Profar’s big night. 165 comments


Bartolo Colon picks up win number 243, tying Juan Marichal for the most ever wins by a Domincan-born player.

 

Jurickson Profar had a night.

His first multi-home run game, and his career high in RBIs with five.

The former number-one prospect in all of the world has been mostly a disappointment in his career. But, in his defense, he has been jacked around, moved from position to position, brought up and sent down, and suffered a horrible injury that cost him two seasons.

He’s finally getting regular playing time and is holding his own. He’s tied for ninth in doubles and third in triples in the American League this season. His batting average and on-base percentage aren’t all that special, but he is certainly a productive backup to Elvis Andrus, and might just be the starting shortstop next season if Andrus opts out of his contract, which Scott Boras almost always does.

Profar’s big night came during the sudden awakening of the offense. After struggling to score on the recently completed road trip, where they scored three runs or fewer in five of the seven games, the Rangers bludgeoned the Athletics with nine home runs in a two-game sweep of Oakland.

The Rangers have now clawed back to ten games under .500, and face the second-place Astros for four.

Let’s hope the offense, and Profar, stay woke.

*****
TODAY’S GAME:

Garrit Cole (6-1, 2.20) vs. Cole Hamels (3-5, 3.63)
Game time: 7:05

How the Astros hit against Hamels.
How the Rangers hit against Cole.

 

  • elkaba

    I’m happy for Profar. Yes, he’s been jerked around more than he deserved. It’s only fair he’s getting a good shot at the starting SS job for next year.

    • Rowdy Yates

      If EA hadn’t been injured Profar would probably still be in RR pouting, traded for nothing or maybe even released. It’s always a good story to see a kid come back from real adversity.

  • Rowdy Yates

    Was just looking at Rangers’ pitching stats and realized Moore and Fister are 2-11. Wow, there’s the season right there. When 2 of your starters have that kinda performance there’s no way for the team to have a good outcome. With 2 starters having a 4.62 combined ERA over 170 innings in less than half a season you are screwed as a team.

    • WhoKnowscs

      You really shouldn’t be combining Moore and Fister’s stats. Heck you should really be combining Moore with anyone as it just makes him look 10 times better than he actually is.

      Fister has only given up 1 more run than Colon in just under 10 fewer innings(1 less start) and he’s actually got a lower ERA than Colon.

      Fister has fared badly in the W-L record because he is(or was) in the “top” 5 for worst run support. Infact him and Hamels were both in that list a week or so ago.

      • Rowdy Yates

        Agree there’s no real comparison throwing anyone in with Moore and his numbers. Could just as easily used Minor whose #s are slightly worse than Fister’s. But Minor’s had more games where he pitched well so I used Fister. And coulda just combined all 3 to solidify the case even ‘moore’! It’s been a consistently rotten rotation. Just can’t wait wait for Perez to come back and fix things. He’s got great potential y’know.

        • WhoKnowscs

          Yep Perez will be fine . . . so long as no one ever makes an Error and he only pitches at home.

    • possumrld

      Moore has actually shown some marked improvement of late. He may even become a descent pitcher again over time. But in the meantime he has mostly been awful, and there is no disputing that fact.

  • grumpyderfsmagic8ball

    JD…Poop

  • JacobMcCandles

    My one cent is I think EA missing a ton of time this year may keep him from opting out….If he does I certainly would not pay him more….he just started proving some value vs all the money he got.

    Second, I don’t really feel like Profar got jerked around like many are saying…were his circumstances ideal? Prob not. But you had Elvis at SS and Roogie started out with a bang now a whimper….and Profar did not perform when he had opportunities, ideal or not. This is a performance driven lge and what we think a player can do never defeats what he shows on the field.

    The shame is if Roogie stays in his funk, that Profar doesn’t get a chance there.

    • grumpyderfsmagic8ball

      I agree.

    • elkaba

      Whether you think he got a bum deal from the team or just from life, you have to happy for him now. I think it’s been a bit of both, but whatever. Whether or not he gets his shot here, he’s finally had a decent chance to show the rest of the league what he can do at this level. Even if he only becomes a decent trade piece for us, either one works for me. 🙂

      • JacobMcCandles

        He is showing something and he does look promising on this team of misfits, but he is not exactly setting the world on fire and has defensive issues…..I don’t see him bringing back much. As far as the ‘bum deal” for me thats the secondary issue to when you do get the chance, seize it and he has not in the past, but maybe he is now.

