It’s all numbers from here on out. 136 comments


BeltreRounding3rd.com.

 

On Sunday the Rangers blow a 5-0 lead. On Tuesday, they could not overcome a 4-0 deficit.

Oh, well. From here on out it’s just a numbers game.

It’s for the stats.

You always want your team to win. But the Rangers aren’t going to do that much, so all you can do is revel in another Joey Gallo home run. Can he get to 40? 45? There are fifty games left. He has 31 now. 40 seems pretty likely. What about 50? Palmeiro hit 47 twice, for the Rangers team record for a left-hander. Can Gallo set the clean pee record?

How many hits will Beltre get? Who will he end up passing? He has 3006. Al Kaline is next at 3007. Wade Boggs has 3010. That will be nice because then only one third baseman will be ahead of him—George Brett, who has 3154. Beltre will catch him next year. Beltre is number 30 all-time now. He should end the season passing Lou Brock (3,023) for 25. Next man up, Rod Carew, is thirty hits away at 3,053.

To reach Carew, Beltre will need to get 47 hits with exactly 50 games left. He has 62 hits this year in 59 games. Carew is attainable.

Can Elvis hit over .300? He’s already shattered his career home run record, which was 8, with 15 so far this season. (But the seams on the ball are not wound tighter.) He has 59 RBIs now. He should easily pass his career high of 69. Can he get 75? 80?

Then there’s the curious case of Rougned Odor and Nomar Mazara, baseball’s opposite of road warriors.

Odor is having a bad season all around. After finishing July on an encouraging 11-for-33 run with six home runs and eleven RBIs, looking like he might finally figure out something, he slipped back into his his season-long coma. In August he has one home run and two RBIs. He is 2-for-his-last-22. And just .202 in the second half.

It can’t get worse than that, right? Yes. On the road, Rougned Odor is batting .192. And even he can look down at Nomar Mazara, who’s hitting .187 on the road. Mazara can carry the team, he just can’t carry his luggage at the same time. At home, Mazara is hitting .301 with an OBP of .371 and an OPS of .844.

Speaking of numbers, the Rangers traveling secretary needs to lose Odor’s and Mazara’s. Don’t call them and tell them the team is going on a road trip.

Fortunately, Mazara is just twenty two and Odor twenty three. They are still really young. Still figuring it out. We are watching their growing pains.

That’s what the rest of 2017 is about.

Numbers. And pain.

Speaking of the latter, Martin Perez was named today’s starer.

*****
TODAY’S GAME:

Martin Perez  (5-10, 5.46) vs. Rafael Montero (1-7, 5.78)
Game time: 11:10

How the Rangers hit against Montero.
How the Mets hit against Perez.

 

 

  • Rowdy Yates

    Good morning RR3 denizens! It’s an early, early game so I’m hoping Martin Perez misses his wakeup call and ABD can ’emergency’ start in his place. Of course this whole season has been a missed wake up call for Perez.

    • FlappingGums

      That’s a good idea,Rowdy! And yes, it really has been a missed wake up call for Martin. Bless his heart. What a seemingly nice guy that tries but just can’t get it. I think his TMJ messed up his arm.

      • FlappingGums

        Not TMJ, TJS.

  • SABERMETRICS MASTER

    Anyone planning to go to the ballpark this Friday?
    I just got my tickets to Friday’s game.

    Go Rangers
    clap clap CLAPCLAPCLAP

    • FlappingGums

      I wish we were! I hope you have a blast!!! 😀

      • SABERMETRICS MASTER

        Taking my kids with me.

        Junk food time !!!!

        • FlappingGums

          YaY!!! Y’all are going g to have a great time!! 🙌😀

    • dearmidol

      Not sure yet. I might be going.

      • SABERMETRICS MASTER

        Kool. Let me know !

  • FlappingGums

    Here’s something odd. It’s not quite 10:00am & the players are already warming up for today’s game!

    • dearmidol

      This has to be strange for them, like a spring training game.

      • FlappingGums

        Yeah, they might be playing without coffee this morning.

