Rangers have a blast. 196 comments


The night of the home run also saw some great D. Delino DeShields slams into the wall after a spectacular running catch to rob the Athletics of a run in the second inning.

 

Chirinos blasted one in the fourth.

Profar in the sixth.

Choo in the seventh to tie the game.

Beltre in the eighth to take the lead.

Gallo in the eighth as well, to put Texas up three.

The Rangers hit a season-high five home runs. They got a rare quality start from Matt Moore. And they came from behind with two runs in the seventh and three more in the eighth.

It’s the kind of game the Rangers used to have. Where no matter how far down they were, you knew they would come back.

It’s the opposite of what the Rangers were earlier in the season when, once they got down, they were done for the day.

All it takes is one hot hitter. They have that in Shin-Soo Choo. Over the last two weeks, he is hitting .350 with an OBP of .500.

That’s the Choo the Rangers signed five seasons ago. He’s shown that ability at times with the Rangers. Recall the second half of 2015 when his bat carried the Rangers to the division crown, with a line of .343/.455/1.016.

His OPS the past two weeks eclipses even his second half of 15 numbers: 1.175.

Of course, yesterday it helped that Matt Moore had his best start as a Rangers, which isn’t saying much but it is saying he kept them in the game which he usually cannot do, so the five home runs and seven runs the Rangers tallied were enough for a victory. In most Matt Moore starts, they are buried so far so early, that five home runs and seven runs wouldn’t make a dent in their deficit.

All those .190 hitters are now over .200, some even as lofty as .220. The offense isn’t juggernaut status yet. And the team isn’t going to overcome its 13.5 game gap behind first place Seattle, and the only thing the Rangers are going to be doing in October is cleaning out the leaves in their gutters, but at least the Rangers are playing fun, compelling baseball from time to time lately.

Power, late offense, good starting pitching, shut down bullpen, great defense.

The Rangers are now only eleven games under .500.

*****
TODAY’S GAME:

Daniel Mengden (6-4, 2.91) vs. Bartolo Colon (2-3, 4.21)
Game time: 7:05

How the Athletics hit against Colon.
How the Rangers hit against Mengden.

  • GoRangers23

    Eleven games under .500……pfft, we got this! 😄

  • Nathan Whitten

    For real, this team might be able to climb Mt. .500. That is a nice goal to have. There are some divisions where that would put a team right in the middle of a race–but not in the West. I am shocked by Seattle’s ability to catch and pass Houston. I did not think they had the pitching. Time will tell if it holds up. Houston certainly won’t fade away like El-Lay has.
    I guess that Moore gets to stay in the rotation–but not because he earned it. I assume there are no viable options. Maybe, just maybe, Perez will come off the DL and finally find the groove that made him so promising a few years back. If he can just be half-decent, Moore could be sent to the pen or cut. The guy has been an automatic loss except for two games(I think)–last night was a “quality start” and then there is that one memorable game when he actually performed like a ML pitcher a few weeks back, if I remember correctly. The rest of the rotation is OK(just OK) for now, except that Hamels and Colon have been quite good.
    Elvis is nearly ready to come back. Profar has done a good job in his place. I am glad he is still a Ranger. I guess he returns to the utility man role. But then, someone has to leave the 25 man roster. Guzman and K-F deserve to stay here–but they can’t both stay. Possible solution: send K-F to RR or Frisco and put him behind the plate. If he can learn the position this year, we have our catcher for the next decade, for the young man is a good ballplayer. Or, at least let him learn as much as possible about catching until the immanent trade of Beltre. Then, let him play 3B. I don’t like Gallo’s attitude about 3B, but if K-F is an option, then Gallo can stay in LF and Guzman can play 1B. This team may lack quality pitchers, but they have some very good infielders.
    Finally, I want to say how much I agree with you regarding Choo. JD has been hung in effigy for that contract. Now, it does not look so bad. Choo has been quite good this season. He may have played his way into being a marketable asset. That would be an unexpected surprise that’s good, unlike most surprises the Rangers have had.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Seattle’s schedule is as about to get harder and Houston easier

      • Nathan Whitten

        Then we’ll see if there is going to be a race. But, as you know, how teams perform against weaker opponents can be unpredictable. This year, we are seeing that Houston does not appear to be invincible. That can change.