        • possumrld

          Remember Profar is only a year older than Roogie. And he did have the arm injury, which cost him an entire seaosn. And may take him another year to completely adjust to it.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Time will tell

  • JacobMcCandles

    Red Schoendienst died, he was the oldest HOF member alive. I pulled up his Bio, quite the story. 15 yrs as a player for the Cards, 14 as the Mgr. Won two WS as a player, and 1 more as the Mgr. 10 time All star, had nearly 2500 hits…..nice career RIP

  • elkaba

    So JD got his extension. Now maybe he’ll wise up and hire a real GM.

    • WhoKnowscs

      Jerry Jones =P

    • dearmidol

      Nope, I’m afraid he’s GM for life.

    • Rowdy Yates

      Why would he hire a GM when he thinks he’s a better GM than anybody else could be? But it would show some ‘clear thinking’ for a change on his part if he’d do it.

  • JacobMcCandles

    That was a good conversation last night concerning the Mendoza line….I too thought it was .200 and knew Mendoza had hit better…and I have heard many an announcer say he is approaching the Mendoza line when he is batting .190 Strange

    • possumrld

      Jake, It is just another one of those things that somehow became something else, over time. But I don’t consider it worth correcting people over it. Someone last night mentioned it was .225. Then I said I thought it was .215, which I suppose is technically correct.
      But “grumpyderfsmagic8ball” said it best when he said, “For the Rangers lets just call it the Odor line. Whatever he is hitting on any given day.”
      That really cracked me up!
      And besides, like my Dad always used to say, “It’s the principle of the thing, Son…”. So whatever the understood, or the misunderstood number is, we all understand that it isn’t good!

  • JacobMcCandles

    Lots to digest coming soon…does Beltre DH more which puts Choo out in the field…I wonder if Alfalfa goes down to see how good a catcher he can become. Harsh reality is Roogie is not going anywhere…could we go back in time when it was talked about..trying Roogie in LF and moving Gallo to 3B and Profar plays 2B..or Gallo goes to 1B and Alfalfa goes to 3B and Guzman goes down…whatever happens….something is going to happen that we don’t like.

    I like Alfalfa catching idea….and finding out what EA is going to do so we can give someone more time and trade him soon.

    • grumpyderfsmagic8ball

      Can’t move Gallo to 3rd as he hates it. Can’t move Profar to 3rd as his throws suck way to often. IKF is the only logical choice as his arm and fielding are better then Profar. Right now DD and Odor are hurting the team. OF.. Gallo Choo and Maz. INF..IKF Elvis Profar and Guz. Beltr DH. But, it will never happen.

      • JacobMcCandles

        I don’t care if Gallo likes it…and I’m not saying any of the aforementioned stuff will happen, just alluding that they will have to figure out how all these pieces are going to fit into the puzzle…..Alfalfa catching is very intriguing to me….stay tuned lol😎🍺

  • dearmidol

    Not one positive comment I could see about Daniels’ extension on mlb.com. Not a very well-liked GM by fans.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Yeah and he was one strike away from immortality..its odd, he has been the most successful GM the Rangers have ever had…..but fans are hungry now as they should be…..I agree with elk, I think he should be the President. First guy I would hire would be Buck Showalter for GM,,let Buck find his Mgr

      • dearmidol

        I think it’s the fact that the Rangers are about to finish under .500 for the third year in the last five. Of course, the other two, they won their division.

        • JacobMcCandles

          Oh I am ready to see him go….just showing how close things can turn the worm

        • possumrld

          It isn’t iron clad that the Rangers will finish under .500. But it seems the chances are way better than not. I just don’t get it tough, why the owners are not very unhappy with JD,. and with Bannister at this point.

          • elkaba

            The owners are betting on him based on his whole track record. What they’ve apparently discounted or ignored is how much help he had back when our world was spinning on greased wheels. Now that the wheels have come completely off, they’re betting on him to get things going again. Remains to be seen, but I’d be a lot more confident if he promoted himself, and hired some seasoned baseball men to build it back.

