Like a cockroach (but in a good way). 401 comments


Elvis Andrus’s seeing-eye single into center scored Danny Santana to put the Rangers up 4-3 in the eleventh inning.

 

This is a Rangers team that refuses to go quietly. Which means this is a Rangers team that is fun to watch.

In the past, Rangers teams would score a run or two early, then head for the exits. The game was determined early. You knew the outcome by the fourth inning.

But this team is relentless. It keeps coming at you. Last night was the seventh time this season in which the Rangers scored in the ninth inning to either win or tie a game.

Twice in the Oakland series they tried to come back from huge deficits and fell just short. Once a week before that against Baltimore with a six-run ninth.

But it’s easier when you don’t have to dig out of a Drew Smyly hole. Yesterday, it was just one run they had to overcome in the ninth.

They got two to take the lead. Of course, they gave it right back. But then they won it in extras.

This team is like a cockroach. It won’t die. You can step on it, you can hit it with your shoe, you can strap a Rougned Odor and Jeff Mathis to it, but it keeps finding ways to win.

This series against Boston in Boston is a four-game test of whether this team is for real. They passed the first round.

Three more to go.

*****
TODAY’S GAME:

Ariel Jurado (3-2, 2.78) vs. Darwinzon Hernandez (0-0, 0.00)
Game time: 6:10

  • RR3

    I finally got my power back ten minutes ago. Now it’s time to clean up and see what survived in the freezer and refrigerator. Fun times ahead.

    • isittime

      Ouch!

    • JacobMcCandles

      Generator!!!

    • Nate Whitten

      I wondered why you did not post your article by 7:30 today. or 8. or 9. Sorry about the power outage. I am not wealthy like Jake with his generator. Mineral rights! That check keeps rolling in.

      • JacobMcCandles

        LOL…..was much better off, before my disability….gotta stretch it out now….just collect rental $$$ for a guy who has about a doz houses and arrange repairs….some oil work….live very modestly. Save,save,save…..like to travel, not like Rowdy much more subdued

    • elkaba

      Saw pictures of the damage down there where you all are. Looks bad. Some of those “downdrafts” could have easily been more like small tornadoes.

  • Mr.C

    Tonight against LH AA pitcher.

    Expect a good game for the offense and another qualiy start for Jurado.

    90 wins baby!

    • WhoKnowscs

      I was afraid of the opposite and we’d end up making the pitcher we haven’t seen look like Cy Young Jr.

      • possumrld

        Ha! I posted my post before I saw yours, Wkscs! Because this seems so true in the past, as well as now, many times for the Rangers! But you said it without writing a novel about it!

    • possumrld

      Mr.C, my fear in these situations is a that this greenhorn, armed with plenty of beginners luck will end up totally stymieing the Rangers offense. We have seen it happen many times in the past. And you can just about almost always count on the fact that when a pitcher has been struggling, and was blasted for 7 to 10 runs in his last 4 or 5 games, somehow, suddenly, when he faces the Rangers, he will look like King Felix in his prime, take a no hitter into the 5th or 6th inning, pitch through to the 7th or 8th inning, and wind up allowing 3 or 4 hits and only or two runs.
      But I love your optimism! So I am hoping for your forecast to come to pass, instead of my fears being realized!

      • Mr.C

        You too need a couple of chillax pills and Mr C’s Kool Aid !

        😉

        • possumrld

          lol! Yes! Done, and done, Mr C! 🙂

    • Nate Whitten

      I would say hope rather than expect.

  • Mr.C

    Hey Kevin!

    Did you notice the WC standing?

    • JacobMcCandles

      Can’t see Tipperary

    • Nate Whitten

      Way too early to even think about it…and I have looked. I am going to ignore it until the Rangers play all of the teams from the East. The Beasts of the East. We may sink quickly when playing them. But, the AL overall is weak this year, so…you never know. Except for Houston, Minn, NYY, and TB. I know about them. They are good teams.

      • JacobMcCandles

        As underperforming as the Bosox have been I am not going to write them off yet,,,but its the perfect yr for the Rangers to take a shot

        • Mr.C

          Yessss

  • possumrld

    Your headliner cracked me up, Kev! Then about comebacks, your, “But it’s easier when you don’t have to dig out of a Drew Smyly hole”. For sure!
    Great thoughts! Maybe when they stop letting Smyly stay on the hill until the other guys have a 7 or 8 run lead, the Rangers can start making some real progress towards genuine respectability.

    • elkaba

      You know what? You’re right. Even if we can’t walk from Smyly just yet, it’s time to tell him he has a two run leash. One and done, even if it’s in the first inning. Let him sort that out with his “best start of the season” calculations.

      • possumrld

        elk, to me that would make total sense. But then if it made sense, I guess it wouldn’t be Rangers baseball anymore. 🙂

    • Nate Whitten

      I agree. An 8 run deficit is not real easy to overcome. Especially when it happens every #$%^&&* time Frowny pitches.

