Defining moments. 288 comments


The normally stoic Alex Claudio reacts to striking out Jose Altuve to end the game and preserve the 6-4 victory.

 

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 the division title in the season’s first week. And it wasn’t as if this 6-4 victory was nip and tuck the entire game. The Rangers had this one comfortably in the bag until a totally dominating Cole Hamels was removed from the game in order to give the Astros a fighting chance. Rangers manager Jeff Banister nearly blew his twenty-first game of the season.

No, the best thing about yesterday’s game, which underscores the best thing about the game of baseball, is that while it’s a team sport, it all comes down to matchups. And when you take a guy like Jose Altuve, who came into the game leading the planet with a batting average of .365, he usually wins those matchups.

But the entire game hinged on Altuve’s final two at-bats in game defining moments.

In the eighth inning, Jose Leclerc, whose control has been erratic, decided it was time to give back some of the 6-0 lead Cole Hamels handed him. He walked the first batter, gave up a home run, then walked another batter. And just like that, fingernails all across Rangers fandom that thought they were safe for the night were suddenly the victim of serious gnawing.

Because up came Jose Altuve, league MVP, in a situation where the game could suddenly turn ugly. Altuve revealed a rare moment of being a mere mortal. On a 3-1 pitch, he swung at ball 4, and grounded into a very much needed double play. It didn’t kill the rally, but it put it on life-support. Especially considering the Astros scored two more runs in the inning, had a runner at second and the tying run at the plate when Nomar Mazara, seconds after butchering a play in right field, made a brilliant inning-ending diving catch on a sinking line drive.

But the Altuve menace would return. After retiring the first two hitters in the top of the ninth, Alex Claudo allowed two singles. It was time for more MVP heroics from Jose Altuve.

It was an epic at-bat. In a nice piece of drama, Claudio got ahead 0-2, then Altuve battled back to take the count all the way to 3-2.

Then Alex Claudio dropped a perfect molassis-slow changeup down and in to fool Altuve for strike three. Game over.

The Rangers survived Altuve.

*****
TODAY’S GAME:

Mike Fiers (7-6, 4.06) vs. Tyson Ross (2-2, 7.52)
Game time: 7:35

How the Astros hit against Ross.
How the Rangers hit against Fiers.

 

 

  • FlappingGums

    Last night’s game was one of my favorite games of the season!! The picture at the top of the article shows what I’m guessing all or most of us felt about the game last night! 🙂

    • GoRangers23

      I will be shocked if that is not his baseball card next year. That’s so great!

      • dearmidol

        That exact same expression would have been on Cole Hamels’s face had the bullpen blown that 6-0 lead.

        • GoRangers23

          I would think that Cole’s expression would have been a little more violentish, but there’s probably not much difference in the look of the final product. Lol

    • Rowdy Yates

      Best Rangers photo of the year. Mostly because I think just about all of us were doing the exact same thing in front of out TVs. That match up is why I love BB. A guy who can’t throw the ball as fast as most high school pitchers wins and epic battle against the best hitter in MLB who fouls off numerous pitches before having his knees buckled on a near eephus pitch and is caught looking. And all this overcoming more disastrous game management by Banister.

  • GoRangers23

    Midol, I don’t know where you got that picture. I looked all over for it last night. Did it come from a video? If not, I will probably get it tomorrow. For some reason, that’s how my Twitter and Facebook works sometimes. I get things two days after they actually happened. Lol

    • GoRangers23

      Nevermind. I found it on the Rangers website. I just never go there anymore. It’s been a really long time since I visited that site. 😄

      • dearmidol

        Yep. There are some good pictures on there from time to time.

        • GoRangers23

          I guess I have been missing them. Maybe I should start looking there too.

  • GoRangers23

    Altuve s going to apologize to the ump for his comments after the game. Refresh
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  • GoRangers23

    Good morning all! Here are the pics from last night’s outstanding game. Refresh. Have a great Saturday, and remember, its tax free weekend. If you don’t need anything, stay home. It’s safer and less frustrating that way. 😄 If you are going out in the madness, be careful and good luck finding some bargains!

