Little tweaks. 190 comments


Moment of impact. Isiah Kiner-Falefa triples with the bases loaded to set the offensive tone for the night.

 

Often it’s the little changes that make a big difference.

When you look around the landscape of baseball, most teams bat their most productive player second. That’s where Mike Trout bats. That’s where Paul Goldschmidt bats. For far too long the Rangers batted their least productive hitter there.

Until last night. When they finally relieved Rougned Odor of two-hole duties and installed Elvis Andrus in his place.

The dividends paid off immediately. The missing Rangers offense returned.

This is not to say Rougned Odor won’t eventually find it. He has been in these funks before and always comes out on the other end. He is a amazing month/miserable month player. Either or. No in-between. April was a horrible month. May seems to be lining up that way too. June could be amazing.

The other little big change was Jose Leclerc pitching in the seventh instead of the ninth. In the ninth, he was serving it up like a soup kitchen. Everyone was feasting on him. His pitches weren’t missing the meat of the plate, or the barrel of a bat. Last night, he faced three batters. Ground out. Two strikeouts. When he walked off the field, he threw his hands to the heavens. It was as if he wasn’t sure he was ever going to be effective again, and suddenly he was.

Just like suddenly Odor will be. But he’s not now. And when he’s not, you don’t put him in the most rally killing situation possible.

Elvis Andrus is the better choice as the second-place hitter. Shawn Kelley is the better choice as the closer.

Now that they have the roles right, time to work on the rotation. That might take a few years.

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TODAY’S GAME:
Clay Buchholz (0-1, 4.79) vs. Drew Smyly (0-2, 7.80)
Game time: 2:05

  • Rollie Fingers
    • JacobMcCandles

      ????

  • Rowdy Yates

    Alright, the Hong Reunion “hosting” over at noon and now back home in the “Ranger’s Chair” to watch a game for the 1st time since mid-week. Maybe Smyly will actually get thru 5 or 6 without a meltdown and the guys can win one.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Seeing my second game……sure will miss outdoor BB…..For real BB fans

  • JacobMcCandles

    Should be high scoring!!

  • GoRangers23

    Oh yay. They put Smyly straight into a game from the DL…….IL. 🤨

    • WhoKnowscs

      He was pitching about 5 days ago in Frisco.

      • possumrld

        Y=they said it was a “simulated game”.

  • WhoKnowscs

    2 pitches, 2 outs talk about efficient.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Smyly did OK the first inning. I didn’t like him going to the slider though a third time in a row on 3-2.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Smyly isn’t going to last long if that’s his only pitch.

  • Rowdy Yates

    Woohoo Cabrera!

  • GoRangers23

    YEEESSS! Go Joey and Cabrera!

  • JacobMcCandles

    Cabrera was a nice pick up

    • possumrld

      He isn’t quite the defensive dynamo Beltre was, but he is a good 3rd baseman, and an offensive force.

    • Nate Whitten

      Nice? How about barely OK?:) The Guy has been a key element to this team. Who thunk it?

  • Rowdy Yates

    …. and Odor wakes up!

    • WhoKnowscs

      Maybe . . . batting at the bottom may help.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Embrace

        • WhoKnowscs

          We’ll see.

  • GoRangers23

    Go Rougie!!

  • JacobMcCandles

    Roogie Boogie

  • Nate Whitten

    All Right, Rougie.

  • possumrld

    Way to Go Roogie! He has been at least putting the ball in play of late, so maybe this is a sign of more good things to come.

    • WhoKnowscs

      Give props where due, but gotta see more.

      • possumrld

        Yep, we all hope this is a good trend, but more samples are needed.

        • Nate Whitten

          Sure–everything’s not OK. But we know what he can(will) do. It’s nice to see something, for his sake. And ours.

          • possumrld

            True! And when you think about it, anything good is an improvement at this point.

        • WhoKnowscs

          The stats I posted last night and asked where the player belonged were his.

          • possumrld

            Yes, this I knew. I was thinking it was a positive step when he got moved to the 6 spot. I was thinking about the 8th slot would be the better place for him. But if the 6th spot gets him rolling, so be it.

          • WhoKnowscs

            6-8, anywhere higher is a no go. Keep 9th for a 2nd lead off.

          • possumrld

            That was my thinking too.

  • possumrld

    Dang! Didn’t see that one coming.

    • WhoKnowscs

      Well, he’s been much more efficient so far though no where near superb so hopefully he can get an out or 2 in the 5th.

      • possumrld

        Yes, so far he is looking better than he has in any start that I can remember.