  • JacobMcCandles

    https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2019/06/rangers-looking-at-controllable-starters.html

    Interesting..although hindsight. Odorizzi could’ve been had for 1.5 more mill than Smyly. And most importantly in another article on MLBTR there is more talk of additions to pitching and the next call up being possibly Maness,

    When it comes to pitching, JD is NOT fanstastic

    • Tony Howell

      No he’s not, to many bargain basement pitchers

    • Nate Whitten

      He managed to get 4 decent to excellent starters this year. Yes, there was trial and error. One error remains-Frowny, or that’s what Smyly does to me. Also, JD is ready to add more if the right situation comes up. The Rangers are not in a position to trade, so another starter may be hard to get. Perhaps the Cubs would give us Hamels back. Or Darvish?

      • elkaba

        Oooo. That’s interesting.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Yes he has been good with the bench just not pitching..

        • Nate Whitten

          Yes, I can’t think of a time when the Rangers had a better bench. I fear they will get over-exposed, but so far they have been great. Pence really isn’t a bench player anymore. He may be an All Star. Remarkable credit to that man. He wanted to play again at a high level and he has been doing it.

        • elkaba

          I don’t know. Turns out he’s given us most of a rotation and almost all straight from the island of misfit toys. I’d say that’s pretty good in the pitching department, at least a “B”. There are some broken ones in there with the other toys to be sure, but overall we are worlds above where we expected to be when we started the season.

    • elkaba

      The only problem with going for “controllable starters” is facing thirty teams of competition for the same.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Odorizzi is a 1 yr contract

        • elkaba

          I’d say do it the same as the draft- go for the best quality, period. If it’s one year, fine. (Just no rentals for this year.)

          • JacobMcCandles

            I would try and sign for this yr and next

          • elkaba

            Then it’s fine, not a rental.

    • Mr.C

      Don’t understand your statement

      Minor, Lynn, Jurado and Sampson have been FANTASTIC

      Don’t know how Maness will be if given a chance; but he was acquired recently by JD and have been pitching in NAS since.

      Are you implying JD screwed up because he should have signed Odorizzi instead of Smyly?

      I just want to remind you that Smyly’s contract was approved by EVERYONE in this site, including Jake Scouting Services.

      • Nate Whitten

        I wrote earlier that he got us four good starters…for now at least. Top of rotation is very good–by any standards.

        • Mr.C

          JD has been FANTASTIC this year …, and he is not done yet!

      • RR3

        If Daniels knew Minor, Lynn, Jurado and Sampson were going to be fantastic, then he was foolish to throw money away on Smyly, Volquez, and Miller.

        • Mr.C

          Again, EVERYONE in this site agreed with signing Smyly.

          Volquez and Miller didn’t pan out; but he had a plan B which included Hammel (who threw him a curveball by retiring), Yohanner Mendez (who got injured), and Jurado.

          Sampson was plan C.

          To me, JD covered his risks very well. Can’t ask more of a FANTASTIC GM.

          • RR3

            I don’t remember being excited about Symly.

          • Mr.C

            Nope
            But you agreed on the signing didn’t you?

  • elkaba

    Go Cockroaches!!!!!

    • Nate Whitten

      That is how Darryl Royal described TCU some 50 years ago–and TCU promptly upset the highly-ranked ‘Horns.

      • elkaba

        Yep. There’s a reason those critters have survived for millions of years! You can’t kill ’em.

    • Mr.C

      clap clap clap clap clap

    • possumrld

      lol!

    • possumrld

      Yes, roaches! Crawl up them Red Sox, and right on up their pants legs! That’ll shake ’em up good, and give ’em the freakin’ willies as well!

  • Nate Whitten

    This series is big. I said that between Oakland and Boston I’d be happy with 4-4, given that our man Gallo is sidelined. Right now it’s 3-2. So far, so good. A split in Boston would be great and the Rangers have all BUT Frowny set to pitch. Minor did an ace’s job last night. Let’s see if Jurado can handle Fenway and the powerful Sox.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Strangely while run production has dropped without Gallo and offense has been negatively impacted, we have a good record without him….what good pitching does for you

  • elkaba

    Interesting post game interview with Minor last night. He said he didn’t pitch well- only had two pitches working like he wanted. Credited defense with saving his butt. It’s amazing how different things look on the field compared to on TV or in the stands.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Here is a Ripleys metric….Choo is rated 4th best route runner in MLB

    • elkaba

      Choo is a lot better all around than most of us have given him credit for. And he’s a catalyst player- he makes things happen that jump start others.

      • JacobMcCandles

        I agree to offense

        • elkaba

          Offensively he’s an All Star. Defensively he’s on the bench. Thank goodness we’re in the AL.

          • Mr.C

            I think he is better defensively than Calhoun and Mazara.

          • Nate Whitten

            He may not be better, but he is as good. That reflects poorly on young ‘uns and well on Choo. He does the best with what he’s got. I am not sure that’s true of Calhoun and Mazara.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Spot on

          • elkaba

            True!

