Rangers select Josh Jung. 322 comments



The Rangers entered their annual blind bobbing for apples contest yesterday. They optimistically call it the Major League draft.

They haven’t been all that successful at it.

If you fielded a team consisting solely of the Rangers first-round draft picks in the Jon Daniels era, it would look like this:

Pitchers:                                             Catcher:
Kasey Kiker (2006)                           Kellin Deglan (2010)
Blake Beavan (2007)
Michael Main (2007)
Neil Ramirez (2007)                         Infield:
Tommy Hunter (2007)                     Justin Smoak (2008)
Matt Purke (2009)                             Mike Olt (2010)
Tanner Scheppers (2009)                Joey Gallo (2012)
Luke Jackson (2010)                         Travis Demeritte (2013)
Kevin Matthews (2011)                   Chris Seise (2017)
Collin Wiles (2012)
Chi Chi Gonzalez (2013)                 Outfield:
Luis Ortiz (2014)                              Julio Borbon (2007)
Dillon Tate (2015)                            Jake Skole (2010)
Cole Ragans (2016)                          Zach Cone (2011)
Cole Winn (2018)                             Lewis Brinson (2012)
Bubba Thompson (2017)

In all, Jon Daniels has overseen the drafting of twenty-six first-round picks, before last night.

Take away the last three years because you cannot reasonably expect a player drafted that near to this year to be major league ready yet, that leave twenty-two first-round picks.

It’s a veritable who’s who of “who?”

Of the twenty-two, nine never played one big league game— Kasey Kiker, Michael Main, Kevin Matthews, Collin Wiles, Dillon Tate, Kellin Deglan, Travis Demeritte, Jake Skole, Zach Cone—and two played only one year—Matt Purke and Luis Ortiz.

So exactly half were total, complete washouts.

Kevin Sherrington, of the Dallas Morning News, said this: “Daniels’s record in the first round is nothing to get excited about. Going into his 13th draft as the club’s general manager, his best, by far, is Joey Gallo, a 2012 supplemental pick.”

The general consensus is, drafting is hard, and the Rangers general manager isn’t great at it. It’s like a college kid studying Nuclear Physics. And getting a D.

So, another first-round draft day is over. The Rangers will march out their pick, Josh Jung, a third baseman from Texas Tech, drape him in a Texas Rangers uniform, and hope that, someday, he comes back to wear it for real.

Now the real hoping and praying begins.

*****

To illustrate how difficult this game of drafting baseball players really is, here is a list of all the first player selected overall in the draft since the process began. Some went on to have brilliant careers. Some were never heard from again.

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TODAY’S GAME:Dylan Bundy (2-6, 4.58) vs. Drew Smyly (1-3, 6.98)
Game time: 7:05

  • Nate Whitten

    I wonder why spotting true talent seems to be so much more difficult in baseball that it is in football or basketball. Also, it seems that drafting is blind apple bobbing for all organizations, not just the Rangers. That is my impression. I would like to know if I am incorrect. And, if so, what is some hard evidence. This is an open question. I know that many RR3rd “members” study baseball more than I have. I would appreciate any enlightenment.

    • FatEddy Period, That’s it

      Yes evaluating baseball talent is difficult. These are just some of my ideas so there’s nothing to back them up other than my opinion. Particularly with high school players and to a lesser extent those from college they have to physically mature. As you mature your body changes, sometimes drastically. When I was in HS I ran a 100 yd dash in around ten seconds. Fast forward just two years and, although in over all better shape physically, it was more like twelve seconds. I had added bulk, mostly in the form of muscle, but it slowed me down that much. There are a lot of components to being a good baseball player. Straight line speed, sprint speed, lateral speed, quickness, ability to predict the flight of the ball and with pitchers and catchers endurance. Hitting a baseball is one of the hardest things in sports to do. A batter has approximately 400 milliseconds to decide whether or not to swing, identify the spin of the ball, from the spin of the ball predict the path of the pitch, and initiate his swing on the proper path to hit the ball. Most other sports, hockey excluded, don’t require all those components in one package. Throw in the mental aspect and other intangibles and it becomes a truly daunting task. I’m not sure that made any sense but it’s my best attempt and as I said just my opinion with nothing to back it up.

      • RR3

        I’d say most of it is the mental aspect. The talent is there.

        • GT500

          Exactly, they are all “talented”…..Verifiable character and pedigree another major consideration that is only briefly discussed and may not be given enough serious consideration……minor leagues are chock full of prospects that in too many cases resemble rescue puppies who were taken home because they were “cute” but turned out to be anything but…..

          • RR3

            A few years ago, MLB Radio had a story about Jeff Clement. He was a first rounder (third pick overall) for the Seattle Mariners. A catcher. He had it all. He was one of those guys every scout bet their lives on. A can’t miss. Could hit, hit for power, had a cannon for an arm, and was a great defensive catcher.

            But he never panned out. Never figured out how to make the adjustment to major league pitching. Played parts of four seasons and then went away.

            It is such a crap-shoot in baseball. With football and basketball, it’s just a bigger, faster game, but it’s the same game. With baseball, everything is different.

