DeShields figures it out. 179 comments


Delino DeShields is eying the opportunity to stay in the big leagues once Joey Gallo returns.

 

Maybe there is something to being sent down. Maybe that is a way to rehabilitate a struggling career. Maybe it can give a player a kickstart.

Maybe it’s not just banishment. Maybe it’s not forever.

Maybe being sent down isn’t the same thing as being sentanced.

And maybe Delino DeShields isn’t the only player who should be sent to Triple-A Nashville to figure it out.

If last night’s results are any indication, it will do others a world of good as well.

DeShields had four hits, scored the first run, and drove in the second, and winning, run. He is 6-for-11 since being called back up to replace Joey Gallo on the roster.

When he was sent down, he was hitting just .182 with an on-base percentage of .324. Not good in any way. He went from being the starting centerfielder to being the third-best centerfielder on the Rangers. On an over-crowded roster, he was the obvious odd man out.

He has some tools that can help win. But none of them work if he can’t get on base. A drill is worthless if you don’t have the drill bits.

Maybe DeShields is lucky that he’s been called up against the two worst teams in baseball. So, in some ways, he is still facing Triple-A pitching. But he’s hitting it. And that’s what it’s all about.

Maybe he stays when Gallo returns and someone else gets sent down.

Maybe the Rangers have the perfect candidate for that.

*****
TODAY’S GAME:

David Hess (1-7, 7.36) vs. Ariel Jurado (2-2, 2.43)
Game time: 7:05

  • vegasRANGER

    Always helps when you swing the bat…………

    • WhoKnowscs

      Not if you are going to swing at every pitch.

      • vegasRANGER

        only one doing that is Odor…….DD had fell into taking two down the middle and then swinging at anything low and outside…….

  • FatEddy Period, That’s it

    On Delino ….. If you had been watching him in Nash you could sort of see it coming. He either figured something out down there or for the past week started on a hot streak. He had been trending up all week. Which it was and whether it will stick or not, I have no idea, but at least for now it’s real. Does this mean I’m on the DD bandwagon? Nah. I still like his D and speed but would like a bit more bat. I guess I’m just hard to please.

    • Nate Whitten

      As I wrote above, he could help the team in multiple ways.

  • Mr.C

    Jurado tonight against a very “hittable” pitcher.

    We should win tonight with plenty of runs supporting Jurado.

    On Friday, Lynn will open the 4 game series against the A’s. Texas will follow with Sampson and AA pitcher Palumbo on a double header Saturday. Then Sunday comes in.

    Who do you think will start ????
    If not Smyly, who?

    • Nate Whitten

      I am not interested in seeing Smyly. He is not a Major League pitcher. I am not knowledgeable about the pitchers at Nashville or Frisco. There are fellow RR3ers that follow the minors, That has to be where the answer is. If Baltimore, the team we were guaranteed to beat 3 straight, can pound Smyly, then the A’s would do the same. Something made the “brain trust” choose Palumbo. Let them find another possibility.

      • RR3

        The Rangers are guaranteed to beat the Orioles all three games.*

        *Not a guarantee.

        That’s my advertising background coming out in me, Nathan. Guarantee what you can’t.

        • Nate Whitten

          I thought you might have been jacking with me and my “not superstitious” superstition.

          • Nate Whitten

            That last phrase of mine is an antonymic expression to stupid stupidity. 🙂

        • elkaba

          **Don’t play Baltimore if you lack enough pitching. May cause serious side effects like humiliation, defeat, embarrassment. Don’t play Baltimore if you’ve lost to Oakland or other hapless teams. Tell your manager right away if you experience delusions of invincibility or experience prolonged periods of ineffectiveness at the plate.

      • elkaba

        Smily WAS a good pitcher before TJ surgery. That’s probably why they signed him and why they’re reluctant to give up on him.

