One of these is not like the other. 331 comments


As a public service announcement to the Texas Rangers: This man is armed and dangerous. If you see him near a plate, use extreme caution. Do not throw any pitch right over the plate as Lance Lynn is about to do here.

 

Remember that kid’s game, “One of These is Not Like the Other”? It was a page of objects and you had to circle which one was different.

It’s usually not that difficult. Let’s try.

One of these is not like the other. Can you spot it?

Cole Calhoun, .209
Mike Trout, .375
Justin Bour, .080
Albert Pujols, .240
Jonathan Lucroy, .240
Tommy LaStella, .143
Zack Cosart, .038
Brian Goodwin, .313

If you circled Mike Trout, congratulations, you won. Also, if you circled Mike Trout, commiserations, you just ruined your computer screen.

Look at that lineup. It has to be one of the most ineffectual lineups in major league baseball. Remember the old Yankees team that was dubbed Murderer’s Row? This Angels lineup is the Choir Boys Helping Old Ladies Cross The Street Row.

Other than Mike Trout, there isn’t an run to be found.

Which begs the question: why would anyone every throw a pitch that is within a two county vicinity of Mike Trout?

Back in 2016, Bryce Harper, fresh off his one good season, his MVP year of 2015, and his Washington Nationals were coming into Wrigley for a four-game series in early May. Joe Maddon had a plan. He decided to walk Bryce Harper as often as he could.

In the first three games of the series, Harper went to the plate twelve times. Over all, he was 1-for-4 with seven walks, one of which was intentionally intentional. The hit him once as well. He had one RBI, from a sac fly.

Game Four of the series went thirteen innings. That meant Harper would come to the plate seven times. He was walked six of those. They hit him with a pitch the other time.

“You know how good he is. Why tempt fate?” is what Joe Maddon said. The Cubs swept the four-gamer. They also won the World Series for the first time in over a thousand years that season as well.

Harper went into that series batting .266. From that point on, he went into a major slump, ending the season batting .243. Maddon’s plan worked.

Cut to yesterday. Of course, Harper is no Mike Trout. But, still. The Rangers decided to pitch to Mike Trout.

He hit two over the wall. That’s all the Angels needed in their 3-1 victory over Texas. Because all the Rangers could muster was one over the wall.

In a game that has devolved into a home run derby, the team that has the most Mike Trouts wins. The Angels have one. The Rangers, zero.

So, today’s lesson: Don’t pitch to Mike Trout.Don’t pitch to Mike Trout. Especially when the next five batters look like this:
.080
.240
.240
.143
.038

Let one of the other’s beat you. Which, by the way, the Angels came into the game 1-6. So, none of those other guys were beating anyone.

*****
TODAY’S GAME:

Drew Smyly (0-0, 3.00) vs. Tyler Skaggs (0-1, 3.86)
Game time: 3:05

  • CrazyEd

    One thing I don’t want to hear from my players if I’m the manage is, Mike Trout beat us. That’s a defeatist thought.

    Fine if the fans want to say it, but I don’t want to hear it from my players because it’s not true.
    We beat our selves. We only scored one run. We’re supposed to lose. We had opportunities and didn’t capitalize. Either the opposing pitcher was really good or we were really bad. If it’s the latter we need to get better. Learn from our mistakes and don’t make excuses.

    Lynn pitched a great game but made a fatal mistake at an inopportune time. A tie game, he’s down 0 and 2 to Trout and grooves a pitch center/center and Trout did what he does with pitches like that. Parked it. In reality just about any player with a modicum of power, given that pitch in that count, would have done the same. Mistakes happen, learn from them and be more careful and minimize them as much as possible. Come back tomorrow and do better.

    • Nate Whitten

      You are right. One run generally is not gonna do it. Still, Trout was the catalyst for the loss, since he scored 1 more run than our team.
      I was encouraged by Lynn, but grooving one on an 0-2 is stupid. As you say, it doesn’t take a Trout to do something with that.
      I want to see them take, or split, this series. Take, preferably. So, need a win this afternoon.

      • WhoKnowscs

        Technically Trout scored both of the runs over the 1.

    • dearmidol

      But that’s exactly how baseball people think. “Don’t let that guy beat us.” Which is why, in the story above, Joe Maddon walked Bryce Harper thirteen times in four games. And why he said, “Why tempt fate?” It’s why teams walked Barry Bonds all the time, sometimes with bases loaded. You don’t let the guy beat you.

      • CrazyEd

        The problem with that is, in this case Trout didn’t beat the Rangers. They beat themselves by only scoring one run. They had opportunities and failed to capitalize. Giving Trout all the credit just avoids the issue of failing to capitalize on scoring opportunities. Had the walked Trout every time he came to the plate they’d have probably still lost. Visiting teams usually do lose tie games in the bottom of the 9th or in extra innings. It’s fine if the fans want to do it, but I don’t want to hear it from the players. It just breeds more of the same.

