Is this the Gallo we’ve been waiting for? 347 comments


Joey Gallo draws three walks in the Rangers 4-0 victory over the Astros to take the major league league at seven.

 

Never mind 4-2, the Rangers record at this point.

Never mind 4-0, the score of last night’s gem thrown by Mike Minor.

What’s important is 7-6. That’s the walk-to-strikeout ration for Joey Gallo so far this season. If that continues in some vicinity, it changes everything. If there is indeed going to be a transformation, or a maturity, of these young hitters from strikeout machines to offensive threats, it all starts with Gallo and his ability to read the strike zone.

In the past he swing more than a broken gate door in a hurricane. If the ball got anywhere near the plate, he’d swing. Once he swung at a pitch that was being shown on the Jumbotron.

The .209 hitting, .312 on-base percentage Joey Gallo isn’t an offensive threat even hitting 40 home runs. He was like broccoli. An occassional nuisance but nothing go out of your way to avoid.

But this .222 hitting, .440 on-base percentage Joey Gallo is a menace. He changes everything. Suddenly, you cannot just pitch around him and hope in the rare instance he doesn’t get a hold of one. Now you have to be careful. And be careful with the batter in front of him. It make the lineup legitimate.

Ninety percent of hitting, to paraphrase Yogi Berra, is half mental. Its all confidence. Gallo looked absolutely lost at the plate his first two seasons. He is getting more and more selective. He’s leading the league in walks, if you can believe that.

This Joey Gallo is a certain all-star. This Joey Gallo could even be more than that.

Let’s hope this is truly the beginning of this Joey Gallo.

The Rangers could use it.

*****
TODAY’S GAME:

Edinson Volquez (0-0, 9.00) vs. Matt Harvey (0-0, 3.00)
Game time: 9:07

  • CrazyEd

    Yep! Gallo is much improved. His walkstrike out ratio is much better and his BA as it stands right now is .222. We’ll see what happens to it as the season proceeds. I keep hoping for .250. Probably won’t get it, but I can hope.

    I spent the night concentrating on the game rather than participating on here.

    The Astro’s were steamed at the ump’s calls, and for good reason. The Rangers were getting calls on balls the Astros weren’t. It was an amazing thing to watch. Not only was Mathis framing pitches left and right, he was framing them up and down. You gotta love this guy unless your an opposing team. There’s a reason he has the reputation he has. I kinda thought thought as much based on what different players were saying, but last night it was really apparent. I guess some umps are easier to fool than others. But, I’ll take it.

    The minors fire up tonight so will be a busy guy. Hope tunein radio works as well as last year.

    • JacobMcCandles

      I agree and I thought we got the majority of the calls the entire series…..but I don’t think it swayed the outcome. Last nights ump was as bad as it can get.

    • Nate Whitten

      Because I choose not to spend $100+ for TV, I rarely SEE a game. I really like listening to the radio. Nadel is not a HOFer for naught.

      • JacobMcCandles

        BB was invented for radio…..I listen to Nadel all the time. Whats great about XM as well, listening to other teams announcers.

    • calntom

      As far Gallo goes….. you talk about a work in progress. Imo, Gallo has the most work to accomplish. Great that he is taking some pitches. Fantastic.
      He still has to learn to go the other way to get out of that extreme shift. That is going to take some time and commitment. Has to be a tough mental struggle to get through for him with his swing.
      Going the other way is what could make Gallo into a great hitter.

  • elkaba

    We may (as widely predicted by everyone including myself) end up in last place again, but I have to say this kind of baseball is my jam.

    • Rowdy Yates

      I was optimistic. Expected the Mariners to finish behind the Rangers.

      Off to see Charleston … again, and to see how much it’s changed in a dozen years.

      • elkaba

        With past as prologue, I didn’t expect this off season’s moves to make much difference. What I didn’t count on was the total change in culture I’m seeing. And that’s EVERYTHING in baseball.

        It’s a game, and as such, will always carry an element of luck with it- the best team doesn’t always win. But I’ve always believed that luck seems to follow those who do everything in their power to make what they want to happen happen.

        The work ethic I’m seeing, the common sense moves by the manager and the calm but upbeat rapport that’s obvious on the field is a welcome departure from previous seasons’ head-scratching play. (I think we have a chance to be not half bad. 🙂

        • Gregor_S

          I think one of the big differences between Woodward and Banister is that Woodward, like Wash, seems to genuinely want his players to succeed and to help them when they struggle. Banny was very insecure, probably because he wasn’t sure he was qualified to be a manager after so many years as a bench coach, and it was apparent by the way he stubbornly rejected all criticism. All he cared about was that his players made him look good. That’s why he did stuff like having Tolleson and Dyson pitch 5 days in a row. He didn’t care about the effect on their arms and careers.