        • JacobMcCandles

          WS hangover

    • dearmidol

      I’ve always like Choo. His first year, 2014, he played hurt and it really killed his reputation with Rangers fans. But he has had long periods of on base brilliance. When he gets going, he is a huge offensive force.

      • Nathan Whitten

        Agreed. Do you think he could be traded for young, talented pitcher(s)?

        • JacobMcCandles

          Contract is too much

        • elkaba

          Him and a boatload of cash, maybe.

      • Gregor_S

        He also had an epic slump in the first half of 2015, followed by an epic hot streak in the second half. I think his defense has been below expectations but in general he has been a solid offensive contributor when healthy.

        For that matter, even though I liked Kinsler, I think if Fielder and Choo had been healthy the Rangers would have been a formidable team after they were acquired and JD would be viewed very differently here.

        • JacobMcCandles

          “If” lol

          • Gregor_S

            Just saying the moves made sense at the time. I know you think JD should have known Fielder was hurt but I don’t agree. He had a down year with Detroit but lots of players have down years and rebound. They’re still trying to figure out what happened to Babe Ruth in 1925.

          • JacobMcCandles

            No one else pursued Fielder…he could not have known but the proper physicals were not performed…basic one yes. Most everyone saw PF denigrating except for JD

          • elkaba

            “No one else pursued Fielder…” As I recall, the trade was a straight up swap proposed by Dumbrowski in a phone call. JD was given the rest of the day to take the deal before other teams were notified and other options were explored. With Profar in the wings, it was no secret he was ready to shop Kinsler.

            As for the physical, the teams traded medical histories and did routine exams. Neither player had a pronounced or known history of anything. At the time, there was nothing out of the ordinary about how the physicals were done, although in hindsight SOP for swaps like this may have changed.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Well this has been covered multiple times…..so once more LO….Widely reported at the time that no teams wanted Prince with that price tag….should JD have done more extensive medical exams, that other teams have done with different players, I guess you can argue that. Could’ve he, of course. JD had pursued Prince before this and did not take notice of Prince’s skills that were denigrating.

            Was he still a good player, yes…but it was pretty clear that the power #s were not going to be maintained. Never heard that Dombrowski proposed the trade, but he was a darn good GM and its certainly possible that he duped JD. Bottom line for me anyway….the Choo and Prince contracts were the turning point of this org

          • Nathan Whitten

            I’ll not disagree with anything you said except your bottom line…and of course it’s your opinion to own. I just do not see how one can narrow down all that has transpired with the Rangers fall to those two moves. There had to be more going on (bad stuff) to bring down the Rangers. Calling those moves the “turning point” is a bit of an overstatement. I very much value your opinion. You know your baseball–so we’ll have to just disagree on this one.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Ok thanks…but turning point for me was just the starting point maybe in better words…cuz after that financial commitment,,JD kept chasing it and making moves like Beltran and the miserable Lucroy trade.

      • elkaba

        I never disliked Choo, but I disliked JD getting him for the Rangers. If I remember correctly (not guaranteed these days) he was assumed to be the answer to losing Cruz and a potential new lead off hitter, having lost all other options. But what we really needed (as always) was to put all that salary toward decent pitching.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Honorable mention to the second hottest Ranger….Roogie Boogie man.

    Bring your fav hot sauce…servin up at the crow buffet line.

    • grumpyderfsmagic8ball

      Well he is not hitting .204. Crow is not setved with 1 HR and a .222 BA.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Crow is flying up!!

  • elkaba

    And now for something completely different… http://www.star-telegram.com/sports/mlb/texas-rangers/article212639744.html
    Thoughts?

    • JacobMcCandles

      Would have to know more..Monty

    • Rowdy Yates

      A second felony offense and he should get the book thrown at him. Up to and until that point he should be just like any other felon who has done what they system required of him. Since the Rangers have a ex-con who was proven and admitted to doing even more heinous things, and not once but repeatedly, I don’t understand why Heimlich would be “off limits”. Though I’d have a tough time drafting anyone named “Heimlich”. Kind of a pukey name.