        • WhoKnowscs

          Sometime Baseball is a war or attrition. While the Rangers weren’t capitalizing on their opportunities. Neither were the Angels. I’m sure the players may not be saying(and you don’t want them to say) Mike Trout scored 2 of 3 runs but the reality is Mike Trout single-handedly scored 2 of 3 runs all while the batter below him in the lineup isn’t currently hitting the broadside of a barn. If they want to put Pujols(or someone else) behind Trout to protect him then we should be making them do that. Otherwise you have to go the attrition route.

        • dearmidol

          I hear you on that. They had every opportunity to win it on their own.

        • elkaba

          Of course, we don’t want our players using Trout as an excuse for their own shortcomings, but then again, we don’t want our games handed out on a silver platter by ignoring a factor like Trout or treating him like he’s just another player. Besides it’s not an either/or situation.

          We play these teams as they have been constituted by the opposing GM/FO/Manager. We do ourselves a great disservice by ignoring obvious ways to give ourselves a strategic advantage, which in the case of the Loser Angeles Angels is failing to walk their one and only threat at the plate as a matter or course.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Spot on

    • elkaba

      Fine, but one thing I don’t want to hear from my manager if I’m a player or a fan is “We’re going to pitch to Trout.” 🙂

  • calntom

    I am surprised the Rangers have not yet signed another depth piece as a starter

    • dearmidol

      This injury to Volquez reeks of being longer than it will be shorter. And with the injury history of Smyly and Miller, I wouldn’t be surprised if one or both of them come down with arm problems as well.

      • CrazyEd

        Yes, and what worries me is the FO panicking and rushing some of the young arms. Sampson can start and there’s Jurado, but after that, I suppose there’s some cannon fodder at Nash that they could bring up.

        • WhoKnowscs

          I don’t want Jurado anywhere near a ML Roster, or at least a Rangers ML Roster, if some other team wants to make a trade we can talk.

      • WhoKnowscs

        Every time they place players(especially pitchers) on the List(whatever you want to call it) after a bad start I get suspicious that they are trying to work out mechanics or just trying to keep someone from being released. I know probably just paranoia at work and when you sign a bunch of “refurbished” pitchers you should just expect them to break again.

      • possumrld

        Volquez has never been that great anyway. Around a 4.00 career ERA with about 4 walks for game doesn’t bode well to me for him becoming a solid starter. I wonder if they moved him to long relief, that might suit him better for now?

        • JacobMcCandles

          Career 93-87 for mostly subpar teams and a no hitter……not great like you say but serviceable.

    • Nate Whitten

      Why not a CYA winner? Keuchel is there. Price has to be down. Could be a solid starter.

  • CrazyEd

    Tepid Participation‏ @TepidP
    Tepid Participation Retweeted Scott Lucas
    I can’t believe my own eyes, but the Rangers seem to be growing pitchers on the farm.
    Scott Lucas‏ @scottrlucas
    Texas’s minor league starters:
    37.2 IP
    31 H
    11 R
    4 BB
    40 SO

    • Nate Whitten

      Is it possible?

  • CrazyEd

    In case any of y’all missed it, Chris Seise is making a mockery of A- baseball.

    Crawdads Leaders

    Batting

    Pitching

    Batting Average

    Chris Seise

    .750

    SS

    AVG

    Runs

    Chris Seise

    5

    SS

    R

    Home Runs

    Curtis Terry

    1

    1B

    HR

    Runs Batted In

    Curtis Terry

    6

    1B

    RBI

    Stolen Bases

    Chris Seise

    3

    SS

    SB

    • dearmidol

      That’s good news.

      • Nate Whitten

        indeed

    • Nate Whitten

      all right

  • CrazyEd
  • Nate Whitten

    Kevin, I have a great idea: don’t pitch to Trout. He can hurt you. No one else in El Lay’s lineups likely to do much, although it COULD happen. Take your chances with them. Not with Trout. Is that original or what?
    Thanks for giving me the link to sports reference(again) and to others who also responded to my query.
    Well, we can’t win ’em all. Can’t have all but Odor hit every night. But, Lynn was very encouraging, even if he faced a bunch of ninnies. It’s still a well-pitched game(other than “see above”) against MLB players. The rotation will have to help out if this team is to contend. That does not mean that JD can’t sign Kuechel. No one has bitten, so his price has to have dropped. I’d sign him to a contract like Lynn’s. He is worth the risk. Minor looked great last time out. I think 1 other starter has pitched well, not sure. Whatever–better SP is needed, or so it looks.
    I not worried about Odor, but would like to see him START the season. And he had a great ST. You were right. ST stats don’t mean squat–mostly. Rest of the lineup needs to stay the course.

  • CrazyEd

    Leody and Arias are smoking the ball in Down East:
    Leody .750/1.125/1.875
    Arias .625/.500/1.125
    I expected it out of Arias, but not Leody. He hasn’t hit, ever. Looks like he may have turned the corner and is earning his ranking as a top five prospect. Maybe repeating a level is all he needed to wake up. If so the race to take DD’s job is heating up.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Greg Ellis…..6th grade sponsored ball…..was our pitcher no one could hit him. We played for the Championship.

