Out with the old. 141 comments


Shin-Soo Choo crosses the plate for the first of four first-inning runs.

 

Here is the difference between this season (so far) and the past few Rangers seasons.

The Rangers had a five-run lead and you never expected them to lose. In fact, you expected them to put the foot on the throat and keep piling it on.

Neither thing happened, of course. But the surprise is that they didn’t. With past Rangers teams and past Rangers pitching, one would simply wait for them to blow a lead.

The old Rangers? A ten-run lead wasn’t safe.

Does that make yesterday’s cratering easier to take or harder to take? Losing is never easy. But this is a season that the Rangers front office threw away. (They just forgot to tell the players.)

It’s difficult to watch them blow one they had in their grasp.

The frustrating part is the Red Sox desperately tried to give this game to the Rangers. Nine walks. Nine hits. And Texas couldn’t dent the late after the second inning.

After scoring six runs with only one out in the second, the Rangers chased David Price, who is like their personal drum kit in the basement that they go down and beat any time they can.

But after Price left, so did the scoring. Texas left bases loaded in the fourth. Left two on in the fifth. Left two on in the sixth. Left bases loaded in the seventh (even after a rare Odor hit). Left a runner on in the eighth. And left two on in the ninth.

That, too, was the Rangers of old.

Bring back the new Rangers, please.

*****
TODAY’S GAME:

Jesse Chavez (2-2, 3.62) vs. Tyler Mahle (2-6, 4.21)
Game time: 6:10

  • FatEddy Period, That’s it

    Emmanual Classe pitched back to back games for the first time.

    Emmanual Classe was inexplicably pulled after only two batters in his second game.
    A minor league relief pitcher pitching back to back games is USUALLY a sign of impending promotion to the the majors.
    Any minor league player being inexplicably pulled from a game is MANY TIMES a sign of impending promotion to the majors.
    The Rangers had a short BP so Sampson couldn’t be pulled early.
    The Rangers are headed to Cincinnati where the first game will be a bull pen game.
    What’s all that mean?

    Last nights game. The Rangers scored six runs. Six runs will almost always give the team a win. If it doesn’t one of three things is at fault.
    1. Bad pitching
    2. Bad defence
    3. A combination of 1 and 2.

    The offence did their part by scoring enough runs. Should they have added on more? Yes, but their failure to do so is not the major reason the Rangers lost.

    Back to my happy place.

    • Nate Whitten

      I wish that I had a happy place.

      • vegasRANGER

        left Tyler many years ago, but at one time my happy place was country tavern……

        • isittime

          I love the Tavern. Some of the best ribs in the whole state. I live in Longview and work near Kilgore, so I like to sneak over there every once in a while.

          • Nate Whitten

            Then we have the same stomping grounds. I live on a dead end county road that is about 4 miles from the East Texas Regional Airport. I worked in Kilgore from 1990-2018. Now I work part-time in Longview. I have not been to the Tavern in many years. It is about 20 miles from where I live, so it is not convenient.

          • isittime

            It’s so worth the drive. It’s not cheap thou. So you know.

          • JacobMcCandles

            My Granddad and Dad both went to Kilgore Jr College

          • isittime

            Harvard on the highway. I went there to.

          • JacobMcCandles

            That place for ribs, old man Johnny Caces for seafood in Longview before it closed and there is a good Mexican place on the loop in Tyler

          • isittime

            Too bad Joynny Caces closed. For cajun their’s Dudley’s and Fisherman’s Market still around for generic seafood.

        • Nate Whitten

          I know that place. I have lived exactly 3/4 of my life in Eastex. The Country Tavern is famous for their barbeque, especially pork ribs. It might be a good place to go for other reasons. Believe it or not, I think I have only been there once.

        • JacobMcCandles

          Thats the BBQ place out that Farm Hwy…right?

          • isittime

            Exactly!

    • isittime

      Samson’s been very solid for us. He just didn’t have his best stuff yesterday. That 3 run dinger was a killer. Made that 6 to 1 lead not so big.

  • Nate Whitten

    When the Rangers went into 8 games in 7 days between A’s and Bosox, I felt that 4-4 would be the best that could be hoped for. But winning the first two games in Boston got me wishing for more. There should have been more, but 4-4 is not bad against two teams that have given the Rangers fits.
    We see how valuable Gallo is to the offense. With him out, the team just does not have the same punch. No surprise there.. He has become a legitimate star. He has now gotten national attention, but his standing in all-star voting is disappointing. He should be in the top 3 with Spring and Trout.