  • WhoKnowscs

    That was a perfect bunt.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Weird having a mound visit when you’ve had back to back outs and the only runner was from a perfect bunt to take advantage of fielder’s positioning.

  • GoRangers23

    Yes Dave, things fall up now. 🙄

    • WhoKnowscs

      Well things can fly down. But there’s that pesky thing called Gravity.

  • possumrld

    Pitchers are reluctant to throw Gallo a pitch anywhere near the strike zone these days.

  • JacobMcCandles

    ********************TRIVIA*****************Who has the most RBIs in MLB since 2015

    • possumrld

      A player to be named later?

    • WhoKnowscs

      Mazara?

      • JacobMcCandles

        Haha…..Nope

        • WhoKnowscs

          Didn’t really think so but was trying to think without looking it up.

    • WhoKnowscs

      Altuve?

      • JacobMcCandles

        Nope

    • WhoKnowscs

      Arenado.

      • WhoKnowscs

        He’s at least close.

      • WhoKnowscs

        finished first in 2015, and 2016, 2nd in 2017, 4th in 2018.

    • Mr.C

      JD Martinez

      • WhoKnowscs

        He was close but he wasn’t so great in 2015 from me looking it up.

    • possumrld

      Mike Trout?

    • possumrld

      OK, so who is it?

      • Mr.C

        Rowdy

        Tellez

    • JacobMcCandles

      Gold ceegar to E Ecarcinon

      • possumrld

        Just like I said! You named him later.

      • Mr.C

        I knew that

        • JacobMcCandles

          Thought you would guess Elvis

          • Mr.C

            Almost

            Good trivia !

    • Mr.C

      Goldsmith

    • possumrld

      Fun stuff, Jake!

      • JacobMcCandles

        ; )

  • possumrld

    Cabera is making Buckholz work!

  • possumrld

    Awesome!

  • GoRangers23

    CABRERA!! Way to GOOOOO!

  • JacobMcCandles

    Sweet……hit in front of me

    • GoRangers23

      Are you at the game?

      • JacobMcCandles

        Yepper

        • calntom

          You are supposed to be scouting for chicks

          • JacobMcCandles

            They are scouting me!!!! LOL

          • possumrld

            Incognito, no doubt. 🙂

          • JacobMcCandles

            Hidden by a brew and a dog

          • possumrld

            By “dog” are talking about the chicks? 🙂

          • JacobMcCandles

            Ha!

  • Mr.C

    What a pick Cabrera has been !

    JD is FANTASTIC

    • possumrld

      lol! True on Cabera! You might get some mixed reviews on the JD thing though. 🙂

      • Mr.C

        I know
        Lol

    • GoRangers23

      First sentence =. Yes! I agree!

      Second sentence = 😡

      Lo

  • Mr.C

    That was a strike

  • calntom

    Can Smyly make it through the 5th? I think if he does, you take it and allow him to move onto prep for his next start, in which he would have an extra day off.

    • possumrld

      Nadel and Holtz seem to think he is done for today

      • calntom

        Ahhh, I missed that.

        • possumrld

          They are human, so we shall see.

      • WhoKnowscs

        Yeah that’s what I was afraid of. Seems like a blessing and a curse. Only gives up 1 run but only goes 4 innings.

        • possumrld

          I think for this time it has more to do with he is just coming back from his recent arm problem.

          • WhoKnowscs

            I know it seems like that but he’s thrown like today nearly all his starts he gets to the 4th and starts hitting a wall. The conspiracy theory side of me thinks the IL visit was just an attempt to get more out of him.

          • possumrld

            Yes, there are certainly some very suspicious timings on these pitchers going to the DL after a few bad outings.

  • Mr.C

    Santana
    Another great pick this year

    JD is FANTASTIC

    • WhoKnowscs

      Too bad it seems for all the diamonds in the rough he found he’s also signed a dud or near dud.

      • calntom

        There are more duds out there than studs

        • WhoKnowscs

          Or more accurately, for Each stud bat, we got a dud arm..

          • possumrld

            ..and no replacements on the farm.!
            (Hey, that’ s a poem!)

          • WhoKnowscs

            For every stud, a dud
            But no buds on the farm.

  • calntom

    Gallos OBP was at .410 at the start and he has a hit and a walk. He has been unconscious thus far. Choo the same, really batting like a pro. Elvis having what might be his best year. 3 of the reasons this team is close to .500

    • GoRangers23

      Gallo has been unconscious? 😄

      • possumrld

        Well then, when he wakes up, lookout! 🙂

    • Mr.C

      Three reasons why JD is FANTASTIC

      • possumrld

        1. Because Mr. Clap says so
        2. Because Mr. Clap says so
        3. Because Mr. Clap says so…

      • WhoKnowscs

        Elvis, Choo, Pence, Santana, Minor . . . oh wait that’s 5

        • WhoKnowscs

          and yes I corrected the 4 but the edit may not be seen.

