Double positive. 71 comments


Mike Minor strikes out Angels catcher Jose Brice to end the sixth, and his night.

 

Looking for positives on this team’s pitching is actually pretty easy. There are so few that the good ones stand out like a skyscraper in a desert.

Mike Minor picked up his club-best twelfth win and Jose Leclerc picked up his tenth save in last night’s 5-2 win over the Los Angeles Angels of Mike Trout.

Minor was a quintessential Jon Daniels signing: cheap damaged goods. And while Bruce Chen and Armando Galarraga and Tommy Hansen and Tim Lincecum and Travis Blakley and Rich Harden and Ross Detweiler and Wandy Rodriguez and A.J. Griffin and Kyle Lohse and Tyson Ross and Yovani Gallardo and Bartolo Colon and Doug Fister and Matt Moore, among others, were mostly monumental busts and wastes of good money, Mike Minor is the rare Daniels success story.

His overall ERA isn’t all that impressive. Even after last night’s one run in six inning gem, it’s just 4.19. But numbers don’t tell the story here. For one, 4.19 is by far the best on this staff. But this isn’t a case of the fastest snail syndrome.

He’s 6-1 with a 2.88 ERA since the All-Star break.

Minor came into the season after shining in the Kansas City bullpen in 2017. That in itself was a major accomplishment for him. He missed the previous two seasons because of surgery. This season it took him a while to get his bearings as he returned to the role of a starter. But once he found his legs, he has been brilliant.

Brilliant is a term you can apply to Jose Leclerc as well. According to Jamey Newberg in The Athletic, before last night, and since taking over as the team’s closer, Leclerc had faced forty-one batters. One has gotten a base hit. Three walked. One was hit by a pitch. And twenty-two struck out. As Newberg points out, “The league is hitting .027/.122/.054 off Closer Jose Leclerc, striking out nearly twice an inning.” Which is what he did last night as well. Zero hits. Two strikeouts. Much of the credit to Leclerc’s incredible turnaround, as Newberg digs up, goes to minor league pitching coach Jose Jaimes. Remember that name. He is a gem. He turned Leclarc into one.

Nothing says you are throwing in the towel quite like throwing away your closer mid-season, which the Rangers did when they traded Keona Kela at the break. Rather than working around a gaping hole, the Rangers struck oil.

Texas still has gaping holes. Many many gaping holes to fill in its pitching staff for 2019.

Mike Minor and Jose Leclerc are two certainties.

Now, just four more quality (see list above, avoid) starters and twelve more relievers and this team is ready.

That’s all.

*****
TODAY’S GAME:

Adrian Sampson (0-0, 54.00) vs. Jim Johnson (5-3, 3.81)
Game time: 9:07

How the Rangers hit against Johnson.
The Angels have never hit against Sampson.

  • JacobMcCandles

    I’m basically satisfied with the BP…The offense too while hoping for continued improvement…defense is ok..could use a CF
    Rotation,Rotation,Rotation

    • dearmidol

      The problem is, bullpens are totally unreliable from year to year. The same guys could be terrific one year and totally Schepperific the next.

      • calntom

        Seeing who they have in the pen next year will be interesting since they gutted it at the deadline, as they should have.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Calling Webster’s to enter Shepperific…lol

      • CrazyEd

        Feliz, Tyson, to name a couple. Tyson somewhat resurrected himself, and Feliz is pitching in the minors (Diamond Backs Org). BP’s are such a crap shoot. Hope LeClerc stays good.

  • JacobMcCandles

    9/11/2001….Don’t ever forget!!!

    • GoRangers23

      Man, I’ve been so out of it lately, I didn’t even know it was Sept 11th today.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Cuz you are going to DISNEYLAND…I Love how they say Welcome home when u r there

        • GoRangers23

          I am going to Walt Disney World, which is in Florida. Disneyland is in California. 😄.
          It has a lot to do with the fact that I was sick, too. I kind of lost track of everything there for a while. I wish they would figure out a way to get rid of that virus!

          • JacobMcCandles

            That’s the one I went too…never remember the name difference

          • Rowdy Yates

            Hope you’re well for the trip. Watching the kids smiles makes the ridiculous prices worthwhile!

