Rangers are a contender. 216 comments


Hunter Pence touches the plate after the most unlikely inside-the-park home run.

 

No longer is it a question of whether this Rangers team is a contender. It is.

It isn’t contending for a division crown. It isn’t contending for the first wild card spot. But it is contending for the second wild card spot. In fact, it’s in the driver’s seat.

The second wild card seems like it’s shaping up to be a four-team race. Oakland, Texas, Cleveland, Boston.

The Rangers were not expecting to contend this year. The plan was to trade away every marketable asset for young pitching. That might be scrapped now.

But will it be a good thing?

Assuming the Rangers are able to keep up this amazing transformation, is the chance at a possible one-game shootout worth losing out on the opportunity to strengthen the team long-term?

Since MLB started the two-wild-card format in 2013, only three of the seven second-wild-card teams won the wild card game. And those three teams were immediately bounced from the playoffs in the next round.

So, do you forsake the chance to improve for years to come in order to have a chance at one extra game?

Yes.

Too many things can go wrong to assume you have a chance in the future. Grab the opportunity while you can.

This franchise had mojo, and threw it away. This franchise had fans, and drove them off.

Winning brings it back.

Winning breads winning.

If this team has the chance to do something special, they owe it to their fans to go for it.

But more important, they owe it to their players. How can guys play their hearts out for three months only to watch the rug be pulled out from under them?

You’ve waited all this time for Joey Gallo to show up. Do you tell him, sorry, you arrived too soon? Can you honestly look Hunter Pence in the eyes and say, “Thanks for transforming this franchise but it wasn’t necessary”?

Whether they have a legitimate shot at that extra game or not, this team needs another quality starting pitcher. Why not find one sooner rather than later?

If the window is open, take advantage of it. You never know how long it’s going to stay open or if it will be open in the future. Injuries, underperforming, and just the quirks of baseball have a way of rearing their ugly heads. (Look no further than Boston this year. That window may be shutting soon.)

Make no mistake, the Rangers are contenders. Will it last? Who knows?

For now, let’s watch some fun baseball. It’s been a while.

*****
TODAY’S GAME:Lance Lynn (7-4, 4.39) vs. Rick Porcello (4-6, 4.86)
Game time: 3:05

  • FatEddy Period, That’s it

    I like that Holt kid, he’s one of the best players the Rangers have.
    This Boston club is NOT good. How they manage to be in thrid place in the east is a testament to how truly bad Toronto and Baltimore are. Boston is just bad. At least they have been in the two Ranger’s games. Not as bad as Angel Hernandez, but bad. The Rangers are truly fortunate to have them scheduled at this point in time. They can’t possibly play this poorly all season. Can they?
    Good on the Rangers for taking the first two. Do it again this afternoon!

    • JacobMcCandles

      Wouldn’t write off Boston yet

      • FatEddy Period, That’s it

        That’s why I said “They can’t possiblyplay this poorly all season.”

        • JacobMcCandles

          Yup

    • RR3

      Mookie Betts is really struggling. He is the engine to the offense. If he gets going the team gets better.

      But they don’t have much of a bullpen, and their starters haven’t exactly been lights out either. I think they thought they would just waltz through it since they won last year. But it doesn’t always work that way. That’s why you strike when you get the opportunity.

  • FatEddy Period, That’s it

    Matt Bush’s Tuesday line:
    1 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
    On the Smyly problem, Maness in Nash has been pitching well. Might be worth a look see. If that doesn’t work I think it’s a “look elsewhere” solution.

    • Tony Howell

      Ed what do you know about this St John guy?

      • FatEddy Period, That’s it

        Short reliever. Pitched well in Frisco, recently promoted to Nash. Only been in one AAA game, didn’t do well, but probably to be expected, and can’t tell much from one game. As a short reliever he’s got a lot of competition for attention. That’s one position the Rangers have a bunch of.

    • Straxusd

      Very nice. Hoping he is a piece to replace shelby miller

    • Mr.C

      Spot on. However; to compete in the WC game, we need someone MUCH better than Maness.

