Rangers do what they had to do. 174 comments


Hunter Pence hits a first-inning homer in the Rangers 4-3 win over Baltimore.

 

The remedial part of the schedule is over for a while. Now the Rangers play a team that is in the upper half of the loser’s bracket with them.

Oakland won 97 games last season. They had a recent run where they won ten in a row. While they aren’t elite, they are, like the Rangers, one of the better also-rans. What they did last year was remarkable.

After going 5-2 in seven games against the two worst teams in the American League, the Rangers are about to embark on an seven-day, eight-game stretch against teams that are good. And doing it without Joey Gallo.

This will be the true test of if this team is for real.

*****
TODAY’S GAME:

Brett Anderson (6-4, 3.95) vs. Lance Lynn (7-4, 4.50)
Game time: 7:05

  • FatEddy Period, That’s it

    I hate playing Oakland!!!
    Impending roster crunch? IKF has a jammed finger on his throwing hand. If he has to go on the IL because it impedes his throwing, what happens? Call up a catcher from the minors. Not so easy. Frisco has four catchers on their roster. Two of them are on the IL and none of them are on the 40. Nashville is carrying four catchers, one of which is on the IL. None of the three healthy ones are on the 40. Probably transfer Taylor Hearn to the 60 day IL, transfer one of the healthy catchers at Nashville (Bandi?) to the 40, and sort of the mess created later when it’s time to activate Hearn. At least the pitching isn’t going to be a disaster because of the 26 man rule for DH’s. That and the Rangers appeared to have issued orders to Nashville to conserve BP arms. I watched Reno game last night and the pitchers were all pretty much limited to just a few batters. The Sounds ran out of arms and had to finish the game with Bandi,. As a point of interest, Eli White played a nice CF. Made several really nice, low percentage, running catches. Can’t say as much for Tyler Pill in RF, who dropped a pop up.

    • Mr.C

      Next in line was Trevino.
      Is he hurt?

      • FatEddy Period, That’s it

        Yup, Oblique Alas he’s the one on the 40.

      • FatEddy Period, That’s it

        Yes, oblique. Alas, he’s the only minor league catcher on the 40.

    • WhoKnowscs

      Saw someone on LSB suggest Sanchez would be selected because he already catches Polumbo

      • FatEddy Period, That’s it

        Sanchez is on the IL.

  • Mr.C

    Hi Kevin,
    Don’t forget Choo. We will face the A’s without Gallo and Choo and maybe IKF who quietly has been raising his batting average.

    Time to keep Odor in the bench …..

    LineUp should be something like:
    1. DD (CF or LF)
    2. Santana (CF or LF)
    3. Andrus (SS)
    4. Mazara (RF)
    5. Pence (DH)
    6. Forsythe (2B)
    7. Cabrera (3B)
    8. Guzman (1B)
    9. Catcher (C)

    • Nate Whitten

      How badly is Choo hurt? I don’t see him on IL. We need him badly. He can be a catalyst for the offense.

      • Mr.C

        They have him day-by-day; but I’m sure he will miss the Oakland series.

      • FatEddy Period, That’s it

        Not sure. His hand is not broken, so that’s good. It’s probably not bad enough to warrant a trip to the IL, but bad enough to keep him day-to-day because of soreness. Baseball players need healthy hands to swing a bat, catch a ball, or throw a ball.

      • isittime

        He took that pitch off the wrist the other day, the exrays came back negative (thank the baseball gods), but I’m sure they’re going day to day. Choo had said in the extra innings game he was glad it ended when it did. He didn’t think he would have been able to swing a bat.

    • Nate Whitten

      Time to send Odor to Nashville–as soon as Calhoun is ready. We cannot afford a hole in the lineup that can be plugged. He’s been given 1/3 of a season o get it going. That’s already too much. Why is he still playing??? Does JD dictate it?

      • Mr.C

        Yes. Odor will not go to NAS unless JD say so.

        Right now, with a lineup that is missing Gallo, Choo and IKF; Odor should be benched IMO.

        However; Odor will not be able to work his swing from the bench, he needs playing time.

        Sending him to NAS might be his best option right now!

        Bring Andy Ibanez up !