      • Nate Whitten

        It would be impossible to quantify all of those factors. Kevin is right about the significance of the mental aspect. That sure as heck cannot be quantified. That said, I think you did an excellent job of explaining the skill set required in baseball. Hockey would have some similarities, although I don’t think that its skill set is as extensive as baseball’s is.. It is interesting to note that baseball and hockey are the only major sports that have extensive developmental levels in the form of minor leagues. I don’t think that those are coincidences.
        I have heard it said before(and explained to some extent) that hitting a thrown ball whose flight can be manipulated(FB,CU, Curve, Slider, etc.) is the most difficult thing to do in all of sports. I don’t recall the details of the physical explanation, but intuitively, it seems pretty obvious to me.
        Thank you for taking the time to give me a very good explanation. I think it is far more than an opinion. But you are right–quantification is difficult, if not impossible. Therein is the challenge that teams face when trying to find talent.

        • FatEddy Period, That’s it

          Just an interesting side note, when scouts are evaluating a pitcher, one of the things they ask is how’s his booty. It would seem that’s important in how a pitchers power will develop. I wouldn’t know.

    • RR3

      Here are the Astros first-round picks in the same time frame, from 2006:

      2017: J.B. Bukauskas, Forest Whitely
      2016: Alex Bregman
      2015: Kyle Tucker, Daz Cameron
      2014: Brady Aiken
      2013: Mark Appel
      2012: Carlos Correa
      2011: George Springer
      2010: Delino DeShields Jr, Mike Foltynewicz, Michael Kvansnicka
      2009: Jiovan Mier
      2008: Jordan Lyles, Jason Castro
      2007 (no first-round pick)
      2006: Maxwell Sapp

      • FatEddy Period, That’s it

        Their first round picks for at least six of those years were very high in the first round also.

        • RR3

          I didn’t realize DeShields was a first-rounder.

          • FatEddy Period, That’s it

            Don’t blame me, I didn’t make up the list. I had no idea when DD was drafted. I knew he was obtained from the Astro’s as a Rule 5 pick, but beyond that totally in the dark.

          • RR3

            I was surprised when I saw his name on that list. That’s why he continues getting chances. First-round picks will get many more chances to succeed or fail than a player picked in later rounds.

        • Nate Whitten

          Right. That certainly makes a difference.

      • Nate Whitten

        Thanks. The difference jumps out quickly. Bregman, Correa, and Springer I immediately recognize as “hits.” There may be others.
        As you noted below, Deshields is a surprise to me also. He may yet prove his mettle. The Rangers have given him plenty of chances. He has a big one right now. This could be his last chance in Texas.

        • JacobMcCandles

          Lyles and Folty start for other teams….Whitley is widely regarded as the best pitching prospect in MLB. Bukauskas has a ton of upside….and Kyle Tucker looks very good. Another standout is Yordan Alvarez….tearing up AAA he may not be a Stro draft pick since he is not on this list.

      • WhoKnowscs

        2011 was when Luhnow came in, however I don’ know if i was pre or post the pick. Also Altuve was signed before he came in.

        • JacobMcCandles

          But Altuve was signed to a pretty long extension at a low price by industry standard….similar to what TX did with Odor

          • elkaba

            (And that’s where any similarity between Altuve and Odor ends.)

          • JacobMcCandles

            Both short??!! LO

          • elkaba

            OK. That one, too.

          • WhoKnowscs

            Actually their are a few others. They are both from Venezuela for one.

          • elkaba

            OK, fine. But that’s IT!!! 🙂

      • WhoKnowscs

        Interesting to note that of the 3 first overall picks they had only Correa wasn’t a bust as far as becoming an Astro.

        Aiken never signed with the Astros so they were given a compensation pick just before the Rangers in 2015 and he is now in the Indians farm system with a middling 4-6 ERA.

        Appel was traded to the Phillies for Giles(who the Astros used for Osuna). Appel is out of baseball indefinitely. if he never played in the majors he’ll be the third number-one MLB draft pick prior to 2013 never to play in the major leagues(according to wikipedia).

    • isittime

      Probably the biggest difference between baseball and basketball and football is that being an elite athlete will only get you so far in baseball. In basketball you don’t necessarily have to be a good shooter to be a good player if you’re a good defender or rebounder (like Dennis rodman).

      The cowboys drafted a basketball player to play tight end (Rico gathers) out of Baylor with a 6th pick hoping for a high risk/ high reward project. He’d never played college football, but was a physical specimen for the position. You’d never see that in baseball.

      Like Ed said, hitting a baseball is one of the hardest thing last to do in sports.

      I guess finding an elite quarterback is similar to finding an an elite pitcher thou.

    • elkaba

      In addition to all the good answers below, or to supplement them, I would add two factors I think are missing or undervalued when it comes to drafting young players.

      1. A player’s true nature and character: Scouts talk about good character all the time, but they also miss or undervalue truly driven players. You see it when a player drafted in later rounds turns out to be a good learner, a workhorse and an eventual HOF’er. Something in their character just drives them to master the sport at the professional level and excel, by all accounts not an easy task in baseball. And you see its lack in all the supremely talented first rounders who never pan out down the line. I know their failures are sometimes due to bad luck, injury or a lack of the physical maturity to take the next step, but it’s equally as likely to be a mental thing, an unwillingness to learn, to dedicate oneself and grow into a true MLB caliber player. AS many have said these draftees are all talented. They have a track record. So how do you spot the guy who will stick it out and master the sport? That’s a crucial component to good scouting, IMO. (Caveat: it’s quite possible the driven player may not be as undervalued as it appears. Maybe missing them is an indication of how daunting a task it is to evaluate upcoming talent by scouts. There are SO many players and so few scouts, and assessing true character takes time.)