    We lost 5-1 I knocked the only run in. And made the final out. 20 years ago and still bothered by that out.😮😳😎

    • CrazyEd

      It’s amazing how some thing that doesn’t really matter in the big picture gets stuck in our brain and we just can’t shake it off. Lord knows I’ve got some of the same issues.

      • dearmidol

        Ha, those are the great moments, though. You should remember them.

  • CrazyEd

    Sometimes you can get an idea of what the big club has in mind by looking at changes to the minor league depth chart. In this case Nash’s pitcing depth chart. Sampson has been removed and Jurado has been moved up to the number two spot. An indication that Sampson is going to stay with the big club?

    • calntom

      At this point, Sampson looks like a “need” on the 25-man

  • CrazyEd

    The return from the Sadzeck trade, in low A Hickory:

    RP Grant Anderson: 2 IP, 0 R, 2 SO, 0.00 ERA

    • WhoKnowscs

      Wait! We got rid of Kirkman 2.0? Yippee!

  • Mr.C

    Look at that Angels LineUp.

    Can you explain me how the hell Chavez blew the game last night?

    Please JD ….. release Chavez.

    • CrazyEd

      Sure, he grooved a pitch when he shouldn’t have. Why? Probably didn’t go where he wanted it to go. Gonna have to do better. I wonder if the pitchers let facing Trout get in their head. Lynn did the same thing. Grooved and center/center pitch on a 2/0 count. He’d been pretty much spot on all night, then that.

  • possumrld

    Kev, Eric Nadel made that very same point last night about NOT pitching to Mike Trout.
    On another not so positive note, (and am sure this comment will not be very popular with some here) but Odor seriously needs to start contributing to this team on the offensive side of the game, and soon. So far, he is hitting 194, with ONE whole RBI, no home runs and 11 strike outs. Yes he is playing good defense, even outstanding defense, might be the better term for it. But that alone isn’t going to “cut the mustard”.
    In the spring, we kept hearing about how Odor had remade his approach at the plate, and how he was going to be more selective at the plate this season, yadda, yadda, yadda, But 11 strike outs and two walks so far, doesn’t speak well of this theory. Neither does it sound like it is going to happen, when Eric Nadel keeps saying “…and Roogie just chased another very bad pitch, high and way out of the strike zone”. Yes, Roogie shows brief flashes of offensive prowess, followed by long stretches of near total ineptness. Even last night earlier in the game, Eric Nadel was very complementary of how Odor appeared to be more selective, and how he had hit a double, and had scorched an out to 2nd base. But that did not last even last though that one game, as we saw him striking out, and then after the 4th inning I kept hearing the same “chase call” by Nadel.
    So like Nadel last night, we all keep hoping and waiting. Then when Roogie finally comes through, and he does have a good game or two, or even a good at bat or two in succession, we keep thinking “This is it!”. But it never is.
    So when is it going to finally happen? I am beginning to think it will never really happen. Because like most big league players usually do, Roogie has established a pattern. So maybe he is what he is, and we will just have to be satisfied with that idea.
    But I sure hope I ma wrong about that.

    • JacobMcCandles

      8 games poss

      • Nate Whitten

        I am a bit concerned, but your point is well taken. Odor is going to be a star player. The fact that he’s playing great D while struggling at the plate shows pro maturity. I am confident that he will be over .900 OPS before long–and stay there.

        • CrazyEd

          I like the way you think. Probably because I tend to agree.

        • dearmidol

          A couple years ago, I would have disagreed. But last year he seemed to finally drop his stubbornness and realize he had to improve. And this spring he did some really nice things. He seems to have turned the corner. Let’s hope so.

      • Mr.C

        No Jake

        3 years, not 8 games.

        • JacobMcCandles

          Guess it depends on what color your glasses are….pretend he is Elvis

      • possumrld

        Sure ’nuff. But you missed the point. Roogie was supposed to come out of spring being more selective and more productive, etc. There was much talk about this very thing. But where are the results? That is my point, plus the “groundhog day” effect of how this keeps repeating it’s self.

    • Mr.C

      Good post possum

      I hope Woody is taking notes and different from Banni, moves him to the bottom of the lineup if he doesn’t start performing soon.

      Odor seems to be a better hitter at the bottom of the order for some reason.

      • WhoKnowscs

        Looks like he heard you . . . Odor is 6th but I was thinking more like 8th or 9th is where he should be right now.

        • Mr.C

          agree

    • elkaba

      Yeah, and popular or unpopular it doesn’t change the validity of your points. Either he is who he is or Woodward and Co. will have a tougher row to hoe with him on buying into “the process.”

  • CrazyEd

    For anybody that cares, it’s a small sample size, but …… Joey Gallo:
    BA .240 OPS 1.081
    Looking up.

    Odor:
    BA .194 OPS .523
    A wee bit on the smelly side, methinks.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Buck days Odor outhits him this year,,,,: )

      • CrazyEd

        Could be, I’m a wait and see guy in almost all cases. I’m just throwing the numbers up. More for something to do on a rainy day than anything else.

        • dearmidol

          At least today’s game is an early afternoon game so there will be something to do this rainy day.

