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As the Rangers head into the last twenty-five percent of the season with the best record in the American League and five games shy of the Chicago Cubs’ best record in baseball, it’s interesting to note that the team with the best record rarely wins the World Series.

Since divisional play started in 1969, only twenty-four percent of the teams with the best record in baseball have won the World Series. That’s eleven teams in forty-seven years: Baltimore in 1970, Cincinnati in 1975 and 1976, New York Yankees in 1978, Detroit in 1984, New York Mets in 1986, Oakland in 1989, New York Yankees in 1998, Boston in 2007, New York Yankees in 2009, and Boston in 2013.

And since the current format of two rounds of playoffs started in 1995, only nineteen percent of the teams with the best record went on to win the World Series. Just four in twenty-one years. (See above: New York Yankees twice, Boston twice.)

Which leads to the simple conclusion that the playoffs are a crapshoot, right?

Maybe not.

Maybe it’s something different. Maybe the playoffs are the great exposer.

Maybe the playoffs prove that the team with the most wins is simply not the best team.

Before 1969, you would play every team in your league the exact same amount of games. It was a fairer evaluation of which team was better. If you had a patsy team in the league, everybody got the same amount of cracks at it, so nobody had an unfair advantage.

But after 1969, they stopped doing that and started what they call an unbalanced schedule. So you play teams in your own division much more frequently than you play teams in other divisions.

The problem with that is that one team usually benefits from playing a lot more games against weaker teams than teams in other divisions get to enjoy.

It happens all the time. Look at the NL Central this season. Both Cincinnati and Milwaukee threw in the towel on the season before it even started. So the Cubs, Cardinals and Pirates get to beef up by playing what are in essence two Triple-A teams nineteen times each, while teams in the other divisions play them just six or seven times each.

That’s nearly a quarter of their schedules against two very bad teams.

So it’s easy to see how there is an unfair advantage every time a team in a horribly weak division gets to play a pasty team so many more times. And it’s easy to see how a team can have an inflated record built on the backs of inferior teams.

It happened to the Rangers in 2013. They won ninety-one games. By most measures that’s a good team.

But the 2013 Rangers were pyrite. They were not a very good team, they just had a very good record. And they very nearly won the American League wild card. But the truth is, they had no business being anywhere near that glorified post-season company in the first place. In addition Gad Capital Com Customer Reviews – Up to $1000 Convey Income. Absolutely no Trouble, Bad Credit Alright. Greatest Approval Fee Apply now https://gadcapital.com/unsecured-loans/

They had the benefit of playing the woeful Houston Astros nineteen times. The Astros were, by far, the worst team in baseball. They were full of woe. Texas was 17-2 versus Houston.

Texas also had the benefit of playing the pitiful Los Angeles Angels nineteen times. They were 15-4 versus Los Angeles. So, by virtue of their division, Texas had a record that, by most accounts, would suggest it had a very good team.

Against the rest of the league, though, the Texas Rangers were a .468 team, 58-66.

They would have finished fourth in the American League East, and a distant third in the American League Central had they not benefited from an unbalanced schedule. Imagine how much different the American League landscape would have been had the teams that were fighting for the wild card had the chance to have played the Houston Astros and their embarrassing .315 winning percentage nineteen times rather than just six.

But the Rangers were in the baseball-challenged American League West, so they had the sixth-best record in the American League.

That’s why only nineteen percent of teams with the best records win the World Series. Because most of the time the team with the best record isn’t anywhere near the best team.

It will remain to be seen how the Cubs do this year. Are they as good as their Cincinnati-Milwaukee-inflated record indicates?

Are the Rangers as good as their American League-best record indicates?

Those answers hang in the balance.

Or, more aptly, in the unbalance.

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TODAY’S GAME:

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Cole Hamels (12-4, 2.88) vs. Matt Andriese (6-4, 3.36)
Game time: 6:10

How the Rangers hit against Andriese.
How the Rays hit against Hamels.

  • Nashvillecat66

    Interesting stuff today Kevin.
    You bring up some legitimate questions, and as you said, the answers will come when the playoffs begin.

  • 1Rangerfan

    Yes, the unbalanced schedule can mask a team’s weakness’s, but its not the only reason a team with the best record may not be a top contender for a championship.

    Here are a few other reasons regular season record is not the best indicator for playoff success.

    1. Regular season play puts a premium on quality starting pitching #1 – #5. The playoffs shift the emphasis to #1 – #3. The team with a bad #4 and #5 suffers in the regular season but not the playoffs.

