Guzman returns. 126 comments



 

After a week of weaker teams, the Rangers ran into the first place Astros. Dallas Keuchel resdiscovered his stuff, which means he was not going to allow much. He went seven innings and gave up two runs.

And in another spirited start, Austin Bibens-Dirkx gave up five in six innings, the victim of three long balls.

But the positive story from last night was the returned of Ronald Guzman from concussion protocol. He came back and immediately delivered, going 2-for-4, singling and scoring a run in the third, and doubling and scoring a run in the fifth.

His batting average isn’t where he would want it to be, but he has been quietly productive.

In fact, according to Baseball-Reference.com, Guzman’s current production would net out, over a 162-game schedule, at 19 home runs and 81 RBIs. That’s a pretty good rookie season.

He’s always been a productive minor league hitter, and that is starting to show in the big leagues.

Having his bat in there lengthens the lineup and gives the Rangers one more offensive threat, even if it’s not quite fully baked yet.

The fact that he got two hits off vintage Keuchel is encouraging. He seems to be more in the mold of a Nomar Mazara hitter than the strikeout or nothing types populating the Rangers lineup like Joey Gallo or Rougned Odor.

Ronald Guzman, in fact, makes Joey Gallo expendable. Gallo’s propensity for the long home run still makes him attractive to some teams. The Rangers would be smart to cash in when they can, when his value is still high, and package him for pitching. That probably won’t happen at the deadline because he isn’t what the currently contending teams are looking for, and chances of them dealing a pitcher now is slim. But the Rangers should see if they can turn him into a quality arm in the offseason.

Guzman is a more all-round offensive threat, and a better defender. He seems to have no fear at the plate and has been able to adjust and learn as he goes.

And maybe, just maybe, the Rangers have the start of a thing.

Guzman and Mazara.

Mazara and Guzman.

Either way you stack it, they can be a nice one-two offensive threat in the lineup for the next few years. That’s the kind of thing you can build around.

Fingers crossed.

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TODAY’S GAME:

Gerrit Cole (9-2, 2.50) vs. Mike Minor (6-4, 4.64)
Game time: 6:05

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

  • dearmidol

    HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY TO EVERYONE IN RR3 NATION.

    • GoRangers23

      Happy Fourth to you too Midol! Do you have any plans for celebrating today? Are you going to the game?

  • elkaba

    Couldn’t agree more, Kevin. Anything that makes us more consistently productive at the plate is fine by me. For an arm, Gallo’s intermittent fireworks can dazzle elsewhere.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Guz is a helluva defensive 1B…..young players starting to cement positions. We NEED SPs

    Happy 4th to those who have served,serving,or about too. And their families that supported.

  • Tony Howell

    The talk on Guzman sounds just like the same thing on Odor 2 years ago. Iam not sold I need 2 or 3 years of constant numbers, something close to 270 avg. Gallo brings more to the table than givin credit for, plays 1st, 3rd and outfield. Yes Gallo has to show more but iam not ready to give up on him yet. Gallo for Snell might have to think about it.

    • JacobMcCandles

      With Gallo’s power, they will not give up on him for another two years…..He will step into 3B if Beltre leaves. Keep grooming Alfalfa at Catcher…..and try and pay someone to take Choo…..if we pay 15 mil the next two years he is scheduled and get a prospect pitcher, bring up Willie C, would actually save money, get a prospect and eval Willie which is what this season needs to be.

      • Tony Howell

        Jake the only thing I can figure is Calhoun must be in JDs dog house. See no reason why he’s not up yet.

        • JacobMcCandles

          You and me both….maybe service time but that is way overshadowed by the need to see what he can do.

          • Tony Howell

            Agreed, when Guzman sit out for a week could have brought Joseph up to play 1st, he’s having a pretty good season at RR. Would like the Rangers to look at all options available before going forward. Just my opinion

        • Edward Olson

          IDK, but something is amiss with him. I’ve been paying attention to RR and Little Willie has DH far more than any other player. Heineman, Hunter Cole and Robinson have been getting outfield reps instead of Calhourn.

          • dearmidol

            It has to be frustrating seeing Rua keep bouncing back up to Arlington without really earning it meanwhile he is stuck down there.