          • JacobMcCandles

            If you do it right. its not that bad…yes pricey, but worthwhile. Mrs S wants to take the girl on a school trip…San Fran then Hawaii…wants me to go…..don’t know if I am able…..whats the elevation in Hawaii…could only go about 50 yards in Colorado..: (

          • Rowdy Yates

            Think the highest elevation in Hawaiian Islands is lower than the 5200′ in Denver which is before you even start to go up to the mtns.

          • JacobMcCandles

            K…Thanks…stayed at Snowmass Village in Colorado….Beeeeeutiful, rafting trip, pool with jacuzzi looking at mtns

          • CrazyEd

            It pretty much depends on where you go. Most of the tourist areas are basically at sea level. But, it is a bunch of volcanic mountains and there are a couple areas where they even have snow. I’ve never been to them. Just hung around the beach front areas the few times I’ve been there.

          • GoRangers23

            Thanks! Yes, smiles make it worth the while. 😄

    • CrazyEd

      I don’t know if I’m weird, or what, but on most important dates, I can remember exactly where I was and what I was doing. On 9/11 I was on the 9th Tee Box of the Killeen, Muni golf course. When I heard that Kennedy had been shot, I was eating breakfast on the Mess Decks of the USS Canberra in Long Beach, CA. When I hear that Elvis had died, I was holding a zone inspection at the Navy Reciever Site in Kamiseya, JA. When the Maddox/Turner Joy incident happened in the Tonkin Gulf, I was aboard the USS Rupertus tied to the pier is Yokosuka, JA. We had just got in from about a month underway and my immediate thought was, “oh crap, there goes liberty.” I was right. We got underway about an hour later. If we had come in port a day earlier, it would have bought us another day in port because we would have had to light off the boilers and get them cooking again.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Scary said that the best thing about 9/11 was a elevation in patriotism afterwards……most don’t even think about it anymore.

  • CrazyEd

    Interesting 15 minute discussion on “Spitballin” about the “Opener” concept.

    http://texas.rangers.mlb.com/fan_forum/podcasts/index.jsp?c_id=tex

    • JacobMcCandles

      Hey you said I perhaps forgot your name…r u weird Eddy?

      • CrazyEd

        That would be me.

        • calntom

          Yes….. lives mid Texas somewhere? I think. Likes grilling out and knocking down some beverages.

          • CrazyEd

            Killeen/Fort Hood.

          • calntom

            Good to have you back here. I have not been on the MLB board since they started this one

          • Rowdy Yates

            To answer your Q from last week, we didn’t live in a Guam Quonset hut but did go to school in one!

          • JacobMcCandles

            Mrs Scarys brother was a Sgt in the artillery, retired from Ft Hood

        • JacobMcCandles

          Hey….COOL…awesome Recipes and lady stories……Scary talked about you, which is a huge compliment LOL…..PLEASE post more. got tired of the MLB board, too many issues of logging on. Howz the health?

          • CrazyEd

            Thanks, health is good all things considered. Some agent orange issues, but all pretty much under control. The cancer is long gone, and the heart issues are pretty much fixed, so I’m not even bothering with filing with the VA I might get a couple extra bucks out of it, but not worth the effort. Be different if I needed it, but I don’t.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Seems like I contracted some BS named Visceral Leish Maniasis…IDK…but the symptoms match up

          • CrazyEd

            I miss Scary, more than you know. We had some interesting conversations. Didn’t always agree, but who does.

          • JacobMcCandles

            No one did…..but I was amazed by the the comments on diff boards about him….mostly that he was a butthead until you knew him……he took me and picked me up every time I went to the sandbox….I really appreciate your kind words

          • CrazyEd

            He was just different. Most people expect folks to be polite and nice and fuzzy feeling. They get upset if somebody just tells it the way they see it. I like the guys that do that. You know where you stand and where they are coming from. I don’t like being bs’d and neither did Scary. There were folks that got along fine with him.

          • JacobMcCandles

            He died before his beloved Astros won…….

          • CrazyEd

            That sucks, really does. Because they were a big part of his life.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Dont want to be too melancholy but its family and Baseball…..Grandad died of a stroke with a Astro cap on….Scary was wearing it when he died……I have the cap now…sat on the TV last year during the WS…..hahahaha

          • JacobMcCandles

            Feel like some cold beverages……later…GREAT TALK

    • dearmidol

      Good discussion. Thanks for posting.