      Hint: Trevor Bauer

      • FatEddy Period, That’s it

        That gets into complications that I’m not smart enough to address. It would be nice if a package that didn’t include some of the Rangers best prospects and that would be acceptable to Cleveland could be arranged. The farm is better than it was, but it’s still pretty thin. What would be acceptable to Cleveland is the tricky part and nobody but Cleveland knows what that would be.

        • Mr.C

          Roger

          If JD pulls that trade with Cleveland while keeping Palumbo and Burke in the farm, he will be my hero for life.

          • FatEddy Period, That’s it

            He may not have to, iit’s entirely possible that one of the minor league arms may be ready. Several of them only have a couple tweaks that need fixing and they are ready. That can sometimes happen very quickly. Example is Sampson. Just a change of the grip on his slider made all the difference. Of course, sometimes it never happens.

        • RR3

          You’d never get Bauer without giving up your best prospects. And, if Cleveland starts playing better, they may not be inclined to trade him.

          • Mr.C

            What did the Astros gave for Verlander?

            Did they gave up their top prospects?

            Cleveland have been playing better. That’s why a deal, if there is one to be made, will only be done in July; not in June.

      • RR3

        Manus would never see any action in a wild card game. Minor would be the starter.

        • Nate Whitten

          Exactly. Minor is the Rangers’ ace. Come to think of it, right now he is pitching as good or better than any Ranger pitcher in recent history. He would be the ace on a whole bunch of teams.

        • Mr.C

          Why are you implying that we will lose a WC game and not move deeper into the playoffs?

  • Tony Howell

    Good article today Kevin. The Rangers have surprised everyone. I don’t think Daniels was expecting this and I don’t think he knows what to do. So if we have a chance to win now take it you have no idea if and when it might come again. Daniels signed 3 cheep bench players and it worked, he signed 3 cheep tj pitchers and it didn’t work so he’s 50/50 that’s not fantastic. Should have kept Hamels but that’s water under the bridge. The faster he can get us a quality starter the better chance we have of locking down a WC spot.

    • Straxusd

      We have basically 4 competent (2 really good and 1 who is looking lately) starters. We need somebody to replace slyly. Anyone who. An pit h below a 5.00 era would be a huge upgrade

    • Mr.C

      JD signed 3 cheap TJ pitchers and had a plan B in place in case they would not pan out.

      That’s FANTASTIC!

      • JacobMcCandles

        A plan the players bailed him out…he didn’t know they would be good….JD is Lucky

        • RR3

          Amen. That is exactly it. If he had a back up plan and knew it would work, he was foolish for spending the money on three broken down pitchers.

        • Nate Whitten

          Lucky or Good? There has to be something done right for Plan B to work. So it certainly is not what one would call “blind luck.” He had the players to get something good out of all the gambles.

        • Mr.C

          Palo si boga
          Palo si no boga

          • elkaba

            No, you can’t please everyone. But that’s not the point. If you’re being very well paid to be a baseball GM, it’s your job is to fill every position on the team with a competitive player, something JD has traditionally struggled with in the off season. His attempts at fixing those gaps at the deadline have been mostly disappointing. But if his new top-to-bottom reorg is worth anything, he should be able to fill the most obvious current gap(s) without dismantling the future.

    • Nate Whitten

      Hamels was GIVEN to the Cubs. The Rangers didn’t even get very good prospects for him, unless I am mistaken. It was stupid to trade him. Darvish–yes. He was to be a FA and we’d probably lost him with nothing to show for our trouble. Instead, we may have a good hitter who will learn to play some position. If Hamels was still here the Rangers would have a solid rotation.

  • isittime

    100 percent agree Kevin. I think most of us on here are cautiously optimistic about this year’s team. I do not necessarily want them to go all in, but if there’s not rotation reinforcements within our own organization then make a move outside of it.

    • Mr.C

      The plan was to bring Yohanner Mendez at this point; but he got injured.

