Odor heating up. 262 comments


Back when Rougned Odor could hit.

 

This is not a hate on Roogie piece. So, as you read on, don’t ball your fists in anger and brand me an Odor hater. I am not. I am Odornostic.

This is an honest suggestion on how Rougned Odor can get out of his deep funk. It’s the true story of how one of the key players on the greatest team of all time got himself out of the prolonged slump he was in.

This is science. And you can’t argue with that.

Make no mistake, Rougned Odor is in it bad. Yes, he’s collected a few hits in the past few games but he has a long way to go. He’s still hitting just .141. He’s still getting on base a paltry twenty-two percent of the time. He has only twelve hits this season. Cody Bellinger gets twelve a week.

How bad is it? Remember the plight of former Ranger Chris Davis? It seemed like he went a decade without a hit. He went sixty-two consecutive plate appearances, in fact, without hitting safely, spanning the end of last season and the beginning of this one. He began this season 0-for-33. It was historic futility. He broke out of it with a three-hit game.

As historically miserable as Chris Davis’s season has been, he is now batting .179. That’s thirty-eight points better than Odor. If he had enough at-bats to qualify, Odor would be dead last in batting average.

Davis also set the record for lowest batting average from a position player last season. It was .168. Odor dreams of those lofty numbers.

But there is hope. You have to go back to the Big Red Machine, the 1976 Cincinnati Reds, a team that would win its second-consecutive World Series. On this day in baseball history, Reds legendary shortstop Dave Concepcion was in a deep slump. He was batting just .157. (Rougned Odor pines for the days of .157.) He tried everything to get hot. Changed his batting stance. Tried different locations in the box. Choked up. Lit candles. Nothing worked.

Desperate to shake out of his slump, Concepcion did what only someone truly trying to get hot would do. He climbed into the clubhouse dryer at Wrigley Field and asked his teammates to turn it on. They complied. They let Concepcion take a few tumbles. It did the trick. He heated up. Literally and figuratively. The Reds shortstop went 3-for-6 that day, and ended up batting .304 for the remaining 129 games of the season.

Concepcion, by the way, weighed only one hundred fifty-five pounds. Odor weighs one-ninety-five. Fortunately, modern dryers have much bigger capacities.

Look, desperate times call for desperate measures. Concepcion was by most accounts a Hall-of-Fame-calibre infielder. Odor could learn from his fellow Venezuelan.

Who knows, maybe if they throw him in the washing machine before as well, they can get some of that Odor out as well. It works for my socks.

*****
TODAY’S GAME:

Mike Minor (3-2, 2.40) vs. Wade Miley (2-2, 3.20)
Game time: 7:10

  • JacobMcCandles

    Careful.,,a positive comment bout Roogie gets you close to me🙃 well written

    • Rowdy Yates

      Odor still sucks. Like Gallo sucked for two seasons when he couldn’t scratch .200. Now Gallo’s a legit MLB player, maybe even a star player. If Roughie can get into the .230/40s he’s a legit 2nd baseman. Until then he’s Mordor to me for y’all who are acquainted with Tolkien.

      • Nate Whitten

        If anyone is acquainted with JRR Tolkien, I am. But other than the 4 letters of Mordor used in Odor, I’m not sure I see a connection. Roughie isn’t evil, but I am having serious questions about his intelligence. He seemed to understand the concept of the strike zone last year. A person can go into hitting slumps, but thinking slumps are hard for me to comprehend. If nothing else, the man CAN quit swinging at bad pitches. Right now, he must buy into the thinking that a walk is as good as a hit. Although the statement is not actually true, it’s close enough. As far as OBP, it is true. If he can learn to take pitches, he will get pitches to hit. His timing got so messed up that he could not even hit “his” pitch. I think that’s coming around. Gallo’s turnaround can be traced to his determination to quit chasing pitches. Odor wants to be good. He needs to have Gallo’s will to change. Losing his attitude wouldn’t hurt either. I think the guy will be a star 2B for many years. He needs to quit regressing to bad habits. Get his swing dialed in. Then he is welcome in Gondor.