      • Nate Whitten

        Whole-heartedly agreed. Choo was NOT a bad signing. The guy has been a solid offensive player for the Rangers. I am glad we have him. It was not a bad move to sign him, but JD got blasted for it.

        • JacobMcCandles

          Was at first not now IMO

        • possumrld

          Yes, Nate, there was a lot of JD hate earlier on for that one, especially the 2nd season, when Choo got hurt and missed some playing time, and then wasn’t going so well whenever he did play.
          But Choo has proven out to be a very sound signing.

    • Nate Whitten

      I saw those metrics on MLB.com this morning. There were some surprises there. I am not sure how they are quantifying some of those aspects of fielding. They may be BS, maybe not.

  • FatEddy Period, That’s it

    MVP last night juist might need to go to that nitwit that tried to score from 1st on a single and made the last out in the 9th. Blew right through the stop sign and was out by 30 feet. Who knows what would have happened had he stayed on 3rd. That is not the RedSox that won the WS. They don’t execute at all like the did last year and they don’t have a closer. Not going to challenge the Yankees for the division and probably won’t even make a wild card run. Strange thing to see. But that’s baseball.

    Word is the Rangers are researching “controllable” starters. They need to do something to fill Smylys spot, but I’m hoping they don’t make any stupid trades. Dont ask me what a good trade looks like because I never know until after it’s been made and I can complain about how dumb it was. It’s easier that way.

    • possumrld

      FatEd, no doubt about it! Kelly kept getting behind in the count, and he wasn’t missing many bats either. I am thinking the Rangers were very lucky that goober pulled that stunt, or right now we would all probably be talking about another late comeback that fell just short, and turned instead into another heartbreaking late innings loss.

      • FatEddy Period, That’s it

        Maybe we’ll see Pete from Accounting tonight. They were almost assuredly going to give him a day off after going two innings. I don’t remember him ever doing that, or going on two days in a row. The guy has never been challenged, at any level, so waiting to see how he does when it happens.

  • FatEddy Period, That’s it

    I’ve got a package coming via UPS “second day air saver.” UPS provides a tracking map that you can actually watch where the package is located, real time. I have it on a different screen and watching the truck make it’s way through the city is interesting. I don’t know how useful it is, but it’s cool.

    • JacobMcCandles

      On a different level. Since you know so much about ships….on my cruise, there was a screen where it showed where we were. How deep it was and how many knots we were traveling

      • FatEddy Period, That’s it

        Technology has come so far since I was aboard ship that it’s unrecognizable for me. Yeah, we could do that back in the day, but it required several spaces full of equipment and had to be manually integrated. Due to a large use of vacuum tubes it was not nearly as reliable and what is available today.

        • JacobMcCandles

          Was blown away by deepness in some spots….and on final day he had that thing going 22 knots getting back to port

          • FatEddy Period, That’s it

            I’m getting old. I had to get my calculator out …. that’s a smidgen over 25 mph. Probably close to max speed for a liner. Economy cruise varies from ship to ship, but for the Kitty Hawk it was 18 knots. Economy is relative, in the case of the Kitty Hawk it was approximately 50 gallons per nautical mile (approx 1.15 statute mile). Top speed was well over 30 knots, if I remember correctly about 35.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Thats what a guy said that was as fast as they push them

        • possumrld

          Cool! My Aussie brother in law is a ship builder, and he has been working in the Hyundai ship yard in
          S. Korea for a couple of decades now. It is the largest shipyard in the world, and he is quite the world of ship’s knowledge.
          In the past he has been involved in many of the aspects of ship building. But more recently has been over the environmental aspects of some of the ships, and making sure all of the stuff on them are working right when they take them out to “sea trials”, which is usually a couple of weeks of cruising around and putting the ships through their paces, and testing everything in the way of equipment on the ship, to make sure all of the “bugs are worked out of it” so the ship is ready for the owners to take possession of it.

          • JacobMcCandles

            He get Carnival Cruises for dumping all that waste into the ocean? LOL

          • possumrld

            lol, Jake! They are very meticulous over there about stuff like that. Look to China for most of this polluting the environment garbage. They are by far the very worst offenders on environmental issues.
            But my bro in law is involved mostly in the building of huge LP gas transport ships. And they only build’ ’em and sell ’em. So they don’t really use them, except to try them out, and “kick the tires”, etc, so to speak. :).

          • FatEddy Period, That’s it

            I don’t know about the cruise lines, but the Navy is super careful about what they put in the water. When I first joined you just threw it off the fantail and were done with it. Now they either burn it in special incinerators that are cleared for toxic waste or if it won’t burn they compact it and store it. Wet waste goes into holding tanks where it is treated and held until you hit port. It is then off loaded into trucks. What happens to it then, I have no idea.

