Rangers blow a 5-0 lead. 47 comments


Joey Gallo slugged his 30th home run of the season, a shot hit so far, it broke StatCast.

 

When you take a five-run lead before the other team has even stepped to the plate, you should win.

Teams that blow that lead shouldn’t even think about the post-season.

Upset about comments that the Rangers were done for the season, manager Jeff Banister, full of bluster and hubris and external delusion, said he will relish the comments of everyone who is counting out his team.

As if there will be World Series victory party in Arlington this season and he is going to get up on a platform and personally call out everyone who said they couldn’t do it. (Mention me first, please.)

The latest comment counting out his team, though, come from his team.

You can’t make a much stronger statement that this is not a playoff-contending team than yesterday’s game against the Twins

You can’t make a much stronger statement that this is not a playoff-contending team than blowing a 5-0 lead, than being five games under .500, on August 7, than being closer to dead last in your division than to a wild card.

It’s Banister’s job to keep fighting until the very end. And a manager doesn’t have to be honest with the press. But, in the immortal words of Josey Wales, “Don’t piss down my back and tell me it’s raining.”

We can tell the difference. Even if you can’t.

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NO GAME TODAY.

  • Rod Harper

    What an awful/sad baseball day. RIP Darren Daulton and now Don Baylor. ⚾

  • Gregor_S

    I think if JD genuinely believed the Rangers still had a shot at the WC he’d bring up Willie Calhoun right now. The guy hit two more HRs for Round Rock last night and has hit 4 in 20 ABs since joining the team, with only one strikeout. If he were to replace one of our many human strikeout machines in the lineup it could really help the team. But if he’s not going to play regularly it would hamper his development as a left fielder, which is a new position for him, and that’s why I think JD will wait until September.

    • Rod Harper

      I hope Calhoun is the real deal! He was one of the Dodgers’ top farmhands at the time of the Darvish trade!

      • Gregor_S

        The thing that convinces me he’s the real deal, at least as a hitter, is that he’s always combined hitting for power and average with a low strikeout rate. He seems to have, dare I say it, almost Beltre-like eye-hand coordination.

        The issue with him has always been his defense, in large part because he’s slow and supposedly has a weak arm. The Dodgers had him at 2B but weren’t very impressed and the Rangers will probably put him at LF/DH. Even though Odor has more quickness and a better arm I’d seriously consider putting Calhoun at 2B and trading Odor for a pitcher. Odor seems to be regressing as a fielder and has shown very poor range this year as well as some mental lapses to go with his errors. Unlike Calhoun he has the physical tools to improve but who knows if he will. And Calhoun is so much better offensively: comparable power but much higher BA and OBP as well as the much lower K rate.

    • dearmidol

      There’s also the game of waiting until ten days into 2018 so they will get an extra year of control of him.

      • WhoKnowscs

        Yep Cubs did that with Bryant. Seems like they’d change that.

  • elkaba

    I think the reasons we won’t see any concession speeches from the Ranger anytime soon are pretty obvious. One, JD is trying to keep butts in expensive seats for the remainder of a pointless season and sell more seats for next year. And two, Banister has to try to keep his job.

  • Sorry, I don’t care.

    Yesterday’s game was just another nail in the 2017 coffin. For those fans of the 2nd wildcard position (I am not one of them), this is the vindication for such a lame idea. There are probably 7 teams in the AL who still romanticize that they have a shot at the post-season, and they can use their proximity to a wildcard birth to keep the dream alive, irrespective of whether or not that dream has any basis in reality.

    Conversely, barring a miracle run by one or two clubs, the NL post-season cast seems rather settled.

    This is why I hate the second wildcard rule. Trades are sketchy at the deadline which doesn’t mean as much as it once did. The participation trophy types think it’s great that clubs and fans get to see their clubs cough and splutter to the end fighting for a phantom playoff birth. In days-gone-by we got to see clubs with no chance at playoff ball (2017 Rangers would be amongst them) blood youthful players to get an extended look at them at the MLB level. Now they keep them on ice while their mediocre team vies for an unrealistic 2nd wildcard spot.

