Hard work. 166 comments


If there’s nobody on the entire left side of the field, why not hit the ball there? Joe Gallo lays down a perfect bunt.

 

“I thought he pitched well,” Rangers manager Jeff Banister said of Doug Fister’s performance last night. “There were some ground balls that got through.”

Fister pitched so well he allowed five runs in six innings and fell to 1-7 with a 4.50 ERA.

And the reason he lost is because of those pesky ground balls that “got through.” Those are called hits.

You can forgive Jeff Banister for not recognizing them for what they are. He doesn’t often see such a thing from his team.

The Rangers either hit one over the fence or they don’t hit one at all. They managed just five hits last night, and just three runs, and struck out thirteen more times.

Texas is on pace to shatter the single-season record for striking out, with 9.7 strikeouts per game.

But it’s not really not that bad. It’s simply a few pitches that just “got through” the strike zone.

“We made their guys work,” Banister said after the game.

Yes, striking out all those Rangers batters requires a lot of pitches. You can certainly bet no pitcher wants to face this Rangers lineup and be forced to work so hard striking out all those hitters.

They have to throw at least three pitches per batter. No wonder they need all that rest after pitching.

Pitching to the Rangers is hard work.

*****
TODAY’S GAME:

Charlie Morton (7-1, 2.48) vs. Mike Minor (4-4, 5.76)
Game time: 6:15

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

  • Rowdy Yates

    At least the Rangers raised Verlander’s ERA from 1.24 to 1.45.

    • Nathan Whitten

      That is the epitome of looking at the bright side.

  • elkaba

    Against my better judgement this is take-the-grandsons-to-a-Rangers-game-for-a-bobble-head day. We can only hope Minor makes some major improvements along with our anemic offense.
    On a happier note, the boys are still too young to sit through the whole 9 innings. (That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. 🙂

    • JacobMcCandles

      Would you leave early if the opposing pitcher was throwing a no hitter?

      • elkaba

        Yes. Definitely. I must think of the kids. 🙂
        (And how hard would it really be to throw a no hitter against this bunch of strike out kings?)

    • GoRangers23

      Have a great time, Elk! Try not to get too hot.

      • elkaba

        I will, thanks! At least we’re in the shade.

  • Nathan Whitten

    You aren’t being a bit sarcastic are you? I think you are entirely justified. You did a good job of it. It is more than a bit ridiculous for Banister to say that Fister pitched well. Most pitchers that pitch like that consistently are not in MLB. Fister has been quite consistent. It’s really sad that there’s no one available that can do any better. It’s also hard to believe. This patchwork rotation is performing about like one would have thought. Heck, if it wasn’t for giving poor Sr. Colon a chance, this team would be really bad. But, at least we are not watching Yu Darvish pitch at a level similar for $20 million. And I have to admit that I thought he’d been worth it(or even more). Maybe Yu gets things straightened out and maybe he doesn’t. It’s the Cubs that get to watch him try. Meanwhile, here in Texas we eagerly await the return of Martin Perez and his 9 point something ERA. Everything will be OK then.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Spot on. Signing Darvish would’ve been the last coffin nail…….rare that Theo makes that kind of a mistake. Just another example of a GM who feels like he has to spend the money cuz its in his wallet, same as JD with Choo.

      • elkaba

        I think it’s more the curse of the idealistic pitching coach, the belief that they can fix him. (Seems to be what gets JD all gung ho for our reclamation projects.)

        • JacobMcCandles

          Agree on the majority of pitchers…..Darvish, IMO just came over very over confident and was resistant to change. Was not a player with tude just felt like he knew it all…..reckon Cubs wish they would’ve stuck with Arrieta….who has 5 wins going for 6 today, 2.77 ERA, and a WHIP of 1.17

    • elkaba

      Despite all JD’s and Banister’s protests to the contrary, the evidence points to this being truly a throwaway year,

  • Nathan Whitten

    Just noticed that Fister’s ERA is 4.50. What’s the significance? Shoot–he’s a “quality pitcher.” For 3 earned runs in 6 innings is considered a “quality start.” I’m sure that most people on this site knows that 3 ER in 6 IP gives one an ERA of 4.50!!! We just are not realizing what we have here. We should be more appreciative of what Fister has meant to this team.

    • dearmidol

      You are so right. The quality start stat is flawed. Must have been concocted by an agent.

  • Tony Howell

    Hunter Cole has moved up to AAA, he’s hitting 340 with 12 hr and 74 hits in 54 games. He could be a real good trade candidate.

