False bravado. 26 comments


Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor said he liked the fact that the Rangers are going into the 2018 seasons as underdogs.

“I like when people say that. That makes us play better and play harder,” he explained.

Odor was, statistically, the worst player in major league baseball last season, and, historically, the worst player ever to have more than 30 home runs per season. So, his point of reference is skewed.

\Last year, as the season came to an end, and nobody wanted that second wild card slot, Rangers manager Jeff Banister had that same bravado. Don’t count us out. We are going to do this.

The Rangers proceeded to play horrible baseball and piss away any chance they thought they had.

Talk is cheap. I love Odor’s passion. But he can’t back it up. A .204 hitter should worry more about figuring out how to produce than strutting about how great his team is.

  • elkaba

    Amen, Kevin.

    • FlappingGums

      Ditto.

  • elkaba

    Signed a new reliever… Oh, no!
    Oh… yes.

  • WhoKnowscs

    When do we expand rosters to 40 men instead of 25. Based out how many reclamation projects out there JD’s signed we need larger rosters just to keep them all!

    Already here:
    Beltre
    Andrus
    Odor
    Gallo
    Choo
    Calhoun
    Deshields
    Mazara
    Chirinos
    Alberto

    Hamels
    Perez
    Diekman
    ABD
    Barnette
    ChiChi

    New:
    Barney
    Casali
    Eibner
    Espino

    Minor
    Fister
    Moore
    Colon
    Tolleson
    Oh
    Goeddel
    Herrera

    At least half of the new guys are minor league contracts with invites so of course things could really change, And this isn’t even counting people I forgot or that weren’t listed on the free agent tracker(I remember we signed some guy that pitched well in Korea in December).

    • WhoKnowscs

      They are making new signs for the Rangers bullpen. It will now be known as “Ranger’s Reclamation Station” or RRS for short.

      They will now say “Call the RRS and get me . . .”

  • von_todwin

    https://www.mlb.com/news/10-dark-horse-cy-young-candidates-for-2018/c-265897852

    Oh hey, well Moore is apparently a dark horse Cy Young candidate, according to this analysis. So I’m sure that will pan out. No reason whatsoever to doubt. 😀

    • von_todwin

      (Not that I’m doubting it as a possibility. It would be great if that happened, even in a losing season. Forgettable seasons need some stories to watch.)

    • Rowdy Yates

      “… it’ll be interesting to see what Texas pitching coach Doug Brocail comes up with in terms of a game plan”. In his couple yrs as Rangers’ pitching coach Brocail hasn’t come up with much of anything that would lead any body to think he’s capable of turning around a pitchers’ career path. Much the opposite actually as the Rangers have had a bunch of decent pitchers who went south under Brocail’s tutelage. Or should I say “tootleage”.

    • JacobMcCandles

      I really like Berrios from the Twins. Shaking my head at many of those other pks should’ve called it 3 legged Dark horses.

      • CoMentor_Rounding3rd

        Berrios is good. So are Nola and McCullers but they arent exactly dark horses.

        I would throw names like Jimmy Nelson, Robbie Ray, or James Paxton out there for options most people might not expect.

        • JacobMcCandles

          I like Paxton

          • WhoKnowscs

            I like Paxton too, but he has a problem. He can’t stay healthy.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Yep same issue as McCullers

      • von_todwin

        I find the inclusion of Trevor Bauer funny, since it doesn’t give any reason why he’d suddenly leap ahead of Kluber (or even mention Carrasco)–if the argument is that many other people have to get worse, then it’s not really an argument.

  • GoRangers23
  • GoRangers23

    This team reminds me of the Island of Misfit Toys from Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Beltre was the flying Lion king

  • JacobMcCandles

    Can’t wait to get my Colon Jersey.

    • CoMentor_Rounding3rd

      I expect it to be a red-hot item on dollar hot dog day.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Nice

      • von_todwin

        Dollar dog day fails when Colon buys all the hot dogs. Story of the season.

        • CoMentor_Rounding3rd

          Oh man that could be a problem.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Ervin Santana of the Twins had finger surgery and will be out until May probably. Twins were already wanting Darvish so his stock probable went up with them.

  • possumrld

    Agreed, Kev! Odor needs to put up – or shut up! So if being an underdog made a huge difference in sports, then why do the favored teams tend to win most of the games that they play against, “underdogs”?
    And Odor had better get his act together fairly early on this seaosn, or he is going to be under the Dog House!

  • JacobMcCandles

    Next Ranger…..Tim Lincecum?? LO

    • GoRangers23

      NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! She screamed.