          • elkaba

            Who is “RR3 Mod”?

          • GoRangers23

            Kevin, I think.

          • GoRangers23

            It’s going to take some getting used to. 😄

          • elkaba

            Kevin is “dearmidol.” So same question… who is “RR3Mod?”

      • CrazyEd

        A couple years ago, Pudge said that someday Odor was going to be close to a .300 hitter.
        Ed says that it’s entirely possible given his attitude and skill set.

  • CrazyEd

    Calhoun is driving me bonkers with the good/bad stuff.
    Drew three walks and hbp … good
    Hitting .200 …. Bad
    Stole 2nd on the tail end of a double steal … Good
    Promptly got picked off … bad
    Misjudged a fly ball that went over his head … Bad
    How you evaluate that I have no idea. I guess you just say it’s a young season and hope the picture clears.

    • WhoKnowscs

      Took me a moment to realize you were talking about our Calhoun and you weren’t talking about Kole.

      • CrazyEd

        Yeah, I see now I should have been more explicit.

    • calntom

      Explains why he is where he is

      • dearmidol

        Exactly.

  • CrazyEd
  • CrazyEd

    For those wondering about Keuchel, here’s the catch. If they were to sign him before the draft, it would cost the Rangers their 2nd highest pick and $500K of International slot money.

    • dearmidol

      And they would have their best pitcher for the next x-number of years.

      • CrazyEd

        That too.

      • CrazyEd

        I wonder what’s scaring everybody off? His price, or something else. Teams can always use a quality starting pitcher. You’d think somebody would have signed him by now.

        • dearmidol

          I am thinking the same thing. He must be stubborn about his asking price. Or, maybe he has decided, screw it, now I can sit back and wait for desperation to sit in. The Red Sox and Cubs are both off to horrible starts. Will either panic?

          • JacobMcCandles

            After the Darvish terrible decision don’t think the Cubs will dip that big again

        • JacobMcCandles

          Pretty big dip in velocity and was not as dominant last year

  • CrazyEd

    What’s worse for your health, two pots of coffee or a six pack of beer? I don’t know, don’t care, and fixin’ to throw caution to the wind. Just finished the second pot of coffee and fixin’ to start on the six pack. I’m so brave.

    • Vlad2019

      I’m no doctor,but I believe they cancel each other out.

      • RR3

        So if it’s not bad then it must be good, right?

        • CrazyEd

          Coffee and beer are two staples of Navy life. Coffee at sea and beer in port and lots of both. At one time the Navy was so picky about their coffee they had their own buyers and own coffee roasting plants. I don’t know what they do now, but the plants have been closed and they used some form of commercial coffee. They buy it in 20 lb tins. One thing I do know is you never, never, ever, ever, wash a coffee cup or coffee urn. Leave them as is.

          • RR3

            Why don’t you wash them?

          • CrazyEd

            Believe it or not, the coffee doesn’t taste the same out of a clean pot or cup. Which is better? I’ve got a cup that has a quarter inch of scuz in it. I think it has more with tradition than anything else.

          • CrazyEd

            An article that is a lot more true than false.

            https://www.navyhistory.org/2013/11/dont-wash-that-coffee-mug/

    • calntom

      I did a seven pack yesterday while working over the flower beds. Try to hold that down to a few times a month. I did drink my pot of coffee this morning……

  • CrazyEd

    Johnathon Hernandez yesterdays start for Frisco:
    5.2 IP, 5H, 1ER, 1 W, 7 SO
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e520b40f4840add6dd4183a4e28b4a951bcebd475e9d7e1dc1bd71969c86c6b1.png

  • dearmidol

    You have to like this quote from Edinson Volquez on the possibility he needs a third Tommy John surgery, which would end his career: “I will go home, play a little golf, enjoy the money, watch my daughter grow up.”

    What else is there to do but walk away knowing you had a decent career?

    • CrazyEd

      Yup! He’s got it figured.

      • dearmidol

        Sad. You hate to see any player face the end like that. But from the undertones of the article in today’s paper, it’s looking that way.

        • CrazyEd

          At least he’s got a game plan. The medical bug has a way of grabbing some of us at an earlier point in our lives that we expected. It helps to have a good landing spot.

          • CrazyEd

            Some advice from a guy that’s been there to people that probably won’t take it. Have a plan, it doesn’t matter what it is, have one because if it happens you probably won’t have any warning. I was lucky, I was on active duty so had plenty of time to get things straight and all the medical stuff was taken care of. That’s something most people don’t have. You aren’t bullet proof so the bug can bite you. Have a plan.

  • elkaba

    Why on earth would we ever, ever, EVER pitch to Trout? Just walk him automatically. Every single time. There’s no shame in it. The Angels decided to field a one-man team, so that’s all we need to know to beat them. WALK TROUT.

    • RR3

      One-man team. Yes.

      • elkaba

        Kevin, is this you? Did you change your handle?

        • RR3

          Yes, this is me.

          • elkaba

            Sweet.