        • elkaba

          Being that Odor is really from Rohan, I’m having trouble with both of you guys.

          • Nate Whitten

            He has the love of horses. Good catch.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Ride a white horse to the footsteps of Dorn…..try to find a woman who’s never,never been born. Standing on the mountain of dreams telling myself it’s not hard, not hard as it seems.

        • Rowdy Yates

          Like Mordor very difficult to get into and just as difficult to get much if anything out of it.

          • Nate Whitten

            OK. Good analogy.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Odor has proven more than Gallo

        • Mr.C

          ???

          • JacobMcCandles

            Ck the yr by yr stats

          • Mr.C

            Carrer WAR and OPS
            WAR:
            Gallo 7.9
            Odor 5.8

            OPS:
            Gallo .842
            Odor .727

            OPS+
            Gallo 115
            Odor 89

          • WhoKnowscs

            Now do a year by year breakdown of the 2.

          • Mr.C

            Needless to say Gallo’s numbers are trending the opposite way from Odor’s.

        • Mr.C

          Expand your statement please

          • JacobMcCandles

            Results do my talking

        • Nate Whitten

          What? I am with you on Oder..as a star to be. But I don’t understand those 6 words Gallo is no longer a question. Odor is a big question. I feel he will be great, but nothing has been proved–yet.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Look at the career not just this yr

          • isittime

            Odor has 5 seasons to Gallos 2.5, but still has only accumulated a 72 o rar (offensive runs above replacement) to Gallo’s 66 . Neither is going to wow you defensively. Rougie has only played above replacement level twice and Gallo once. To Gallo’s credit he has had to learn a new position.

          • isittime

            I’m am rooting for Rougie to get it together and be more consistent. When he’s on, he’s a spark to this offense. That 9th inning dinger yesterday was huge in a 1 run game. Would love to see him get just a little more disciplened at the plate.

    • WhoKnowscs

      The only real problem with Odor is his contract. It’s the only reason he’s being played rather than riding the pine probably 70% of the time over a currently more productive player. Case in point with DD just being sent down. He’s making about 1/8th of what Odor makes. If Odor only made 1.5 mil would Santana being playing 2nd mostly every day?

  • Mr.C

    Good piece Kevin
    You still need to let me know what Odornostic means.

    I don’t think anyone in this site hates Odor. However; even Jake is frustrated with Odor’s performance this season.

    I haven’t read anyone claiming Odor should be benched. What most of us Odornostics fans wish, is that Odor is moved to the bottom of the lineup.

    Woody moved him to the heart of the lineup and IMO, he should be batting 9th until he figures out how not to chase so many pitches outside of the zone. Yesterday he was still chasing balls up in the strike zone.
    He needs to figure out what Gallo figured out this year. Get the walk every time they give it to you. Once he learns that, he will be awesome in the 2nd spot.

    • RR3

      Like agnostic. But with Odor. I neither love him or hate him. He’s like pollen. He’s here, he’s not going anywhere, try to make the best of it.

      • Mr.C

        Roger that

        We are rooting for him !

        • elkaba

          It certainly appears everyone on the team, coaches and manager included, are rooting for him, too. So I have to reject the assumption that he’s too cocky or stubborn or proud to make the changes needed in his at bats. I hardly think all these veteran players and coaches would be so supportive of him if they thought his problem was a bad attitude.

          As to whether or not he possesses the ability to do what Gallo has done though remains to be seen. If he finally gets it, or more likely, if he’s gotten it already and can finally put it into practice, he has as much upside as Gallo has shown already. Perhaps he just needs more time. Seeing something or knowing something and being able to do it can be very different things and easier said than done for some.