  • FlappingGums

    10:15!! 15 minutes until Rangers Live!! Wakey Wakey Everybody!! 🙂

  • elkaba

    Thanks, Kevin. Now I have a reason to watch the rest of these pointless games!

  • elkaba

    I like David Murphy on TV. I could stand to have him with CJ doing the play-by-play next year. (But then anyone is an improvement on Ray(n)man. 🙂

    • Rowdy Yates

      I’ve been impressed with him too. Was always a good interview as a player too.

      • elkaba

        He’s sure gotten better every time this year. I say he’s ready to displace Raymond for sure, and CJ’s going to be better at play by play after this year with Raymond (learning what NOT to do.)

  • FlappingGums

    WTG JOEY GALLO!!🙌🙌

    • elkaba

      That was #32!

      • FlappingGums

        That’s Awesome!! Plus he’s been hitting doubles, etc. I believe this young man is going to work out for us after all! 😁

        • elkaba

          He’s going to be fine, one of nicest surprises in a year without many. Only thing is, the better he is, the more likely JD will trade Beltre…

          • FlappingGums

            That’s true. A sad truth. That JD – – – he’s a hard one to understand!

          • FlappingGums

            JD and Braymond need to go away!

          • elkaba

            And take Banister with them.

          • FlappingGums

            And Brocail!

          • WhoKnowscs

            And the strength and conditioning coach.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Who will finish with the higher average: Odor or Gallo?

    • elkaba

      I just want Gallo hitting behind Beltre the rest of the season.

      • FlappingGums

        YeS!!!

        • elkaba

          Why they’re not batting 3rd and 4th already is driving me nuts.

          • CoMentor_Rounding3rd

            Yep Joey should have about 10-15 more RBIs if he werent hitting 8th so often.

          • elkaba

            And all that time with Odor batting 5th. I just can’t understand how he manages this team. It makes absolutely no sense at all.

          • FlappingGums

            We need to call a meeting between Rounders and Banister!

          • Rowdy Yates

            … and bring the torches and pitchforks!

          • WhoKnowscs

            Just walking papers.

          • Rowdy Yates

            Yep. Guarantees Beltre is going to bat in the 1st inning of every game. What better way do the Rangers have to start a game? None!

          • elkaba

            And nobody’s going to walk Beltre to get to Gallo!

          • Rowdy Yates

            And Beltre will see better pitches with Gallo behind him than with Odor behind him.

          • dearmidol

            Banister struggles with baseball strategy.

          • elkaba

            I think he’s better suited to running a car wash.

          • WhoKnowscs

            He hasn’t put in the time to be manager, put him on headlight duty.

      • SABERMETRICS MASTER

        I’ve been saying that for the past 3 months !!!!

        • elkaba

          And you were right!!!

  • WhoKnowscs

    Figures, bases loaded and we get the pitcher again.

    • elkaba

      Two games in a row.

      • dearmidol

        What’s the difference between the pitcher being up or Odor in that situation?

        • elkaba

          The pitcher has a chance.

          • dearmidol

            Ha, that’s the best response ever.

          • elkaba

            🙂

    • FlappingGums

      The worst case scenario type set-up

  • elkaba

    Cespedes gets the Oscar for fake HBP.

    • FlappingGums

      He really does. That was some good acting! LoL! (It can be funny since it didn’t really go anywhere.)

  • elkaba

    Elvis is having some fun.

    • Rowdy Yates

      Talent …. and a fair amount of luck too!

  • FlappingGums

    😁. Well done, Elvis!!!

  • dearmidol

    Let’s hope they are able to hang on to this lead. Maybe we get the good Perez today.

    • WhoKnowscs

      Probably, he hasn’t been around for 2 or so months.

  • dearmidol

    Nadel just pointed out that the only reason Gallo made the team was because Beltre was injured.

  • dearmidol

    I sure hope we don’t waste these bases loaded opportunities.

    • WhoKnowscs

      Hard to do, when they happen, the pitcher keeps coming up.

  • Gregor_S

    As a ground ball pitcher Perez could be really valuable in this juiceball era if he could ever get it together. If I were assembling a pitching staff today I’d probably try to make most of the rotation sinker ballers.

