfeet

            Look what it started bases loaded no one out!!

          • GoRangers23

            Now I’m 5 for 5 if you dont count yesterday when i picked Rosy, but he wasnt in the lineup.

          • elkaba

            Not your fault if they don’t play your player. 🙂

  • LeonysM

    RALLY TIME

  • GoRangers23

    That was AWSOME!!!!

  • wetfeet

    Got something going!

  • LeonysM

    RALLY RALLY RALLY

  • elkaba

    Aw Elvis! Every time I want to strangle you, you go and do something brilliant like that bunt.

  • durnrangers

    Boy, all set up for the big boys, and here they come

  • LeonysM

    Groove him a fastball

  • durnrangers

    rip it, prince

  • LeonysM

    fighFIGHT FIGHT FIGHT

  • GoRangers23

    Come on Prince. Knock it out of the park!!

  • LeonysM

    HORRIBLE ATBAT

    • elkaba

      Should have taken the free walk.

      • LeonysM

        Indeed he should know theyre not pitghing him

        • elkaba

          They also knew he wanted to be a hero… sucker punched.

      • GoRangers23

        That last swing was terrible.

        • elkaba

          It was a bad at bat all around. He really wanted that grand slam and they knew it.

  • durnrangers

    ugly ugly swing

  • LeonysM

    dang it here comes Beltre the “vet”

    • MorelandFan18

      I got a feeling this will come back to bite you in the butt tonight 😉

      • LeonysM

        doubt it

  • WhoKnowscs

    Looks like we forgot everything since 2nd inning yesterday.

  • durnrangers

    the old pro beltre is gonna come thru

  • durnrangers

    almost!

  • LeonysM

    still not amused.

  • elkaba

    Should have gone for a base hit.

  • WhoKnowscs

    I don’t know why they were showing a flashback from 2010.

  • wetfeet

    Close very close but it got a run in!

  • durnrangers

    Blanks takes it to the bank.. c’mon!!!!!!!!!!

  • WhoKnowscs

    Blanks is your new guy luck gone?

  • GoRangers23

    Come on Blanks. Over the wall, please! We need you to hit it good!

    • WhoKnowscs

      any hit to the outfield that falls.

  • durnrangers

    oooohhh,, missed your pitch

  • MorelandFan18

    Just get a hit please. Just get on base somehow and keep this going please.

  • MorelandFan18

    Whew, bases loaded!!!!! LET’S GO RANGERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • elkaba

    That’s the way to do it.

  • TD30

    Ok Peggy do this!!

  • LeonysM

    Peggy dont be a hero just get a basehit

  • MorelandFan18

    JUST KEEP IT GOING, DOESN’T MATTER HOW, JUST KEEP IT GOING PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!

  • durnrangers

    too close to take… don’t need a walk, need a hit Banks

  • wetfeet

    How can you throw a highpitch, to a guy that tall??

  • durnrangers

    no way!! way outside….

  • elkaba

    That was a ball, not a strike. Way off the plate.

  • GoRangers23

    O.k. Peg. Its your time to do something great! Over the wall!!

  • elkaba

    Gift from the ump to make up for the called strike.

  • durnrangers

    lefties… always trying to hit stuff in the dirt….

  • MorelandFan18

    I’m so freakin’ nervous..

  • TD30

    Blah

  • MorelandFan18

    #$@#% @#$ !$!#$ #$!# !# ! #$! #$ @#$ @# $@#!!!!!!!!!!!

    • SandyMc

      #$! #$ @#$ is not allowed at this site! Please clean up your language before I have to remove your post!

      • MorelandFan18

        It’s just bunch of @#$%, lol ;-P

  • LeonysM

    Pathetic.

  • LeonysM

    Pathetic…

  • durnrangers

    sad sad sad performance by the heart of the lineup

  • LeonysM

    just plain flat pathetic.

  • GoRangers23

    Bummer!!

  • elkaba

    Nice try. Rather see them trying to come back than laying down.