    • FatEddy Period, That’s it

      Alas, I suspect it will be Smyly. The alternatives are; Somebody from the BP, Huang from AAA, or from AA Jonathon Hernandez (assuming Palumbo gets the 2h start). That’s it unless they want to make a roster move, nobody else is healthy or on the 40.

      • RR3

        They could also do one of those bullpen games where they just have the pen pitch. Or, give Shelby Miller a spot start.

        • FatEddy Period, That’s it

          That’s why I said somebody from the BP.

        • Nate Whitten

          I think a BP game might be the best option. But, it will limit those pitchers that are used for a few days.

        • isittime

          Unfortunalty for Shelby, He’s not any more effective than Smyly when he goes past 2 innings.

    • RR3

      Maybe Minor pitches Sunday.

      • Mr.C

        I doubt they will ask him to pitch on 4 day rest. Maybe they do one of those bullpen days as you mentioned :

        Opener:
        Chavez 2 innings
        Then:
        B. Martin 2 innings
        J. Springs 2 innings
        Carpenter 1 inning
        Miller 1 inning
        C. Martin 1 inning

    • GoRangers23

      So far I have only heard that they expect to still have Smyly pitch. I hope they are lying. There really has to be something better somewhere.

    • elkaba

      Anyone would be better.

      • Mr.C

        Not anyone.

        Would you give Miller a start?

        • elkaba

          I actually like the round robin bullpen start. One, it gets them all some action- they say bullpen guys actually like to pitch every day. Two, it shows up JD for leaving us hanging without a starter. 😛

  • Mr.C

    If there is a team I really want to beat badly is this &?$”#% Oakland A’s.

    They seems to beat us all the time.

    • Nate Whitten

      They certainly do, even when they we bad and we were good. I fear them.

    • Rowdy Yates

      They even beat the Rangers like a drum in Spring Training. Every year at ST I go to the A’s great little ball park in AZ and every year the As beat hell out of the Rangers. Can’t remember the last time I saw the Rangers win in that park. I hate the #$%^&**@(^ Oakland As. Even more than I hate the &*)%$#@ Lost Anaheim Angels.

      • Nate Whitten

        Yes, Those are my two most hated teams, well, I have to put the Yanks in there with them. I hate all three of those #$%^&**@(^ teams

        • Rowdy Yates

          Yankees are in a league of their own for me. Most hated teams:
          1. NY Yankees
          2. NY Yankees
          3. NY Yankees
          4, Oakland As
          5. Lost Anaheim Angels

      • Mr.C

        I used to like them when I was a kid.

        Reggie Jackson, Vida Blue, Catfish Hunter, ……

        • Rowdy Yates

          That’s when they were beating the Reds … MY TEAM! Hated them even more then than today. You’ve brought back some horrible memoreis Mr C and I may need to find a ‘safe space’.

  • Nate Whitten

    Deshields may finally show why he was a #1 pick who the Astros allowed Texas to grab. There have been glimpses of his talent in the time he has been with Texas, but it has never been sustained. It would be great if that happened this time. Gallo could move to the less demanding LF, and Texas would have a true CF who scares teams when he is on base.
    Odor is not going to get his problems fixed in Arlington. It is past time to send him to Nashville and let Santana play 2B.

    • Rowdy Yates

      … “but it has never been sustained”. And I don’t expect it will be this time either. DD’s a super nice and earnest guy t who has never been a consistent MLB level player.

      Yes, put Santana at 2B and let him play everyday until his performance falls to Odor’s level. Which could be a couple months to several years. Either case we don’t have to see Odor stink it up for whatever time frame that works out to be.

      • FatEddy Period, That’s it

        Odor is a prime candidate for spending some time with a sports psychologist. He’s got talent but loses focus on how to channel it. He gets pull/HR happy, goes after the fast ball above the zone and in general tries to do way too much. Simply put, he’s hard headed and high strung. The few times when he is going well he stays off the high pitch and in general slows things down. A sure sign that he’s getting right is he starts hitting oppo liners. A rare thing indeed.