    • possumrld

      FatEd, I was able to do that on a package awhile back! It was sooo cool! It even counted down the stops, until finally it said “you are the next stop”. The subdivision where the previous stops were is only a mile or so away form here, so i went out and waited at the curb. And sure enough, in a couple of minutes, a black Chevy pickup came with this terrifically nice black lady driving it. I asked her what was the deal, and she told me she was an independent carrier who contracts with UPS to carry some of their overflow.
      So I am thinking this will be the case in your situation as well. So if you see the truck, I bet it won’t be one of those regular boxy brown trucks. I may be wrong, about that, but I am curious now, so please post what kind of vehicle it is if you do see it.

      • FatEddy Period, That’s it

        No, it was a regular UPS truck with my usual driver.

        • elkaba

          What you guys have experienced is thanks to a whole new software technology going into effect virtually everywhere. It has to do with routing packages and service people in the most efficient way. They’re using it to schedule service appointments and deliveries everywhere now. (And Mr. Elk is making a killing for me by working to implement it for a Fortune 500 company. 🙂

  • isittime

    https://nesn.com/2019/06/red-soxs-darwinzon-hernandez-gets-first-career-start-tuesday-vs-rangers/amp/

    The boys have struggled a bit against lefties maz and condor have been doing s much better job of going the other way, which will help.

    • FatEddy Period, That’s it

      Given the Ranger’s history against rookie LH pitchers, I don’t like that at all. Not even a little bit.

      • isittime

        I’m trying to be optimistic, but I know what you mean.

        • Mr.C

          You guys need to take 2 Chillax pills and drink 8 ounces of Mr C’s Kool Aid.

          Tonight, we will score tons of runs and Jurado will have another quality start.

          Go Rangers
          clap clap clap clap clap

          • JacobMcCandles

            More like a bottle and 8 gallons

          • Mr.C

            Ha
            I know you are with me on this one !

          • JacobMcCandles

            Only if JD helps…status quo, not a chance

          • Mr.C

            I think he will; but not in June.

            Wait for July

  • Mr.C

    Lineup today:

    Choo 7,
    Santana 8,
    Andrus 6,
    Mazara 9,
    Pence DH,
    Cabrera 5,
    Odor 4,
    Guzman 3,
    Federowicz 2,

  • GoRangers23
    • RR3

      Thanks, Go. I always look forward to these.

  • GoRangers23
  • GoRangers23

    Elk, when I was copying down the empanada recipe last night I found something that completely surprised me. When I Googled the recipe, I typed something like—recipe for authentic homemade empanadas. I think I used the first recipe that I found because it sounded like it might be good, and I just didn’t have the time to look any further. The recipe was from Food Network and at about 1:00 AM when I was writing down the recipe, I noticed that it was from a woman named Deidre Pujols. I decided to Google —wife of Albert Pujoles and guess what I found. Lol. It just cracked me up.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/6be8a9b75a8f424630b7ae8c6008f5b8cbb9a3c07385bde7c528a2519e575092.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/06a9e58e8091d6ac5056bc1eb04e7e61780cd19c2ee2f266a66e284b39f00434.jpg

    • FatEddy Period, That’s it

      If it’s done by a for real home cook rather than somebody that was guessing at it, you know it’s right and proper. Gonna taste good too. Ain’t nobody’s cookin’ like mama’s cookin’.

      • elkaba

        Best I ever had were made my hubby’s grandmother’s cook. Authentic and authentically delicious.

    • elkaba

      LOL, That’s awesome, Go. Baseball empanadas. Who knew! I love it! But if you’re looking online for THE recipe, you won’t find it. EVERY country in S. America makes them, and they’re all slightly to radically different, region to region. Each country claims they were the original, too. I just know I like what I like, and the one I like is the one like you made but with raisins added to the mix and dipped in sugar after cooking. 🙂

      • JacobMcCandles

        I said that yesterday…..it was introduced to me in Florida at a Cuban restaraunt and Cuban bicycle vendors”’always assumed it was a Cuban dish.

        • elkaba

          The Ecuadorians swear it’s theirs… as do every other country.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Not saying you are wrong…..was just the way I thought.

          • elkaba

            Oh, I know. I’m just saying they told you it was Cuban. That’s what they’ll tell you no matter where you go. The Venezuelans are down right testy about it being THEIR original dish. But it’s the same everywhere. 80% the same dish. 100% ownership. LOL

          • JacobMcCandles

            Yep it was the same…don’t remember raisins….

      • GoRangers23

        My family loved the recipe, which was why I was writing it down. It’s the best one I have tried so far, but I have only tried one other recipe. I have looked several times through the years though. I really need to try Pinterest. They have some good, authentic recipe pages.

  • Mr.C

    Playball

  • JacobMcCandles

    Classic Braymond….says Devers has been struggling..then TV shows a stat that has him as #1 in hits among 3B

    • Mr.C

      Last 9 games his average is .132

      • JacobMcCandles

        And……

        • Mr.C

          “Fevers has been struggling “

          • JacobMcCandles

            If #1 in hits in AL 3B is struggling…I want him

  • WhoKnowscs

    Well the perfect game for both is over.

  • RR3

    This guy cannot find the strike zone.