  • Tony Howell

    Tommy Joseph has been at AAA all season and also is having a nice yr, batting 263 with 14 hr and 41 rbi. Tommy played two seasons with the Phillies hitting 250 and over 40 hr. That 250 is better then half the rangers hitters. Another possibility for pitching trade. The Rangers have no use for any one you might hit above 250.

    • dearmidol

      That was a good signing. But he’s in a tough spot. He won’t unseat Guzman or Gallo at first.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Gotta admit…don’t remember the signing

  • JacobMcCandles

    Last surviving munchkin died yesterday. Maren was 99. Was head of the Lollipop kids….was the one that welcomed Dorothy.

    For Rowdys sake I’m glad a flying monkey didn’t get him.🍺😎

    • grumpyderfsmagic8ball

      Who’s gonna win the race?

      • JacobMcCandles

        Well I missed the first two, which hasn’t happened in several yrs….but Justify was being run down by 3 horses in the Preakness and this is the Belmont, longest race of the three….so Trifecta with Justify in second.
        3478 10
        1
        3478 10

        And also put Justify in third…two 2 trifecta…total wager $80

        • grumpyderfsmagic8ball

          Blended Citizen

          • JacobMcCandles

            Good horse….he is the #10 which I have…won the Peter Pan Stakes and has a great trainer…..there is no doubt that Justify is the best horse…but IMO he is tired and has never had this kind of schedule. I think he will run his butt off but somebody will catch him

  • GoRangers23
  • TD30
    • JacobMcCandles

      Morton has been hit hard the last three games….gotta chance

      • dearmidol

        He might be coming back to earth.

        • JacobMcCandles

          Yep….another huge find metrically by Houston…no one else wanted him…and MLB lampooned Houston for “overpaying” Then he becomes the only pitcher in MLB History to win the final game in the ALCS and WS

  • dearmidol

    I would like to state for the record, traffic on 35 between Austin and Dallas officially sucks.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Always does….driving in Austin is worse

  • JacobMcCandles

    Can’t wait for Sinatra and New York New York

  • JacobMcCandles

    TRIPLE CROWN WINNER……JUSTIFY!! Kicked my arse

    • dearmidol

      That’s amazing. Last triple crown winner was…?

      • JacobMcCandles

        American Pharoah three yrs ago….same trainer Baffert…..won all three on him

        • dearmidol

          Miguel Cabrera in 2012.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Haha…….and believe or not there were some Rounders that thought Trout deserved the MVP that yr

          • dearmidol

            Was this site around then?

          • JacobMcCandles

            Thought so…maybe I am thinking MLB….back then I was not posting just reading

  • JacobMcCandles

    Guess everyone is asleep again…..did not know they started already……..Alfalfa leaves his bat on his shoulder with bases loaded

  • dearmidol

    The best strategy against the Rangers is to walk them.

  • TD30

    Atta boy DD

    • JacobMcCandles

      Defense has improved greatly….sweet catch

      • Gregor_S

        When you combine his speed with the jumps he’s been getting, along with his ability to play shallow and go back and to jump at the wall, he’s really become one of the best CFers in the league.

        • JacobMcCandles

          Will not go that far…but do agree with all your thought processes

  • WhoKnowscs

    Just another loss on the way(I treat every game as just another lame effort until proven otherwise.) Rangers! If I wanted to watch a minor league game I’d watch Frisco.

  • dearmidol

    My cable keeps going out. Anyone else having that problem?

    • JacobMcCandles

      NO….have ATT Uverse….less problems than I have ever seen

      • dearmidol

        So do I.

        • JacobMcCandles

          Hmmm….am watching the Astro channel though so I do not have to listen to our guys

          • dearmidol

            Good idea. I went in another room and it’s working, so my receiver must be messed up in my other room, They use crappy refurbished equipment. I need to replace it every six months.

          • JacobMcCandles

            I hate our announcers……and by listening to the Stro broadcast, its good to hear what other guys think about us…..why I like XM

    • WhoKnowscs

      My internet went out just at the start of last nights game and was out until around 2:30 AM. But not my TV, Satellite only goes out with rainy/cloudy weather.

  • dearmidol

    I remember a couple years ago, Kemp was playing SS and Altuve was at 2B. It looked like a Little League game.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Defense may win in other sports but it doesn’t score runs in baseball.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Do what?????????????????

      • WhoKnowscs

        Just a joke about “defense wins championships”

        • JacobMcCandles

          OK….prevention of runs is as important as scoring

  • dearmidol

    Yeah, Odor got a hit.

    • WhoKnowscs

      proofreading “got hit”

      • dearmidol

        Darn autocorrect.

