Don’t buy it. 405 comments


As this season gets more and more lost, players like Cole Hamels will find themselves prime trade bait. He might be having a rough season but his playoff success is huge and a change of scenery to a better environment would do wonders.

 

Thursday was an off day for the Rangers. A cynic would suggest they have had ten off days so far.

The Rangers were the only team to have not had an off day yet. They desperately needed yesterday to take a breath. But mostly to hide.

After fourteen games, the Rangers sit at the bottom of the West, at 4-10. It’s bad. They have lost two series, tied one, and been swept in one.

Surprisingly though, for now at least, they aren’t the worst team in the league. Kansas City is 3-8 and Tampa Bay is 3-9.

But that’s splitting hairs.

The Rangers are barely better than the Miami Marlins, who stripped their team of all worthy players before the season started and declared they giving up for the next few years.

At 3-9, they only a game worse than Texas.

Trouble is, the Rangers publicly declare they weren’t starting over, that they would be competitive. They they went ahead and did it anyway by assembling a starting rotation sponsored by AARP.

The ERA of Rangers starters is 5.64. Dead last in the American League. The bullpen hasn’t been stellar, their ERA is right in the middle of the pack.

Rangers pitching has given up the highest batting average in the league and has the worst WHIP (walks plus hits per innings, or, in other words, runner put on).

I bring this up at a time like this for one reason.

This season was lost long before DeShields, Odor, Andrus, and Fister went down. Make no mistake about it. Those injuries just make a bad situation worse.

The real injury to this franchise is going to happen when Jon Daniels is let off the hook for this disaster. He will credit the awful season to injuries, and not to the fact that he has systematically depleted this roster of talent and has assembled a roster of mediocrity at premium cost, and in the meanwhile has left the system so depleted of talent that there is nobody who they can bring up to plug in holes.

Injuries happen to every team. Rarely does a team have talent in the system as good as the talent on the major league roster that went on the D.L. But most successful franchises have talent good enough to full in competently for the time being. Two years ago the Dodgers had more injuries than anyone in baseball history. They won the N.L. West.

Daniels has created a bad major league roster and a bad farm system.

Injuries have nothing to do with this 4-10.

Don’t buy it.

The front office is going to use this as a mulligan for this year and a rational for deserving more years.

While ownership might buy it, every empty seat is proof that fans certainly aren’t.

*****
TODAY’S GAME:

Cole Hamels (1-2, 5.06) vs. Gerrit Cole (1-0, 0.64)
Game time: 7:10

How the Rangers hit against Cole.
How the Astros hit against Hamels.

 

 

  • von_todwin

    I follow both the Rangers and my university on Twitter, and my university just tweeted a congratulations to a player being selected to play in the WNBA…whose Twitter handle is DDDeshields. Needless to say, I got a little confused and thought it was a Rangers tweet and Delino had made some big life choices while on the DL.

  • von_todwin

    Tinfoil hat conspiracy time: the reason the Rangers went for Moore, Fister, Minor, Colon WASN’T in the hopes of flipping any rebounds for prospects, but rather with the assumption that some of them would get injured and Rangers could have their mulligan on what was always going to be a bad year 😀 The fact that Elvis, Roogie, and DeShields all got injured too was just coincidental and made it easier.

    IT’S THE CRIME OF THE CENTURY.

    • dearmidol

      What they are finding out, and other teams are too, is that when you consider free agents, you shouldn’t just see if they will help you win now or in the immediate future but also if they help generate fan excitement. The place is already empty and will continue to be more and more empty because they didn’t do anything in the off-season to attract fans.

      • WhoKnowscs

        Looking at box scores and seeing you are buried by the 4th inning aren’t helping either.

        • von_todwin

          “Go to Rangers games and you’re guaranteed to see lots of great hitting!” Just don’t mention it’s the other team.

    • elkaba

      Crazy as that sounds, I wouldn’t put it past being an added bonus feature of this team’s construction. The older we get, the easier it is to get injured.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Maybe fans should start a letter campaign to Davis and the other guy.

  • GoRangers23

    I realized last night that I had been saving a lot of info, but I forgot to post it. Sorry, but my brain is still clogged due to sickness. Although, even if it wasn’t , I have the memory of a potato. 🤦‍♀️ Refresh for some info from Twitter from the last couple of days, along with some pics.