          • possumrld

            I see it!

        • calntom

          Yep, it has certainly been mainly the offense aside from Minor, Kelly and Sampsom and maybe another pen arm or two.
          Lynn needs to get tuned in, I think his ERA is nearly in the MooreZone.

  • Mr.C

    Choo

    Another great signing

    JD is FANTASTIC

    • calntom

      JD is really close to being as Fantastic as Elvis but not quite

      • Mr.C

        I have to give the guy some love.

        • WhoKnowscs

          I wish he was more proactive in fixing what he screwed up.

        • calntom

          Surely a GM to be thankful for…..

          • possumrld

            lol!

    • possumrld

      Trade ’em. 🙂

      • Mr.C

        Ha!

        • possumrld

          Shades of, “back in the day” 🙂

    • Nate Whitten

      Choo has been a good signing. The 1st season was bad. He was hurt. He has been all that was expected since then. While people hated on him.

      • possumrld

        Yes, Choo got an unjustified bad rap. But he has proved himself over and over again since then.

        • calntom

          It was not as much as a rap on Choo as it has been just taking cheap shots at the GM.

          • Rowdy Yates

            I’ve always hated the cheap shots on JD! Have a strict limit of only one per day the last couple rotten seasons even when I could’ve easily taken two or even three well deserved cheap shots per day.

          • calntom

            Exactly;)

    • Tony Howell

      Choo is not worth 20 million a year.

  • calntom

    So Smyly for 4, 68 pitches, something to build on with 5 days rest before the next one. Maybe see him start in Houston Saturday

    • possumrld

      Yes, he looked pretty much in control except for the one shaky inning when the DP bailed him out.

    • WhoKnowscs

      Hopefully he can get 5 innings 80 pitches.

      • WhoKnowscs

        Then 5 innings on 75.

      • calntom

        I think in the state of things as they are, that would work

  • calntom

    10 pitch inning for The Dowdy

  • Mr.C

    Even Beltre would be cheering on that play

    • possumrld

      Yes, that one was very Beltre like. But we all miss Adrian’s antics, don’t we?

  • possumrld

    Will Gallo ever see another good pitch to hit again?

    • Nate Whitten

      They can’t walk him always and he’s learning more “good” pitches to hit. Maybe not HRs, but hits.

  • Nate Whitten

    Cabrera can make defensive plays, too. I had never heard of him. JD found something I could not have expected. Where was he?

    • Mr.C

      All over the MLB

      Mets, Nationals, Philadelphia, Tampa Bay, Cleveland

  • possumrld

    OK Roogie – Do your Thang!

  • possumrld

    Good go, Roogie!

    • Mr.C

      Hope this is the beginning!

      • possumrld

        For sure!

      • JacobMcCandles

        Told ya…..patience Rounders

        • possumrld

          lol! We are with you, Jake! Maybe not as patient, but with you anyway!

      • WhoKnowscs

        Let’s just hope Woody doesn’t take a page out of Banny’s playbook and bench him the next game.

        • calntom

          I think I would still drop him to 7th or 8th

          • WhoKnowscs

            Oh I’d definitely keep him 6-8. Don’t even think about putting him back at 2.

          • calntom

            Yep he is too inconsistent for the 2 hole

          • WhoKnowscs

            Heck even if he did get consistent, the 2 hole just mentally changes him.

  • calntom

    Odor with another hit, WOW.
    It had crossed mind that how can a guy play 19 games and hit .132?

    • WhoKnowscs

      Ask Chris Davis?

      • calntom

        That crossed my mind as I wrote that

  • JacobMcCandles

    Choo’s avg now up to .331 and a top 10 OBA in MLB

  • GoRangers23

    Welcome back Rougie!

    • Nate Whitten

      Let’s be optimistic, but not hasty HE WILL be back….in time

      • GoRangers23

        By back, I mean he’s seeing the ball again, for now. I’m sure it will go bad again, but for now I’m just happy he’s getting hits. It is what it is. 🙂

  • possumrld

    Fun game and fun discussions today, y’all! Lot’s of baseball left though. Hopefully the Rangers can hold on to this one.
    I will be back later!

    • Nate Whitten

      Hold on indeed. Later.

  • calntom

    Another 10 pitch inning. Dowdy for bullpen president

  • Nate Whitten

    Cabrera again!

  • WhoKnowscs

    Mathis doubled, let’s not waste it.