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    • FlappingGums

      Lots of great pictures in all 3 groups of pics Go! In this group I love that t-shirt about on deck!!! 😀

  • GoRangers23
  • GoRangers23
    • FlappingGums

      That’s funny! The Kiss Cam! 🙂

      • GoRangers23

        That’s it! 😄

  • GoRangers23
    • FlappingGums

      Purge looks so happy in these pics! Well, he pretty much always looks happy. 😀

      • Rowdy Yates

        I wish he could ‘purge’ the gremlins that have infected the Rangers!

        • GoRangers23

          Ha!

        • FlappingGums

          LoL!! I just saw that! 😂

  • SABERMETRICS MASTER
    • dearmidol

      That place has a really good burger.

  • Tony Howell

    With a win tonight and tomorrow and the right teams lose this weekend (minn down 5 to Detroit ) right now , Rangers could be 1 game back in wc. At that point doesn’t matter how many teams ahead of us, Rangers will control there own destiny (if they can get to 1 back) go Rangers.

    • dearmidol

      Amazing that the team with the fifth-worst record in the American League even has the most remote chance at the post-season speaks volumes about how bad the American League is this year.

      • Rowdy Yates

        ….. the Central and West Divisions anyway.

  • SABERMETRICS MASTER

    Ok. What tv station will broadcast the game here in Dallas?

    • dearmidol

      Fox Sports.

      • SABERMETRICS MASTER

        Thanks

    • elkaba

      Fox Sports Southwest for sure.

  • Rowdy Yates

    So glad to see the Rangers recognition of Pudge since we were on the road for his MLB HOF ceremony. Primarily a Reds fan until we moved home to Tx in 1980 I always believed Johnny Bench was absolutely the greatest catcher in MLB history as I’d seen him play many games in person and on TV while living 16 yrs in Dayton/Cleve/Cincy areaa of Ohio. Never got to see Pudge in person but did see him many times on TV and IMO it’s a toss up between him and Bench. And because he toughed it out at catcher longer than Bench, today I’d give the edge to Pudge as greatest ever based on time in grade.

    Excellent ceremony and wonderful speech by Pudge and Tom Grieve, both quality guys. Only downside is I wish the Mayor of Arlington knew the difference between EEE-von (English and female) and eh-VON (Spanish and male). But then he is the Mayor of Arlington.

    • elkaba

      Goosebumps here!

    • FlappingGums

      That was a beautiful ceremony and couple of speeches! I’m so happy for him and for his family. And I’m happy that I got to see this tonight and hear his speech. 🙂

    • elkaba

      I was there to see the very first start Pudge had in Arlington and told Mr. Elk that day he was the best catcher I’d ever seen play the game, and that if he lasted, he’d be in the HOF. (I’ve been saying a lot of told-you-so’s this year. 🙂

  • elkaba

    I see the Astros are not opposed to some small ball…

    • Rowdy Yates

      Not macho baseball. Just winning baseball.

  • Rowdy Yates

    Grieve: “he has had command issues” with all the walks. Isn’t that pretty much all the starters except Hamels?

    • GoRangers23

      That is literally what I just said to my husband.

      • Rowdy Yates

        We may be related somehow.

        • GoRangers23

          Lo

  • elkaba

    When did Tyson change his name to Tyler?

  • GoRangers23

    Those rain clouds can go ahead and move to my house and get out of our Rangers game!

  • GoRangers23

    Great!

  • FlappingGums

    It’s really coming down now!!

  • GoRangers23

    Well, there’s always Rain Delay Theatre on the Radio with Jared Sandler. They interview players and Rangers personnel until the game starts again. It’s probably going to be about 40 minutes.

    • FlappingGums

      Thanks for that information! I might listen to that in a bit. 🙂

    • dearmidol

      I like Jared Sandler. For a Rangers employee, he is pretty honest when talks about the team.

  • GoRangers23

    I’ll be back when the game starts.

    • FlappingGums

      Me too.

  • dearmidol

    Looks like both pitchers are struggling to find the strike zone today.

  • dearmidol

    Gallo has an arm.

  • dearmidol

    That was a funny play.

    • FlappingGums

      I literally laughed out loud on that one! 😂

      • dearmidol

        Me too. Why he thought he had a chance at a double is beyond me. But the uh-oh moment was great.

  • WhoKnowscs

    I gotta feeling were in for a lot of boneheaded moves tonight.

