Reality is here. 109 comments


Yovani Gallardo tries to find a place to hide after giving up his second home run of the game to Oakland in last night’s 8-4 loss.

 

Knock knock.

Who’s there?

Reality?

Reality who?

Reality showed up for Yovani Gallardo.

(Wait a beat)

I don’t get it.

Get what?

How was that a knock knock joke?

It’s not a joke. It’s just that reality knocked on the door and Yovani Gallardo finally answered it. Last night he pitched 4.1 innings against Oakland and gave up five runs. Which is par for the Gallardo course but he has been the recipient a lot of offense in his Rangers starts. His ERA with Texas has been a hideous 5.40 yet his record had been 8-3 before last night.

In fourteen Rangers starts he has given up four or more runs seven times.  Yet he always seems to wiggle out with a win. He is auditioning for a starting role next year. Unfortunately, for this front office, Gallardo’s overall 2018 ERA of 6.22 is Kershaw-like.

On the night the Rangers were officially eliminated from the post-season, hopefully Gallardo eliminated himself from rotation talk next year.

If this team is going to be bad, let it be bad with guys who might someday have a future. Not with guys who will find success only if they find a DeLorean with a flux capacitor.

These back to the future guys are killing the Rangers present.

*****
TODAY’S GAME:

Yohander Mendez (1-1, 5.59) vs. Edwin Jackson (5-3, 2.91)
Game time: 3:05

How the Rangers hit against Jackson.
How the Athletics hit against Mendez.

  • elkaba

    Yes, Kevin, this is what a throw away year in baseball looks likes. And I, for one, despite a handful of high points, have hated every minute of it.

    • dearmidol

      I am really having a hard time thinking back on the season and finding any positives.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Young offense….Roogie,Alfalfa,Beltre still playing : / BP adequate.

        • dearmidol

          Oh, yeah. I guess if I quit being stupid I would remember those things, which are actually huge.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Not stupid…..just a depressed Ranger fan….: (

          • elkaba

            “Those things” would still have happened with a more complete, competitive team (a better product) being put together and on the field from Opening Day on. Retooling, restructuring, development, whatever you want to call the necessary resetting or restocking of a team, doesn’t have to happen like this.

            Every year, or almost every year, there’s a team that surprises everyone. They’re usually stocked with so-so, middling players while waiting on youth to come to a boil. They come on strong, out of left field literally, and compete better and stronger than anyone expected. They rarely turn into a true Cinderella, but they make it a fun run to the finish.

            With all the high points we’ve seen this season, the pen, the young guns, just think if JD had bothered to put a decent, passable product on the field from the start. We might actually have been a pleasant surprise this season instead of a yawn and a bust.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Well thats more of a rarity……better to go the Cubs,Stros,Braves,Phils route

    • JacobMcCandles

      Been several yrs late….big pic it had to happen

  • JacobMcCandles

    McFly……

  • GoRangers23

    Stay safe out there guys and gals. It’s really a wet one! It’s a good thing the game isn’t in Texas today. It would have been nice if all this wetness could have been spread out over the summer.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Really good rain today……yard is perking up!!

      Was really looking forward to seeing Vlad Jr play this yr…doesn’t look like its going to happen…kid will be a STUD

      • GoRangers23

        My yard has passed the perking up stage and has moved into the backyard pool stage….. Speaking of backyard pool, I have to keep an eye on it, or it will collapse if it gets too full. Now I have to decide which kid I will make go out there and let some water out. 🤔

        • JacobMcCandles

          That pool has caused you some stress!! LOL

          • GoRangers23

            More than I care to admit. 😐

        • dearmidol

          Yeah, my pool is overflowing.

      • dearmidol

        I imagine they will bring him up next season after the first two weeks have passed so they get an extra year’s worth of control out of him.

        • JacobMcCandles

          Yepper

      • CrazyEd

        If you can find your way to Surprise you can catch him. He is evidently over his knee injury because he’s been assigned to the Suguaros. Same team the Rangers players are assigned to .

  • JacobMcCandles

    Well seems mystery is solved…..seems like I have whats called Visceral Leishmaniasis….(thats a mouthful) I think its a Dr guess!! Symptons seem to match the goings on. Anyone heard of that one?

    • dearmidol

      I’ll ask my daughter who is a nurse.

    • CrazyEd

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Visceral_leishmaniasis
      Bad stuff, to be taken seriously, VERY seriously!
      My guess is you contacted it during your trip to Iraq.
      Lot’s of bugs in foreign countries. I’ve had most of them.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Two tours and a security job as well

        • CrazyEd

          If I haven’t said it before, Welcome Home.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Thanks….not much action, but proud to wear a uniform

  • Rod Harper

    There’s a little bit of good news from the Rangers on the minor league forefront. Congrats to the Spokane Indians (the Rangers’ Class A Short-Season affiliate) on punching a ticket to the Northwest League Championship yesterday afternoon! The Indians beat the Everett AquaSox (Mariners’ affiliate) 5-4 in the third and deciding game of the Northern Division Championship series. The Indians will begin a best-of-5 series on the road Sunday evening for the Northwest League Championship against the defending champion Eugene Emeralds (Cubs’ affiliate).