          Both players have made impressive strides on defense, so we see evidence already that Odor is teachable. Now he just needs to get that piece at the plate going. When/if he does, he’s perfectly capable of feasting on the same juicy pitches Gallo occasionally gets, or else he can routinely settle for a free ride to 1B where he can rob and plunder more bases at will.

          • Mr.C

            Good post elk.
            Only thing I would add, is that Odor needs to bat lower in the lineup until he is back.

          • elkaba

            I considered that a consensus opinion around here and a given, so I didn’t mention that. 🙂

          • GT500

            Attitude is relative and comes in many shapes and sizes…Ask DD….he was feeling that love too, until yesterday…..of course this is the same guy that showed everybody how serious he was about competing this year by showing up with blue hair…..blue hair probably really cool for kids or hairdressers, but MLB Centerfielders, not so much

          • elkaba

            I get that certain personal style choices don’t “appear” to reflect a proper attitude, especially for fans, but I think the coaches and the people paying millions to these guys don’t really care about that stuff. What they care about is effort and results. With those two things in place, I don’t think they care what color the hair is. Without those things, even the most clean cut and proper guys will be shown the door.

    • Rowdy Yates

      Clever takeoff on ‘agnostic’.

  • JacobMcCandles

    My oldest brother just had another kid……gives my Dad 13 grandkids.

    • LoboTX

      Your dad’s a wealthy man !

      • JacobMcCandles

        : } yeppers

    • Mr.C

      Beat me. I have 10 grandkids and a grand dog

      • isittime

        And an Elvis Jersey!

        • Mr.C

          I was switching my winter clothing last weekend and found a Darvish Jersey I forgot I had !
          LOL

      • JacobMcCandles

        My bros and as still going

    • GoRangers23

      Congrats uncle!

      • JacobMcCandles

        Thanksgiving is crowded

  • GoRangers23

    Kevin, yesterday’s and today’s articles were great! I especially liked the title of yesterday’s article. Great job!

    • RR3

      Thanks, Go.

  • elkaba

    Maybe there needs to be a new stat for Sabermetrics? ALOBP? (Ability to lay off bad pitches.)

    • Nate Whitten

      That will have to wait until balls and strikes are called by computer. Then ALOBP would be measurable, which means a statistician can deal with it.

      • possumrld

        True, Nate! The way balls and strikes are called now is nothing short of a bad joke.

        • JacobMcCandles

          Computers calling the game could never be perfected….hell it’s wrong now.

          • WhoKnowscs

            The problem is how quickly can the computer adjust the zone to a player that’s a foot shorter?

          • elkaba

            Players would be wearing sensors showing their individual strike zone. The computer would automatically adjust to each player.

          • possumrld

            Jake, the fox track type technology is nowhere close to being the kind of technology they would use for an electronic strike zone. Nadel and Hicks were discussing that very thing the other day. And besides that, the latest trackers are usually within a 1 inch accuracy level, even when they are wrong. But umpires are known quite frequently to call a strike that is right down the middle of the plate, a ball.
            Besides that, we aren’t looking for “perfection” as much as we are for consistency, which is a severely missing commodity in baseball as we now know it
            Here are some very widely known facts that scream for an electronic strike zone.
            1. Research results demonstrate that umpires in certain circumstances overwhelmingly favored the pitcher over the batter. For a batter with a two-strike count, umpires were twice as likely to call a true ball a strike (29 percent of the time) than when the count was lower (15 percent). These error rates have declined since 2008 (35.20 percent), but still are too high.
            2. Home team pitchers get as much as a 20 % advantage in strike calls over the visiting team.
            3. On close calls, “Ace” pitchers are heavily favored over rookies or over run of the mill players.
            4. On close calls, All Star caliber hitters are often favored over rookies or run if the mill hitters.
            5. Many umpires favor the pitcher, and they even expand the strike zone noticeably, as the game progresses.
            And you can say what you like, but the electronic strike zone would accomplish one very important thing. And that is it would be totally impartial to home teams and player status. And the strike zone would not change from night to night, or even from inning to inning, and sometimes from pitch to pitch, like it often does now.
            It is called consistency and equality for all hitters and pitchers. And that is long past due.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Sure someone will disagree….but the buttpitchtracker doesn’t seem to grasp when the ball crosses the plate….also functions solely on where the catcher catches it

