Moore of the same. 195 comments


Rangers starter Matt Moore walks off the field after another less than stellar start.

 

At least the Rangers made it interesting.

After spotting Toronto eight runs, Texas chipped away at the lead. They got within three. Even getting a runner on in the ninth to offer a sliver of hope.

But in the end, it’s difficult to undo Matt Moore. In two starts he has shown why he was the worst pitcher in baseball last year. Why Jon Daniels traded for him is a mystery.

In Moore’s first outing, he went four innings and gave up four runs.

Last night, he went 3.1 innings and gave up five runs. And, frankly, it could have been worse. He was bad from the start and never got better. He walked four, and gave up five hits. Blue Jays hitters were fighting one another in the dugout for the chance to take their hacks at him.

It’s not the damage Moore does to the bullpen when he pitches that’s the problem. Starting pitchers go five innings. In reality, he has just been a little bit shy of that in his two starts. So he is not making the bullpen pitch much more than if he was actually good.

What he is doing is burying the Rangers early. And with this offense, it’s hard to overcome.=

It’s hard to say how much more Moore we will see. But the less Moore we see, the better.

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TODAY’S GAME:

Marcus Stroman (0-0, 7.20) vs. Mike Minor (0-1, 3,86)
Game time: 7:05

How the Blue Jays hit against Minor.
How the Rangers hit against Stroman.

 

  • GoRangers23

    It’s 35 degrees here, in April, and Easter has already come and gone. This is crazy! I wonder if any of the fruit trees around here will have any fruit on them this year?

    • LoboTX

      It’s 30 over here in Abilene. The mesquites got it wrong this year – very rare. The boys better wear their thermals tonight !

      • JacobMcCandles

        Whats up Lobo?

      • GoRangers23

        I thought it was going to start warming back up as the day progressed, but it is still 35, with a high of 44. Yikes!

    • JacobMcCandles

      Hard getting out of bed!!!!

  • RangerReclinerCoach

    So then less is Moore…Moore or less

    • Rowdy Yates

      One thing I don’t ever expect to hear from a Rangers fan is “Please sir, I want some Moore.”

      • JacobMcCandles

        Drop and give me twenty

  • GoRangers23

    I guess the picture takers were too cold to take pics last night. This is the only thing I have for today. Happy birthday Adrian!

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/f323b81aa80fd8d9a271b6019e6f7caf7c7254c2b53ac5a241b0bda4dada4b8d.jpg

    • FlappingGums

      Happy Birthday ADRIAN!

  • Rowdy Yates

    9 games into the season the AL West looks to me like exactly where they’ll end: Astros, Angels, Mariners, A’s, Rangers. Sad to say, the Rangers have been in or tied for last place since day 1. Would be a real shame to play 162 games and all of them resulting in a last place position.

    Rangers one big hope is Sports Illustrated picked them last in the West …. And SI is NEVER right!

    • JacobMcCandles

      I think that standing is 100% spot on….maybe a fight for the cellar

  • JacobMcCandles

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4XJxFAoiWSY&index=1&list=RD4XJxFAoiWSY

    “Ride the waves and don’t ask where they go” Recognize the great back up singer vocals.

  • dearmidol

    Who would have thought that the Rangers need a domed stadium for heat?

    • calntom

      I hear that. I had to cover about 75 plants yesterday to be ready for the 32 degrees we were at here around mid morning. That sucked nearly as bad as Moore.

  • calntom

    Well…… At least the Masters is on now

    • JacobMcCandles

      I bet Spieth and Dustin Thomas

  • dearmidol

    Rangers really need to avoid starting the season 3-7.

    • azrangerfan

      Yep don’t need the hole to get to deep. On pace now for a 54 win season. Need to string together a few wins now.

  • GoRangers23

    Beltre gets the night off, but it has more to do with the fact that it is so cold, not really because it is his birthday.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Harper in a contract yr hit his 5th

  • TD30
    • JacobMcCandles

      Odor in the 2 hole….my only guess is his splits vs Stroman are good….other than that…..meh

      • dearmidol

        Most managers put their better hitters in the two hole. Banister uses it as a dumping ground.