    • isittime

      I’m ok with that

    • Mr.C

      Odor will homer

      • Mr.C

        Almost

  • isittime

    What. How’s that a strike

    • RR3

      Is Angel Hernandez behind the plate?

      • isittime

        That explains it.

      • Mr.C

        Yeap

      • WhoKnowscs

        Probably, he is in this series.

        • RR3

          Yes, just checked. He is.

  • RR3

    What a weird turn of events. Strikes out four in a row, then loses the strike zone.

    • Mr.C

      AA pitcher

  • WhoKnowscs

    Looks like Darwinzon is rattled.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Roogie has turned it up a notch recently, hopefully he can build on it……Think he has 30 RBIs batting .175…pretty good output

    • isittime

      I hope it continues

    • WhoKnowscs

      We shall see. The last 2 seasons he starts out slow for 2 months, starts hitting around June and has his best month in July. Then returns to the gutter in September.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Guzman going Oppo over the monster

  • JacobMcCandles

    Weak swing Guz

  • isittime

    We need a wild pitch here

    • JacobMcCandles

      Needed more runs out of that inning

      • WhoKnowscs

        The Ground Rule Double Taketh.

  • Mr.C

    FedEx didn’t deliver

  • isittime

    That shit call on guzman changed his whole at bat. When from a hitters count to defensive swings.

    • RR3

      Yeah, it’s an adventure when you have a horrible ump.

      • isittime

        As long as Jurado gets some borderline pitches now

  • isittime

    I love jurado’s pace.

  • Mr.C

    Here we come now!

    4 runs coming

  • WhoKnowscs

    walk coming.

    • WhoKnowscs

      well he would if he tried to foul it.

    • Mr.C

      Jinx him

  • Mr.C

    Elvis is FANTASTIC

  • WhoKnowscs

    He’s starting to look like Hearn.

  • RR3

    Rangers have to take advantage of these gifts.

    • isittime

      Most definitely

    • WhoKnowscs

      You really need to emphasis the “HAVE TO”

  • Mr.C

    I love Pence

  • RR3

    This pitcher sucks.

  • isittime

    Alright cabbie

  • Mr.C

    Grand Salami now

    • WhoKnowscs

      I’ll just take a walk.

  • RR3

    It’s like this pitcher has a restraining order against the strike zone. Stay ten feet away from it all all times.

  • WhoKnowscs

    That was the pitch to hit.

  • isittime

    It’s amazing to see a this. I wonder if he’s so wild the hitters don’t know what to expect

  • isittime

    Yesss!!! Cabby!

  • WhoKnowscs

    There we go.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Cabby has been hotttttttttttttt…….his avg had gone down to .215 before this run started

    • Mr.C

      Yeap

  • Mr.C

    Come Roogie
    Do it for Jake!

    • JacobMcCandles

      Do it for TX

      • Mr.C

        U jinx him

  • RR3

    Good thing that was such a close pitch he swung at.

    • WhoKnowscs

      The pitch before screwed another batter.

      • RR3

        Yeah, but that was a horrible pitch.

    • Mr.C

      LOLA

  • WhoKnowscs

    That’s an Angel Hernandez strike aka a ball.

    • isittime

      Jacked up rugie’s ab

      • WhoKnowscs

        Yep, he went back to chasing pitches at his eye level.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Don’t get into Umpire blame much but without Angel this game could be blown open

    • Mr.C

      Still will be

  • Mr.C

    Dr Pepper

    • RR3

      With two outs?

      • Mr.C

        Lol

        My bad

        • RR3

          I thought you were just being positive.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Ariel’s caught Darwinzon-itis =(

    • Mr.C

      That might not have been a bad walk

  • RR3

    That’s disappointing.

    • Mr.C

      Time for a cigarette

      • RR3

        Jurado?

  • WhoKnowscs

    Jurado can’t handle a lead.

  • RR3

    Devers wasn’t struggling on that at-bat.

    • WhoKnowscs

      Can’t really struggle when the pitcher is.

    • JacobMcCandles

      : )

  • WhoKnowscs

    Angel is just determined to make this a close game.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Just imagine if we had a Ranger that could homer.

    • elkaba

      We do. But he’s hurt.

      • WhoKnowscs

        OK how about a 2nd?

        • elkaba

          2nd one is broken.

  • RR3

    Keep him in.

    • WhoKnowscs

      It’s ok I guess, supposedly their pen is pretty iffy as well.

  • WhoKnowscs

    nnnnnnnnoooOOOOOOOOOOOOOOoooooooo!!!!!

  • RR3

    Okay, NOW it’s time to break it open.

  • elkaba

    Come on Roaches!

  • RR3

    Dave Raymond loses his place.

  • Mr.C

    This game is about to become 7-3

    • RR3

      We need someone to hit a bomb.

    • Mr.C

      Or not

  • RR3
  • Mr.C

    When was the last time we hit a HR?

    • elkaba

      2012?

      • Mr.C

        Maybe

    • RR3

      Cabrera hit one Sunday.

      • RR3

        Mazara and Federowicz, Saturday.

