Rangers face actual competition. 269 comments


The ninth inning hasn’t been too kind to Jose Leclerc this season. Last night he gave up two-runs in the Rangers 5-3 loss to the Athletics.

 

So now you have to ask, was last night’s loss the result of the weirdest quirk ever, where the Rangers cannot win the opening game of a series, and you simply chalk it up to that?

Or, was last night’s loss the result of not playing a pushover, and the real Rangers are being revealed, or at least pushed?

Two things are certain.

One, the Rangers offense is nowhere near as potent, intimidating, or productive without Joey Gallo. The two games before he was injured were prime examples. He hit a grand slam to win one game, and a two-run-homer to win the next. That is the definition of a most valuable player. What he adds to this team cannot be overstated. Then, lose Shin-Soo Choo for a few days and the lineup gets a lot more unspecial.

Two, Oakland is not Baltimore or Kansas City. The Rangers enjoyed a nice in-season vacation from the schedule makers by playing both the Royals and the Orioles back to back. But the Athletics recently won ten in a row the same way, taking advantage of an anemic American League that has Seattle, Detroit and the Angels in it. Then they faced Houston. Then they got swept.

Sound familiar?

Last season, Oakland was the surprise team in the A.L. This year, the Rangers are hoping to be this year’s version of the Athletics. So this is an important series.

But looking at last year, Oakland won the second wild card slot. And had to win 97 games. New York won the first wild card slot. With 100 wins. That’s what it’s going to take this year as well.

With so few good teams in the league again this year, the elite teams are going to beef up their win totals again. So, 81 wins won’t get a wild card. It’s doubtful that 90 will.

Tampa Bay and the New York Yankees are on their way to winning well over 100 games. One of those two will with the East. The other will be the first wild card. That leaves the second wild card up to Boston, Texas, and Oakland.

After Oakland, Texas plays Boston.

Texas is facing actual competition. This series and the next, while certainly not more important than any other mid-season series, will help the front office see exactly what it has.

One thing is for certain, though. Texas and Oakland are playing for the benefit of finishing a distant second place in the West. The other, a distant third.

It’s a tallest dwarf contest.

It’s bragging rights.

And if you’ve ever been to Oakland, you know there’s nothing else to be proud of.

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TODAY’S GAMES:

Game 1
Paul Blackburn (—, -.–) vs. Joe Palumbo (—, -.–)
Game time: 1:05

Game 2
Chris Bassitt (3-1, 3.42) vs. Adrian Sampson (4-3, 4.14)
Game time: 8:05

  • isittime

    I agree 100 percent Kevin. This line up is almost anemic without Gallo and Choo. That crazy 1st game with Baltimore aside they’ve failed to put runs on the board the last 3 games. Took a 2-1 lead to the 9th in minors start, clung to a 4-3 win in jurado’s, and only plated 3 last night. They had plenty of opportunities last night but, were like 1 for 10 or so with runners in scoring position.

    Bases loaded twice, zilch!
    2 fielding errors in the same inning on A’s – zilch!

    • RR3

      There’s a reason Baltimore has won only 19 games and Kansas City only 20. They stink. So the Rangers can get away with things against teams like that. But against better teams, they need to execute. They need to take advantage of mistakes.

      • Nate Whitten

        And they are not doing that. Hence, they fall out of this little race for WC2. The Rangers have only played about 17 games against teams over .500. That is about to change. Maybe they could have been competitive without the injuries, especially Gallo. Now, no way.

  • JacobMcCandles

    This was an idea that I brought up yesterday that was shot down like Snoopy from the Red Baron.i also included missing Calhoun made us depend on the bench players more and more. Santana and Forsythe both went hitless and those two and even Pence avg are all dropping.

    Still respectable but something to keep an eye on.

    THIS IS AN IDEA NOT A OPINION ON SOMETHING THAT IS POSSIBLY ABOUT TO HAPPEN…PLEASE KEEP THAT IN MIND WHEN RETORTING

    • isittime

      I’m not disagreeing with you. Forsyth had a couple of walks in the game, but he had an opportunity with the bases loaded and failed to put the ball in play, which lead to Elvis’s warning track fly out. It happens, but you get used to seeing those guys deliver a timely hit. That’s something the rangers have been good at all season and Forsyth and Santana have been in the thick of it. I’d hate to see them go into a funk right now.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Yep and I am not saying they are lost at sea and not still contributing, just seeing a possible flag…..Pence,Santana,Forsythe were all hitting .300+ at one time all 3 now at just below .290 and eroding.

        Should be noted though, all 3 are playing over career avgs still though.

