Maybe this is the real Martin Perez. 363 comments


24 years to the day after Nolan Ryan put a beat down on Robin Ventura, the Minnesota Twins put a beat down on Martin Perez, pictured above getting his head pounded in, who labored through 40 pitches in the first inning, and went downhill from there.

 

Maybe the corner doesn’t exist on any Google map that Martin Perez’s career is supposed to turn down. Maybe a brick wall is all he is destined to run into.

Maybe after 108 games over six seasons, he is what he is, and it’s delusional to think he will be anything else.

Maybe those occasional moments of brilliance are overshadowed by more common flashes of mediocrity.

Maybe a career 4.51 ERA is not simply the result of a short sample size. Maybe he’s not going to improve. Maybe he’s not going to figure it out. His 5.46 ERA is third worse in Major League Baseball this year, ranked 70 out of 73 starters. Last season he was a slightly better 51 out of 74.

Maybe 2013 was a fluke, an aberration. It was the only year he had an ERA under 4.00. The only year he had a winning percentage over .600, at 10-6 (in fact, he has had just two winning seasons, 2013 and barely in 2014 when he went 4-3.)

Maybe his uncanny ability to generate double plays doesn’t mean a thing when at the same time he has an uncanny knack for generating multiple-run innings. He’s not preventing damage, he’s preventing further damage. The tornado already devastated the house. He’s just saving the remote from getting lost.

Maybe his career WHIP of 1.456 is never going to improve. It’s 1.667 this season, so he seems to be going the wrong way. Only Ranger-killer Wade Miley is worse this year than Perez.

Maybe the fact that he averages fewer than six innings per start speaks volumes about his real impact on the team. He is a serial bullpen killer.

Maybe his career comps to notable major league pitchers like Marty Bystrom, Wade LeBlank, Ron Romanick, and Jim Hughes means Perez won’t be a pitcher anyone will remember fondly, if at all, after he retires.

Maybe this isn’t just a bad season Martin Perez is having. Maybe this is finally the proof someone needs that Martin Perez doesn’t belong in a major league rotation at all.

And maybe, just maybe, the Rangers front office will figure that out some day.

Maybe.

*****
TODAY’S GAME:

Cole Hamels (5-1, 4.01) vs. Kyle Gibson (6-8, 6.08)
Game time: 6:10

How the Rangers hit against Gibson.
How the Twins hit against Hamels.

 

 

  • Nathan Whitten

    I think you are right about Perez. He was so good as he mover through the minors and looked good before his TJ surgery. Now, he NEVER has a good game. A team would have to be very desperate to have him anywhere in their rotation, much less in the middle of it. That one sentence speaks volumes when discussing the state of the Rangers’ starters.

  • Rowdy Yates

    Maybe Santa Clause is real.
    Maybe I’m 21, weigh 135 lbs and have a full head of hair.
    Maybe the sun comes up in the west.
    Maybe JD is the best judge of baseball talent ever.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Santa is not real?

      • FlappingGums

        Santa is definitely real! 😄

        • JacobMcCandles

          Whew……thanks Flap, that was close

          • FlappingGums

            No problem Jake. It’s important that we keep the facts clear!! 😄

  • JacobMcCandles

    I think thats the story line that is the adjective of many athletes. The irony that they are one of the few 100 good enough to play in the game, but when it’s all said and done you are what you are.

  • dearmidol

    For those who care about such things, the game starts an hour earlier today, at 6:10.

  • GoRangers23

    Since I was awake half the night waiting for my son to get home from a church camping trip to Colorado, and have been rudely awakened by the snoring of my other half about 45 minutes ago and cannot get back to sleep to save my life, I figure that now is as perfect a time as any to post the pictures for the day. Let this be a warning to all. I’m going to be a tiny bit grouchy today. Go ahead and blame it on Mr Go. I am currently fighting thoughts of violence as I lay here, envious of his sleep, and wanting to smother that noise with a pillow. 😳😩😡. Ha! Refresh for pics. I may be in too foul of a mood to even say Go Rangers! 😄

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    • Rowdy Yates

      Put his hand in a bowl of cool water and see what happens!

      • GoRangers23

        Oh, too late. He’s already awake.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Nice game by Darvish…good for him. Even threw 7 innings. He “should” def do better in a new environment and NL.

    • dearmidol

      I can see him totally dominating.

      • elkaba

        Could be a WS on a platter in exchange for 3 middling prospects. Not a bad deal for LA at all.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Anything can happen, but I don’t see it. Not after 5 some years…..

        • elkaba

          But if it does happen. What do you say then? Coincidence? Indictment of the Rangers? Better weather? It would be a pretty stark departure from the Yu we had here the last few years.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Personally…I would say I knew it all along!!!! LO

          • elkaba

            Hahaha! Me, too. 🙂

      • possumrld

        He should have been doing that here in Texas. It has always been a mystery as to why he hasn’t been more dominant as a Ranger.

  • GoRangers23
    • JacobMcCandles

      This pic of the dog and burger, reminds me one time I was staying with my Aunt, like the second coming of Dr Do Little…she was always adamant about DON’T EVER give a dog chicken bones cuz they are brittle and will splinter when chewed up, anyway,,,I bring home some KFC and its on the kitchen counter…not really even close to the edge. I go to the bathroom and come back to watch this husky leap into the air put his snout over the edge and grab a piece…
      I scream at the dog..gimme that back and he just looks at me with this face like “seriously” LOL

      • possumrld

        My son had a long haired Chihuahua we called “rascal” that wolfed down half of his peanut butter sandwich, just as he came back from the bathroom. Nate said he looked like a snake eating a big rabbit, because his neck swelled up 4 times bigger than normal, and the neck hair was all standing out, as he gulped the half sandwich down practically whole!
        Nate did the same as you did, he yelled at Rascal when he saw him grabbing his sandwich, but that only speeded up the process of him woofing it all down in only about 10 seconds!

        • JacobMcCandles

          HA

    • FlappingGums

      Great pics in general Go! You know I love the doggie pics a Lot!!! 😄

    • possumrld

      Hilarious! But I don’t think the “tests results” would be very reliable. because I doubt the “lab” is very picky when it comes to burgers!

      • FlappingGums

        LoL!!! 😂

  • dearmidol

    Keeping on eye on Willie Calhoun: He is 2-for-12 since joining Round Rock, with a home run. He’s playing left field.