    P.S. Chi Chi Gonzalez was the winning pitcher in another rehab start in the clinching game. His line from yesterday:

    -5.0 IP (all scoreless)

    -4 hits

    -0 runs

    -1 BB

    -0 K

    Here’s the article:

    https://www.milb.com/spokane/news/spokane-punches-ticket-to-nwl-championship/c-293728188

    • JacobMcCandles

      Never had confidence in Chi Chi Cheese……but based on your last few posts, maybe some fuel left in the tank

      • CrazyEd

        Chi-Chi was a product of the old Rangers method of pitcher development. I.E. Promote them to a level above where their talent says they should be and let the grow into it. It never worked well. Starting this year the Rangers have scrapped that methodology and are taking a completely different approach. Most of this years draft class we not assigned to a team and kept in AZ working on fitness, strength and mechanics. Paul Kruger does a much better job of explaining it than I ever could. Click the link and scroll down to the 8/16/18 podcast. A lot of interesting stuff on it.

        • JacobMcCandles

          Cool…good stuff…post more please

          • CrazyEd
          • JacobMcCandles

            How long have you been a Ranger fan

          • CrazyEd

            Since I moved to Texas in 93 so I guess 24/25 years.

          • JacobMcCandles

            I was a yonker then…you know Scary? He was my uncle

          • CrazyEd

            Yup, I think you’ve forgot who I was, or I may have changed my name. Scary and I used to have at it pretty good on the Rangers forum. Miss him a lot. He was one of the few guys that I could really relate to.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Yeah….he was a cantakerous SOB…but was very impactful on my life…..Half the family was Stro fans, other Ranger fans. Grandad died of a massive stroke wearing a Stro cap….Scary died wearing the same cap….mine now…..Sat on the TV last yr…🍺🍺🍺😎😎

          • CrazyEd

            He was cantankerous for a reason. As you know perfectly well he went through some bad crap. I was lucky and despite doing 2 years there was out of there before it got really bad. I left in 66 just when it was starting to heat up.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Wow…have my deepest respect, he got there in late Feb 68…after Hue..body gathhering was the first job….and thank you and welcome home sir

          • CrazyEd

            I really have a lot of respect for the guys that were there from 66 and on. It was a lot tougher because the had to do deal with the NVA, we never had that problem. For the most part just the guerrillas that to be honest were pretty much a pain in the butt. It was a crappy war that the politicians made a whole lot worse than it needed to be. Ah crap, it’s over and done with. Coming home was a bitch for a lot of guys, some of us punked out and just stayed over seas. I stayed gone, in more ways than one, for 18 years I never set foot (other than Guam) on U.S. soil. I just stayed over seas and as drunk as I could get away with. Do I regret it? No. It probably let me decompress so when I finally did come back I could lead a normal life. I give thanks to the current vets of Iraq, etc. because of how much better they have made if for those of us from earlier times.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Scary spent most of the 70s in Mexico

          • CrazyEd

            Smart, at that time the dumbest thing you could do was come to the States and even admit that you’d been to Nam. Over seas was cool, especially in Japan because there were a lot of wounded being treated at the Yokosuka Hospital. The local club was a rocking joint. Twenty five cent drinks except at happy hour then ten cents. Beer, same price. If you wanted to go downtown and run the alley, you could buy a case of beer for a buck seventy five or a fifth of Jack for a buck and a half. Check them into a local bar for three hundred yen, at that time less then a buck. Why the heck anybody would come back to the craziness in the States boggles the mind. Heck, I stayed over there and got over all the crud, married a Chinese girl (been married for over 50 years now), got my mind straight, avoided all the drug problems, and doing fine. Do it again? Probably so there’s no cure for young and stupid.

          • CrazyEd

            I remember MP’s stacking bodies in the back of deuce and a half’s and five tons. Just piling them in there like cord wood. MP’a probably had one of the most depressing jobs of the whole mess. Not a pleasant thing to think about.

        • elkaba

          The new pitching program makes a lot of sense.

    • CrazyEd

      I’m glad somebody else is paying attention to the minors. There are a lot of interesting players scattered around the system. What’s your take on Curtis Terry? You think he’ll get promoted, or is his fielding going to hold him back. He sure improved his offence over last year.

      • dearmidol

        I have to admit I haven’t heard of Curtis Terry. I just looked at his stats. Appears to be a guy who makes contact.