  • WhoKnowscs

    No worries . . . Morton has 2 more bases free.

    • dearmidol

      Exactly.

  • dearmidol

    Morton is struggling.

  • dearmidol

    This is shaping up to be a huge inning. I bet the Rangers score a run.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Guz had a AB swing

      • dearmidol

        He did.

  • dearmidol

    Here comes a grand slam.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Salami or Turkey

      • dearmidol

        Big turkey.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Take the walk Choo

  • JacobMcCandles

    Have to get something here

  • dearmidol

    Yes.

  • JacobMcCandles

    JA had a DP and blew it

    • Gregor_S

      Nah. Hit too slow to double up DD. That’s why he rushed.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Would have been close

  • dearmidol

    About time we caught a break.

  • JacobMcCandles

    THere ya go

    • dearmidol

      Tied up.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Sun prevented him from charging….but Kemp has a weak arm

  • dearmidol

    Jake, what channel are the Astros announcers on?

  • dearmidol

    Wow, who are the Rangers going to hit?

  • TD30

    Dang, this guy doesn’t like Profar

    • dearmidol

      Amazing.

  • Gregor_S

    Speaking of Kemp, Matt Kemp is hitting .350 with a bunch of HRs. Anyone could have had him, even the Dodgers didn’t want him, only got him from the Braves to unload somebody (I forget who) to come under the luxury tax cap. Dodgers tried to move Kemp, found no takers, and kept him, and he’s the best hitter on the team.

    Just shows how much luck there is to being a GM.

    • dearmidol

      You’re right.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Or Markakis

  • grumpyderfsmagic8ball

    There must be a big fine if you get a hit with the bases loaded.

    • WhoKnowscs

      Kangaroo court.

  • dearmidol

    Charlie Morton has a no-hitter.

    • grumpyderfsmagic8ball

      Rangers have alot of no hitters.

  • WhoKnowscs

    It’s sad when the only way for the Rangers to score without a homer is the other team screwing up. But I’ll take the gift horse.

    • dearmidol

      Yep

  • TD30

    DD making CF look easy!

    • Gregor_S

      He’s made 3 catches today that Leonys Martin, Ian Desmond, and probably even Carlos Gomez would not have made.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Jake Marisnick for the Stros is superior…you see that antelope stride,,,,,,made it look so easy

        • Gregor_S

          Marisnick is a great CF but DD is faster than most CFers including probably him, so if they get the same jump and take a good route DD will have more range. Haven’t noticed any problems with DD coming in on balls but since he plays shallow he doesn’t have to do it very often.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Two weeks ago……MLB ranked all positions defensively……Marisnick was rated 4th best in MLB….DD 15th……gotta factor the arm as well

      • elkaba

        They were even more impressive in person.

        • Gregor_S

          Oh right, you were at the game. Well at least you had some memorable moments. And it wasn’t a bad game I guess, with all the scoring opportunities.

          DD went 0 for 2 I think but his defense saved at least a couple of runs, he walked a couple of times, and he beat out a couple of double plays, one of which prompted an error that led to a run. Speed contributes in lots of ways that don’t show up in the box score.

    • JacobMcCandles

      His improvement has been a pleasant chapter this yr…….goes back great…still working a little at coming in

  • WhoKnowscs

    Maybe the reason DD is struggling at the plate is just being too tired from shagging fly balls.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Justify wins. To not much surprise.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Surprised me

  • WhoKnowscs

    Load the bases up . . . it’s time to chase Morton.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Taken so many walks they’ve forgotten how to swing the bat for a hit.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Time for Morton to get another hit.

  • GoRangers23

    I’ve only actually been watching for a few minutes, but that guy who is saying Charlie Mor-in is already getting on my nerves. 🙂

    • GoRangers23

      And really, how many times can a man say Charlie Mor-in in a ten minute span of time? Quite a few, apparently.

      • WhoKnowscs

        When he has 7 walks and hit 4-5 batters what do you expect?

        • GoRangers23

          Charlie Mor-in hit 4-5 Rangers in this game?

          • WhoKnowscs

            yep.

          • GoRangers23

            Shame on Charlie Mor-in!

  • WhoKnowscs

    I’d have left him out there . . . it’s not like we were hitting him.

  • GoRangers23

    Buh bye Charlie Mor-in.

  • WhoKnowscs

    You can’t use the excuse that we are getting out pitched here.

  • WhoKnowscs

    I can’t see Iopace lasting after this year.

  • grumpyderfsmagic8ball

    IKF is in a funk

    • WhoKnowscs

      The scouting reports are out on him now.