    For one, Adrian Beltre should have seen the writing on the wall and requested a trade. he doesn’t deserve to limp to a .500 or worse finish with this club and he’s made it clear he doesn’t want to be part of a rebuilding club. JD should have had a chat with him and shopped him. We would have gotten a fine return for AB and given him an opportunity to go on another deep playoff run, but our front office is filled with Banister Kool Aid. I don’t like the taste.

    • elkaba

      Again, IMO the main reason for the 2nd wildcard team is mostly to keep more people buying expensive tickets longer in a losing season. Baseball is first and foremost a business to its owners and executives. Anything that keeps more money flowing in longer is likely to get their approval, even if it’s not necessarily the best thing for the sport.

      • Sorry, I don’t care.

        That’s exactly the reason why, but certainly not the only outcome, nearly all being negative.

      • CoMentor_Rounding3rd

        Thats got to be a big part of it. They saw how well it buoys the 2nd half sales of the NBA and NFL.

        I like the 2nd wildcard format because it functionally rewards the #1 seed by possibly giving them a matchup against a #4 or #5 that just pitched their ace.

        And it does prevent the Red Sox/ Yankees from simply buying their way into the previous single wildcard.

        • dearmidol

          That’s what I like about the second wild card. But, as was stated earlier, you can’t use it as a crutch to keep a dream alive that isn’t alive.

          The Rangers are seventh in the wild card race, for the top position. They have yet to play any stretch of meaningful baseball. Jon Daniels admitted they have no chance, that’s why he traded Darvish. If they were a legit contender, he wouldn’t have done that.

          • WhoKnowscs

            Some honestly would be nice though, not the “we’re still in it” from Banny.

          • dearmidol

            Agree. I heard a very honest conversation the other day from Bruce Bochy about the Giants, and what’s wrong with them. Granted, the Giants are in worse position this year than the Rangers, but they are not mathematically eliminated. Yet they are not living under the delusion that they have a shot.

          • azrangerfan

            Yep nothing wrong with optimism but reality and the future are much more important.

        • elkaba

          I like it for those reasons, too, but not for the prolonged dillusions it fosters in teams way down the ladder. Those teams would be better served trying to improve for next season, not holding out hope for this one.

      • WhoKnowscs

        Yeah, but don’t forget 2014:

        Giants vs Royals Both wildcards ended up in the WS.
        Giants record – 88 wins (2nd NL WC)
        Royals record – 89 wins (1st AL WC)
        Giants of course won.

        The problem isn’t really the 2 wild cards it’s being able to look honestly at the stats and know which teams will be wild card teams and which are just pretending. That isn’t the Rangers, Twins, or Angels no matter how they look at any one moment they don’t sustain it.

        The Rangers would pretty much have to win every remaining series to make me believe they have a chance(no splitting 2 and 4 game series – either sweep 2 games or 3-1 in 4 game series). Winning every remains series without a sweep(except vs Mets in the only 2 game series) would be 36 wins(2-0,2-1,3-1) to finish 89-73. And lets be honest, none of us think that will happen.

        The Yankees and Red Sox keep seesawing first place in their division, whoever doesn’t win the division will be a wild card.

        As for the 2nd it’ll be Rays, Royals or Mariners. And of those I’d predict the Royals.

        • elkaba

          I wasn’t saying a #2 Wildcard can’t make it. I was explaining why the owners would go for something that hasn’t been really good for the sport in general. As Sorry was stating, what used to be a time for out-of-it clubs to bring up prospects and prepare for the next season has become, in many cases, a wasted period of futile denial about many clubs’ true prospects for making the playoffs.

          • WhoKnowscs

            I think JD has made that choice and knows they are out of it, even if Banny refuses(or can’t) acknowledge it. As for trading people away, Napoli, Gomez, and Cashner are his only real trade pieces(no one would spend anything for Ross) and we don’t know what his plans are for them next year. We may end up needing Napoli’s bat next year and he has an option. Contrary to opinion lack of contact hitting hasn’t been what has lost us so many games, Lack of quality pitching is. Or more specifically bullpen. The Rangers sit squarely at 4.50 Team ERA(16th).

            Ironically their starters era is now worse than their bullpen ERA, but how many runs attributed to starters has the bullpen given up? I’m sure Darvish’s final start as a Ranger and Hamel’s first game back vs the Indians skewed the results.

