Radical new thinking on using a closer. 189 comments


A critical error: A base hit eludes Rangers center fielder Drew Robinson, allowing the winning run to score after the Rangers had miraculously tied the game.

 

In three of Hamels’s four starts so far this season he has allowed a first batter home run. Twice on the very first pitch.

So three of the fifteen games the Rangers have played have been over after the very first batter.

When you win four games out of fifteen, a team doesn’t need a closer. There is nothing to close. Maybe Jeff Banister needs to be radical and rethink the role of the closer.

Maybe when Cole Hamels is scheduled to start, Banister should bring in his closer for one batter.

The very first one.

You always want to bring your closer in when the game is on the line. When Cole Hamels pitches, that’s the very first batter.

Because, with the Rangers inability to come from behind after being down, if the first batter scores, the game is over.

After that first batter, Hamels usually cruises.

Hey, the team is 4-11 . It can’t hurt.

*****

Congratulations to Ronald Guzman and Isiah Kiner Falefa on their first major league hits. With injuries to the middle infield, both made their first major league starts in last night’s game, although Kiner-Falefa had already played in two previous games. Guzman was in his first ever.

Kiner-Falefa singled in the third inning off Gerrit Cole. Guzman singled in the ninth off Chris Devenski.

Guzman played first, moving Joey Gallo to left field, and giving Rangers fans of glimpse into the not too distant future. Guzman will probably remain at first and Gallo will become the new Rangers third baseman when it’s all said and done.

*****
TODAY’S GAME:

Mike Minor (1-1, 2.53) vs. Charlie Morton (2.0, 0.00)
Game time: 3:05

How the Rangers hit against Morton.
How the Astros hit against Minor.

 

 

 

 

 

  • Rowdy Yates

    I feel sorry for Drew Robinson who seems a nice young man struggling to make in the Bigs. He certainly has some talent as shown by his 6 HRs last Sept in limited ABs. He’s also K’d LY and TY combined 64 times in 145 ABs. This 44% strikeout rate exceeds even Gallo during his toughest times. If he bunted at least he’d be putting the ball in play.

    Maybe being switched from a career infielder to LF and now CF is the root of his current hitting and fielding issues. But last night’s big E was a back breaker after the Rangers surprised us all with the late rally to tie. What a shame to lose the game on a sloppy play in CF. Hopefully it will get him, and maybe the rest of the team, a little more focused. Or not.

    • elkaba

      He’s among the fraction of a percent that make it this far. Nothing a good coach and manager couldn’t handle, if you ask me. But then…

      • JacobMcCandles

        Yep…and he has played 33 games in the OF in MLB and that was either his first error or second

  • elkaba

    I’l be out today seeing some real exciting baseball games for a change… grandson’s got a tournament. 🙂

    • GoRangers23

      Have a good time! I hope he does well!

  • GoRangers23
  • Rowdy Yates

    Yea, I get to see the Rangers 2 days in a row since FS1 is showing it today. Or should that be booo?

    • JacobMcCandles

      Look on the bright side…get to see the WS winning team from last yr and this yr!!

    • FlappingGums

      I found the game on FSSW again today. And the Astros didn’t black it out today !

  • TD30
    • JacobMcCandles

      Sorry but that’s one weak looking Ranger lineup. I like Minor, probably the best signing in the off season…but his talents look more to long relief out of the BP

    • GoRangers23

      I thought he looked like he grimaced last night. I wonder if this will be something that goes beyond one game?

      • TD30

        The way this season is going, I would not be surprised if he is out for weeks.

      • FlappingGums

        I saw that too. I hope it’s not serious.

    • FlappingGums

      Thank yoj, TD!☺😀

  • WhoKnowscs

    Banny wouldn’t think of “the opener.” JD would have to tell him.

  • FlappingGums

    I’m Not doing too well with this new Kindle. It’s heavy and hard to type fast.