  • Nate Whitten

    Kevin, you are right about these games. This is put up or shut up time. Mr. C is right regarding the missing pieces. I hate that Rangers are not at full strength, since they will be playing their rivals for WC2. That is the only race in AL, except for East. NY and TB could change positions, but I doubt it, since NY will be eventually getting back Judge, among others. Anyway, these games are critical. They could make or break the season. They have not played many teams over .500, so their record is probably deceiving. I would be happy if they go 4-4, even though they are at home for the A’s. As Rowdy and others have said, the A’s always are trouble, no matter where the game is played. Bosox in Boston is tough. Boston may get back in East race. It is certainly possible. But for now, it’s Texas, Oakland, and Boston for WC2 with no one else very close. Every game is critical and the Rangers will be using untested pitchers and pitchers who could be replaced by a position player(Smyly).
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    The offense is crippled enough without having Odor in the lineup. It is way past time to sit him down and let Forsythe or Santana play 2B. But Santana may be needed in OF. It is time for DD to show his value. He could really make up some of lost offense if he can get on base. He is needed in CF, so Santana can play 2B. I don’t know if Calhoun is OK yet. If he is, we need his bat. Send Odor to AAA to get it “figured out.” We cannot afford another hole in lineup–especially right now. I like Odor, but he is hurting the team–badly. He has to be out of here.

    • RR3

      I have a feeling that, with Woodward’s comments the other day, they aren’t going to give Odor much rope. I would be he will start losing starts and playing time.

      • Mr.C

        90 wins baby!

        • Nate Whitten

          Your model is flawed. It only had offensive stats. When I used a model with just team OPS and ERA, I Got R squared of .997. It predicted about 72 wins.

      • isittime

        He already had Forsyth platooning against the lefty the other day. That’s a start.

  • Rowdy Yates

    In perusing the MLB standings this morning was surprised to see our Texas Rangers have 5th best winning pct in AL and 10th best in all of MLB. While not at an ‘elite’ level by any means that’s certainly a helluva lot better than I expected more than 1/3 of the way thru the season. Add one more good starting pitcher, a couple decent relievers and a catcher that can hit .240 and the Rangers would be in the mix fighting for 1st place in most divisions in MLB.

    It could all be a mirage as they’ve just come thru the ‘easy’ part of the schedule and have tougher teams on the horizon. But it’s encouraging.

    • elkaba

      True, but about that catcher who can hit .240… As you know, I’m not JD’s biggest fan around here, but he’s not completely daffy. There has to be a reason why they let heavy hitter Chirinos go in favor of non-hitting Mathis. And it’s just possible that the reason is one of the main reasons we’ve seen our bunch of bargain basement pitchers perform WAY above projections this season. Credit due to Rangel and Woodward and all the rest, but whatever Mathis is lacking in production at the plate may be offset by the games he’s calling and what he’s getting out of the pitching staff.

      • Rowdy Yates

        He’s certainly done what’s expected in calling games and Minor’s said how much he appreciates him. And I guess a catcher’s main responsibility (with this team anyway) is call a good game. It would be nice if he could hit some. Get’s tiresome looking at a bottom 1/3 of a batting order with 3 guys in a row under .200 and he’s the most likely to stay below .200. Also he’s got no arm at all. Think I counted 9 steals in a row against him. I’d bet money you’ve got a better arm than Mathis.

        • elkaba

          He’s only a third of the bottom three. If he was the only one not hitting, and with his other contributions, I say the real problem is the other two.

          Plus I can’t believe how quickly everyone has forgotten how regularly our pitchers, even really good ones, got hammered the last few years with RC and everyone else they tried behind the dish. RC’s a nice guy. Good bat. But he didn’t do our pitching any favors.

          Now we have guys people never heard of before pitching lights out and confounding hitters. And what does everyone want? A catcher who’s a hitter first. Sheesh!

          • isittime

            You know how we roll Elk. We’ll like to have our cake and eat it to. 😉

      • JacobMcCandles

        Thought this subject was done??!! Once again I think it comes down to whether Mathis could perform somewhat better at offense or was one of the best defensive catchers. Neither has happened as “isittime’s” metrics have shown partly. There are other examples but Mathis framing is rated middle of the road. His arm is below avg,,,so as of now IMO its a failed experiment. Speaking of which RC is having a career yr…10 HRs close to 30 RBIs..and a OBA around .380

        • elkaba

          No. Not done. You harp on it almost daily. Agree to disagree. 🙂

          • JacobMcCandles

            Guess I brought it up….guess it’s not the same as the DAILY ODOR posts….i know it’s the avatar

          • elkaba

            You don’t even HAVE an avatar.