        • RR3

          I would expect Odor to lose playing time. But I would also try to light a fire under Guzman as well. And now, with Kiner-Falefa out, that might prompt more starts for Mathis.

          When you have an offense struggling, they have viable alternatives. Santana or Forsythe can play second or first.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Very versatile…some nice pick ups from JD

          • Nate Whitten

            They have been outstanding.

          • Nate Whitten

            I think something HAS to be done about Odor. It is stupid stupidity to keep him as a regular with those beyond anemic offensive numbers. You are right about Guzman as well. It would not hurt to use Santana and Forsythe as the rights side of the IF for some games. It can’t hurt.

    • Nate Whitten

      Well, I think your idea is correct. The bench players are being overexposed. We are finding out why they were not starters on some MLB team. They have done a great job–to this point. They were great SUBS. Those 3 have far exceeded expectations, but the injuries have forced Woodward to use them as starters. They are not starters. Eventually, we will see why. Unless, of course, Gallo and Choo get well quickly and Odor awakens.

      • elkaba

        Agree on Santana and Forsythe. Not so much on Pence. I think he’s still starter material.

        • Nate Whitten

          I think you’re right. He is different. He has starter talent and is returning from multiple injury issues.

          • elkaba

            And he’s one of those rarest of players, like Beltre, who continues to love playing the game as much as a kid while equally maintaining a very adult desire to excel in every aspect of the game.

          • Nate Whitten

            He worked his way onto this team by being ready for ST. He forced them to keep him. Then he has made them glad that they did.

          • elkaba

            He’s a great influence on all these youngsters, too.

        • JacobMcCandles

          Not the point….at this point IMO they should all start.

          • elkaba

            Agree they should all start. That wasn’t the point I was replying to.

    • elkaba

      I noticed that, too. It’s very different having to perform in order to “win” more time on the field than it is just having to perform because you’re on the field. In the first case, you have nothing to lose. In the second, you have everything to lose.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Good point

  • GoRangers23

    Without both Joey and Choo, I don’t feel like we are sending the real Rangers to the games. This makeup game is hitting us at a really bad time. I hope someone will step up and talk to the team and get them pumped up about carrying the load until Joey and Choo get back. This is not the time to be slacking off.

  • RR3

    I have tickets for the afternoon game. I had them for the original game that was rained out in April. It will be interesting to see two guys making their 2019 debuts. Paul Blackburn has appeared in 16 games for Oakland in 2017 and 2018. Joe Palumbo is making his major league debut. It will probably be a 1-0 game.

    • JacobMcCandles

      HA! Could be, never know. I am looking for runs. Very pretty day so far.

    • Nate Whitten

      It is a great game to get to see. I have no idea what to expect from Palumbo. I do know what to expect from this depleted offense. Very little. I hate to say it, but I expect 2 losses today. Runs are required to win.
      Have a fun afternoon watching a kid that might be a fixture in the future.

  • Nate Whitten

    Kevin, your thoughts line up with mine. There is a 3 team race for WC2. Everything else is set, except the East champ and WC1. But that is just between NY and TB. If the Rangers had not lost Gallo at this critical time, they MIGHT have been able to hang with Boston and Oakland. As it is, they can’t. Offense is dead compared to what it was. I had said that going 4-4 in this stretch would be great. I am revising that. I doubt that they will do better than 2-6. After that, it’s a 2 team race for WC2, and the Rangers might end up at .500. It will be disappointing to see them fall out of this little race, but WC2 is not going to do anything in the playoffs, anyway.
    If the Rangers can go close to .500 this year, they will set the table for a run of successful years, because I think that the core of a good team is in place. They had better keep Minor if they expect to build a solid rotation. I see absolutely no reason to trade him. The Rangers don’t need prospects; they need pitching. As in at least one more solid starter and about half of a bullpen. I am OK with Minor, Lynn, Jurado, and Sampson. The Rangers are not far from making that Gang of Four into a larger group.