      Maness is in line; but nobody knows enough of him to make an educated guess.

      My guess is that JD needs to get that rotation help via trade in July.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Maness most likely would be in the BP

  • JacobMcCandles

    I still contend we should do both….push for a WC and maintain our plan….good/bad we are loaded with 1 yr contracts. But Lynn and Minor are signed for next yr. So pick up a Free Agent and with the youth the staff is set. All those good “bench” players are signed for just this yr. I would say Pence and Santana are priorities for resigns…Forsythe, if needed. It’s just good business, even if we come. up short excitement is generated for the end of the year and next yr

    • Mr.C

      Picking a free agent pitcher will not improve this year’s team. Although I agree 100% with all your statement, I will add the need to trade for a SP that will also be available next year.

      I like Trevor Bauer. He is a workhorse and fits the Minor/Lynn mold. The problem is that Cleveland is also contending for the same WC spot.

      That’s why I think, JD will not move on a trade until July when the pool of contenders for the second WC is shrieked to a couple of teams. Hopefully, Cleveland will not be one of them.

      • JacobMcCandles

        No trades….only Free Agents and of course ..this team would be improved by the right pitcher….thats a no brainer

        • Nate Whitten

          Absolute no trades. This organization is not strong enough to trade for a good pitcher without wrecking the team. I am with you 100% on this issue. Pitchers will have to be free agents. NO TRADES.

          • elkaba

            I can’t say NO TRADES, but I definitely say NO STUPID TRADES. (Like no catchers when you really need a pitcher.) (No to draining the minors for anything.) Smart trades, yes.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Who are you trading in these smart trades?

          • elkaba

            I’m not being paid to make those decisions, just offering free advice to those who are. 🙂

          • Nate Whitten

            That’s the question. The Rangers are not in a position to be giving up any talent. Other GMs are not going to feel sorry for JD and gift him with a good SP for a 15th round draft pick. Well, maybe they will, surely some GMs want to see the Rangers win and JD be the hero.

          • Mr.C

            Not true
            Rangers can absorb Smylys’ salary and trade him, Calhoun, Yonathan Hernandez and a minor leaguer to Cleveland for Trevor Bauer.

          • FatEddy Period, That’s it

            I’m not sure that’s enough. For some reason trades are a lot simpler when we’re just talking about it. When the rubber hits the road, things get a lot stickier.

          • elkaba

            JD may be the only GM who does things like that. That’s a problem for sure.

  • Mr.C

    Good piece Kevin

    Glad you are drinking MrC’s Kool Aid !!!!

    See you in New York

    • RR3

      It might be New York if Tampa Bay’s pitching holds up.

  • Nate Whitten

    I remember Strasburg’s rookie year(I think) and Washington was loaded. They looked like the Rangers of 2010-2012. A team that would have many chances to win it all. Well, they were in 1st place in late August and decided to shut down Strasburg for the year. They figured to have many shots at titles and did not want to risk this valued rookie’s arm.
    Now, the rest of the story. They have never even won an NL crown. It was quite possible that they could have gone all the way that year when they decided to “rest” their best pitcher for the rest of that season.
    My point, I’m with you. As Winwood sang “when you see a chance, take it.”

    • RR3

      They have to be regretting that now. It was a lot of arrogance on their part.

    • JacobMcCandles

      That was Boras influence. Remember watching that game with my Uncle. Pudge caught the game. My Uncle marveled that Strasberg didn’t shake him off once

      • Nate Whitten

        You think an agent can dictate to a team? Surely they don’t have that sort of influence. RE: Pudge knew his stuff and the kid trusted that knowledge. Smart kid.

        • JacobMcCandles

          I know an agent like Borasss has a lot of leverage

        • RR3

          Actually, Boras had a lot of influence on the team’s decision. He threatened them with a negligence lawsuit if they pitched him.

          • Mr.C

            Yeap
            I remember that.

          • Mr.C

            I also remember that he influenced the Cubs on bringing Bryant to the majors as well.

