Glaring deficiencies. 91 comments


Lance Lynn pitched well but his team could only scrape together two singles in a 3-0 loss to Houston.

 

Sometimes you have the reality shoved in your face. It’s not pretty and it’s not subtle. And it hurts.

But the reality is the Texas Rangers have a Grand Canyon-sized gap in talent to make up before they can be competitive with the Houston Astros, or with the best in the American League.

It’s not happening any time soon. Not until Altuve and Bregman and Springer and Brantley and Reddick and Correa and Verlander and Cole retire or move on.

This is like watching one of those games they have in spring training where the big club plays one of its farm teams. Only difference is, that’s usually for fun and usually a showcase.

Watching the talent gap the Rangers are lacking is not fun. But it does showcase how far they have to go.

The Rangers have a boatload of talent in the system, on its way, we are told. They have always seemed to have talent in the system. On its way. It’s always two years away. It’s coming. Be patient. Here it is. Oh, wait, no, it got lost. Hold on, more on its way. Just wait. Two more years.

Eventually the talent has to start materializing.

Because Odor and Guzman and Mazara and Gallo and Kiner-Falefa are absolutely no match for what the elite teams in the American League have to offer.

Time to get a new batch of talent.

*****
TODAY’S GAME:

Jesse Chavez (0-1 7.27) vs. Gerrit Cole (3-4, 4.17)
Game time: 7:10

  • JacobMcCandles

    Kevin…..you didn’t even mention anyone from the best BP in the game..when you look at the way the Astros are built and ran, you have to question the way we do things. On top of the disparity between the 2 teams, the players that have recently left Houston plus the farm are probably better than us.

    That’s not an Astro fan opinion….thats a Ranger fan fact

  • JacobMcCandles

    Here is Cole for our next gift…..sure to SO double digit to start

  • elkaba

    JD has become the opposite of the little boy who cried wolf. It may finally be true, but we’ve heard, “Help is only a season or two away.” too many times to believe him!

  • Mr.C

    Altuve and Bregman and Springer and Brantley and Reddick and Correa once had growing pains.

    Losing a game 3-0 against Verlander in Houston was not painful to watch.

    If you ask me, Reddick saved the Astros team from being 0-2 in this short series.

    Nothing for Texas to be feeling bad about IMO.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Get your point bit JA,Correa,Bregman had zero growing pains other than injury issues

  • Tony Howell

    Each good team sighs one player to a long term contract and builds the team around said player usually a young star add some pieces here and there and you got your self a winner Rangers are building there team around Odor he’s the young guy with the big contract Mistake. Jon Daniels has had 10 plus years and this is the best he could come up with Odor he’s the man. The Rangers are in a hole organization wise and JD is going to get us out of it. Wake up JD put us in it. Funny thing you hire a man to run your company and he puts the company behind the 8 ball you Fire his A…. just one Fans opinion

    • Mr.C

      Elvis is the Man

  • JacobMcCandles

    Ed drop in and just say hello. 🍺🙃😳😁😎

  • calntom

    Payano going for Frisco tonight. He is in his 3rd season there. Pitching better this year and would not be surprised to see him move up to Nashville if he can keep improving. He did split the 2017 season with DE

  • JacobMcCandles

    Woody talked to the team about having a bad reputation for whining about the strike zone……not important so much if it’s right or wrong as how it affects you.

  • calntom

    Phillips Valdez starts for Nashville this evening. Somewhat overlooked, he might be one we see on the MLB club at some point, perhaps when the next IL trip for someone ensues. He is on a Minor League deal and has no options left. He has thrown 173 innings of AAA ball with a 3.43 era.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Project as a starter or reliever?…no options, he needs to be up here THIS year

      • calntom

        Valdez did not have a great outing. Gave up 5 over 3 innings with 4BB.

  • TD30
    • JacobMcCandles

      Thanks TD…..Woody knows his stuff….i thought Gallo needed off…but he DH him, so hopefully this will allow Gallo to concentrate on hitting.

  • JacobMcCandles

    USS Abe Lincoln with full Air wing, Cruiser,4 Destroyers, long range heavy bombers.surface to air missile battery, Amphibious land boat headed to off the coast of Iran…..hello sandbox.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Cubs beat Brews in 15 innings for first place…..90 foul balls…20% of the pitches

  • RR3

    Pence. That’s all that needs to be said.

  • WhoKnowscs

    I wonder how long it will take for them to just put Pence on just because Odor is next.

  • GoRangers23

    I am at my parents house and we are discussing the position player who pitched in an earlier game for the Rangers. I cannot remember who it was. Anyone know? It was that game where we were like ten runs behind.

    • WhoKnowscs

      Mathis.

      • GoRangers23

        Thanks WhoKnowscs!

  • WhoKnowscs

    Looks like you’ll get about 4 innings still from Smyly. But at least he may be able to finish the fifth this time

  • WhoKnowscs

    Time to fly Condor. Let it sail!

    • WhoKnowscs

      or walk.

  • Mr.C

    Cole would look good in a Rangers uniform.