  • FlappingGums

    Good hit, AB!

  • WhoKnowscs

    On pace for 27 K’s though.

    • dearmidol

      You have to have goals.

  • dearmidol

    What a pitiful lineup.

    • azrangerfan

      It is weak lookin but I’m willing to give these young guys a chance to prove themselves.

      • dearmidol

        Agree. That’s what this season is. No need to look at it through any other lens.

      • azrangerfan

        I really don’t see it as a must win situation right now

  • WhoKnowscs

    Whoo . . . first batter is out.. That had me on the edge of my seat.

  • dearmidol

    Okay. Through one inning. Still in it.

    • FlappingGums

      😀!!

  • JacobMcCandles

    Profar really showed bad mechanics on that Springer grounder….for a guy batting .170 we at least need some good defense.

    • dearmidol

      Ive noticed he has a funky throwing angle.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Woohoo the K Pace is cut in half.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Crap….now thats a SS

  • Rowdy Yates

    Robinson sure gets frozen on those 2 stike curves. Doesn’t even swing, just stands and watches ’em slowly curve over the plate for strike 3.

    • WhoKnowscs

      At least he’s getting to strike 3? No outs on 2 pitches or less?

  • GoRangers23

    It’s the third inning and there are no runs on the board yet. It’s kind of amazing. 😄

    • WhoKnowscs

      Feels like a double edged sword.

  • GoRangers23

    Wow.

  • Rowdy Yates

    What a lazy ass play by Profar.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Spot on…did not position himself…has lousy throwing mechanics…dont know what else anyone needs too see in this clown

      • Rowdy Yates

        Yep had all the time in the world to catch that ball with his back to the outfield. But that woulda taken just a little hustle.

      • GoRangers23

        I was hoping that he would do well so that we could trade him. We won’t even be able to do that now. OY!

        • JacobMcCandles

          Yeah…..its all bad right now…Minor is pitching well again though

  • JacobMcCandles

    OY…..Profar what up

  • WhoKnowscs

    number 1 prospect . . . uh huh. Those rankings are officially meaningless.

  • JacobMcCandles

    AB with a fluid motion…pretty

  • GoRangers23

    Guzman looks like a cross between Delino and Rougie to me. If you did one of those,— If so and so had a baby things, between Delino and Rougie, I’m pretty sure that the image would look just like Guzman. 😄

  • azrangerfan

    Beltre has no wheels left. Should have had a hit there. He just can’t run anymore.

    • Gregor_S

      Maybe, but he fouled one off his knee last night that stung him for awhile. I thought he was running better earlier in the season. Not as well as a few years ago of course.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Not much to worry about, just getting 3 outs without giving up a run.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Should have traded everyone away before the season.

  • azrangerfan

    Turn out the lights

    • WhoKnowscs

      Time to Forfeit.

      • azrangerfan

        That is funny. Can’t imagine Banny throwing throwing out the white towel and waving everyone into the dugout.
        lol

    • Rowdy Yates

      The Astros would hit Rangers pitching in the darkest coal mine.

      • azrangerfan

        Oh I know. I meant turn out the lights the party is over.

  • Rowdy Yates

    Maybe this is why Minor not a legit starting pitching any more. Untouchable for 3 innings and then EVERYTHING right over the plate.

    • azrangerfan

      Don’t tell JD. You’ll burst his bubble.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Yep…his value is in the BP

  • dearmidol

    Well let’s grt them tomorrow.

  • GoRangers23

    That was bad.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Again Profarless

  • WhoKnowscs

    At least it’s the end of the Profar experiment.

  • GoRangers23

    Um. I believe it’s time to kick him to the curb now.

    • WhoKnowscs

      Weak singles and walks without anyone on base seem to be all his bat is good for.

      I still remember back in the WBC where he singled but got tagged out nonchalantly walking back to first while trying to get the dug out cheering.

      • dearmidol

        I remember that.