        • grumpyderfsmagic8ball

          Agree or not there was some logic for Gallo. Odor not so much. Banister just can’t help himself. At least give it 30 games or so to see. Wish he would go and take DaveRay with him.

      • GoRangers23

        It boggles my mind.

    • FlappingGums

      Hi TD! Thanks for the lineup! :-)!

    • WhoKnowscs

      Happy Birthday Beltre! Now sit.

      • GoRangers23

        Now he can relax on his birthday and stay warm in the dugout. He probably doesn’t mind.

  • dearmidol

    Yes I am going to stupidly brave it and go to the game. Yes I am stupid.

    • azrangerfan

      You’ll be the guy with no shirt on and a big T on his chest?

      • dearmidol

        Exactly.

    • GoRangers23

      Ha! I was wondering if you were going to be there. Don’t forget to take an Eskimo coat…..and maybe a blanket. No need for a hard hat tonight. And no need for a demon umbrella. Don’t freeze like a popsicle. 😄

      • GoRangers23

        A snow cap probably won’t be a bad idea either. Just put it on under your ball cap. It will look very attractive . Lo

    • FlappingGums

      Brrrrrr……Stay. as warm as you can!

  • dearmidol

    Is it August already? Beltre isn’t in the Rangers lineup.

    • WhoKnowscs

      Most likely they think he can’t handle the cold.

  • Rowdy Yates

    Hmmm no Rangers game tonight listed on FSSW here in Austin area.

    • FlappingGums

      I have it on FSSW via DISH. Good luck finding it.

      • Rowdy Yates

        Showing as Rangers pregame at 7 but Spurs basketball at 7:30 on my menu guide on FSSW.

        • GoRangers23

          I have Dish too, and it shows that the pregame and game both are on FOXSW.

        • FlappingGums

          Maybe its on FSSW+

  • GoRangers23

    Those poor little dogs are going to freeze.

    • FlappingGums

      Glad they have sweaters on but they need to be home.

      • GoRangers23

        Most of them just have costumes on, not sweaters. They are going to be really cold.

  • GoRangers23

    The temperature has gone up to 41 degrees. I suppose that’s better than 35.

  • GoRangers23

    Is there a reason why he has nothing warm on at all? Good grief!

    • FlappingGums

      Who? Mike Minor? It’s hard for pitchers to find sleeves. Comfortable enough to pitch with.

      • GoRangers23

        I believe I’d be going with warmth instead of comfort tonight, but as long as he pitches alright, I don’t care.

  • FlappingGums

    Purge needs a hat!!

  • GoRangers23

    Rougie’s in disguise……and he has nothing at all on his arms. That’s a thinker.

    • FlappingGums

      LoL!!!

  • GoRangers23

    Yep, that’s definitely Rougie.

  • dearmidol

    The beer is cold.

    • GoRangers23

      Are you staying warm?

  • GoRangers23

    Why do they bother wearing a complete face mask and then leave their arms bare? Weird.

  • GoRangers23

    At least Drew Robinson has both sleeves and face covering.

    Those guys from Canada are probably laughing at us.

  • Rowdy Yates

    Yep here in Austin FSSW is doing San Antonio Spurs game. I hate pro basketball. Catch y’all tomorrow and hope the Rangers are out of last place for a least a day!

    • GoRangers23

      Rowdy, do you have Apple devices? Or do you have The Fox Sports Go ap?

    • FlappingGums

      Bummer you won’t see the game tonight. Have a nice evening. See you tomorrow.

  • GoRangers23

    Good job very cold Mike Minor!

  • GoRangers23

    Good hit Ryan!

  • FlappingGums

    Great half inning, Rangers!

    • GoRangers23

      So far, so good!

  • GoRangers23

    Those masky things have the Texas Rangers logo on them……so cute. Ok, that was a little sarcastic. Lol

    • elkaba

      They’re balacavas. I just love that word.