    • Rowdy Yates

      Rangers don’t have ‘boneheaded’ moves, only ‘Baniheaded” moves.

  • Rowdy Yates

    Roogie looking more and more like a Designated Hitter. Oops, that doesn’t work either.

    • dearmidol

      The Rangers are pretty stacked there.

      Odor, Choo, Mazara, Napoli, and Willie Calhoun coming up.

      • Rowdy Yates

        … doesn’t work because he doesn’t field or hit.

        • dearmidol

          Oh, I agree. He really has no position.

        • WhoKnowscs

          But what can he do?

          He gets on base . . . oh wait, that’s Hattieburg and the A’s in Moneyball(and it was throw not field) . . . nevermind.

  • dearmidol

    Roogie the Rally Killer.

  • Rowdy Yates

    …. at least he didn’t hit into a double play.

  • dearmidol

    Grieve is talkative today.

    • FlappingGums

      I was just laughing about him and his time-travel wishes. He’s a chatter box tonight.

    • Nolanfan

      Must have gotten the memo: The more you talk, the less we have to hear of ray ray.

  • FlappingGums

    WTG BRETT NICHOLAS!!!! 🙌🙌

  • WhoKnowscs

    St NIck.

  • dearmidol

    The next Pudge?

  • Rowdy Yates

    Great to see Nicholas get the HR. Even better to hear BRaymond actually get excited about it!

  • GoRangers23

    Delino is number 3 now.

  • WhoKnowscs

    looks like we need a few more homers.

  • dearmidol

    Some pretty bad base running for the Astros, thankfully.

  • FlappingGums

    That was a good throw by Odor.

  • WhoKnowscs
    • dearmidol

      Yes.

    • FlappingGums

      LoL!

  • dearmidol

    The scouting reports on Rangers outfield arms must be pretty bad.

    • WhoKnowscs

      Must of scouted Deshields.

  • FlappingGums

    Let’s get some more runs Rangers!!

  • GoRangers23

    Maybe Rougie is about to start hitting again. That would be nice!

  • GoRangers23

    Go Nap!

  • FlappingGums

    WTG NAP!!! 🙌🙌

  • GoRangers23

    That IHateMyJob commercial is cute. That’s the first time I’ve seen it.

  • FlappingGums

    What is Banister upset about?

    • GoRangers23

      No clue.

  • elkaba

    What was that?

    • GoRangers23

      We have no idea.

      • FlappingGums

        It doesn’t seem like we’ll find out.

        • GoRangers23

          Surely they will send someone to go find out…..I think?

          • FlappingGums

            I would think so too.

    • FlappingGums

      Beats me

  • FlappingGums

    Good steal Choo!! 😀

  • GoRangers23

    How in the world did those people get down there in the outfield? I don’t remember ever noticing that before. How do you get there, I wonder ?

    • FlappingGums

      I recently noticed that too. I don’t know how they got there. It’s probably fun out there!

      • GoRangers23

        I need to find out. That looks cool!

        • dearmidol

          Down where?

          • GoRangers23

            All the way at the back of the outfield. The kids looked like they were right by the edge of the grass down on the field. There is probably some kind of fence like barrier to keep them off the field. I’m not sure. I only saw it for a second.

          • dearmidol

            Right field? Left field? Center?

          • GoRangers23

            I’m not sure. I only saw it for a second. Flap, do you know?

          • FlappingGums

            I think it’s left field. They look even with the field.

          • dearmidol

            I’ve never seen that. I’ll have my eyes peeled.

          • GoRangers23

            I will rewind it and take a picture.

          • GoRangers23

            Ok, I found it. It is in the left corner of the field like Flap said. It is two square open boxes. I guess it’s seats? I thought it was maybe a walkway, but now I don’t know what it is.
            —I would be such a terrible witness to a crime! 😐
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          • elkaba

            Those are next to the door where the dots run out, right? I think they’ve always been there. Maybe not a lot of people there most games?

          • GoRangers23

            I think they are seats, but the kids were standing up, so I thought it was somewhere you could walk to.

          • dearmidol

            That’s cool. I wonder how you get those?

          • GoRangers23

            Oh good. You don’t know either. Now I don’t feel so dumb for not noticing them before. Ha!