      • elkaba

        100 thumbs up

    • possumrld

      JD’s contract extension is just an “extension” of the typical Rangers philosophy these last few seasons. That is, to reward failure and ignore success. Sad.

  • possumrld

    I used to defend JD, until he hired Bannister. I believe JD was making a big show at the end of the 2014 season, of “weighing all of the options” and of interviewing several candidates, and in JD’s words, “Going through the process and ‘doing it right’ to make sure we got the best guy”, yada, yada, yada. But in my opinion, it was was all just a big dog and pony show, to keep the critics at bay. But mostly it served as a means for JD not to have to hire Tim Bogar at the time. Because I also believe JD wanted Bannister all along, and he had already made up his mind, so that the interview process was a total fraud and a big sham.
    People often talk about the worst player moves JD ever made. But I think hiring Bannister was the very worst. And it by far and away overshadows the rest of his boo-boo’s, because the manager is such an important part of team discipline and team moral. And if you ask me, the Rangers have been very short on both of those things, ever since Banney arrived.

    • JacobMcCandles

      It’s def worth a mention….and it was a mistake…wonder what impact Hurdle had?

      • possumrld

        I seriously doubt JD took any outside input from any of the coaches. Or if he did, it was just to make brownie points.

      • elkaba

        I think JD looked back on Hurdle as one of the best coaches they’d hired ever. So yes, I think Hurdle gave JD a call and recommended his boy and JD listened. Wish they’d have given Bogar a chance, but he was Wash’s pick, and I don’t think JD was too pleased with Wash by the time he left.

        • JacobMcCandles

          Agree 100%

    • Rowdy Yates

      Have to agree on this Poss. I think a solid majority here thought Bogar had earned the position and were surprised and somewhat disappointed with the choice. Then Bani won MOY reaching the playoffs and he got a lot of credit for it. But most of us and probably most of the baseball world thought the Rangers should’ve gone farther than they ultimately did with that very good team. And, it’s been downhill ever since.

    • dearmidol

      He certainly wanted a manager that would allow him to call the shots and go along with being a puppet.

      • possumrld

        So it seems

  • TD30
  • GoRangers23

    We are officially in a rain delay. Poo!

  • dearmidol

    I was supposed to go tonight but had to go to Austin. My wife and a daughter are going. Just saw it’s stormimg badly there. Hope they play.

    • elkaba

      Looks like only a brief delay. Just one line of storms on the radar.

  • GoRangers23

    If anyone happens to see when the game will start, please post the time. I’m going to be watching something with Mr Go. 😄

    • grumpyderfsmagic8ball

      7:45

      • GoRangers23

        Thanks!

  • dearmidol

    I can feel the Silver Boot excitement all the way to Austin.

    • grumpyderfsmagic8ball

      Ok 😂

    • elkaba

      Right…

  • elkaba

    Getting ready to start, Go.

    • GoRangers23

      Thanks Elk! I guess she was wrong on the broadcast because she said it would be 1 hr after they removed the tarp.

      • elkaba

        It was just one line of storms. Easy come. Easy go.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Still hasn’t started….staying 745 it looks like

  • JacobMcCandles

    Notes….745 start, first game this year that RC has not caught Hamels. TX sizes up pretty well for tonight, nice and cool, Houston’s Cole is having a phenom yr but Hamels is a battler……and this is the weakest offensive Stro lineup I have seen this yr. Correa is out,Marwin hitting from the right side, and Marisnick who is one of the best Defensive CF can’t hit a lick…..”should” be a tight game.

    • grumpyderfsmagic8ball

      Perez is even wose then Marisnick. Can’t believe we don’t have someone better in AA or AAA.

      • elkaba

        WE did. They were traded for Beltran, Guiardo, Lucroy….etc.

        • JacobMcCandles

          It was a good trade for TX but the big guy we lost was Wets fav,,Alfaro catcher

      • JacobMcCandles

        Had Nicholas!!

  • elkaba

    Well here’s one nobody predicted… Gallo in CF.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Wonder if he “likes” that…..they had been talking about it….Choo used to play CF, Joey is athletic…..