  • Gregor_S

    Elvis isn’t a gold glove but I’ve never seen him miss a popup.

    • JacobMcCandles

      He is a Gold glove plus compared to this clown…lol

      • Gregor_S

        And this is Profar’s best and favorite position, the one he was signed to play and has played the most.

        • JacobMcCandles

          Yepper

  • dearmidol

    What did Profar do?

    • JacobMcCandles

      Missed another pop up

    • Gregor_S

      Muffed a foul popup. Didn’t get an error because he was running but he got there and it kicked off his glove so he should have gotten it.

    • WhoKnowscs

      It was a little harder to get but he it stilll hit his glove.

    • GoRangers23

      That is the second time this game he has messed up catching a ball.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Well, the non shutout streak continues.

  • GoRangers23

    Kiner is a stud. Ha!

  • JacobMcCandles

    Nice stroke by Alfalfa

  • JacobMcCandles

    Calhoun’s phone number please

    • azrangerfan

      It’s not worth it until the time has passed were a year of control won’t be lost.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Toss up….we also need to know what we have…..

        • azrangerfan

          The time is near. For all I know it may already passed. Plenty of year left to find out if he’s what he’s supposed to be.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Prob right

  • JacobMcCandles

    Pretty day…think I will let Nadel finish it for me….later Rounders…anyone say it was going to be a long yr…LO

    • FlappingGums

      Later Jake!

  • WhoKnowscs

    So who will we trade Kiner-F for?

    • GoRangers23

      I think we need to keep him so that we have someone who can actually hit a ball.

      • WhoKnowscs

        When you’re a seller you need to trade that which has value.

        • GoRangers23

          Yes, but he is young. Aren’t we supposed to be keeping the young ones for the future? We have to start somewhere.

      • WhoKnowscs

        Technically was joking, but it’s just a depressing reminder of how horrible our money has been spent.

        • WhoKnowscs

          Beltre – can’t seem to hit for power and is on the final year of his contract.
          Choo – large contract, but typically good but not necessarily up to the 20 mil.
          Moore. Minor, Fister – Injured or just a failed rehab for value
          Colon – Has value but his age works against him
          Elvis – he’s finally showing up to his contract . . . 6-7 seasons after signing it but he’s also injured and can opt out for more money after this season.
          Odor – Young with a lot of potential, but has also shown he can be the worst player in the league.

      • FlappingGums

        I agree.

  • WhoKnowscs

    BELTRE’S BACK!

    • Rowdy Yates

      Yaaay!!!! Good to see.

  • dearmidol

    I’m at an all-day music festival in Dallas trying to keep up with the game. But the bands are great.

  • GoRangers23

    I knew it! Way to go Beltre!

  • Rowdy Yates

    Wondered how the Rangers fare stat wise vs the rest of AL coming into today’s game:

    Pitching: Hits allowed 1st, Runs allowed 2nd, ERA 2nd highest, HR allowed 5th, BB allowed 4th, K’s 7th
    Fielding: Defensive efficiency 15th, Fielding % 12th
    Hitting: Runs 13th, Hits 7th, RBI 13th, Ks 3rd, stolen bases 13th, Batting Avg 11th, OBP 10th

    Pretty much tells the story.

    • dearmidol

      Kind of surprised they’ve won four.

  • Gregor_S

    I was pretty sure Beltre hadn’t lost any power. He’s just been trying to find his timing early in the year so he’s been hitting a lot to the opposite field.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Pretty evident he has lost power IMO he prob won’t hit 20

      • Gregor_S

        He’s always been mostly a second half hitter. That’s why he’s only made 4 ASGs. Even when he had his monster year with the Dodgers when he hit 48 he wasn’t an All-Star because most of his HRs came after the break.

        Bet he will hit over 20 if he stays healthy. Problem is after the break he probably won’t be a Ranger. Maybe sooner.