          • GoRangers23

            That’s kind of what I was thinking too. I thought it was maybe in between center and left.

          • GoRangers23

            Flap, do you remember who hit the ball when they showed that?

          • elkaba

            Has to be left field. The wedge is in right field. That’s the triangular section down at field level with tables and chairs in right field.

          • GoRangers23

            I’m trying to find it, but so far I can’t.

        • FlappingGums

          It does look cool!

  • WhoKnowscs

    It’d be a good time for another homer.

  • FlappingGums

    Good RBI hit Beltre!! 🙂

    • elkaba

      LOL, it’s like he’s breaking records every time he bats now!

  • dearmidol

    Beltre is one of the most amazing hitters I’ve ever seen.

    • FlappingGums

      He’s an amazing player!!

  • WhoKnowscs

    OK good. It’s not Rouggie the Rally Killer yet.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Well now it’s Rouggie.

  • FlappingGums

    I don’t like that they keep hitting our guys with the ball!

  • GoRangers23

    Are they doing that on purpose? I hope not.

    • WhoKnowscs

      Based on where that hit him I’m guessing no.

    • FlappingGums

      I hope not too but I really don’t know!

    • dearmidol

      I don’t think so. The situation doesn’t call for it.

      • FlappingGums

        Okay, thanks!

      • GoRangers23

        I kind of meant with Gomez. He is really getting hit a lot.

        • dearmidol

          15 times this season.

      • Gregor_S

        Right. Now if it was Rougie it might be on purpose. Just because…it’s Rougie.

        • GoRangers23

          I get the feeling people don’t like Gomez too much. I think they are afraid to do it to Rougie.

          • FlappingGums

            The Astros don’t like Gomez for sure.

          • GoRangers23

            Exactly!

          • Rowdy Yates

            He crowds the plate, bat flips and kinda acts like a hotshot star when he’s not. I’d throw at him too.

          • GoRangers23

            Yeah, he does…..but he’s OUR temperamental hotshot. 😄

  • WhoKnowscs

    Rouggie . . . squeeze please.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Rouggie the Rally Killer strikes again.

    • dearmidol

      Yes he does, with an assist from the third base coach.

      • WhoKnowscs

        Yeah but Odor was trying to homer with every swing when a squeeze bunt could scored a run and could have thrown them off enough to keep bases loaded.

        • dearmidol

          Or a hit by pitch.

          • WhoKnowscs

            that would take not swinging. Rouggie says no to that.

  • dearmidol

    Why send Beltre there?

    • Gregor_S

      Two outs, takes a perfect throw. Otherwise you need Nap to get a hit. I think it was the right play.

      • dearmidol

        I didn’t think it was hit that deep, but it did take a great throw.

        • Gregor_S

          Well if it was hit deep he’d have scored easily, bad calf/hamstring/etc and all.

          • dearmidol

            Yeah.

      • Gregor_S

        Just to clarify: Nap gets a hit 20% of the time. Odds that Beltre scores on the fly ball were probably at least 50%.

  • FlappingGums

    He looked safe.

    • dearmidol

      His lead foot went over the plate and never touched it. He got tagged in the butt before the trailing foot hit the plate.

      • FlappingGums

        Oh – I thought his front foot touched the plate.

  • FlappingGums

    I just caught myself feeling particularly protective of our players tonight. LoL!

  • dearmidol

    Cut Beltre.

    • Gregor_S

      Probably the first time he’s done that in the 20 years he’s played.

      • dearmidol

        Yeah, that was very unusual. Lucky it was foul

        • Gregor_S

          Now maybe he can get his first sacrifice bunt.

          • dearmidol

            Wow, he’s never had one?

          • Gregor_S

            Thought that’s what our stalwart announcers have said recently.

    • FlappingGums

      Hey, hey, hey watch it buddy.

      • dearmidol

        Ha, just a joke.

        • FlappingGums

          Oh, I know. That’s why my kidding comment.

          • dearmidol

            Ha. But I should be at least slapped in the face for saying that.

          • FlappingGums

            LoL!!!

  • WhoKnowscs

    Before today’s game Rouggie was second in the league for worst OBP by .005. The guy below him was 2-4 today and Odor is 0-3 so far.