        • elkaba

          Odor and DD are both talented. What’s really going on with them is likely all between the ears. I’m a big fan of players spending time with a good psychologist, especially when you have guys who are so obviously standing in their own way.

          But more importantly, I’m a bigger fan of having those specialist head explorers in on things from the start, from drafting to signing and trading players. The Rangers need to do a better job of finding the right kind of players with “character,” the ones with the hunger and drive to excel and without being conflicted by any sense of entitlement or defensiveness about taking instruction.

  • FatEddy Period, That’s it

    This is more of a question than a statement. A plea for information, if you will.

    I don’t know what’s going on with Calhoun. His time on the IL was extended until about the end of this week. Now the unofficial word is the end of the month, at the earliest.

    • elkaba

      That’s the thing with injuries these days. They’re so often used to mask roster moves it’s hard to tell who’s really hurt, how bad an injury is and who’s just in the way of a move they want to make.

  • GT500

    Uncanny how motivated marginal players sometimes become after going back to the bus rides instead of charter jets…..we have seen it before, but just like Odor, DD always seems to settle back to his low water mark….one of the biggest knocks on him by the Astros was he is prone to be low energy requiring extra motivation……he is neither a short or long term answer, but he will have spurts, and he will have opportunities….bottom line, with Gallo healthy he keeps Calhoun at AAA, may not the best option….he at least figured out the blue hair wasn’t so cool after all…….

    • FatEddy Period, That’s it

      I’ve been meaning to ask …. Do you have a GT500, or are you like me and have a lust for one?

      • GT500

        Yeah, bought the 2012 SVT Mustang Shelby GT500 in Sept 2011…..

        • FatEddy Period, That’s it

          Envious to the max!!!!!

          • GT500

            Yeah, but I really would like an authentic Cobra…..or maybe even a replica

        • Rowdy Yates

          A Mustang Shelby … Wow … Outstanding!!!

          We had a ’64 1/2 dark blue Mustang. Unfortunately 6 cylinder, but still a 64 1/2!!!! Circa 1985 I was on one of my month long Asia biz trips and when I got home noticed it wasn’t in the garage. Asked DW where it was and she said she’d taken it to our mechanic for another ‘fix’ and he offered to buy it so she sold it to him. For $400. I didn’t cry but I yelled a lot. And the boys learned some new words to add to their vocabularies. Went to ‘visit’ the mechanic and of course he’d already sold it.

          • GT500

            Friend of mine in high school bought a red 64 1/2 in ’68…..great looking then but no way to know how great it would become……you should have yelled a lot…..of course $400 nothing to sniff at in ’85 either

  • GoRangers23

    Good morning all! Here are the pics from yesterday. Did you guys catch Dirk when he threw out the first pitch last night? It boggles the mind how someone who is so phenomenal at throwing a basketball can have such a hard time throwing a baseball to the mound. Lol. I hope you all have a great day!

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  • GoRangers23

    If you can watch this without getting at least a little misty eyed, you probably have a heart of stone. 😄

    This should be a video of Adrian Beltre’s time here, as told by Emily Jones.

    https://twitter.com/emilyjonesmccoy/status/1136405307452772353?s=21

    • elkaba

      OK. Good cry for the day… check. Thanks, Go. I needed that.

      • GoRangers23

        I had to watch it twice. I may or may not have had even more tears the second time. 😭

        • elkaba

          That sappy music gets me every time.

    • RR3

      This is amazing. That shot where Beltre hands his bat to a kid in the stands, and the look of absolute shock and joy on that kid’s face, was priceless. Thanks for posting, Go. Damn, I miss that guy.

      • GoRangers23

        I know, right?

    • Nate Whitten

      We all miss that great person, not to mention ballplayer, I am so glad Cliff Lee wanted to go to Philly instead of stay in Texas. If Lee had not made that decision, we would have never seen this photograph.