        • RR3

          Pence, Friday.

          • RR3

            Pence, Thursday.

        • Mr.C

          I miss Gallo

  • elkaba

    Sheesh. What Minor said is his change up and curveball weren’t working, only the slider and fastball. Come one guys, keep up.

  • Mr.C

    When was the last time Odor hit a HR?

    • WhoKnowscs

      Seattle 2 weeks ago or so.

    • RR3

      May 20.

  • WhoKnowscs

    A 3 run homer would be nice.

    • Mr.C

      I’ll take a double against the Monster

      • WhoKnowscs

        You’re wish is Guzzy’s command.

        • Mr.C

          I took that page from your book

  • GoRangers23

    Woo Hoo!

  • WhoKnowscs

    Good, need to start taking more advantage of the freebies.

  • Mr.C

    Come on FedEx

    Deliver!

  • isittime

    A lot of k’s in this game

  • isittime

    What the heck was condor doing there?

  • WhoKnowscs

    Who’s the Rangers Base-running coach?

    • elkaba

      Beasley on 3rd. Ortiz on 1st.

  • isittime

    Whoa! That was too close.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Jay Bruce with the Seattle Mariners .212 average, .283 OBP, .533 SLG, 14 HR, 28 RBI in 47 Games

    Jay Bruce with the Philadelphia Phillies .346 AVG and OBP, 1.000 SLG, 5 HR, 12 RBI in 7 Games

    And Mariners ate like 18 Mil in the trade.

  • Mr.C

    Elvis is FANTASTIC

    • elkaba

      LOL

      • Mr.C

        Do u know I have his jersey?

  • WhoKnowscs

    Mazara will homer.

    • elkaba

      Didn’t need to.

  • RR3

    Piling on now.

  • isittime

    Keep cashing em in

  • RR3

    Awesome.

  • isittime

    I’ve seen it all

  • elkaba

    More please.

  • Mr.C

    I love Pence

  • WhoKnowscs

    Nearly all inside the parkers are when a player makes a gutzy play and misses

  • WhoKnowscs

    It’s amazing what lots of runs do, I’m not even upset.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Bad slide

  • JacobMcCandles

    Thrown out both MGRS

  • WhoKnowscs

    Is that Woody’s first ejection?

    • RR3

      I think so.

    • GoRangers23

      I’ve never seen him that mad before.

  • RR3

    Angel Hernandez is an idiot.

  • Mr.C

    Hahahaha

  • GoRangers23

    Aw, for the love of Pete. Good grief!

  • WhoKnowscs

    Getting tossed by Angel Hernandez must be a right of passage for a Manager.

    • RR3

      He’s a clown.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Both Mgrs…in one game doesn’t happen a lot

        • RR3

          I can’t ever remember that.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Yup

        • elkaba

          This is the game we want this stuff to happen.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Cuz we are ahead??

          • elkaba

            You bet. Get to unload on Hernandez and we’re ahead. Gotta love it.

        • WhoKnowscs

          especially on separate events.

          • JacobMcCandles

            I would be overly amazed if it was on the same play

  • Rod Harper

    Congratulations Woodward! You’ve earned your managerial stripes! Being tossed out by one of the worst umpires in majors is such an honor for him.

    • RR3

      Yeah, Hernandez is an embarrassment.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Him,Buckner,and the Dinosaur

        • Rod Harper

          The three top worst in my opinion are Laz Diaz, Hernandez, and West (of course).

          • JacobMcCandles

            West is the dinosaur…..those 3 are voted by players as the worst

  • RR3

    Richard Justice on mlb.com, about the six surprise teams and what their deadline strategies should now be. One of those was the Rangers:

    “The Rangers have won six of nine games since losing their best player (CF Joey Gallo) to an oblique injury. RHP Adrian Sampson has a 1.99 ERA in his last five appearances and has added quality depth to the rotation. Instead of dealing LHP Mike Minor (2.52 ERA, 1.175 WHIP), the Rangers suddenly may be looking to add pitching.

    “Outlook: GM Jon Daniels is in an interesting position. He believed his club could contend in 2020 or 2021 if he was able to draft pitching and trade Minor — and potentially others — for young pitching. Now a window he didn’t expect to be open has opened thanks to Gallo’s emergence as one of the best players in the game and the team showing grit and resilience under new manager Chris Woodward. Daniels could have a different view of things by July 31, but for now, he seems likely to try to acquire pitching.”

    • elkaba

      I’m glad to hear he wants to add pitching, but he better not subtract any or I’ll be mad again.

      • Mr.C

        ???

      • WhoKnowscs

        Maybe we trade Frowny for Smyly.

    • Mr.C

      I want Trevor Bauer

      • WhoKnowscs

        Give up too much.

        • Mr.C

          ???

        • Mr.C

          What are u talking about?

          • WhoKnowscs

            OK . . . Smyly for Bauer.

          • Mr.C

            I’m glad you are not the GM

  • Mr.C

    There you go Kevin

    another quality start for Jurado!