        • CrazyEd

          He’s got Gallo like power and, this year, hit around 330 ish. Led the league in HR’s by a wide margin. It’s his 2nd year at that level because, other than power, he was pretty terrible. Completely turned thing around this year. MVP of NWL. Another name worth remembering is Diosble
          Arias. He doesn’t seem to know how to strike out. I forget what he was hitting, but it was at least .350. These are low level guys, so whether it will translate is the question.

          • dearmidol

            Thanks for the info.

  • JacobMcCandles

    BOOMER Sooners….continue their March to the 2019 Championship 🍺😘😎

  • dearmidol

    How is Edwin Jackson having a good season?

  • dearmidol

    There we go. Nomar is a hitter.

  • dearmidol

    Oh my god what a catch.

  • CrazyEd

    Being as how this was originally about pitching, here’s my input on names to watch. None are higher than AA so you won’t be seeing them in Arlington any time soon, if ever. A couple of them maybe next year.
    A.J. Alexy
    Tyler Phillips
    Hans Crouse
    Jonathon Hernandez
    Joe Palumbo
    Taylor Hearn
    I don’t know where these guys fit in the prospects list and don’t really care. I don’t have a lot of faith in the propects lists. I just look at what the players do and go from there. I think listening to broadcasts is a really good source of info because radio bcsters are very good at explaining things. Unlike TV guys that let the picture do the talking. It can be deceiving because of camera angles.

    • dearmidol

      I prefer the game on the radio too.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Nadel is like a bone in rib eye vs top sirloin maggots in TV…lol

        • CrazyEd

          The guys that call the RR games are pretty good, and David Murphy is showing steady improvement at Frisco. After that, it’s pretty hit and miss.

          • JacobMcCandles

            I agree….like Murph

    • calntom

      In the lower levels I can add:

      Yerry Rodriguez
      Seth Nordlin
      Billy Lane
      Demarcus Evans
      Emmanuel Clase

      Granted, these guys are several years away, but a couple might pan out…..

      • CrazyEd

        I haven’t been doing my home work 🙂 I just had a brain fart on Nordlin and Clase. Evans and Rodriguez just didn’t enter my mind, but they are good choices. I hate to admit it, but Lane is a complete mystery to me. There are so many fine prospects in the lower minors, it’s almost mind boggling. Good things are in the future, me thinks.

        • dearmidol

          I hope. But pitching is so darn fickle. You almost need 30 to get one good one.

          • CrazyEd

            Boy Howdy!

          • calntom

            They got about 35 or so this year from the draft and trades.

        • calntom

          I miss spelled. It is Layne.
          Rangers have drafted him twice. HS and this year out of college.

  • CrazyEd

    Rally killed by as former Ranger.

  • CrazyEd

    Perez, hmmmmmm???

    • dearmidol

      Yeah, there might not be enough places to hide him.

  • CrazyEd

    Classic Country Music, Beer, and Baseball. Life is good.

    • dearmidol

      It is at that.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Only two things in life make it worth living……guitars tuned and firm feel in women….I don’t need my name in the marquis LIGHTS……

      • CrazyEd

        You got that right!!! Even us old farts appreciate that. Trending more toward the tuned guitars at 75, but still like cuddling up to mama.

        • JacobMcCandles

          Ha!!

  • dearmidol

    So much for the feel good story about Perez coming out of the bullpen.

    • CrazyEd

      Ya know if they could install a switch on his brain so when it came time to pitch he could turn his brain off and just let the catcher call the game and just play catch with him and not over think everything, I think he’d be fine. Just turn his darned brain off. I can’t remember what golfer said it but …. “The more you think, the more you stink.”

  • CrazyEd

    That was nasty stuff Odor didn’t have a chance. Kela style 12 to 6.

    • dearmidol

      They have a good bullpen.

      • CrazyEd

        Yup, this game is probably as good as over.

      • CrazyEd

        BTW Kudo’s to who ever runs this board, to me it’s much improved over a few years back. Much more focused then it once was. I realize it was originally a learning experience for a college student, and he did a good job, but I like the more focused approach. I don’t know, might even be the same guy.

        • dearmidol

          Thanks. I am running it now. Twig started it back in 2014 and turned the key over to me in July of that season. I’m glad you enjoy it.

          • CrazyEd

            Yes, when he was entertaining the idea, I encouraged him. Being retired from the industry and 22 years in the military I knew the best learning was doing. So no matter what happened he’d learn. I wasn’t happy with the direction it was going because, to be honest, figuring out what was where was confusing. Especially after a couple beers. Like the current format.

          • dearmidol

            Thanks.

          • CrazyEd

            BTW how are you funding it? I know there are expenses. I’d be able to throw in a couple bucks.