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  • GoRangers23
  • GoRangers23

    Here is something I found on Facebook, I think. I didn’t make it, but it reminds me of Elk saying welcome to the dark side. 😁 https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/f016a649723b60da279ecf16a6bfb7ac09383688576f97cb7b57f85af443b28c.jpg

    • elkaba

      It’s perfect. 🙂

  • dearmidol

    From what I read today the Rangers are planning on bringing up Guzman to play first, shift Gallo to LF and Rua to CF. Then have Robinson play 2B and Profar at SS.

    • WhoKnowscs

      Sadly, Moore still starts.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Darvish pitching shutout in the 5th. Throwing a lot of pitches as usual.

    • WhoKnowscs

      No Run Support, Some things never change.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Well a lot of wins have been missed cuz he does not stick around long enough.

    • WhoKnowscs

      Only reason the number of pitches matters is because pitch counters run the game today.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Disagree,,,,he has always wasted to many pitches trying to be cute with his arsenal and not pitching to contact

        • WhoKnowscs

          That’s the problem, The people that run baseball only want pitch to contact-ers because they don’t want to let anyone throw 120+

          • JacobMcCandles

            Well you have to have guys capable of throwing that much

          • WhoKnowscs

            There are people that could(Verlander for one), but the guys running the baseball philosophy today are terrified and think every pitcher can be the same.

    • FlappingGums

      I forgot he was pitching today. So glad I saw this post in time to see a little pitching from Darvish.t

  • WhoKnowscs

    Wild Pitch, Darvish gives up the first run.

    • JacobMcCandles

      And approaching 90 pitches

  • JacobMcCandles

    Darvish loses the shutout with a balk and a wild pitch.

  • FlappingGums

    We have DISH. Astros have blacked out games in Houston for this area on DISH. So, no Rangers game for me to watch tonight. I think I’ll be watching a Rockies game. Enjoy the game!!

    • WhoKnowscs

      No Root Sports?

      • JacobMcCandles

        Root is now ATT

      • FlappingGums

        No, we don’t have that. 🙁

      • FlappingGums

        I’ll try to find it on the radio. Or ask Mr. Flap to do that for me!

        • WhoKnowscs

          Might try seeing if there is an Astros broadcast you wouldn’t normally get and see if it’s unblocked.

          • FlappingGums

            Okay!

    • Rowdy Yates

      …. and for a change I actually get the Rangers’ game tonight on FSSW. We Austin area folks are essentially orphans in the eyes of the Networks and Rangers.

      • elkaba

        You guys need a team of your own.

        • FlappingGums

          I’d love that!!!

        • Rowdy Yates

          We’ve got the Round Rock Express who are the equivalent in AAA in all areas of competence as are the Texas Rangers in MLB.

    • GoRangers23

      I’m sorry Flap. That really stinks!

      • FlappingGums

        Thank you, Go. It does stink for sure!

  • WhoKnowscs

    Well Darvish choked after the wild pitch. 4-0 now.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Darvish ERA prob at 6 for the season now….glad we did not throw away money on that guy

    • dearmidol

      That World Series meltdown was too huge to ignore.

  • Rowdy Yates

    Well what could better … the Rangers have signed Yo Vinni Gallardo to a minor league contract. He’ll be available to see in person at RR games for Flap and myself on those nights we no longer get the Rangers’ games.Yippee. He was DFA’s by the mighty Cincinnati Reds, possibly the only MLB team worse than the Rangers, so he should be a great fit.

    • WhoKnowscs

      Everyone is seeing RR games.

    • dearmidol

      I was 100 percent certain Daniels would sign him. Amazing.

      • WhoKnowscs

        Yep. It was a given.

  • JacobMcCandles

    As ABs lack of power has shown, he now leads MLB with bad avg when people are in base….some have said slow starter but it appears more than that…really hope he gets a shot somewhere else but he’s not going to bring back much

    • dearmidol

      It’s hard to watch him struggle.

  • GoRangers23

    Tonight’s game with the new lineup is going to be interesting, I suppose. I wonder how long it will take for everything to turn upside down? I wonder if we have any chance at all? A win would be kind of unexpected, but exciting.

    • Rowdy Yates

      Hey 4 legitimate career AAAA players might get the Rangers over the AAA level they’ve been playing.

      • GoRangers23

        You just never know. 😄. That’s why we all love it so much.

      • dearmidol

        And if they had Odor, they would have five AAAA players.

  • TD30
    • GoRangers23

      Thanks TD!

    • FlappingGums

      Thank you, TD! Lots of changes today!

  • azrangerfan

    For what it’s worth. I like it and I’m not talking about the way the lineup is constructed. Now we get to see if any of these guys can rise to the occasion. A year late and lacking several prospects who have been traded in my opinion, but it’s time.

    • elkaba

      At the very least it’s might be more entertaining to watch some new faces lose.