        • elkaba

          You’d be surprised.

  • Rowdy Yates

    Spent my life traveling the world for my work yet I’m still amazed that we can get on a plane in Austin and 18 hrs later be in Stresa, Italy in our hotel room and looking out at lake Maggiore in Stresa, Italy.

    Keep the home fires burning and by that I mean keep those bats pounding the opposition to overcome the Rangers pitching shortcomings.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Try the Italian food….its pretty good there.

      • elkaba

        LOL Do Italians call it Italian food over there?

        • JacobMcCandles

          They call it something to keep you busy during the wine

    • Nate Whitten

      I wish you’d asked me to be your servant or something so I could have gone with you. 🙂
      It is hard to believe that you can go almost halfway around the world in 3/4 of a day.

      • Rowdy Yates

        Yep 4 hrs to Newark, 8 1/2 hours to Munich, 1 1/2 hrs to Milan + layover in airport time. It is incredible.

  • FatEddy Period, That’s it

    The Rangers beat em in Boston and are beating em in the Dominican:
    DSL Rangers1 – 5, Red Sox2 -2 top of the 7th.

  • elkaba

    I agree, Kevin. When you see an opening to grab the brass ring you take it. You don’t waste time worrying about whether or not it impacts future chances at it, or worry about what will happen next time around if you grab it now. The whole point of sport is to win. And the only guaranteed chance to win is right now. Today. This game. This season.

    Sure, we do and will continue to pay whole teams of people huge amounts of money every year to try to make these opportunities to win come around more often. But their efforts, valuable and essential as they are, can not come at the cost of or be made paramount to seizing the chance of winning when we unexpectedly have that chance today.

    Baseball is an organic sport. Unlike mechanical sports, like basketball and football, a winning baseball team is not just a collection of interchangeable parts. Teams develop, like living organisms, as a whole. Sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly. That’s the reason tanking is so problematic in baseball and why it’s so difficult to buy a winning team. Baseball teams are grown, not assembled. A winning team develops in its own time, and more often than not, with the help of more than a little magic.

    To give up the chance of winning today asks too much. It asks players to give up what may be the only chance of winning they’ll ever have. It asks fans to pay attention to and pay to watch a team that may or may not win 5-6 years down the road, if ever. It simply doesn’t work. Now is all we have.

  • Mr.C

    2010 Rangers would have not beaten the Yankees in the playoffs without the Cliff Lee trade, Astros would have not win their WS without their Verlander trade, Rangers will not advance deeper into the playoffs without trading in July for a top quality pitcher.

  • FatEddy Period, That’s it

    Smyly will not make his start on Fri. He’s being banished to the BP. Starter is TBA.

    • Mr.C

      I hope is not Palumbo nor Burke.

      Bring Maness from NAS.

      • FatEddy Period, That’s it

        From strictly an availability standpoint that’s possible as he last pitched on Sunday, I think.

    • isittime

      That’s a start.

      • elkaba

        Ha! Great minds…

    • elkaba

      That’s a start.

  • FatEddy Period, That’s it

    Another sticky coming. Calhoun. What to do with him. If you put him on the 25 who do you remove? Santana? Forsythe? Pence? Not likely. Probably option him to Nashville. Being a one dimensional player with poor defensive metrics is a bummer.

    • FatEddy Period, That’s it

      Especially on a team that puts a premium on versatility.

    • RR3

      Send Odor down.

      • elkaba

        I would. Then package him in July and sell, sell, sell.

    • Mr.C

      Sell him high in July !

  • GoRangers23

    Good afternoon everyone! Here are the pics from yesterday, along with three more pics from Beltre’s ceremony that I found today. Take a closer look at the pic of Hunter running by the scoreboard. 😄. Don’t forget to vote our Rangers to the All-Star game. And as far as today’s game goes, Go Rangers!

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    • Rowdy Yates

      Tried to get down to the Pence pic by the scoreboard but only got as far as the pics of Emily. No real point in going beyond that.