      • FlappingGums

        What does that mean?

      • GoRangers23

        I’m going to just stick with masky thing. 😄

  • GoRangers23

    They gave Adrian a walker for his birthday ….lol

    • FlappingGums

      That’s funny!!

  • GoRangers23

    I hope our poor cold fans get rewarded with a win!

    • FlappingGums

      I’m with you on that!

      • GoRangers23

        As many hits as we have had, I thought for sure we had more runs than just one.

  • GoRangers23

    Go Elvis and Choo!

  • elkaba

    Poor Elvis. He must be frozen.

    • GoRangers23

      His face is undoubtedly warm though. 😄

    • FlappingGums

      We know he is, bless his heart.

  • WhoKnowscs

    How bad have things been on our bullpen?

    Innings Pitched by Rangers: 79 in 9 games
    Innings Pitched by the Bullpen- 36.1 for 6th most innings by relievers.

    “Ahead” of them
    1 Marlins 40.1 innings of 75 innings in 7 games but had 17, 10, and 13 inning games
    2 Angels 37.2 of 77.1 in 8 games but had 11 and 13 games
    3. Rays 37.1 of 71.1 in 8 games but had a 12 inning game.
    4. Orioles – 36.2 of 84 innings in 9 games but had 11 and 14 inning games.
    5. Brewers- 36.2 of 84 inning in 9 games but had A 12 inning game.
    ***6 Rangers – no extra inning game and 2 of 9 games required only 8 innings.
    7 Yankees 34.2 of 84 inning in 9 games but had a 14 inning game

  • GoRangers23

    Elvis had his fifth multi hit game of the year, which is second most in MLB. Way to go Elvis!

  • dearmidol

    Why couldn’t they have an Odor at second?

  • WhoKnowscs

    Well that let the air out.

  • GoRangers23

    How can we STILL only have one run?

    • elkaba

      We aren’t very good?

      • elkaba

        We don’t have enough Elvis’s? Or Choo’s? 🙂

        • elkaba

          DD is hurt?

          • elkaba

            All of the above?

          • FlappingGums

            BINGO!!

          • GoRangers23

            Yes, I’m going to have to change my answer, since I didn’t see this one before I answered below. 😁

        • GoRangers23

          Yep, that’s the answer. Ha!

      • GoRangers23

        That’s a possibility, I GUESS. 😄

      • JacobMcCandles

        Going out on a limb?? LO

  • GoRangers23

    That dog Emily chose for the fan of the game was too cute!

    • FlappingGums

      I agree!

      • GoRangers23

        Do you know what kind of dog that was?

        • Consternationreigns

          Chilly dog. Hi everybody,it’s me ! : )

          • GoRangers23

            Ha! Good one! How are you doing tonight?

          • Consternationreigns

            Vladtastic! : p

          • GoRangers23

            Oh, are you Vlad?

          • GoRangers23

            I knew you changed your name, but I wasn’t sure from what. I’m glad you’re still here!

          • FlappingGums

            Hey there! How are you?

        • grumpyderfsmagic8ball

          Lhasa Apso or a Shih Tsu maybe.

          • GoRangers23

            I think those are smaller dogs, but maybe she was a mix of some kind? Whatever she was, she was cute!

  • GoRangers23

    Good walks Joey!

  • FlappingGums

    Score some runs guys!

  • FlappingGums

    Well that didn’t go well for us.

  • GoRangers23

    Yes!

  • GoRangers23

    Alright Let’s Go Rangers! We need more runs!

  • GoRangers23

    Ha! That was Beltre. I didn’t even recognize him at first.

  • GoRangers23

    Beltre—Making beanie caps cool. 😎

  • WhoKnowscs

    Quite pathetic hitting.

    • GoRangers23

      By the Blue Jays? 😄

      • WhoKnowscs

        Rangers. Joey took it as a chip to remove. Until those hit’s it was only 1 run with a tin of ruuners.

  • GoRangers23

    You GO Joey!!!