  • elkaba

    We need more runs.

  • Mr.C

    Rangers got tire of scoring runs

  • JacobMcCandles

    Pence has been on every time he has came to the plate…..Jurado got 6 SOs in six innings….another good pitching for him

    • Mr.C

      Roger

      • JacobMcCandles

        Pence makes a fine Republican!!!

        • Mr.C

          He should get an extension

          4 more years

          • JacobMcCandles

            LOL

          • WhoKnowscs

            Now, Now . . .

    • WhoKnowscs

      He should have come back out this inning to try and get an out or two.

  • Mr.C

    JD is a MONSTER!

  • isittime

    Whew

  • elkaba

    Leclerc got lucky there. Very lucky.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Sometimes Lucky is better than good…..can’t live that way though

    • isittime

      Do we need to start calling him leclank until he gets his mojo back

      • elkaba

        Leclunk.

        • Mr.C

          LePoop

        • isittime

          I like leclunk better

          • elkaba

            Leclunker is next. 🙂

          • isittime

            He’s leclunk while in the doghouse if worse then add to it

          • elkaba

            Yep. When he moves from the doghouse to the junk yard with Smyly.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Early contracts don’t seem to work for us

    • Mr.C

      With 1st base open, I would not pitch to JD and take my chances with Davers. However; Jurado did that on the 3rd inning and Davers hit a high fastball for a triple.

      You never know!

      • isittime

        With a 6 run lead?

        • Mr.C

          Yeap

          JD is too good

        • JacobMcCandles

          Yeah I don’t believe in freebies

  • WhoKnowscs

    Need to score more runs.

  • elkaba

    Elvis should have run that out.

    • Mr.C

      He is tire

  • WhoKnowscs

    How is it that we come to Boston, start an hour earlier, and the games still feel like they are ending at the same time as home games?

    • isittime

      They are taking forever. And Jurado was working fast.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Boston starter walked a ton

        • isittime

          Yep. The extra time was worth it

  • elkaba

    Better not be Leclerc coming out or we’re in trouble.

    • isittime

      I doubt it. He was near 30 pitches.

  • isittime

    Is this Ed’s guy?

    • JacobMcCandles

      Yup

  • JacobMcCandles

    Signing off…gotta pack for Oklahoma…..later

  • elkaba

    Fairbanks is kind of all over the place.

    • Mr.C

      He is awesome!

      • possumrld

        Trade ’em. 🙂

        • Mr.C

          Lol
          I’m impressed with him

          Closer material.

  • possumrld

    Jose Leclerc has given up runs in his last two appearances – make that his last three counting tonight.
    Not exactly what you are wanting to see when thinking about him as a closer.

    • isittime

      It’s leclunk for now

      • possumrld

        lol!

        • isittime

          Elk helped me with the name

          • possumrld

            It’s a good-un!

  • isittime

    Nice job pitching around that bit of a jam

  • possumrld

    If the Rangers can hold this lead, this series is already a big success.
    Then they will be looking to put the icing on the cake! (if we win this one)

  • isittime

    Another phantom Hernandez strike.

    • possumrld

      Hernandez is one of the biggest “poster boys” for baseball badly needing the electronic assisted strike zone.

      • isittime

        He’ll be doing ok, then out of nowhere call one 3 to 4” off the plate. Not even borderline. Too inconsistent. And he’s a d- bag

        • possumrld

          Him and Joe West must be brothers.

  • Straxusd

    Who will close?

    • possumrld

      A bullpen guy who hasn’t pitched yet? 🙂

      • Straxusd

        Haha

    • Mr.C

      Miller

      • Straxusd

        Gulp…….. 😟

        • Mr.C

          I’m joking

        • RR3

          Martin.

          • Straxusd

            Excellent

          • Mr.C

            I like Miller better

          • RR3

            Better than Budweiser.

      • possumrld

        He’s got the beer, if we have the time…

  • Straxusd

    Can Danny Santana play infield?

    • isittime

      Pretty much anywhere

      • Straxusd

        When will Odor go to AAA and Danny play 2B?

        • RR3

          Not soon enough but they are going to give Odor every chance to play since they are paying him so much.

          • Straxusd

            I hate that reasoning. Who cares what he makes. He is dragging the offense.

          • isittime

            He actually did ok the past 3 games or so

          • RR3

            I agree with you. It’s frustrating.

          • possumrld

            Every chance and a lot more

          • Mr.C

            How much are they paying Odor?

          • Straxusd

            Way too much.

          • possumrld

            100 bucks a game would be too much

          • Straxusd

            Only in baseball does how you get paid dictate how much you play.

          • possumrld

            Yes, instead of the other way around!

          • possumrld

            Too much

          • RR3

            Fortunately for him, he has a general manager who struggles with talent evaluation and threw way too much money at a poor hitter like he threw way too much money at Matt Moore, then Drew Smyly, then Shelby Miller, then Edinson Volquez.

            If you are sub-mediocre, stand in line for your massive paycheck.