  • CrazyEd

    Who’d the Rangers get from the Pads for Bret Necholas? This guy:

    Emmanuel Clase, a RHP who throws 100 with cut, pitched a perfect inning with 2 Ks. He’s special.

    He’s in High A, skipped low A.

    • CrazyEd

      JD picked AJ’s pocket on this one

      • elkaba

        That’s great. We’ve had enough of our own pockets being picked. Time for karma to come through!

  • CrazyEd

    In case nobody’s figured it out yet, I’m really stoked about the young arms in the Rangers system.

    • RR3

      So is Jon Daniels.

      • CrazyEd

        He should be, he traded for some of them. Had a lot of help/advice, but he was the man in charge.

    • calntom

      I think they are still thin on the farm. Have more stocking to do

      • CrazyEd

        Never enough pitchers

        • calntom

          I hope they can pull a couple out of the draft to supplement what is in Low A. Keep them coming

  • RR3

    Oh, in case anyone wondered, I changed my avatar and handle to RR3. Why? I don’t know. New regime with the Rangers. New process. It was time for a change.

    • elkaba

      LOL, it was driving me crazy earlier. You changed it, but the older posts were still showing up as “dearmidol” so I thought we’d grown a new Mod. Or I missed the memo. Now it’s caught up with itself 🙂

      • RR3

        Yeah, I guess I should have said something. I just realized after you posted below not everyone would know what was happening. But then, when you saw the same stupid inane dribble that you used to see from dearmidol, you would figure it out. There can’t be two idiots like that.

        • elkaba

          LOL

          • RR3

            I meant to do it before the season but when I came back from Iceland I forgot.

          • elkaba

            I like it. It’s distinctive. I should have remembered when I changed my picture a few years ago it took a couple of hours for the change to show up.

      • Vlad2019

        “Invasion of the Mod-y Snatchers” ?

        • JacobMcCandles

          The up to date one with Sutherland,Nimoy,Goldblum was pretty good, especially the ending

    • JacobMcCandles

      I am mostly computer ignorant…..I was able to change my name but my PMs sill come up Scary….and his comments are attributed to me….which is ok…only way I got some “likes”

  • RR3

    In honor of today’s final four, I am wearing my Auburn hat. At the store earlier today someone asked me, “Did you go to Auburn?” I said, “No, forty thousand of my dollars did, though.”

    • GoRangers23

      Hahahahaha!

      • elkaba

        You were right. It was Kevin!

    • JacobMcCandles

      Auburn and TX Tech’s first visit to the final four….give Tech a better chance but Auburn has a nice back court

  • RR3

    I don’t like to use this space to self-promote but since this is a baseball blog, this is appropriate. I was fortunate enough to have been hired to write GEICO commercials supporting their partnership with MLB. We did five. Here is the first one. I’ll post the others when they air.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SfcaNuVgE-Q

    • JacobMcCandles

      Nice…reminds me of when they were building the new stadium at OK ST and one of the guys doing brick designed a diff colored brick to spell out OU, without anyone noticing….they had to tear it down

      • RR3

        Do you remember they dug up a portion of the new Yankee Stadium a couple years ago when they found out one of the workers buried a David Ortiz jersey underneath?

        • JacobMcCandles

          Haha no I don’t…..long standing rumor that Jimmy Hoffa is buried at the Meadowlands

    • GoRangers23

      Good commercial!

    • CrazyEd

      Heck, self promote away. I like Geico commercials. Actually I think Commercials are some of the most intelligent stuff on TV.

      • elkaba

        Best commercials on TV!

        • RR3

          Thanks. I can’t wait until the others run. I’ll share them when they do.

    • calntom

      Nice work kevin

      • RR3

        Thanks.

        • calntom

          One of the better commercial I have seen. Cracked me up

    • elkaba

      That’s awesome!

  • GoRangers23
  • JacobMcCandles

    Nice day for BB…..Lone Star double header….TX then Stros at 6……Brats and grilled onions, dill potato salad…..and stole beer from ED…..SHHHHHHHHHHHHH don’t tell him!!

    • RR3

      Stolen beer always tastes the best.

      • WhoKnowscs

        Kevin on a new account? Or Twig?

        • GoRangers23

          Kevin changed his posting name.

          • calntom

            I will still call him Midol on occasion

        • RR3

          This is Kevin. I changed my avatar.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Money unearned is twice as sweet….

        Fast Eddie Felson

    • CrazyEd

      Fake news …. nobody steals Ed’s beer. To do that they have to get past the live in Chinese Chef/maid/masseuse and she never sleeps.

      • JacobMcCandles

        And several weapons….LOL

  • JacobMcCandles

    Who wins a race between Choo and Maz

    • RR3

      Choo.

    • WhoKnowscs

      Gallo.

  • RR3

    I like Hunter Pence.

  • CrazyEd

    Let’s see if Pence knows what to do with RISP.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Outstanding addition to the team

      • calntom

        I did not think he would make anything. I was wrong

    • calntom

      He hit it hard

      • WhoKnowscs

        You sound like Dave Raymond. He hit it at a player, but he says he hit it hard as if that will make me feel better that it’s just another out.