          • CrazyEd

            Yes, frustrating, but the unfortunate thing is that there is competition. Hunter Cole and Scott Heineman. Cole has snuck in under my radar until a couple months ago, so don’t know a lot about him. He looks to be a capable outfielder with a decent bat. beyond that? Comparing Heineman to Calhoun; Calhoun has a little more power, Heineman has a little better slash line. Heineman is more versatile (plays more positions) and is far and away the better defender. Rua is a known quantity that can be shoveled back and forth at will, still having options. He’s a quality defender with a questionable bat. That’s my assessment, for what it’s worth. Zilch.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Good stuff ED

      • dearmidol

        Article in today’s Dallas Morning News about trading Choo. Probably going to have to eat all that money. So, here is another take.

        Why not keep him? When he’s been healthy, he’s been an on-base machine. Nothing to say he won’t still be productive the next two years. We need more players like this, not fewer. The money isn’t an issue. The Rangers have tons of money.

        I’d look to move some of the more unproductive players and try to get more Choos.

        • JacobMcCandles

          Well we would be a better team with Choo on it but why. Not going to compete for anything for a minimum three years then Choo is gone and you got nothing….And I don’t see any unproductive players with value unless you are talking Gallo or RC

        • Gregor_S

          I’d trade Choo because he is blocking Calhoun, who profiles similarly: good hitter, probably .280 or so with extra-base power (Calhoun’s HRs are down this year at RR but he’s hit lots of doubles), weak defender, probably suited to DH. Choo has a little more speed but hasn’t been a good baserunner — lots of baserunning mistakes. Choo walks more but also strikes out more.

          Main reasons then to favor Calhoun are (1) he’s younger and may have more upside, (2) Choo has been hitting like he did in the second half of 2015 — at some point he may start hitting like he did in the first half of 2015 and go into a prolonged terrible slump, and (3) Choo has been injury-prone in a way that so far Calhoun hasn’t.

    • dearmidol

      Agree, he has to prove it.

  • GoRangers23
  • GoRangers23

    What is everyone eating today?

    • JacobMcCandles

      Don’t know about dinner….have not got past exciting tuna fish and watermelon for lunch. Bluebell later on tonight. Prob go out and get a cheeseburger and watch the first 4/5 innings of the game somewhere.

      Tell us about the festive July 4th shin dig at the Go house!!! : )

      • GoRangers23

        You aren’t going to have bbq somewhere?

        • JacobMcCandles

          I really don’t know….cooked a Pork Loin on Sunday and have some left……Don’t want to cook.

          • GoRangers23

            I’m really tired of cooking. I don’t want to cook anymore either! I think I’m done for the day except for turning the ice cream.

      • GoRangers23

        We are having smoked ribs and sausage, macaroni salad, cantaloupe, deviled eggs, homemade vanilla ice cream, and homemade cookie bars. We were supposed to go out to my parents house in east Texas, but they decided they didn’t feel like doing anything, so we will just eat it all here. I think we are going to go watch the Arlington fireworks later tonight.

        • JacobMcCandles

          This is why I did not want to say……..LOL

          • GoRangers23

            I’m sorry. ☹️ Have you ever tried Furs in Arlington? They probably have a huge Fourth of July buffet today with all the fixins. They have good food. Pie, salads, probably bbq, veggies, etc. That’s where I would go if I couldn’t cook.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Typically don’t do buffets unless its Chinese food. Will do Furrs for breakfast during football season in like Nov/Dec….eat and then couch it the rest of the day…..

          • GoRangers23

            I don’t know why they don’t turn all of their restaurants into the buffet stores. They are much nicer than the cafeteria style Furs, I think. We go to the one over there by Fry’s Electronics. That area is the best place to watch the Arlington fireworks, too.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Thats the Furrs I have been too as well……only one in Arlington. Watched the fireworks where you are talking about with Scary,his wife and the little girl……Mrs S said the Highlands fireworks displays ended a couple of yrs ago

          • GoRangers23

            I was wondering why I couldn’t find it. We haven’t tried to go see them in about four or five years, I think. I had planned to go see them tonight and had no idea that they didn’t have them there anymore and also that Arlington’s fireworks were last night. I don’t understand why the city of Arlington is having its 4th of July fireworks on the 3rd every year. I thought they did that last year because of the day of the week it was or something.

        • Tony Howell

          Sure does sound good go

    • TD30

      We are at a dinner in Canyon for lunch since we came to watch the parade.

      • Rowdy Yates

        Stayed at the Hudspeth House B&B in Canyon several yrs ago when we went to see the canyon and the musical “Texas”. Great little town and B&B.

        • TD30

          That B&B is nice! It’s next door to our vet’s office. And I’ve lived here for half my life and I have never seen the musical Texas believe it or not. I need to make it out there, but I can’t convince myself that 100° plus in the canyon is worth it for the show!

