Hello, offense. 140 comments


For the first time this season, Mike Napoli seems to be finding his swing. He found it twice, in fact.

 

We’ve seen the good. We’ve seen the bad.

The good is much more fun to watch.

The Rangers have won seven out of eight, mostly with great starting pitching. But the last two they’ve added a layer of smash mouth offense.

We’ve seen this offense is neutral. Where they struggled to get runners on base, and struggled even harder to get them in.

Yesterday, they scored in just two innings. But five runs in both of those. We’ve seen that be one run, if that.

What a difference offense makes.

The five-run outburst in the first came after the first two were out. Then they poured it on, punctuated by a Mike Napoli home run. Earlier Napoli as a strikeout machine.

Then in the sixth, when the Mariners got within one run, Odor, Napoli, and Choo homered to plate five more to put the game away.

Odor seems to be officially out of his slump. He swings wildly at anything. At least now he is hitting something. Napoli had two home runs and four RBIs. And the offense, top to bottom is contributing.

A team is pretty tough to beat when offense happens. We’ve seen the opposite to know that.

The Rangers are now peeking over .500 again. Let’s enjoy the view while it lasts.

We’ve seen the other side too often.

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TODAY’S GAME:

Christian Bergman (3-4, 5.75) vs. Yu Darvish (6-4, 3.03)
Game time: 2:05

How the Mariners hit against Darvish.
How the Rangers hit against Bergman.

  • dearmidol

    HAPPY FATHERS DAY TO ALL THE DADS IN RR3 LAND.

    • FlappingGums

      I too wish all the Dad’s here a HAPPY FATHERS DAY!! 😄

  • FlappingGums

    Midol – That’s a great choice of pictures to put in the article! 🙂

  • FlappingGums

    This article is such a good point. It’s often said that the win depends on the pitching. Yes, that’s of major importance and so is the defense. Yet, we have to get runs in order to win. Our offense is so important and it’s exciting to see the offense show up now!! 😁

    • dearmidol

      Games are more fun when we have a chance to score enough runs to win.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Roogie Boogie is BACK

  • TD30
    • FlappingGums

      Thank you for the lineup, TD! 😀

    • elkaba

      LOL Appears all Banister wanted for Father’s Day is yet another iteration of an ever changing lineup. I guess he just won’t be happy until this engine is firing on every conceivable arrangement of cylinders. 🙂

      • dearmidol

        Thanks for hitting two home runs, Napoli. Ride the pine.

    • Gregor_S

      Looks like DD is back to playing only against lefties, even if that means once or twice a week, and even though he’s hitting .292 with a .356 OBP and he’s just 5 SB behind the league leader despite not playing in the first month. I could see it yesterday when Mazara, Choo, Napoli, Gomez, and Gallo were all playing. But today Nap is sitting and Kozma is in there.

      I’ll never figure out Banister. Oh well, gotta run, and will miss most of today’s game.

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    • TD30

      Happy Father’s day to you! And to all the RR3RD dads!

    • WAR-time Consigliere

      Your boy Bustinkson Proflop

      • SABERMETRICS MASTER

        Nice !!!!

        Do you know I have his jersey?

  • elkaba

    Happy Father’s Day to all our RR3 dads!

  • azrangerfan

    Why is it important to get Kozma in the lineup? He’s not here for his bat! Never will understand Banny

    • Nolanfan

      Yu is pitching, got to make sure we don’t score many runs.

      • dearmidol

        Exactly. Let’s not give him a fighting chance.

  • FlappingGums

    Well it’s gotta get better from here.

    • wetfeet

      Can’t get much worse

      • wetfeet

        Guess I was wrong

  • wetfeet

    YU had a bad 1st inning, the ump was worse.

  • dearmidol

    These guys are scoring ten runs a game. A 4-0 deficit is no problem.

    • elkaba

      A deficit wasn’t a problem before. That was then. This is now…
      Yu with 52 pitches and only 2 outs in the 2nd inning.
      Kozma in place of Nap.

  • FlappingGums

    Okay Rangers, get some Runs in this inning!

  • elkaba

    Odor gets a walk on 4 balls. Now I’ve seen everything.

  • elkaba

    Gomez!

    • wetfeet

      Great to see Gomez back in great form!

      • elkaba

        Yep!

  • FlappingGums

    WTG GOMEZ!! 🙌🙌

    • wetfeet

      AMEN!

      • FlappingGums

        It’s terrific to “see” you today! I hope you’re having a good Faters Day! 😀

        • wetfeet

          I am, much better day than the ump😡

          • FlappingGums

            Ump the Grump! 😉

  • Nolanfan

    That feels better

    • FlappingGums

      Much! 😀

  • FlappingGums

    Cool! We got to see Angie Sttevens today! 😁

  • Nolanfan

    Need a 10 pitch inning Yu.

    • Nolanfan

      Oh well, maybe we will get a Fathers Day bullpen miracle.

      • FlappingGums

        That could be fun!

  • FlappingGums

    Good Out at 3rd!

    Goo Out at 2nd!

  • TD30

    Go Cargo!

  • FlappingGums

    YES! Good one Gomez & Elvis!

  • FlappingGums

    Only Beltre could get a smile out of that ump today! LoL!

  • GoRangers23

    Do you guys know what Banny did to get thrown out? I was in a restaurant and couldn’t really tell what was going on. I only had the radio on Mr Go’s phone.

    • FlappingGums

      He questioned a call. Ump behind the plate is grumpy today. That’s all I saw going on. Pretty absurd. 😕

    • TD30

      Arguing a hit by pitch

  • GoRangers23

    Easy Peasy. We so got this! 😄

  • WhoKnowscs

    Need to stop trying to homer but only fly out with no one on base. But a 2 run homer wouldn’t be a problem.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Rangers, It’s time to take advantage of all the good base running outs of the Mariners. Need more runs.