  • Gregor_S

    A couple of weeks ago Gallo was asked why he doesn’t bunt more and he said they don’t pay him to bunt. But then I think it dawned on him that they DO pay him to bunt since they pay him just over the minimum. So now he’s bunting (though it would help if he learned how).

    • GoRangers23

      I think that maybe he thinks pretty highly of himself. 😄

  • WhoKnowscs

    5 of last 6 Ranger Runs scored by solo homer.

  • GoRangers23

    Good job Tony!

  • WhoKnowscs

    Whoa . . . down 10-2 Cubs scored 12 in the bottom of the 8th.

  • Rowdy Yates

    I’m shocked. The Rangers are trailing by 3 runs in a game where they have more hits than the other team.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Without a comeback the Rangers will lose every game this week.

  • FlappingGums

    I couldn’t type and eat oranges at the same time. I’m back now.

  • JacobMcCandles

    TX SO out 17 times yesterday and 14 today…great to see AB get his first HR

  • WhoKnowscs

    Gallo go boom.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Who needs a bunt

    • WhoKnowscs

      Choo.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Shift is in Gallos head…wish he could bunt but you can’t put a square peg in a round hole

        • WhoKnowscs

          Was more a joke hoping Choo had been on.

          • JacobMcCandles

            I know just sayin

    • grumpyderfsmagic8ball

      AB hit a HR

  • FlappingGums

    JOEY GALLO!!!

  • GoRangers23

    A one run game!…Thanks Joey!

  • WhoKnowscs

    Time for Guzman to Homer.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Yesssssssssss

  • FlappingGums

    GIZMAN!!!!

    • FlappingGums

      Guzman!!

  • GoRangers23

    That is exactly what it looked like he wanted to do. You could just see it all over him. He’s not about to let IKF outdo him. Lo. Way to go Guzman!

  • Rowdy Yates

    Whatever happens today it’s fun to see the rookies get 2 HRs and help keep the Rangers in this game.

    • GoRangers23

      Those two are doing really well! It seems like it’s been a while since we had young ones come up and help immediately. It’s refreshing!

  • JacobMcCandles

    Guzman was signed on the same day as Maz and scouts thought more of him…had a. Personal setback be nice and rewarding to see him flourish

    • Rowdy Yates

      The knock by scouts on him has been he’s shown ‘warning track power’ rather than the traditional 1st baseman quick bat HR power. Hopefully that’ll change in coming yrs.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Yep….may not remember the total specifics….believe he was driving and killed a motorcycle rider….was cleared

  • WhoKnowscs

    It’s weird having the same broadcast on 2 different channels.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Switch to non HD and it’s like 3 seconds faster😄🍺😎

  • GoRangers23

    5-5!!!!!!! I am having trouble believing what I’m seeing. 😄

  • JacobMcCandles

    Altuve has not homered yet

    • WhoKnowscs

      And it shall stay that way for now.

    • GoRangers23

      Good!

  • JacobMcCandles

    Altuve is 0-16 vs Bush

  • FlappingGums

    Big crowd there today!

    • JacobMcCandles

      40K

      • Rowdy Yates

        Three yrs ago I attended a Saturday day game there with my nephew and there weren’t close to 10,000 fans there. It’s always about winning. Fans are funny that way.

        • JacobMcCandles

          That’s the way it works in the Southern States

      • Gregor_S

        Surprised the Rangers aren’t freaked out more. They’re not used to crowds.

  • Rowdy Yates

    Choo … you get 2 hitable fastball strikes and you take them, then swing at high outside breaking pitch for a popup?

  • WhoKnowscs

    Wonder if Banny tries to get 2 innings from Bush.

  • Rowdy Yates

    Two real good defensive plays by the Astros. What winning teams do.

    • WhoKnowscs

      Astros should play football then where defense wins championships.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Defense used to…..offense now

  • Gregor_S

    Kiner-Falefa has looked a lot smoother at 2B than Odor, and it’s not even his main position. He plays a few infield positions and catches.