    • dearmidol

      He has been worst for much of the season. I am sure he will revisit it soon.

      • WhoKnowscs

        Oh he’ll end in last place I firmly believe. Since Escobar is hitting and the Royals aren’t as stubborn as Banny. Also Odor isn’t learning.

        • dearmidol

          At least Banister finally dropped him out of the five hole two games in a row.

          • elkaba

            It’s a miracle.

          • FlappingGums

            He’s been reading here! 🙂

          • Gregor_S

            Hope so. Maybe his next move will be to resign.

          • GoRangers23

            Ha!

          • WhoKnowscs

            If he keeps it up he should be 8th and no higher(or preferably replaced come Sept call ups.)

          • WhoKnowscs

            JD probably told him to.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Need to keep scoring every inning.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Banny’s trying to give the ump the ol’ stink eye.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Ross is out of gas. need to hit the NOS

  • Rowdy Yates

    Ross struggling … Grieve: “Banister is going thru the thought process” ….. bwaaaahaaaahhhaaaa.

    • WhoKnowscs

      Inconcievable . . . Banny doesn’t think.

  • dearmidol

    Get out of this.

  • WhoKnowscs

    6 million doesn’t go as far as it use to.

    • dearmidol

      Three million a win.

      • WhoKnowscs

        Billy Beane says no. Yankees say yes though.

  • dearmidol

    Wow, the rain is coming down hard outside my house.

    • GoRangers23

      It missed my house completely. I wish it hadn’t!

  • Gregor_S

    When this game started I thought there was almost no chance the Rangers would win unless they scored at least 10 or so runs. Even if they took a modest lead early Ross wasn’t going to go very long, especially since he was coming back from the DL, and our two best relievers, Claudio and Leclerc, both pitched last night (and didn’t look so great). So we’ll see…if they hang on it may be a sign their luck has changed.

  • dearmidol

    What a horrible call. That was right down the middle.

  • dearmidol

    Bush got the call there.

  • dearmidol

    Rookie swung at ball four way high.

  • dearmidol

    Nicholas is making everyone forget about Lucroy.

  • GoRangers23

    Brett Nicholas is playing pretty well right now.

  • GoRangers23

    Aw, that stunk!

  • Rowdy Yates

    I coulda thrown him out at home. What were they doing sending Nicholas???

    • Gregor_S

      On that one I agree with you. With only one out he’d have been at third and could’ve scored on a sac fly.

      • Rowdy Yates

        Yep, OF had the ball before he even touched 3rd and after watching him at RR for 3 yrs I can tell you he is SLOW like most catchers.

        • dearmidol

          He seems like a good hitter, though, right?

          • Rowdy Yates

            Yes he is and decent power as we saw tonight. Can also play 1B.

          • Gregor_S

            Never hear much about Alex Trevino, who’s having a decent year at Frisco. Between the two of them they have enough backup for Chirinos.

          • Gregor_S

            Or maybe it’s Jose Trevino. Anyway, they had enough not to worry about trading Lucroy.

          • dearmidol

            Yes, I just looked. Jose Trevino.

            Alex Trevino was a catcher for the Reds back in the 80s.

          • Gregor_S

            Right. At least I didn’t say Lee Trevino, who I think was a golfer.

          • dearmidol

            Yes he was. Or Alex Trabek.

          • FlappingGums

            LoL!! 😂

          • GoRangers23

            Ha!

          • Rowdy Yates

            Only a true Reds fan would remember him. After Bench the Reds were running a bunch of nobodies out there … and still are.

          • dearmidol

            Yeah, those early 80s years were painful. I remember Paul Householder, Clint Hurdle, Alex Trevino, Ron Oester.

            That’s who they replaced Bench, Perez, Concepcion, Griffey, Foster and Morgan with.

          • Gregor_S

            That’s the risk of doing a complete teardown and rebuild.

            Just to be clear, I’m in no way saying the Rangers are today’s Big Red Machine.

          • Rowdy Yates

            Amazing that small market team was such a power for so long. From the time Rose came up in ’63 the Reds were always in the mix the next dozen yrs or so. And they never had a great pitching staff in all that time.

          • Gregor_S

            I think free agency didn’t come along until the mid-1970s, at which time teams like the Yankees started signing all the top free agents. I think most of the Big Red Machine came up through the Reds’ system or via trade. So small market teams weren’t that handicapped yet.