          In addition, even though Woodward was a marginal player he did last in the majors for 12 years and knows what it’s like to be a player. He didn’t have just one at-bat like Banny. That’s why I doubt he’ll do stuff like change the lineup every day for no reason.

          Of course there are lots of other differences. I think Woodward will be much less rigid and will be quicker to make adjustments when something isn’t working out. Banny seemed to manage a certain way regardless of the results or what players wanted.

          • CrazyEd

            There’s that plus Woodward, as well as the whole Ranger’s organization have an entirely different approach to the game. From the close association with Driveline Baseball, the massive influx of technology into ST, the huge emphasis on the inclusion of data and it’s application, etc. The organization’s selection and hiring of coaches and a manager that bought into the new system and are capable of getting the players to buy into it. It’s a total transformation of the way the whole organisation looks at and implements the game. These changes didn’t just happen, they required somebody at the top to make the decision to make the changes and whole heartedly invest in them. I look for a further change once things settle out and they young arms start arriving, a six man rotation. They are already implementing it in A, A+ and AA. I’m not sure if they are doing it at Nashville yet or not.

          • elkaba

            Yeah, I’m not thinking this is all Woodward at all. This took ownership, JD and the whole kit and caboodle to pull off and show results this season. I was thinking we were a couple of years, at least, away from seeing any measurable difference. Very pleasantly surprised.

          • calntom

            Good read Ed.
            It is a developmental program that the Rangers are running. I just hope that the people are in place to make sure the program is followed throughout the season and into the offseason.
            The farm system is still thin and will need to be supplemented again this year and next and then they might have something. Certainly a work in progress at all levels including the active roster.

          • Gregor_S

            One more thought on Banny vs. Woodward. I think it was very telling that when Banny was let go none of the players could bring themselves to say anything good about him to the media. (Which was very different from what happened when Wash left.) So Woodward benefits from having small shoes to fill.

        • JacobMcCandles

          Good things happen to good teams!

        • calntom

          Good points elk

    • WhoKnowscs

      Winning cures many sport ills (nearly all of them in fact.)

      • elkaba

        Winning is great. Playing decent baseball is even better. If we lose and keep playing the way we’re playing, I’ll take it. Point is, these first games have been fun to watch regardless of outcome.

  • CrazyEd

    The starting pitchers and start times for tonight’s minor league games.

    AAA @nashvillesounds: LHP @thearn14 (Taylor Hearn) 6:35 Central

    AA @RidersBaseball: LHP @BrockBurke1(Brock Burke) 7:05 Central

    Hi-A @GoWoodDucks: RHP @Ty_Lips12(Tyler Phillips) 6:00 Central

    A @HickoryCrawdads: RHP @hansrouse(Hans Crouse) 5:35 Central

    Being as how the Ranger’s game doesn’t start until 9:00 Central there’s plenty of time to catch one of the minor league games before the Ranger’s game. More baseball is always a good thing.

    • calntom

      It might be too much to ask but……. Can you provide a synopsis of the results?

      • calntom

        I was able to bookmark the scoreboard for all 4 teams. I will try to provide some updates as well

        • elkaba

          Thanks!

      • elkaba

        Ed should be the official RR3 minor league scout (and entitled to at least the same compensation Kevin gets). He knows more about the up and coming players than most of us know about the big club players!

        • JacobMcCandles

          Rowdy still has rights to Round Rock franchise….wherever they moved

          • CrazyEd

            Scott Lucas used to make RR games regularly. He follows all the minor league teams and sends out a report on them regularly. I think you can still subscribe to it through the Newberg Report site. It’s free and very informative. He’s very close to the teams; players, managers and coaches. He even has an in with some scouts. Both for the Rangers and some of the opposing teams.
            A very good weekly podcast is here:
            https://vokalnow.com/show/rangers-on-deck

          • JacobMcCandles

            I respect Newburg and probably the only one to say anything negative about him…he is highly intelligent and a great fan but most of his stuff is rehash to me

          • CrazyEd

            I don’t follow Newberg at all. I’m just pointing out a place to subscribe to Lucas’s newletter. please read.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Ok….good deal….i will wait on your reports 🍺😎

      • CrazyEd

        If it’s the same as last year they publish a box score for each game. I should be able to copy and past them. Minor league ball is totally different from the majors, they don’t emphasize winning as much as player developement so sometimes you get some weird results. Like one time last year one of the teams pitchers were instructed to throw only fast balls the first time through the order. You don’t need much imagination to figure out how that worked out.