  • possumrld

    Kev, while it is true the Rangers aren’t “The Big Red Machine” or “the 1927 Yankees”, I think you are being a bit hard on the them. If the Astros suddenly lost George Springer and Jose Altuve at the same time, I am guessing they would look fairly average as well. Maybe not quite as average as the Rangers do right now.
    But if you look at how the entire Rangers lineup seems to be slumping, and how it actually started even before Gallo got hurt, then having to carry the mostly pure dead weight of the non bats of Mathis and Odor, I think they have actually done fairly well.
    I put most of last night’s loss on a lack of execution on the Part of the Rangers, in scoring situations. And I put some of it on LeClerk’s continuing incompetence showing it’s self, yet again.
    Many have been calling for LeClerk to step back into the closer’s role. And the chorus started in earnest again, after Kelly’s blown save the other night. But it seems like to me there is a pattern with LeClerk. And that is that he usually does OK in “normal” game situations. But in the late innings, when game is on the line, especially in a close game, quite often, he seems to choke.
    And he doesn’t ever seem to just give up one run. Rather they seem to come in two’s and three’s with LeClerk.
    The Rangers have put up some pretty incredible offensive numbers, and at home especially. But now, for some unknown reasons, and for other more obvious reasons, they are slumping. And to me last night’s loss was more than just a matter of “competition” Is was just a slumping team playing lackluster baseball, like they have been doing for several games now, while somehow still winning.
    But they just happened to lose last night, like most slumping teams will on occasion. I find it incredible that the slumping Rangers have won as much as they have of late.
    And I also think that is the real story here.

    • Nate Whitten

      Actually the Astros have been hit with a spate of injuries. Correa and Altuve, I THINK. So they bring up some kids from RR and don’t miss a beat. That organization is loaded with talent.

      • WhoKnowscs

        And yet their main “talent” is all the guys they got elsewhere: mainly their pitching. I.E. Verlander, Cole, Miley, Osuna, Pressley, and so forth. They’ve actually warn out Devenski. And of course they’ve put a few of their home grown talent in as some relievers.

        Their only home grown success starter currently is Peacock. Martin and McHugh have split the 5th spot and they have 5.59 and 6.04 ERAs. So all the “stacked” verbage is in relation to some position players and yet. Brantley and Reddick have the two highest averages on the team. Lose 1 of the 4 main starters and Reddick or Brantley and they’d probably be pretty battling like everyone else..

        Currently they already have much of their super home grown talent on the IL. Altuve, Correa, Springer.

        If it weren’t for the fact that they are playing the hapless teams like the Rangers are doing now(They are currently playing the Orioles) when their main players are injured, who knows where they’d be.

        • Nate Whitten

          You have some good points. I mentioned the source of their rotation a week or so ago. The Astros have developed their position players and acquired their pitching, with a couple of exceptions. At the time I wrote it, none of their starting pitchers started in the Houston organization. They did not develop their pitching.
          Yes, they did lose those home-grown stars at a fortuitous time.

          • WhoKnowscs

            Yep, looking at the starters not ever Peocock was drafted by Houston. Nearly all the Houston drafted pitchers this year have high ERAs. Of their 12 pitchers with ERA under 5.00 they have 2 international signings and one draftee. All 9 other sub 5.00 pitchers are from elsewhere.

            The “pitcher” with the lowest ERA above 5.00 is there 1B and only pitched in blowouts.

          • elkaba

            I’m starting to think the highest paid coaches/managers/GM’s in baseball should be those who’ve proven they can develop pitching! It’s getting to be a very rare and specialized skill set.

          • JacobMcCandles

            And regardless of whether the Astros grew the talent they have tweaked Fister,Morton,Verlander and Cole

          • Nate Whitten

            Absolutely. I am not criticizing them. They have built a staff, it just has outside infusions, Great job.

          • Nate Whitten

            They have good MLB scouts.

        • JacobMcCandles

          Go back and look at their schedule, truth is a week or two ago they had played the toughest schedule in MLB…..and the mixture is how you build a team…grow it, trade for it, and when need buy it

      • possumrld

        Apples and oranges, Nate. The Astros have been hot, they are still hot, and everything they are doing seems to be working for them. “Sometimes that is just how baseball go…”, as illustrated by how badly the Cubs are doing this seaosn.
        Next season it could be the Astros. But this looks to me like one of those “magical seasons” for them where they might take it all the way to the World Series. But there is yet a lot of baseball left to play.

        • JacobMcCandles

          Heyward and Darvish were terrible decisions and jury is out on Kimbrel

      • JacobMcCandles

        Springer,Diaz,Stassi,McHugh

    • Nate Whitten

      Please don’t take offense for I am not criticizing you. I am just curious as to why you consistently type “LeClerk” instead of Leclerc. Is that some subliminal message or an intentional play on his name?

      • possumrld

        Nate, nothing “subliminal” that I know of, ha! ha! I guess I spelled it that way because that is how I had it in pictured in my mind that it was spelled that way. But I thank you for the input! I will correct it.

        • Nate Whitten

          I really thought you were jacking with his name. So I wasn’t trying to correct you. But you took it with the right spirit. I appreciate correction if someone is nice about it. I do not like to misspell or misuse words. So I’ll take any help I can get.