      • azrangerfan

        Yep

      • von_todwin

        lol 😀

  • possumrld

    Meanwhile, to add stupidity to injury, Banney keeps on putting Profar in the # 2 spot, like he is Odor’s Daddy in a little league coaching situation, so “Daddy Banney” is “holding Sonny Boy Odor’s spot” in the batting order with Profar, until Odor can return.
    I could abide some of the lack of talent, and such, if Banney wasn’t such an inept coach, and so transparent in his stupidity.
    it is plum maddening, and plane disgusting!

    • azrangerfan

      Hey Poss how you doing? Sadly at this point I don’t believe the lineup makes any difference.

      • possumrld

        Doing OK aza! Thanks for asking! And yourself?
        I do agree with your statement. But it still is aggravating to me, because when it did make a difference, or even if it did matter now, Bannister would still be doing the same old, “damn the logic, full speed ahead”, silly, senseless things.

        • azrangerfan

          I’m doing great, thanks. Yep I’m not a fan. I’m not protecting him. The truth is I lay most of the blame on JD though. Don’t believe for a minute that there is a manager alive or dead that could contend with the roster as JD constructed it. You can’t make up for lack of talent.

    • dearmidol

      As stupid as this is, I wonder if it’s coming from Daniels. He seems like the kind of GM that dictates the lineup.

  • GoRangers23

    It dawned on me earlier today that I may have spelled kolache incorrectly yesterday. I’m sorry you had to see that. There is apparently no y in kolache. 🤪

    • dearmidol

      We forgive you.

      • GoRangers23

        Ha!

  • GoRangers23

    If we pull off the impossible and win tonight, on Friday the thirteenth, will it be a real Freaky Friday?

    • dearmidol

      With Cole Hamels pitching, they have a good chance to win. All it takes is for the good Hamels to show up.

      • GoRangers23

        Yep. I’m looking forward to it. 😄

  • GoRangers23

    I really wish they would stop showing Elvis getting hit by that ball. It’s making me crazy.

    • dearmidol

      It’s all they have to show.

  • Rowdy Yates

    Actually looking forward to tonight’s game to see the young guys making their debuts and to see what they have.

    • dearmidol

      I agree. This is what we have to watch the next three seasons.

  • GoRangers23

    They just said that Gerrit Cole has ELECTRIC STUFF! Guys…..WE HAVE A CHANCE!! 😄

  • Rowdy Yates

    OK Rangers TV staff …. DON’T SHOW THE FOOTAGE OF EA GETTING HIT AGAIN. ENOUGH!!!!!!!

    • GoRangers23

      EXACTLY!

    • dearmidol

      Sorry, but this is how they explain the bad season. It’s because Elvis was lost for eight weeks. That one single act turned this team from a World Series contender to a patsy. So they have to show it. It’s the single most damaging play of the season.

      • GoRangers23

        That’s what stinks so bad about it. They shouldn’t get another shot. They need to be gone.

        • dearmidol

          Agree.

      • Rowdy Yates

        Then that proves they have zero respect for the fans (as if we didn’t already know that) because the Ringers were 4-10 WITH Elvis in the lineup every day and leading the AL in avg and hits.

        • dearmidol

          Fans know that. But as you say, I don’t think the front office gives fans the credit for being smart.

  • GoRangers23

    Alright Cole Hamels….I have to make sure I’m cheering on the right Cole……You Got This!! Do us proud!

  • dearmidol

    Gerrit Cole started the night with an ERA of 0.64. He has the second-best ERA on the Astros staff.

    Tomorrow night’s starter has an ERA of 0.00.

    • Rowdy Yates

      So …. we both have the same ERA!

    • GoRangers23

      Thanks for that. Now I feel so much better.

  • Rowdy Yates

    Didn’t we see this 1st game of the season off Hamels????

  • GoRangers23

    POO!

  • dearmidol

    First batter HR three out of four times this year so far.

    • isittime

      Rangers rotation know how to help a player out of a slump

      • dearmidol

        If only the Rangers could hit off Rangers pitching.

        • isittime

          If only. Lol

        • azrangerfan

          Would it really help?

          • dearmidol

            I am pretty sure I can hit off Matt Moore.

          • azrangerfan

            lol

  • GoRangers23

    Settle down Cole H!

  • dearmidol

    The Mets are off to a great start. In the last week they have lost both of their catchers to injury. Don’t be surprised if Chirinos is the first one to go.

  • FlappingGums

    Just found out we’re not blocked from seeing the game!!!

    • GoRangers23

      That’s awesome!