  • TD30

    Line up, sorry it’s late, we have been at the gymnastics meet all day. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/97a6147bfc4b32fc084e7a64202a1723d876a1254da65c9ee2d65b658f2e1608.jpg

  • JacobMcCandles

    Terrible throw but Condor did not get off the ground too much

  • CrazyEd

    This is not going well.

    • calntom

      I think they were supposed to walk Trout

      • JacobMcCandles

        Last pitch was a good one

  • JacobMcCandles

    First inning and I am already tired of our announcers…….may have to take a quick jaunt and take in some Nadel for sanity

  • JacobMcCandles

    DP candidate

    • RR3

      Yes he is.

  • CrazyEd

    Time for a minor league rolled inning.

  • WhoKnowscs

    DANGER DANGER DANGER!

  • RR3

    Uh oh, 2-0.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Cmon boys

  • JacobMcCandles

    That was a ball

  • JacobMcCandles

    YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

  • CrazyEd

    That was a pucker moment.

    • JacobMcCandles

      2 beer inning

      • CrazyEd

        It’s innings like that that give me a yearning for mojo.

  • WhoKnowscs

    ABORT ABORT ABORT!

  • RR3

    It’s great that major league players don’t know how to hit anymore.

  • calntom

    28 pitches

  • WhoKnowscs

    Where’s Magic Wandy?

  • WhoKnowscs

    Rangers are going to need to start offering a prize to the first of the TJS(Tommy John Squad) 3 to reach 5 innings pitched in a game.

    • RR3

      It’s going to be brutal.

  • WhoKnowscs

    K coming.

  • CrazyEd

    That should have been ball four.

  • CrazyEd

    Hickory is ahead of Lakewood 2 to zip in the third.

  • RR3

    These innings are soooooo long.

    • CrazyEd

      Smuyly’s going to hit his pitch count before long.

      • WhoKnowscs

        As long as he doesn’t give up runs I’m okay with it.

        • CrazyEd

          I don’t feel well about the way this is going.

  • RR3

    Good thing the Angels can go only one base at a time.

    • CrazyEd

      If I were in the Philippines I’d be drinking Mojo instead of beer. This is sick.

  • WhoKnowscs

    we’re trying to lull Skaggs into a false sense of security.

  • calntom

    Lucked out……..Better get Sampson ready

    • RR3

      Sampson might be in the rotation now.

      • CrazyEd

        Very well could be. Either him or Jurado. I don’t have good vibes about Edinson (never could spell his name).

      • calntom

        When would they need him? Have 2 days off this week

        • CrazyEd

          Whenever Volquez’s turn comes up.

          • calntom

            I think they could skip his turn next week

        • RR3

          Yeah, it said in the paper today, Sampson might be available today, because of those off days.

  • CrazyEd

    Good Grief. Talk about breaks!!!

  • JacobMcCandles

    Great break to the bag Roogie

  • WhoKnowscs

    Uh oh.

  • RR3

    Dammit.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Last player standing?

  • GoRangers23

    Good grief!

  • JacobMcCandles

    Around the league….Matt Moore has now thrown 10 scoreless innings………Ms have homered in every game

  • calntom

    That sounded like about 2 months on the DL

    • WhoKnowscs

      Looks like he’s inherited Beltre Leg Syndrome.

    • elkaba

      Hamstring?

      • RR3

        Looks like it.

      • calntom

        Think so

  • JacobMcCandles

    Wash whisperer

  • RR3

    I doubt they do this, but if Guzman is out for a while, I’d move Gallo to 1st.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Forsythe

      • RR3

        I don’t mean for this game, I mean while he’s out.

        • JacobMcCandles

          I do too

          • RR3

            Gallo isn’t the greatest in the outfield. Give Pence more playing time.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Possibly….and Gallo is our best defensive OFer

  • calntom

    They will prolly call Davidson up from Nashville

    • RR3

      That makes sense. I forgot about him.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Calhoun?

      • CrazyEd

        Good Lord No!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        • elkaba

          Amen!

        • JacobMcCandles

          Too early to give up on him

          • CrazyEd

            Yeah, but it’s too early to bring him up. If you haven’t been paying attention he’s been pretty much stinking it up in Nash. Give him some time to get his stuff together.

          • calntom

            Yes, he has more work to do at AAA

          • JacobMcCandles

            Who knows seen many a player struggle in lower levels to succeed up top…..especially pitchers

      • WhoKnowscs

        That’s after the next injury.

      • calntom

        We ought to know by tonight

  • JacobMcCandles

    Bad AB

  • elkaba

    Walk Trout or… hit him. That works.

    • CrazyEd

      The Rangers do it more frequently than is apparent. (hit him)

  • WhoKnowscs

    Trout erased.

    • elkaba

      Best thing you can say about him…

      • JacobMcCandles

        Nope…….Trout caught😜

  • WhoKnowscs

    Bah . . . stolen base.

  • RR3

    Dave just said Gallo made the catch in left.

    • CrazyEd

      The only thing I can say is he’s a little better than … two for the price of one who’s name escapes me at the moment. Give me a half hour and i’ll figure it out.