          • elkaba

            Me, too. I was a writer at one time and relied heavily on good proofreading. (This was in the days before spell checker.) These days I mostly need help with grammar. I have fits with commas. Too many or too few!

          • Nate Whitten

            I don’t have spellcheck on this math word processor I have used for 20 years called EXP. I had to have something to type math symbols with. But we still use the English language when typing math. We get attached to spellcheck. So, when using that, I am on my own. If I am in doubt, I type the word on a Word document to get the spelling checked. I do not like having mistakes, so I go to ridiculous pains trying to avoid them.

          • elkaba

            I have spell check, so my spelling has drastically improved over prehistoric times. I know they have grammar checking software, too, but it’s not as built in as the spelling correction.

          • possumrld

            Likewise, Nate! I hate misspelling words and looking like a “Jethro Bodine”, even though I seem to succeed in doing so quite often anyway. 🙂 So sincerely thank you for pointing that one out to me, and also for the compliment on how I responded.
            Just so you know, whenever I do purposefully use a misspelled version of a player or a coach’s name, so as to make a joke, or a point, I always put it it quotes. So if you ever see me misspelling something, and especially butchering any player or coach’s name, please feel free to call it to my attention.

  • GoRangers23

    This should be —29 Reasons Why The Rangers Are Retiring Number 29.

    https://twitter.com/evan_p_grant/status/1137359763338141697?s=21

    • GoRangers23

      You will have to click on the words under the pic of Beltre.

      • possumrld

        Thanks Go! that was awesome!

  • elkaba

    I’m less than sure the Rangers were done in by Gallo’s and Choo’s absence or by the prowess of the Athletics and more than sure our Achilles heels last night was a less-than-FANTASTIC Elvis. Granted his three opportunities to give us or maintain us a lead were purely chance, but when the baseball gods point their finger at you, you have to grind it out and come through.

    (Of course a ninth-inning-averse Leclerc sure didn’t help matters.)

    • GoRangers23

      That’s true.

  • GoRangers23
  • GoRangers23

    Here is a video I just found with all of today’s info in it.

    https://twitter.com/rangers/status/1137067952593752064?s=21

  • WhoKnowscs

    The lineup:
    Choo — DH
    DeShields — CF
    Elvis — SS
    Mazara — RF
    Pence — LF
    Cabrera — 3B
    Odor — 2B
    Guzman — 1B
    Federowicz — C

  • GoRangers23
  • WhoKnowscs

    So with 2 games today . . .

    Will Odor get 1 hit because “1 hit a day” or 2 hits because “1 hit a game”?

  • GoRangers23
    • GoRangers23

      I really miss Buzz!

      • azrangerfan

        Yep me too.

        • elkaba

          Me, three. 🙂

          • JacobMcCandles

            Me 4

  • TD30
  • azrangerfan

    Well no Mathis today. That’s an upgrade but we’ve still got Odor. As long as Odor keeps getting rolled out along wth Mathis I have to think the top brass has no intention of even trying to get the second WC spot. JD put together a decent bench and they should be used everyday at this point.

    • WhoKnowscs

      Mathis will catch the evening game.

    • Nate Whitten

      You are right–in my book.

  • JacobMcCandles

    DMN had a nice little article, Maybe elk could share….29 reasons for Beltre’s #29 jersey to be retired

  • Nate Whitten

    Right now, the Rangers are 10-14 against teams over .500. That means they have had about 37 games against losing teams. Their record is very deceptive. The Rangers could be about to sink like Seattle.

    • WhoKnowscs

      The problem with that stat is that it is their record vs teams that are >= .500 today and not when the Rangers played them. That means 4-6 vs the Astros, 1-5 vs the A’s, 1-1 vs the Diamondbacks, 2-1 vs the Cubs, 2-1 vs the Cardinals.

      • WhoKnowscs

        Note that 5-11 vs the A’s and Astros Which means 5-3 vs other >=.500 clubs.

        • Nate Whitten

          That fly in the ointment escaped my attention. You make two good observations. thanks

    • possumrld

      Nate, but also, since the early months of this sedan, their starting rotation has improved greatly. And some of those losses were due to bad bullpen management by Woody. And the bullpen is also an improved area of the team since earlier on. So I don’t know that their record is as much deceptive, as it is that we still really don’t know exactly what kind of a team this is just yet.

      • Nate Whitten

        That’s a good point about the rotation. Earlier Minor and Lynn were all that they had. Now Sampson and Jurado complete a good foursome. Need # 5

        • elkaba

          Needing a #5 is doable. You can work around that.

  • WhoKnowscs

    At the very least it’s a 30 pitch first.