      • GoRangers23

        Did you watch the video? It’s really great! Emily did a super job on it!

    • isittime

      Really enjoyed getting to see him play. One of JD’s best moves was bringing AB here.

  • elkaba

    Is it me, or does the fact that we are losing virtually every opening game of each series this season point to some kind of a lack of proper preparation to meet these teams? Whose job is that and what could be done to make us better prepared for each series from the outset?

    • RR3

      That’s a good question. I wonder if it’s just a fluke. I mean, how can that be a real thing? What if it’s just one of those things you cannot explain? Like, how Leonys Martin still has a job?

      • elkaba

        Hahahaha!

      • GoRangers23

        😂

    • Rowdy Yates

      Statistical anomaly.

    • Mr.C

      Sample: Rangers Series during the month of April.

      Total of 8 series played; in which the team lost the 1st game in all but 2 series.

      3 series won
      2 series lost
      3 series tied

      From the 3 series won; lost the 1st game in two of them
      Sampson lost 2-1 to the Astros
      Smyly lost 7-2 to the Astros

      From the 3 series tied; lost the 1st game in all 3 games.
      LeClerc blew a save and lost 5-4 to Arizona D-Backs
      Bullpen blew lead and lost 8-6 to the A’s
      Lost in Xtra Innings to the Ms 5-4

      From the 2 series lost; lost the 1st game in one of them

      Minor lost to the A’s 6-1

      Bottom Line:
      Your Question “does the fact that we are losing virtually every opening game of each
      series this season point to some kind of a lack of proper preparation to
      meet these teams?”

      Based on the sample, the Texas Ranger’s bullpen are responsible for 83% of the loses in the 1st game of the series. Starters (except Smyly) seems to have been well prepared for these games.

      • GoRangers23

        Good post. Thanks for the numbers. That’s interesting. Maybe we should be glad that we are losing the first games. 🙂

      • elkaba

        Wow! Why aren’t you working for the Rangers???? Good info. Thanks.

        • Mr.C

          It’s easy and fast to compile when you use Windows 10.

          LOL

          • elkaba

            Ha! I did use 10 for a while. I just like the way 7 works better for me and some older programs I still like to use. But both 7 and 10 are better than 8 was. That one was a nightmare! Five steps to do what one step did in XP!

          • Mr.C

            Just messing with you!

            Lol

  • FatEddy Period, That’s it

    Finished lunch …. Decision time …. Practice Guitar …… Take a nap? Answer … Take a nap!

    • Mr.C

      Go for a walk !

      • elkaba

        Yeah, definitely the nap.

        • Mr.C

          No!
          Go for a walk !!!

          • elkaba

            OK. Walk to the bedroom or couch for a nap. 🙂

          • Mr.C

            Hahahahahahaha

  • GoRangers23

    I have posted several videos this morning, but I accidentally put them on yesterday’s thread. Here is the next one:

    50 days of REGULAR season games remaining . 😄. I’m hopefully optimistic.

    https://twitter.com/dallasmavs/status/1136455607618342913?s=21

  • GoRangers23

    This is Hunter and Lexi on Intentional Talk, playing The Newlywierd Game.

    https://twitter.com/intentionaltalk/status/1134847320376238080?s=21

  • GoRangers23

    This is Dirk throwing out the first pitch.

    https://twitter.com/rangers/status/1136430147266129920?s=21

  • GoRangers23
  • GoRangers23
    • elkaba

      One thing I notice is they never show the new digs in the same frame as the Cowboys home. Not in pictures or video anywhere. Wonder why?

      • RR3

        Wow, that’s interesting. I am sure that’s on purpose.

      • GoRangers23

        I have no idea. That is weird.

  • GoRangers23

    In case you missed it, Dirk talks about going to Walt Disney World and trying to fit into the rides. 😂

    https://twitter.com/foxsportssw/status/1136437728201994240?s=21

  • GoRangers23
  • JacobMcCandles

    Looks like Palumbo will be called up!!!