  • Rowdy Yates

    Maz must’ve read Kevin’s summary of his road hitting today and decided to do something about it.

    • elkaba

      Then had second thoughts and got picked off…

  • FlappingGums

    Joey has really come a Long way this season!!

  • dearmidol

    Perez had a no-hitter going there for a while.

  • dearmidol

    Okay, bases loaded again.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Drew should play 2b everyday.

  • dearmidol

    Okay, this is where Banister has a decision.

    Does he let Martin bat here or pinch hit?

    • WhoKnowscs

      He actually went with the right decision.

      • WhoKnowscs

        But seeing as how he is only at 54 pitches looks like Banny’s book decided to make it self look right for once. Even if a real manager doesn’t need a book to know when to take our his starter and when to leave him in.

        • WhoKnowscs

          In other words Banny would have taken him out if he was at 95 pitches, even if the score was exactly the same.

          • dearmidol

            Right. I also think he would have taken him out had the score been much closer.

          • WhoKnowscs

            If the score were closer he would not have only been at 54 pitches.

      • Gregor_S

        Yup. Unless he now takes him out 8 pitches into this inning. Then it would have been better to PH for him.

        Fortunately I think Perez’s pitch count is low enough that that probably won’t happen. But otherwise it would have.

      • dearmidol

        I was 50/50 on whether he would do that.

  • WhoKnowscs

    I’ve got it . . . all the Rangers need to do is play teams that are worse off than they are!

    • dearmidol

      Yes, and they can go .500 against them.

  • dearmidol

    A lot of offense today. But they’ve had a good amount of offense on this road trip.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Perez was due a good game. Even he doesn’t have 10 bad games and no good ones.

    • Gregor_S

      Odd that Hamels supposedly helped Gomez with his hitting but can’t help Perez become more consistent.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Let Perez try to complete his game. Perez must bat.

    • Gregor_S

      They just said the last of his 3 complete games was in 2014. Kind of tells you the difference between Wash and Banny.

      I don’t remember Wash pulling a pitcher who was pitching well based on his hitting 100 pitches.

      • Gregor_S

        Wash used to get a lot of grief for supposedly being a bad in-game manager. But the most important thing a manager does during the game is manage the BP. And we can see how many games it’s cost us this year.

        • WhoKnowscs

          And even if Banister’s management doesn’t fail one season, he’s ruined the relievers for the next season. Tolly, Dyson, probably more.

          • elkaba

            Jeffress, almost Bush…

          • WhoKnowscs

            Bush was simply not a closer to begin with no matter how much people just wanted to throw him in the role. Whatever it is he just never had “something” to make him not give up homers or throw tons of pitches. Even his first year he blew up in the 9th when given the opportunity.

          • elkaba

            Bush has said his issue with the 9th is mental. He gets flummoxed and tries too hard. Wants to try again sometime. Thinks if he can get over the mental part he’ll be just fine.

      • elkaba

        I miss Wash.

        • elkaba

          And Maddox… except for the whole shoulder thing. That was just weird.

          • Gregor_S

            Think he sort of knew it was weird because he never tried it with Hamels.

          • Rowdy Yates

            He did try it on Hamels a couple times and Hamels turned away. Didn’t try it anymore.

          • Gregor_S

            Don’t remember him trying it, thought Hamels just stared him off. But you’re probably right.

          • elkaba

            Eyes like daggers, that one. That’s all I remember, too.

          • FlappingGums

            I miss Maddux. And that shoulder squeeze never bothered me.

          • Rowdy Yates

            You’re not a guy Flap! No guy wants some other guy squeezing his shoulder three or four times. It’s sick.

          • FlappingGums

            Oh! Thanks! It’s difficult for me to see it from a guy’s standpoint. I appreciate you doing that for me! 🙂

          • elkaba

            LOL, you’re a girl! If you were a guy it would be weird!

  • elkaba

    Banister would rather see the bullpen fail…

    • WhoKnowscs

      They won’t, but I wish they would. Banister deserves it.

  • GoRangers23

    Why in the world did he take out Perez? I missed it.