    • JacobMcCandles

      LO

    • WhoKnowscs

      Play him 2B?

    • Gregor_S

      He will hit, for sure. His whole minor league career suggests that. And he will be a disaster in the field, for sure. And if they are going to unload Gomez and put Robinson in CF they may very well have the worst defensive OF in the majors.

      And here is a suggestion that will please both Rowdy and me: time to trade DD. If they are going to play him only in LF and against lefthanders once or twice a week, what is the point? Hard to hit if you play that infrequently and harder to steal against lefties. As we saw with Gentry, where JD overrode Wash and insisted on playing Leo in CF, JD doesn’t value speed. I suppose it’s an analytics thing: HRs get you runs more quickly. And I’m sure Robinson will hit 20+ like everyone else these days. But he’s never hit for average and strikes out a lot.

      When DD has played, after Profar was sent down and again when Gomez was hurt, he’s done well. Gotten on-base and stolen a lot of bases. Trade him to a team that will let him play. Maybe not that many these days (as I’ve said before, even Tim Raines would have trouble getting playing time these days), but there will be a few.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Have always been a DD fan as you know but more as the best option “we” had…don’t think there are very many if any that would play him more than here….

        • Gregor_S

          Well since he hardly plays at all here I hope you’re wrong. Seattle plays Dyson who has a much lower average and OBP. Oakland played Gentry pretty regularly until he got hurt. But speed and stolen bases are clearly out of fashion so maybe you’re right.

          • JacobMcCandles

            While valued less than they used to be its more in my opinion that DD is a below avg CF and to be a corner OF you have to have more power or hit better.

          • Gregor_S

            With “DD fans” like you…

            I’ve observed him whenever he’s played this year and he’s been pretty good in the OF. Not as good as Gomez but his speed makes up a lot of the difference. And he’s been a lot better in LF than Mazara. If as you say you have to have more power then it’s time to trade him.

            Gotta run…

          • JacobMcCandles

            He is lousy in CF and avg in LF and I do agree on Maz….Maz is better in RF…Later

  • elkaba

    Reading everyone from the LA Times to AP to ESPN gushing over Darvish and his first outing as a Dodger, it’s easy to feel like he has become something different, something more, simply because he’s left here. And in a way, that’s true. It’s a team sport, and now he’s got a better team around him.

    Meanwhile I’m still reeling from the realization that we do more than a little wishful thinking when it comes to evaluating our own players and teams. I suppose it’s human nature for fans to do that, but you’d think that folks in the organization might be a bit more realistic. However as we’ve seen, over and over, that’s just not so with our club. Perez is just the latest version of that.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Nailed it…Darvish and the Rangers…so two nails.

      • elkaba

        I still believe players can turn corners, just not the ones we usually expect. Elvis hasn’t become a different kind of player. He’s grown up, gotten married, had a kid- baseball is more than a game now. It’s his living. That’s turning a corner. But as far as how much talent he has, what kind of player someone is, they are what they are. Those corners don’t get turned.

    • dearmidol

      Coaches can only work with the players they have. I believe much of what Banister does is dictated to him by the front office. So, with Perez, he is stuck with him because he has nobody else. And if he decided to switch him and Austin Biben-Dirkx, say, I don’t think Daniels would let him. You have a GM who doesn’t understand pitching, can’t draft it, can’t evaluate it, can’t trade for it. So this team is in a situation where it will continue committing the same sins until there is a change at the top.

      • FlappingGums

        Bingo, Midol!!! JD has struggles in several areas relating to baseball. I would be pleased if he moved along and became a problem for someone other than the Rangers.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Remember . . . next year Perez has a 6 mil option, then 7.5 and 9 the 2 years after that.

    • elkaba

      Just say no?

      • WhoKnowscs

        You don’t want to pay to lose?

        • elkaba

          Been there. Done that. So no.

    • possumrld

      Perez isn’t worth 2 dollars and 50 cents.

      • WhoKnowscs

        So 2 mil and not a cent more.. =)

        • elkaba

          Move him to the bullpen for the rest of the season. That’s where he belongs. If he works out there, renegotiate a deal for next year in the pen.

          • possumrld

            Good thought. Perez might work out as a long man, or a filler. Last night he got shelled early. But usually it is the second or third time through the order that kills him

          • elkaba

            Exactly. We’ve had more than a few good pitchers slip through our fingers because we can’t honestly evaluate their talent or distinguish between starters and bullpen guys.

          • WhoKnowscs

            Perhaps how Yu does with a new manager and pitching coach will speak volumes and we’ll see Brocall and Banister on the hot seat. Neither seem to do anything positive, especially Brocall. Unless 1 season of “magical” comebacks – that proved unsustainable in the postseason is someone how attributed to Banister. Although I think needing to make a comeback every game in it self spoke volumes too.

          • elkaba

            Broacail is a lot like Banister, I think. He didn’t get a lot of playing time or experience success in the majors due to injury and hasn’t had the reigns much as a coach or manager since. I think they both want to be good at their jobs, just not sure how you get there, how you make up for never having been a part of a truly successful team as a player or coach. For both, their expertise appears to be limited to overcoming adversity, and while that’s important and admirable, and while it may sound harsh to say, I’d like to see a manager and coaching staff who have learned as much or more of their craft from winning as they have from just surviving.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Actually Brocail played pretty significant time, and was serviceable…also liked more in Houston. I think in BB that the question from a fan’s point of view that can be argued the most of any is the value and impact of a hitting or pitching coach, and why…

            We have had a couple of guys that people hacv gone back and forth on. when Magadan got here he was viewed as one of the best….and he ended up done before starting. IMO Maddux was pretty darn good, but his bridge burned…the ultimate might be Rudy Jaramillo, many thought he was great, many thought he taught to swing for the fence and his career was short after leaving here…short stop in Chicago and then not to be hired again.

            Both Bagwell and Pudge in their HOF address took the time to thank Rudy. If I had to surmise I would guess that the levels of intelligence are pretty close among the coaches but it comes down to communication which is a two way street. If the player doesn’t listen, you can’t teach him.