    • Mr.C

      Only for 1 game

      Double headers allow the roster to expand to 26 players.

      • JacobMcCandles

        We will see….probably

        • Mr.C

          All those kids Palumbo, Jonathan Hernandez, Brook Burke, Pelham, … they need time next year in AAA before moving them to MLB.

          • FatEddy Period, That’s it

            I’d have given that three up’s if it were allowed. Especially Hernandez. As much as I like him, I think he is BP bound. Palumbo has some swag about him. Had a batter with two strikes on him the other night. Threw a pitch and was walking off the mound before the catcher had the ball. Still needs work though.

    • FatEddy Period, That’s it

      Given the status of the rosters and the way the rotations were set up that was obvious Tuesday.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Saturday was obvious….im more curious to what happens going forward

        • FatEddy Period, That’s it

          Palumbo is a lefty, Oak is RH heavy. If Joe does well he’ll probably get a call later this year. If he doesn’t do well, probably next year. Will he stay up now? Extremely small chance. Approaches zero.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Only 4 teams have won 3 seasons in a row with a road % of above .600……..one team did it 4 times. Can you name them?

    • RR3

      The Reds of the 70s?

      • JacobMcCandles

        Nope

        • JacobMcCandles

          Yanks,Braves,Astros did it 3 times, and Cards did it 4 times

  • JacobMcCandles

    RC just knocked in his 10th HR and 28 RBI…….Good guy, glad to see him do well.

  • FatEddy Period, That’s it

    Odor gets the start tonight. Choo sits, more than likely sore hand.
    Drafting college pitchers: The guy the Rangers picked in the 1st round, Garcia threw 112 pitches and two days later threw another two innings. Injury waiting to happen. College coaches could care less about arms, they want to win. Or to rephrase that, they want to keep their job to heck with the saving a kids arm.

    • RR3

      Choo is listed as day-to-day. You’re right. Must be the hand.

      • elkaba

        That’s scary.

    • Mr.C

      Good day for Odor and Guzman to start hitting the ball. Orioles starter tonight is their version of Smyly.

  • TD30
    • GoRangers23

      Did you see Delino’s big hit from last night?

      • JacobMcCandles

        “Hits”……😜

  • FatEddy Period, That’s it

    WAY down on the farm (DSL) …. Rangers 1 12, Cubs 1 4 ….. Rangers 2 3, Cubs 2 2.
    Too much baseball.

  • FatEddy Period, That’s it
  • Mr.C

    Mariners refusing to lose to the Astros

    Tied the game in the 9th
    Tied the game again in the 10th

    • JacobMcCandles

      Ms get bases loaded and one out in the 11th and don’t score.

      • Mr.C

        Yeap
        Also in the 14th

  • FatEddy Period, That’s it

    Why the Ranger’s put so much emphasis on the Dominican Republic when it’s smaller than Texas:
    “Dominican players in MLB now top 100, 11.6 percent of big leaguers”
    Daily News (from somewhere, NY I think)

  • FatEddy Period, That’s it

    Taylor Hearn is throwing (gently, for now) baseballs in AZ.

  • FatEddy Period, That’s it

    Bummer, no video on either the Hickory or Down East game. Was hoping to watch parts of Down East. Will have to settle for Frisco. I ain’t staying up for the Nash game. They are in Reno. Start time 10:00.

  • JacobMcCandles
  • At the Ballpark. The mobile site is really acting up. I’m having trouble logging on.

  • Rowdy Yates

    Nits, that was not a “jam job”. Was on the outside part of the plate and he went with it to left field for the double . What game are you watching?

    Need to get one more inning out of Jurado. Would be nice to get a couple more runs back too.

  • elkaba

    Odor does not appear to have absorbed anything from the recent happenings with DD. Sad.

  • LoboTX

    Just read that Keuchel is signing with Atlanta.
    Thanks JD.