    • dearmidol

      So sorry for your loss.

      • GoRangers23

        😂😂🤣🤣😂

      • FlappingGums

        LoL!!

  • dearmidol

    I would like to see Robinson get a lot of starts at second to show that Odor doesn’t belong there when he gets back. It won’t happen because they won’t address the truth, but at least we will know that.

  • GoRangers23

    My tv froze. I can’t see anything now. Grrrrrr.

    • dearmidol

      Beltre grounded out to lead off the inning.

      • GoRangers23

        Thanks!

    • azrangerfan

      Not much to see

    • FlappingGums

      Now it’s a commercial.

  • GoRangers23

    Mr Go to the rescue. Yay! I can see again.

    • GoRangers23

      Just in time for the commercials. 😡

    • FlappingGums

      Yay!! He gets a done -good!

      • GoRangers23

        It was probably due to the storms. I’m watching it on the Apple TV because we have shows recording between 7-8.

  • Rowdy Yates

    Braymond said that K was Cole’s 1st of the night. But it wasn’t as he had 2 in the 1st inning. Even the Rangers announcers are AAAA level.

    • GoRangers23

      The Rangers announcers on tv are at AA level.

      • Rowdy Yates

        Yes they are. Thx for the correction.

        • GoRangers23

          Ha.

  • GoRangers23

    Go Cole H!

  • FlappingGums

    Good Hit!!!

  • GoRangers23

    Good hit KF!

  • FlappingGums

    Okay . . Now three up – three down!!

  • GoRangers23

    That was not fun to watch.

    • dearmidol

      Nope.

  • dearmidol

    Profar might not be a major league hitter.

    • GoRangers23

      Profar might not be a major league SS either. 😐

    • JacobMcCandles

      Or fielder

  • FlappingGums

    Astros act like they don’t want us to win

  • FlappingGums

    YES!!!

  • JacobMcCandles

    Cole has struck out 11 guys in his first two starts and is well on his way for some more. Hamels is battling like a tough vet….appears we may be a year late in trading AB and Hamels

  • dearmidol

    Hamels is having a good game. This bodes well for the trade deadline.

    • JacobMcCandles

      He is tough…but the arsenal aint what it used to be

    • FlappingGums

      I don’t want to trade Hamels!

      • GoRangers23

        I don’t either. It seems like it might be inevitable though. It will be sad.

      • dearmidol

        I don’t either. But this team will strip it down to the foundation.

        • Rowdy Yates

          The foundation is sand and they’re already in it up to their armpits.

          • GoRangers23

            Ha! Good one!

    • isittime

      I was thinking the same thing. Hate to lose him or beltre but they’re about all they have worth trading.

      • dearmidol

        And Mike Minor. If he continues to pitch well, he is signed for three seasons at a pretty reasonable price.

        • isittime

          True

  • Rowdy Yates

    Took 50 minutes to get 3.2 innings completed. And after another 15 more minutes we still have 3.2 innings complete.

    • Rowdy Yates

      YEA inning complete!

  • JacobMcCandles

    Wow never saw that before…Ump throws the ball at Banny so he could see the dirt on it….Banny lets it drop at his feet…..LOL

    • dearmidol

      Yeah, what was Banister’s beef?

      • JacobMcCandles

        HP Ump called him out 2B Ump overturned…..thought the Ump was disrespectful

  • isittime

    Garrett cole is making it look too easy

    • JacobMcCandles

      Yep…..No hitter going

      • dearmidol

        One hitter.

        • JacobMcCandles

          Who got a hit?

          • Rowdy Yates

            Falafel or whatever his name is.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Greek dish?

          • Rowdy Yates

            Don’t know. Just know it has chickpeas in it and what could be better than chickpeas.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Now that has quite the connotation….LOL

          • FlappingGums

            LOLA!!!

        • dearmidol

          Kiner-Falafa got his first major league hit.

          • dearmidol

            Falefa.

          • JacobMcCandles

            OH that right…..oopsie

  • dearmidol

    Don’t know if anyone saw this last night but I always love interesting stories.

    The Padres got one hit in last night’s game. It came from pitcher Clayton Richard. But he didn’t pitch last night. He was brought in to pinch hit. In the third inning. And got the only hit.

    • JacobMcCandles

      See the benches clear

      • dearmidol

        Yes.

      • Rowdy Yates

        Could be the highlight of the game for the Rangers.

    • isittime

      I didn’t see that. There’s some good hitting pitchers in the nl.

      • JacobMcCandles

        The Bum

        • isittime

          Yep and kershaw

  • dearmidol

    Who is Banister going to throw at now?