  • CrazyEd

    I think they should give Gallo a shot a pitching. He pitched some in H.S. and word is he hit tripple figures with his FB. Couldn’t be much worse that some of the guys they are running out there.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Best arm in the OF

    • dearmidol

      I heard when he was being drafted he told teams that if they wanted him as a pitcher, not to bother drafting him.

  • CrazyEd

    Had an interesting find at the grocery (HEB) today, a six pack of Tiger Beer. The last bottle of that I drank was in 1978 in Singapore! Good things come to he who waits.

    • dearmidol

      Ha. Forty years later it finds you.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Best grocery store in TX

  • CrazyEd

    Darn! I keep hearing whispers about the Rangers farming out some of their development of pitching prospects to “Driveline.” Just came up again. Anybody else heard anything? Could use a couple collaborative sources. I’m not at liberty to divulge where I’ve heard it, but would sure be interested in knowing if somebody else has heard anything.

    https://www.drivelinebaseball.com/

    • JacobMcCandles

      Nope

    • dearmidol

      Interesting. I’ve not heard that, but what they have been doing isn’t working so might as well try something else.

  • CrazyEd

    Awful quiet. A non-baseball post about my Mustang Convertible. In 1965 (+/- a year) I was attached to a Destroyer assigned to Formosa patrol. It was an assignment given to forward deployed destroyers that was essentially a blockade between Communist China and Taiwan. Two ships were assigned and they did a week patrolling and a week in port. Sort of a reward for being forward deployed and as a little relief from Vietnam Gun Line. Anyway, I’m sitting on the balcony of the Seadragon club with a Chinese gal on my lap and somebody drives by in a Mustang Convertible. I told the gal one of these days I’m going to have one of those. Well, as things worked out, in 1968, I married the gal. It took me until 2002 to finally get the Mustang. Marrying a Chinese is a whole other story.

    • JacobMcCandles

      When did Formosa change to Taiwan? Just bought a CADDY Convertible 67 El Dorado……

      • CrazyEd

        I ain’t got a clue, so I asked the wife …. She doesn’t know either. So, here’s what I know. it was occupied by Japan until 1945, in 1949 Chiang Kai Sheck was run out of the mainland by Mao Tse Tung (Ican’t spell all the Americanized Chinese names and for sure can’t do it in Chinese). That’s when the U.S. started patrolling the waters between mainland and Taiwan. Taiwan remained under martial law until, I think, 1975. There you have all I know except for during the time we patrolled the straights, one day a week (and I can’t remember which) the mainland would fire a few artillery rounds at Kin Min and Mat Su (sp?). I guess just because. I guess that’s why we were there, If they were serious, they’d have shot at us and the brass would know. What’s a Tin Can more or less.

      • CrazyEd

        I’m jealous about the Caddy!!!! Really!!!!

  • TD30
    • CrazyEd

      Sampson is a mixed bag. Has some great numbers and some not so great. Has the potential (based on early numbers) to be great. Also, has the potential to be not so great. Time to find out, methinks.

  • dearmidol

    Sampson’s ERA has dropped 41 points. From 54.00 to 13.00. Pretty good night so far.

  • dearmidol

    Robinson’s averages still way under .200.

  • dearmidol

    He was tagged out an inch from home.

  • elkaba

    Who the heck is Samson?

    • dearmidol

      The Rangers picked him up from the Mariners in 2016 and he’s been in their system ever since. He is taking over in the rotation from Colon.

      • elkaba

        Wow, I can’t keep up with these guys! Thanks.

        • dearmidol

          It is truly like spring training all over. And I hate spring training.

          • elkaba

            Me, too!

          • dearmidol

            At least it’s a good story. He had one start as a Mariner in 2016. And was warming up for his second start and tore a tendon in his shoulder and hasn’t had a start since.

          • elkaba

            Looks decent tonight. Hope he makes good with the Rangers.

          • JacobMcCandles

            ST is when dreams are still alive…..LO

    • JacobMcCandles

      Married to Delilah

  • WhoKnowscs

    IKEA!

  • WhoKnowscs

    No No No tonight.

  • WhoKnowscs

    fly ball . . . caught.

  • WhoKnowscs

    too bad we can’t switch Rouggie and Guzman’s ABs after the fact.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Nice game from Sampson…..pasta man uses 8 pitchers so far

  • GoRangers23

    I wonder how rare it is for there to be two guys named Adrian on the same baseball team?

    • JacobMcCandles

      Grandma Go