    • WhoKnowscs

      And he’s far more patient at the plate compared to “30 homers” Odor.

  • GoRangers23

    It kind of looked like he was doing a rain dance…

  • JacobMcCandles

    Reed Masters champion sitting on the front row behind home plate
    ….wearing his green jacket…..what a boob

  • WhoKnowscs

    Don’t throw that pitch again there.

  • GoRangers23

    Come on Kela. Get us out of this.

    • WhoKnowscs

      I’m shocked Bush didn’t come back out. Guess JD told Banny no Bush after the 8th.

  • GoRangers23

    10TH INNING!!

    • WhoKnowscs

      So that’s what comes after 9?

      • GoRangers23

        Yes. Yes it is.

      • GoRangers23

        In order to get to the tenth, we had to be tied. Our current team, tied with the World Series Champions is pretty great!

  • WhoKnowscs

    On the line is a win, or the worst 16 game start in Ranger history.

    • GoRangers23

      Those are two very different things. I hope it goes the good way. 😄

  • WhoKnowscs

    Do something Profar.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Sorry Dave, Banny/JD saying they can go multiple innings and actually being able to go multiple innings are 2 separate things.

  • GoRangers23

    Well, he’s made some giant mistakes in the field, but Profar has been on base four times this game.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Are extra inning is preempting the Angels – Royals.

    • WhoKnowscs

      But they are still listed as warming up.

  • WhoKnowscs

    intentional walk coming.

  • GoRangers23

    Go Go Guzman!

  • FlappingGums

    WoW!!!!

  • GoRangers23

    Midol, you picked a really bad game to miss! 😄

    • WhoKnowscs

      Playing devil’s advocate, maybe that’s why we had this game, He’s going to have to miss more games.

  • Rowdy Yates

    Nice break for Guzman. He hit that ball hard.

    Rua on the other hand appears to be pulling off every pitch. Never in balance when he swings.

    Nice to get a run but shoulda scored more with 3 on and 1 out.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Forget Contact, We need Ks.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Ice the Astros. Coldplay.

  • GoRangers23

    Good job Chris!

  • WhoKnowscs

    Well . . . it looks like Banny is missing the point of your reliever for one batter. Seems to think it’s the last batter.

  • Rowdy Yates

    Love Claudio and understand the leftie vs leftie move but I’dve left Martin in.

    • GoRangers23

      Me too. I was just complaining.

    • WhoKnowscs

      I guess if we are playing for 50 wins I doesn’t really matter how many relievers you kill.

  • GoRangers23

    WE WON???…..I mean WE WON!!!!

  • Rowdy Yates

    Real nice play by Guzman. And a really good and needed win for the Rangers.

    • GoRangers23

      That was a great game!

  • azrangerfan

    Good win. Very nice to see the young guys contribute. Probably wouldn’t have won without them.

  • Rod Harper

    Ballgame! A highlight in this potentially disastrous season!

  • Rod Harper

    Today’s game ball goes to Condor Guzman with his 1st career homer! I hope he gets many more for the Rangers!

  • GoRangers23

    Guzman is a big guy!

  • WhoKnowscs

    Maybe we have more firsts tomorrow. Back 2 Back wins maybe?

  • Rod Harper

    Let the tank continue! In 3 to 5 seasons, the Rangers will return to elite ballclub status! It’s worth the pain and suffering of being a loyal fan to any sports team! 🙂

  • WhoKnowscs

    Big Sexy starts tomorrow.

  • FlappingGums

    WooHoo RANGERS!!!

  • JacobMcCandles

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rw3AXH-nO3Q

    The stories that never get told BOOMER SOONER

  • elkaba

    Well what do you know… our baby Rangers came through! Nice win. Sorry I missed it. Let’s do it again tomorrow!

    • GoRangers23

      I’m all for that!