  • WhoKnowscs

    one walk and Odors back to being an easy out.

  • WhoKnowscs

    What was Banister ejected for?

    • FlappingGums

      Arguing with the umpire about a hit by pitch call.

  • GoRangers23

    Come on Joey!

    • GoRangers23

      Woops, I was behind. He didn’t listen anyway. ☹️

  • GoRangers23

    Hit a good one Robinson!

  • GoRangers23

    Hit it good Nap!

  • FlappingGums

    NA.PO LI!

  • GoRangers23

    Good walk Nap!

  • FlappingGums

    Get him around, Napoli!

    • FlappingGums

      That works! 🙂

  • GoRangers23

    Hit a good one Choo!

  • FlappingGums

    YES! Good balk call! 😀

  • GoRangers23

    Balks are nice from the other team’s pitcher. 😄

  • GoRangers23

    Let’s pull ahead boys!

  • GoRangers23

    Go Robinson!

  • FlappingGums

    Good running guys!!

  • GoRangers23

    I think Choo is afraid to stand up there now.

    • GoRangers23

      He almost got his head taken off. That was really quick reflexes!

      • FlappingGums

        Survivor!

    • FlappingGums

      I would be

      • GoRangers23

        Me too! That was way too close!

  • GoRangers23

    Yay! It’s getting exciting!

  • FlappingGums

    Keep it going Elvis!

  • FlappingGums

    Bring Nap in from 3rd!

  • GoRangers23

    Come on Elvis! Hit it good!

    • GoRangers23

      That was good too! 😄 I’ll take a walk.

  • FlappingGums

    Good walk, Elvis!

  • GoRangers23

    Bring em in Nomar!

    • FlappingGums

      Great minds! LoL!

  • FlappingGums

    Bring em in Nomar!

  • GoRangers23

    Alright Nomar, be the hero! You get another shot.

  • GoRangers23

    Don’t get out! Don’t get out!

  • FlappingGums

    Base hit Nomar!

  • GoRangers23

    He’s going to make me crazy! 😬

    • FlappingGums

      You and me both!

  • GoRangers23

    Awww man! This is so stinky!

  • FlappingGums

    I can’t stand it when we leave the bases loaded. 😩

    • GoRangers23

      I know! It’s horrible!

  • FlappingGums

    Strike him out Dario!

  • dearmidol

    That was strike three.

  • FlappingGums

    Come on Defense!!

  • dearmidol

    Great pitch.

  • FlappingGums

    EXCELLENT Strike out!!!

  • FlappingGums

    Oh No!!

  • WhoKnowscs

    Dario is crap. Why do we keep bringing him back up?

    • dearmidol

      Because we aren’t good at evaluating talent.

      • WhoKnowscs

        He’s got to be bailed out every time he’s on the mound for more than 1 out.

        • dearmidol

          But it’s not Alverez’s fault. He didn’t put himself in the game.

          • WhoKnowscs

            Yep, It’s JD’s for not bringing up someone else after optioning him.

          • WhoKnowscs

            On the surface I like the move because it gives others a rest. But the guy can’t seem to find the strike zone 80 percent of the time.

          • WhoKnowscs

            And E6 didn’t help matters.

    • WhoKnowscs

      Not that it matters, Mazara was our chance and he was just a routine fly out.

  • FlappingGums

    Alright! Just one more out guys!

  • GoRangers23

    I got my paints out and started painting, and everything went crazy! We were so close last inning, too.

  • WhoKnowscs

    I predict Alvarez will be gone soon.

    • dearmidol

      From this game or from MLB?

      • WhoKnowscs

        back to Round Rock.

  • WhoKnowscs

    sigh . . . oh well, get at least 3 runs this inning.

  • GoRangers23

    Come on Carlos!

  • WhoKnowscs

    Everyone trying to homer?

  • WhoKnowscs

    Man it looked like we stopped caring that inning.

  • GoRangers23

    Come on Matt! Strike them out!

  • FlappingGums

    I wonder what’s been going on with Matt Bush. He’s been a bit off lately.

  • FlappingGums

    Get em out Fieri!

    • GoRangers23

      ?.

      • FlappingGums

        I may have spelled his name wrong.

        • GoRangers23

          I think spell check struck again, I just couldn’t decider it this time. 😄

          • GoRangers23

            Decipher ….spell check, you rascal, you.

          • FlappingGums

            LoL!!😁

          • FlappingGums

            Oh – spellchecker did strike again. Then I edited to correct it. I hope the edit worked.

        • GoRangers23

          Diet 1 was funnier. 😄

          • FlappingGums

            It really was!! LoL!😂

  • WhoKnowscs

    Hope the Rangers have a 5 run inning in them.

    • FlappingGums

      Me too!

  • WhoKnowscs

    But it’s looking like Mazara’s fly out killed them.

  • FlappingGums

    It ain’t looking good. Anything is possible tho.

    • FlappingGums

      Oh well. Bummer. 😩

  • GoRangers23

    Awww….

  • FlappingGums

    Looking to this week – – – I Sure hope we beat the Canadian team!

  • WhoKnowscs

    Quite possibly 2 of the worst innings I’ve seen all year. After Mazara didn’t come through they looked like they gave up.

  • wetfeet

    Rangers had a bad day but so did the ump crew!😩

    • FlappingGums

      Very true!

    • GoRangers23

      Happy Father’s Day, Wet!

      • wetfeet

        Thanks it has been a good!

        • GoRangers23

          Did you have company at the farm today?

  • wetfeet

    Happy Fathers Day to all the Dad out there!

    • calntom

      same to ya Wet. thanks

  • WhoKnowscs

    Astros lost so no ground lost, just not gained =(