    • JacobMcCandles

      Don’t recommend Gattis

    • GoRangers23

      I don’t know but we can’t afford to lose anyone else. The question is, who will they retaliate with? Beltre? That would be awful!

  • dearmidol

    Nothing as devastating as a well-placed fastball.

  • JacobMcCandles

    9 SOs in 4.2

  • JacobMcCandles

    I believe that G Cole has only given up 1 run in 3 starts

    • isittime

      He was the closest thing to an offense we have mustered this whole game with the bb, hbp and wild pitch. Kinda shaky inning and still struck out 2

  • dearmidol

    Cole is giving him a lot of respect.

  • dearmidol

    Wow.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Wow 10 SOs

    • Rowdy Yates

      Rangers excel in Ks.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Yessir……he now has three double digit games on SOs

      • Rowdy Yates

        Or should it be KKKKKKKKKKs?

  • dearmidol

    Springer loves Hamels.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Springer 2 – Rangers 0.

  • dearmidol

    The worse the Rangers play, the more the Rangers TV audience shrinks, the worse the TV commercials get.

    • WhoKnowscs

      The “Moore” the noose tightens on JD and Banny’s jobs.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Most batters G Cole has SO in his career is 12….he has now SO 11 in 3 straight games……..Astros FO is as good as the players on the field

    • isittime

      And he’s their #4 in rotation. Crazy!

      • dearmidol

        Yeah, that is pretty amazing when you think about it. And tomorrow’s pitcher, their number five, is 2-0 with an ERA of 0.00.

        • isittime

          Gonna be a long weekend.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Year

          • isittime

            Yes it will

      • JacobMcCandles

        Could possibly be the best staff since the 90s Braves

        • dearmidol

          It depends on if this is a Keuchel down year like he had after his Cy Young year. He is not off to a strong start. Neither is McCullers. But it’s way early.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Yep….McCullers is a lot like Darvish…dynamite stuff way to consumed with striking guys out

  • dearmidol

    This is men against boys.

    • GoRangers23

      It really is. Sad.

  • Rowdy Yates

    It’s almost funny how pathetic the Rangers are. But not quite.

    • dearmidol

      I would be okay with all the young talent if I thought it was good and it was the future and not that it is all they have and it is the future.

      • GoRangers23

        Yep, exactly!

  • dearmidol

    Quality start from Hamels. Good enough to win for a good team.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Yep….I mean after all its only 2-1

  • TD30

    Atta boy Joey.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Thats some power

  • GoRangers23

    Good hit from Beltre. It won’t be long before he is hitting them real good.

  • GoRangers23

    YESSSSS!!!!

  • JacobMcCandles

    And all of a sudden……

  • TD30

    And Cheerios!!!

  • Tony Howell

    What do you know

  • GoRangers23

    YAY! Good job Robinson!

  • JacobMcCandles

    4 runs all solo shots

  • GoRangers23

    Tied with the Astros in the 7th inning! Freaky Friday! 😄

  • dearmidol

    Every Chirinos home run is a slightly better prospect.

  • dearmidol

    First time the season the Rangers have been behind and tied it.

  • Tony Howell

    Triple A Rangers hanging in

    • dearmidol

      Yes they are.

  • FlappingGums

    WTG GALLO AND RC!

  • dearmidol

    CJ just pointed out how baseball has devolved. All solo home runs or strikeouts.

    • Rowdy Yates

      Still nice to see a little life from the boys.

      • dearmidol

        Agree.

      • FlappingGums

        That’s for sure!!

  • JacobMcCandles

    Correa fixing to go yard

  • dearmidol

    What was that?

    • JacobMcCandles

      Guzman mind fart

  • Rowdy Yates

    Hmmm … for the last 45 minutes or so we’ve been bombing the hell out of Syria.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Yep…..got a brother on alert…..will be his third time…Thanks Obama

    • FlappingGums

      Oh wow. Thanks for that info.

    • calntom

      Just watched the POTUS on the news. Touchy strike with Russia as their top ally

      • FlappingGums

        Thanks for telling us!

  • dearmidol

    If the Astros take out Cole they are idiots.

    • WhoKnowscs

      We snuck Banny into their dugout in a Hinch Jersey.

      • WhoKnowscs

        And we had Hinch, since Hamels got to 106 pitches.

  • Rowdy Yates

    Martin could be good. Like the way he hangs tough under pressure.

  • dearmidol

    Did you see how far up they were playing on Kiner-Falefa?

  • dearmidol

    This is the turning point of the Rangers season. We will all remember when they began their march to the World Series victory.