      2. A definitive MLB eye test. How do you spot the guys who will actually see the ball when it jumps from 80-something MPH to 90 MPH? Or 90 MPH to 100 MPH? Whoever comes up with that test will change the sport and the draft forever.

  • Nate Whitten

    This is a computer safety question. Disqus keeps track of recent comments we’ve made and the replies to them. Then it asks if you want to view it “in discussion.” EVERY time I click on that, my computer REFUSES to go there and says that the site is insecure. I don’t think this website is insecure and neither does my computer, for I get on here often. Does this happen to others? If so, does anyone have any idea why?

    • FatEddy Period, That’s it

      I don’t use either Windows or a Mac, so this is purely a guess. It is probably in the security settings of your browser. How to get there is a good question. With Firefox you click on “Preferences” and go from there.
      Yes, Disqus is not secure, but almost no site with public access is. It’s best to just assume they are all unsecure and operate accordingly.

      • Nate Whitten

        Thank you

        • elkaba

          FYI… I’m using a Chrome browser on Windows 7 with Norton Security. When I click on “Information” about the “Not secure” message, here is what it says:

          “Your Connection to this site is not secure
          You should not enter any sensitive information on this site (for example, passwords or credit cards), because it could be stolen by attackers.
          Sound… set to automatic
          Cookies… 333 in use
          Site settings…”

          Clicking on “Site settings” redirects to a screen listing all the permissions and blocks you have for the site. Mine are mostly blocked. Hope this helps.

          • Mr.C

            Windows 7?

            You are wayyyy behind girl.

          • WhoKnowscs

            I’d still use windows 7 if all they’d do is update it and I actually used windows PCs much. I can’t stand how you have to change so much in windows today to make it look like a desktop OS.

            I’m typing on a Mac laptop that I haven’t upgraded the OS on past Snow Leopard(Mac OS X.6.8, which is over 10 years old.) If I could get my other mac to upgrade to Mojave(10.14) I would but alas it is at 10.13.6 because it gave me some hard drive error when I tried to install Mojave. I currently have no desire to upgrade MacOS past Mojave(whenever they bring out 10.15) without dual booting. because Apple is removing 32 bit app support. Also the laptop I’m on has a very small partition still running WinXP.

          • Mr.C

            Would have never guessed that!

            I thought you were the gaming PC type!

          • WhoKnowscs

            Oh I am. We have at least 4 computers in the house that can be used at a moments notice and more if someone takes the time to set one up. That along with thousands of games(not all installed of course).

          • FatEddy Period, That’s it

            I just scrapped both Windows and Mac over twenty years ago. Have my old mac in a carry bag under my desk. Use it for a foot rest. Went with Linux and never looked back. Secure, stable and free. Three things that are hard to beat in the computer world. Can use old computers. Using a $75 Dell Optiplex 380 that I bought of ebay. Works fine.

          • elkaba

            I have a Windows 10 I had retrofitted to 7. If I could keep XP I would. 😛

          • Mr.C

            Then why you criticize JD when he retrofitted to the TJ brothers?

    • elkaba

      Norton claims this site is “Not secure,” as well.

    • WhoKnowscs

      It’s because when you click “view in discussion” it tries to take you to “https://” instead of “http://” (Most likely because the other website you are clicking the link from is https.

      https://searchsoftwarequality.techtarget.com/definition/HTTPS , being a community based fan site, you aren’t likely to ever see https which is usually used for e-commerce and major businesses(although basic high traffic sites may use it to).

  • JacobMcCandles

    Thought Skole had .played for others and Tate as well.

    • RR3

      Jake Skole never played in the major leagues. He quit baseball after the 2016 season and is now playing football for the University of Georgia.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Ok….strike 2….im stopping

    • FatEddy Period, That’s it

      Not sure. Tate was traded to the Yankees and I don’t THINK he has ever been above AA.

    • RR3

      Dillon Tate is with the Orioles organization now. The Rangers dealt him to New York in the Carlos Beltran deal. But he has never played in the big leagues.

  • FatEddy Period, That’s it

    Congratulations to Pedro Gonzalez, Jonathan Ornelas, and Curtis Terry for being named 2019 South Atlantic League All Stars! (Hickory Crawdads)

  • RR3

    Here is the second commercial I did for GEICO’s MLB sponsorship. Enjoy:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0bqiVL0RUKQ

    • elkaba

      That’s great, Kevin. “New guy” “New guy” LOL

      • RR3

        Thanks. The actor was great.

        • elkaba

          An actor is only as good as the script he’s given, and that’s a fact.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Cool Kevin…maybe you should incorporate Mikolas and Lizard “Geico” heads…..and how we all need coverage!!! LOL

      • RR3

        Oh yeah, that’s a classic.

    • isittime

      Love it!

      • RR3

        Appreciate it.

    • Rod Harper

      Nothing like old-fashioned rivalries! Excellent commercial, Kevin!

      • RR3

        Thanks.

    • Rowdy Yates

      So, Kevin ……. did you get paid for that?

      Just joking! JUST JOKING!!! … of course you do. But not as much as we pay you, right?