  • FlappingGums

    Keep it going Rangers!!

  • GoRangers23

    I love the phrase, “Gallo (or any Ranger, for that matter) rounding third! “

    • FlappingGums

      I do too! 😀

    • WhoKnowscs

      We certainly haven’t heard it much this season.

  • Consternationreigns

    I show up and the Rangers score 4 runs.You’re welcome : )

    • GoRangers23

      See, you need to come by more often!

  • GoRangers23

    Woo Hoo! I think I like it better when it’s our guys that are cold, and not our bats. 😄

  • WhoKnowscs

    Keep scoring.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Anyone see 5 runs without Beltre?

    • GoRangers23

      Maybe the team is trying to give him a win for his birthday?

    • FlappingGums

      I hoped it . But didn’t expect it.

  • GoRangers23

    Way to try to sell it dude. Caught!…..He was caught, not the ball. 😄

  • WhoKnowscs

    We need a homer now.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Is JD on the phone trying to get Barnes?

  • FlappingGums

    Let’s hold the blue jays now!

  • GoRangers23

    Good catch Ryan!

    • FlappingGums

      I missed it. Glad it happened.

  • WhoKnowscs

    New meaning to faceless outfielder.

  • GoRangers23

    Poo!

  • WhoKnowscs

    Watching on sling it’s about 2 minutes behind

    • WhoKnowscs

      Even gameday on a phone is ahead of sling.

  • FlappingGums

    Donaldson is a hot head or spoiled diva or both.

    • GoRangers23

      I do not like him at all.

      • FlappingGums

        Me neither!

  • FlappingGums

    YES!!!

  • GoRangers23

    Good job Mike Minor! Got through the sixth and only has 90 pitches.

    • WhoKnowscs

      Would you bring him back next inning?

      • GoRangers23

        Absolutely!!

    • GoRangers23

      Which is better than most that we have now.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Minor matched Colon 1 run in 6 innings. He should come back next inning but Banny isn’t that bright.

  • GoRangers23

    It’s nice to see that at least one of those question mark pitchers is going to work for us.

    • WhoKnowscs

      He has the stuff it’s only a matter how many innings he can get into a season his high is around 70-80 innings instead of 200.

      • GoRangers23

        We’ll just have to hope that this is his best season ever and he hangs in there for a long, long time.

  • GoRangers23

    Turns out that those people who brought their dogs are the smart ones. They have a lap full of warmth.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Only a _______ for a manager would not bring Minor back out.

    • WhoKnowscs

      Sadly we have a ________ for a manager.

  • FlappingGums

    YES! Duo left play!
    Good catch, Drew!

  • GoRangers23

    Is it just me, or does Dave seem like kind of a hateful person? Maybe the word isn’t hateful. He’s just not very nice, it seems. Not very personable.

    • WhoKnowscs

      Probably cold and cranky.

      • GoRangers23

        He’s always like that though. It’s not the cold. He does normally seem a little cranky though.

    • FlappingGums

      He seems to not be a like a letter sort.

      • FlappingGums

        A likeable sort.

        • GoRangers23

          Ha, I was trying to decipher that, but not having much luck. 😄

          • FlappingGums

            LoL!!! 😁

  • WhoKnowscs

    Can we get a David Murphy – AJ Pierzynski sportscasting duo?

    • FlappingGums

      That would be Terrific!!!!

    • GoRangers23

      Ooh, I’m definitely for that! Or maybe a Murph -Gentry duo, eventually. 😄

      I would truthfully like to see a Murph – Sandler duo.

      • FlappingGums

        Those are all good!! Murphy could definitely handle it!!

    • WhoKnowscs

      What about a Banny – JD sportscasting duo? Think about it a second. If they are in the booth droning on with easily forgettable dialog. Where aren’t they?

      • FlappingGums

        LoL!!

      • GoRangers23

        Yes, but then we have to still look at them and hear them talk. I would love to go back to a time when I actually cared about what they have to say, and actually learned something from them. Banny and JD can announce all they want to, but it better be for another team. 🙂

        • WhoKnowscs

          Makes them do the Astros or Yankees.

