How was that even possible? 123 comments


At least the Rangers defense showed up, as Delino DeShields made three brilliant running catches.

 

It’s almost impossible to lose a game like that.

How do you not win when the other team walks ten of your batters, hits five of them, gives up five base hits, and blows a potential bases-loaded inning-ending double play?

How do you have twenty base runners and come away with just three runs?

It’s simply not a major-league-ready offense. The crippling inability to get a hit with runners in scoring position is demoralizing.

The Rangers left bases loaded in the first and second innings, second and third in the third, first and second in the fourth, first and third in the fifth, first and second in the sixth, second in the seventh, first in the eighth, and third in the ninth.

Twenty base runners. Seventeen left on base.

Any hope, any optimism, and signs of life that the two-game sweep of Oakland brought to the team and to the season and to the fan base was killed off, buried, and the coffin was nailed shut in last night’s inept 4-3 loss to Houston.

Houston starter Charlie Morton faced twenty-three batters and twelve reached base.

Texas was 1-for-17 with runners in scoring position.

It was as if the Astros got together before the game and decided they felt so sorry for their cross-state rivals that they were going to give them a victory. And as if the Rangers had gotten together before the game and decided to throw it.

It was two teams working as hard as they could to give the other a victory. And the team best at losing won that contest.

After the games, Astros starter Charlie Morton remarked about his inability to find the strike zone, saying he had no idea where the ball was going when he let go of it. “It was a pretty unprofessional outing, I think, bordering on embarrassing.”

It is not known whether he was speaking of his performance or of the Rangers’.

So now Texas goes into this afternoon’s game with the chance of being swept in a four-game series at home against a slumping Dallas Keuchel, a former Cy Young winner who is struggling so badly he is slowly pitching himself off the Astros post-season roster.

This is the one game where the Rangers bats should come alive. The prediction here is that the Rangers break out against Keuchel today for twenty-two hits. It will be Keuchel’s first shutout of the year.

*****
TODAY’S GAME:

Dallas Keuchel (3-8, 4.13) vs. Matt Moore (1-5, 7.47)
Game time: 2:05

How the Astros hit against Moore.
How the Rangers hit against Keuchel.

  • Rowdy Yates

    Winners win and losers lose. That’s what they do.

  • TD30
  • elkaba

    I discovered something last night, something it seems I rediscover every time I go to a game. Observing baseball is very different in person than it is watching on TV. The flow, the pace, sights, sounds (especially the lack of annoying TV announcers), it almost feels like a totally different game. And it gives you a very different perspective on the play and players, too.

    Defense was on display last night, and it was impressive. DD’s multiple miracle catches in CF looked nothing short of impossible in person. The jump he had to get, the distance he had to travel, not one in a dozen CF’s could have made either of those grabs. Mazara’s rocket throw from the RF corner to nail Altuve at 2B looked equally impressive and impossible. The double plays, Profar’s pirouetting ball delivery, Guzman’s superglue glove work, so many outstanding efforts. Minor did his job well, too. Kept us in the game even when we made a few less than stellar defensive moves behind him. And then there were the few AB’s that beat the shift and got us five hits to go with all those gifted base runners.

    So what I really discovered last night is we have what could be a pretty good team. We have some holes. It’s true. But we also have some very good players. Undoubtedly some are getting a bit too old to play. Some are inexperienced, others careless and prone to mistakes. But the talent and ability is largely there across the board. I can even see why JD may have thought a player here or there would put us over the top in year’s past. But our players really aren’t the problem.

    Baseball, more than any other team sport, is a chess match played out between two just two guys. It’s a manager vs. manager contest. And if any one game illustrates that better than others, last night was it. Hinch vs. Banister was an unfair fight. A lightweight vs. a heavyweight. Game over. No contest. That’s how you explain 17 out of 20 left on base on only 5 hits. That’s how you snatch defeat from the jaws of victory when your pitcher did his job. What we lack, utterly lack, is effective leadership, game management, a way to capitalize on opponents’ errors and in real time take advantage of gifts from the baseball gods.

    It doesn’t matter how good our players are. It doesn’t matter how many holes JD fills. Until we have a competitive manager at the helm we’re just spinning plates, swinging for the fences and failing.

    • JacobMcCandles

      You are correct. There is no way TX should’ve lost that game with all the freebies that were bestowed on them.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Battle of #5s Moore vs a past Cy Young winner Kuechel…….Just keeps getting easier

  • GoRangers23

    Is it wrong that I told my husband, “It’s Dallas Keuchel against Moore?????……yeah, I don’t even think I want to see that.” I will probably watch the carnage anyway, because apparently I can’t look away.