          • elkaba

            I think you may be misunderstanding what’s being discussed. The tracker technology they would use is light years ahead of TV pitch tracker ability. In fact, it is possible that with the appropriate sensors, they could call balls and strikes virtually 100% accurately right now. It’s just a question of doing it or not.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Pitch tracker for me is a universal term…….if heaven forbid we go that route, I would just hope MLB perfect the change unlike previous changes

          • possumrld

            Again,”pitch tracker” is not the technology they would be ultimately using. It might have some aspects of it, but they could do much better, and they will. But even as it stands, the current tracker is way more consistent than most umpires are, and it has no biases to boot.

    • WhoKnowscs

      How about swing percentage: Number of swings you make(doesn’t matter if you hit or not)/number of pitches.

      The higher the number is the more likely you are to be able to get to swing and miss, at least in theory. You’d have to compare it to strike out percentage for comparison.

  • Mr.C

    The Pittsburgh Pirates team that beat our Rangers 3 out of 4 games was not the same team that lost 8 games in a row before sweeping the Rangers in Texas.

    The Pirates team that we saw, was leading their division before getting a whole bunch of injuries including 2 players in the heart of their lineup (Marte and Polanco).

    That said, the “easy schedule” of 29 games that we were talking about a few days ago, is really an “easy schedule of 19 games” which will start once we play a 4 games series at Houston (which will not be easy at all).

    Hoping to split in Houston, split with the Cardinals, and win all series ahead against KC, Angels and Mariners for a record of 14-9 in the next 23 games or 31-26 overall in the standings.

    First short term goal …

    ((( SPLIT THE SERIES IN HOUSTON )))

    • calntom

      I think the Rangers just need to grab the brooms and head to Houston and sweep. You know, hand them their arse.

      • Mr.C

        Roger that; but Houston feeds from their defeats. They will be very motivated to beat this Rangers badly. Last time we saw them they almost came back from a 9 run cushion we had on them.

        Remember?

        Then they have Miley tonight, followed by Verlander, Cole and McHugh. I don’t remember Texas ever beating Miley since his days with Arizona.

        I’ll be happy with a split.

        • Nate Whitten

          Elated

    • isittime

      At least we didn’t get swept by PIT. Got a little retribution for that 3 run blown save at home with that 8th/9th inning outburst. A split in Houston would be nice, but a series win would be like Elvis, GREAT! (( CLAP, CLAP,CLAP))

      • Mr.C

        Elvis is FANTASTIC !!!!

  • possumrld

    Funny stuff, Kev! And speaking of “heating up”, the Rangers already have a player who is smokin’ red hot, and he just keeps on getting hotter. I speak of Hunter Pence. The guy is a gamer, and a clutch player – period.
    And the Rangers are insane, and brick dumb for NOT, figuring out how to get Pence into the lineup, every day.
    DH would be a great place for him to reside. So for crying out loud, do it, Rangers!

    • WhoKnowscs

      With DD gone for Guzman expect him expect him to play LF.

  • JacobMcCandles

    I know its early but big series for TX tonight

    • Nate Whitten

      With Minor on the mound, the Rangers are with Houston. Got to score for him.

    • RR3

      Houston’s pitching is not strong. Offense is relentless.

      • Mr.C

        Let’s see Kevin. As I mentioned before, we have never been able to hit Miley. Verlander is an ACE. Cole is a KO machine. Our best chance is McHugh.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Not as good as previous yrs but still pretty good

  • calntom

    Springs is not having a good outing today for Nashville

    • Mr.C

      NAS sucks

      • calntom

        Not many starting pitching reinforcements available there

        • Mr.C

          Add the fact that their lineup is reaaaaaaaally weak !