    • WhoKnowscs

      Unless his arm stays like Nolan’s when he ages and can’t shove it down at 99 he’ll be very hittable

  • Rowdy Yates

    Santana’s a lot more comfortable in CF than Gallo.

    • Mr.C

      … and his AVG=.303

  • Mr.C

    Delino who?

  • Mr.C

    Nice swing

  • Mr.C

    Time to produce Rangers!!!

    This is the best lineup I’ve seen Woody penciling since the start of the season.
    Come on guys !

  • Mr.C

    Delino who?

  • WhoKnowscs

    Because it’s Cole on the mound that risk was worth it.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Why would you pitch to Pence with Odor next?

  • WhoKnowscs

    Not giving him anything to hit.

    • WhoKnowscs

      well there was one.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Make Cole work.

    • Mr.C

      He is making us work.

      • WhoKnowscs

        in the world of pitch count baseball all that matters is making an pitcher you can’t hit throw many pitches.

  • Rowdy Yates

    Wow that HR pitch right in the sweet spot. Astros pitchers get lottsa Ks. Rangers pitchers give up lottsa HRs.

    • WhoKnowscs

      Ranger pitchers can’t locate strikes so they try and nibble.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Ranger pitchers need to develop a “slow ball” into the repertoire. Throw lots of 90+ mph balls then throw a nice easy strike and let them hit it, when it lacks the momentum to smash it may just be a be and easy fly.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Odor, K’d , , , I’m shocked.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Cabrera go Boom.

  • Mr.C

    Wow

    10KOs

    • WhoKnowscs

      As we learned with Yu, Strikeouts don’t win games though.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Condor is due.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Intermission on the little girl concert…..playing at Will Rogers
    ….ckd the box Hunter 7 Hrs and 25 RBIs with reduced ABs……Cole with double digit SOs as predicted……game on.

    • Mr.C

      Cole is FANTASTIC

      • WhoKnowscs

        Who’s side are you on? =)

        • Mr.C

          That dude is a strike out machine.
          I want him in Ranger’s uniform next year.

  • Rowdy Yates

    Come on Odor! You can’t hit and you can’t throw. And now YOU CAN’T CATCH?????? Even JAKE may be unhappy with you.

    • JacobMcCandles

      I am…..but not giving up

  • WhoKnowscs

    Smyly is struggling in his 4th inning of work again.

    • Mr.C

      Thanks to Odor this inning is still going

  • WhoKnowscs

    There’s the game.

  • Rowdy Yates

    Give the Astros an extra out and you’ll pay for it.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Mathis got a hit! Mathis got a hit! It’s a miracle!

  • Mr.C

    Mathis is blazing fast

  • Mr.C

    Blazing speed

    • WhoKnowscs

      Maybe he can learn to bunt for hits.

  • Mr.C

    Santana is a keeper.

  • WhoKnowscs

    I fear a K coming.

    • Mr.C

      Bomb

      • WhoKnowscs

        K.

        • Mr.C

          As u wished

  • WhoKnowscs

    Gallo can’t catch up to his fast ball.

    • Mr.C

      Ha

  • Mr.C

    What a waist in the past 2 innings

  • WhoKnowscs

    He’s run out of stamina.

    • Mr.C

      Yeap
      He looked out of ⛽️

  • Mr.C

    Game over

    • WhoKnowscs

      It was over when we stuck Odor in the lineup.

      • Rowdy Yates

        No, just one of many issues tonight.

        • JacobMcCandles

          Amen

  • Rowdy Yates

    No peetching, no feelding, no heeting. But a leeetle choking against a very good team. Woody’s gotta be wondering what he signed up for.

  • WhoKnowscs

    From now on Odor should bunt every time.

  • WhoKnowscs

    He couldn’t get 1 stinking out without giving up a grand slam to his first batter and you bring him out for more?

  • JacobMcCandles

    I said earlier Cole would SO 12…..and he did….I know no positive Roogie posts…..but that was his first error of the year…..never second guess on BP decisions but bringing in a cold arm with the bases loaded is tough on the pitcher

  • Rowdy Yates

    Not fun watching the Rangers getting crushed again but nice to see Chirinos doing well. He’s a class guy.

  • elkaba

    Depressing.

  • JacobMcCandles

    I don’t believe in moral victories, but our Starters did step us and we were in every game…….as Rowdy, Kevin stated…..just a world of talent difference…..Agree with Rowdy also on RC…..great dude, having his best yr

    Astros bringinging up a first time tomorrow…….started the year prob as the Astros 4th best minor lge prospect……held batters to like a 1.70 era……rich getting richer…….gotta win one!

  • JacobMcCandles

    Go……..if you stay up late MM hit his 12th!!

    Guess I will turn off the light.

  • Tony Howell

    Strangers made it last place. No were to go but up from here.

  • Tony Howell

    For the Rangers to win 90 games they will have to win 73 out the next 125 games and play 21 games over 500 and win 59% of the remaining games. Sounds easy enough.

  • WhoKnowscs
    • JacobMcCandles

      So no Odor sux posts….Yippee