Calhoun looks ready. 88 comments


 

The third Willie Calhoun era got off to a promising start. A game-changing start. Batting second, he homered in his first 2019 plate appearance, putting the Rangers up 2-0, a lead they would never relinquish.

He’s been a player who hasn’t approached the hype. Nor has he approached things with the best attitude, often expressing open frustration about not being handed the starting left field job for the Rangers. He forgot about the concept of earning it. \

They tried giving him a major league uniform. He just wasn’t up to the task of wearing it.

He has whined about not being called up and thrown hissy fits. But finally, he shut up and played baseball. When his time came last night, he took advantage of it.

He ended up going 2-for-5 as the Rangers DH. Since ninety percent of this game is confidence, that should bode well as he is given one more chance to prove he belongs on a major league roster.

But if you want to know how he feels about it, just take a look at the look on his face as he rounded the bases after his home run. it wasn’t the expression one would imagine after hitting a home run in your first at-bat of the season. It wasn’t joy. It wasn’t satisfaction. It wasn’t surprise or relief. It wasn’t the thousands of emotions one might expect in a moment like that.

He rounded the bases with an f-you look. An “I told you I should have been up here all along” look.

The trick is, now let’s see if he can stay here. It’s going to take more than facial expressions.

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TODAY’S GAME:

Lance Lynn (4-3, 5.48) vs. Homer Bailey (4-3, 4.83)
Game time: 12:15

  • Mr.C

    I’ll take the win, and glad Calhoun had a good game; but can someone explain me why was he called?

    With Pence, Gallo, Choo, Mazara and Santana in the outfield; why Calhoun?

    Maybe JD is sending Odor to AAA.

    (((( YOUR THOUGHTS ))))

    • GoRangers23

      I was wondering the same thing. They finally started playing Pence more, and now there is someone else to give playing time to. It’s frustrating.

      • Mr.C

        Then he is batting 2nd in the lineup. The hottest bat in the lineup right now is Forsythe.
        Calhoun, if given a chance, should earn his spot in the lineup IMO.

        • GoRangers23

          Yeah, that didn’t make sense, but I’m glad he performed well there.

        • RR3

          I guess you can say he earned it in Nashville. Calhoun does fulfill the stated plan of this being a year of development. Maybe the thinking is, let’s give him a shot. Plus, he played a bit of second in Triple-A. Maybe that’s the push Odor needs.

    • elkaba

      He’s “considering” it… stay tuned.

      • Mr.C

        Even if that is the case; Calhoun wouldn’t make sense.

        Remember Andy Ibanez in ST? He would make sense.

  • GoRangers23

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  • Mr.C

    Pence, Santana and Forsythe should be in the lineup EVERYDAY !!!!

    • LoboTX

      I agree. The # 3, 4, 5 BA’s and OBP guys need to play more until those numbers change. But who sits is the question ?

      • Mr.C

        Very challenging since Mazara seems to be out of his slump.

        I would like to see something like this:

        1. Choo (DH)
        2. Forsythe (SS)
        3. Gallo (CF)
        4. Pence (LF)
        5. Mazara (RF)
        6. Guzman (1B)
        7. Cabrera (3B)
        8. IKF/Mathis (C)
        9. Calhoun (2B)

        7th inning …. sit Mazara and Calhoun; move Gallo to (LF), Pence to (RF), bring Santana (CF) and Odor (2B).

        • LoboTX

          Okay, but as you mention below Calhoun hasn’t earned his way into the lineup yet (yesterday was a good start). If Odor’s slump continues I think you put Santana at 2B. He performed well when Odor was hurt. Still tough choices. Oh – and we still need pitching.

