Learning curves. 73 comments


 

This is what you expect from a young pitcher. Some good games, some not so good.

Predictably unpredictable.

Ariel Jurado’s first start was against the Chicago White Sox, one of four teams in the American League worse than the Rangers.

He lost that one.

Then he pitched against the Astros. The second-best team in baseball.

He won.

He beat the Orioles, the very worst team in baseball and one of the worst of all time.

Beating the good teams, losing to the bad teams. It’s all part of the maturation process. Which made it hard to handicap how he would fare against the Yankees. In New York. In Yankee Stadium.

Far greater and far more accomplished pitchers have been spooked by the ghosts of the Bronx bombers.

Unfortunately, last night was a downward part of the learning curve. The Yankees feasted on Jurado.

Six runs in five innings. Four home runs in five innings.

Moving his ERA to a very Rangers-like 5.66.

Still, on a team that develops pitching with the frequency of Haley’s Comet on a blue moon in leap year, Jurado is a breath of fresh air. Even if at times it’s New York subway air.

He’s all we have. Let’s hope he grows into a good one.

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TODAY’S GAME:

Mike Minor (8-6, 4.53) vs. Masahiro Tanaka (9-2, 3.76)
Game time: 6:05

How the Rangers hit against Tanaka.
How the Yankees hit against Minor.

  • Nathan Whitten

    My son-in-law saw him pitch in Corpus Christi for Frisco just before he was summoned to the Rangers. He said that the kid looked sharp. We might have a keeper.

    • Rowdy Yates

      Corpus Christi Hooks … great little ballpark and team logo. Spent a lot of time there watching AA ball when we lived on the island 2002 – 2006. Hunter Pence is the one I remember best.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Pence went to Arlington high school!

  • JacobMcCandles

    Spot on article. Kev. He looked like he had a dead arm last night

  • TD30
  • dearmidol

    Little guys are hanging in.

  • dearmidol

    Yankees are in trouble. Tanaka has been Rangerific second half. He’s all they have.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Severino has the inside track at Cy young IMO

      • dearmidol

        Yeah I realized after I posted that I forgot about him.

  • dearmidol

    Four shutout innings for Minor.

  • WhoKnowscs

    How about another homer?

  • WhoKnowscs

    It’s almost like the polar opposite of yesterday.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Baltimore is currently beating Boston. If Boston wins a game in this weekend series they will officially eliminate the Orioles from winning the division.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Minor has solidified his starter position.

    I think Alfalfa’s impact at catcher has been underrated.

    • elkaba

      Amen. His impact overall is underrated. He plays every position! I’m surprised Banny has’t stuck him on the mound yet.

  • TD30

    Love seeing Guzman’s family there having such a great time watching him!

    • TD30

      And I kinda want one of the Guzman hats

  • dearmidol

    Guzman is going to be a stud.

  • GoRangers23

    I am finally, finally, on my way to east Texas, with a huge wedding like cake that barely fit in our giant ice chest. It’s still In two pieces. I am running on fumes, but now I can kind of relax and listen to the rest of this game I’m very glad tomorrow is Saturday!

    • TD30

      Hope you finally get to get some rest Go.

      • GoRangers23

        Thanks, me too! I hope I will be able to sleep in my brothers house. He just recently moved to Gilmer, Tx. He keeps his house pretty hot. I’m so tired it probably won’t matter though.

        • TD30

          My sister keeps her house hot too, but I sneak in and turn down the AC when she goes to bed 😁

          • GoRangers23

            Ha! He would notice.

          • TD30

            She notices, but I’m bigger than her. Lol

          • GoRangers23

            Lo

  • WhoKnowscs

    Line it into the corner Stinky!

  • TD30

    Way to use your head Roogie!

  • WhoKnowscs

    Yankees falling apart.

    • TD30

      It’s fun, isn’t it 😂

      • GoRangers23

        Lol

      • GoRangers23

        I wish I could see it, but I will have to be happy with Eric.

        • TD30

          Sometimes I enjoy listening to it more than watching. Nadel paints a pretty clear picture.

          • JacobMcCandles

            AMEN

          • GoRangers23

            He does. He is my second choice for sure.

      • WhoKnowscs

        =)

  • WhoKnowscs

    Another homer?

  • WhoKnowscs

    minor’s done.

  • WhoKnowscs

    GUZMAN!!!!!!

  • GoRangers23

    Wow! You go Guz!

  • WhoKnowscs

    If they can get anough hits he might have a chance at 4.

  • elkaba

    I sure hope we can pull this off.

  • GoRangers23

    You go Beltre!

  • WhoKnowscs

    Darn I wish Beltre’s had been 15 feet further. Oh well. We need to get Yankees out instead of giving them singles.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Keep scoring we’ll need every run we can get.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Martin’s making too much contact.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Time for and ERR Rangers(not Error) but ERR! Elvis->Rougned->Ronald!

  • JacobMcCandles

    What a game by Guuuuuuzman………Elvis,Choo,AB

    • elkaba

      Guzman is becoming a beast. I hope we keep him.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Offense for the future is pretty set…….and young

        • elkaba

          JD better get off his duff and get us some pitching this off season…

          • JacobMcCandles

            Lot of payroll to spend…….this team is closer than I thought

          • elkaba

            And they’ll have roster spots when they ship Tocci down. 🙂

          • JacobMcCandles

            He is a all star…..lol

          • elkaba

            I still can’t figure out why he’s even here.

          • Nathan Whitten

            I think that they could be. IF for next decade: 1B-Guzman, 2B-Odor, SS-(want to keep Elvis as elder statesman, but fear Boras will get him to move, so in that event-Profar, 3B-Gallo. OF: Mazara, DeShields, Calhoun, C-Kiner-Falefas ( if he’s able to do it day after day, which may not be the case), otherwise–someone yet to be known) This is a good line-up, at bat and in the field. One you can win with, provided they stay healthy, can continue to improve, and ………..club puts together a starting rotation, of course. That’s what all the extra money is for. We have some of it in the organization, I hope.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Bosox came roaring back now up 14-10

    • WhoKnowscs

      well if BoSox finish with the W they’ll eliminate Orioles from winning the division officially.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Tocci will get his first homer in NY.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Only if its a inside the park…lo

      • elkaba

        Only if it’s a bunt.

      • WhoKnowscs

        Never know . . . if it’s not to the center they can get some easy homers at this park.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Need to get Guzman up again! Start hitting Rangers(and scoring)

    • WhoKnowscs

      walks are also fine.

      • JacobMcCandles

        3 for Drew tonight

    • Nathan Whitten

      ‘pen ain’t that bad. Oh yeah, the blew an 8 run lead a few days ago, BUT, then they had more than 1 inning to go.

  • WhoKnowscs

    I don’t feel safe with 5 runs going to the bottom of the 9th. More Homers!

  • WhoKnowscs

    Granny came to the game! We don’t need another here!

  • WhoKnowscs

    Come one Lequirk!

  • elkaba

    Sweet. Love that Guzman got to do this in front of family!

  • Rollie Fingerbangers

    Win despite Brocial have no common sense

  • WhoKnowscs

    Mariners beat the Astros, if Oakland hangs on they’ll be 3.5 out and Mariners 6

    • WhoKnowscs

      Oakland lost so they didn’t gain ground.

  • possumrld

    “Still, on a team that develops pitching with the frequency of Haley’s Comet on a blue moon in leap year, Jurado is a breath of fresh air.” Lol, Kev!