    • LeonysM

      doesnt look like hes trying ig hes throwing the bat

    • wetfeet

      yep

  • LeonysM

    Bad atbats from fielder and beltre and worse on peg

  • wetfeet

    Almost got 1/2 of the runs back

    • TD30

      There’s our little silver lining! Can always count on you wet!

      • wetfeet

        Never over til it’s over

  • LeonysM

    if only moreland was batting in pegs place

  • elkaba

    Wish we could learn to hit some “soft singles.”

    • wetfeet

      Just what I was thinking

      • elkaba

        I don’t get why we don’t do that more often. Those things are virtually uncatchable.

        • wetfeet

          Only problem most are missed hits, just happened to get enough of the ball for a soft hit

          • elkaba

            Not sure about that. These guys should play tennis and learn some physics. Just get your hands out in front just a scosche and you roll the ball off the bat instead of hitting it perpendicular. That will get you a bloop single just about every time you meet the ball.

  • LeonysM

    im off night

  • Ruffknuckles

    What is the score?

    • elkaba

      6-2

      • elkaba

        Make that 8-2

        • Beltrebatfan

          Keystone cops style.

        • Ruffknuckles

          Who?

          • elkaba

            Not us.

          • elkaba

            They’re bloop singling us to death.

          • Ruffknuckles

            Bummer. Didn’t see game. In the car.

          • elkaba

            You’re lucky.

          • Beltrebatfan

            Well you didn’t want to see that part.

          • elkaba

            Neither did I.

      • Beltrebatfan

        for about a minute!

    • TD30

      8-2

  • GoRangers23

    Wow! That was just…….wow!

    • elkaba

      That was SO bad.

      • GoRangers23

        Yes, yes it was!

  • wetfeet

    BALL Game for sure this time. Wrong catcher to catch that throw.

  • TD30

    Ok I think Corporan is jealous of Elvis making all the mistakes and he wants in on the action

    • elkaba

      Losing is a disease. And it’s contagious.

      • TD30

        We need to get them all vaccinated

  • BrewingRanger711

    Gallobomb. Oppo power

  • GoRangers23

    I think it is about time to go get a good movie to watch. I’m really glad this game started early now.

    • wetfeet

      Later

      • GoRangers23

        Bye Wet. Have a good night!

        • wetfeet

          Same to you

  • GoRangers23

    Come on Adam! Start something great again!

  • durnrangers

    #nevereverquit. can we quit now?

  • GoRangers23

    Little girl with TWO cowbells…..I am sincerely glad you are not a Rangers fan!

  • durnrangers

    mega super ultra poopy darn. we lost.

    • GoRangers23

      I second this post! 🙂

    • SandyMc

      That’s what I was going to say!

  • WhoKnowscs

    Midol’s article came to late . . . anyone want some playoff tickets?

    • GoRangers23

      Lol

  • durnrangers

    hey that was a great streak. start another one tomorrow!

  • wetfeet

    OK 1 each tomorrow is our turn. I will not be here at the start, Special vote tomorrow and the local Vol Fire Dept meeting to go to. Maybe by the time I get here we will have the game under control. Watch a little of the Stros game, maybe later

  • dearmidol

    Well, time to watch a movie.

    Have three to choose from: Boyhood, The Drop, Detachment.

    • Ruffknuckles

      Boyhood!!! It’s amazing

    • WhoKnowscs

      Skip em’ all. Weekend at Bernie’s

  • TD30

    http://www.abilenefuneralhome.com/obituarydetails.aspx?did=1c9000b4-6bb3-45f6-a5b9-e7e9ab9c5220
    Here is the link to Mojo’s obituary for anyone who hasn’t seen it yet and wants to.

    • Beltrebatfan

      Thanks TD. I was just catching up on posts and saw the note from Elysian Fields. Very nice.

      • TD30

        I thought that was awesome of TR too.

        • Beltrebatfan

          Anyone who keeps up with the sites and posters had to have come across Mojo over the past few years. I’m sure he was familiar with her too.