      • isittime

        What’s funny is Dave and CJ were talking about this the other day. Apparently some matrix showed that our pitchers were some of the most predictable in certain counts and hitters were teeing off. I don’t know how much of that was Mathis and Alfafa or our pitchers wanting to stay in certain comfort levels, but apparently Woody got in everyone’s ass on that.

        • JacobMcCandles

          Heard the same….calling to much of a predictable game

          • isittime

            Every now and then those two can spout something of interest.

          • JacobMcCandles

            That was June

    • isittime

      Ugh, Mathis. First came up in 2005 and is a career .197 hitter and having his worst season offensively in an already poor offensive career. he has a career (15Y) oWAR of -40 and dWAR of 10.9. This season his oWAR is -7 and dWAR is .2.

      In comparison Cheerios, who we let walk has an oWAR of 2 and dWAR of .8 (better than Mathis on both ) and career (8Y) oWAR 10.1 and dWAR 4.8.

      Since 2014 when Cheerios saw more consistent play he has never had a negative war on both catagories in Mathis’s whole career he rarey has not had a negative oWAR . Kind of vexing they didn’t pick up Cheerios options in lieu of Mathis.

      • JacobMcCandles

        105.3 and Mike Bacsik were just talking about this subject…think they even quoted me😎😎But they said No one doubts Mathis defense but the terrible offense is outweighing it right now

    • RR3

      It is remarkable. I am still not 100 sold on this team yet. There are way too many bad teams in the American League and they are padding their winning percentage on the backs of a lot of patsies. If they can do this against the few elite teams, I will change my tune.

      • Mr.C

        Deadline is approaching ….. Selling or Buying?

        My recommendation:
        Cleveland gets: Calhoun, Brock Burke, IKF, 2 minor league prospects
        Texas gets: Bauer (SP), Perez (C), Jon Edwards (RP)

        (((( YOUR THOUGHTS ))))

        • Mr.C

          Imagine the new rotations after the trade:
          Minor, Bauer, Lynn, Sampson, Jurado

          BP: Kelly, LeClerc, C.Martin, Chavez, Edwards, Springs, Miller, B. Martin or K. Bird

          LineUp:
          1. Choo (DH/LF)
          2. Andrus (SS)
          3. Pence(DH/LF)
          4. Gallo (CF)
          5. Mazara (RF)
          6. Cabrera (3B)
          7. Guzman/Forsythe (1B)
          8. Perez/Mathis (C)
          9. Odor/Santana (2B)

        • JacobMcCandles

          We are better for a yr and a half

      • Nate Whitten

        I think they would have a chance if they were healthy. This is a bad time to lose Gallo and others.

  • elkaba

    Best part of playing Oakland in Arlington? … NO #$%@$ DRUMS!!!!!

    • Rowdy Yates

      #2 best part …. no 9 pm games.

      • JacobMcCandles

        YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS to both. Can mute drums, can’t change time!!

  • GoRangers23

    I’m sorry I’m posting this so late this morning, but it is National Donut Day and a lot of donut places are giving away free donuts today. I’m not sure if there is a time limit on it. Participating Walmart stores are giving away free glazed donuts, one per person, I believe. Krispy Kreme stores are giving away one free donut per person of your favorite donut. The last time we went they even let us have a specialty donut. Shipley’s gives you one free donut with purchase. Duncan gives you one free donut with drink purchase. 🍩🍩🍩

  • RR3

    I was at the game last night and could not get the site to work at all on my iPhone. Has anyone else had trouble with the mobile site? I could get to the site but it would not allow me to post anything. I would type in my comments but when I tried to post, it simply wouldn’t respond, as if I wasn’t touching the phone at all. Very frustrating.

    • grumpyderfsmagic8ball

      I had same problem. I couldn’t log in. Amount of comments never changed as I tried at different times.

      • RR3

        Last night or has this been on-going?

        • Mr.C

          Only last night. It was clearly a Disqus issue.

          • RR3

            Okay, thanks.

        • Rowdy Yates

          It was Disqus wide as another site I’m on is also Disqus and it was down also.