      • dearmidol

        I keep waiting for them to ask for their money back.

        • Rowdy Yates

          They’re lucky to have you.

  • elkaba

    I know we’re discussing how well the Astros have drafted over the past so many years down below. But looking at Kevin’s list above, it sure appears to me like the first round draft is getting more successful for all teams (except maybe ours) in the last so many years pretty much across the board. Could that be the result of better metrics being used to evaluate the youngsters?

    • JacobMcCandles

      Yep…and using the Stros as the previous chosen barometer…..its not just because they had real high picks……deeper dive will show they have hit on lower levels as well. Been advertised and I agree that part of the reasoning is the Stros have greatly reduced their scouting in the field and become more computer eval…..not just metrics, but they can cover so much more ground on video than driving field to field.

      Although, you did mention one thing earlier that I also agree with…..hard to measure heart and tenacity without the “eye test” and seeing a guy in person.

    • RR3

      I only picked The Astros randomly to be honest. But, wow, they’ve had success.

    • FatEddy Period, That’s it

      You tank 6 years in a row, you’re odds are much improved for scoring good picks. You still have to make them, but your chances are better. Just one or two positions can make a huge difference. In the 2015 draft, the Rangers had Bregman a number one on their pick list. They were drafting fourth. Houston, drafting second picked him. The Rangers ended up taking Tate, a safe “can’t miss” arm. Bregman took off, Tate fizzled. That was the draft that follwed the miraculous finish of 2014. The finish that ended up costing the Rangers what would have been the number one pick vice number four.

  • Rod Harper

    According to reports, the Yankees and the Braves are the top suitors for Dallas Keuchel’s services. I would prefer Keuchel go to Atlanta because of the Yankees’ longstanding no-facial policy. Keuchel said if he went to New York, he would shave the beard. However, I think Keuchel pitching without his beard is like Samson without his hair.

    • RR3

      It would be weird to see him without the beard for sure.

  • isittime

    The rangers have selected 5 college players to 2 high schoolers in the 7 picks so far.

    • elkaba

      Candy is dandy, but liquor is quicker. (College draftees = arrival sooner.)

    • Rowdy Yates

      Much of the teaching is already done and at 21 or 22 their bodies are significantly different than at 18. Should be quicker to trip to MLB in most cases.

      • isittime

        I was thinking the same thing.

    • FatEddy Period, That’s it

      That’s a MAJOR change from past drafts.

  • TD30
    • Mr.C

      If we win this game with that lineup and Smyly; the Orioles are truly an awful team.

  • Mr.C

    (((( BREAKING NEWS ))))

    Kyle Dowdy to the 10 days IL.

  • isittime

    The 3rd round pick, Justin Slaten who pitched for New Mexico is from Longview, Tx. My home town, as well as Chris Davis’s. Hopefully he will fair better with the Rangers than Chris did.

  • FatEddy Period, That’s it

    Cole Winn goes tonight for Hickory

  • Rowdy Yates

    The local 7 yr old grandson got picked for a “select” hardball team. Can you believe that? A “select team” for 7 yr olds in their second yr of coach pitch. Seems silly to me, but regardless, we’re off to see his ‘select team’s’ 1st game so will miss much of the Rs game tonight.

    • FatEddy Period, That’s it

      Have fun, and enjoy him while you have the chance. Spoil him in a good way. Grand kids are a hoot. Thoroughly enjoyed spoiling the snot out of mine. Got lucky they all stayed out of jail and avoided drugs. One’s a marine, one’s in the army and one’s a physical therapist. Have a great grandbaby on the way (girl).

      • Rowdy Yates

        Got 4 here in Austin 13, 11, 9, 7 and 2 in Albuquerque 7 and 5. Amazing how different each is. They certainly do spiff up your after 50s yrs.

    • Mr.C

      Awesome Rowdy

      Have fun watching your future Texas Ranger pitcher.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Don’t let him pitch

  • FatEddy Period, That’s it

    Making a prediction, just a swag ….. Joe Palumbo will pitch one of the double header games on Saturday.

    • WhoKnowscs

      Do we get an extra roster spot because of the double header? Or is that a no because it wasn’t scheduled without a rain out?

      • JacobMcCandles

        No

      • FatEddy Period, That’s it

        I don’t know what all the rules are concerning those games. One of them is beyond the limit of twenty consecutive games without a day off. As part of the players agreement the players had to vote up or down on whether they wanted to play it or not. It’s hard to tell what all the rules are without reading the whole agreement. It’s uncharted territory under the new players agreement.

      • FatEddy Period, That’s it

        Palumbo is already on the 40, if that’s your question.

        • WhoKnowscs

          A couple years back we had a scheduled double header vs the DiamondBacks and we were allowed a 26 man Roster for the day because of it.

          • FatEddy Period, That’s it

            Got it. Very good chance the same applies this time.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Need some feedback…i realize the plan going into the season. I know we won’t go on a WS run….but why not pick up a few guys to give us a WC run and build some excitement for the new stadium. Sell some tickets this yr and we have money…..seems like good business sense to me! Feedback.Thoughts??

    • elkaba

      I’ve been saying the same for months. Nobody’s listening, including JD.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Well thanks….no one else had an answer

  • isittime

    We need an opener, middle reliever, and finisher for smyly. Crooked #’s every time out.