  • FlappingGums

    Good catch, Profar!

  • WhoKnowscs

    Bring back Jepson in the ninth. They look like they are just trying to get this over with now so no need to streSS another arm.

  • GoRangers23

    Those little chubby dogs with bat ears are just so cute…… They are sorta ugly, but cute all at the same time. 😄

  • WhoKnowscs

    Banny is so predictable.

    • GoRangers23

      He really is.

  • FlappingGums

    Do the Rangers leave town/travel after this series?

    • GoRangers23

      No, they have a series with the Angels.

      • GoRangers23

        Three games.

        • FlappingGums

          Oh, thanks!

        • WhoKnowscs

          Then a day off.

    • WhoKnowscs

      Don’t think so.

      • FlappingGums

        Okay, thank you!

  • WhoKnowscs

    Smoak should just hit it and get it over with.

  • GoRangers23

    We will probably miss Ohtani pitching, but we might see him hitting.

  • FlappingGums

    People look like they’re at a football game. Lol!

    • GoRangers23

      Yeah they do. I thought the same thing earlier.

  • GoRangers23

    YAY! They rewarded our cold fans and their pooches with a win!

  • FlappingGums

    WooHoo!! WTG RANGERS!!! 🙌😀😁

  • GoRangers23

    Well, that was a fun one!

  • WhoKnowscs

    Lmao @ Radigan saying Banny won’t be stubborn with lineup.

    • GoRangers23

      Does he not know Banny??

  • possumrld

    As far as Banney being stubborn with the lineup goes, he seems to be either very stubborn with it, or very stupid with it, like tonight. Yes, we won, but to me the order of the lineup had little to do with the win. The greatest mystery to me though, is why on earth was Odor hitting 2nd tonight? That is beyond all comprehension! And now Banney will probably use the fact that Odor walked and scored a run, to keep him there at # 2 in the lineup. Because that is where they really want him, and that is where he will probably stay for awhile, no matter how bad he hits. I may be wrong here, and I hope I am wrong about this. We shall soon see.
    And the other night when Juan Centeno was having such a good night, Nadel and Hicks were commenting that due to his fine performance, and in the light of Chirinos’ struggles of late, maybe Banney would give Centeno another start. But then the very next night, we saw Chirinos again, and it was just another abysmal Chirinos showing.
    The truth is, Banney was probably scared to death that if he had let Centeno start two games in a row, and if he did well again, that would put Banney in a very hard place. Because Cirinos is “Banney’s guy”. And Centeno could probably have hit three home runs and thrown out 2 base runners night before last, and Banney would likely have sat him the next game anyway, and given Chirinos the start, no matter how bad Chirinos is playing.
    This is the kind of “baseball hierarchy” crap that drives me crazy, and it makes me so mad!
    Wash was terrible about this kind of thing too, especially the last season and a half or so of his tenure with the Rangers. And that very thing is what finally made me very glad to see Wash go.

    • GoRangers23

      I completely agree on Wash. He was VERY bad about that. However, I think Chirinos’s problems stem from the fact that he got banged up twice in back to back games. I think that is what’s keeping him from doing better. He usually does a really good job of hitting and getting on base. Give him some time. He’ll come around, as long as he’s not hurt.

      • possumrld

        I agree to to some point, Go. But Chirinos was bad before he got banged up. He has been struggling since day one, and his spring wasn’t very strong either. I thought Banney was wrong for putting him back in with just one games rest after “bruising his wrist”. And in the comeback attempt game before last, it might have been the difference between winning, continuing a comeback attempt and it stalling. i particularly remember thinking late in the game, how nice it would have been to have a guy who was actually hitting, Centeneo coming up when Chirinos spot came up, with a man on base, and he did his usual whiff.
        I am not saying Centeno should automatically be the starting catcher now. But we needed some bats right now, and it makes sense to me to go with the guy who is hitting, while thae are hot.