          • dearmidol

            Just out of my own pocket. It’s not much. I paid a couple years in advance for the server space and all. I appreciate it, but no need.

          • GoRangers23

            Oh Kevin, I didn’t know you had to pay anything. I will be glad to pitch in some too. Just let us know. You shouldn’t have to fund it all by yourself!

          • JacobMcCandles

            Me too

          • calntom

            Me as well

          • CrazyEd

            o.k. let me ask you this (tell me to buzz off if you want). Would you just happen, maybe, have a paypal account? Just curious, no looking to sell your personal info or whatever.

  • GoRangers23

    Good grief! We were ahead when I was in the car. What in the world happened? Martin Perez?

    • dearmidol

      Yes. He gave up three runs over two innings.

      • GoRangers23

        OY!

        • dearmidol

          Entered with a 4-2 lead, left trailing 5-4.

          • GoRangers23

            I’m so tired of that!

          • dearmidol

            Yes. Thankfully Beltre just tied it.

          • GoRangers23

            Good ol Beltre!

  • dearmidol

    Beltre.

  • GoRangers23

    ADRIAN!!

  • JacobMcCandles

    Stros spanking Bosox….b2b WS Rowdy, lol

    • dearmidol

      He might never wind down.

  • CrazyEd

    Beltre’s on fire! Old goats rule!

  • dearmidol

    Well, that didn’t take long.

  • WhoKnowscs

    At this point the only reason to watch the Rangers is to see them pad their stats. Beltre’s done that with 5 homers this week.

    • CrazyEd

      Ah, there’s always a reason to watch baseball, even with really bad teams. I have always backed by home town teams no matter how bad they were. I think it’s a toss up between the 71 Padres and the 77 Taiyo Whales. The Padres probably get the honors of being the worst, because the Whales stadium allowed you to bring in your own cooler. Plus we got tickets from American players in exchange for chewing tobacco which wasn’t available in Japan. That and they played in the same league as the Yomiuri Giants so we got to see Sadaharu Oh hit balls into the parking lot. They guy could hit! A little youtube from when he was 55 (old timers game). I think his power came from his legs.
      https://youtube.com/watch?v=wj8SNYxzRCk

      • dearmidol

        CE: I really love your stories. These are awesome. Please post more.

        • CrazyEd

          Oh, I don’t think you want most of them on here. They are good stories, but not really for popular consumption. Some are, most arn’t.

  • CrazyEd

    The Rangers are in their present fix because of a couple decisions made by JD and the brain trust. They chose to trade some top level minor leagures for a couple of top level major leagures that would assist them in a couple of post season runs. Only worked out a little bit, now the chickens have come home to roost. The brain trust has realized this and has been restocking the system with young arms with upside. Young upside arms that become ML aces are few and far between, but 3,4,and 5 pitchers are not as rare. Hoping they will score on a couple. Meanwhile, they have scrapped their old approach to developing pitchers and gone to an entirely new approach of more slowly develop prospects and treating each pitcher as an individual entity. Will it work? I have no idea, all I know is the old way wasn’t working. Time to gry something new.

  • CrazyEd

    O.K. here’s reality. This is about brothers that have died for this country. Most people don’t even know that Guam is part of the U.S. but Guamanians have served three times as many, per capita, as mainlands have. They lived through Japanese occupations in WWII while hiding an american service man from Japanese capture. They are the ultimate American patriots, yet most americans don’t even know they exist. To all my Chamoro brothers, I love you and love your island, my most favourite place on earth.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NEpAtlV2aP8

    • Rowdy Yates

      Lived on Guam 2 yrs as a kid when dad was stationed at Andersen Field flying B47s in those days. The best smell in my life was when our ship came into Agana harbor and the overpowering smell of all the tropical flowers. Probably gone today. Great place to be a 10 yr old boy. Only downside then? …. pork was it for meat + never ending Spam.

      • CrazyEd

        I was fortunate enough to serve there from 71 to 74 (took some finagling with the folks doing assignments, but got it done). It was normally, for us, a one year tour. Needless to say, I loved the place. Ran into a guy in a little bar in New Agate village named Johnie Sablan. Just a guy with a guitar. He turned out to be a Chamorro music legend as well as serving in the military. Then he was just a guy that could sing. He taught me a lot about living on the island. Trapping coconut crabs, etc. Just a great guy. If I ever get isolated on a tropical island, Im good, thanks to Johnnie.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=545qVvrgDCs

        • CrazyEd

          One thing I left out is the food! The island was under occupation of the Spanish, Japanese and Americans plus had a large Phillipine and Korean influence. Mix all those together an you get some fine dining. One of my favorite joints was the Kimchie Cabana (who comes up with these names) where a quart sized cup of Kimchee was a buck.

    • JacobMcCandles

      I hope you continue to post as much as you did today. Huge addition to the site..God Bless