    • isittime

      We really miss Gallo’s power in the middle, but I’m surprised that no one else has been able to step into one during a 4 game series. IT’s not like the lineup is full of slash and dash hitters. I guess when you look at the fact Rugie, Condor, and Mathis have been scuffling for the most part with the bat and Choo hasn’t swung it well since he took that ball off the wrist hasn’t helped fill the void of Gallo’s absence.

      • elkaba

        Also doesn’t help that Elvis left his brain in the hotel yesterday.

        • JacobMcCandles

          He did look like the scarecrow…: )

          • elkaba

            Here’s what I mean… Top of 4th. 1 out. Choo walks. DD walks. Double steal, runners at 2nd, 3rd. Elvis comes up and swings at 2 pitches in the dirt when all he had to do was stand there. Now there’s 2 outs when Pence comes up and walks. Bases loaded, but if Elvis had had his brain turned on, that walk would have walked in a run.
            Top of 5th. Santana comes up and walks. BUT if Elvis had gotten his guaranteed walk, Santana could have come up and walked in bottom of the 4th walking in another run.
            You can’t throw away free runs and expect to win.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Oh I was just joking…he did have three hits I think, but he still has those mental lapses. I listened to most of the game on XM so I missed a lot. Sounds like a team loss though.

          • elkaba

            True. Team loss. I still don’t like giving away runs no matter what, especially when they’re dropped in our laps.

        • Eric Childress

          It was a frustrating game all around. Our pitching wasn’t on. Offense comes out guns blazing against one of the better starters in the league, bounce him in the 2nd and can’t break through one of the worst pens in the league for 7 plus innings with them doing their damndest to give it to us.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Reds are totally unpredictable…….remind me of KC and Minn and Pitts when they were going through that phase of trading away all their players. You put together all the Reds of the last 10 yrs together, and you have a playoff team

  • JacobMcCandles

    3 out of 6 Division leaders have a lead of at least 9 games….Yowza

  • JacobMcCandles

    This is what I want for TX…..Astros have lost 3 All Stars, a SP,Premier utility man and back up catcher and their record has got better..

    This is not tanking or the best draft positions..it is a superior evals. A BB opinion not a Houston opinion

    • isittime

      Hopefully this new crop of college players will run through the ranks quick and some of these kids that’s been in the system a while will start figuring it out and we can have some solid depth in waiting sooner than later. We’ll see.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Tick Tock…LOL

  • GoRangers23
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  • FatEddy Period, That’s it

    Rangers acquire RHP Jake Petrika from Brewers for ptbnl or cash. Reliever assinged to Nash.

  • possumrld

    I just saw that the Rangers picked up an new bullpen guy Jake Petricka from the Milwaukee Brewers. According to what I read, he has looked pretty good of late, and he has a career ERA of just under 4.00.
    So why is he in the minor leagues at all?
    It seems like to me he should already be on an airplane on it’s way to Arlington.

    • FatEddy Period, That’s it

      IF they are planning on adding him to the Rangers BP, they’ve got a bunch of roster moves to make. He is not currently on the 40 or the 25 and there are no vacancies. They’ll need to sort that out first.

      • possumrld

        True, F.E., but there are two or three of our bullpen guys that I think should be cut from the roster. We shall soon see, I guess.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Choo — LF
    DeShields — CF
    Elvis — SS
    Mazara — RF
    Cabrera — 3B
    Odor — 2B
    Guzman — 1B
    Federowicz — C
    Chavez — P

    • WhoKnowscs

      Lineup tonight.

      • possumrld

        Why is Odor back hitting 6th? Unbelievable!

        • FatEddy Period, That’s it

          Probably because he has an 8 game on base streak going. Just a guess.

          • possumrld

            Fat Ed, Good point! And it turned out to be the best move too!

  • TD30
  • WhoKnowscs

    Story about Nolan Ryan’s 235 pitch game from 45 years ago today.
    https://www.mlb.com/news/nolan-ryan-threw-235-pitches-in-one-game

  • WhoKnowscs
  • FatEddy Period, That’s it

    Spokane is leading Vancouver 4-0 top of the fourth.

  • FatEddy Period, That’s it

    I guess we can forget seeing Emmanual Clase in Arlington for a bit. He’s been selected for the Texas League All Stars. Along with Edgar Arredondo, James Jones, Walker Weickel, Juremi Profar and Charles LeBlanc.