    • dearmidol

      Very interesting question. I brought this up last year with some friends when he was dumped from the Oregon State team during the College World Series.

      This team had no problem with Matt Bush, who was in jail for three years for nearly killing a man while drunk, or Josh Hamilton. Teams suspend players for domestic abuse, but they don’t cut ties with them.

      What he was accused of was despicable. They talked about him today on MLB Radio. This kind of crime has a very low rate of recidivism. It’s a tough sell, but I don’t see why a team can’t say they did their due diligence.

    • TD30

      Um, no. To me substance abuse issues or even very poor and irresponsible decision making (Hamilton, Bush) is much different than molesting a 6 year old child. Especially in a sport where kids are always around and coming into contact with the players. I wouldn’t personally want my kid meeting that player at a game or ST.
      For the Rangers I can’t see any way it wouldn’t be a PR nightmare.

      • GoRangers23

        Exactly!!

  • TD30
  • dearmidol

    The Rangers have just drafted a player name Owen Sharts.

    I want to see a picture with these three jerseys: COLON, SHARTS, ODOR.

    • Nolanfan

      Haha, add 2 or 3 of our starters to that pic and have one for the ages.

  • GoRangers23

    Before I totally forget again, here are today’s pics. Refresh. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/3f29ce31428721f869f9eb13a703a9d86dc5a578b1b466d0a4f7d580a4800809.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/64123611df11843f0ad85a1083d0cc18e8c7478783b4f0496e0d19da55431934.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/22563dd4153d75a8ca4c00b9d93d699f74e58f94ebf47aceda2236f1306714d3.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b945d6a7d0567a86de5908a4b08c9a09a268e20af7361f0de9d2e45901cda22a.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4f35c65e14b5b85487a482b16ae557d577db2b76f8fc5f20386636527c182202.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b9500f8ec3d83613358b5f8291d9ef8e51fd0f38c7824736a21a468c25bc03d2.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/718b517ffa42c0ea3816f7c62363eee708ab0a2a40a69861ea638afd4c196f44.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ef740eeaa348c5dc80d0d8283b4cd4c7100a050e049560c489ee4c363a22b5ee.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ef740eeaa348c5dc80d0d8283b4cd4c7100a050e049560c489ee4c363a22b5ee.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/207cc8f1d84c6ed296a33db63833bd6606ca3d38885e1f5e423a046d41e0e217.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/a3031759f64c06faa03035ae47cbc17a7514161c6559f55c967ccfef5c594c20.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/aa623712bec769dca271fb278f60b67c0400d737a7c9f214d82c2779526922a6.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/a3031759f64c06faa03035ae47cbc17a7514161c6559f55c967ccfef5c594c20.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0f7eea61005573fbb6363bb29e5f9bcb0229a759e4fb9d4ea4b096c1feb8981a.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d6b9550a9c7c5fdd754f09d1e0eee4a44630de73ff5dfa12d65f8dc49e02ae4f.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0ba49d5573aed9eb3bc0a00e44e82eb73275561b3970e9a7ec05749fe0d972ac.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/3659bed88c2433f1c355a38eef76a1b7bd55e7fb21f6336637d2e3bf7f83ce70.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4dad9c6213768346a1bd6396b19c29f783b75c188ffd3090bb56bd3b4a1579bc.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/8fa9a6ce5cd9f2e07f599188e3c3631063b1ac59aa4dfa7026085d7093f890ab.jpg

    • Rowdy Yates

      A very, very nice catch by DD.

      Just wish he’d kept his hat on. Anytime DD loses hat in the field should be an automatic hit for the opposition, and if he loses the helmet while batting or running bases an automatic out. That is the worst “Hair Do” (it’s actually a “Don’t”) in the history of MLB. Which is saying a lot.

      • GoRangers23

        I have to agree with you on that one. It’s pretty horrible! ……hairdon’t….lol

      • FlappingGums

        I agree with you & Go, Rowdy! That hair don’t is hard on the eyes!

  • JacobMcCandles

    Wouldn’t mind a pursuit of Grandal for next season at the right price, of course.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Tough luck…hard hit ball and still hustled down the line….