    • GoRangers23

      Ha!

  • GoRangers23

    Was Maz grimacing?

    • FlappingGums

      Looked like it to me

  • Rowdy Yates

    Come on Adrian you’re long overdue for a big hit with your season 0 fer with RISP.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Beltre has the worst avg in MLB with men on base…..Cheerios is next to last

    • Rowdy Yates

      Well you can’t get lower than .000

      • JacobMcCandles

        No where to go but up….maybe next time

        • Rowdy Yates

          I’m wondering if he’s healthy because his bat doesn’t look quick to me like it did in the ST games I saw him play.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Yeah…I think he can still hit but his power has definately waned

    • isittime

      Wouldn’t have thought Adrian would be last

      • JacobMcCandles

        Yep….sadly an era coming to an end

      • Gregor_S

        He’s just putting too much pressure on himself in those situations. Thinks as the cleanup guy he has to come through and when he hasn’t he puts even more pressure on himself. I doubt it’s old age.

    • WhoKnowscs

      Feeling too much pressure in a lineup with about 3 people over 30.

      • isittime

        Now that you mention it is there anyone in the lineup other than Choi over 30? Even Elvis is 29

        • WhoKnowscs

          I think Chirinos.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Brother who came back was in Jordan for two months,,,,,this Syria thing seems to have been in the works

    • JacobMcCandles

      If my math and memory is correct…I believe its 535am in Syria…should be able to see some footage fairly quickly

  • dearmidol

    You have to be kidding.

    • GoRangers23

      What did I miss?

      • Rowdy Yates

        Robinson booted a routine single allowing a run to score.

        • GoRangers23

          Thanks

      • dearmidol

        Ground ball to Robinson in center. He missed it, it rolled to the wall. Runner at first scored. Batter made it to third.

        • GoRangers23

          Thanks.

  • isittime

    Oops

  • Rowdy Yates

    That’s what happens when you have Minor Leaguers playing in the Majors.

    • dearmidol

      This is horrible.

  • FlappingGums

    I no longer like the score.

  • dearmidol

    I wonder if Trout is available. Maybe Profar and Odor, our two best prospects.

    • GoRangers23

      😂.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Enough for me…gonna call bro and ck on his alert status….Blessings and later

    • dearmidol

      I hope all is good.

      • JacobMcCandles

        4 of us two with 3 tours…two with 2 tours

        • dearmidol

          Thank you all.

          • JacobMcCandles

            : )

    • FlappingGums

      Later Jake

  • possumrld

    Robinson sucks, plain and simple.

    • dearmidol

      He’s an infielder.

      • WhoKnowscs

        So is Gallo.

        • dearmidol

          Daniels thinks he’s playing fantasy baseball.

          • possumrld

            More like Nightmare baseball.

        • possumrld

          At least Gallo hits when it matters once in awhile

      • possumrld

        He can’t hit either, and he still sucks. A batted ball is a batted ball in the infield or the outfield.

        • dearmidol

          I agree.

  • Rowdy Yates

    Not feeling good about Diekman in this situation.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Where do the Rangers get their coaches? A High School soccer team?

    • possumrld

      Their head coach is a real goober.

  • dearmidol

    Why do major leaguers run on that?

    • FlappingGums

      Good question

  • Rowdy Yates

    Very nice play by Adrian. Experience.

  • WhoKnowscs

    4-11 coming up.

  • elkaba

    What happened? I thought we were pulling ahead?

    • possumrld

      Drew Robinson happened

      • elkaba

        Why do we have an infielder playing OF?

        • dearmidol

          Two, in fact, with Gallo, and a DH with Mazara.

        • possumrld

          Why is Robinson playing at all?

          • Rowdy Yates

            Because Banister is too old.

          • GoRangers23

            Nope, I must correct you again. He’s not too old, he’s too dumb. 🤣

          • elkaba

            Exactly!

          • elkaba

            Because he’s cute?

          • dearmidol

            So I have a chance to start?

          • elkaba

            Ha! Robinson could be JD’s big plan for getting more ladies interested in coming to the games.

          • GoRangers23

            NOOOOOOOOO!

          • elkaba

            You don’t think Robinson is cute?

          • GoRangers23

            No!

          • GoRangers23

            Sorry , that was too harsh. No ma’am, I do not. 😄

          • elkaba

            He’s adorable! Can’t play baseball very well, but what a clean cut cutie he is. He’s even got dimples. I can see why Banister loves him.

          • Rowdy Yates

            Definitely TMI.