          • Rowdy Yates

            It’s hokey as only Texas can be. But it’s definitely worth it. And the kids will like it too.

  • Tony Howell

    IMO Guzman is doing just ok, his numbers are not even in the ballpark with Torres or Soto both also rookies. The Rangers have got to stop getting excited over 230 hitters and find something We really need PITCHING or maybe a couple young 300 HITTERS.

  • GoRangers23

    Midol, I think tonight’s game might be at 6:05.

    • JacobMcCandles

      YESSSS….Good catch.

      • GoRangers23

        It was actually Mr Go. I mentioned the game time and he said that Dave said last night that the game would be at 6:00. I would probably never have known that because I tend to tune out Dave. 😄. Then he checked to make sure.

        • JacobMcCandles

          Time Mgt is the reason for the Emmy!!! And when they play Houston, I always listen to the Stro broadcasters, so I don’t have to listen to our crew…..Stro announcers are nothing special but at least they are not annoying.

          When I am driving around and Nadel goes on his three inning break….On XM I will listen to the other team’s announcers to see what they are saying about our club.

    • dearmidol

      Yes, you are right.

  • GoRangers23
    • GoRangers23

      When one cooler just isn’t enough….

  • TD30

    https://twitter.com/Rangers/status/1014614863304413185?s=19

    If you are going to the game, go early and get autographs!

  • TD30
  • TD30

    Happy 4th Rounders! And a big THANK YOU to all who have served our country. Land of the FREE— BECAUSE of the BRAVE

  • olegeezer

    happy 4th rounders,go rangers

    • JacobMcCandles

      Back at you Geez

    • GoRangers23

      You to Geez!

  • JacobMcCandles

    DD misjudged that a tad…….Stros should be ripe for a loss….down to their 3rd string catcher, Correa out, Springer slumping and Ace Minor on the mound!

    • Gregor_S

      Springer misjudged Choo’s more.

      As Hamilton used to say, day games (which this sort of is now) are tough. You have to deal with the sun.

      • JacobMcCandles

        I know you will disagree…neither were perfect but Springer hustled to the spot and then made the adjustment. DD got a little nonchalant at the end and had to half jump to grab it. DD looked more graceful if you like that.

        • Gregor_S

          Okay, if you call running a zig-zag route hustling to the spot.

          As I’ve said, no CF is always perfect. People made fun of Josh for saying day games are hard but there’s some truth to it.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Energy drinks too

  • JacobMcCandles

    With AB out we have two guys in the area of .280

    • dearmidol

      They have to quit sitting Beltre so much. He’s an offensive machine.

      • JacobMcCandles

        They spoke of an issue, could not hear it was pulled from the line-up

        • dearmidol

          Oh, I missed that. Thanks.

        • Gregor_S

          Tooth infection. This may be one time AB really wanted out of the lineup.

          But in general he can’t be happy sitting so much. He’s been playing 3rd one game, DHing one game, and sitting one game. If the Rangers were contending you know he’d be playing every day.

          This is one major reason he’d be better off being traded to a contender. He may say he wants to come back next year but with the Rangers constantly trying to get the young guys playing time it wouldn’t be fair to him. Jeter and Ortiz played almost every day in their last year.

          Still think if the Angels, who look dead at the moment, have a better July — Ohtani is back as a hitter and Richards is back as a starter (was on the DL), AB will be traded there. Not that I’d be happy about it. But with Cozart out for the year and Beltre living in LA it makes too much sense.

          • Gregor_S

            And Beltre likes hitting against guys who throw in the high 90s. Haven’t checked his stats against Cole but he probably hits him pretty well.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Cole 6 SOs

    • dearmidol

      The Rangers struck out ten times last night. It’s a different offense when they face good pitching.

  • GoRangers23

    CHOOOOOOOOO!

  • dearmidol

    Wow. Choo is in some kind of streak.

  • GoRangers23

    YEEEEEESSSS!

  • GoRangers23

    That’s how you play baseball!!

  • GoRangers23

    Does anyone out there know where the best place to go to see the ballpark fireworks is?…..without actually going to the game.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Lincoln Square but it has got crowded…….usually just wait for Friday

      • GoRangers23

        Ok, thanks!

        • JacobMcCandles

          Havnt been there in yrs…so who knows now

  • GoRangers23

    Crud!

  • GoRangers23

    Too bad there was someone on base!

  • WhoKnowscs

    Typical Ranger game.

