Texas Rangers

What the doctor ordered. 19 comments

  The cosmic tumblers were bound to line up in the Rangers favor eventually. All those hitters hovering in the low .200s were going to get hits eventually. Eventually arrived with the Detroit Tigers and their woeful pitching. It helped that the Tigers brought into the Ballpark the worst ERA […]

Cautiously skeptical. 168 comments

  The Rangers offense is rolling. Their starters are keeping them in games. Their bullpen is reliable. This team is playing great baseball right now. The Rangers, in fact, are playing their best stretch of baseball since their ten-game winning streak in May. They’ve won eight of their last twelve […]

A complete game. 60 comments

  It was the best Rangers game of the season. It just took 117 games for it to arrive. Situational hitting, bunting, sacrificing, smart base running, stellar defense, strong pitching. And, of course, a home run. This was reminiscent of Rangers teams of the previous seven years. Teams where everyone […]

Wind chill factor. 77 comments

  It’s hard to make up ground in the wild card race when you’re first in line. It’s exponentially harder to make it the further down the line you are. That’s what the Rangers are finding out. The hard way. When you hear that the Rangers are only 3.5 behind […]

Pudge. 203 comments

  “This is a reprint of what I wrote about Pudge when his name was first announced on the Hall of Fame ballot. I thought, in light of yesterday’s number retirement ceremony, it was worth repeating.” I was lucky enough to see the two greatest catchers of all time play […]

Defining moments. 288 comments

  Jose Altuve will probably win the MVP this season. Aaron Judge is leveling out. Mike Trout missed too many games. That’s what made yesterday’s 6-4 win so special. No, it wasn’t that the Rangers were facing the rival Astros. The intensity of that rivalry dissipated when the Astros clinched […]

Believing. 312 comments

  A few weeks ago, right before the trade deadline, Adrian Beltre pleaded with Jon Daniels not to give up on the team. He said that he believed in the Rangers, and the players still believed. Since then, the Rangers are 4-4. And that’s with Joey Gallo playing like he […]

Banister. 39 comments

  When everyone examines and over-examines stats, it’s always for players. Rarely is it for managers. I figured, it might be interesting to look at Jeff Banister’s numbers as a major league manager. In two and two-thirds seasons, Jeff Banister has managed 437 major league games. His record in those […]

Off-day musings. 253 comments

  An in-depth recap of the 2017 Texas Rangers baseball season so far. Pleasant surprises: Andrew Cashner Joey Gallo Elvis Andrus Austin Bibens-Dirkx Alex Claudio Robinson Chirinos Jose Leclerc Unpleasant surprises: Sam Dyson Rougned Odor Jonathan Lucroy Jeremy Jeffress Tony Barnette Martin Perez Ryan Rua Reason to watch: Adrian Beltre […]