  • GoRangers23

    Hunter is still looking at his hand and Elvis caught his fingers on the guy’s shoe when he was stealing base. I hope they are both alright!

  • GoRangers23

    Wouldn’t it be incredible if we just witnessed the Major League debut of Hall of Fame pitcher Joe Palumbo? Lol. It’s our time to have a great pitcher, don’t you think? 😄

  • isittime

    There’s that clutch hit!

  • isittime

    And rogie swings through a hanging breaking ball

    • JacobMcCandles

      Quite frankly he blows me away….you would think he would at least luck into a a few more

      • elkaba

        His hacking swing has gotten so bad I don’t think that’s possible. He needs a full retooling.

        • JacobMcCandles

          Can’t think of another player who has dropped so far

          • elkaba

            It’s like he’s doubling down on all the wrong mechanics, stubbornly wanting it to work. It’s either that, the bad swing mechanics, or his eyesight is off. Maybe he needs glasses or needs to get the helmet out of his eye line.

          • JacobMcCandles

            I would like to say I have an idea…..but I don’t

          • isittime

            He just refuses to go to the 5.5 hole. Dead red pulls everything, usually resulting in him turning over a pitch to the teeth of the shift that’s waiting to oblige.

          • isittime

            It’s worse than Hamilton’s 2nd 1/2 of 2012. And that was real bad.

        • Rowdy Yates

          Maybe could ditch the 5 lbs of double gold chain he’s got hanging around his neck and bouncing on his chest. Might speed up and help balance the swing some.

          • isittime

            Ain’t that the truth.

          • elkaba

            LOL, anything’s worth a try, but I think the problem is more fundamental. His swing is atrocious and getting worse and worse. And his pitch selection is non-existent. He hacks at anything they throw him. So he’ll never see a strike except by accident!

          • GoRangers23

            Ha!

      • Nate Whitten

        I know how you feel about Odor because I am almost as much of an advocate. But this is crazy. A team can’t keep running a guy out there who is clueless with the bat. He can be fixed. But it can’t happen at this level. Nashville. If he doesn’t like it that is tough.

    • WhoKnowscs

      Yes, itistime . . . to ditch Rouggie in Nashville.

      • isittime

        My moniker goes all the way back to 2010 when they had “it’s time” as there slogan when we used to post on the MLB site, but I think it works for rogie going to music town just fine.

  • isittime

    Damn Simeon

  • elkaba

    Semien again… sheesh.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Only good Simian is a dead Simian……Damn dirty Apes!!!

  • isittime

    It’s only 4 innings and I already like this kid. Now the brass needs to figure out how to move him to smyly’s spot in the rotation after he gets destroyed tomorrow

  • dearmidol

    Palumbo pitching great. Lots of poise.

    • elkaba

      He looks sharp!

    • JacobMcCandles

      Staked him to a three run lead helps I would imagine

  • JacobMcCandles

    EA good hit off a good pitch

  • elkaba

    YESSSSSSS!

  • Rowdy Yates

    Goooo Maz…. !!!

  • isittime

    There we go! Chillll

  • JacobMcCandles

    Maz is back….sweet swing

    • isittime

      That was a tougher pitch to hit than odor had

      • JacobMcCandles

        Elvis? Results sure would

        • isittime

          Maz’s breaking ball he shot out. Odor’s hung right over the middle of the plate and up more.

    • elkaba

      Maz has slowed his swing rate down, something Odor won’t do.

  • Rowdy Yates

    If Pence is gonna keep swinging at those pitches that are 3″ outside (and every pitcher in the league now knows he’s going for them) then he needs to add about 5 ” to his bats.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Can’t these guys talk about the game

  • WhoKnowscs

    Is Blackburn trying to look like DK jr.?(Keuchel)

  • Rowdy Yates

    Smart bunt Roogie!

  • JacobMcCandles

    Been there all yr Roogie

    • elkaba

      That’s one way to get around a bad swing.

    • WhoKnowscs

      But But . . . Muh Homers!

  • WhoKnowscs

    Guzman go boom.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Blackburn is really slow.

    • isittime

      I was listening to Nadel on the way home and they said his beard grew another 1/2” in that 1st inning. Lol

  • WhoKnowscs

    Close . . . wish he’d pulled it.

  • JacobMcCandles

    How can you not tag on that play??

    • WhoKnowscs

      They didn’t wait.

  • elkaba

    Yikes. Our lead is evaporating quickly.

    • WhoKnowscs

      A’s have learned the book that is Joe Polumbo.

    • isittime

      Welcome to the bigs kid.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Both parties are about to lose their starter.

    • isittime

      Yep.