  • Gregor_S

    IKF had that streak of like 30 at bats without swinging and missing but now he’s K’ed 3 times looking, all with runners in scoring position. I guess he’s still not swinging and missing but sometimes swinging and missing is better than looking.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Can’t waste so many opportunities and not get bit eventually.

  • JacobMcCandles

    This is Minor SOP…wish we had a great rotation cuz he would be dynamite out of the BP

  • JacobMcCandles

    Beltresque

  • WhoKnowscs

    Even though it was an out I like a ground out advancing the runner than attempting to bunt.

  • WhoKnowscs

    now would be a perfect spot for a homer.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Look like no tag was applied

  • WhoKnowscs

    I think what the Astros are missing is the off field influence of having Beltran on the team.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Leclerc doesn’t have it tonight.

  • GoRangers23

    The Hooooooooing is back. Elk, find them and throw your shoe at em!

    • elkaba

      Didn’t hear it. Sorry. But we were close to the soccer guys, the ones that cheer Odor, Odor-Odor-Odor every time he gets up to the plate.

      • GoRangers23

        That must have been fun! 😄

  • WhoKnowscs

    leclerc is a strike out pitcher, if he isn’t striking them out he’s not going to get out without a run.

    • GoRangers23

      Has he pitched every single game lately? I have missed quite a bit, so I don’t know.

  • GoRangers23

    The Rangers fans at the stadium need to drown out those lets go Astros chants!!!!

  • TD30

    Poor Profar. He’s got a target on him.

    • GoRangers23

      He’s going to be really sore tomorrow.

      • TD30

        Yep

        • GoRangers23

          Is it just me, or does it seem like this game is just dragging on and on?

          • TD30

            Oh yeah. Super slow tonight. Or at least it seems.

  • Gregor_S

    If the game is still close we’ll probably see Beltre pinch-hit in the bottom of the 9th, maybe for Chirinos. Would have preferred to see him hit for IKF or Odor last inning. Admittedly he K’ed 4 times last night but I think that was an aberration.

    • GoRangers23

      I wonder if there is a reason he struck out so much, like maybe he is hurting somewhere? Maybe that’s why he isn’t in the lineup tonight? I remember he has scars from a surgery that hurt him, and who knows what else. It seems that the older a person gets, all those older injuries come back to bother us quite a bit.

      • Gregor_S

        He was moving around very well at third so I think he’s improving physically. Just seemed to be taking hittable strikes early in the count and then swinging at third strike curves in the dirt.

        • GoRangers23

          Well, maybe the problem is really his eyes. Those tend to get worse as we age also. 😄

          • Gregor_S

            Well he’s been hitting around .300 so I’m not ready to conclude it’s anything other than a bad game yet.

          • GoRangers23

            Ha, I was just kidding.

    • GoRangers23

      Looks like you were right. 😄

  • Gregor_S

    Well now they can’t walk Beltre. Hopefully he doesn’t hit anything on the ground because he can’t beat out a DP.

    • Gregor_S

      Arggh

    • TD30

      You are psychic

      • Gregor_S

        Didn’t want to be there. Ugh.

        • TD30

          I know

  • GoRangers23

    Well, that woke everyone up, didn’t it?

  • WhoKnowscs

    Just another loss.

  • GoRangers23

    So close! That stinks!

  • possumrld

    As much as I like Beltre, he does this a lot. I didn’t think it was a good choice to pinch hit for Deshields, because of the DP potential. And it worked out exactly how I figured it would.

    • elkaba

      Yep. DD looked good tonight, so what do they do? Bring in Beltre- made no sense.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Gotta win tomorrow…..a 4 gm sweep at home is embarrassing

    • WhoKnowscs

      Honestly after they gave JD the extension I think they need to be swept to give a lesson.

      • Fletch

        Naaa. They probably give the entire staff an extension instead.

    • Gregor_S

      This game was demoralizing. Way too many runners in scoring position stranded. Hopefully they bounce back.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Lot of freebies….walks,hbp….in the grasp

        • elkaba

          We gave away the second out too many innings and for nothing. NO SITUATIONAL HITTING WITH TWO OUTS!!!!!

      • WhoKnowscs

        No it needs to be complete to teach the powers that make the decisions a lesson.

  • elkaba

    Had fun at the game. Couldn’t believe how many Astro fans were in the stands- lots of orange out there tonight. Disappointing outcome, but it was a good game to attend except for the heat. Never got below 90 the whole time.

    • dearmidol

      A lot of base runners at least.