Free runs. 218 comments

  Yesterday, the Rangers discovered what it’s like to play the Rangers. They discovered what it’s like to play a team that doles out runs like a drunk philanthropist. Coming into this series, the Seattle Mariners had given up just one unearned run. In the ninth inning yesterday, all four […]

Mann up. 111 comments

  Last year it was Austin Bibens-Dirkx. In 2016, it was Matt Bush. In 2014, it was Guilder Rodriguez. The Rangers are masters at writing Cinderella Stories. The latest is Brandon Mann. He made his major league debut Sunday. And made his second appearance in yesterday’s extra-inning loss to Seattle, […]

Evolution of baseball. 239 comments

There’s been a lot of talk about how much baseball is changing the last few years. Defensive shifts. Players swinging for the fences on every swing. A game of strikeouts or home runs. Starters only allowed to go six innings. The front offices calling the shots. Managers being just puppets. […]

The new Mark Clark. 50 comments

  Mark Clark started fifteen games for the Rangers in 1999. He came over from the Cubs where, two years before, in an injury-shortened season, he posted a really nice 2.86 ERA. But that was then. This was two years after then. That year, in 1999, Clark registered an ungodly […]

The bottom of the lineup. 114 comments

  When you score just one run a game, you aren’t going to win too many.  The Rangers won just two 1-0 games in 2017. But that’s the inevitable outcome of one of the weaker offenses in baseball facing what is shaping up to be the best pitching staff in […]

Gem. 171 comments

  Someone call the jeweler, the Rangers pitching staff just cut a gem. Cole Hamels and the Texas bullpen tossed a one-hitter at the World Champion Houston Astros, shutting them out 1-0 in a good old-fashioned pitching dual. It was the Rangers first shutout of the year. And it couldn’t […]

Where is everyone? 361 comments

  Attendance is down in baseball ten percent. Attendance is down in Arlington fifteen percent. That is according to the Dallas Morning News. But you don’t have to read the local paper to know that. All you have to have is a working pair of eyes, or even one working […]

May day. 50 comments

  A home run to tie it. A home run to win it. His first multi-home run game. His first walk-off home run. Nomar Mazara took that next step on the road to greatness. And it was a huge step. May is nine days old and already Mazara has seven […]

Rangers season in a nutshell. 256 comments

  The Rangers picked up eleven hits last night. Adrian Beltre returned from two weeks away and picked up right where he left off, with three hits and two RBIs. Delino DeShields went 2-for-5, scoring two runs, and was once again the catalyst for the Rangers offense, leading off the […]

A thing of beauty. 190 comments

  Nobody ever said they had to be pretty. But that one last night was a thing of beauty. Ugly beauty. The ugly: Another Matt Moore crash and burn job. He comes into the game with an ERA of 7.67 and leaves the game with it a few clicks south […]