            Kind of balanced out again in recent years. Or maybe it’s just the near-crapshoot of the playoffs keeping teams like the Yanks and Dodgers out of the WS. Too complicated for me, especially with the game on.

          • Rowdy Yates

            Yeah the Reds swept the Yanks in ’76 WS I think (Munson killed in plane crash right after???) and free agency started about the same time. Reds couldn’t compete and teams like the Yankees regained the upper hand. Steinbrenner money made a difference.

          • elkaba

            Yep. That was the end of indentured servitude for ball players.

          • Gregor_S

            Absolutely. Before free agency the big market teams like the Yankees and Dodgers were paying players peanuts just like the small market teams.

          • elkaba

            Even worse than the pay was the players had no control over their own work. They couldn’t decide to play for another team EVER, unless their owner agreed to trade them.

          • Gregor_S

            Right. And revenue sharing and the draft (which gives the highest picks to the teams with the worst records) have done a lot to remedy the big market/small market disparity.

          • elkaba

            It always amazes me to realize how much those guys must have loved the sport to put up with lousy pay and how they were literally “owned” by the teams.

          • Gregor_S

            It was the system and no one really questioned it. I think when Marvin Miller came along he encountered a fair amount of resistance among the players to forming a union at first.

          • elkaba

            Yes, baseball wasn’t much different that other institutions. It kept pace with its own time, but I still can’t see how so much talent could be so completely controlled like that. It was a not untypical failure of supply and demand theory, for sure. What I mean is you can get away with abusing unskilled laborers, because there are millions around to take their place. But major league baseball players are not a dime a dozen! There’s no way they should not have commanded a higher price, had more power and been able to call the shots. (And that’s the big flaw in thinking supply and demand are enough to control an economy- with the right amount of leverage, it can be rigged in favor of the guys with the most money.)

          • Gregor_S

            Amen!

          • Rowdy Yates

            Same in football. My uncle Herb Banet played one season for Green Bay Packers back in late 1930s. Was paid either $25 or $35 a game. Quit when Ft Wayne, IN school district offered him $225 a yr to teach and coach in high school.

          • elkaba

            That’s seriously cool! Had a neighbor growing up who was a star college basketball player and retired NBA pro. He ended up coaching HS basketball and lived like a typical teacher, so being a pro didn’t used to make these guys rich.

          • Rowdy Yates

            LOL! In 1954/55 Roy Sievers lived down at the end of our street in Arlington, VA. He was 1B All Star for Washington Senators and had a winter job selling cars or insurance if I recall correctly.

          • Gregor_S

            Almost all the players had winter jobs then, including most All-Stars.

          • Rowdy Yates

            Was at D.C. stadium last week and noted he’s on the wall for Washington Senators Hall of Fame. He was a really nice guy. His youngest son was in my class at Walter Reed school.

          • FlappingGums

            That’s really cool!!😀

          • dearmidol

            Oh, I know you weren’t.

  • dearmidol

    Tagged him in the crotch.

  • GoRangers23

    Let’s get some more runs here Rangers!

  • FlappingGums

    Beltre – Get an RBI!!!

    • dearmidol

      Get four.

  • GoRangers23

    Is this the Grand Slam inning?

    • FlappingGums

      Yes.

  • dearmidol

    That should do it. Beltre is the best.

  • GoRangers23

    Woo Hooo! Go Beltre!

  • Rowdy Yates

    Beltre is such a great defensive hitter. Just got the bat on the ball and hit it where it was.

  • FlappingGums

    YES — Excellent, Beltre!!! 🙂

  • WhoKnowscs

    Just keep scoring. 1 here 2 there 3 more there.

  • dearmidol

    It’s a bean ball war.

    • WhoKnowscs

      War . . . War never changes.

    • Rowdy Yates

      What’s it good for!

      • WhoKnowscs

        The DL.

      • elkaba

        Absolutely nothin.

  • GoRangers23

    It cracks me up that Jose Altuve is only two inches taller than I am.

    GO Bush!

  • Rowdy Yates

    Great that they got someone who can actually sing God Bless America on Pudge’s big night.

    • GoRangers23

      He was good!