  • WhoKnowscs
  • calntom

    25 pitches an inning……….

    • WhoKnowscs

      No runs yet.

  • calntom

    Time to go to Sampson for the 4th inning……. why wait?

    • WhoKnowscs

      Volquez to IL who will start for him?

      • calntom

        They can skip the Volquez turn in the rotation this week with the off days

  • CrazyEd
  • RR3

    Maz is slow.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Well that was deflating.

  • RR3

    This is like watching two wounded ducks trying to swim.

  • calntom

    Call from downstairs for family game time. The women want to hustle me in Yahtzee. I am leaving my wallet upstairs. talk to you all later.

    • CrazyEd

      Good luck, but I’m not optimistic.

  • WhoKnowscs

    An out! An out!

    • WhoKnowscs

      Another out! Another out!

      • WhoKnowscs

        Bah a challenge.

  • CrazyEd

    At least Hickory’s up 6/1 in the bottom of the 6th.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Sadzeck is pitching right now.

    • WhoKnowscs

      Got 3 outs but he was pitching with a 9-2 lead.

  • RR3

    Might be his last batter.

  • RR3

    Bases loaded for Trout. Nice.

    • CrazyEd

      Now is the time you walk him. One run is better than four.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Nailed it

  • CrazyEd

    Now what. Bases loaded and Trout is up?

    • WhoKnowscs

      walk him.

      • CrazyEd

        Exactly

  • elkaba

    This is the stupidest thing I’ve seen in ages. Why?????????

    • RR3

      Smyly was out of gas.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Yep

      • elkaba

        Out of gas? Full of gas? Why pitch to him? EVER?

        Walking him is no different than any other metric you use to increase your chances of winning. It’s totally illogical, completely bonkers to go toe-to-toe with a player who can beat you with one swing. If you’re too big a man to walk him, if you think it somehow weakens you to admit he can beat your whole team, then why is it OK to use other stats? Why isn’t defensive shifting admitting you’re too weak to beat the hitter straight up? Why study a hitter’s spread pattern? Why scout the opposition?

        Winning is finding and exploiting an advantage. SO WALK HIM.

        • RR3

          I totally agree. Never pitch to him.

        • JacobMcCandles

          Losing thought process….Nadel was even laughing at the idea…….DP and you are out of the inning

          • elkaba

            No. Losing is thinking like a Banister, like it’s more manly to go head to head with Trout with a worn out pitcher and bases loaded. Losing is letting a team like the Angels beat you by surrounding Trout with a whole roster of minnows, because they bet you’re too big an ego to admit you can’t beat him.

            If Trout was part of a strong lineup, if skipping Trout just meant you had to face a slightly less frightening alternative, then fine, pitch to him and take your chances. But nobody forced LA to field a team of weaklings surrounding Trout. They shouldn’t be rewarded for it. And we shouldn’t be giving away games for nothing but the bragging rights that we faced Trout… and lost.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Well you are dug in…..ask yourself how many times you have seen that tactic used……hardly ever and that’s a lot of smart BB people….better alternative is bringing in your best reliever a la Francona….its a tie game……cant base your decision on the result….even if is Trout he will fail 65% of the time….out

        • GoRangers23

          I absolutely agree! I was in the middle of a project I couldn’t stop but I was totally livid! When the bases are full of the other teams players, THAT is when you need to walk Trout for sure. The only time I think it might be ok to not walk him is if the bases are empty. And that is because we have pitching that is not very good, for the most part. Yes, they have started out doing well and there is a great game here and there, but they are not ace pitchers. Ace pitchers even have a hard time beating Mike Trout. It’s frustrating, but at least our new manager has shown that he can learn, since he finally got the hint and walked him. 🙂

    • CrazyEd

      There’s a time to walk him and a time to pitch to him. this was a walk to him.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Must admit I can’t play with fear…..never walk in a run unless I have a lead

  • WhoKnowscs

    I’m tired of the retreads.

  • WhoKnowscs

    The Challenge did the team in.

  • RR3

    Mike Trout might be the one player who is underpaid.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Well it’s about time for reality to set it.

  • WhoKnowscs

    It’s Jesse!

    • JacobMcCandles

      Mr C fav player

  • WhoKnowscs

    Walk Trout give up 1 maybe get that same pitch again and get a double play.

  • CrazyEd

    Crawdads are up by 7 bottom of the 6th. I like minor league baseball.

  • RR3

    With this rotation, the Rangers would have to score six runs a game to stay over .500.

    • Nate Whitten

      and no team can do that

  • RR3

    This was just posted on Dallas News.com:

    Ronald Guzman leaves Rangers game with hamstring injury. Could it open path for Willie Calhoun to join big league team?

    • CrazyEd

      If it does, it certainly won’t improve the Rangers chances. That would, if I am reading it correctly, involve moving Gallo to 1st and playing Calhoun in LF. Putting a fence post at first and leaving Gallo in LF would be better.

    • elkaba

      ABC (anyone but Calhoun)

    • JacobMcCandles

      Nadel is saying most likely Wisdom…..but IMO we have to find out about Calhoun….