      • elkaba

        LOL, that really bothers you that he doesn’t like 3B. I’m sure he would play there if asked, but hey. They asked and he told them. IT might also be more PR, so fans wouldn’t gripe if he wasn’t at 3rd spelling Beltre.

        • JacobMcCandles

          Not liking it is ok with me…broadcasting or refusing if it got that far would bother me….

          • elkaba

            Like I said, sounds like PR to me.

          • GoRangers23

            He has already said that he would play there if they wanted him to. He wasn’t refusing, just saying he didn’t like it.

  • WhoKnowscs

    What happened to McCann?

    • JacobMcCandles

      On the DL coming off shortly….Stassi can hit though

  • WhoKnowscs

    Better a walk then a homer.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Here is one for you when we were hitting in past yrs we were not taking walks. Now we are not hitting and we are second in the AL in walks…..promising if these kids start hitting

  • TD30

    Nice

    • elkaba

      My favorite kind of hit. 🙂

      • WhoKnowscs

        Maybe Gallo can do my other favorite type.

  • GoRangers23

    Yes!

  • elkaba

    This ump really likes Cole.

  • JacobMcCandles

    First pitcher to adapt to this tight strike zone will be the better man….bad calls both ways…at least they don’t religiously show that strike zone graphic…..

    • possumrld

      They don’t like to show it much when the ump is so pathetic

      • JacobMcCandles

        Just caused to much fan consternation

        • possumrld

          Yep, it doesn’t change anything by showing it all the time, so why stoke the flames of discontentment?

  • TD30

    Way to use those long legs and arms Guzzy!

    • JacobMcCandles

      CONDORRRRRRRRRRRRRR

  • possumrld

    Hamels is cruising!

  • WhoKnowscs

    That wasn’t a strike.

    • elkaba

      One of many so far.

  • elkaba

    This ump thinks the strike zone is merely a suggestion.

    • WhoKnowscs

      I hate umps that act like it’s their job to keep a game interesting.

      • elkaba

        I think he needs to be somewhere else and want this over fast.

      • dearmidol

        Why we need electronic balls and strikes.

    • Rowdy Yates

      Amazing. Umps seem to get worse every year, particularly balls and strikes.

  • dearmidol

    Rangers are hanging in against the second-place Astros.

    • elkaba

      They’re playing against two- the astros and the ump.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Now now

        • elkaba

          Yes! Now! 🙂

          • JacobMcCandles

            Bad both ways

          • elkaba

            All I know is that zone gets much bigger every time we have men on base.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Is that “all you know?” LO

          • elkaba

            Pretty much.

  • Rowdy Yates

    Wow, Choo played that ball well!

  • elkaba

    Now Houston has a man on base, so we’ll see if the umps eyesight gets worse for them, too.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Wow JA did not make it to second…could be cuz they had three thrown out on the bases last night

  • JacobMcCandles

    Gallo just exhibited perfect form

  • JacobMcCandles

    Gattis has been hot

  • Rowdy Yates

    Oy vey.

  • GoRangers23

    Grrrrrrr

  • Rowdy Yates

    Forgot for a few innings that the Rangers were playing a good team tonight.

  • Rowdy Yates

    So my new lineup for Rangers broadcasters:
    Radio: Nadel
    TV pregame: Emily
    TV play by play: Emily
    TV color: Emily
    TV postgame: Emily, David Murphy
    TV: Star of the Game Interview: Emily
    TV: Post game Bani interview: no one

    • dearmidol

      I like Jeff Fry at post-game. He’s honest.

      • JacobMcCandles

        I like Sandler

      • grumpyderfsmagic8ball

        I like ice cream.

        • JacobMcCandles

          Is there a grumpy flavor Bluebell

          • grumpyderfsmagic8ball

            Nope. What ever the wife buys.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Rangers have folded and look like they’ve given up now.

    • dearmidol

      No, just out-manned.

      • WhoKnowscs

        Must suck knowing the only way you can win is a complete game shutout.

        • dearmidol

          Or five home runs.