          • dearmidol

            Wait, you’re on another site?

          • elkaba

            Disqus runs comments for lots of sites. Not just baseball. 🙂

          • RR3

            Rowdy’s comment about being on another site reminded me of an old episode of Cheers. For some reason Sam went into another bar, and Norm was in there drinking. Sam was surprised to see him and said something like, “Wait, you go to other bars?” And Norm replied, “I have a life, Sam.”

          • JacobMcCandles

            One of my favs was Norm told Sam that he had a Job iview the next day so just one!! One pitcher

        • elkaba

          Just last night for me.

        • grumpyderfsmagic8ball

          Just last night

    • Mr.C

      Everybody had problems last night.
      It was frustrating.

      I couldn’t say Elvis is FANTASTIC all night long !!!

      • GoRangers23

        😂

    • WhoKnowscs

      Disqus was down for many internet wide. It wasn’t site specific.

    • GoRangers23

      It really was frustrating! I’m glad it was Disqus and not a problem with my own devices. I tried everything I could think of for what seemed like two hours though, to no avail. Then, all of a sudden it was fixed.

    • elkaba

      Disqus was not working last night for a while.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Draft season is now over and Kimbrel and Keuchel were signed withing 2 days of it, so we are on to let the “Rich” teams pick the “Poors” pocket season, And lots of Pundits like to pick who is “Poor.” It’s also known as trading season.

    • RR3

      Is it rich vs poor or wanting to win versus not wanting to win?

      • WhoKnowscs

        Usually they are one in the same. But I also put them in quotes because none of them are really poor but usually its big market teams picking small market teams. Always seems to be clubs like the Dodgers, Yankees, Red Sox, Cardinals and so forth. You rarely see the pundits talk about some clubs buying like the Rays, Marlins, the Reds, and so forth.

      • WhoKnowscs

        It marks the start of a month and a half of daily articles where the press likes to pick what trades have to happen. Usually the buyers are the Teams that already spend tons of money.

  • JacobMcCandles

    The team that has given up the most Hrs. Are the Os and we only got 2….now we don’t have Gallo or Calhoun….just wondering if we are wearing down the bench especially with the tougher stretch on the horizon

    • isittime

      I don’t think so. We still have Pence, Choo (when that wrist quits hurting), DD, Maz, and Santana that can play OF, but not having Gallo in the thick of it is huge. We just don’t have anyone close to getting near his run production even thou DD did have a couple of good games against the O’s filling in for him. We really need Maz, Condor, and Rugie to step up with Gallo out.

      • Mr.C

        Bingo

      • Nate Whitten

        Step up or step out.

    • FatEddy Period, That’s it

      Me thinks ya’ll thinks too much …

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9JNqL8Drt3E

      • JacobMcCandles

        Guess I could save up and be a Zombie

    • Rowdy Yates

      I would expect the ‘bench’ guys would relish playing every day. And as pros should be in good enuf shape that it wouldn’t wear on them anymore than the regulars.

  • FatEddy Period, That’s it

    The Ranger’s need to set everything straight …. losing ten in a row ought to put them about right with early expectations.

    • RR3

      I don’t think they have a stretch of ten games in a row where they face the top teams. That would be pretty tough to do.

      • Nate Whitten

        With all the injuries and the past problems they have had with A’s and Bosox, I could see 8 straight losses coming right up. I would be very happy if they go 3-5.

  • WhoKnowscs
    • WhoKnowscs
    • elkaba

      There’s your catcher. Hope he can hit like Gallo or they’ll ride him out of town on a rail.

      • WhoKnowscs

        Still waiting to carry out Odor first.

        • elkaba

          Me, too!

      • JacobMcCandles

        Ahh pookie thats sad

    • JacobMcCandles

      He can catch when thrown too. LOL

  • FatEddy Period, That’s it

    Phillips Valdeez is going to be the 26th man, so ……. A roster move needs to be made to put Palumbo on the 25, probably in IKF’s slot. Also, need to make a spot for Valdeez on the 40. Sheesh, glad all that’s above my paygrade.