    • Mr.C

      One more time.

      If you are Keuchel, it is in your best interest to sign in a pitcher friendly NL ballpark.
      Just like Atlanta. The reason for it, so that his probability to boost his value is maximized for next winter’s free agency.

      JD has nothing to do with Keuchel’s decision. Stop the hate, enjoy the ride.

      JD is FANTASTIC

      • elkaba

        Yada yada yada. 🙂

        • Mr.C

          Can’t say I told you !

          • elkaba

            You told me. You told us. You were right. You are fantastic.
            How’s that?

          • Mr.C

            Awwwww
            That’s the elk I love ….. the voice of reason is back !

            LOLA. 😆

          • elkaba

            Hahahaha!

    • Rod Harper

      At least it’s not with the Yankees! He doesn’t have to shave that
      awesome beard of his! The Yankees’ dress code is too outdated IMHO!

  • Rowdy Yates

    Oh NOOoooo … not Martin!

  • GoRangers23

    It hasn’t let me post all night long. Ooh, it might finally be fixed! Test post.

    • GoRangers23

      Eureka!!!

    • Mr.C

      Me too

      • GoRangers23

        I hope the videos I posted earlier didn’t mess something up!

        • WhoKnowscs

          No, the problem was with Disqus
          .

          • GoRangers23

            Oh good! Thank you! I was busy worrying about it. Ha!

    • Rowdy Yates

      Disqus has been down last hour or so. On another Disqus site also that was down too.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Someone Slug Braymond and CJ for that.

    • GoRangers23

      What did they do?

      • WhoKnowscs

        “Rangers are one strike away”

  • Rowdy Yates

    Rangers needed this one! woohoo.

  • GoRangers23

    YAY!!

  • Rod Harper

    Ballgame! Time to exhale!

    • elkaba

      A win is a win.

    • Mr.C

      Against the worst team in the league

      • isittime

        We would have had your sweep had smyly hadn’t sucked so bad.

      • Rod Harper

        Remember! Games are won on the field, not on paper. The Marlins almost swept the Brewers at Miller Park at week! Anything can happen.

        • Mr.C

          Hope we sweep the #&@$#% A’s !!!

  • Nate Whitten

    tight game again….

  • Rod Harper

    Finally! I can log on and type once again on RR3!

    • Mr.C

      90 wins baby!

  • elkaba

    Disqus back just in time.

  • Rod Harper

    Should the Rangers fizzle down the stretch during the All-Star break, should the team trade or keep Mike Minor?

    https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2019/06/rangers-rumors-mike-minor-trade-jose-leclerc-closer.html

    • elkaba

      Keep.

    • Mr.C

      Extend Minor, Santana, Pence and Forsythe

    • isittime

      Keeper. I don’t think this is a team you tear down. We have minor next season. This team is good, not too far from being really good.

      • Rod Harper

        Same. What about Lance Lynn? Would he be good on the trade market if he stays on a hot streak?

        • isittime

          We have Lynn for 2 more seasons. Both are solid. I wouldn’t trade either one at this time.

          • elkaba

            Agree! We need to add pitching without subtracting what’s already in the bag.

          • isittime

            I hope JD let’s this play out without doing anything too drastic at this point either way when it comes to trades.

          • elkaba

            LOL, I’ll have to bite my tongue when the deadline comes. But I have to admit this is one year I hope he doesn’t do anything crazy. No Fielders. No Hamels. No big trades. We need more pitching this year, and I’d actually love for him to pick up another starter or two off the scrap heap. But he doesn’t have to wait until the deadline to do that or trade away anything.

            The news is surely filtering out by now that this coaching staff is doing wonders with the arms we have. Couldn’t there be a pitcher or two sitting around out there who wants to give it another shot on a minor league deal even now? Maybe. But either way, come next off season, I’ll expect JD to open the wallet and do what it takes to fill this roster with quality arms. No more excuses.