        • JacobMcCandles

          Never has with JD

          • calntom

            Lol

  • Nate Whitten

    You. it just occurred to me that Pence has been a great player to have on this team. I am a little slow.

    • calntom

      Pence has been better than OK

      • JacobMcCandles

        Not only good but fun to watch

  • WhoKnowscs

    Was it right before the start of the 2017 season when Odor signed his contract?

  • JacobMcCandles

    Huge series for TX….on the road vs the WS favorite with the best home record in MLB😳😳😎😎

  • calntom

    Who is the Ranger Closer for this evening should closing be needed?

    • RR3

      Chris Martin was yesterday. Today I’d guess Shawn Kelley.

      • WhoKnowscs

        This is my guess as well.

      • azrangerfan

        Shawn Kelley hit the 10 day IL today,

  • TD30
    • WhoKnowscs

      About what I expected, when all knew they wouldn’t put Odor ninth. But it looks like they went the catcher ninth than a second lead off.

  • Rowdy Yates

    Was perusing Rangers’ stats and to my surprise, as abysmal as DD’s #s were Odor’s are even worse in all the basic metrics of Avg, OBP, SLG, OPS and their ABs are nearly the same at 88 vs 85. Guess having a big contract does make a difference.

    • RR3

      I don’t get it.

    • WhoKnowscs

      it’s all about the Benjamin’s. Odor has shown a higher ceiling in SLG and HRs. DD has shown a higher ceiling in OBP and AVG. As well as stealing bases and creating general havoc on the base paths. Doing anything with Odor would require admitting the contract may have been a mistake or rushed into too soon. The contract is the only reason they are desperately trying to teach him because they are already on the hook to pay him millions a year.

      Take Cabrera. He signed a one year contract to play 3rd. While he isn’t Beltre by any stretch he at least is consistent. but he is only a one year hire. The Rangers could have signed a upgrade over Cabrera with “Beltre in his prime” productivity but it would have cost 30 mil or so/year for many years in Muchado(his contract is 10 years/300 mil but he only makes 12 mil this year and 32 mil the other 9). The money for Muchado can of course be used better elsewhere. In a line up he’s only 1 guy but 1 guy in a lineup can trick you as to his influence. Now to get to my point. Who will play third next year(and into the future)? They can of course resign Cabrera, sign someone else, or look from within. With 2nd this year JD signed up depth in the forms of Logan Forsythe and more likely Danny Santana who has shown nowhere near the ceiling Odor has but is currently hitting better(though it can all change in a week).

      If the Rangers look within for 3rd they currently have Patrick Wisdom. Would you want him as your everyday third baseman? He’s in AAA which of course means the team doesn’t think he’s ready today. But if you had him on the roster today, would you play him over Cabrera?

    • Mr.C

      If you like the OPS stat as a measure of player’s offense; the OPS+ allows you to compare career stats amongst players with different years of service. 100 is league average, and 150 is 50 percent better than the league average.

      Odor OPS+ = 89
      Delino OPS+ = 76

      This statistic justifies your observation.

      • JacobMcCandles

        That defensive stat is useless….no disrespect

    • JacobMcCandles

      1/5 yr snapshot???

      • Rowdy Yates

        Uhm …. yeah. Since that’s what we’ve got to go on this year.

        • JacobMcCandles

          Remember last yr

          • Rowdy Yates

            This is this year. If and when he shows something good this yr I’ll be his biggest fan just like the 1st yr they brought him up and he surprised everyone.

  • Mr.C

    I just noticed the picture of Odor hitting Batista !!!