      • possumrld

        And “out man-aged”

  • dearmidol

    Thank you for taking out Cole and giving us a chance.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Cole and Verlander were throwing over 110 pitches a couple of times but the last couple of starts he has brought back a little BP wasn’t getting any work

  • grumpyderfsmagic8ball

    DA

  • Rowdy Yates

    Seems like 6 or 7 caught stealing in a row for the Rangers. Pathetic.

    • grumpyderfsmagic8ball

      Seems like Odor does it alot. No reason to steal down 3. Geez

      • WhoKnowscs

        Steal when you are a head . . . not when you are struggling to score and need every out.

        • possumrld

          Odor is “a Head” case.

          • WhoKnowscs

            He’s trying to overcompensate because he’s proved inadequate.

          • possumrld

            A proven moron, in my opinion

          • WhoKnowscs

            Notice how he always tries to get a replay and doesn’t go back to the dugout every time he’s tagged out?

      • Rowdy Yates

        Don’t knock Odor who’s one of the greatest players to ever put on a Rangers’ uniform. Never swings at a bad pitch, guaranteed Gold Glove, very coachable, base stealing wizard, hits above the Mendoza line every 4th year, guaranteed 30+ HRs every year, high baseball IQ, and best of all …. Man can he throw a punch!

        • grumpyderfsmagic8ball

          👻😂

  • JacobMcCandles

    Well that’s prob it

  • possumrld

    Odor sucks, and Cole Hamels seriously needs to figure out how to keep the ball in the yard.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Live by the homer . . . die without.

  • possumrld

    It was on the hill – with a baseball – by Mr. Peacock

  • WhoKnowscs

    2 lazy fly outs.

  • possumrld

    The crickets chirpinn’ on the Rangers bats now

  • Rowdy Yates

    1 of every 4 hits Hamels gives up is a HR. Even Moore is just 1 of every 7 hits.

    • possumrld

      Yep, if Hamels could just keep the ball in the yard, he might be ace material again

    • WhoKnowscs

      Except Moore gives up 7 hits every 2 innings compared to Hamels 5-6 innings.

      • possumrld

        A slight exaggeration, I think, but your point is well taken. But still, Hamels is supposed to be our “ace” while Moore is just our goat.

        • Rowdy Yates

          Moore gives up 1.5 hits per inning. Hamels .9 hits per inning.

          • possumrld

            Yep, and so many of Hamels’ hits leave the yard, the comparison is kind of hard to make.

  • WhoKnowscs

    awww I wanted a little league homer.

  • possumrld

    Nice defense. Pop Warner would be proud

    • WhoKnowscs

      I’m not sure what you call that but it wasn’t defense.

      • possumrld

        Sarcasm.

        • WhoKnowscs

          Yeah, I know. Just trying to think of a better name for it. Real Texas Baseball?

          • possumrld

            Nadel called it a “Little League” play. That ’bout sums it up, I think.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Ttme for a miracle.

    • WhoKnowscs

      Time to learn how to proofread before clicking “post” . . . or not.

      • possumrld

        You can edit

        • WhoKnowscs

          Yeah, I know, I do that often. Refreshes though are needed for that.

          • possumrld

            True! I do a lot of editing, because when we are in a hurry sometimes things don’t come out right. But the nature and pace of the game means that if you take to long to post or to respond, it quickly becomes irrelevant.

    • possumrld

      It will take a minor miracle for the Rangers to come back.

  • possumrld

    Awhile ago when Roogie got caught stealing, there were a lot of boo’s, Hicks said “The fan’s didn’t like that call”. But I tend to think they were mostly booing Roogie for getting caught stealing, yet again.

    • WhoKnowscs

      Odor can’t live on a punch forever.

      • possumrld

        lol! I think the “punch” has soured now!

  • WhoKnowscs

    Needing a miracle the Rangers give us Odor.

  • possumrld

    That last nail in the coffin is ’bout 3/4ths nailed home now.

  • possumrld

    Not yet dead!

  • possumrld

    Five to two, and here comes Choo!

    • WhoKnowscs

      we needed 2 more outs.

      • possumrld

        Or maybe 6 or 7 more

  • WhoKnowscs

    Just a base hit Choo.

    • possumrld

      Or a walk

  • possumrld

    Adios, all! This was really poor effort by the Rangers. Very disappointing.