Swept in Boston. 30 comments

  What we have here is failure to communicate. That famous line from “Cool Hand Luke” was appropriate for the Rangers last night as well. Lack of communication between Delino DeShields in center and Joey Gallo in left on one play, and DeSheids and Odor on another, allowed a couple […]

Odor rising. 69 comments

Rougned Odor might finally be turning it around. He hit a mammoth 447-foot home run in the top of the second to put the Rangers up temporarily. He singled in the sixth. He even got on by getting hit with a pitch. With that 2-for-3 performance, Odor’s batting average finally […]

Tough road ahead. 31 comments

  Playing teams like the Tigers and the White Sox and the Royals might be good for the ego, but it doesn’t give you an honest assessment of who you really are. That comes when you play the good teams. Like the Red Sox. Last night’s 5-0 loss to Boston […]

47. 60 comments

  Shin-Soo Choo grounded into a double play to end the top of the seventh inning in yesterday’s series- and season-finale against the Detroit Tigers. His team was up 3-0. His crack at setting the franchise record for consecutive games getting on base looked over. The Rangers would have to […]

One bad inning. 90 comments

  “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. […]

Elvis. 30 comments

  Forgotten in all the trade talk about where Hamels or Beltre will end up, is where Elvis Andrus goes. Or doesn’t go. Andrus has an opt out at the end of the season. He can stay or he can go. Andrus’s agent is Scott Boras. You hire Boras for […]

Fastest to 300. 45 comments

  Congratulations to Jeff Banister. With last night’s 7-5 win over the Detroit Tigers, Banister becomes the fastest Texas Rangers manager to 300 wins. It took him 574 games. If you don’t count interim manager Tim Bogar, who at 14-8 had a winning percentage of .636 but in a small […]

The bug. 33 comments

  The Rangers are in the wrong division. With last night’s 5-4 extra-inning loss to Houston, in a game the Rangers led 4-0, the Rangers are now 38-49, eleven games under .500. They are 14-26 against the American League West: 4-12 against the Astros, 1-5 against the Angels, 4-5 against […]

Guzman returns. 126 comments

  After a week of weaker teams, the Rangers ran into the first place Astros. Dallas Keuchel resdiscovered his stuff, which means he was not going to allow much. He went seven innings and gave up two runs. And in another spirited start, Austin Bibens-Dirkx gave up five in six […]

Bibens-Dirkx vs Keuchel. 77 comments

  On paper, this one’s a no brainer. A former Cy Young winner and one-time ace of the World Series winning team is going up against a thirty-three-year-old career minor leaguer who has only ten major league starts. No way Austin Bibens-Dirkx has any chance in this one against Dallas […]