    • WhoKnowscs

      Minor, Lynn, Sampson, Jurado, Smyly(5)
      Miller, Kelley, Leclerc. Chavez, C Martin. B Martin. Carpenter, Springs (8)

      Guzman, Odor, Andrus, Cabrera, Mathis. Federowicz, Pence, Mazara, Deshields. Santana, Choo. Forsythe (12)

      Current active Roster does not have Palumbo or Valdez and Valdez isn’t on the 40 man yet. Hearn was transferred to 60 day to make room for Federowicz

      Others on 40 man
      Bird, Burke, Dowdy**, Gardewine, Hernandez, Huang, Polumbo, Pelham, Kiner-Falefa**, Trevino***, Granite, Wisdom, Calhoun**, Gallo**, Tocci (15) – 1 of these will have to make room for Valdez who will be the 26 man.

      ** on 10 day IL
      *** placed on 7 day IL(not sure why it’s not 10 day but it was May 19 so he’s covered either way) Concussion protocol?

      • FatEddy Period, That’s it

        Bird is on the 7 day, Gardewine is on the 7 day, Huang is on the 7 day, and Burke is on the 7 day. All the rest are regular players with the possible exception of Pelham who as a reliever could come down with some mystery ailment. If they are looking for permanent relief and want to DFA somebody, one of the catchers would seem obvious being as how they just picked one up.

        • WhoKnowscs

          Yeah, I’ve edited the list several times. 9 or the 15 names that finish out the 40 man are injured in some way
          Bird, Burke, Dowdy, Gardewine, Huang, IKF, Trevino, Calhoun, Gallo.

        • WhoKnowscs

          Look for Burke to be put on the 60 day as he’s been on the 7 day since April 23rd(already 46 days.)

          • WhoKnowscs

            Burke or Gardewine(reload for edit).

    • Mr.C

      Teams are allowed 26 active players on double headers

  • FatEddy Period, That’s it

    Just a few quick words on Palumbo. Don’t expect too much. He’s a work in progress that sometimes has control problems and whose arsenal is not complete. He has been working on a change up as an added pitch. So, things could go well and the Rangers get a few innings out of him. Or, he could walk half the A’s team, or more. Or, he could get lit up due to his secondaries not working. Just take what he gives and be happy with it. I’m hoping everything goes well, but if it doesn’t I’ll be good with it.

    • elkaba

      Can’t be worse than Smyly, although I still hope Smyly can rediscover what he had before TJ. And Woody does say they are seeing signs of improvement in Smyly… (it escapes me, but whatever). We’ll go easy on the new kid. 🙂

      • FatEddy Period, That’s it

        I too hope Smyly can recover some of his past goodness. There’s a lot there if he can find it. He could end up being a good solid number two right behind Minor. Or he could continue being bad. I’m hoping for the former.

        • Nate Whitten

          I am too. He has been worse than my wildest nightmares.

      • WhoKnowscs

        I’ve seen Smyly and thought he could return to form too . . . if he were allowed to regularly pitch for a whole year. His pitches have movement, he just isn’t consistent enough with them yet that it takes him lots of pitches per inning. My problem is the MLB level isn’t the place to be run out every 5 games to be worked back into form to be ready in 2020.

        • Nate Whitten

          Nashville seems to be the place for him. Would he do it?

      • Nate Whitten

        Those signs have also escaped me.

  • FatEddy Period, That’s it
  • GoRangers23

    Here are today’s pics. Refresh. Go Rangers!

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    • LoboTX

      Great pics today Go, thank you. Loved the ones of the veterans especially !

  • Rod Harper

    Watching the interview special “29” on FSN Southwest before tonight’s first pitch. Adrian seems to have a very humbling personality about him! A very great family man as well!

  • TD30
  • Vlad2019

    “Free Game of the Day”

  • Vlad2019

    Kevin Cron just hit his first career HR for the Diamondbacks. The guy is HUUUGE !!

    • JacobMcCandles

      Missing link

  • Vlad2019

    Who here is going to Adrian Beltre night tomorrow?

    • isittime

      I would love to, but Arlington is just a bit too far for an 8 pm game.

  • isittime

    Bats need to wake up here.

  • isittime

    2 Oakland errors and we come up empty. Damn!

  • isittime

    Anybody on here tonight?

    • elkaba

      Just got home.

      • isittime

        What’s up elk

        • elkaba

          Oakland’s score. 🙁

          • isittime

            Ugh! I know. Bats are quite tonight

          • elkaba

            Are those minions?