          • WhoKnowscs

            7.833 mil this year
            9.333 mil next
            12.333 mil 2021/2022 each
            13.5 mil club option 2023

          • Mr.C

            Thanks

            He better start producing

          • Straxusd

            That is crazy money

          • RR3

            When he is the good Odor, it’s a steal. When he is the bad Odor, it’s a shame.

            He has been the bad Odor far too often.

          • Mr.C

            Yeap

            It could be a great contract if he start producing

            Maybe another trip to AAA will help him

            Let Forsythe play 2B

          • possumrld

            Yes, like all seaosn so far this year.

          • WhoKnowscs

            Yep that’s the problem, you are paying for 1 month of good Odor, but forcing the fans to take 5 months of bad Odor.

          • possumrld

            Fans and the team

          • elkaba

            We are screwed…

          • Mr.C

            Nah

            Odor will figure it out eventually

          • WhoKnowscs

            I’m fine with that, but does it have to be at the expense of the team in the mean time?

        • possumrld

          When it snows in Brownsville in July

          • Straxusd

            Ghahah

        • WhoKnowscs

          Every time we think we’re going to be able to get rid of Odor, he has a big game or someone gets injured.

          • Straxusd

            I know, but Woodward talked about even bad hitters get hits….

          • RR3

            I do believe Woodward will not put up with it much longer. He said, if you are batting .160 in July you don’t have a place on a major league roster.

          • Straxusd

            What about .170??

          • Mr.C

            LOL

          • possumrld

            If he actually has any say in the matter.

          • possumrld

            That would certainly apply to Odor.

    • Mr.C

      Every infield position

  • isittime

    Damn! Betts can hit

    • Straxusd

      Betts is good

  • Rod Harper

    One more out!

  • Straxusd

    Milwaukee had base loaded but squandered it

    • RR3

      That’s the difference between the Rangers this year and last year.

      • Straxusd

        True, but was hoping for Astros loss.

  • Rod Harper

    Bengie Molina and his cycle game at Fenway nine years is still etched in my mind! 🙂

    • Rod Harper

      I enjoyed him chugging around the bases to get that triple to assure himself of that cycle!

  • possumrld

    Yes! “My Favorite Martin”!

  • Straxusd

    Woooooo

  • isittime

    There we go. Another w in the bag. 1/2 way to a sweep!!!!!

  • Straxusd

    Rangers really making me believe now. I was ready to fold when the starting rotation was poop, but it has come a long way

  • Rod Harper

    Ballgame! Being assured of at least a series split at Fenway is very encouraging!

    • Mr.C

      90 wins baby!

      • Straxusd

        I want more than 90!!!

        • Mr.C

          You are drinking too much MrC Kool Aid

          Hope you are not driving

      • WhoKnowscs

        At the pace were going it could end up being more like 95-100.

        • Nate Whitten

          Sorry, but I think not.

    • possumrld

      True!

  • WhoKnowscs

    7-3 last 10 road games, huh.

    • possumrld

      Yes! Maybe the Jinx is broken!

    • WhoKnowscs

      and 7-4 last 11 home games.

  • possumrld

    Eight walks issued by Boston pitching tonight. It is pretty tough to win with those numbers

  • possumrld

    Tomorrow’s game is an early start, at 3:05 I think.
    It looks like Lynn and Porcello is a pretty even match.
    We have to hope Lynn can keep us in the game, and then we can get to the worn out Boston bullpen.

    • Mr.C

      Roger that

  • Mr.C

    Porcello tomorrow for Boston

    Tough game!
    But we have Lynn

    Expect another low scoring game!

  • Rod Harper

    Pence gets tonight’s game ball with offensive output tonight–3 runs, including an inside-the-park home run in the 6th inning.

    • Mr.C

      #EXTENDPENCE

      • Rod Harper

        One of the best under-the-radar signings of this MLB offseason by any team I think.

        • Mr.C

          Isn’t JD FANTASTIC?

          • possumrld

            Trade ’em? 🙂

  • WhoKnowscs

    OK Boston, let Rangers have the sweep, we’ll let you beat the Blues for the Cup. Deal?

  • Mr.C

    I will be honest on Odor.

    He sucks. He needs to get his ass out of the lineup into AAA and work with his offensive problems. I really haven’t seen ANY adjustments in his swing while this team has given him all the opportunities in the world.

    That said, I don’t think his contract is a mistake. I think it is a very good contract IMO.

    I hope Odor start choking on his bat, use glasses, bat righty, .., do something different and start earning his money.

    The MLB lineup is not the place to do that.

    • elkaba

      IF JD sends him down, then I’ll say JD is fantastic. Until then, he’s… so-so.

      • Nate Whitten

        Is up to JD alone?

  • WhoKnowscs

    Astros win, but they had a 10-4 lead after 7 and only won 10-8.
    Yankees Split a Double header, A’s beat the Rays so Yankees and Rays are tied again for first
    Cleveland beat the Reds so Rangers only maintain the 2 game lead for WC 2 but now only Cleveland is 2 games back.