    • dearmidol

      It’s hard not to watch.

      • GoRangers23

        I’ve already given up on this game, so maybe we will win this one. 😄

        • GoRangers23

          Or not……OY!!!!

  • GoRangers23

    It looks a little weird when all three of the tv announcers wear black and white stripes all at the same time.

  • dearmidol

    DeShields made a nice catch.

    • GoRangers23

      That’s right, look to the positive…… find the rainbow. 😂

  • dearmidol

    Two batters, two hard hits.

  • dearmidol

    Is it too late for a do over?

  • dearmidol

    On the bright side, Moore’s pitch count is good.

  • GoRangers23

    Go Choo Choo, Go Choo Choo, Go!
    Slow Choo Choo, Slow Choo Choo, slow. 😩

    • GoRangers23

      I’m sorry. Choo doesn’t deserve my irritation. 😭

  • JacobMcCandles

    Maybe AB is compensating for his injury…..but he is looking lost at the plate.

    I sincerely hope that Banny,Brocail or Moore recognized that the Stros swung at virtually every pitch

  • JacobMcCandles

    They are just teeing off…all started with no one on and two outs

  • dearmidol

    When are they going to stop running Matt Moore out there?

    • JacobMcCandles

      Just underlines we got zip to promote

      • dearmidol

        Right, but Austin Bibens-Dirkx isn’t this bad.

        • JacobMcCandles

          Prob better than Moore…..heck the Bush experiment may be better

        • GoRangers23

          Yep!!

    • GoRangers23

      When the fans go on strike?

      • dearmidol

        I suspect the Rangers fans already have. Sounds like this crowd is filled with Astros fans.

        • JacobMcCandles

          One of my brothers who is on the Ranger side of the family drove up for the game

        • GoRangers23

          Yeah, that’s what Elk said about last nights game. You could hear them chanting let’s go Astros yesterday.

  • GoRangers23

    Mr Go said that Moore will be on the DL tomorrow with a bruised ego. 🤣

    • dearmidol

      That’s a good one.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Fister went on the DL today

      • GoRangers23

        Yep. Who’s going to pitch now, I wonder?

        • JacobMcCandles

          Gallo

          • GoRangers23

            He apparently has quite an arm. I wonder how accurate it is? Has he ever pitched before?

          • JacobMcCandles

            Going by memory but yes, I can’t remember what level

        • WhoKnowscs

          Who cares, pluck anyone from AAA/AA and they will pitch just “as well” as Moore.

          • GoRangers23

            That is true.

          • GoRangers23

            I guess I was actually asking who will they bring in now? Who will be the lucky ones who get the call? I want to see ABD some more.

          • JacobMcCandles

            IDK when Perez is due back

          • GoRangers23

            Just the thought of that is scary!

  • von_todwin

    Well I saw the scoreboard and knew who was pitching. Always a good sign.

    • GoRangers23

      Hey, long time, no see.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Join the wake

  • JacobMcCandles

    Well, grabbing for Go’s rainbow….both Gallo and Roogie have been going to the left more….may be some coaching going on?

    • GoRangers23

      One can only hope!

  • JacobMcCandles

    Its a start

    • GoRangers23

      Like starting to climb Mount Everest……. I’m sorry….I’m finding it hard to find the rainbows today. Lol

  • GoRangers23

    They can’t instant replay that?

    • JacobMcCandles

      Not enough to see anyway…but it worked out

      • GoRangers23

        Rougie might not see it that way. 😀. He had to take two hits instead of one

  • GoRangers23

    Wow!

  • JacobMcCandles

    Keuchel has lost it recently

  • JacobMcCandles

    HE HELD UP….NOT EVEN CLOSE

    • GoRangers23

      That was just wrong!

  • WhoKnowscs

    DD may be coming out of his slump.

  • GoRangers23

    Go IKF!

  • GoRangers23

    HAAAAAA! Way to go IKF and Rougie!

  • GoRangers23

    I can’t believe we’re tied!

    • dearmidol

      The Keuchel game is the one they should win with the way he has been pitching this year.

      • GoRangers23

        I didn’t realize he wasn’t doing well until Jake mentioned it earlier. I’m fine with that! 😄

        • dearmidol

          Most losses in the league.

          • GoRangers23

            Wow.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Started out average at best, but the last 5 starts have been very Mooreish

  • dearmidol

    What is Greive talking about?