          • isittime

            Yes. My daughter drew them a few years ago.

          • elkaba

            I just noticed that! I LOVE kid’s art! Have my kids’ and grandkids’ stuff up everywhere. Sure beats modern art.

          • elkaba

            And those are really good!

          • isittime

            She’s pretty good at it. She did those when she was 6. She just turned 11

          • elkaba

            Oh, wow. That’s REALLY good for six.

          • isittime

            She really likes it. She’s been doing an art class after school once a week since she was in kindergarten.

    • TD30

      Been in and out. Trying to get things done around the house and watch the game in between.

  • TD30

    Now we’re talkin

  • elkaba

    Wow! Pence!

  • isittime

    Come on Elvis

  • elkaba

    Not so fantastic, Elvis.

  • elkaba

    Miller is really struggling.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Errors always come back to bite u on the arse

    • isittime

      Yes they do. And we missed on the 2 gifts in one inning. Shame

      • JacobMcCandles

        Yepper

  • isittime

    Do you treat Mathis like a nl pitcher and bunt

  • elkaba

    That was AMAZING!

    • isittime

      He’s been playing very well since he’s been back.

  • isittime

    What a bunt by DD.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Big walk by Mathis…..DD is hot

  • GoRangers23

    So. Much. Drama.

  • isittime

    Dang. Elvis with that warning track power

  • GoRangers23

    UGH! That was SO close!

  • elkaba

    All we needed was a bloop single.

    • isittime

      That 3-0 pitch was actually a better pitch for Elvis. He shoots the ball to RF better than anyone on the team.

      • elkaba

        The hit Mazara just hit is what we needed. I get so frustrated with them all swinging for the fences.

  • isittime

    Cabby’s due

  • Rowdy Yates

    Home from youngest grandson’s makeup select team ‘coach pitch’ ballgame. They won 5 inning game 18-8. Max 5 runs per inning and he went 3-4 with a double and a K. They have an Italian kid on the team named Luca, 7 yrs old who hit the ball off the fence in RF on the fly for a 3 run inside the park HR. Never seen that B4 in my life from a 7 yr old kid. Amazing.

    • isittime

      Wow.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Luca Brazi

      • Rowdy Yates

        Exactly what I thought.

  • elkaba

    $%^&^%

    • Rowdy Yates

      I really hate the As. And I’m starting to really dislike Leclerc also. But I guess he’s just another inconsistent and clueless Rangers reliever.

      • elkaba

        We really needed to win this first game. Don’t know if Leclerc is a 9th inning kind of guy. Seems to do better earlier in the game.

  • Rowdy Yates

    Odor 3 pitch at bat: Swing and miss, long foul down RF line, long fly to CF. None of the 3 pitches was a strike.

    • elkaba

      He got lucky earlier and golfed a hit. But it wasn’t a strike either.

  • isittime

    Redemption time Elvis

  • elkaba

    Elvis’s last chance for redemption.

    • WhoKnowscs

      For what?

      • isittime

        Doing something with the bases loaded

      • elkaba

        Error. Striking out earlier with bases loaded.

        • elkaba

          Error that cost a run.

  • GoRangers23

    Alright Elvis. You know what you need to do. Do it!

    • WhoKnowscs

      walk.

  • elkaba

    And he blows it.

    • WhoKnowscs

      Spending too much time with Odor.

      • elkaba

        Not fantastic tonight.

        • GoRangers23

          No, he was really off wasn’t he?

          • elkaba

            Maybe trying to do too much.

  • Rowdy Yates

    13 yr old grandson watching with me. When EA came to bat he says “uh oh, Elvis a sure ground into double play coming up”.

    • elkaba

      Smart kid.

    • isittime

      For as fast as he is he does that a lot

  • GoRangers23

    That really stinks!

  • WhoKnowscs

    2 walks in a row and you hit the third pitch?

  • WhoKnowscs

    Treinen Pitches Sinker, Sinker, Sinker, Sinker, Sinker . . .

    You think he’s trying to get ground balls?

  • isittime

    Leclerc should have pitched around Simeon with 1st base open. Threading a fastball down the middle was not good there

  • isittime

    I guess hoping for a split in this series will be a win at this point.

    • dearmidol

      Still two more games. Rangers could win three of four.