    • Mr.C

      Where do you catch these games?
      Radio?
      Any app?

      • CrazyEd
        • calntom

          I checked it out looks like $100 per year for Tuned-In. Is that
          correct?

          • JacobMcCandles

            I get it by the month…..think 7.99….essentially the same

          • calntom

            I have Dallas Morning News and The Athletic. That is my limit. Dont even have Dish anymore.

          • JacobMcCandles

            XM radio is cool if you like listening to other games

  • JacobMcCandles

    Its BB…things can change in a NY minute.
    Yanks 2-4
    Bosox 2-5
    Cleve 2-3
    Astros 2-5
    Cubs 1-4
    Rox 3-4

    Thats when Ranger BB gets interesting,,,when the worm turns.

    • Nate Whitten

      yes–but the worm can turn back. But, I think this team has a chance. Two good teams just got a taste. But, do you think Seattle is for real? I didn’t think so. Let’s enjoy it fer now ennyhow.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Oh trust me I am enjoying it…..just know not to build myself up too high after 6 games.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Just got a ticket to Yes,Asia,John Lodge of the Moody Blues, Carl Palmer of ELP….!!!!!!

  • GoRangers23

    Good grief! I got all of the pics ready this morning, then forgot to post them. 🤪. Here they are now. Have a great evening! Go Rangers!

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  • TD30
    • JacobMcCandles

      Did u like Highwaymen?

      • TD30

        Still haven’t watched it yet. Me and the husband both want to see it and haven’t both been home to watch it.

      • dearmidol

        I liked it.

        • JacobMcCandles

          I enjoyed it..already watched it twice…😀

  • Straxusd

    Super excited that we actually won the first two series. Really good game last night. Here is hoping for a sweep of the angels

  • dearmidol
    • JacobMcCandles

      Nice and I don’t like cats

      • dearmidol

        I am hoping a coyote comes by and eats the cat.

        • JacobMcCandles

          Good man

    • GoRangers23

      Cute!

  • JacobMcCandles

    I HATE west coast games

  • calntom

    Crouse this evening:
    2.2 innings, 1 hit, 1 unearned run, 2K, 52 pitches and he was done.
    Might have been a 50 limit?

  • calntom

    Phillips for Down East today:
    5 innings, 1 hit, 4k, clean line. 57 pitches

    • calntom

      Brock Burke for Frisco:
      5 innings, 6 hits, 1 unearned run, 4K, 84 pitches

    • calntom

      Taveras had a nice game for DE. 4-4 with 4 RBI

  • WhoKnowscs

    Blue Jays at Indians No hitter alert. Indians no hitting Jays Top of 9th coming up.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Whos pitching?

      • WhoKnowscs

        Multiple pitchers, currently Brad Hand.

        • JacobMcCandles

          I remember when 5 Stro pitchers no-hit skanks…….no hitter is over

          • WhoKnowscs

            Couple years back the Mariners had a combined no hitter of the Rays.

      • WhoKnowscs

        and the No hitter’s over on the first batter of the ninth.

      • GoRangers23

        It was Trevor Bauer through seven innings.

    • Vlad2019

      Jinxer.

      • WhoKnowscs

        Oh well.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Depressing Expo fan… : P

        • Vlad2019

          Yo! Present.

  • JacobMcCandles
    • dearmidol

      Nice tribute.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Yeah….i liked it

  • WhoKnowscs

    Darvish gave up another 3 runs in 4 innings(71 pitches) The Cubs pen gave up 3 more the next inning.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Nothing like a 25 mill bust

    • dearmidol

      Watch the Cubs do something even stupider and blame it on Maddon.

    • Gregor_S

      And he walked 4. Just not the same guy who barely missed throwing two perfect games for the Rangers. Most of the guys in the Rangers system who’ve had TJ have not done well. I’m still suspicious of the surgeon they use. At least the 3 rehab cases we’ve signed for this season pitched for other teams when they had the surgery so they probably had a different doctor.

      • isittime

        Last night their pen blew a nice game by lackey. Walked the bases loaded and then a double up the alley.

  • Mr.C

    Finally a game in FSSW !!!

  • dearmidol

    Great to watch a game with Mike Trout in it.

  • dearmidol

    I was at the game where Gallo hit that home run.

  • dearmidol

    Rangers should crush Matt Harvey. Everyone else has.