    • WhoKnowscs

      because it was his AB? But don’t worry, Odor whiffed for him.

      • WhoKnowscs

        or because . . . Banny. Take your pick.

        • GoRangers23

          I’m so furious with Banister right now I could spit!

  • WhoKnowscs

    F-I-R-E-D, F-I-R-E-D and Banny takes the Blame-O.

    • GoRangers23

      I really wish he would be. I don’t think I can take another year with him as the manager.

    • calntom

      I remember that camp song

  • GoRangers23

    Nadel said that Rougie has been in more games than just about anyone in MLB. (Something like that. I’m not sure the exact words he used. ) That just makes NO sense! They said he was bruised in yesterday’s game. I cannot imagine why the guy can’t have a whole game off. Can we not play without him?

    • WhoKnowscs

      Not until you get rid of Banny.

  • GoRangers23

    89 pitches. Perez deserved to be able to finish this game.

    • WhoKnowscs

      “Deserves” got nothing to do with it.

      • WhoKnowscs

        If the phrase sounds familiar I believe it’s from “Unforgiven” with Eastwood.

      • GoRangers23

        He earned it because of how well he pitched. He didn’t have enough pitches to take him out. He did deserve it in my opinion.

        • WhoKnowscs

          Didn’t say he didn’t deserve it, deserve didn’t factor in Banny’s thought process,

    • elkaba

      No kidding.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Anyone think Claudio will be blowing games left and right come next season?

    • elkaba

      Obviously. I guess it’s just not a satisfying game for Banister unless he burning through his bullpen.

    • dearmidol

      I don’t know if he will be the closer. His stuff is not what a by-the-book manager likes. They like blow them away stuff.

  • GoRangers23

    They just said that Joey Gallo is on pace to be the first hitter with an ops over 900 in 5 years.

    • FlappingGums

      That’s exciting!! 🙂

    • dearmidol

      First hitting on the Rangers, yes. Josh Hamilton and Adrian Beltre had OPSs over .900 in 2011.

      • GoRangers23

        Yes, I forgot that important bit of info. Only on the Rangers. 😄

  • FlappingGums

    I don’t know what came over me. I was enjoying the game, even tho I had a bit of a headache. While watching, my headache got worse and I now feel sick all over. That’s why I quit posting. I think I’ll rest a bit now and see if I can get over whatever this is.

    Great game!! I enjoyed it!!

    • GoRangers23

      I hope you feel better Flap!

      • FlappingGums

        Thank you Go!!

    • GoRangers23

      Sometimes a migraine will make you really sick to your stomach if you don’t take something for it before it gets bad.

    • dearmidol

      That’s too bad. It was a good game, too.

  • GoRangers23
  • Rowdy Yates

    So according to Rangers MLB site Perez corrected some flaws in his delivery which fixed everything:

    “After that last start in Minnesota, Perez immediately pulled up video of himself to get to the bottom of his troubles. The placement of his hands was something he noticed and what he chose to fix. It worked.”

    Glad he found the problem. But where’s Brocail??? Isn’t it part of the Pitching Coach’s job description to do this kinda stuff? If this has been a season long problem and it takes the pitcher finding it on tape I’m wondering just what does the pitching coach do?

    • dearmidol

      I would wager that his next start, he gets pounded.

      • WhoKnowscs

        Yep, I’m predicting Perez gives up 4+ runs with at least 2 homers. One will probably come after an error on a ground ball that would end the inning but instead ends with the guy on first, but MP will likely let him score the next batter.

  • GoRangers23
    • FlappingGums

      These are great nicknames! Thank you for posting them Go!! 😁

      • GoRangers23

        You’re welcome Flap! 😄

  • possumrld

    So my question, is, is Gallo going to start hitting a home run every game? Pro’bly not. Because if he continues this pace, he will probably start seeing allot of free passes. Or they will just start pitching around Joey, which will be no difficult task, with the way this lineup isn’t hitting.

    • dearmidol

      I assume soon they will not give him a thing to hit. Why would you? You’re right. After Gallo it’s a big black hole.

      • possumrld

        That was my thought too, Kev..