      • WhoKnowscs

        Davidson.

        • CrazyEd

          I don’t know. Looking at Nash stats it’s a toss up between Wisdom and Davidson. My thinking is they want Davidson to work on being a hitter, so that leaves Wisdom. Just a guess.

    • CrazyEd

      When are people going to learn, Calhoun’s route to the big leagues is as a DH and back up LF. He can’t play RF, CF or 2nd base. He’ll go as far as his bat will take him. Anything else and he’s a negative. I’m sorry, but he is what he is. He is anchored to LF and DH. That’s it.

      • JacobMcCandles

        And…..

        • CrazyEd

          And nothing. He is what he is, a potentially big bat and less than optimum fielder.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Ok…..i would love a big bat….just me I guess

  • RR3

    Chip away.

    • WhoKnowscs

      Hope they’ve learned to lesson, don’t pitch to Trout.

    • CrazyEd

      Exactly, it’s still early.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Since the Rangers are in California make sure they are on the lookout for this brainiac: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9duGYzNdt4

  • WhoKnowscs

    Can we go back to the Rangers team that scored double digits in game? They were more fun to watch than these guys.

    • CrazyEd

      I’m afraid what we are going to have to live with is a mixture of the two. Sometimes one, sometimes the other.

      • elkaba

        Half and half is better than all bad.

    • JacobMcCandles

      These are the real Rangers

  • Nate Whitten

    is it all over? I Just woke up and checked score on mlb.com. They were braggn’ ’bout Trout’s monster grand slam. Why did they pitch to the ^^*&Y*T*?

    • CrazyEd

      Good question.

      • RR3

        Six up six down since that grand slam.

        • Nate Whitten

          dadgummit. Walk him.

        • JacobMcCandles

          Yep

      • Nate Whitten

        can Rangers still win?
        .

        • RR3

          It’s only 4-1. So, yes.

          • Nate Whitten

            need to score against this “bad” pitching team.

        • CrazyEd

          Sure can. I’ve seen a lot worse. I remember the Padres being up by ten runs in the bottom of the ninth and the Dodgers walked it off.

        • GoRangers23

          As long as the game isn’t over, we can still win. 😄

          • RR3

            Yes, it’s certainly within reach. And we’ve seen this team come back already a few times this year.

        • WhoKnowscs

          Stay tuned we have to see if the Rangers can score more than 1 run.

    • RR3

      Should have tried to pitch around him. Instead, threw a meat ball.

  • RR3

    They walked Trout that time.

    • WhoKnowscs

      And it didn’t hurt. Too bad the damage was done.

    • GoRangers23

      Our new manager learns from his mistakes. Isn’t it great? 😄

  • CrazyEd

    I’ve already won. The live in Chinese chef/maid/masseuse just brought be a big plate of sweet and sour pork, a big bowl of rice, and a bowl of been sprouts. Life is good.

  • CrazyEd

    Well, I guess we might as well include Pujols in the fun. No since leaving him out.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Should’ve walked him……lol

      • elkaba

        No. Just Trout.

  • CrazyEd

    Hickory beat Lakewood 9 to 1 so there’s good news.

  • RR3

    DeShields needs to start hitting.

  • RR3

    Guess who’s up?

  • RR3

    Struck him out.

    • GoRangers23

      Miracles do happen.

  • CrazyEd

    Alexy gave up two runs in the first, but has settled down and shut them down until now (top of the 4th). DownEast is losing 2 to 1.

  • CrazyEd

    Alexy must be ready for a call up to the Rangers, he only went 4 before being pulled.

  • elkaba

    Last chance.

    • CrazyEd

      Not looking good.

  • elkaba

    Oh, well. We can even the series against Trout tomorrow.

  • RR3

    Three Ks to end it. Come on, Rangers.

  • CrazyEd

    That’s a wrap. You only score one your supposed to lose. Two days in a row with one run. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/3568299cdeedf2544b1439bba30b446e107131cd15979494f7cb3715bea59730.gif

    • RR3

      We need that offense back.

      • JacobMcCandles

        The real 2019 Rangers….too late for your playoff ticket refund? LOL

    • possumrld

      ha! ha!

  • CrazyEd

    Really a bummer, even my minor league feed has gone south. Reed has been up for a half hour. Sometimes life isn’t fair.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Well on to the the second half of Lone Star DH and Astros

    • RR3

      I’m watching the second half of the Auburn game first.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Will surf and watch Tech game……didnt think Auburn would win…..looks close

      • WhoKnowscs

        The Intentional fouling I think did them in.

  • calntom

    Oh man. I am going to hate to see them rush the young starters into MLB action. Not fair that they don’t get to develop all their pitches before being thrown into the fire. I bet we see Hearn here before the break.
    Maybe there is hope for Smyly and Miller, but I think we might be looking at “Moore 2018” numbers.
    Perhaps Keuchel on a pillow for this year? I know, I am frickin dreaming…
    Sign someone!!!!

  • WhoKnowscs

    Texas Tech make NCAA finals