        • Nate Whitten

          Calhoun at 2B? I know that you keep up with the minor leagues far more than I, so I’m going to ask what might be a stupid question. Has Calhoun played more than 25 or so games at 2B? I thought he was just a bad OF. I was not aware that he had an appreciable amount of time as a bad 2B. I am not trying to be sarcastic with you. I wouldn’t do that. I’m only using the word “bad” because I have only heard negative adjectives when his defensive play is described.
          I do think he needs to be playing some position. He is far too young to be put in the DH position. I’ll grant that there is no rule against such a thing, but it seems like a stupid thing to do. In other words, I don’t really think he has earned his way to MLB unless he can adequately play in the field. That said, if his bat is that good and his glove that bad, it would be tantamount to cutting off one’s nose to spite one’s face not to use him at DH just because of his age.
          I agree with Lobo about using Santana at 2B if Odor continues to be a gaping hole in the lineup.

          • Mr.C

            Calhoun was a 2B prospect with the Dodgers. He was just as bad 2B as he is in the OF.

            I have no idea why he was called from AAA. I’m waiting from all RR# Gurus to express their opinion about it; but they are silent so far.

          • Nate Whitten

            I had just looked it up. You are right, of course. I looked at his Minor League stats. He came up as a 2B. Presumably, he was moved to the OF because he was a bad 2B

          • Mr.C

            This team needs to move on Calhoun. He is a DH at best. He still needs to prove he can hit MLB pitching. Choo/Mazara are blocking the DH spot in the lineup.

            Bringing Calhoun up means less opportunities for either Santana or Pence to play; and guess what?

            Both Santana and Pence are tied as 3rd best hitting average in the team.

  • elkaba

    King of baseball already? Do I smell another Teixeria trade in our future?
    http://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/26756077/joey-gallo-king-baseball-three-true-outcomes-era

  • GoRangers23

    The game starts in 10 minutes.

  • GoRangers23

    They should wear those light blue jerseys more often. Those are pretty.

  • TD30
  • GoRangers23

    Alright, let’s get this under control.

  • RR3

    Good job of escaping more damage by Lynn.

  • RR3

    Here’s what bugs me about Odor’s struggles. It’s how everyone is over-reacting to everything he does. He hits a lazy fly ball to center and Dave Raymond says, “Pretty good at-bat there for Odor.” No it wasn’t. Why was it good? Because he actually hit the ball?

    • Mr.C

      What bothers me is that he is batting in the heart of the order.
      He should be batting 8th or 9th !!!

    • WhoKnowscs

      Same with his play in the 5th.sure 2 runs scored but he basically gave the Royals what they wanted but the Royals erred so 2 runs instead of an inning ending Double Play.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Roogie was out regardless cuz of the force but yeah he might’ve saved a DP

  • GoRangers23

    I hope that hit means that Isaiah has started hitting consistently again.

    • GoRangers23

      I hope it means he WILL start hitting …

  • GoRangers23

    Woo Hoo! Go Joey!

  • JacobMcCandles

    Nice article Kevin as usual. Interesting because I for one thought Calhoun should’ve been up here earlier. Not so much because he was setting the world on fire but because this was the perfect year to eval him. Same as I would like Jurado get some starts, Gallo PT in CF This is basically a throw away yr and prep for the future.

    Gallo has some monster trajectories on his HRs

  • GoRangers23

    It’s nice to see us completing the double plays again. I think Santana is a better choice while Elvis is gone.

  • GoRangers23

    Good base running Isaiah!

    • GoRangers23

      And Santana!

  • JacobMcCandles

    Wow….good Ranger base running

  • GoRangers23

    👏👏👏 Good job Willie!

  • GoRangers23

    Alright, we’ll take it!

  • RR3

    Good eye.

  • GoRangers23

    Yes!

  • GoRangers23

    👏👏👏👏👏

  • JacobMcCandles

    I mentioned Gallo’s trajectories earlier…..that Gallo HR was the second highest of his career. Now why we even keep that stat is kind of humorous.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Willie needs to have a hitting clinic for several Rangers for going the other way and beating the shift

  • WhoKnowscs

    This has the makings of being like Tuesday’s game in reverse.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Rangers look like a totally diff team. Doing everything right. When we even start running the bases correctly..highly elated

    • WhoKnowscs

      Benefits of playing one of the 3 worst team(Record wise) in baseball.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Rangers beat the Astros in 2 series earlier this yr…any MLB team can win on a given day

        • elkaba

          It’s a game of managed failure. (The teams that manage to fail less often get more given days.)

