One bad inning. 90 comments


Shin-Soo Choo doubles in the first to tie the Rangers franchise record of reaching base in 46 straight games.

 

“Take away the first inning and…”

Announcers say things like that all the time, and yesterday was no exception. It always makes me roll my eyes like a daughter hearing a hilariously funny dad joke.

It’s a common thing announcers and fans say when trying to rationalize away something.  I’m guilty of it as well.

Take away the first two months of the season, and Hitter X would be the MVP. If you ignore his last six games, Pitcher Y would be a Cy Young candidate. Take away the slow start, and Team Z would be right in this race.

It’s meant to find positive trends. It’s meant to inspire optimism. Yeah, he woke up late, but he’s making good time missing that client meeting.

But you can’t take it away. It happened. In baseball, everything counts.

For instance, announcers bring up Cole Hamels’s first-inning struggles. His ERA in the first innings of games this year is 7.16. “But if you take away his first-inning runs, his ERA is a very respectable 3.69.”

I checked with the MLB Headquarters in New York. Those first innings will count.

“If you take away the first two months, Rougned Odor is hitting .264.”

“Take away March, April, May, and the Rangers are in it.”

Take away those banks Bonnie and Clyde robbed and…

You can’t take it away.

“Take away the first inning of yesterday’s game, and the Rangers win 2-0.”

You can wish DeShields’s error never happened or Hamels didn’t allow three earned runs. But it happened.

And while the Rangers were, indeed, a nice 14-11 in June, and it was cause for hope, they are now 1-5 in July.

A game is like a season. You can’t ignore innings. Or months. There are no do-overs. No mulligans. Those stats guys are relentless. They just keep adding up no matter what. You can’t overlook what you don’t want to see.

Take away all the stupid things I have written here and I would be a genius.

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TODAY’S GAME:

Austin Bibens-Dirkx (1-2, 4.40) vs. Michael Fulmer (3-7, 4.22)
Game time: 12:10

How the Rangers hit against Fulmer.
How the Tigers hit against Bibens-Dirkx.

  • TD30

    Line up for today’s super-early game!
    https://twitter.com/Rangers/status/1015972224543571969?s=19

  • elkaba

    Aw, no false modesty now, Kevin. You are a genius! Who but a genius could find something interesting to write about this season every single day? 🙂

    • dearmidol

      A masochist.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Maybe that why so many Genius commit suicide…LO If you go, go out Edgar Allen Poe style

        • dearmidol

          He drank himself to death, right?

          • JacobMcCandles

            Opium and Cocaine….found him dead in street of NYC

          • dearmidol

            Ah.

          • dearmidol

            He was the first American writer to try making a living as a writer. It was difficult

          • JacobMcCandles

            He lived a very strange life

          • dearmidol

            The Johnny Depp of his time.

          • elkaba

            Did you know he despised the name Allen? He insisted on being called Edgar Poe? His surrogate father/financial backer made him take his name, Allen, professionally in exchange for financial support.

          • elkaba

            He invented the mystery novel, thus the Poe award for best mystery novel each year.

          • elkaba

            He was murdered.

  • elkaba

    Silver lining for Hamel’s trade hopes: Hi nearest competition, J.A. Happ, got rocked yesterday, too. 🙂

  • Rowdy Yates

    Anybody’s who’s read “The Midol Diaries” knows you’re a genius.

    • dearmidol

      Ha, thanks, Rowdy.

  • TD30

    Go Profar!!!

  • dearmidol

    Back home after the Texas triangle. Bus to Austin. U-Haul to Houston where we were joined by my wife. Drive back to Dallas.

    Sitting down with a beer and a Rangers game.

    All-Star selections are today. Only Choo and Kela should have a chance.

  • dearmidol

    Is this TV duo CJ and Grieve? I like them together.

    • TD30

      Sounds like it. I just turned it on.

  • JacobMcCandles

    GREAT ARTICLE….Subtract the last line. Moral victories is my favorite

    • dearmidol

      Thanks, Jake.

  • dearmidol

    Okay, we need gritty ABD to be at his grittiest today.

  • dearmidol

    IKF is a catcher.

  • TD30

    Got him! Love that arm IKF!

    • dearmidol

      This could be the best thing that happens in 2018.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Yeah…Kela taking a step up, DD getting better, and Minor

        • dearmidol

          Kela would bring back a haul at the deadline.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Yeah I thought Kela and Diekman both were the better trade bait

          • dearmidol

            You’re right. I bet they will be.

      • TD30

        I hate that we have had the injuries, but the injuries lead to us seeing what these kids can do and I love that!

        • JacobMcCandles

          Exactly…..so why do we not get to see Willie Calhoun play??? Huff

          • dearmidol

            I have to feel that is coming soon, after the trade deadline.