          • elkaba

            Those are all good points, but I recall reading about Brocail’s struggles with injury. Also he wasn’t really part of a team tearing up the league in his time, was he? If so, I stand corrected, but my impression of reading through his history is he spent a lot of time “overcoming.” That’s kind of become this team’s MO. Hard to get from struggling just to show up to being winners, I think.

            About hitting and pitching coaches, I think it’s important to remember they don’t work with much automony (except for Maddox- I think he had full independence under Wash.) They work under the GM and Manager, so it’s hard to know how much is their philosophy and how much is handed to them from above.

          • JacobMcCandles

            I just fell down cuz you said I corrected you….ELIZABETH….😲

            I am Verklempt….don’t think I can ever post again…..LO🐸

          • elkaba

            Drama queen much? LOL

          • JacobMcCandles

            King

          • FlappingGums

            LOLA!!! 😂 😂 😂

          • possumrld

            Sometimes just a change of scenery can do wonders for a player’s career. I think Darvish honestly felt crimped by Rangers management, because they tried to make him pitch like every other standard pitcher. And I think he probably felt somewhat betrayed by the sorry run support he always didn’t get.
            I have been a bit hard on Yu the past season and a half, but part of my disappointment in Yu was because I have also always been a Darvish fan. So I do hope he excels in LA.

  • possumrld

    Great article Kev! I sort of posted the same general thought yesterday. The Rangers webpage headline reads “Perez’s inconsistent year continues”. But I wouldn’t have been nearly so kind. Because my idea for a headline following last night’s fiasco would be something on the order of, “Perez Continues to Suck”.

    • elkaba

      LOL. And how long do you suppose you’d be employed by the Rangers to write copy for their website if you actually went with that headline? 🙂

      • possumrld

        I wouldn’t ever have “made it to first base” as a sports writer anyway. But if by some miracle I had “made it”, yes, that one would most likely be a career ender.

        • elkaba

          True! I can’t blame the broadcast and print bunch who work for the club for being homers, but I would love to see a more objective, realistic and sometimes critical bunch writing in the press. They’re every bit as homer-ish as the Rangers employees and without the excuse of protecting their paychecks.

          • possumrld

            Yes, elk, and TR is one of the very worst. They would be great as diplomats to Bulgaria, or somewhere like that, because they seldom print anything that would be considered hard cold facts at all.
            Lots of fluff and goose feathers to soften the truth, so the truth usually gets lost, or it is left out altogether.

    • dearmidol

      An inconsistent year in an inconsistent career.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Since we are spinning Darvish wheels today, FWIW….based on what we paid he has been a good deal, just never as good as some think or want him to be, so I would love for him to come back as a Ranger but not at 25 mill a year.

    • elkaba

      I don’t see him returning, regardless of pay.

      • FlappingGums

        I agree. I don’t see him wanting to come back to Texas.

    • possumrld

      Darvish might find himself or “:reinvent” in LA. I sure hope he does!

    • dearmidol

      The Rangers paid more than $25 million a year for Darvish already.

      The posting fee to get him was $111 million and his salary was $60 million, so it cost $171 million for six years of Darvish, an annual value of $28.5 million.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Don’t remember the posting fee being that high??? Take your word for it….Lousiana hot sauce for my crow please

        • dearmidol

          No, I was wrong. I read the article wrong. The $111 million included the posting fee.

          • dearmidol

            So they paid $18.5 million a year for Darvish.

          • dearmidol

            Pass the crow.

          • JacobMcCandles

            I will get my turn b4 the day is over😎

  • dearmidol

    Despicable story coming out about Pete Rose. The guy who investigated him, John Down—and whose investigation led to Pete Rose being banned for life even though Rose, for years and years claimed he never bet on baseball, until he had a book to sell so he admitted it in his book—was on the radio in 2015 and claimed Pete Rose, while a player, would hook up with girls as young as 12 to 14. Rose filed a defamation of character lawsuit. This week, John Dowd brought forth the first girl who claims she had a relationship with Rose before she was 16. Seems Rose just hoisted himself by his won petards, as the saying goes. Trying to clear his name is going to forever tarnish his reputation in a much more ugly, vile way.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Yikes…..

    • FlappingGums

      Despicable is a good word for it. I have others.

    • elkaba

      Once a sleaze, always a sleaze.

  • dearmidol

    I found this quote on ESPN.com from Nolan Ryan on Yu Darvish right after they signed him:

    “We’re not going to spring training with these great expectations that he’s going to shine over everybody else,” Rangers CEO Nolan Ryan said. “We want him to come in and fit in and make the adjustment of being over here, being in major league baseball for the first time. As we go through spring training and the early part of the season, he’ll start showing what he’s capable of doing.”

    But when asked if Darvish was an ace, Ryan said: “I think he certainly has the potential to be.”

    “It’s not fair of me to say that I see him as our No. 1, but I certainly think he has the potential,” Ryan said. “He’s very unique.”

  • FlappingGums

    Why didn’t we trade Martin Perez at the trade deadline? There must be good reasons for this. I don’t know those reasons.

    • dearmidol

      For the same reason nobody wants AIDS.
      What team would want him? No contending team would add what would by far be their worst pitcher to their roster. I doubt even as a throw in that they would want him because you’d have to make room for him by dropping someone better.

      • FlappingGums

        That makes good sense. That’s also an indication that someone in the FO knows he’s not a good pitcher. Oftentimes the Rangers’ FO shows us they’re clueless. Other times they make sense. Keeps us guessing. Thank you! 😄

        • dearmidol

          I think it’s a case of the roster being so depleted of pitching talent they have nobody else to replace him with. I’d move Perez to the bullpen and give Austin Bibens-Dirkx his spot, but the team won’t do that because Perez is their guy, they drafted him, they raised him from a pup, they cannot come to grips with the fact that maybe he just didn’t pan out. So, and this is the same with many teams so I am not picking on Texas, they stubbornly go with Perez over ABD. Yet they talk about winning. How many changes does a failed first round pick get that a better guy who was drafted much later doesn’t get? Why? Because “there had to be a reason we drafted him so early.” They can’t admit that maybe they made an error in judgement.

          • elkaba

            That’s probably the main reason I think it’s time for a change in leadership starting at the top. Time to wipe the slate clean, get rid of those ego issues about past mistakes and get someone in who knows the game, and more importantly has a track record of having played or been on staff with a winning team. The survivor mentality this team has adopted isn’t working. JD survived his mentors, Banister survived his health problems, same as Brocail. Time to clean the slate.