  • JacobMcCandles

    As opposed to Maz who lolly gags

  • Rowdy Yates

    Profar AGAIN! Wow …

  • WhoKnowscs

    9 straight runs from homer.

    • WhoKnowscs

      10 straight.

  • dearmidol

    There he goes.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Profar finally has trade value.

    • dearmidol

      Might be next year’s shortstop if Elvis opts out.

      • Rowdy Yates

        Hope EA has a great few weeks before AS break. Wouldn’t mind him being traded to someone who needs a great SS to make the playoffs. If Either IKF or Profar (or both) continue to develop Elvis could be expendable, particularly with his ability to opt out.

      • grumpyderfsmagic8ball

        2nd ?

  • dearmidol

    Gone.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Majestic

      • dearmidol

        He doesn’t often make contact, but when he does he hits them about a mile.

        • JacobMcCandles

          Have not looked at stats recently but his 17 have to be close to the lead

  • grumpyderfsmagic8ball

    Kaboom

  • WhoKnowscs

    Triple it then just get Colon through 5.

  • GoRangers23

    NICE fellas!!

  • WhoKnowscs

    “.250 is the new .300” . . . that’s a sad statement to the state of baseball.

    • Rowdy Yates

      Agree it’s a sad statement. Don’t agree with them that it’s the “new .300”. There’s a zillion guys hitting .250 and there was never a buncha guys hitting .300.

  • GoRangers23

    I really hope Bartolo gets a win tonight!

    • Rowdy Yates

      I’m with ya on that. He’s due and deserving. And of course that would mean the Rangers actually win a series.

      • GoRangers23

        I think he’s two wins away from being the all time winning pitcher from his country. …..The pitcher with the most wins.

        • JacobMcCandles

          Behind Juan Marichal

        • Rowdy Yates

          Oh ,,, I thought 1 tied him.

          Edit … well, yes one would tie him and 2 beat him! Duh

          • GoRangers23

            Yeah, I think one win ties and two puts him in the lead, but I could be wrong about that.

          • GoRangers23

            😁.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Okay , , , those get followed by weak groundouts . . . but that was a walk -(

  • WhoKnowscs

    Dr. Pepper.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Dave , , , the Mendoza line is .225 not .200.

  • WhoKnowscs

    That was a perfect sac fly by Condor . . . too bad no one was on third.

  • Rowdy Yates

    I wonder if Nitzkowski pays the Rangers on the days he gets off and Grieve does color with Braymond?

  • WhoKnowscs

    Profar!

  • JacobMcCandles

    Safe

  • Gregor_S

    The more power Profar displays the greater the odds the Rangers hold on to him as a potential replacement for Beltre at 3B. I doubt they’ll trade Elvis but if they do it would be neat if they traded him and AB to the same team.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Safe again

  • TD30

    GO GUZMAN!!

  • WhoKnowscs

    They are going to spoil us . . . 13 straight runs by homer.

    • possumrld

      Nadel said it was 14

  • WhoKnowscs

    The Skunk isn’t working for DD . . . he needs a new do.

    • TD30

      Agreed

      • WhoKnowscs

        Maybe Odor needs the Skunk do.

        • Rowdy Yates

          He’s already mastered the Odor.

        • TD30

          That would make more sense 😁

  • Rowdy Yates

    Last couple innings the ball game has been secondary to Grief and Fumblebum’s draft discussion. Almost like watching ESPN.

    • grumpyderfsmagic8ball

      Worse

  • WhoKnowscs

    3 outs no fuss please.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Thinking about it, I think we are around .500 since Beltre came back?!

  • WhoKnowscs

    2 quick outs . . . then he labors for the third . . . for 3-4 straight innings now.

  • Rowdy Yates

    Davis owns the Rangers. Actually owns pretty much everybody.

    • WhoKnowscs

      literally . . . one of the Ranger owners is named Davis.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Bring Colon out to get 2 outs in he sixth . . . he’s gotten 2 quick outs every inning it seems, then runs into a wall for the third.

  • dearmidol

    Well, shoot. My signal just went away.