    • calntom

      Harvey was solid in his first outing against the A’s

    • Mr.C

      You called it

      • dearmidol

        Harvey is toast.

  • Mr.C

    Gallooooooo

  • dearmidol

    3-0.

    • grumpyderfsmagic8ball

      He’s answering your question…maybe.

    • Mr.C

      5-0

  • GoRangers23

    Wow! Now that’s the way to start a game!

    • dearmidol

      Yes, this one is over early.

      • calntom

        Hopefully Volquez can give them innings tonight

        • dearmidol

          They won’t give up six runs, after that two-run homer it’s over.

          • calntom

            I will take your word on that one.

          • dearmidol

            Ha.

          • calntom

            Well…. you had that one nailed. Not a chance

  • Straxusd

    Wow nice jump start by offense. Here’s hoping pitching hangs in

    • dearmidol

      It would be hard to believe they’d give up a five-run lead.

      • Straxusd

        I meant Edison gives innings

        • dearmidol

          Even if he doesn’t, I can’t see them giving this up.

          • calntom

            If you say so Kevin

  • GoRangers23

    Woo Hoo!

  • dearmidol

    You look at the Angels lineup and you realize, this is a really bad team. Trout and Simmons are all they have.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Disagree….like their offense more

  • dearmidol

    This is the Angels home opener.

    • Straxusd

      Ouch

  • isittime

    Just turned it on and I see a 5 spot

  • Mr.C

    Expecting Volquez to give us 5 innings tonight

    • possumrld

      At least.

  • calntom

    Be nice to see them keep Harvey on the ropes and get into their bullpen early. That can help over the weekend in a long series

  • WhoKnowscs

    Matt Harvey was done 2 years ago, he just didn’t know it.

    • WhoKnowscs

      Reminds me of Tyson Ross.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Tyson had a decent year last year I believe

        • dearmidol

          8-9, 4.15 ERA with San Diego and St. Louis, 1.296 WHIP.

          • calntom

            I hope at least one of our TJS guys can put that up.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Not terrible….but not great

  • WhoKnowscs

    Dr. Pepper please.

  • possumrld

    From what we have seen of Vólquez so far this season, the Rangers might should have scored 10 runs in the 1st inning.

  • WhoKnowscs

    I’ll take pitch to contact at this point. Just don’t make it too much contact.

  • Rowdy Yates

    After a wonderful dinner with friends here in Charleston just crawled into bed and checked the Rangers website to see 5 runs and couple HRs in top of the 1st for a great start. Hope they maintain that thru the game and put a major HURT stamp on the #$%^&*@Angels tonight.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Chicken and waffles?

  • isittime

    Big k there

    • calntom

      Huge

  • WhoKnowscs

    Woohoo! an Out!

    • possumrld

      Well blow me down!

  • WhoKnowscs

    awww. No more of Sosh’s befuddled faces.

    • dearmidol

      I will miss that the most.

    • isittime

      I loved those incredulous looks

      • GoRangers23

        Me too! Priceless!

      • WhoKnowscs

        The Rodney Dangerfield of MLB.

      • possumrld

        Yes, they were somewhere between consternation, and constipation!

    • possumrld

      Yes, he always looked like he needed to visit the urinal real quick!

  • dearmidol

    Volquez is missing the strike zone by a lot. Thank god Simmons swung at so many pitches out of the zone.

    • isittime

      He’s not sharp at all. Simmons basically bailed him out

  • calntom

    This ain’t good

  • WhoKnowscs

    Well we are through Calhoun, Trout, Simmons and Pujols.

  • possumrld

    Volquez is a regular “ball” throwing machine!

  • TD30

    DP!!

    • isittime

      Pitchers best friend

    • JacobMcCandles

      Awesome

  • WhoKnowscs

    Matt Harvey won’t have any control either.

  • isittime

    Yesss!

  • calntom

    Yowza!!

  • WhoKnowscs

    I even put cherry syrup in that Dr. Pepper.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Cherry flavored Dr pepper…..not bad

  • possumrld

    Whew! Maybe Ed ‘n son can find something better as the game proceeds.

  • possumrld

    Mo runs! Mo runs! We need Mo runs!

  • WhoKnowscs

    Let’s just have Choo lead off every inning.

    • possumrld

      lol!

      • WhoKnowscs

        Choo leading off every inning would mean a minimum of 4 runs every inning.

        • possumrld

          We could live with that!

    • possumrld

      That was hit no 1500 for Choo!

  • possumrld

    Roogie needs to settle down a bit.