          • JacobMcCandles

            You would think

  • JacobMcCandles

    Anyone see 7 days in Entebbe or Beirut movies?

    • dearmidol

      No, but I remember the previews.

  • dearmidol

    IKF.

  • TD30

    And now IKF showing off the bat too!

    • JacobMcCandles

      He is a playa

  • JacobMcCandles

    Well looks like we are strong in Rounderville…….gonna Nadel it for a few………keep it tight till later……….See you on this side or the other

  • dearmidol

    I may have to buy a Guzman jersey.

  • dearmidol

    That was close.

  • TD30

    Uh oh, Bani got ejected!

    • dearmidol

      That was a bad call, but since it’s not reviewable, they can’t get it right.

      • TD30

        Yep, I get why he was mad. His guy got pegged in the back of the head and called out on a bad call.

    • GoRangers23

      Already? That was quick.

      • TD30

        Yep. Tocci got hit in the back of the neck when they tried to throw him out at 1st. They called tocci out saying he got out of the baseline, but he didn’t. Bani argued his point and got thrown out.

        • GoRangers23

          Thanks! 😄

  • WhoKnowscs

    I wonder if the Rangers will peg a Tiger?

    • dearmidol

      Since they hit Tocci running?

      • WhoKnowscs

        I didn’t see it I didn’t turn it on to until it was 3-0 but yes that’s why I asked.

        • dearmidol

          I didn’t think about that. Maybe the will. But it was really the umpire’s mistake.

  • dearmidol

    Adduci is a former Ranger.

    • TD30

      Yep I remember him from a few years back.

  • dearmidol

    So, the Rangers just traded for centerfielder Austin Jackson. They must have a deal in place for Carlos Tocci. He has to be in high demand.

    • WhoKnowscs

      Anything to keep from using Calhoun.

    • grumpyderfsmagic8ball

      Can’t see why.

      • dearmidol

        Headscratcher, right? Unless they have a deal in place for DeShields.

        • elkaba

          Only way it makes sense… but then when did JD’s trades ever make much sense?

  • dearmidol

    Odor is really turning it around.

    • grumpyderfsmagic8ball

      Yes he is. I’m happy for Jake.

    • GoRangers23

      Thank goodness! He was killing us. Now if only someone could work with Joey that would be fantastic! 😄

  • dearmidol

    That change up is dying on hitters. Great pitch.

  • dearmidol

    If they take out ADB now, this is classic overthink.

  • GoRangers23

    It seems like Banister players Tocci every time ABD pitches. I wonder why?

  • JacobMcCandles

    Rangers got Austin Jackson, an interesting pick up but why? You have DD and a love affair with Tocci….??? AJ may be better than DD or may not but the pendulum swings in a major way considering age. Wonder if they flip or package AJ on a deal…..peculiar

    • dearmidol

      Curious.

    • elkaba

      He’s not the prize. He’s the cost.

  • JacobMcCandles

    7 outings in a row Leclerc hasn’t given up a hit. Choo not on base yet. Right?

    • GoRangers23

      No, Choo hasn’t been on base yet. I hope he gets it on his next at bat!

      • WhoKnowscs

        If he gets a next AB.

        • GoRangers23

          Yep

    • GoRangers23

      I hope he gets another chance! It is possible he doesn’t get another shot at it.

  • GoRangers23

    That was really, really bad.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Well the only way Choo gets another chance is a bullpen meltdown or for ikf, Guzman or Tocci to reach base and not be a double play.

    • GoRangers23

      Joey did the worst thing he could have possibly done on that at bat.

  • GoRangers23

    Ok fellas, do your best for Choo!

  • GoRangers23

    Tocci….get on base!

  • WhoKnowscs

    OK Tocci,K or bunt, but getting Choo up is what matters here.

    • GoRangers23

      He never swung once, I don’t think. Maybe they told him not to swing?

  • WhoKnowscs

    Choo’s last chance.

    • WhoKnowscs

      barring giving up 3 in the bottom of the inning.

  • TD30

    47!!

  • GoRangers23

    CHOOOOOOOOOO!! YAY! That was very dramatic! Lol

  • JacobMcCandles

    Glad for Choo…..talk is they are sending ABD down. Good grief

    • elkaba

      NO way!

  • Rod Harper

    This should be the year Choo finally gets his first All-Star nod! With the on-base hot streak he’s been having as of lately, he deserves to represent the Rangers at the All-Star Game in Washington, D.C. next week! If not, I’m a monkey’s uncle!

  • GoRangers23
    • Rod Harper

      Attaboy Mitchiro! 🙂

    • JacobMcCandles

      Guess you can only take so many Stros…….But McHugh should be a slam dunk….and Morton is a arguement