    • elkaba

      Whoever it was said the Rangers’ start this year was “fool’s gold,” was right. So are games like this one…

      • JacobMcCandles

        Wow…..parade raining today? LOL

        • elkaba

          Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me… 483,562 times, shame on me. 🙂

      • JacobMcCandles

        And I said that about the start the other day. Did not mention pyrite

  • WhoKnowscs

    Tricky Nicky is a tough out.

  • elkaba

    Appears Willie wants to hang around longer.

  • GoRangers23

    I’m getting the feeling that Willie doesn’t want to go back down. 🤔

  • elkaba

    Anyone read the Gallo article I posted this morning from ESPN? Thoughts?

    • JacobMcCandles

      I read it. My excitement will be tempered until at least he gets a full season down playing like he is playing. I think it would be foolish to trade him.

    • GoRangers23

      I read it. I just hope he doesn’t get traded. It’s nice to have a player that MLB watches so closely.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Don’t remember which writer it was…but on twitter someone tweeted that a couple of Rangers had reached out to Beltre about their slumps.

  • JacobMcCandles

    AGAIN the other way…..Anyone still think Willie can’t hit 4-6

  • JacobMcCandles

    Lynn has the era under 5 now……bad start beginning of the season, now is def our second best SP

  • GoRangers23

    Whew. Good job Hunter! I’m glad he got a good hit.

  • isittime

    Is this going to be the 1st road series win?

    • GoRangers23

      I think we have one, but I’m not positive.

  • GoRangers23

    Two homers for Rougie!

  • GoRangers23

    I think Hunter took some frustration out on that ball. It went 456 feet!

  • JacobMcCandles

    Your ball Willie

  • possumrld

    Of all the days to forget about an early game! I did think of it earlier in the day, then I got to feeling kind of peeked and forgot, until just now!

    • JacobMcCandles

      Ooops

      • possumrld

        Yeah, Jake. Now maybe they can claw their way back to .500.

        • JacobMcCandles

          One game at a time…reason this game was so good…we excelled on all levels…pitching, Defense for the most part, hell we ran the bases great

          • possumrld

            I did hear there were no errors by the Rangers, but I wouldn’t know about the rest without some advanced info. So Thanks!

          • JacobMcCandles

            Best base running I have seen from this team..that has to be some Woody influence

          • possumrld

            Yes! It was very bad last season.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Im sure they will replay the game……later poss

          • possumrld

            I get the condensed games on my At Bat, so I will be able to enjoy the high points later.

    • GoRangers23

      I hope you aren’t getting sick with that virus that is going around. It’s miserable!

  • JacobMcCandles

    Nice play Roogie

    3 players with 4 hits…..you would have to ck the History book for the last time that has happened

    • JacobMcCandles

      HA! Murph just said what I posted about 4 hits…and he was reading!!! RR3RD script? LO

  • JacobMcCandles

    Cole Winn makes his first start tonight…..he was our #1 draft pick……..Meanwhile Ragans has to get another TJ and Burke has shoulder stiffness,, HUFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF

  • WhoKnowscs

    TCU vs Texas Tech on FSSW.

  • TD30

    Amarillo Sod Poodles playing the Frisco Roughriders tonight on TV 🙂

  • Rowdy Yates

    This is one I wished I’d seen. We were down in Salt Lake City watching the Mormon Tabernacle choir practicing, doing a tour of the Capitol bldg and the Pioneer Memorial Museum. All but the museum were excellent which shoulda been named the “Photo Museum of Every 19th Century Mormon Family in Utah”.