  • WhoKnowscs

    When does Mr. Hyde go away and Dr. Jekyll show up?

    • WhoKnowscs

      Or is the monster side of Rouggie the good side?

  • calntom

    Hearn went 5 tonight. Pretty much cruised until the 5th. Gave up 3 in the 5th. 75 pitches, 6 hits, 4 earned runs with 9Ks.
    None of the Rangers starting pitching of the 4 minor league games issued a walk tonight and Hearn was the only one to give up an earned run.

  • isittime

    Roogy needs to go sit next to Woodward and have that chat about being selective again

  • WhoKnowscs

    At least we’ve gotten Harvey to nearly 50 pitches in 2 innings

  • elkaba

    Lucroy is an Angel now? Man that guy gets around. How many teams has he been with? Guess it’s cause he’s a catcher…

    • WhoKnowscs

      I think the A’s may start to miss him.

    • dearmidol

      After Texas he went to Colorado, then Oakland, then LA.

      • WhoKnowscs

        The fact that the Brewers could have gotten him back this offseason and chose to spend mucho buckos on Grandal instead speaks volumes about what they think of him. Or did Lucroy not want to go back to the Brew Crew?

  • WhoKnowscs

    Dumb. He was out by a mile.

    • GoRangers23

      It reminds me of that picture I posted that time with the guy so far away from home.

      • WhoKnowscs

        The ball reached home and Guzman wasn’t even in the frame.

  • WhoKnowscs

    DD would have made it.

  • Mr.C

    What was Beasley think8ng?

    • WhoKnowscs

      That DD was in center.

      • Mr.C

        LOL

      • GoRangers23

        I’m not sure he would have made it either.

  • dearmidol

    6-1.

  • GoRangers23

    Good hit IKF!

  • WhoKnowscs

    Woohoo! 5 run lead restored.

  • GoRangers23

    Oh no!

  • WhoKnowscs

    First visit to the IL coming up?

  • dearmidol

    Ouch.

    • Mr.C

      3-0
      No reason to pitch to Trout

      Give him the base

  • WhoKnowscs

    Don’t break the Hamate please.

  • WhoKnowscs

    3 Hit Rangers so far . . . no Angel Fishies hit so far.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Time for number 1 Choo!

  • WhoKnowscs

    Just a tad too high.

  • GoRangers23

    Anyone know what that red mit looking thing is that Delino has on his hand? I saw it the other day on someone else too. Is that to protect their hand if they need to slide?

    • isittime

      Yes and wrist support

      • GoRangers23

        Thanks!

      • GoRangers23

        I never noticed it before. Is it new?

        • elkaba

          No, he wore it last year, too, I think.

          • GoRangers23

            I have no idea why I am just now seeing it this year. That shows how much I notice. 😄

        • isittime

          I don’t think they’ve been around too long. Used to guys wold just wear batting gloves

  • isittime

    Nice pitch there

  • WhoKnowscs

    Matt Harvey is the Ace Scott Boras ruined.

    • WhoKnowscs

      that and the Thoracic Outlet Surgery.

    • dearmidol

      Boras insisted he get shut down during their World Series year. It put Harvey in an awkward position with his teammates.

  • isittime

    Damn he can hit

  • WhoKnowscs

    It’s okay, as long as we keep scoring and giving up the solo homer each time we score it won’t matter(I.E. we score 1+ and only give up 1 in exchange.

    • dearmidol

      We score three. They score one. Good exchange rate.

      • WhoKnowscs

        Exactly.

  • dearmidol

    Good thing the Rangers put some runs up. Volquez is lost.

    • isittime

      Has he been ahead of any hitter yet

      • WhoKnowscs

        The one he K’d on 3 pitches.

        • isittime

          Missed that. Went to take a shower.

          • elkaba

            Had a good second inning.

    • Mr.C

      Not by much.
      He is missing the low portion of the strike zone; but not by much.

    • WhoKnowscs

      If he can get a few pitch to contact hits to Rangers he might get a little further.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Who pulls there no control starter first?

    • GoRangers23

      I’m thinking we will.

      • GoRangers23

        Maybe?

  • WhoKnowscs

    So which of the Tommy John Squad will Samson replace first?

  • WhoKnowscs

    walk coming.

    • WhoKnowscs

      meh. I’d have preferred the walk.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Simmons out, not good for the Angels.

  • GoRangers23

    How did Volquez do in Spring Training?

  • WhoKnowscs

    Time for a Strikeout pitch EV.