          • dearmidol

            I wish Daniels didn’t own the team.

          • Rowdy Yates

            The reasons they drafted him #1 probably were good. Looked like he had great potential when he first came up and when he blew out his arm he was arguably #1 or 2 guy in the rotation early that season. Now he just looks like a dead arm pitcher. Not everybody who has TJ surgery comes back as good as before. Regardless of the reasons why he sucks he does SUCK and the FO needs to accept that and act accordingly.

          • FlappingGums

            Good point about him not being the same pitcher pre and post TJS.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Wow

      • elkaba

        We need to convert him to a reliever and use him.

        • FlappingGums

          That’s what I’ve been thinking also. Makes sense.

          • elkaba

            He’d also become easier to trade after some success as a reliever.

          • FlappingGums

            Well then that would help in more than one way!!

          • elkaba

            Yep and that’s how the decision should be made. But like Kevin says, if the FO is hung up on the fact they drafted him in the first round, I doubt we’ll see this happen. It should. Just not sure it will happen.

          • FlappingGums

            And that takes us back to the agreement that JD, etc. need to be gone. Maybe not Everybody, but a good size portion of the FO and Managerial Staff.

          • dearmidol

            Just to clarify, the comment about first rounders getting so many more breaks was more universal. Perez wasn’t actually a first rounder. But Sheppers was. Perez was an undrafted free agent the Rangers signed out of Venezuela.

            Former player Matt Diaz, who does a great job on MLB Network Radio, was talking the other day about how frustrating it was being a fringe player like he was, watching teams ignore him, or not give him chances because they had strong biases toward their first-round picks who just weren’t panning out, but got chance after chance after chance, while he was outperforming them and dying on the vine in the minors.

            We think front offices are about winning, but there is so much politics and, frankly, so much bad decision making all around.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Ok……64000 question….now that the chosen one has been traded….what is the next step and more importantly what is the direction?

    Do you continue to fight for a wild card that you have 1 in a 100 chance of moving on from? Do you accept reality?

    51 mill coming off the books so for me I continue to trade at winter….of course we have little to deal…..Hamels, some BP pieces…..

    Keepers….Maz,Roogie,AB,Elvis,RC,Choo Cuz u have too…So for me I trade for prospects…resign Cashner and Ross..1 yr deals with options. Three yr plan

    • elkaba

      Beltre gone this off season if we’re rebuilding anyway, so I’d trade everybody and the ball boys for whatever I can get regardless of what we need. Then in the off season we can sort out who stays, where they play and how many holes to fill.

      • FlappingGums

        😥!

      • JacobMcCandles

        Up to AB….he has earned the right. He goes if he wants and. Stays as well

        • elkaba

          He’s already on record saying he doesn’t want to stay for a rebuild. I think it’s a done deal. 🙁

          • JacobMcCandles

            Not sold yet

          • dearmidol

            I don’t think Daniels will do a rebuild. He will “retool.”

    • Tony Howell

      You don’t have to keep Choo, Jd choses too, take on 30 mill of his contract and trade him. Other gm do it all the time it’s called cut you loses while your ahead. Sign Hosman, Cobb, trade Maz and Guzman for a young pitcher. You add two 300 hitters to this line up and a great outfield(not just a good one) and we will push the Astros. It’s going to take 2 years and raising the payroll 20 mill.

      • elkaba

        Sounds like a plan! You might even get Beltre on board for a 2 year plan.

        • Tony Howell

          I think Beltre is going to play 3 or 4 more years somewhere

          • FlappingGums

            It might as well be with the Rangers!!! 😀

          • Tony Howell

            Hope so

      • JacobMcCandles

        Your evals are like JD…..LOL..think it might take some pitching

        • Tony Howell

          Jake come on you could offer the dodgers Maz Gallo Odor Elvis and AB for kershaw and they would laugh. No one trades away aces. But you can get very good position players, and get very lucky on young pitchers. Had a chance to get sales and turned it down . Do you want something for nothing ?

          • JacobMcCandles

            My apologies…don’t get the segue….would never trade for CK…But I would trade for 3 CK Jrs…😐

        • Tony Howell

          You build a team with the best you can buy, trade or steal. We have s half a team about 5 mlb players and the rest bargain basement players no one else wants, Jd just looking to get lucky.

    • dearmidol

      I do not think Daniels will ever ever ever have a fire sale. His ego is too big.

      So, to get back to a deep October run, first you have to ask, what is it they need? If it’s pitching, they don’t have it in the system, so they are going to either have to trade for it, or buy it.

      They have the money to buy Alex Cobb or Lance Lynn or even Jake Arrieta, even Marco Estrada.

      I don’t know that I would agree Maz, Rougie, Elvis, or Choo are keepers. Great pitching is much harder to find than offense, especially now that the ball is juiced. I might be able to hit ten home runs.

      The Rangers can easily replace Mazara or Odor. Elvis might end up being the number one shortstop in the American League. Sell high. He could bring in a nice pitcher. I do like Choo, not his salary. He has the 12th highest on-base percentage in the AL. And, his OBP was tied with Beltre in 2016, he just didn’t have enough at-bats to qualify. In 2015, his OBP was the sixth highest in the league. He should be the Rangers DH. So, you could sell him that way, eat some salary, and trade him. Or keep him and realize you aren’t going to find too many people with an OBP higher.

      If Daniels isn’t willing to trade his youngsters, then the only way they will make a difference next year is if he splurges on pitching, which he tends to not do.

  • Eli Scary Saenz

    martin is only 26 yo hes gonna go 20-3 next year with a 2:56 era

    • FlappingGums

      Hi Eli! That’s great news!!! 😀

    • Rowdy Yates

      Hey Eli! You win the award (again!) for most confident, ridiculous prediction of the yr.
      Come back more often. We miss your prognostications.

      • Eli Scary Saenz

        Deal. anyone else i should predict?

        • JacobMcCandles

          Captain Tuttle

        • Rowdy Yates

          Gallo in 2018 …. I’m guessing you’ll say over 80 HRs????

          • dearmidol

            In April. What about in May?

    • dearmidol

      Eli, let’s make a bet. I know you are young and don’t have a job, so I will make you this bet.