    • WhoKnowscs

      Or we could just get rid of Smyly.

      • isittime

        Exactly! He does not need to be out there. Go to the minors and get his sh!t together. Or the angels so we can enjoy hitting off him.

        • JacobMcCandles

          Option 2

    • JacobMcCandles

      U from Longview? Did I forget that

  • Nate Whitten

    Baltimore here. 3 guaranteed wins. Right. With Smyly starting the 1st one? I said that was presumptuous.

  • Rowdy Yates

    Left at 6:30 for the 30 minute drive to grandson’s ballgame. Torrential rain hit about 5 minutes from the ballpark and game immediately cancelled. Turned around and now home to see the Rangers. Doesn’t look like a good start but Choo is trying.

  • WhoKnowscs

    DD needs to bunt more for hits.

  • Rowdy Yates

    DD … another great career AAAA player K’s on 3 pitches. Didn’t realize until today’s posts he was a Astros 1st round pick. The OLD Astros FO 1st round pick.

  • isittime

    Maz is doing s great job of using the left side of the field.

  • FatEddy Period, That’s it

    WhoKnows …. answer to your question r.e. the double header”:

    The 26th Man Rule was adopted as part of Major League Baseball’s Collective Bargaining Agreement approved in November 2011 and went into effect at the start of the 2012 season. The agreement included a recommendation of Commissioner Bud Selig’s special committee for on-field matters to allow teams to add an extra player to their rosters under specific circumstances, notably when a team is playing a scheduled doubleheader.

    Jeremy Hefner of the New York Mets
    was the first player to benefit from this rule, when he made his major
    league debut in the first game of a doubleheader against the San Francisco Giants on April 23rd.

    The particulars of this rule are as follows (courtesy of The Cub Reporter website):

    Beginning on MLB Opening Day up through August 31st,
    a club can temporarily add (recall or select) a 26th player to its MLB
    Active List on any day where two games are scheduled, as long as the
    second game was scheduled at least 48 hours in advance. If the second
    game was scheduled less than 48 hours in advance, a 26th man can be
    temporarily added to a club’s MLB Active List for the second game of the
    doubleheader only.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Never heard of that!!!

  • isittime

    At least is wasn’t a crooked # that inning.

  • Rowdy Yates

    So, someone remind me …. why is Smyly on the roster when Bartolo Colon and Austin Bibens-Dirkx are still available?

    BTW, how many pitchers do y’all think pitched for your Texas Rangers in 2018? No cheating and peeking!

    • FatEddy Period, That’s it

      I have no idea re Colon, but Bibens-Dirkx is pitching in Taiwan for the Uni-President Lions. How’s he doing? I’d have to ask my in-laws.

      On the BTW … I couldn’t get it correct even if I cheated.

      • Rowdy Yates

        And the answer is 30 much to my surprise. Let’s hope that’s not a # we see for the Rangers this yr because it could only mean another really bad year.

        • elkaba

          30??? Wow!

    • elkaba

      I’m thinking maybe 15?

  • elkaba

    What happened? I thought we were supposed to roll over these guys…

    • FatEddy Period, That’s it

      Double hex …. first game of a series and Drew Smyly.

    • WhoKnowscs

      Smyly happened.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Oooooh . . . McCutcheon torn ACL.

  • elkaba

    No more blue hair for DD?

  • WhoKnowscs

    Safe.

  • possumrld

    Smyly makes me Frowny.
    But has Woody seen enough yet.

    • Rowdy Yates

      Beat me to it. Was just about to say he wasn’t making us smiley.

    • elkaba

      Yes. Yes, he has. Now we have a chance.

      • possumrld

        lol, elk! And you did make me laugh!

  • WhoKnowscs

    Rangers are about to give up because of Smyly. Why bother if the _______ is just going to go out and immediately give the run back.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Good riddence.

  • possumrld

    ‘Bout time, Woody.

    • WhoKnowscs

      Should never have brought him back out.

      • possumrld

        True

      • Rowdy Yates

        Shouldn’t have put out to start with.

        • WhoKnowscs

          Should have been kicked out a month ago when he couldn’t go 5 innings.

        • possumrld

          lol! I don’t know if that was Woody’s call. But yes, you are obviously right

      • FatEddy Period, That’s it

        Should have never started him. Every time he starts he puts a major load on the BP. The Rangers probably are going to have to fire up the Nashville shuttle again. I think Nashville in in Reno tonight. Wonder what the flight schedule to there is?

        • possumrld

          Surely there is someone, like maybe somewhere in a graveyard, who the Rangers could bring to plug up that gaping hole.

          • FatEddy Period, That’s it

            I’m predicting that the Rangers are going to use the double header on saturday to give Palumbo a try. Just a swag with nothing really to base it on.

          • possumrld

            He couldn’t be any worse than Smyly.

          • elkaba

            They better do something. And sooner rather than later. It’s like we take two steps back for every one we take forward. That’s a good way to wear out a team.

    • FatEddy Period, That’s it

      I totally get why Woody waited so long, trying to save the BP a bit. But still …….

      • possumrld

        Yes, I can sort of sympathize with Woody on that one.

  • possumrld

    So now Carpenter can’t find the plate. Good grief!