          • isittime

            We do need a couple of more arms, especially in the rotation. He needs to work that magic without doing a Ryan dumpster deal.

          • elkaba

            Amen the that.

  • elkaba

    Man, when Hunter Pence talks you can really tell he’s a Ft. Worth boy.

  • Rod Harper

    Jurado gets tonight’s game ball. I hope he becomes a cornerstone for the Rangers’ starting rotation in the coming seasons!

  • Mr.C

    Listening to the radio show. They are commenting that this lineup is different without Joey Gallo.

    • isittime

      Yeah it is. He’s really stepped it up this season being a huge presence in the middle of it.

      • Mr.C

        Yes but the lineup today didn’t include Gallo, Choo, nor Forsythe.

        Team OPS leaders.

        • isittime

          True.

        • elkaba

          I’ve said all year this line up is deep. Best bench in years.

    • FatEddy Period, That’s it

      No kidding!

  • Rod Harper

    Hopefully by the 2020 season, the Rangers will be once again within or near the Top 10 MLB teams with prospects!

    • isittime

      They drafted real heavy with college kids in the early rounds, so hopefully some of those will pay dividends sooner than later.

      • Rod Harper

        I prefer college players to high players since they develop faster in the minor leagues. Unless the high school was a top nationwide prospect named Bobby Witt Jr., then I’d make an exception!

        • isittime

          I’m with you there. It’ll be interesting to see how this class turns out. TX had seemed to lean more on the high ceiling high schoolers in previous drafts.

  • WhoKnowscs

    That Rangers have now gotten back to tie the 4 games over .500 season high they were back in April. Ironically we played the A’s right after reaching it . . . in Oakland though. This time we’ll play here.

    • Rod Harper

      The A’s are a thorn in the Rangers’ side whether it’s at home or on the road! I definitely hate it when they play in Oakland! The Rangers can’t seem to win there!

  • Rod Harper

    Oh no! Drew Smyly’s pitching on Sunday! Why is he still in the rotation let alone not designated for assignment after Tuesday’s night fiasco?

    • WhoKnowscs

      $$$$

    • isittime

      the only thing he’s doing consistently is giving us something to bitch about. Lol

    • elkaba

      Smyly had TJ surgery in 2017. He actually led the AL for a time before that with the lowest batting avg. against at .155. He wasn’t a bad pitcher at all. So my bet is they still want to see if they can get him back to his previous best. Since we don’t have anyone to replace him, seems they’re going to keep trying.

    • FatEddy Period, That’s it

      There are several reasons but the main two are:
      1. There really is nobody else unless the Rangers want to throw one of the prospects into the fire. That may not work out how the planned. See Taylor Hearn.

      2. Smyly is recovering from TJ and could recover his old ways at any time. He was a top pitcher before he went down. Even if he only recovers half of his old “goodness” he’ll be a great addition to the staff. Too soon for a team that is in a rebuild to be giving up on him.

      • Mr.C

        According to Woody, Palumbo is a LHP and will be facing RH offense next Saturday.

        If he performs in that game, he might stay in the team and who knows what will happen to Smyly. If he doesn’t perform, Smyly’s future will depend on different factors:

        a. He has one more guarantee start next Sunday. He needs to perform.

        b. If he doesn’t, and Palumbo do performs against Oakland, Palumbo will stay, Smyly will not start again.

        c. If he doesn’t, and Palumbo do not performs against Oakland, Palumbo will go back to Frisco Smyly’s future with Texas will depend on whether or not the team continue winning games.

        Next few series the team will face better teams. Winning the next few series will force JD to look into a replacement for Smyly

  • GoRangers23

    Tomorrow is National Donut Day, I just found out. I know that Walmart is participating and so is Krispy Kreme. At Duncan Donuts, I believe you have to buy a drink to get a free donut. There are probably several other donut places that are participating.

    • GoRangers23

      All Walmart stores might not be participating. I would call if you want to know for sure.