    • GoRangers23

      I’m not sure, because I fell asleep right as he started talking about it. I believe he was telling a story about a player who drank a beer during a game, but I’m not positive. I do feel a lot better now though, so I just might be able to find some rainbows now. 😄

    • JacobMcCandles

      Who ever knows…listening to the Astro broadcast

  • JacobMcCandles

    Choo playing very good on both sides of the ball

  • JacobMcCandles

    Everyone in the Ranger lineup has a hit….Astros 1-5 10 hits….6-9 1 hit

  • GoRangers23

    Jake, there are the Hoooooers.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Guess you can’t hear them on the Astro broadcast

  • dearmidol

    Come back time again, it looks like.

  • JacobMcCandles

    You knew there were more coming, they have like 5/6 fly outs caught on the track

    • dearmidol

      Yeah, they had been hitting them deep.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Good game for my brother to see

        • dearmidol

          It is. Rangers could still pull this one out.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Wow…how off key can you be

    • GoRangers23

      I don’t think she was off key, but she didn’t need to add all that extra stuff. She actually has a pretty good voice, but she sang it too slow. I think sometimes they think it’s all about them.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Banny is going to whine into getting thrown out

  • JacobMcCandles

    I hear some cat calls….that must be the Hoooers

    • GoRangers23

      I’m really not sure if they are saying WOOOOOOOOO WOOOOOOOOO or HOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOO or something else totally different. All I know is that it ends in OOOOOOOOOO and it’s really annoying. Lo

      • JacobMcCandles

        Are they Astro or Ranger fans??

        • GoRangers23

          I don’t know. I can’t see them, I can only hear them.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Wake up call for AB

  • dearmidol

    Three hits today for Beltre.

  • GoRangers23

    Go Beltre!!

  • JacobMcCandles

    PROGOFAR

  • dearmidol

    This team doesn’t miss Gallo when he’s out of the lineup.

  • dearmidol

    I’d rather have Guzman at first than Gallo, and Kiner-Falefa at second than Odor.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Defense yes and yes…..Offense slight no and yes

      • dearmidol

        I think Guzman is better offensively than Gallo, and will only get better. He is a more complete hitter.

        • JacobMcCandles

          I agree…but he just can’t produce the amt of runs “yet”

          • dearmidol

            I was surprised to see Gallo has only eight more RBIs than Guzman this season.

          • dearmidol

            But Gallo’s power is pretty impressive. His ability to generate runs quickly with one swing.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Yeah but his last yr was pretty darn good…..your stat surprises me as well…and Gallo prob has a good amt more ABs

          • dearmidol

            Oh, no doubt, Gallo has a lot of value. I just really like Guzman’s approach.

          • JacobMcCandles

            May be room for both

    • GoRangers23

      I agree

  • JacobMcCandles

    Glad we got the SO…but thats where that graphic does not work thats a ball

  • dearmidol

    Kela is struggling.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Another WP coming??? ARGHHHHHH

  • dearmidol

    Dave Raymond said Springer going to third doesn’t accomplish much. What about a wild pitch?

    • JacobMcCandles

      Thats hilarious

  • dearmidol

    What the heck?

    • JacobMcCandles

      You got me? Well it was a balk but I have never seen a mgr get one

      • dearmidol

        I give Hinch credit. He was right.

        • JacobMcCandles

          Me too…but that should be called right away,,,not talked into it

          • dearmidol

            I guess it’s like other plays. If the umpire who is supposed to call it missed it, get an opinion for one who saw it. I’ve never seen that happen on a balk before.

          • JacobMcCandles

            I guess the bottom line is..it was the right call

          • dearmidol

            When Tom Grieve admits it was the right call, it was the right call.

          • JacobMcCandles

            4 SOs watching for Alfalfa in the last two games

  • JacobMcCandles

    Can’t lose like this….

  • dearmidol

    Rangers had sixteen hits.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Thought we might see Gallo in a 1 run game

  • JacobMcCandles

    Severino 9-1

  • JacobMcCandles

    Good grief 4 game sweep at home

    • dearmidol

      Pretty bad.

    • GoRangers23

      Well, they are the reigning World Series Champions and we are in last place. So, we had a pretty high mountain to climb to begin with.

      • JacobMcCandles

        At least you are done with the HOO Hahs

        • GoRangers23

          Maybe. It seems to be happening more and more.

  • dearmidol

    Wow, what a horrible way to lose.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Thanks to the Rounders that tried…LO…..another day

  • WhoKnowscs

    Silver lining . . . the Silver Boot isn’t won yet. Not that the Rangers will win all 6 remaining games for it.

  • WhoKnowscs

    14 games under . . . largest deficit now.