    • dearmidol

      It’s back.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Yankees – Blue Jays is in the 11th inning . . score is 0-0

  • WhoKnowscs

    Go for a 3rd.

  • WhoKnowscs

    That wasn’t a homer.

  • dearmidol

    Bush has been allowing a lot of runs lately.

    • possumrld

      Yes, Bush has been very unimpressive, to say the least, if not less.

  • dearmidol

    That guy can play some third.

    • Rowdy Yates

      Sadly I guess it’s my opinion that if the Rangers two best players (Beltre and Andrus) left tomorrow there wouldn’t be a huge drop off with their replacements. Which tells me the FO should trade them asap for a bunch of young guys with potential or a couple of established pitchers.

      • grumpyderfsmagic8ball

        I’d like EA to stay. IKF at 3rd, Guz at 1st and Profar at 2nd as his arm is suspect. No faith that Odor will come around.

        • Rowdy Yates

          Was never a fan of EA. But the last 2 yrs I think he’s really matured and developed into one of the premier SS in MLB. So, I’d like to him stay but if the Rs could get something really good for him I’d be OK with it as they have alternatives there now.

  • Rowdy Yates

    Raymond I’m chuckling about your sudden and timely fascination about drafting, but as Alison Kraus says:

    “You say it best, when you say nothing at all.”

    • WhoKnowscs

      I liked the version from Notting Hill of that song.

      • Rowdy Yates

        Hmmm, had to look it up. 20 yrs ago I had an unreasonable dislike of both Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts so somehow I missed that movie. Rightly or wrongly thought they were both pretentious asses. Plus they both were always in chick flicks which I avoided like the plague. And still do. Guessing that wasn’t an option for you. 😉

        • grumpyderfsmagic8ball

          Most of Hollywood are pretentious asses.

          • Rowdy Yates

            Yes … and it’s even worse when accompanied with a very British accent.

      • Rowdy Yates

        WK … thought Midol wrote your post that’s why the “not an option comment”. Bad night for me last night with 2 hrs sleep and it’s showing with tonight’s posts!

    • possumrld

      lol!

  • WhoKnowscs

    The Shift Taketh.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Condor will be in line for a Gold Glove.

  • Gregor_S

    Elvis isn’t an elite defensive SS but he doesn’t make many errors on throws, and he makes the throw from deep in the hole pretty consistently. Haven’t seen Profar make a good throw from the hole yet.

    Most of EA’s errors I think are bobbles when he’s rushing, often to try to start a DP.

    • possumrld

      Most of Elvis’ errors are made on routine plays. I think it is a lapse of concentration, since he usually makes the difficult plays.

      • Gregor_S

        He does make his share of those, but not as many as he used to. But I’ve never thought it was lack of concentration. He’s made a lot of plays where he throws out a runner trying to go from second to third on a groundout, or he’s decoyed a runner by letting a popup drop.

        In any case, he’s pretty good on throws, which Profar isn’t.

        • possumrld

          Yes, all of this is true, Bug-man!

  • possumrld

    Matt Bush – Very unimpressive this seaosn. How can a guy with “stuff” like Bush has be sporting a fat ERA of 4.50, and that ERA all from bullpen work?

    • WhoKnowscs

      Rangers have only one pitcher with an ERA under 3.00. *Leclerc at 1.74

      • possumrld

        Yes, but a bullpen guy with 97 / 98 MPH heat, who usually only pitches one inning, or maybe an inning and 2/3rds, ought to be way better than that

  • JacobMcCandles

    DD got all the way to .300 before this gargantuan slump started

    • possumrld

      Streaky

      • JacobMcCandles

        But a 100 point drop you don’t see too often

        • possumrld

          Yes, that is very puzzling, Jake.

        • Gregor_S

          At least he’s been hitting the ball hard the last couple of games. His groundouts tonight were hit hard along with that ball to the wall that Trout ran down a few days ago. For a long time he wasn’t making sold contact.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Yepper…..

  • WhoKnowscs

    Now would be a good time for a homer.

    • WhoKnowscs

      But a base hit will do.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Probably would rather face Profar from the right side. If he’d stop swinging he probably takes a walk.