          • elkaba

            🙂

          • grumpyderfsmagic8ball

            That’s why there are no lady GMs. Lol

          • elkaba

            LOLA!

          • Rowdy Yates

            So … he’s the new Kitten Face???? Please NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.

          • elkaba

            No! I was answering the question, “Why is he playing at all?” My point was he has no baseball value so it must be something else, like the key to a plan to get more ladies in the park.

          • GoRangers23

            NO WAY!!

        • isittime

          They traded Brinson for lucroy

          • elkaba

            Ouch. The truth hurts.

    • WhoKnowscs

      Surely you jest.

      • elkaba

        No! I left Papadeaux and we had gotten the lead!

        • dearmidol

          We never had a lead.

          • elkaba

            Figures. I was across the room from the TV. Eyesight worse than I thought or wishful thinking I guess. 🙂

          • dearmidol

            Only tied it 2-2.

    • dearmidol

      No. Down 2-0 most of the game. Tied it at 2-2. Bad play in center by Robinson allowed a run to score from first.

    • WhoKnowscs

      Inability for anyone to get a run scoring hit with RiSP.

  • dearmidol

    Last chance.

  • Rowdy Yates

    Hey, hey, remember Spring Training 2018 was going to be dedicated to improving the Defense! For the 4th yr in a row.

    • dearmidol

      It’s really an embarrassment.

    • elkaba

      Hahahahahahaha!

    • possumrld

      Robinson and Rua seriously need to go back to the farm. I am betting somewhere even in AA there are some guys that at least wouldn’t be any worse than those two duds are, and maybe one or two of them would come to life with half the chances those twin duds have had.
      It would really be nice if Robinson would jack one out here though.

      • elkaba

        I’d be willing to bet there are better players in Little League.

  • dearmidol

    Let’s go Gallo.

  • dearmidol

    First hit ever. Nice.

  • Rowdy Yates

    How’s Guzman gonna score with that 15 lb gold chain hanging down to his belly button?

    • FlappingGums

      LOLA!!!

    • possumrld

      He will dazzle them?

  • FlappingGums

    Congrats !!

  • dearmidol

    Okay, here we go.

  • WhoKnowscs

    You would know . . . here comes Robinson with the tying run on 2nd.

    • dearmidol

      Redemption time.

  • dearmidol

    Close pitch.

  • isittime

    Get that run back drew

  • dearmidol

    Come on, cutie.

  • dearmidol

    Ugly.

  • isittime

    Has he even put the ball in play

    • dearmidol

      On defense, yes.

      • isittime

        Lol

      • elkaba

        Ba dump bump.

        • possumrld

          Rim-shot!

    • possumrld

      “Golden Sombrero”

  • possumrld

    Robinson = Dud

  • dearmidol

    Swung at a ball six inches over the strike zone.

  • Rowdy Yates

    Rangers baseball 2018. UGLY BEYOND BELIEF.

    • possumrld

      Robinson is the perfect poster boy for the team too

    • FlappingGums

      Totally agree!

  • isittime

    Anti clutch hitting and errors #rangers baseball

  • Rowdy Yates

    Every year I root for two teams. The Texas Rangers and Cincinnati Reds. I may have to switch sports to synchronized swimming.

    • possumrld

      Curling

      • elkaba

        Yes!

      • grumpyderfsmagic8ball

        You’re cold.

        • possumrld

          lol!

    • dearmidol

      Me too. It’s bleak.

      • FlappingGums

        I’m in on that!

    • FlappingGums

      😂😂😂!!!

  • possumrld

    We’ve still got Gallo, and since Elvis went down, Joey is about it

  • WhoKnowscs

    17 Ks.

    • dearmidol

      How many Astros struck out?

      • calntom

        Not enough

        • dearmidol

          9.

      • WhoKnowscs

        at least 8.

  • possumrld

    Listening to Rangers games these days is like listening to the grass grow

    • isittime

      Makes you almost miss Tom g’s Betty Crocker shout outs

      • elkaba

        Yes! I miss the cookie and birthday report!

        • Rowdy Yates

          I miss Emily being on camera multipe times a game.

          • isittime

            What did they do with her

          • elkaba

            Maybe Em can do the cookie and birthday report. We forget there was a time when hearing about cookies and old ladies was much more exciting than what was happening on the field. During the glory years it kind of got old and a lot less thrilling. Right now, I’d love to hear about both!

        • isittime

          I wonder how sh!t faced buzz would be with the rangers playing this bad

          • dearmidol

            He was a no BS guy.

