Miller implodes. 81 comments


Shelby Miller cannot make it through two innings, allowing nine of the fourteen batters he faced to get on base, and eight to score.

 

The good thing about being a Rangers fan is knowing your team has money to burn.

The bad thing about being a Rangers fan is knowing your team doesn’t have a clue how to spend the money it burns.

Late in 2018, after coming back from Tommy John surgery, Shelby Miller pitched in five games for Arizona. He was 0-4 with a 10.69 ERA. In layman’s terms, he was a disaster.

He did all that carnage in just sixteen innings. He lost efficiently.

For that, the Rangers threw two million dollars at him. But in fairness to Jon Daniels, maybe he was thinking Miller would regain the form he displayed before he hurt his arm—when he threw up a 4.09 ERA in four games in 2017. Or the year before when he pitched in twenty games and hung up a 6.15 ERA.

You really have to wonder what Daniels was thinking. Does he think he is the pitcher whisperer?

After last night’s disastrous outing in which he wasn’t even able to make it through two innings, Shelby Miller is now 1-3 with a 9.51 ERA.

Can Jon Daniels spot a bargain, or what?

Actually, yes, if you compare it to other disastrous spending. Last year the Rangers threw nine million at Matt Moore. So, Miller’s two million, coming off sixteen total innings pitched, was a bargain in comparison. The year before they threw ten million at Andrew Cashner.

The Rangers have the money. But they waste it like a drunk at the poker table. And that’s a shame. Because when you don’t know how to develop pitching, you need to buy it.

The Rangers have shown they don’t know how to buy it either.

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TODAY’S GAME:

Mike Minor (3-3, 2.68) vs. Jorge Lopez (0-4, 6.07)
Game time: 7:15

  • elkaba
    • JacobMcCandles

      Thats strange….I listened to that interview as I do every Monday, and I don’t remember hearing that??!!

      • elkaba

        Well there could some pressure being applied there. May be a “revised” edition.

        • JacobMcCandles

          Yeah or maybe off the air…..or I just whiffed

  • elkaba

    Not a lot to say at this point, is there?

    • WhoKnowscs

      People had their Miller time last night. Now it’s the next day.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Well I think the season has been even more disappointing than everyone thought, due to the nice start. Based on the talent assembled the way they are playing now is closer to reality. Mathis,Alfalfa,Odor all batting under .200….Maz underperforming. BP is up and down….Two good starters basically. A new Mgr……Grin and bare it, and hope JD can make the plan work.

    • RR3

      I predicted a repeat of last year, 67 losses. I figured this rotation was going to be deplorable, with only Minor and Lynn giving them legitimate chances to win. It really depended on the young hitters ability to take a step forward. Six weeks into the season, they haven’t been able to do that, other than Gallo.

      • JacobMcCandles

        I picked 72

  • GoRangers23
  • TD30
    • Rowdy Yates

      I know they want Odor to solve his problems with a bat in his hands on the field. And I read JD’s semi-coherent interview below. But at this point Odor shouldn’t be hitting in the #6 spot but in the #10 spot.

      • WhoKnowscs

        And it can’t be . . . he hits Royals pitching, then the next series can’t hit.

      • possumrld

        Or # 11

  • azrangerfan

    I bet Minor hopes he’s traded sooner rather than later. He needs a team that can score some runs for him. He will help out some contender this season. Hope the Rangers can get something decent for him.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Say hey Willie…..bout time they brought him up.

  • GoRangers23

    Willie! Way to go!

  • WhoKnowscs

    If the Royals had a rotation they’d be every bit the formidable team they were in 2014-15. They are definitely stacked with good contact hitters.

    • RR3

      And speed.

      • WhoKnowscs

        Take the Royals lineup and the Indians pitching and you’d be giving the Twins a run for their money.

  • RR3

    Minor needs to have a good game.

    • WhoKnowscs

      Sadly the Royals lineup is like the Astros . . . just don’t have the pitching.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Pretty huge leap

  • WhoKnowscs

    Rouggie should bunt.

    • possumrld

      Roogie should quit

  • possumrld

    Odor lucked out on the no DP, so he worked hard to find another way to make an out.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Straight up trade, Odor or Whit Merrifield?