    • WhoKnowscs

      close, try again.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Bye EV.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Maybe we looked at JD’s moves all wrong, he wasn’t trying to build a rotation He was trying to get 2 starters and 3 openers to go with them.

    • GoRangers23

      Whatever it was, it wasn’t particularly good.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Don’t do that Springs.

  • Instant_Hesitation

    I’m kinda impressed how little has changed here. Still have this place rolling same as always.

    • GoRangers23

      INSTANT!! We thought you fell off a mountain! Where have you been? Ha!

      • WhoKnowscs

        recovering from falling off a mountain?

      • Instant_Hesitation

        Not quite. I just took a break I guess

        • GoRangers23

          That was a really long break! We missed you on here!

          Are you still in Alaska?

          • Instant_Hesitation

            No I’m done with Alaska now. I’m permanently in California in the ski town. I actually have this game on my cable. So I randomly decided to say hi

          • GoRangers23

            Well, I’m glad you checked in. You should post more often!

          • Instant_Hesitation

            Funny thing is I have nothing to contribute and less time to contribute it most of the year. Life is much better and busier for me nowadays. I couldn’t name most of the roster now. I didn’t watch a single game last year. Didn’t have much time. Didn’t have much motivation to see a team going nowhere and it’s difficult to actually watch a game unless they play the Angels and are on my tv

          • GoRangers23

            Yeah, that would make it tough.

          • GoRangers23

            Some of the regular posters will be sad that they missed you. A few of the older posters aren’t posting on here anymore, for one reason or another.

          • Instant_Hesitation

            I can understand it. I make no promises you’ll see me again I keep a hectic schedule mostly.

          • GoRangers23

            That makes me sad, but I guess I can understand it.

          • Instant_Hesitation

            Once in a long while I’ve read here but I’ve gone months without thinking about it as well

          • GoRangers23

            It can get crazy at times. 🙂

        • GoRangers23

          I can’t believe that you could stay away from my witty, insightful, brilliant posts for so long. 😂

          • Instant_Hesitation

            The toughest part.
            There were things I missed but not that much honestly. Lot of things I did not miss.

          • GoRangers23

            I hear ya. Well I hope the last couple of years have been good for you. Do you like your job?

          • Instant_Hesitation

            Yeah I actually work between two jobs. Easy low stress good money though so I can’t complain much. Still a few weeks off each year

          • GoRangers23

            That’s good to hear. Do you like California?

          • Instant_Hesitation

            I love it here. I know a lot of great people good places I work for. All the outdoors I could want right out the window. I’m 3 hours from much civilization. Work through the winter heavy then slow up in summer go fishing golfing and hiking. Pretty easy

          • elkaba

            Hope you find time to stop in and say hi when we’re on the West Coast!

          • Instant_Hesitation

            We will see. I’m still mad they are building that stadium by the way

          • GoRangers23

            That sounds fantastic!

  • WhoKnowscs

    Let’s play some Run Exchange!

  • WhoKnowscs

    Who will reach 5 innings first? EV, Cobra(Shelby “Cobra” Miller) or
    Wiley Smiley?

  • WhoKnowscs

    Harvey got 1 whole out more.

    • GoRangers23

      But I was still right. 😁. Lo

      • WhoKnowscs

        Yep.

  • Rollie Fingers

    Guys… Our pitching might be bad… But 80% of the AL has same problem…

    • WhoKnowscs

      I think the major problem is managing has come to be based on both metrics and other decisions not associated with how games are going(Pitch counts). When everyone has decided to artificially limit pitchers on pitch count teams develop a pattern of taking a lot more pitches.

      • Rollie Fingers

        This Angels lineup looks like garbage. Cozart, LaStella, Baer, Goodwin

        • WhoKnowscs

          that too.

          • Rollie Fingers

            I think we can out hit most of these AL teams

  • Rollie Fingers

    Forsyth and Smyly are both Razorbacks.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Well it won’t be a sacrifice, BB or hit.

  • GoRangers23

    Woo Hoo!

  • GoRangers23

    Go Choo!

  • WhoKnowscs

    I like this Angels team.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Rouggie go boom.

  • Rollie Fingers

    Angels look like a little League team

    • WhoKnowscs

      Almost feel sorry for them.

      • WhoKnowscs

        But they decided to give the 400+ mil to Trout instead of building a team behind him.