          • elkaba

            I think it’s been a combination of all those areas and a tendency to be inconsistent in all of them. That’s pretty much the MO of .500 teams- when they’re good, they’re great, and when they’re bad, they’re really bad. Little left to chance or luck either way.

    • theolderigetthebetteriwas

      I respectifully disagree about Beltre!! In his time with Texas Beltre has played in play-offs and world series!! Just because the Rangers are in the midst of a disappointing season Beltre deserves to be traded to a contending club. The Rangers need him on the field and in the club house!!!

      • Sorry, I don’t care.

        I don’t disagree with you, but Adrian made it very clear in a recent interview that he does not want to be part of a rebuilding club. His words, and I don’t think that the Rangers have the right roster in place to give him enough hope that we can contend in 2018.

    • FlappingGums

      Sorry – What was your name before you changed it to “Sorry …”

      • Sorry, I don’t care.

        Sports Junkie

  • CoMentor_Rounding3rd

    The Rangers really need to get a piece of Dipoto’s August buying frenzy… Convince them they need Cashner JD!

    • dearmidol

      I was hoping they could have given them Napoli.

  • dearmidol

    Here’s a stat to ponder.

    If the LA Dodgers went 21-32 the rest of the season, they would win 100 games.

    • Gregor_S

      What I can’t understand about the Dodgers is how they managed to accumulate all these top prospects. It’s not like they’re the Astros who were getting the #1 draft pick year after year because they finished in the cellar or close to it. The Dodgers have been first or second in their division for years now. Yet in addition to prospects like Calhoun and Verdugo, Alvarez and Buehler they’ve brought up Bellinger, Seager, and Pederson in just the last couple of years.

      • WhoKnowscs

        coaching and development staff.

        • Gregor_S

          You think it’s that rather than that they picked guys who were more talented in the first place? If that’s true we should be offering Choo-type deals to the Dodgers’ coaching and development staff to lure them away.

          I left out Urias by the way, though he’s experiencing arm trouble now.

      • azrangerfan

        Well the way I see it is the Rangers would have quite a few top prospects in the system had they of been traded away at possible WS runs.

        • Gregor_S

          Good point. The Lucroy and Beltran trades alone cost us Brinson, Cordell, Ortiz, and Tate. And Hamels cost us a couple of pitchers plus Nick Williams and Jorge Alfaro.

        • elkaba

          The dreams of 2010-11 died hard around here. And undoubtedly wreaked havoc on the objectivity of many in the years since. (I include myself.)

          • azrangerfan

            Yep rades were made after those runs when in reality there was very little chance of going deep into the playoffs. A big loss of prospects.

          • elkaba

            Didn’t seem so outlandish a hope looking at each of those trades at the time, but looking back it sure looks like we drained away the future for nothing. Now it’s time to pay the piper and start over.

          • azrangerfan

            That’s the decision JD has to make, retool or rebuild? He seems to think he can do it by retooling. I’m not so sure. I don’t think signing older veterans or trash heap types will get it done. IMO we need to get younger and controllable.

          • Gregor_S

            I dunno. The Dodgers held on to their prospects but they never did a teardown and they remained in contention every year. In other words, they successfully retooled rather than rebuilt. JD may be less successful but I don’t fault him for trying. The teardown and rebuild approach seems to be working for the Astros but often it just leads to more tearing down and rebuilding. The Marlins and Rays always do it and haven’t been very successful in recent years. (The Rays do seem to be surprising everyone this year including probably themselves but it’s with mostly no-name players, not big talents they’ve nurtured through their system.)

      • dearmidol

        They drafted well. They have excellent talent evaluators who are able to find gems where others aren’t.

        • elkaba

          Should have traded Darvish for a couple of them instead. 🙂

          • FlappingGums

            Hey Elk – – good idea! Wish we would have!! 😀

          • dearmidol

            Their GM is more savvy.

      • CoMentor_Rounding3rd

        They bought many of the international ones, and got some others as comp picks or trade returns on free agents they bought.

        No denying their minor league coaching though.

  • FlappingGums

    Javier Baez of the Cubs just got an in-the-park homerun!! 😀

    • dearmidol

      Those are great to watch.

      • FlappingGums

        They really are!!

  • dearmidol

    Mike Trout turned 26 years old today and picked up his 1000th hit.

    • FlappingGums

      He gave himself a really good birthday present! 😀