      I will give you one million dollars if Martin Perez wins twenty games next season. If he doesn’t, you give me 50 cents.

      Deal?

      • Eli Scary Saenz

        DEAL

      • JacobMcCandles

        I will take that bet

        • dearmidol

          *Offer valid for crazy teenage posters only.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Crawfisher!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • JacobMcCandles

    Colon makes a easy target….but you really have to respect his accomplishments. Oldest pitcher to throw a complete game since Ryan in 92……btw Ryan had 12 SOS in that game lo

    • JacobMcCandles

      That yr Rowdy was visiting Mars on his 40th bday.🍻

      • Rowdy Yates

        Actually was in Bangkok that spring dodging stray rounds from the AH Thai military who were trying to put down anti govt demonstrations and hustling to get my team down the Phrya River and out of the effin’ country. Would rather have been stateside and seen Ryan pitching fersure!
        Fatolo is amazing though. Dumped earlier this yr and now pitching a complete game. Though it was only against the Rangers.

        • JacobMcCandles

          Is that the time you were hoofing down the streets pushing the team to pk it up

          • Rowdy Yates

            Yep … Having to tell the women in the group to take off their damn high heels so they could actually run was amazing to me. But they were a game group and willing to laugh about it afterward. Have an amazingly bad record of having been in Bangkok for all the uprisings in the ’90s and 2002. Glad to have missed the latest one. Good people with a terrible govt.

          • JacobMcCandles

            My x boss lived there….said it was the world’s Las Vegas

          • Rowdy Yates

            The ‘sinfulness’ of Bangkok back then made Vegas look like Disneyland. But it’s a different culture with different mores from the West. Managed to pretty much stay independent all thru the 20th century when the rest of Asia was either being overrun by the Japanese or later turning communist. It’s a beautiful country with an interesting culture.

          • dearmidol

            The brother of a friend wound up having to flee Bangkok in the middle of the night. About ten years ago, he decided to scrap his stock broker lifestyle and tour the world. He was in Bangkok, working as a bartender. One night some wealthy gangster came in and said his wife fancied him and he wanted to pay him to sleep with her. He said no, and that didn’t go over very well. The guy and his wife left in an uproar and his boss told him he had made a serious mistake, this guy was pretty dangerous. So he left work, ran to his apartment, packed up the few things he had since he was traveling lightly, and fled the country. True story.

          • FlappingGums

            Oh My Gosh!!! That’s way backwards from here — and scary!!!

          • dearmidol

            Yeah, he was freaked out. Apparently nobody said no to this man.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Chinese mobs are the worst. My ex boss said he paid 50K (US dollars) to keep his brother out of some trouble

          • FlappingGums

            WoW!!!

          • JacobMcCandles

            Part of it Flap is the society remains quiet…… Spanish is kind of bad, cuz there are so many here illegally and they can not open bk accts,,,so carry a lot of cash..and don’t report the crimes

          • Rowdy Yates

            Yeah, the Chinese mobsters usually had retired muay thai boxers for local muscle in addition to their personal Chinese bodyguards and traveled in multiple armored up Mercedes limos. Whenever they’d arrive at a bar, disco, or restaurant I’d get get my team up and out pronto. Blonde American women in particular were way too attractive to Asian mob types to hang around for even a few minutes. As soon as they’d start ogling them there was going to be trouble.

          • JacobMcCandles

            I took the bodyguard training test……lots to it that most would not think of that and between Loopy and Scary I could go Secret service….LO

          • Rowdy Yates

            I believe every word of it. I’ve got several I wouldn’t tell here of a similar variety. Like yours, they’re all great stories … after the fact!

          • JacobMcCandles

            Sending you a pm right now

        • FlappingGums

          What a frightening time in your life!! So glad you survived that!!!

  • FlappingGums

    REMINDER: As stated above and in a post from Midol earlier in the day, Game Time today is earlier than usual, at 6:10. (Rangers Live will be at 5:30!)

  • TD30
    • FlappingGums

      Thank you for the Lineup, TD! 🙂

      • JacobMcCandles

        Roogie back in the 5 hole!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        • dearmidol

          That’s smart, because he’s 1-for-11 his last three games.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Just having some fun…you are so serious lately!!!!! LOLA…sent you some PMs

  • Sorry, I don’t care.

    Formerly Sports Junkie here, changed handle to Sorry, I don’t care. So a big hello to all at Rounding 3rd. It’s been a very long time since I have commented on this blog. Kevin, still doing a great job.

    Quickly on Perez, I’ve said it from the beginning – he’s a bullpen piece only. We’ve persevered with him long enough. The big issue with the Rangers is that we don’t have anyone to replace him. Our farm system is in disarray. We have terrible pitcher development and even worse pitcher scouting and possibly even worse eye for pitching upside in younger players.

    There, I’ve had my welcome back rant.

    I’m very disappointed with the Rangers in 2017. Through the All-Star break, I have ranked the top 6 disappointments of 2017 as follows:

    Number 6 – Martin Perez. This was supposed to be his breakout year, but he’s done nothing.
    Number 5 – Nomar Mazara – He’s not producing like I expected given his performance in 2016. Too many holes in his swing.
    Number 4 – Mike Napoli – Hitting home runs but living on the Mendoza Line. Would have been happy with .260+ not .200.
    Number 3 – Rougned Odor – Hitting .219 and is never going to win a gold glove. Can’t believe we paid him so much.
    Number 2 – Jonathan Lucroy – Now gone and we got basically nothing for him after giving away so much in a trade for him.
    Number 1 – The Rangers Front Office – Some pretty poor trades the last two years, coupled with the continued lack of pitcher development make the Rangers Front Office my pick for top disappointment of 2017. The lack of development of pitching prospects and the definite lack of skills when selecting pitching prospects in the first place is systemic in the Rangers. We seem to love the toolsey shortstop and our skill ends there. Our farm system ranks in the bottom half dozen in the majors and at some point the owners need to hold Jon Daniels accountable for it.

    Over to you guys. Glad to be back, and hope to see a Ranger resurgence in 2018/19. Go Rangers!