    LOL

  • JacobMcCandles

    Elvis may have a tad better range…maybe…….but Correa has the best arm in the biz

    • Rowdy Yates

      Made that play look easy and it wasn’t.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Yeppers

  • JacobMcCandles

    How did that not get out? Tough call

  • Rowdy Yates

    TV feed just went dead. Now, I’ll never know if he was out.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Another IR misstep…taking too long

    • JacobMcCandles

      Safe

  • JacobMcCandles

    Thought he was safe at first…..looks out now…taking too long

  • Rowdy Yates

    Hmmm the 2 FOX Sports channels are off but everything else works including FOX News. Weird.

    • WhoKnowscs

      Directv?

    • WhoKnowscs

      If you are on Directv see if you have 674(Astros broadcast)

    • JacobMcCandles

      Got U-verse?

      • RR3

        I have U-Verse. Rangers broadcasts are not working. Astros is.

        • JacobMcCandles

          So do I

    • RR3

      I got the same thing. I found the Astros feed. It’s much more enjoyable.

      • JacobMcCandles

        When they play I always listen to the Stros announcers

      • Rowdy Yates

        No Astros feed here in Austin even though their AAA team is here.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Astros and Rangers have 4 of the top 10 in Batting avg in AL

  • WhoKnowscs

    That looked like a little chip shot if you were golfing.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Do that again Condor . . . just move about 10 degrees towards the field.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Mathis will homer this game.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Gotta be able to make contact first

  • JacobMcCandles

    Mathis with a .150 avg and .200 OBP……guy didn’t catch he would be out of BB

  • WhoKnowscs

    Bunt to third Choo.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Someone missread a pitch.

  • Rowdy Yates

    Ahhh back on again.
    Can’t make running mistakes like that and give a team like the Astros a free out.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Good pitching duel

  • JacobMcCandles

    Amazing how Springer can be top 4 in AL in RBIs as a leadoff hitter

    • isittime

      Hell of a l/o hitter

  • RR3

    Pence again.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Used to play in RF in Minute Maid

    • isittime

      Almost have to let him play everyday. He’s on fire.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Might be the best when its all over….prob Henderson,Biggio,Springer right now

        • JacobMcCandles

          That was reply to leadoff hitter

          • isittime

            Gotcha

      • RR3

        Yeah, he needs to play every day.

  • LoboTX

    Don’t know if anyone’s said this yet……..

    And it may be too soon…….

    And it may be heresy……..

    I think Pence is FANTASTIC !

    • JacobMcCandles

      Gotta buy his jersey now!!!

    • isittime

      ((CLAP,CLAP,CLAP))

    • Rowdy Yates

      Has to be incredibly strong and super fast bat to hit that outside pitch over the RF wall. The young guys should be watching everything he does to maximize his productivity.

  • isittime

    Good thing Cheerios hit they to center

    • WhoKnowscs

      I remember back when they had the hill, Mooreland clocked one about 430 feet to dead center and it only went as a double.

      • isittime

        Wasn’t there a light pole out there also?

        • WhoKnowscs

          Flag pole.

          • isittime

            Damn obstacle course out there

  • isittime

    Damn! Terrible call

  • azrangerfan

    Okay I’ll say it, I’m really tired of watching Odor try to hit.

    • isittime

      In his defense, Miley dealt him some tough pitches that last ab

      • azrangerfan

        What about all the games before this one? a 180 hitting 2nd baseman is not worth much.

        • isittime

          Only taking up for that last one. Lol

          • JacobMcCandles

            Trust me….It won’t matter on this site!!! Even when he does good “Its should have, or about time!”

  • JacobMcCandles

    Man TX baserunning sux

    • azrangerfan

      sloppy

  • Rowdy Yates

    Two outs now on the bases the Rangers have given the Stros. Not good baseball.

    • isittime

      Getting picked like boogers out there

      • JacobMcCandles

        Boogers are harder

    • WhoKnowscs

      Why even bother, with the Astros field dimensions it’s probably best to just stand on the base and wait for a homer.

  • JacobMcCandles

    2 Good plays by Choo

    • isittime

      He’s a better outfielder than he gets credit for. Probably gets a bad rap from when he was playing center when he is a corner outfielder.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Minor’s lost fast ball command or whatever he has.