  • Rowdy Yates

    That last inning Palumbo wasn’t putting his pitches anywhere close to where FedEx was setting his glove.

    • elkaba

      I think the homer got to him.

      • FatEddy Period, That’s it

        He has shown a tendency, not a big one but still there, to suddenly lose command. I was just waiting.

        • elkaba

          That’s probably mental. He’ll learn. His stuff looks good though.

          • FatEddy Period, That’s it

            That’s what the minors are for. You’re right, he’ll learn. He also needs to finish development of his change.

          • elkaba

            He’s already got a strong elevated fastball. I think he could be pretty good.

          • JacobMcCandles

            I agree and the more up top the better.

        • GoRangers23

          Well, that isn’t going to bode well for his Hall of Fame career. He better stop that! 😄

  • dearmidol

    Well that was a rough inning.

  • WhoKnowscs

    This guy? He’s so Dull.

    • elkaba

      Dull, but fast enough to get to that bunt.

    • dearmidol

      But he energized the bats.

  • GoRangers23

    Good hit Elvis!

    • elkaba

      I’m starting to think Elvis is like me. When I played tennis I had days where nothing worked. Did everything the same as always and just nada. Timing, coordination, everything off. The rest of the time I was lights out. Never figured out why.

      • GoRangers23

        It’s very possible. All of us have off days every now and then. For all we know he could have stayed up all night long with a sick baby. Who knows.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Pence will homer.

    • isittime

      I’ll take a single but a homer’s Better

  • JacobMcCandles

    All important 5th coming up Palumbo

  • GoRangers23

    Good pitching J Springs!

  • JacobMcCandles

    Should’ve let Palumbo pitch, especially on the first game of a DH

    • elkaba

      Probably wanted to be conservative and give him a chance for the win. Don’t want him starting out with a complex.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Gotta pitch the 5th to get the win

        • elkaba

          That’s right. What was I thinking?

          • JacobMcCandles

            Tennis? LO

  • WhoKnowscs

    Where’s the bunt?

  • WhoKnowscs

    K coming.

    • WhoKnowscs

      well I’ll be.

      • elkaba

        Could he have had an epiphany or something?

        • GoRangers23

          Maybe he spent some time with Beltre?

        • grumpyderfsmagic8ball

          Nah

          • elkaba

            LOL

        • WhoKnowscs

          Got the latest update on Calhoun.

        • FatEddy Period, That’s it

          In his defence, he’s been doing much better the past few games. He’s been hitting the ball hard just in bad spots. Remember the shot he hit to the RC wall that was caught. The fielder probably wishes he hadn’t caught it because it put him out of the game.

  • GoRangers23

    Good walk Rougie!

  • JacobMcCandles

    Nice hit from Fed

  • GoRangers23

    WOW! Thanks Federowicz! Welcome to the Rangers!

    • GoRangers23

      (This will most likely be the last time I ever look up his last name in order to spell it correctly. I owed him that much 😄)

      • elkaba

        He needs a good nickname so we never have to look it up!

        • GoRangers23

          I like Rowdy’s Fed Ex pretty well.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Good nick name but that means he would always have to deliver…..LOL

          • elkaba

            Har 🙂

          • GoRangers23

            Good. We’ll hold him to that. 😄

  • WhoKnowscs

    Save some runs for game 2.

    • elkaba

      Runs are habit forming though.

      • WhoKnowscs

        All good if they can keep scoring into tonight.

  • Rowdy Yates

    FedEx gets a HR in his 1st game as a Ranger. Outstanding!

    Noticed for hundredth time that Braymond NEVER seems to know when a ball is hit that it’s going out until it actually clears the fence and then his voice rises with surprise and a “IT’S OUTTA HERE”. He just always seems sooo clueless.

    • GoRangers23

      I know. It’s ridiculous!

    • elkaba

      Ok, I like FedEx. That’s a good (I’m never looking up his name) nickname. 🙂

      • Rowdy Yates

        Just seemed right since there’s zero chance I’ll ever spell his name right.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Well hopefully we got this…….day is to pretty to stay inside. Ride with Nadel for awhile and back for the second game! Keep it tight Rounders.

  • Rowdy Yates

    Pence musta K’d on the same outside breaking ball a dozen time the last few weeks.

  • WhoKnowscs

    A’s lowest batting average .200
    A’s highest batting average .273

    Rangers’ lowest batting average .168
    Rangers’ highest batting average .310

  • Rowdy Yates

    Looking at some Rangers stats last night noted they have 46 stolen bases this season, 4 of them by Odor. And they have 14 caught stealings, 5 of them by Odor. Just one more putrid stat showing how clueless he’s been 1/3 of the way thru the season. I expect he’s just trying to do too much and certainly pressing. But if he doesn’t get it together soon he’s gonna be spending his life with his remuda instead of his team mates.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Tim’s batting .667 with a walk and a homer.