        • Instant_Hesitation

          Still underpaid him

          • WhoKnowscs

            1 Person can only do so much. Even the “best player in baseball.”

          • Rollie Fingers

            Yeah hit solo bombs down 6-1

          • Instant_Hesitation

            True but he brings in as much as he gets paid. He’s a legend out here. They had no choice he’s too well liked. And he gave them a discount he shoukd have got 600 million

          • GoRangers23

            Do you keep up with Angels baseball now? It would be understandable since you live there now. 😄

          • Instant_Hesitation

            Not too much I’ve really lost touch with baseball in general. I have a couple friends who are Angel fans. I might tey to watch more again this year

          • GoRangers23

            It definitely takes a lot of time out of someone’s life to keep up with it. 3-4 hours a day is a lot of time to devote to it, for sure.

          • Instant_Hesitation

            It blows my mind how 5 years ago I watched every game and now I don’t at all. And I don’t miss it much either. It’s a different life. I have other things taking time up now.

          • GoRangers23

            That’s good sometimes. It’s good to stay busy. I would never have had time at your age to devote so much to baseball.

            I think a lot of our posters have gone to bed for the night. It is 11:42 here.

          • Instant_Hesitation

            More work more hobbies more friends is happier life. Figure I’ll keep it rolling here while it lasts

        • Rollie Fingers

          They should have traded Trout if they were looking to build long term

  • Instant_Hesitation

    I see Daniels went crazy on his usual find discarded players strategy and filled the entire rotation with them. I presume they are still saying they have great pitching on the way up

    • WhoKnowscs

      Yep, but at least all those guys we were hoping would learn to hit are starting to look like they may be learning to hit but it still Small Sample Size theatre.

    • elkaba

      IH!!!!! Where you been? We need an update!

      • GoRangers23

        Read down below.

        • elkaba

          Just did. It’s great to hear he’s ok! Wish some others would check in!

          • Instant_Hesitation

            Just took me a couple years

          • elkaba

            Better late than never 🙂

          • GoRangers23

            I know that’s right! I think some of them can’t though.

    • calntom

      IH. Welcome back !!!!!!

  • WhoKnowscs

    Mike Trout and the AAAngels?

  • WhoKnowscs

    Pujols still has 2 years after this one on his contract.

    • GoRangers23

      Wow! How old is he now?

      • WhoKnowscs

        39.

        • GoRangers23

          😳

      • WhoKnowscs

        And he’ll make 29 mil next year and 30 mil in 2020.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Median Team Payroll in MLB is $133,559,893.

    Rangers are the first team under it at 14th highest.

    Who is above? Red Sox(1st highest – 2nd worst current record in AL to the Angels), Cubs(2nd highest), Astros(8th), Angels(9th), Mariners (11th).

    A’s are the only AL West team below the Rangers at 25th. There is a much larger gap between A’s and Rangers than Rangers and Mariners though.

  • WhoKnowscs

    The runs exchange is complete we got our 3 and they got their one. Time to end it.

  • GoRangers23

    I cannot believe it is only in the 6th inning!

    • Instant_Hesitation

      So the new rules aren’t doing anything. Shocker

      • GoRangers23

        I think it mostly has to do with both pitchers really struggling tonight. But no, the new rules don’t really make much of a difference I don’t think.

      • GoRangers23

        Hey, have you been to Disneyland yet?

        • Instant_Hesitation

          16 years ago. That was enough

          • Instant_Hesitation

            Did do a tour of Universal studios though. Saw all the old batmobiles. Saw the sets for the Big Bang Theory and Ellen shows and a bunch of other things. That was neat

          • Instant_Hesitation

            We are building the biggest zipline on the continent here right now. I’ll get to try that this summer. That’ll fill in for the theme park

          • GoRangers23

            I’ve always wanted to do a zipline. It sounds like so much fun!. If I ever go somewhere that has one, I’m doing it. I hope I don’t die. Lol

          • Instant_Hesitation

            Me too I figure they might let us mountain employees be the test dummies. Goes up to 70 mph drops 2000 ft and is a mile long

          • GoRangers23

            I would stinkin love that! I’m crazy! I love roller coasters and thrill rides too.

          • Instant_Hesitation

            Just come here in June. Do that ski, fish, hike, golf, kayak all in a weekend. And see Yosemite

          • GoRangers23

            I’m quite sure I won’t be able to get my husband to go to California ever again. He absolutely hated it there. He’s not an outdoorsman at all anyway. I was raised camping and fishing, and going to beaches, etc. He doesn’t really like any of that stuff, unfortunately. I have never been skiing in my life. My dad was stationed at Vandenberg AFB Ca. for almost five years when I was young. I loved it there, but we spent almost every weekend on the beach with my dad. He took us up in the mountains only one time so that we could see snow for the first time. We later ended up in Nebraska where we got REALLY sick of snow.