  • isittime

    Come on. Those were calls on the rangers

    • WhoKnowscs

      They went against Cole when he played in Arlington.

  • RR3

    Yikes

  • WhoKnowscs

    A Dyson sinker from his good year would be nice here.

  • WhoKnowscs

    No win for Minor.

    • JacobMcCandles

      WhoKnows?

      • WhoKnowscs

        Well at least unless we score next inning.

        • JacobMcCandles

          Exactly

  • JacobMcCandles

    Scary…..Gallo

  • isittime

    Gallo just doesn’t make plays look as easy as dd out there.

    • RR3

      Gulp

  • WhoKnowscs

    I thought Mathis was supposed to be able to catch.

    • RR3

      Best ever.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Our million dollar stud defensive catcher

  • isittime

    Nice job of minor getting out of that bases loaded jam with only 1 run from the heart of that lineup.

  • WhoKnowscs

    So does Minor come back out?

    • isittime

      I think so

      • WhoKnowscs

        It’s a tossup: a good, but not stellar Minor nearing 100 pitches, or our so called bullpen.

  • WhoKnowscs

    A 3 pitch K would be nice every now and then.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Kelley to IL? I did not know this . . . ugn.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Astros 7 hits to TX 2……..Jurado has been a huge bright spot

  • JacobMcCandles

    Clutch

  • isittime

    This strike zone sucks

  • Mr.C

    What’s wrong with this ump?

    Come on !

    • WhoKnowscs

      Home Field Advantage.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Cmon guys…….can’t blame this on the umps

        • GoRangers23

          CJ even commented that he normally doesn’t say anything about the umps, but that the ump was calling a lot of things against the Rangers tonight.

          • JacobMcCandles

            As in 95% of games calls are missed and received for both teams,,,,,what do you think he will say….MLB doesn’t have a conspiracy agst the Rangers…..2 hits in the game are prob more impactful

          • GoRangers23

            I’m just telling you what CJ said. You will see it how you want see it.

          • JacobMcCandles

            With open eyes

          • GoRangers23

            Uh huh.

          • JacobMcCandles

            You think the Astro announcers are saying what CJ is…..haha

          • GoRangers23

            Nope, they are just keeping it to themselves and being happy that things are going their way. What else would they do. They surely aren’t going to say something about it.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Ha! Ok Go

          • Rowdy Yates

            Yep Jake you’re the only one here with all the answers. And never wrong. Nearly godlike.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Thanks

          • Rowdy Yates

            Could it be 96% of the games?

          • JacobMcCandles

            I struggled with that and 94% but settled on 95

  • WhoKnowscs

    That was his pitch.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Odor’s up. Should the Rangers start coming back on the field yet?

  • JacobMcCandles

    Nice play Roogie

  • Mr.C

    That was a strike

  • Mr.C

    That should count as 2 strike outs

    Geez

  • JacobMcCandles

    This guy is deadly…..no runs in 35 innings this entire yr

  • WhoKnowscs

    The Astros know where we’ll hit the ball, maybe we should change where we hit it.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Top of the lineup in the 9th

  • WhoKnowscs

    I’m not confident that didn’t screw up Leclerc. He looked a little flustered right after it.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Leclerc is toast. He has RMPS.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Whewww

  • WhoKnowscs

    Leclerc’s confidence is shattered when something doesn’t go his way.

    • WhoKnowscs

      He got lucky that was a foul, hopefully he can hang on.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Nice…Jose

  • WhoKnowscs

    Meltdown in effect.

  • WhoKnowscs

    We can’t have another walk or hit before a K. Jose.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Jose has created some troubel but is battling

    • WhoKnowscs

      Hopefully he can keep it together for 1 more. But he seems adverse to trying to get bat contact.