  • possumrld

    Everyone in this guy’s family are – Dull

  • WhoKnowscs

    That wasn’t a homer . . . FOUL! =)

    • possumrld

      lol!

  • possumrld

    Some people should be happy that 2 runs were scored without a home run!

    • WhoKnowscs

      I’m happy . . . just joking.

  • Rollie Fingerbangers
  • JacobMcCandles

    Just noticed Jeffress is 5-0 with a .60 era for the Brew crew

    • Rollie Fingerbangers

      He started using uber and lyft

      • JacobMcCandles

        Uberman plays for the Mavs

        • Rollie Fingerbangers

          Never heard of her

    • WhoKnowscs

      Well good for him . . . we need their pitching coach.

    • Gregor_S

      Doubt they’ve overworked him the way Banny did last year, when he pitched nearly every game for a couple of months and was leading the league in appearances.

  • GoRangers23

    Looks like I’ve missed a good game! My phone kept making binging noises during church. They were embarrassing, but they sure did make me smile. 😁

    • possumrld

      Funny!

  • grumpyderfsmagic8ball

    Anybody seen AB tonight. I don’t recall seeing him.

    • Rollie Fingerbangers

      He getting his stuff packed for a trade in a few weeks

  • Rollie Fingerbangers

    Guys… Teams tend to overpay for relievers at the deadline. Just keep that in mind for Kela

    • WhoKnowscs

      AB, Colon, Kela, and plenty more.

      • Rollie Fingerbangers

        Hamels is going to be traded for sure. I would prefer Braves prospects but it will probably be Clint Frazier and one of the 3 Yankee arms.

  • WhoKnowscs

    It wasn’t a homer.

  • Gregor_S

    It’s good that the Rangers added those 2 runs last inning. Going to the BP for 4 innings hasn’t often worked out but maybe the cushion is big enough now.

    • possumrld

      You stole my comment! 🙂 Yes those extra 2 runs are looking very good right about now!

    • WhoKnowscs

      As lights out as the pen has been lately it can’t last forever at 4 innings a game.

  • possumrld

    I was just looking at the active roster, and it looks like the Rangers are now “Rua-less” Is this correct?

    • Rollie Fingerbangers

      Rua should have been sold to Japan already. Next year He’s out of options and JD has no choice but to sell “Banister’s Guy”

      • possumrld

        Agree

    • grumpyderfsmagic8ball

      Yes. That’s a good thing.

      • possumrld

        For sure! When did that happen?

        • grumpyderfsmagic8ball

          Last week i think.

  • Rollie Fingerbangers

    Basketball Alert: Steph Curry taken to locker room with injury

  • Gregor_S

    Nomar’s defense has improved a lot this year. Last year he made a lot of wild throws that went to the bullpen, and misplayed a lot of fly balls. Still doesn’t cover much ground out there and I’ve yet to see him catch anything near the wall but he’s become acceptable.

    • dearmidol

      He made a strong throw earlier to turn a double into a single.

      • Gregor_S

        Right, his throwing has been very good this year. Has always had a strong arm but it’s much more accurate.

        • dearmidol

          I remember he nailed Cano lolligagging a double to end the game.

          • WhoKnowscs

            Lolly Lolly Lolly get Cano out here, Lolly Lolly Lolly get Cano out there.

    • possumrld

      True. I was wondering about him for awhile, but he is really improved of late. I wonder what the chances would be to convert him to a first baseman later on in his career. Maz is sure slow, out there. And with age he is only going to get slower.

      • Gregor_S

        Well he has the long reach. It wouldn’t take advantage of his arm but no big deal. Gallo and Moreland had very good arms but they’ve been first basemen.

        • possumrld

          Other then just DHing later on, it seems to me 1st base would be a good fit for him

  • dearmidol

    O-dor-for-4.

    • possumrld

      Sumpthin’ smells in Denmark?

  • WhoKnowscs

    Dave . . . .200 isn’t the Mendoza line . . . .225 is.

    • possumrld

      I thought it was .215. But whatever the case most people mistakenly think it is .200 or below .200

      • WhoKnowscs

        Your right . . . it’s .215

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mendoza_Line

        • possumrld

          Tonight’s headline – “Blind Mule Finds Ear of Corn!”