    • FlappingGums

      I agree – and he was really good! 🙂

  • GoRangers23

    Gomez needs more padding.

    • FlappingGums

      Needs to go up to bat looking like the Michelin Tires Man! LoL!

  • GoRangers23

    Wow! That Bryce Harper accident didn’t look good.

    • FlappingGums

      It looks like it could be bad. That Had to hurt!!

    • GoRangers23

      That is exactly what I am worried about happening to our guys after it rains. The ground is slippery and dangerous.

      • FlappingGums

        I agree!

    • elkaba

      Looked like he jammed his knee.

      • GoRangers23

        Whatever he did, it was painful. He might have a trip to the DL in his future.

    • WhoKnowscs

      Made me think of on of those “worst sports injuries” videos on youtube.

      • GoRangers23

        Yeah. He will probably always have a problem with his knee now.

      • FlappingGums

        I didn’t even know there was such a thing. It would qualify for that.

        • WhoKnowscs

          Don’t watch if you don’t want to cringe in horror.
          https://youtu.be/um5JJ2-OpqU

          • elkaba

            RUN AWAY!!!!!

          • WhoKnowscs

            At least I gave everyone a warning!

          • GoRangers23

            I watched the first one, then decided to stop it. 😐 That is hard to watch.

          • WhoKnowscs

            They get much worse. At least the first only showed someone that was knocked out with a concussion

          • GoRangers23

            I thought he hurt his back really bad?

  • WhoKnowscs

    Looks like we’re going the Bush won’t be available tomorrow route.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Looks like we’re trying to get Claudio on the DL. Banny you’re a(n) _________.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Why not try that new guy Rodriguez?

    • WhoKnowscs

      And note that was a joke for Pudge, we actually have a pitcher named that to replace Kela.

  • FlappingGums

    Tonight, after midnight and before dawn, there’s a big meteor shower. In case anyone can’t sleep tonight.

    • elkaba

      Raining cats and dogs here, so no Perseid for us tonight. 🙁

      • FlappingGums

        Good that you’re getting rain. Bummer it’s tonight.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Why have a 7-8 person bullpen if you only use 4-5?

    • Rowdy Yates

      Because #s 6,7,8 throw underhand.

      • FlappingGums

        LoL!! 😂

  • Rowdy Yates

    Rangers very lucky to up as far as they are in a game in which their pitching has given up 6 BB and fielders have made 2 errors. 8 extra base runners usually is a killer.

    • WhoKnowscs

      Probably because the Astros have matched it with 6 walks and 3 HBP and Given up 3 XBH of their own. And 2 of our XBH went out of the park.

  • elkaba

    WOW! 2 in a row against the Astros? Who’d a thunk it?

  • Rowdy Yates

    Wins against the Astros are ALWAYS good. Just drives their pissy fans nuts!

  • WhoKnowscs

    7-5 season series with 7 more games.

  • FlappingGums

    WOOHOO WTG RANGERS!! 🙌🙆🙌🙆🙌

  • WhoKnowscs

    Nicholas even sounds like Pudge.

    • Rowdy Yates

      SNORK!!!! LOL …

      • WhoKnowscs

        Sure his English isn’t butchered because it isn’t his second language but his low voice just sounded that way.

  • dearmidol

    The Silver Boot Series has never had so much buzz in the air.

    • Rowdy Yates

      …. That’s the buzzing flies.

    • elkaba

      LOL, what’s the Silver Boot Series?

      • WhoKnowscs

        The season series they have every year between Astros and Rangers, Complete with a trophy that’s in the back seat of some Ranger’s car.

        • elkaba

          Ha! I know. It was a joke about how hot it’s getting. 🙂

          • WhoKnowscs

            It may, come mid September if the Astros keep playing like they are and the Rangers miraculously got hot that they were practically steaming.

    • WhoKnowscs

      Need to win tomorrow and then the first game of the next series and then you’ll really see it heat up.

    • GoRangers23

      I think that maybe they haven’t really mentioned it, because they figured we wouldn’t be winning it this year.

  • GoRangers23

    We are only two games back now. There are over 45 games left to play, according to Mac. They say we have the easiest schedule for the rest of the season……hmmmmm.

    • WhoKnowscs

      Still need to get above .500 and stay there.