  • calntom

    If DD does not start to hit like a pro this year, I think they need to move on or stash him in Nashville until the outfield help gets here from A+ ball. DD has 2 options left. Might have to look for a CF on a 1 or 2 year deal if Heineman does not make it back and show something at some point.

  • calntom

    Scored in all but the 1st inning

  • Mr.C

    Elvis is Sharktastic !!!

    • calntom

      I hear that

  • calntom

    I took two grandkids catfishing this morning. They caught 18 between them from 2-4 lbs. I caught a couple as well and they caught quite a few brim. I gotta drive them back into Bedford, about 70 minutes. Putting the coffee on and hitting the shower.
    Later Rounders.
    Maybe Jake hits a HR at the game…….,,

    • JacobMcCandles

      Fish fry

  • WhoKnowscs

    Anytime the Rangers have a game like this would start to think “Save some runs for another game” but it doesn’t work like.that.

  • RR3

    At the game. Two days is a row. Two wins in a row. Coincidence? Of course.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Back to .500

  • JacobMcCandles

    Bregman hits a grand slam after 2 Hrs last night

    • Mr.C

      That dude is FANTASTIC

  • WhoKnowscs

    Stars lose. Series tied 3-3, Game 7 Tuesday . . . in St. Louis.

    • JacobMcCandles

      4-1

      • WhoKnowscs

        Yep. The Stars Goalie got stunned on a save and they scored before he could get back up. Then just 30 seconds later the Blues scored again vs the Goalie on a breakaway and I guess he was was still a little sluggish. Either way go Stars on Tues.

        • Rod Harper

          I think they’ll definitely be fired up on Tuesday night. They’ve been playing very well on the road during the playoffs. I don’t think they’ll be intimidated by the hostile Blues crowd.

          • WhoKnowscs

            They won 2 there, hope they can win a third.

    • Rod Harper

      I don’t why I hate anything to with St. Louis sports, whether it’s the Cardinals or the Blues!

  • Mr.C

    Chavez is _____________

  • Rowdy Yates

    You know everything’s going well when the Rangers score 10 with only 3 LOB. That’s efficiency. And you know the pitching’s held down the opposition when Woody can put Chavez on the mound in the 9th and not have to worry if he gives up his standard 3 run inning.

    • Mr.C

      Chavez just got Rowdy out

  • Rod Harper

    Finished tuning in from the Stars game. Guess I haven’t missed much today! Too bad the Stars didn’t do their job today!

  • Rod Harper

    Ballgame! Back at .500 once again!

  • Rod Harper

    Rougie gets the Gatorade shower and today’s game ball as well!

  • WhoKnowscs

    It’s freaky how evenly matched the Rockies and D-backs are. Also funny is how the two teams each got one of the Royals former closers (Davis and Holland). Each who fell off the Wagon a little at some point after leaving the Royals.

  • Rod Harper

    I hope the Rangers go into Pittsburgh and make the Pirates gets a taste of their own medicine this around on their home field!

  • WhoKnowscs

    Let’s see how this works . . . “Go Angels!” Okay I may need to go wash my mouth out.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Padres just hit a walk off Grand Slam.

    They had bases loaded no outs but the Dodgers managed to get 2 then a Pinch Hitter hit a Grand Slam.

  • Mr.C

    @Tony
    Choo was signed because of his OBP numbers. Was $20M worth it?
    Market is what the market is.

    Would you rather pay Heyward $22.5M or,
    Matt Kemp $21.5M or,
    Jacoby Ellsbury $21M or,
    Chris Davis $21M or
    Albert Pujols $28M or
    Cespedes $29M or even
    Miggy Cabrera’s $30M

    Choo’s salary averages $18.5M/yr and he has been what the Rangers purchased. Consistent OBP around .350-.360. He has done that every year in his contract and so far, he is having a career year in his back loaded contract.

    • calntom

      After all the pissing and whining(they still need to move him if they can), the contract was better than the vast majority of long term contracts signed in the last 10 years

      • Mr.C

        So was Elvis contract.

        • calntom

          Even better

          • Mr.C

            How about Beltre’s contract?

          • calntom

            That would rank as one of the best in history

  • JacobMcCandles

    Hinch plays a great players move, Stros and Halos playing in Mexico……Stros up 6 runs and he lets his closer pitch….Osuna who who is from Mexico

  • JacobMcCandles
  • calntom

    Night in and night out, you take a look at the score of the Sounds’ game and you think to yourself, “who got pounded tonight”

  • isittime

    Nice job On the reading material Kevin. Good thing Woody reads RR3 and listened to out pleas regarding rougie and leclerc. Lol