    • JacobMcCandles

      PLEASE post more and welcome back!!! IMO my worthless opinion #1, I agree but wonder what JD would do if the ckbook was tighter..#2..Hell freakin yes….#3 Roogie will be fine, but yes to the defense….#4 Mistake from the start…#5 Jury out for me on Maz..sweet swing but is a roller coaster, too young to figure out…#6 Done

    • elkaba

      Welcome back, Sorry. Like the list a lot! I’d just add the manager and coaching staff in there somewhere. I don’t feel they’ve made the best use of the pieces they had or that their instincts are trustworthy. There have been just too many head-scratching decisions that NOBODY could come up with a plausible explanation for.

    • dearmidol

      Sorry, first, thanks for the kind words.

      Second, man, you could not possibly have echoed mine, and many other’s, feelings any better. I thought I was reading something I wrote.

      Disappointing is the best way to describe this season.

      Please, post more often. Opinions are what make this place tick.

  • JacobMcCandles

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DCyuq-ofnPc

    First time I heard this one….CLASSIC

  • azrangerfan

    I don’t Banny had the team ready coming out of Spring Training and it has all gone downhill from there. Time for him to go.

  • JacobMcCandles
  • FlappingGums

    Tarp time!

  • possumrld

    It is interesting about Mazara and Gallo. They are two contrasts in fan opinion. Maz was pronounced “the real thing” and a success almost form the day he came up form RR. But HE has pretty much regresses steadily since midway last season. While Gallo was pronounced a “sure flop” before he really had a chance TO play an entire MLB season. But he has slowly but steadily improved.
    Of course both players could either fizzle out, or break out. It is much too early to be able tell in either case.

    • JacobMcCandles

      My money is on Maz…….POSS THE HOSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • possumrld

        That seems to be the prevailing thought, but I am not convinced just yet.

        • JacobMcCandles

          How you doing?

          • possumrld

            OK. Just finished a new pencil work. How ’bout you?

          • JacobMcCandles

            Show a pic? I am on my ass……feeling like Doooooooooooooooooooo

          • possumrld

            Sorry to hear that. Let me go dig it up

          • JacobMcCandles

            Cool

          • possumrld
          • FlappingGums

            Possum – That’s beautiful – right down to the reflections in the water!!! Absolutely incredible work! 😄

          • possumrld

            Thanks, Flappers! It is a full 18 x 24. And it is on heavy 100 weight vellum, so it doesn’t need to be mounted on a backing of any kind. With a 3 inch mat, it would go nicely in a 24 x 30 frame.

          • FlappingGums

            About how long does it take to make something like this one at that size? I would think a long time!

          • possumrld

            I probably have at least 10 hours in it. Maybe even 12 or 14. I guess I should keep better track of my time. But the matting is fake. I added that in my photoshop.

          • FlappingGums

            That’s faster than I would have ever guessed! Great job!!!

          • possumrld

            If you hope to make any money, you have to work fairly quickly. Commercial art is about speed and results. Independently wealthy artists can putter around and take weeks to do stuff. But us poo’ folk have to hustle!

          • JacobMcCandles

            Scary balways said Santa never said ho,ho.ho cuz we were po.po.po

          • possumrld

            lol! Scary was a charicter!

          • JacobMcCandles

            He was…..a hard case and a total sob….but freakin great to get to know, when the walls came down…

            : )

          • FlappingGums

            He was a character and a wonderful man!!!

          • JacobMcCandles

            Thanks Flapper…..took me under a wing…think I was good for him at the end.

          • FlappingGums

            Y’all were good for each other through the years Jake.

          • possumrld

            Uncles do those kinds of things!

          • possumrld

            Wish I could have met him!

          • FlappingGums

            Me too!

          • JacobMcCandles

            You selling that? I want it…..you ever see Revenant? reminds me of a scene. Great Grandma is full blooded Cherokee

          • possumrld

            Pretty much all that I do is for sale. Warning, it is a bit pricier than the wood burning.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Send me the email……I am down

          • possumrld

            OK

          • possumrld

            Jake, is your email, “Lindag…” It sort of surprised me bit that is what came up. I went ahead and sent the price. Lemme know if you got it or not, and if you want it.

          • GoRangers23

            My great, great grandma was a full blooded American Indian. I don’t know what kind though. We have a few kinds of Indian in our family. There is Indian on both sides of my family.

          • FlappingGums

            That’s really cool!! 😄

          • FlappingGums

            Jake – That’s cool about having Indian in your family! 😄

          • possumrld

            My 3 sons just found out they are 1/8th Indian, on their mother’s side of the family.

          • FlappingGums

            That’s great that they are!!! 😄 😀

          • possumrld

            It looks allot better in real life!

          • dearmidol

            Poss, that’s amazing. Nicely done.

          • possumrld

            Thanks, Kev! I have been tossing around the idea in my head of maybe doing something baseball related.

          • GoRangers23

            I’ve been doodling a RR3rd logo just to see what I could come up with. Not that anyone would ever want it, but I did it for fun. 😄

          • dearmidol

            That’s great.

          • possumrld

            You can scan your work into your computer and save it as a “tiff”. Then import it into your Photoshop, and away you go! You can add color to it and do all sorts of other neat stuff. If you look at my avatar here, it is a part of a larger work that was a pencil drawing I scanned, put in my Photoshop, cleaned up and then I added color to it, etc.

          • FlappingGums

            Wow! That’s cool! I didn’t know how to use it when I had it. It, in an older version,may still be in my old computer. I may have to play with that myself!!

          • possumrld

            Logos are fun! Post it sometime!

          • GoRangers23

            I will have to get it as perfect as possible first. 😄 It’s not done yet.

          • possumrld

            I totally understand! Do you do any work in Photoshop?

          • GoRangers23

            No, I don’t even know how to use it.

          • possumrld

            If you are doing graphics, it is a great way to lay things out and to clean stuff up. You should look into it. There are some of the older “elements” versions you can get fairly cheap.

          • GoRangers23

            Thanks!

  • JacobMcCandles

    Bags telling a story from the HOF how everyone was egoless and Joe Morgan told a story to him. saying him and Aaron,Dimaggio,etc were there and Ted Williams walked in……said everyone went quiet and were in awe

  • FlappingGums

    WTG NOMAR!! 🙌🙌

  • FlappingGums

    Good running Napoli

  • dearmidol

    Elvis just said a bad word.

    • FlappingGums

      LoL! I missed that! He must’ve had good reason! 😄

      • dearmidol

        Called out on a ball six inches off the plate.