  • Rowdy Yates

    On the comment about 30 pitchers for 2018 Rangers just noticed they’ve already used 19 this year. So, with only 1/3 of the season gone there’s a pretty good chance we could see 30 again this year.

    • FatEddy Period, That’s it

      I hope not. I’d rather lose a bunch of games rather than bring up prospects too soon. Some of them may be ready, but not ten of them. I don’t even know where they’d find ten.

      • Rowdy Yates

        Probably the same place as last year. On the “not ready” list or the “over the hill” list. Good pitching is always hard to find … and when found, hard to keep.

        BTW, again … good to see your Minors reports. Good stuff.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Bad Teams beat good ones all the time. case in point Marlins are beating the Brewers . . . 14-0.

    • possumrld

      Yeah, and it looks like tonight here, a bad team is beating a marginal team.

      • Nate Whitten

        Yes, but the marginal team is a pretty good team if Minor, Lynn, Sampson, or Jurado is the starting pitcher

        • possumrld

          Yes, Nate, The Rangers are about a pitcher and a half, (the half being another good bullpen arm) away from potentially being a very good team.

  • GoRangers23

    I’m going to say this as nicely as I know how…..Drew, you have to go away!

  • Rowdy Yates

    Carpenter’s pitches not even close to the plate.

  • Nate Whitten

    Heard Baltimore referred to as a AAA team. That would mean that Smyley would be a bad AAA pitcher. I do not want to see him pitch as a Ranger again.

    • possumrld

      Do you think he could actually make it at AAA?

      • WhoKnowscs

        Of course. because AAA records don’t matter.

        • possumrld

          So they all get participation trophy’s?

      • Nate Whitten

        No

  • WhoKnowscs

    You could soft toss and do a better job of getting outs.

  • possumrld

    Ugh! Carpenter was a bad choice!

  • GoRangers23

    Sad!

  • WhoKnowscs

    Who let Gomez back?

  • Rowdy Yates

    …. And Carpenter is the Rangers 20th pitcher of 2019 … and counting. Another not ready for prime time Rangers pitcher. Probably back to Nashville for him.

    • WhoKnowscs

      Actually he’s a vet whose arm is warn out.

      • possumrld

        “Warn out” or “Weared out”? 🙂

        • elkaba

          He should have been R-U-N-N-O-F-T.

          • possumrld

            lol! You are on a roll tonight, elk!

          • elkaba

            I hate losing!!!!!!!! Have to laugh to keep from crying!

          • possumrld

            I hate it too. But I hate it way worse when it isn’t even a real contest.

          • WhoKnowscs

            I am the Man of Constant Sorrow . . . or is that Woody.

          • possumrld

            It is most Rangers fans, so far tonight.

    • possumrld

      You have be able to throw strikes, like at least one out of ever 5 pitches or so…

    • Mr.C

      I’ll give him one more chance.

      • possumrld

        I just called JD, and he said he would pass the word on to Woody.

        • Mr.C

          Thanks

          • possumrld

            Sure thing! Think nutt’in of it, Mr, C!

  • possumrld

    Well, we can about chalk this one up, in the “L” column, and then stick a fork in it, for bad measure.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Another 7 runs to Smyly’s total.

    • possumrld

      He has to have an ERA of like, 47, or something like that by now.

      • isittime

        Wasn’t close to 7 before this game?

        • possumrld

          That was my Texas ‘xageration number. 🙂

          • isittime

            O, I know.but I do believe it’s really a touchdown and extra point.

          • possumrld

            Touchdown and a safety for the O’s, and a field goal for the Rangers.

  • isittime

    The high pants with socks are working for the condor

  • GoRangers23

    I’m seriously jealous of Rowdy’s grandson’s game. I have a feeling that his game is much more entertaining.

    • WhoKnowscs

      Wasn’t it rained out?

      • FatEddy Period, That’s it

        Yup

      • GoRangers23

        Oh, I missed that. That means he has to endure this game just like we do. I thought he was just following from his phone. Lo

    • FatEddy Period, That’s it

      Kid’s games are a hoot. I used to make a lot of Little League games when I was on Guam.

    • isittime

      My son was in 7/8 coach pitch this season. Unfortunately he was on a not so good team so his season is over, but it was fun.

    • Rowdy Yates

      Torrential rain out. Wish this had been.

    • possumrld

      And I’ll bet the parking and the concessions are cheaper too!

      • JacobMcCandles

        Frito pie in the chip bag!!!

        • possumrld

          Those nachos with jalapenos, and that bright yellow plastic looking cheese all over them!

          • JacobMcCandles

            Not living till your high up on those aluminumum risers with Okla wind blowing eating a frito pie… : )

          • possumrld

            For sure, Jake! I have spent many a fall night high up on those stone cold aluminum bleachers, with the cold wind sucking all of the warmth out of my poor, already chilled body.
            By the way, did you ever attend any games at the old Rangers stadium, with those old aluminum outfield bleachers?

          • JacobMcCandles

            2 Games…done remember much as I was a yonker……..Scary got in a fight in LF….spent a couple of hours in the Ballpark holding tank…..when he was left out they gave him tickets behind the plate

          • possumrld

            Cool! Great story Jake! I went to a few games there, back in the lathe 70’s early 80’s when I lived in Flower Mound, back before anyone had ever heard of it.

          • elkaba

            LOL Our kids grew up running all over those bleachers. It was big fun out there during games.