      • GoRangers23

        😁

  • FatEddy Period, That’s it

    Friday’s a BP day.

  • TD30
  • RR3

    Let’s go two-out rally.

  • JacobMcCandles

    TX tidbits
    Calhoun back on Mon…prob goes down. Shame
    Bush back by end of month
    Smugly to BP
    DD prob stays as a role player when Gallo returns
    Based on Woodys moves I’m sold on the idea that Odor has stayed cuz of JD

    • RR3

      Why wouldn’t DeShields go down? He is the third centerfielder. Rangers don’t need three.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Speed and burning and IDK

        • RR3

          He was down when Calhoun was here. I think he goes back down if they don’t have the cajones to send Odor down.

          • JacobMcCandles

            I agree

    • elkaba

      I would love for JD to package and sell Odor and money in a July trade as a guy who just needs a change of scenery. He has to be a tempting nugget to dangle for some GM who thinks he can fix him.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Elk not for you…😀😀
    Not anti Mathis post, just a question for the group.
    We all know he was signed for defense. If you believe in Metrics he is rated middle of the pack in framing….weak arm, thrown out 3 of 32 guys stealing…doesnt block the plate that well. So is it all just calling a game and does he get just the credit for success and not the failures??

    Thoughts? Am I missing something?? Once again not an anti Mathis question…PLEASE DONT MAKE IT THAT WAY

    • RR3

      I am compiling stuff for an article on him. I don’t get it.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Interesting

      • elkaba

        I hope you figure it out so we can put this to rest. 🙂

        • GT500

          He’s here and Cherios was cut loose, can’t be any more to rest than that!!!

          • JacobMcCandles

            Wasn’t about RC vs Mathis…there were other catchers as well

    • elkaba

      OK, not for me, but I’m going to answer you anyway. 😛 Here’s what I’m thinking: WE DON’T KNOW all of what went down between losing most of our pitching staff over the last few years and today. But I think there’s more to this story than we’ve been told. We don’t know what Hamels said to coaches and JD on his way out the door. We keep barking about trading Hamels for virtually nothing, but what if it was unavoidable somehow? Same with Yu. We didn’t get any where near the haul we should have gotten for these guys. So the answer to your question is we have no idea why they thought that whatever it is that Mathis has it was worth losing a really good offensive catcher in RC, but that’s what happened. All I know is they tried to get the same thing, whatever that is, with Lucroy, and it didn’t work. So now they’ve tried again. (???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????)

      • JacobMcCandles

        Well thanks for dialing back…..not quite sure of the content of your post as Dooofish was gone…..Hamels???

        • Mr.C

          Dooofish

          LOL

        • elkaba

          All I mean is we lost our whole pitching rotation over the last few years. And I know that’s mostly due to the pitchers, but still. I just have a feeling there’s more to what went on with the change in catchers than meets the eye. They brought in Pierzynski years ago to be the solid, veteran catcher. I know they brought in Lucroy to help the pitchers and get RC up to speed. So it could be just a Rangers thing- they want a guy to teach “becoming Pudge” to Alfalfa, and they didn’t think RC was the guy for that.

    • isittime

      Too me he’s a career backup catcher that we have to use more than we should because alfalfa’s not there yet, so he gets 1/2 the games instead of every 1/3 or 4th if we had a stud.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Agree 100%

  • RR3

    Lynn is dealing.

  • RR3

    Odor dead last in batting among qualifiers.

    • isittime

      He’s got a huge hole to dig out to get to respectable.

      • elkaba

        I hope they send him down to get fixed up well enough to package and sell.

    • WhoKnowscs

      He was even worse in it a week and a half ago.

  • isittime

    Benintendi has been a tough out

  • Straxusd

    Why are the Rangers making this easy on porcello? They keep providing one pitch outs…..

  • Straxusd

    What is with all the triples red Sox are hitting?

  • Mr.C

    Porcello is a free agent next year

    • elkaba

      Yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Mr.C

        I thought Boston overpaid him; but he have been FANTASTIC for the RedSox.