  • Rowdy Yates

    Nits & Putz trying to come up with a nickname for Federowicz. They’ve arrived at T-Fed.

    • WhoKnowscs

      I like FedEx.

      • Rod Harper

        That’s the nickname Dave and CJ officially gave him!

        • elkaba

          They got it from his stepmom.

          • GoRangers23

            She got it from Rowdy. You heard it here first. 😁

  • elkaba

    Ding, ding, ding. Rowdy wins the naming prize!

    • GoRangers23

      They STOLE it! Ha!

  • WhoKnowscs

    Darn that would have been a nice third out.

  • Rod Harper

    NIce debut for Valdez!

  • Rod Harper

    A great afternoon for the Big Chill today!

  • Rod Harper

    Excellent snag by the ballgirl!

  • Rod Harper

    Double play! The pitcher’s best friend!

    • WhoKnowscs

      Especially in the 9th inning of the first game of a double header.

  • Rod Harper

    Come on let’s get this third out!

  • WhoKnowscs

    Only used 3 pitchers.

  • Rod Harper

    Ballgame! Game 1 of the day-night doubleheader is in the books!

  • WhoKnowscs

    There were actually 2 double headers today. Us and Rays/BoSox

  • WhoKnowscs
    • WhoKnowscs

      Bush in Frisco.

      • Rod Harper

        Good! More help is on the way!

  • Rod Harper

    FedEx gets this afternoon’s game ball. An excellent debut in Rangers uniform with his unexpected offensive output at the plate. I’m giving honorary game balls to Palumbo and Valdez for their respectable MLB debuts this afternoon. They took advantage of Oakland’s unfamiliarity of their scouting reports.

  • WhoKnowscs

    I wonder what the Rangers will end up giving up for FedEx.

    PTBL or Cash Considerations

  • Rowdy Yates

    Well! …. Emily Jones’ tribute to Adrian Beltre actually brought a few tears to my hard bitten eyes. I sure miss the guy. Looking forward to the HOF induction in Cooperstown c 2023.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Just to show

    ..there are no easy teams in MLB….giving TX and Stros. all they can handle…5 out of their lady 6 games have been 1 run

  • Rod Harper

    Killing time and watching the Belmont Stakes in between the free time between doubleheader games!

  • TD30
  • Rod Harper
  • RR3

    Long day. Went to the Ballpark, watched the Rangers crush the Athletics in the afternoon, now headed to see Jimmy Buffett in concert. Not a huge Buffett fan but my wife won two tickets in a radio giveaway, so we are going. Let’s hope the Rangers can sweep.

    • Rod Harper

      Enjoy the sounds of Margaritaville! 🙂

    • Rowdy Yates

      Have been a huge Jimmy Buffet fan nearly 35 yrs and saw him in person 3 times and enjoyed each concert. They are truly a party with the audience singing and dancing along with Jimmy and the band. Unfortunately Jimmy can’t sing anymore. So, the reason for the party’s really not the same. Think you’ll enjoy it anyway if you’ve not been before. Have fun!

    • JacobMcCandles

      Have seen Buffet twice….not a parrot head but the concerts are enjoyable, especially the Frisco parking lot party

  • GoRangers23

    That lady has an odd way of talking. I think she’s really nervous, but she may have had a little too much to drink. This is painful.

    • Rowdy Yates

      I’d bet she’s never been to a pro baseball game in her life. Just sounded like a politician doing what politicians like to do … get their face on camera and talk about things they don’t necessarily know anything about.

      • GoRangers23

        That’s exactly what I thought too.

    • elkaba

      Very awkward, I thought.

    • isittime

      Was a great ceremony but she was awkward, so was that moment when Emily called up JD to present him a gift and he had nothing.

  • GoRangers23

    Beltre made a funny face after that. Lo

  • JacobMcCandles

    Lot of respect for AB…..As it should be. Not much respect for BB HOF but I might go to that one.

  • Rod Harper

    Excellent number retirement ceremony for Adrian! Now let’s win this one for Beltre and his family in the stands tonight!

  • Rod Harper

    Funny moment when Elvis gave Adrian retirement courtesy of Chavez (a bathrobe), he decided to sneak in one final head tap on Adrian’s cranium! 🙂 [P.S. A video is available to the link below.]

    https://old.reddit.com/r/baseball/comments/byey83/andrus_taps_beltres_head_one_last_time_during_his/

    • isittime

      That was great. You almost knew he was going to try to sneak a head pat in.