        • GoRangers23

          I will now get to take great delight in letting him know he is wrong .😁

      • grumpyderfsmagic8ball

        For the Rangers lets just call it the Odor line. Whatever he is hitting on any given day.

        • possumrld

          lol! Hilarious! And it is the perfect solution! That is the best comment of the night! It cracked me up big time!

    • dearmidol

      I thought it was .200.

      • possumrld

        I heard it was 215, but all of these kinds of things are subject to the old “urban legend” syndrome.

        • GoRangers23

          My son just informed me that anyone can edit stuff on Wikipedia. ….lol. We may need to look further into this Mendoza Line thing.

          • possumrld

            lol! Like I told Kev, most people say .200. And I think that is one of those things that has been established, simply by the hearing of it. And to me it isn’t important enough to go on a crusade about.

          • GoRangers23

            😁. I would kind of like to know for myself. That way I won’t tell anyone wrong in the future, but I get what you’re saying.

          • possumrld

            Yes, it is nice to know, but it isn’t worth fighting about

          • GoRangers23

            Oh, I’m sorry, I was totally not fighting….just having conversation and smiling the entire time. I sometimes forget that no one can see my face. That would make a big difference in how they read my posts. I’m almost always smiling. 😄

    • GoRangers23

      My son who remembers everything says it’s 200. 😄

      • possumrld

        .200 is the normally quoted number. But Mendoza’s career average was actually .215, so it seems that would be the more accurate number. But heck, like my Dad used to say, “Son it’s the principal of the thing that counts”.

        • dearmidol

          I always assumed it was .200. What do you know?

          • dearmidol

            That what do you know was a rhetorical question, not saying what do YOU know, by the way.

          • GoRangers23

            Lol

          • possumrld

            Yeah, I got it, Kev! One of the disadvantages of only seeing print, is that we can’t hear any vocal inflections.

          • possumrld

            I did too, until Nadel or some other noted professional announcer was talking about it a few years ago.
            I don’t think it is really that big a deal though. I think the most prevalent number quoted is .200. And I don’t think it is an important enough thing to go on a crusade to straighten the world out about it.

  • GoRangers23

    Today we let go of the freak
    They said that his velo was weak
    Here’s hoping he signs
    With a new team and finds
    He’s not totally up the creek.

    This is Erik Nadel’s limerick for the night. Lol. It would not have been possible for me to type this without my oldest son, who remembers everything. 😄

    • possumrld

      ha! ha! Thanks for sharing that, 23! I missed it, and only realized Nadel was giving his nightly Limerick, until the last line or two. I love Nadel’s Limericks!
      I actually have Nadel’s email address, and I email him from time to time. So a couple of weeks ago I wrote a little ditty thinking it was Limerick, and sent it to him by email. He he said it was good, but it wasn’t a limerick. Then he actually took the time to explain to em what it takes to create one, in his answer.

      • GoRangers23

        Nadel is a nice person! That’s great!

  • dearmidol

    It was cruel that Matt Bush had to deal with Martini.

  • Gregor_S

    Kela gets a lot of the credit for the improvement in the BP over last year, and he is way better than the closers they had last year. But Leclerc is the other big difference because last year Barnette usually came in with runners on and always let them score. Between him and the closers the Rangers could never hold a lead.

    Still worry that Banny will overwork both Leclerc and Kela in a year when the Rangers aren’t contending, and both will be useless next year.

    • WhoKnowscs

      Just look to Claudio this year to see a warn out reliever.

      • dearmidol

        It’s amazing how up and down relievers are from year to year.

  • WhoKnowscs

    tie it up Haniger . . . wear out the Astros.

  • WhoKnowscs

    674 – Astros top of 9th 2 outs go ahead run at plate(Cruz).

    • WhoKnowscs

      Don’t care who wins, just go extras to wear out Astros.

      • WhoKnowscs

        Astros win.

  • GoRangers23

    YAY Bartolo!!

  • WhoKnowscs

    Cubs just hit a walk off Grand Slam.