        • elkaba

          He would be a nice pick up.

  • elkaba

    Benintendi … again.

    • Mr.C

      Texas killer

      He was FANTASTIC against the Astros as well

    • isittime

      That guy. Ugh!!!
      Now if our guys can wake up and keep porcello from looking like the 2nd coming of cy young that’d be great.

      • elkaba

        Hopefully he can’t last the whole game. We like their bullpen guys.

      • Mr.C

        I told you it was going to be a low scoring game against Porcello.
        He is a very underrated pitcher.

        • JacobMcCandles

          Rated right

  • Mr.C

    You guys might kill me on this.

    I’m falling asleep watching this game and suddenly realize I’m listening to the Boston announcers.

    I missed Raymond

    • elkaba

      LOL, he’ll get your blood pressure up, that’s for sure.

      • Mr.C

        Just switch to FSSW

        😂

  • WhoKnowscs

    DD you were just thrown the same exact pitch 3 times in a row. and swung at none of them. Not swinging isn’t
    going to make them balls.

  • Mr.C

    Elvis is FANTASTIC

    • WhoKnowscs

      No fantastic enough. Not over the monster fantastic.

      • Mr.C

        Do you know I have his jersey?

        • WhoKnowscs

          I’ve got a Hamilton Jersey.

          • Mr.C

            Hall of Fame

          • RR3

            Rangers, yes. Cooperstown, no.

    • WhoKnowscs

      What will you do when they retire his number?

      • Mr.C

        I will put his jersey in a display case and will be part of my man cave decoration.

  • Mr.C

    Mazara needs to eat more rice and beans!

    • RR3

      What will that do?

      • Mr.C

        That’s an everyday meal in Cuba, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Venezuela.

        When you need a boost in Power, old people say: “You need to eat more rice and beans kid!”

  • WhoKnowscs

    What’s one run for the Might Power Rangers!

    • Mr.C

      The guy who called me Mr Claps in the MLB site used to say that.

      LOL

  • Mr.C

    Odor can’t bunt?

    • WhoKnowscs

      He fouled 2. If he did a third its an out.

  • WhoKnowscs

    There’s OHOTG.

    • WhoKnowscs

      Odor’s hit of the game.

  • Mr.C

    Bye Bye Porcello

    • WhoKnowscs

      Hope the Rangers can get to the best of the Sox pen.

      • Mr.C

        Probably in the 9th inning

  • WhoKnowscs

    When you can only be counted on for 1 hit a game you better make it count. When you aren’t homering it’s hard to make it count.

  • isittime

    Cabrera doing a hell of a job at the hot corner this year.

  • Mr.C

    Ok

    Time to start the comeback

    Let’s go Rangers
    clap clap clap clap clap

  • isittime

    We haven’t seen in home runs in Fenway other than pence’s run around the bags. We’re do.

  • Mr.C

    This ump is calling a good game

    • WhoKnowscs

      consistent if a bit wide.

  • isittime

    That’s a break.

  • RR3

    Rangers comeback alert.

  • Mr.C

    Elvis is FANTASTIC

    • isittime

      He did good there. Get that run home.

      • Mr.C

        Never doubted

      • Straxusd

        Good job tying. Now we need a lead.

    • isittime

      I would rather he clank one off the wall again thou.

      • Mr.C

        Chillax
        That’s Mazara now

        • Mr.C

          Or Pence

  • isittime

    Make em pay hunter

    • WhoKnowscs

      I’m hoping we at least see a Ranger hit one over the monster.

  • Straxusd

    AH man….

  • WhoKnowscs

    I wonder if they would have intentionally walked Odor if it had been him in front of Pence instead of Mazara.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Listening to Bosox announcers on XM on my drive…pretty decent

    • Mr.C

      What?

      I was falling asleep listening to them.

      I needed Raymond back!

      • WhoKnowscs

        TV or Radio?