  • JacobMcCandles

    OY

  • Rowdy Yates

    Being pulled Leclerc looks like he’s gonna cry. Feel bad for the kid but he got the big contract and needs to produce. Just like Roughie,

    • elkaba

      Can you blame him?

      • WhoKnowscs

        He only has himself to blame.

        • elkaba

          I’m just saying he has to be super frustrated that he can’t sort it out and get back in the groove.

  • WhoKnowscs

    He wouldn’t throw strikes, he’s too terrified to fail.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Figures. The look he gave after the opening walk wasn’t good.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Oh well, 1 more our Gomez.

  • isittime

    Woody might consider having a bit more cushion with runs before bringing in leclerc for a bit.

    • WhoKnowscs

      Or at least yank him after 2 walks.

    • WhoKnowscs

      Until Leclerc learns he’s allowed to fail not sure much will change.

    • possumrld

      I don’t understand Woody at all

  • Rowdy Yates

    Just noticed Rangers only have 2 hits. Lucky to even be in this game. Hoping they can wake up in the 9th.

    • isittime

      They have their work cut out for them with osuna

      • JacobMcCandles

        Never lost a save in two yrs with Houston

  • possumrld

    LeClerk is a total crap shoot these days

    • WhoKnowscs

      No, he’s just afraid to fail.

      • possumrld

        Whatever the reason is, the outcome is the problem.

    • WhoKnowscs

      He has Ranger Martin Perez Syndrome. If something goes wrong he can’t pitch strikes unless they are meatballs.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Come on Rangers.

  • possumrld

    That run LeClerk gave up is looming very large about now

    • JacobMcCandles

      HUGE

    • isittime

      Yeah it is.

  • Rowdy Yates

    Great clutch hit by Elvis.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Missed it by a yard

  • possumrld

    This is the guy you want up right now

  • isittime

    Wow!

    • JacobMcCandles

      Gold glover in the past

  • elkaba

    Another couple of inches…

  • Rowdy Yates

    Good players on good teams make great plays. Robbed Pence.

  • possumrld

    Choo should have tagged and scored, but it is really irrelevant right now

    • JacobMcCandles

      Despite the catch….Pence is smokin

      • possumrld

        No doubt!

  • WhoKnowscs

    Reddick’s catch ended the game.

    • isittime

      That and leclerc walking in that insurance run.

      • WhoKnowscs

        Yep, Choo should have known to wait for the ball to land before running though.

        • isittime

          I’m sure he would have stayed on the bag in a 1 run game.

          • possumrld

            We hope!

          • WhoKnowscs

            Still would have been nice knowing it was a 1 run game with Gallo at the plate

        • possumrld

          True. He would have scored no matter where the ball ended up. That was really a little boneheaded little league move.

  • elkaba

    I’m really starting to hate that team.

    • GoRangers23

      I already do.

  • JacobMcCandles

    How can you not swing at that in the friggin 9th

  • Rowdy Yates

    Wow … don’t know how Gallo looks at a fastball in the middle of the plate for strike 3.
    Too bad. Come back and win tomorrow Rangers.

  • possumrld

    Bummer. But the Astros deserved this one.
    If Woody had a brain cell, he would have not put LeClerk in, and maybe we could have played for tie.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Sometimes when you gain patience like Gallo, you lose your aggressiveness….but that is a cardinal sin….you have to be swinging

    • possumrld

      Woody frittered that game away. If it is a one run lead, Choo tags and scores, and we would have had a new game anyway. I am not a big Woody fan right now. He has frittered away far too many games already.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Well we were not hitting…..

        • possumrld

          Still a winnable game though, if Woody doesn’t sit there and watch LeClerk walk the insurance run in.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Velrander and Cole on deck…..OY

  • possumrld

    With the pitching the Rangers have to face coming up, it makes the ones Woody keeps frittering away loom much larger, like the first game in the Pittsburgh series.
    Now the Rangers have a good chance of being skunked in this series.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Astros 4 games up on May 9th

    • possumrld

      And counting…