          • GoRangers23

            You should try it again. It’s a lot different than it used to be. They are about to open the brand new Star Wars Land in May. I can’t wait for that, since I’m a huge Star Wars fan.

          • Instant_Hesitation

            I’ve never liked theme parks though. Just not of my interest. Even when I was a kid I hated them

    • WhoKnowscs

      They are going to have to ban the Rangers if they want to increase pace of play it seems.

  • GoRangers23

    Uh oh.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Springs is starting to wear out. 1 more out Springs.

  • GoRangers23

    One more out Springs. You can do it.

  • GoRangers23

    WHEW!!

  • WhoKnowscs

    Trout didn’t hurt us, so that helped.

  • GoRangers23

    He’s going to have to take his jacket to the cleaners because it got rain marked?….ok.

  • WhoKnowscs

    She lost it a little on that last note.

    • GoRangers23

      That was a little weird. She did really well for the rest of it though!

  • WhoKnowscs

    Number 1 Rouggie?

    • WhoKnowscs

      scratch that, just a base hit.

  • WhoKnowscs

    A new umpire name.

  • WhoKnowscs

    The key to being a good pitcher if . . .

    Make the strikes look like balls and the balls look like strikes.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Now I’m feeling a little sorry for the Angels.

    • GoRangers23

      I’m not going to feel sorry for them until I know for sure that we won. With my luck, I will at first feel sorry for them, then I might have to feel sorry for us. 😄

      • WhoKnowscs

        Yeah here comes Dowdy so it’s not over yet.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Howdy Dowdy!

  • Rod Harper

    Is anyone still up at this hour?

    • GoRangers23

      WhoKnowscs, Instant and myself are still watching.

      • Rod Harper

        Awesome!

    • elkaba

      I am, but I’m too tired to post. 🙂

  • WhoKnowscs

    Bad news . . . we’ll have to face Trout in the 9th. =)

    • GoRangers23

      Hopefully there won’t be anyone on base at that time.

      • WhoKnowscs

        Well he’s leading off the inning so hopefully so because that will mean at least 4 runs scoring.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Save some runs for the rest of the series!

  • Rod Harper

    I think that first inning really set the tone for tonight’s game so far! Volquez is still very rusty on the mound due to not having pitched in over 2 full seasons! Trout’s still a tough son a gun to strike out (let alone put out) at the plate! Wish the Rangers had him on the team!

    • WhoKnowscs

      So far they scored enough runs in the first (before the Angels even had a chance)to win the game if the Angels didn’t change what they scored.

      • Rod Harper

        The bottom of the sixth inning could have been catastrophic for the Rangers, but they got away clean allowing just one run out of it.

        • WhoKnowscs

          Yep. That’s why I added the caveat about the Angels not changing what they’ve scored so far.

  • WhoKnowscs

    They’ve already pulled Trout so Ausmus threw in the towel already.

  • Rod Harper

    Time to wrap this one up!

  • WhoKnowscs

    uh , , , what is this?

  • GoRangers23

    Whoops!

  • WhoKnowscs

    Dowdy starting to lose it a little.

  • Rod Harper

    Oh, boy! Butterfingers are in play this inning!

    • WhoKnowscs

      Where’s Kit Kat when you need them to give you a break.

  • Rod Harper

    The game should have been over already!

  • GoRangers23

    Come on Dowdy, one more out.

  • elkaba

    Wow! Another win.

    • WhoKnowscs

      I need to watch myself I don’t want to get use to them.

      • elkaba

        Come August we’ll be happy we got these early I bet.

    • GoRangers23

      It’s so crazy! And fun!

  • WhoKnowscs

    Leclerc got the night off.

    • GoRangers23

      Good!

  • Rod Harper

    Ballgame! At last! Undefeated on the road in the 2019 season so far!

  • Rod Harper

    Tonight’s game ball goes to Choo! Congratulations on getting 1,500 career hits tonight!

    https://twitter.com/Rangers/status/1114010487992332288

    • GoRangers23

      Cool! I didn’t even know that until just now. If they mentioned it in the broadcast I missed it.

  • Rod Harper

    Another good evening for my teams! The Rangers win again, and the Texas Longhorns men’s basketball won the NIT Championship game in Madison Square Garden against Lipscomb University earlier this evening! Sugar Bowl and NIT championships in a four-month span isn’t a bad way to end seasons! Hook ’em!

    • Nate Whitten

      UT is coming back!!!

  • GoRangers23