        • FlappingGums

          Oh yeah that. And he started talking about Fudge Brownies? Got it. 😊

          • dearmidol

            Yes, he shouted how much he loved them.

          • FlappingGums

            LoL!! 😂

    • SABERMETRICS MASTER

      what did he say?

      • dearmidol

        Started with F.

        • SABERMETRICS MASTER

          lol
          I just rewinded and saw that !!!!

          • dearmidol

            Justifiable.

          • FlappingGums

            And seems out of character.

          • dearmidol

            Yeah, that’s what i thought. I guess guys get frustrated, and that was a really bad call.

  • dearmidol

    Jake, been running around the last couple days, and I missed your trivia answer about which Ranger it was that hit over .400 in July. Was it Nap or Choo? Or someone else?

    • dearmidol

      Or Michael Young.

  • FlappingGums

    WoW!!! Great play!!! 😀

    • dearmidol

      So far. So good.

  • dearmidol

    Every time Hamels pitches he has a different look. No facial hair. Mustache. Full beard. I guess he’s trying to find his good luck charm.

    • FlappingGums

      I think you hit battalion the head! 🙂

      • FlappingGums

        Battalion <–WHAT?!? the nail on <– should've been.

    • GoRangers23

      I can deal with the mustache a whole lot better than the beard.

      • dearmidol

        At least his beard was well groomed. Not like that scrappy dog’s butt thing hanging from Odor’s chin.

        • FlappingGums

          I Fully agree!!!

        • GoRangers23

          I can totally agree with that! The Odor beard is just awful!

          • FlappingGums

            It really is!!

          • possumrld

            Remember how Elvis looked Like Osama Ben Laden when he had his long scraggly beard!

          • dearmidol

            Yes.

          • GoRangers23

            Yes! That was not good!

          • possumrld

            He looked awful!

          • GoRangers23

            He really did!

          • Rowdy Yates

            He’s trying to take attention away from his ears. And the beard is successful in doing that.

          • GoRangers23

            Lol. That’s true!

          • FlappingGums

            LOLA!!!!

  • possumrld

    Amazing! Joey Gallo just hit a single!

    • dearmidol

      To left.

    • Rowdy Yates

      I think he had one last night too. Probably the 1st time all year in back to back games.

      • possumrld

        Yes, and it is sort if funny

      • GoRangers23

        I think that might have been number 20. I figured it up the other day. It was 18 then.

  • FlappingGums

    Drew still looks so very young!

    • WAR-time Consigliere

      DRob

  • possumrld

    DRob seems to be improving some of late.

  • dearmidol

    Wow.

  • GoRangers23

    It really makes me SO furious when Dave gets so excited about something the other team has done!

    • possumrld

      lol!

      • GoRangers23

        It’s one thing to acknowledge a good play, but to act like it is the best thing that has happened all game, that makes me MAD!

        • possumrld

          Yes, I totally agree, Go!

    • Rowdy Yates

      Yep verrrrry annoying. Never been that excited about anything all year. In fact probably the only complete sentence of more than 4 words he’s spoken all year.

      • FlappingGums

        I’m with you on that! It really bothers me too!!!

  • Rowdy Yates

    Braymond more excited about the Twinkie’s DP than anything the Rangers have done all season. Nice to hear some enthusiasm in his voice for a change.

    • possumrld

      Maybe he has after game plans and is hoping for a quick game.

    • FlappingGums

      I was noticing that. What a lot case. 😕

  • Rowdy Yates

    Nice play by Robinson and dumb play by Escobar. Thanks!

    • FlappingGums

      Exactly!

    • SABERMETRICS MASTER

      I like that Robinson kid. I might purchase his jersey one day !

      • dearmidol

        Why not Perez’s?

        • possumrld

          Tanner Scheppers!

        • SABERMETRICS MASTER

          I still like Perez as a #5 starter; but that is not worth a jersey investment !

          • dearmidol

            I like him as a #5 starter for any other team.

          • SABERMETRICS MASTER

            lola

          • possumrld

            lol! I was trying to think of something smart sounding to say. That one covers it pretty well!

      • possumrld

        Think he would sell it? 🙂

  • dearmidol

    He was out by a mile. Literally. A mile.

  • Rowdy Yates

    Nice pitch Hamels … get him off the plate a little then throw a called strike on outside edge.

    • dearmidol

      Hamels is dealing today. He might be allowed to go longer than six.

  • possumrld

    Nadel just said Hamels has thrown fewer pitches so far than Perez threw last night in the 1st inning alone!

    • dearmidol

      Ha, that’s right. Perez had 40 in the first.

      • possumrld

        Frustrating to watch or to listen to.

    • FlappingGums

      Not surprised. Sad, right?!? 😕

  • possumrld

    Another unearned run to add to the rapidly growing pile!

    • JacobMcCandles

      Bought the pic poss….thanks

      • possumrld

        Cool! A big Thank you! I am sending you a bonus print with it!

        • JacobMcCandles

          Thanks Hoss

          • possumrld

            You are more than welcome!

  • JacobMcCandles

    @@dearmidol:disqus …….sent you a PM……..answer was Pudge

    • dearmidol

      Ah, sorry, just noticed.

    • dearmidol

      What year did Pudge do it?

  • JacobMcCandles

    FWIW…..its worth I marvel at the creativity poss shows. Kevin and his writing….I have no brain cells for that

    • possumrld

      You forgot more about baseball than I ever knew. Don’t sell yourself short, Jake!

  • dearmidol

    Swing and a miss.

    • possumrld

      Well, no more “Swing and a Mitch” anyway…

      • dearmidol

        I miss that.

        • dearmidol

          And the always edgy, “Son of a Mitch.”

          • possumrld

            lol! I never saw that one, but that is great!

          • dearmidol

            I yelled that a few times at a game. Got some nervous stares.

          • possumrld

            lol! Yeah! Like as in a few Mom’s covering their kid’s ears up!

        • possumrld

          I do too, I think!

  • SABERMETRICS MASTER

    Every 10 at-bats, Gallo hits a HR.

    Why is he not hitting clean-up?

    • possumrld

      if it makes sense forget it!

    • JacobMcCandles

      Cuz if he did he would not

      • possumrld

        Prob’ley true.

    • dearmidol

      One word: Banister.