  • FatEddy Period, That’s it

    The Rangers are coming back!

    • WhoKnowscs

      Smyly is gone. They have a chance now.

    • possumrld

      Where did they go?

  • JacobMcCandles

    Well this is embarrasing

    • RR3

      It can all be explained in one word: Smyly.

      • isittime

        His name is an oxymoron for rangers fans

        • Rowdy Yates

          Don’t know about the ‘oxy’ but he is a ‘moron’

        • possumrld

          More like just a moron… but with no ox’s.

    • possumrld

      But aren’t you the astute one tonight. 🙂

  • Rowdy Yates

    Someone wondered about Smyly’s ERA. Currently 7.93.

    • possumrld

      That low? I am shocked and surprised!

  • RR3

    Okay, now it’s going to settle down. Shelby Miller is in the game.

    • isittime

      No more than 2 innings and he might be alright.

  • RR3

    Remember when Chris Davis started the season with the worst consecutive at-bat streak in baseball? Remember when he hit .168 last year at it was the lowest batting average in the modern era?

    He is better than Odor. And Mathis.

    • isittime

      That’s what makes this offenses production even more amazing. Condor has been slow to get it going as well as alfalfa, and DD

  • WhoKnowscs

    Are we sure that’s not Leonys?

  • FatEddy Period, That’s it

    Big owie

  • WhoKnowscs

    Guzman up to .219.

    • possumrld

      He has been heating up very nicely of late.

      • RR3

        I can see him getting up to .225 before the season is over.

  • FatEddy Period, That’s it

    DD;s still feeling the effects. Probably gonna be sore tomorrow. If he bruised a couple ribs, really sore.

    • WhoKnowscs

      hit his back.

      • FatEddy Period, That’s it

        The ribs wrap around, take your had and probe around where the ball hit.

        • possumrld

          Your hat? Just kidding. 🙂

          • FatEddy Period, That’s it

            Spelling was never one of my strengths. To be honest what happens is I have a bluetooth/USB keyboard and I can sometimes type fast enough to overcome the speed capabilities of the bluetooth link resulting in dropped characters. All depends on the text.

          • possumrld

            No worries, FatEd, I am the King of Type-o’s! I was just pokin’ atch’a

          • FatEddy Period, That’s it

            I know. Even if you weren’t it wouldn’t bother me. I can’t be bothered. Twenty two years in the military cured me of being bothered. Military humor can be brutal.

          • possumrld

            lol! So i have heard! By the way, thank you so much for your service!

          • FatEddy Period, That’s it

            Thanks, appreciate it. But I was well compensated and still am. It’s not a bad career, there are a lot of lasting benefits. Vets have a lot to thank the public for.

  • FatEddy Period, That’s it

    DSL Rangers1 beat Indians/Brewers 10-0. It’s not all bad news.

  • RR3

    The four worst words in baseball.

    Now batting Rougned Odor.

    • WhoKnowscs

      But supposedly he hits well against the Orioles . . . they even presented a stat screen to tell us so.

  • WhoKnowscs

    HBP HBP HBP

    • RR3

      Please.

      • WhoKnowscs

        It Speaks volumes when you are wishing for a HBP.

  • RR3

    Odor continues his brilliance.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Keep it up Rouggie.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Very disappointing………always tomorrow

    • possumrld

      This is the O’s, so there is an outside chance of a big rally, and a surprise comeback win.
      But somehow I don’t feel the energy from the Rangers for pulling off one of those miracle wins tonight.

      • FatEddy Period, That’s it

        I don’t know how you can feel energy over a TV link, but I get the same feeling. Maybe it’s just in how the players are carrying themselves. Don’t know what it is, but I get it too.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Theme of the Day! Blue Jays beat Yankees, Indians beat Twins, Tigers beat Rays, Marlins are going to beat the Brewers(unless the Brewers can score 15 in 2 innings to tie.

    • possumrld

      Sometimes that just the way baseball go…

  • isittime

    No more than 2 innings for Miller!

    • RR3

      He’s a one inning pitcher.

      Smyly is a one batter pitcher.

      • isittime

        smyly doesn’t even need to be tossing bp.

      • possumrld

        He is a many hit – no wonder.

  • GoRangers23

    UGH!!

  • possumrld

    Oh well, that about does it, if it wasn’t already did.
    I hope to see y’all tomorrow night!

    • GoRangers23

      Night Poss!

      • possumrld

        Buenos Noches, or Many Nacho’s etc, Go!

  • Rowdy Yates

    Wish the grandson’s game hadn’t been rained out so I wouldn’t have seen this. Some things just can’t be unseen again. And this is one of them. Adios … tomorrow will be better. Because it couldn’t be worse.

    • GoRangers23

      Night Rowdy!

  • isittime

    I don’t know who the rangers have to replace smyly with, but that experiment needs to be over. Every outing he gets blown up before the 5th and gives the offense no chance and taxes the bullpen. Useless.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Back from AAA, DD is 2-3 with a hit by pitch and 2 stolen bases. When’s Odor’s trip?

  • WhoKnowscs

    Douggie!

  • RR3

    You’re never out of it with Baltimore’s pitching.

    • WhoKnowscs

      WE need more than 1 run an inning though

    • WhoKnowscs

      Home Runs beat small ball.