  • elkaba

    Nice ceremony.

    • JacobMcCandles

      It was…..a total gentlemen

  • JacobMcCandles

    Rangers game is huge…..maybe the players will say WTF JD and win that WC

  • Rowdy Yates

    Another really bad AB by Odor on that K. Instead of two on base and one out they have one on and two outs as he whiffs on another high fastball that was ball 4. Don’t see how the Rangers can afford to keep putting him out there game after game.

    • isittime

      its Getting painful to watch after 2 months and counting

  • Rowdy Yates

    Great pitch Sampson. Needed a routine DP and got it.

    • isittime

      I’m really liking what Sampson and Jurado have done coming in seemingly out of nowhere and being very solid in the rotation

  • elkaba

    Sure wish it was Buzz and Tom in the booth with Adrian instead of Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum.

    • Rowdy Yates

      Ain’t that the truth. Maybe even better would be just Nadel one on one with Adrian for about 10 minutes.

  • isittime

    Timely hit there mathis

  • isittime

    Where’s everyone? Baseball fatigue?

    • elkaba

      Just watching. Not much to say.

  • Rowdy Yates

    You know things are going your way when Mazara beats out an infield hit. Go Rangers!

    • isittime

      They pressed their luck trying to swipe 2nd thou. He’s no Ricky Henderson

  • Rowdy Yates

    That had to be a missed sign by either Maz or Odor. No one sends Mazara on a straight steal. My dear departed grandmother runs faster than Maz.

  • isittime

    Whew! What a break. I thought he had that one.

    • Rowdy Yates

      Nice when the breaks go your way. Too often they haven’t !

      • isittime

        And we have rugie contributing in the offense. Bonus

  • Rowdy Yates

    Gonna check out. Two grandkid games tomorrow both a hardball coach pitch game for th 7 yr old and a softball game for the 11 yr old girl. Then home to pack for the Tues morning flight to Milan. Bring ’em home whoever’s left!

    • isittime

      Enjoy rowdy.

    • elkaba

      Have a good trip.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Mathis 4 RBI for the yr….Fedex got 3 with one swing…….LOL Sampson pitched a whale of a game. Huge day for TX

  • isittime

    Do you run Samson out for the 9th? He’s at 93 pitches. I say let him go for the complete game.

  • Rod Harper

    Two more outs for Sampson to go the distance!

  • Rod Harper

    Ouch! Right in the groin!

  • Rod Harper

    Ballgame! Complete game for Sampson and a sweep of the doubleheader on Adrian Beltre night! What a great day! 🙂

    • JacobMcCandles

      Complete game….only one for TX This year..beeutifull

      • Rod Harper

        Minor pitched one earlier this year against Anaheim.

        • JacobMcCandles

          Sure? If so….still a great game

  • Mr.C

    90 wins baby!

  • Mr.C

    JD is FANTASTIC

  • elkaba

    Lol, complete game when we needed it, guaranteed split with the A’s? What a world! 🤣

    • isittime

      That was a stud performance by Samson. And none of the regular bp guys were used today. I feel more hopeful with smyly tomorrow.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Smugly starting tomorrow?

        • isittime

          At least Sampson saved the pen. Woody can keep him on a short leash.

  • Rod Harper

    Sampson gets the second game ball of the day as well as the Gatorade shower compliments of Elvis Andrus!

    • isittime

      He most definitely deserved the game ball today. He was dominant.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Minor,Lynn,Sampson,Jurado.Palumbo…WS Rotation, lol

    • isittime

      The rook looked pretty good until he came unhinged in the 4th, but only 1 inning of crooked #’s. Not bad.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Thought Woody should’ve kept him in

  • JacobMcCandles

    Good night and thanks AB

    • isittime

      No doubt. Glad they were able to cap that ceremony with a w

  • Rod Harper

    Before I call it a night, here’s another funny Adrian-Elvis moment!

    https://twitter.com/ThreeTwoEephus/status/1101885965675581440?s=20

  • WhoKnowscs

    Because the A’s fell below .500 with the sweep. Rangers are now listed at 9-9 vs teams >=.500

    • WhoKnowscs

      Other teams that are .500 vs >=.500 teams.
      Yankees, Indians

      Teams that are over .500 vs >=.500 teams Rays(2 over), Twins(1 over), Astros(5 over), Phillies(4 over), Braves(1 over), Cubs(1 over), Dodgers(11 over)

  • WhoKnowscs

    five games over .500 for the first time since 2016