    • possumrld

      Odor – for whatever they can get.

  • GoRangers23

    That really looked bad.

    • RR3

      Are you feeling better today, Go?

      • GoRangers23

        Not even a little. This virus seems to really love me judging by how many times I’ve had it. Thanks for asking. 🙂

        • RR3

          You are one of its favorite customers.

          • GoRangers23

            Can I make a customer complaint?

  • isittime

    Good job getting that k there by minor

  • WhoKnowscs

    I don’t see Minor lasting that long this game. Even if he doesn’t give up another run.

    • RR3

      The less we see of that bullpen the better.

      • WhoKnowscs

        Yeah but he’s having to throw a lot of pitches

  • RR3

    Time for the robot umpires. That’s two bad strikeout calls tonight.

    • WhoKnowscs

      Why not Robot Pitchers? At least there’d be no more TJS for pitchers. =P Plus it be hilarious watching the batters trying to catch up to 1000 mph fastballs.

      • RR3

        NOW you’re talking.

      • possumrld

        lol! Then they could invent robot hitters, with graphite bats, and laser ball tracking!

    • GoRangers23

      I can’t wait for that! I wish they would hurry up about it.

    • possumrld

      It is way time.

    • isittime

      At least he range up Gordon on one of those, thou gallo’s looked even a bit more in.

      • possumrld

        According to Nadel, this guy won’t call a high strike, or a low strike. But instead it is a wide strike zone. But Nadel says at least it is “consistent”. I guess consistent but bad is better then erratic and bad.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Looks like Minor’s starting to run out of luck . . . or good pitches.

  • GoRangers23

    GUUUUUZZZZZ!!

  • isittime

    minor pitched a heck of a game even thou he didn’t go deep in the game.

  • GoRangers23

    Another good hit by Willie.

  • isittime

    Wonder how woody’s going to juggle getting pence and Calhoun ab’s?

    • possumrld

      He won’t. He will leave Pence mostly on the bench, and play Odor, either because he is a Doofus, or because JD makes the decision for him.

      • isittime

        We’ll see, but he needs to get pence some ab’s. Pinch hit, dh, whatever. He’s the hottest hitter on the team.

        • possumrld

          Pence needs to be in the lineup every day. And if Woody had any grit in his craw, he would bench Odor, and if JD doesn’t like it, tell him to go eat a brick.
          And he also needs to tell him we are out here to win games by fielding the best players we have. And right now, Odor isn’t part of that equation.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Figures . . . they get hits on Minor every inning and a couple on walks but only 1 run. In comes the bullpen that we think will give the game away and its the first 3 up, 3 down inning of the night.

  • possumrld

    OK Chaves! throw some grapes here, not grape fruits!

  • possumrld

    Good-un, Chavez!

  • isittime

    Nice job of Chavez taking a page out of minor’s playbook getting out of that jam.

  • WhoKnowscs

    I wonder if IKF would have been able to coach him out of that jam.

  • possumrld

    Forsythe is on fire!

  • Tony Howell

    Rather see a pitcher bat then Mathis

    • possumrld

      Same basic result

      • Tony Howell

        Sometimes a pitcher gets a hit sometimes

        • possumrld

          lol!

    • isittime

      No doubt. Most hit better.

  • possumrld

    A Mathis highlight reel is Mathis framing a lot of pitches, blocking some wild pitches, and making an occasional good play on a bunt.

    • WhoKnowscs

      All while keeping the other team from scoring.

      • possumrld

        Perhaps. But IKF is just as good, and he can hit at least a little better.

  • isittime

    Big league Choooo!

  • GoRangers23

    CHOOOOOO!

  • isittime

    Nice job by Chavez tonight. Good to see him get out of that jam in his 1st inning and looked very sharp the 2nd.

    • possumrld

      He is showing more of the form now that made the Rangers want to sign him.

  • possumrld

    Good for Maz! Maybe this is a sign of good things to come!

  • possumrld

    Well, it looks like we may be breaking that 5 game losing streak tonight!

  • possumrld

    LeClerk is warming up. Maybe he can hold a 5 run lead.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Tomorrow is a day game.

  • GoRangers23

    We won!

  • Rowdy Yates

    From the box score it looks like a good win. Actually right now any win is a good win!