    • dearmidol

      Why is the best hitter not batting third?

      • SABERMETRICS MASTER

        Andrus?

        • dearmidol

          Beltre.

          • SABERMETRICS MASTER

            lol

            Just messing with you

          • dearmidol

            I know. Nobody in their right mind would think Elvis is the best hitter.

          • Sorry, I don’t care.

            Our lineup is very weak right now. Beltre needs to bat 3, period. Against RHP, Joey should bat cleanup and Gomez against LHP. We do need to ad a couple of position players during the offseason via FA, not trades as we need to keep the farm intact for a while.

          • dearmidol

            Once you get past fourth hitter, it’s pretty much a black hole.

            But it should go Choo, Andrus, Beltre, Gallo, pray like hell.

          • Sorry, I don’t care.

            I agree. That top 4 should solidify but the rest is pretty much a disaster. I would platoon someone with Joey at cleanup however. He’s not yet hitting lefties but he has the potential.

          • dearmidol

            Yeah, you’re right about Gallo.

          • Sorry, I don’t care.

            But notice his last 2 long balls have gone dead center. He’s not swinging just for RF. That shows some potential for straightening out against lefties and hitting them with good authority. I like what I’m seeing from him lately.

          • FlappingGums

            Me too! I’m impressed – more than I ever thought I would be!

          • dearmidol

            He has been a huge pleasant surprise.

          • Sorry, I don’t care.

            Yeah. I would include him in my list of pleasant surprises for 2017 but I can’t find enough for a list!

          • SABERMETRICS MASTER

            Gallo, Elvis, Elvis, Gallo, Elvis, Elvis

            Did I mentioned Elvis?

            Elvis is FANTASTIC !!!

          • possumrld

            Trade ’em!

          • SABERMETRICS MASTER

            Cashner was a surprise as well !!!!

          • possumrld

            Griffin too, if he could stay on the field, that is.

          • Sorry, I don’t care.

            Absolutely. I think both Cashner and Griffin have been strong.

          • Sorry, I don’t care.

            I would also add Claudio. Doing very well but he’s no surprise, I thought he would have a very good year and he is so far.

          • calntom

            Real surprised JD did not try to pry another couple of prospects for Cashner.

          • SABERMETRICS MASTER

            Choo, Andrus, Beltre, Gallo, Gomez, Mazara, Catcher, Odor/Robinson (2B), Napoli/DD (DH)

      • possumrld

        Do we even have one of those? 🙂

        • dearmidol

          Adrian.

          • possumrld

            Yeah, I am just kiddin’!

        • calntom

          Elvis

  • dearmidol

    Has anyone noticed in that promo for the Pudge bobble head, for some reason the replica of the plaque on the base is blurred out?

    • possumrld

      Hmmm.

  • dearmidol

    68 pitches through seven innings.

    • FlappingGums

      That’s Super!

    • possumrld

      “At Bat” says 69, but I’ll take either number!

      • dearmidol

        Oh, it’s probably right. I saw 60-something.

        • possumrld

          No biggie. Sometimes different pitch counts can happen. But that is less than 10 pitches per inning! Fantastic!

    • Rowdy Yates

      Would be a blessing for this team to get a complete game. Of course Cole would have do it with only 21 more pitches per Bani Rule #1 just ahead of rule #2 the L/R, L/R, L/R, L/R lineup etc etc.

      • possumrld

        lol!

        • Rowdy Yates

          Rangers FO won’t win any awards for competency this yr but is a slam dunk for “Most Anal Front Office in MLB “.

          • Sorry, I don’t care.

            That’s a pure reflection of how anal Banny and JD are. More anal than a Greek brothel.

  • possumrld

    Hamels had a 4.01 ERA when the game started. But if he could finish the game with no earned runs allowed, it would be all the way back down to around 3.50!

  • possumrld

    C’m on Cole!

  • Sorry, I don’t care.

    Shame that Gallo swung on ball 4.

    • Sorry, I don’t care.

      It’s that sort of impatient batting that the Astros do not do and that we do far too often that drives me nuts. Pitch recognition, that’s something that the hitting coach should be working on with Joey and half of the rest of the team!

      • dearmidol

        The roster was just built wrong.

        • Sorry, I don’t care.

          Yep.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Will you be angry if Hamels is pulled?

    • dearmidol

      Yes. And Hamels should pick a fight with Banister if it happens.

  • Sorry, I don’t care.

    Time for Robinson to hit one out?

    • Sorry, I don’t care.

      Close! Just got on top of it. Perfect pitch for Robinson to have a swing at!

  • dearmidol

    Rangers need one more run so it’s not a save situation, and Banister won’t be tempted to go by the book and put in his closer.

    • Rowdy Yates

      I’ve been gone 6 of the last 7 weeks. Who is the closer this week?

      • calntom

        Claudio

  • Rowdy Yates

    Braymond “They’re very much in the Wild Card race…” Come on Dave we know they’re the only sports network willing to pay you a dime to spout such nonsense but maybe wait until they get at least to .500 before spouting such nonsense.

    • dearmidol

      Yeah, that just makes him lose all creditability.

      • calntom

        MAC101

  • Sorry, I don’t care.

    Choo swings through ball 2. And so it continues.

  • Rowdy Yates

    Come on …… !!!! Off the very end of the bat and falls in?????

    • dearmidol

      Really good pitch.

  • dearmidol

    Panic ensues in the Rangers dugout.

  • WhoKnowscs

    I guarantee the Rangers lose if he pulls Hamels without giving up the lead.

    • dearmidol

      They would deserve to.

  • Rowdy Yates

    2 complete games pitched in a row in a MLB series. Used to be routine but seldom happens now. Great win!

  • dearmidol

    Hamels was amazing.

  • FlappingGums

    WOO HOO!! WTG COLE & RANGERS!!! 🙌🙆🙌

  • Sorry, I don’t care.

    Tremendous performance by Hamels.

  • elkaba

    Is it possible that Banister learned something from seeing Colon go all the way? Can’t believe he didn’t yank Hamels.

    • grumpyderfsmagic8ball

      No

      • FlappingGums

        LoL!! 😄

      • elkaba

        LOL

    • dearmidol

      I think he got trigger happy with the leadoff double.

      But with Perez going only four innings yesterday, he needed to rest that pen.