  • FatEddy Period, That’s it

    Spokane leading Vancouver 6-0 bottom of the 4th. Vanasco still dealing 98 MPH heat.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Just scanned over Father Bill James and his metric system for evals of defense, was mildly surprised on a few things. Our pitchers do very well, Minor,Lynn,Sampson all scoring well. Highest rated position player…Roogie at 4th best 2B. Elvis at 5th. No OFers…Surprised Guzman didn’t make top 8. Neither did Mathis.

    • WhoKnowscs

      He also labeled Mazara a top 10 Right Fielder though at some point so . . . I’d say Mazara is average.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Yeah…his arm has got better but his angles are bad and he is a lazy with speed IMO

  • WhoKnowscs

    Can Guzman be my home run hero?

  • FatEddy Period, That’s it

    Odor 9 game on base streak.

  • Eric Childress

    It’s only 1 inning but nice to see the 0’s by Jesse there. Had some trouble with the shutdown inning last night.

  • Eric Childress

    That was a heck of a play by their shortstop

  • RR3

    Greetings from The Ballpark.

    • Mr.C

      Watching the Aberdeen IronBirds tonight with the family.

  • FatEddy Period, That’s it

    Spokane won their opener 9-1 over Vancouver.

  • RR3

    Forgive me for not posting much tonight. At the Paul McCartney concert.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Paul’s Birthday….Wonder if he will sing the Happy Birthday to you

  • WhoKnowscs

    Looks like we are working to make them have a bullpen game too.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Woody has the 3 players with OBA at the top with Choo,DD,Elvis

  • Eric Childress

    Rugie!!!! There you go

  • JacobMcCandles

    ROOGIE BOOGIE IS BACK

    • Eric Childress

      We need that version.

      • JacobMcCandles

        He is not setting things on fire but he has been contributing at the plate and 2B…..most on here would not notice…..too busy rolling out the next Roogie negative post

        • possumrld

          Jake, I must admit you are absolutely correct. Nadel was giving his stats for the past month last night. was very surprise, and pleasantly so, I might add.
          But if you had asked me before I heard the stats last night, I wouldn’t have had anything much positive to say, about Roogie, except that he has played excellent defense.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Oh for the most part I’m just kidding, anyone can post what they want. Like myself we have a player that I feel has no place as a starter on our team, and that seems to bother some people…can’t please everyone.

          • possumrld

            Nonetheless, what you said is true. Prolonged bad streaks seem to follow players around for awhile, like a bad smell, as though they are carrying a slice of Limburger cheese around in their pocket. “)

          • elkaba

            Yep. Still daily dead horse beating. 🙂

          • JacobMcCandles

            No mention of a name Miss CNN😜

          • elkaba

            Me either.

        • Eric Childress

          Definitely doing better at the plate. Still rolls over outside pitches but I don’t know if he’ll ever not do that. The patience he’s showing is very good thou.

    • possumrld

      Yes! He has been looking much better of late. More “takes” and more contact. And now this!

      • JacobMcCandles

        Yep two walks and hit that on pitch #7

    • grumpyderfsmagic8ball

      Blind squirell

      • JacobMcCandles

        Gets run over

      • possumrld

        lol!

  • possumrld

    That is most definitely called “getting the big hit”!

  • GoRangers23

    7-0. Can we hold em?

    • WhoKnowscs

      Reds yes, Red Sox, still yes, but only if we don’t get the 7-0 lead until the 6th or so.

      • WhoKnowscs

        In other words when the Rangers score a bunch early and stop it sort of puts a target up.

      • GoRangers23

        Ha, we better be able to hold em. Smyly does NOT want to mess with me right now. I’ve been out in the hot garden for a lot of today. I am not in a good mood. Lo.

        • WhoKnowscs

          I’d even trust Smyly and Miller for an inning each I think. But to be safe keep scoring.

          • GoRangers23

            You are braver than I am. I don’t even trust Smyly for an entire inning.

          • WhoKnowscs

            He’s already pitched an inning.

          • GoRangers23

            I know. I wrote the first post while he was still pitching. 😄

  • elkaba

    Ugh… been listening to Nadel and Hicks. Now back with Raymond.

    • GoRangers23

      It’s quite a difference isn’t it?

      • elkaba

        It is. Watched the first few innings over dinner out, then listened to them in the car. Both ways are more enjoyable than listening to Raymond talk golf and pizza.

        • GoRangers23

          How in the world do you convince those people that we could care less about their choice of pizza toppings?

          • elkaba

            I think the answer is to clone Jared Sandler. You know the radio guys are constantly being fed with interesting BASEBALL stats and tidbits to talk about. But I don’t think the TV guys even have a Jared with them, or if they do, he’s not very good! So they just talk boring garbage.