        • Mr.C

          TV

          • JacobMcCandles

            XM radio as stated

  • WhoKnowscs

    Woohoo! Benintendi’s out! Just don’t lose focus.

  • Mr.C

    Martin is dealing

    • Mr.C

      Why did I said that?

      • isittime

        Damn it C! You jinxed him.

        • Mr.C

          My bad !

  • Mr.C

    What a throw

  • WhoKnowscs

    15 seconds are free out!

  • isittime

    And jesse’s good for the 9th with that 1 pitch, 1 out effort. Nice

    • WhoKnowscs

      4 pitches, 4 outs?

  • WhoKnowscs

    The way Raymond made that sound at first made me think is was a hit instead of an easy grounder.

    • Mr.C

      Everybody loves Raymond

  • isittime

    Making a call to cabby here. He’s do

  • Mr.C

    We killed this guy in the first game

    • elkaba

      He’s pitching better today.

      • Mr.C

        He got the bottom of the lineup this time.

  • Mr.C

    Odor is due

    • WhoKnowscs

      for a ticket to Nashville.

  • isittime

    There’s an example of rugy not getting out of his bad habits. Ball on the outside corner and rugy pulls into an easy out. Shoot it the other way!

  • WhoKnowscs

    Expect Odor to hover in the .170s for 2 weeks or so have a big game to get into the .180s, then hover their for a while and repeat.

    • Mr.C

      He is saving his show for the Reds

      • WhoKnowscs

        trade bait for Sonny Gray?

  • WhoKnowscs

    Can FedEx deliver are must we call UPS?

    • Mr.C

      KO

  • Straxusd

    Le sigh……. too many strikeouts of late….

  • Straxusd

    Time to go exercise real quick. Here is hoping for extra innings!

    • Mr.C

      Not to worry
      LeClerc is next

  • Straxusd

    Welp…. maybe not have to worry about missing anything.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Can any Ranger pitcher pitch in the ninth?

    • Straxusd

      No, an the ump just called a clear strike a ball.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Ump wants this over.

  • Mr.C

    Bring Martin or LeClerc

  • WhoKnowscs

    He’s not calling that now Jesse. He wants the game over.

  • elkaba

    Wow, I think we still need some pitching.

  • Straxusd

    HAHAHAHHAHAH

  • Straxusd

    What was that?

  • Mr.C

    Woody

  • isittime

    uncharacteristic 9th by Chavez

    • WhoKnowscs

      No, it was normal Ranger reliever in the 9th.

      • isittime

        The 9th seems to have some krytonite on it.

  • Straxusd

    Throwing 8 inches off the plate aint going to get it done.

  • GoRangers23

    Well, that didn’t work now did it?

  • Straxusd

    Oh well, the not contenders bullpen showed up….. 🙁

  • WhoKnowscs

    Ump couldn’t let extras with Stanley Cup in an hour.

    • Mr.C

      Ump had nothing to do with this loss
      He called a good game

      This was on Woody and Chavez

      • WhoKnowscs

        For the most part. But right after the 2nd hit Chavez supposedly threw a strike right down the middle and it was called a ball(at least from what I read below.) so with that Chavez just decided to get it over with and throw the same ball over and over it seemed.

        • WhoKnowscs

          Chavez was throwing balls though so it was just sort of a get this over with it seemed.

  • isittime

    It’s hard to win games with just 5 hits. Hardly anything going after the 1st.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Rangers have given up 1 run in the ninth every game this week.

  • Mr.C

    Move on

    Tomorrow against Price

    Another low scoring game.

    • WhoKnowscs

      Or maybe Price is due a bad game.

  • JacobMcCandles

    5 hits and Bannyize Chavez will not get it done….that being said we are 2-1 in Boston….no moral victories for a split lets get em manana

    • WhoKnowscs

      Bannyize mean run into the ground from overuse?

      • JacobMcCandles

        Yes

  • WhoKnowscs

    Well St. Louis will win the Stanley Cup. The game isn’t officially over but it’s 4-0 with under 5 minutes in the game.