          • TD30

            Especially since everyone on mlb put her name as part of theirs last year.

          • Beltrebatfan

            Yup. Mine still shows up that way over there but not here.

        • Beltrebatfan

          I was distracted during the game tonight – bad fan. We’ve been watching all kinds of DIY videos and making lists of our projects. So many good ideas and solutions to problems.

          • TD30

            Good luck with the diy projects. Hope you are handier than i am. My husband can fix or make anything, but I am pretty much no help! He built me an entire entertainment center and I just helped him move it in.

          • Beltrebatfan

            Being the third daughter, my father must’ve given up on having a son. He made me learn how to do everything! Couldn’t drive until I could change my oil and fix a flat, etc. I appreciate it now.

          • TD30

            I can do that stuff, my dad was the same way. But when it comes to home projects I am awful. My husband did a patio expansion and built a pergola a couple of summers ago. I just cooked a nice dinner for him and his friends who helped. That was my contribution.

          • Beltrebatfan

            That’s wonderful. I’m still learning and anxious to try new things. I’ve laid ceramic tile – an entire house, helped with roofing, put up drywall, etc. I’ve played around with “upcycling” furniture and now I just want to fix up the house and build some simple things like bench seating, shelving units, etc. Nothing anywhere close to the patio extension!

  • Ruffknuckles

    Missed everything today. Got up at 5 cause I had a ton of work, finished at 4, then went to dinner and to see a film that my friend was in. This is the rare occasion that I wish it was a west coast game, 9:30 and I don’t know what to do with myself. Sounds like Rangers came back to earth tonight. I don’t even know who pitched, Gallardo?

    • Beltrebatfan

      Yes, Gallardo. I was just admitting I was a bad fan tonight and didn’t stay focused on the whole game. He didn’t do bad, it was just a sequence of issues.

  • TD30

    Ok I’m out. Gotta get things ready to go visit my mom this weekend.

    • Beltrebatfan

      Good night. Me too. See you later.

  • TD30

    Ok one more post before I leave. Update from twitter about Rays starting pitchers this weekend. Might be good for the rangers. Maybe?

    Rays scratch Jake Odorizzi (flu) from his Saturday start. Matt Andriese to start. Sunday starter TBA after Drew Smyly hits DL.

    • Beltrebatfan

      Sorry for them. 🙂

  • Ruffknuckles

    So Hamilton and MM set to join team in a week or so. Who goes down? Peggy and Odor? Leaves a thin infield. Can’t send Blanks down at this point.

    It’s still very surreal to me that we will have JH in a Rangers uniform in the near future. RR has a home series starting next Weds I think, will go if he’s playing

    • WhoKnowscs

      Smo and ODOR.

  • BrewingRanger711

    Gallo’s matured so much this year

    • SandyMc

      I haven’t followed the “farm hands” closely. How is Gallo’s SO rate now? I feel as though that’s the main thing that will keep him in the minors awhile longer, and until he cuts down on SOs, we won’t see him playing with the Rangers.

      • BrewingRanger711

        It’s down about 7 percent from last year. It’s still SSS, but he’s striking out 33% of the time this year compared to 40% last year. His walk rate has improved from 12% to 14% as well

        • SandyMc

          That’s improvement. But major league pitching could really be difficult for him to bat against at this point. The ability to hit home runs isn’t, by itself, enough to make him an MLB player. I hope he can continue to develop and be the player the Rangers need.

          • BrewingRanger711

            It’s one thing to strike out, but most of his ks have been 5,6,7 pitch at bats and in the past few games the k’s have come down. He’s also driving the ball the other way, both of his homers have been to left center

  • SandyMc

    OK, the Rangers have won a game, and the Rays have won a game, and tomorrow, we have the opportunity to come away with a split for this series at the very least. I’m feeling optimistic about the team again and think that I see more focus and concentration from players. As Midol stated, the Rangers are, at least, headed in the right direction.

    • dearmidol

      Tonight’s game was a lot closer than the score would indicate.