          • GoRangers23

            I would sincerely be happier if the tv guys just didn’t talk if there was nothing to talk about.

          • elkaba

            That’s why I still like Tom. He has a million baseball stories. But Raymond doesn’t appear to know much about baseball. He might be happier selling used cars or stocks and bonds.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Elvis going boom.

    • WhoKnowscs

      The Boom was a dud.

  • GoRangers23

    I missed a lot of the game up til now, does anyone know why the Reds are wearing green caps tonight? Camo maybe?

  • Eric Childress

    Leave it to smyly to efff up a shutout

    • elkaba

      Pull him now while there’s still time.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Someone Get Raymond a pizza already so he’ll stop.

    • GoRangers23

      It’s a good thing he already told us what he wanted on it so that we know.

  • WhoKnowscs

    1.2 innings of Smyly every 5 days is his limit.

    • Eric Childress

      I really want the guy to do well but it their any way he can work his shit out in Nashville

    • GoRangers23

      I’m thinking that .2 innings of Smyly is my limit. 😄

      • isittime

        .2 too much!

        • GoRangers23

          True, but I was giving him the benefit of the doubt. Ha.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Wow, Pirates have dropped to last place in the NL Central, even behind the Reds.

  • isittime

    I’d like to see condor and maz get it going. They’ve been too quite lately

  • GoRangers23

    Drew. Smyly. 😳

    • elkaba

      :-0

      • GoRangers23

        Me thinks that someone didn’t get the .2 inning memo.

    • isittime

      🙈

  • WhoKnowscs

    If Smyly finishes this out he’ll have a save.

  • elkaba

    So Raymond says Smyly has a chance to get a 3 inning save tonight. I say Smyly has a chance to lose this game.

    • WhoKnowscs

      I trust Woodward to not let that even get close.

      • elkaba

        Me, too. But it still makes me nervous.

  • isittime

    If he can get through 3 innings with 1 run we’ll let him have it.

    • elkaba

      If he can get through 3 innings with 1 run we’ll let him live. 🙂

      • isittime

        Ha! True

      • GoRangers23

        Thems the real words.

  • isittime

    Ugh oh!

  • elkaba

    And there it is.

  • isittime

    He’s pitching to a guy named winker. How much damage could he possibly do?

    • elkaba

      LOL

  • Vlad2019

    Winker has a good eye.

    • WhoKnowscs

      When does Smyly throw at his head for winking at him? I can’t only assume someone named Winker winks a lot.

      • WhoKnowscs

        (Field of Dreams reference)

    • isittime

      I see what you did there Vlady.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Strange….Biggio then Clad Jr and also the Gurriel brothers playing tonight

      • JacobMcCandles

        Vlad jr

        • Vlad2019

          Bo Bichette is coming up soon too….and then the Clemens kid….

          • JacobMcCandles

            With Toronto?

          • Vlad2019

            Clemens is further away, but yes.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Ha….We are family!!!

  • elkaba

    Whew. Truly I hope they sort Smyly out. He’s got some good stuff.

    • isittime

      Same. It worked out today doing the bullpen thing but not a long term fix.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Roogie and asst pitchers game ball

  • WhoKnowscs

    Ironically with Smyly pitching 3 innings he pitched the same length he normally goes. Only this time he was spotted the 7 runs before starting and it worked so he only gave up 1.

  • WhoKnowscs

    And to make today better, the Yankees are getting beat 10-1

  • JacobMcCandles

    Rangers are doing better than most with this reliever starting BS

  • WhoKnowscs

    Phillies had a 7-2 lead going into the bottom of the 7th and just lost 9-8 to the Braves.

  • WhoKnowscs

    MLB Tonight is having a list of “their” best bargain free agents this winter

    9. Melky Cabrera
    8. Mike Moustakas
    7. James McCann
    6. Greg Holland
    5. Adam Jones
    4. Wade Miley
    3. Avasail Garcia
    2. Derek Dietrich(Reds)
    1. Hunter Pence

    • Nate Whitten

      These is not much doubt about #1. He is the most unlikely one even in the list. He takes a minor league contract just to get an invite to ST. That is all Pence needed. A veteran who totally reworked his swing in his mid-30’s just needed a chance. To his credit, he took that opportunity and turned it into an All-Star caliber 1st half. He is one big reason that the Rangers are better than expected.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Rockies had an 11-5 lead going into the top of the ninth. The game is tied in extras now.

    • WhoKnowscs

      Rockies lose 16-12 in the 12th.