      • WhoKnowscs

        At least when you are going to give up multiple ones.

  • WhoKnowscs

    I’ll even take a walk.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Hanser giving the Rangers the Ol’ “See what you’re missing?” to his old club that let him go.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Why would anyone throw Odor a strike?

  • WhoKnowscs

    I’d throw Odor nothing but high and outside. If he could lay off then first is his.

  • WhoKnowscs

    I guess everyone’s just about given up on this game and ready for tomorrow.

  • elkaba

    JD paid $7mil for Smiley. Sheesh!

    • WhoKnowscs

      He’s paying about 9 mil for Odor(this year).

  • WhoKnowscs

    Anyone see yesterday where the Mariners threw a perfect Fielder’s choice to home plate that would have gotten the out easily. Only the catcher wasn’t at home plate so it just sailed by?

  • WhoKnowscs

    Come on DD, 1 more hit and you’re over .200!

    • WhoKnowscs

      A walk is just fine too.

  • GoRangers23

    That looked like it hurt. Bless his heart.

    • WhoKnowscs

      You see where McCutcheon tore his ACL and is out for the season?

      • GoRangers23

        Yeah, I got the alert this afternoon, I think. That’s awful!

      • isittime

        Yeah, kinsler let a pop up drop and got a dp on the play, because the hitter didn’t run hard on the pop up. Left mccutchen in no mans land. Heads up play by kinsler but too bad for mccutch.

  • GoRangers23

    😡

  • WhoKnowscs

    UNCLE! UNCLE!

  • Tony Howell

    Didn’t see this kind of game coming

  • WhoKnowscs

    Oh Go ahead and late Davis hit one out. we’re already getting shellacked so may as well be charitable.

  • WhoKnowscs

    8 run inning coming up. And only 1 out to give.

  • elkaba

    Think we can walk in 8 runs?

  • WhoKnowscs

    pinch hit if ODOR COMES UP!!!!

  • GoRangers23

    Hahaha!

    • elkaba

      This is getting fun.

      • GoRangers23

        It will be so incredible if we win this!

        • elkaba

          And without Gallo.

          • GoRangers23

            If it had been without Smyly we would be winning. 😄

          • elkaba

            I LOVE SMALL BALL!!!!!

  • GoRangers23

    I mean….WOW!!! Baseball. Ya gotta love it! Lol

  • RR3

    This is about to be the most amazing thing ever.

  • GoRangers23

    The guys who went to bed are going to be kicking themselves. Lol

    • RR3

      The Orioles are horrible.

  • WhoKnowscs

    If there was ever a perfect time for 1 well timed homer . . .

    • RR3

      This is going to be the best comeback I can ever remember.

  • Rowdy Yates

    Win or lose glad I came back for the 9th inning. But don’t like DD in this situation.

    • elkaba

      No kidding.

  • isittime

    Come on dd. Jeeze

  • WhoKnowscs

    he should have bunted.

  • RR3

    It’s going to happen right here.

    • elkaba

      Seems they finally found someone who can pitch though.

  • isittime

    All we need is a hit now

  • WhoKnowscs

    Come on Andrus!

  • GoRangers23

    Please come through Elvis!

  • isittime

    Right field single right here

    • RR3

      HR.

  • RR3

    One strike away.

    • elkaba

      Don’t even…

  • RR3

    That was his pitch.

  • WhoKnowscs

    This is tense.

    • GoRangers23

      I’m biting all my fingernails off without even realizing it.

      • RR3

        Me too.

  • RR3

    OMG

    • elkaba

      So close. Again.

  • Rowdy Yates

    How could you possibly swing at that bounce pitch Elvis?????????????

    • isittime

      Ugh!

  • WhoKnowscs

    Oh well.

  • GoRangers23

    That was seriously crazy!

  • WhoKnowscs

    Maybe next time they Order DD to bunt.

  • Rowdy Yates

    Been watching MLB baseball 65 yrs and that woulda been the biggest 9th inning comeback win I ever saw. But I don’t have Elvis’ jersey.

    • elkaba

      LOL

    • RR3

      I can’t remember anything bigger either. Damn it was close.

      • elkaba

        I can remember something bigger that ended the same way though… close, but no.

  • RR3

    That last swing was weird.

    • elkaba

      Adrenaline finally got to him, I think.

    • Rowdy Yates

      Said similar below. Damn thing bounced and almost hit him and he swings!

  • isittime

    Well that was fun. Pisses me off more having smyly in the rotation

    • GoRangers23

      It’s truly frustrating.

    • RR3

      He is horrible.

      • elkaba

        $7 MILLION DOLLARS WORTH OF HORRIBLE.

    • Rowdy Yates

      Yes. IMO they need to pull the plug on him. Would rather watch a rookie getting beat but learning than watch putz Smyly constantly throw gasoline on the fire every 5th day.

  • Rowdy Yates

    Surprised Woody is dodging the questions about Smyly. Making excuses and bobbing and weaving. Not your usual honesty Woodward. The guy sucks and tonight he sucked big time. Again! Stop equivocating!

  • WhoKnowscs

    Orioles draft a catcher with their number one pick, Next day their catcher hits 3 home runs.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Here runs this in the background https://www.rainymood.com/

  • WhoKnowscs
    • WhoKnowscs

      Or someone else maybe.