  • JacobMcCandles

    We may have the worst arms in the OF

  • JacobMcCandles

    Triple play coming

    • grumpyderfsmagic8ball

      Stick to horses. Lol

      • JacobMcCandles

        Odds would be phenomenal

        • grumpyderfsmagic8ball

          Yeppers

          • JacobMcCandles

            Already got VIkes to win the SB

          • grumpyderfsmagic8ball

            Ground ball to third

          • JacobMcCandles

            Stick to 8 ball…..lol

    • JacobMcCandles

      Double play……I lost
      …lol

      • grumpyderfsmagic8ball

        2/3 right…not bad

        • JacobMcCandles

          Meatloaf

      • dearmidol

        With Gallo next, same thing.

        • JacobMcCandles

          Ha. Sorry just feels like a slow death tonight

    • Gregor_S

      Compared to most catchers RC is almost svelte. But he’s as slow as any of them.

      Hope if IKF becomes a regular catcher that doesn’t happen to him. He’s pretty fast now.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Yeah just messin. But Bergman was .a foot off 3b

  • Gregor_S

    It’s good that Choo already extended his on-base streak today because he threw away an opportunity there.

    He hasn’t been a good baserunner in general.

    • GoRangers23

      I think he just expected to get out, so he did. He apparently never thought he was going to make, so he didn’t try, sadly.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Sweet play by DD

    • dearmidol

      Great bunt.

      • Gregor_S

        Especially with Bregman playing in expecting it. No one else on the team and few in MLB beat that out.

  • dearmidol

    Come on, don’t let this scoring chance get away.

    • JacobMcCandles

      If they waste this …….

      • Gregor_S

        Most of the blame goes to Choo. Elvis and Maz get some but Choo’s mistake was mental. Just gave away an out in a tie game.

        • JacobMcCandles

          Minor gets some after being spotted 4 runs

          • Gregor_S

            Well lots of guys could have played better but there’s no excuse for giving away an out. All he had to do was run out his bunt.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Like to see that again…looked like the net helped him.

  • WhoKnowscs

    The last time to Rangers won on the 4th of July was 2013.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Omg….they are doing the wave

  • JacobMcCandles

    Guz is better than Gallo at 1B???

  • JacobMcCandles

    Don’t wake up Springer

  • Gregor_S

    Okay I take it back. Have finally seen Maz make a catch against the wall. Not jumping against the wall but maybe that will come.

  • Gregor_S

    Rangers defense in general has been much improved lately. The two biggest problems, Odor and Maz, have been a lot better. Choo still not great but hasn’t played OF that much.

  • GoRangers23

    Welp, we were getting ready to go see fireworks and Mr Go decided to kick the vacuum cleaner on his way out of our room. Someone left it in the walkway. His toe was pointing out away from his foot and he had to put it back in place. Needless to say, no fireworks tonight.

    • GoRangers23

      In other words, his toe was twisted and broken. I wrote that weirdly. And he didn’t kick it on purpose, it was an accident. 😩

  • Gregor_S

    Wonder if AB would be good for an AB in this game.

    • GoRangers23

      He might be on pain killers for his tooth.

      • Gregor_S

        Right, I was surprised to see him in the dugout. But since he seems to be there…

        • GoRangers23

          Ha, I think they have to be half dead in order to not be there.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Compare the two teams BP Approaches…TX 1 guy per inning…..Houston 1 guy can go three innings….why we lose so many late, you are bound to find 1 guy who doesn’t have it

  • JacobMcCandles

    Man these two teams hit each other a ton

  • JacobMcCandles

    DD can’t throw to 3rd

    • Gregor_S

      ? He’s thrown out runners there this year. Nobody prevents the runner from going from second to third on that throw.

  • GoRangers23

    That was awful!

  • GoRangers23

    😩😩😩😩😩😩😩😩😩😩😩😩😩😩

  • JacobMcCandles

    4-0 start. Bad defense,base running,LOBs. Bummer

  • Rowdy Yates

    Sounds like more Astros fans than Rangers fans at the Ballpark.

  • GoRangers23

    That is disgusting.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Well….at least there is a nice breeze outside

    • GoRangers23

      I wouldn’t know. We never made it out there. ☹️

      • JacobMcCandles

        Open your door….take some ice cream and sit in the driveway

        • GoRangers23

          Well, that would be nice, but then I would be abandoning a very needy Mr Go and his broken appendage. 😩

  • JacobMcCandles

    Well last Astro game in Arlington this yr.

  • GoRangers23

    We played some games of Kahoot. Here are Mr Go and my names for the game. Refresh. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/fa0059c9d8da8969c53940995a88df3c66a34ea9fef19b1ce840db00c67fc639.jpg