      • possumrld

        Ha! ha! I remember a couple of years ago Nadel mentioning that the front office brass made Nadel & Co quit doing that. I suppose they put the quash on Tag & Co.’s goodies and cookie reports at the same time.

  • elkaba

    Come on folks. We have to keep this stuff in perspective. The worse we are, the quicker we’ll be rid of JD and Banister. Silver lining alert!!!

    • dearmidol

      I hope so.

      • FlappingGums

        Me too.

    • WhoKnowscs

      But JD will just use the injury excuse.

      • dearmidol

        Exactly.

      • elkaba

        Buzzkill…

    • possumrld

      It won’t be soon enough, especially for getting rid of “Goober Bannister”

    • Rowdy Yates

      Maybe ownership can trade JD and Bani at AS break for a flat tire.

      • WhoKnowscs

        I don’t know the flat tire could still be used for scrap. Too valuable.

      • possumrld

        Maybe for a pair of old hippie sandals, with those tire tread soles?

  • possumrld

    I feel bad for drew Robinson, but I think he probably needs to go sell insurance or something.

  • possumrld

    So should we set up a crisis hotline for Rangers fans?

    • elkaba

      I don’t think the Rangers FO cares a whit about what any of us fans think. All we can hope for is that the owners have friends and family who will become incensed enough to goad them into thinking like we do.

  • WhoKnowscs

    I’d be for giving Josh Hamilton a shot at this point.

    • possumrld

      For that matter, could Leonys Martin be any worse than Drew Robinson?

      • GoRangers23

        YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEESSESSSSSSSSSSSSSS……sorry, was that too much? Lo

        • possumrld

          lol!

      • WhoKnowscs

        Aren’t they essentially the same person?

        • elkaba

          Drew is cuter…

          • GoRangers23

            Now THAT I can definitely agree with. Lol

          • WhoKnowscs

            I’ll have to defer on that one.

        • possumrld

          No, because as I remember, L& M at least hit something like .220

  • WhoKnowscs

    The only remaining player on the active roster from the 2011 WS roster is Beltre. Elvis was also on it but is not active.

    • possumrld

      Elvis was there too, wasn’t he?

      • GoRangers23

        Yes. He might not be counting him because he is on the DL. Maybe?

        • possumrld

          Probably so.

          • GoRangers23

            Sorry Poss, I didn’t see this last night. Here is a late goodnight. 😄

      • WhoKnowscs

        I edited it to say active and added Elvis was on it.

  • GoRangers23

    Well, I’m just glad we were still in the game until the end. That was a nice change. We did have minor leaguers playing the World Series Champions, after all.

    • FlappingGums

      Really good point!

    • possumrld

      Yes, good point, Go! At least we were in the game to the end for a change!

    • dearmidol

      That was encouraging.

  • possumrld

    Well “Rounders” (as Jake would say) Buenos Noches! The thrill of actually being in a game was somewhat overshadowed by the big Robinson Boo-Boo. But like Go23 pointed out, at least it was a game!

  • WhoKnowscs

    Coming soon to a Ranger Stadium near you.

    https://twitter.com/RickTarsitano/status/983456535761379331

    • WhoKnowscs

      Just over 900 actually showed up.

      • GoRangers23

        That’s just sad. I feel sorry for the guys that are playing.

    • dearmidol

      Wow, this is bad.

  • Yudabest

    I’ve felt the need to step back as a fan for a while. Looking at rangers fans and hearing them talk I have come to a conclusion that may offend at first glance. We just simply expect too much. I almost see us all with the expectation that Doc will get the DeLorean running again and this current team will go back and win game 6 for us. It’s just not going to happen. Also if you ever get a chance read up on the DeLorean Motor Company and John DeLorean it is a wild ride of a story. All I’m saying is that unfortunately we will probably lose a lot of games but I want to look at the youth we have and see the upside they can bring in coming years. Who knows, after the trade deadline that may be the only thing we have to watch. I remember not too long ago a team that lost a lot of games. Consecutively a hundred a season. Where are they now?

    • Yudabest

      Also, Midol, if your next book on the Rangers is to be one mirroring Doc and Marty as Beltre and Andrus with JD being Biff, I’m all for it.

    • GoRangers23

      I’m sorry you feel that way Yudabest. I do think though that the expectations from fans are always set too high, no matter the circumstance. You will always hear some people criticize no matter what the situation. I think that sometimes, as fans, we need to step back and realize that these are people just like we are. They are not super human. For the most part they do try to do their best, regardless of how it looks to us. I can’t imagine that any of them want to fail, especially in front of so many people. I suppose we need to remember that sometimes. I hope you come back soon!