    2. Being “HOT” at the right time is as important as anything I can think of. “Its not the best team, but the team that plays best at that time.” In the Rangers 2013 example season Kevin mentioned we were 12-16 in September not “hot” and that season ended because Hammy couldn’t catch a routine pop-up. If he catches that easy fly we would’ve advanced.

    3. Late season injuries/suspensions to key producers doesn’t bode well for the playoffs – even for a team that amassed a great record, and the return of key producers can propel a team with a mediocre record(wild card). In 2013 we lost Nelson Cruz after 109 games to PED suspension and Martin Perez to a TJ after 20 starts. We weren’t the same team after that and barely made it to the tiebreaker game where Hammy gave the game away on the dropped fly ball. Our 1st half was .568 win % – our 2nd half .544 win %
    JMHO

    • dearmidol

      Yeah, there are a ton of reasons. I just found it interesting how rarely a team with the best record actually wins it all.

    • dearmidol

      That game where Hamilton made the monumental error in centerfield was actually the last game of 2012, not 2013. Had they have won that game, they would have won the division, instead they had to settle for the wild card game, which they lost to Baltimore.

      • 1Rangerfan

        hmm, I thought he went to free agency after the drop, but he was on the team in 2013 per MLB.com. No matter.

        • dearmidol

          No, Hamilton played for the Angels in 2013 and 2014. He was traded back to us in 2015. He played two seasons with Los Angeles.

          • 1Rangerfan

            my bad

          • Nashvillecat66

            Actually, it was Hamilton’s “bad.”
            Pretty atrocious as I recall.

          • dearmidol

            That game was hard to watch. We jumped out to a huge lead and gave it all back. Then the Athletics piled on.

          • Nashvillecat66

            Thankfully, I was only able to listen to the radio call. I did see the replay, though.
            It was a gut punch.

    • isittime

      I agree about being hot at the right time . Not always the “best team” wins, but the best team right then wins.

    • elkaba

      Good points all. And #2, Being hot at the right time, reminded me of where this team would be had JD not made the deals he did at the deadline. We were hot as can be in the first half and heading straight for the North Pole coming out of the break. The second half results would be completely different without Beltran and Lucroy IMO.

  • wetfeet

    funny thing about BB anyone can make the records prove anything they like. One thing that is positively 100% sure the team with the worst record in BB can beat the team with the best record in BB any given day. That and the teams with the best records in their division, will play the first rounds of the playoffs.

  • GoRangers23

    Good one Midol! Very informative and interesting.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Correction 2012 was wild card
    2013 was tie breaker
    2014 was when the Angels beat up on the Rangers but everyone treated their best record as a best record – then they went and got swept in their first series by the Royals.

    I think a better way overall is to go on a team by team basis and compare to where those teams end up but even that isn’t exact(what if a team has injuries when played, is played before a big trade, or they beat up on the patsy teams).

    Rangers vs.
    Baltimore 4-3, Toronto 3-4, Yankees 4-3, Red Sox 3-3
    Rays Haven’t Played Yet

    indians 2-1, Tigers 4-2, Royals 6-1, White Sox 2-4, Twins 2-5

    Mariners 8-4, Astros 11-2, Athletics 7-6, Angels 7-6

    Pirates 2-1, Cardinals 3-0, Reds 1-1, Cubs 1-2, Rockies 3-1
    Brewers Haven’t played yet

    Already we’ve made it clear that the Astros have been our patsy. 19 of those 72 wins were vs Mariners and Astros . . . the only difference is those 2 teams are the 2 other best in our division.

    Another thing is that we struggle vs bad teams(or did). 2-5 vs Twins. 2-4 vs White Sox. Until this last series vs the A’s we were 4-6.

  • wetfeet

    Off to Brownwood will miss the start of the game hope to listen on the radio. later

    • FlappingGums

      Have a good time – a good ‘day trip’, Wet! 🙂

  • SABERMETRICS MASTER

    I think the Rangers have all the ingredients for a successful run to the WS.

    Starting pitching is not great; but it’s very competitive for the playoffs, especially with Colby coming back.

    Relievers are very good. Their record is not indicating how good they are; but good offensive teams like the Orioles have acknowledged how tough our relievers are. Lucroy behind them, brings hope to our bullpen situation.

    The offense is excellent …. On paper!
    New additions (Desmond, Lucroy and Beltran) have improved our lineup tremendously even with Choo and Fielder out for the season.

    It’s time for our kids to step up:
    1. DD is having a 2nd chance to win the lead off spot in the lineup
    2. Profar will have his chances to lead off against RHP (by the way, what a great catch at LF !!!)
    3. Mazara and Rua will platoon the rest of the season
    4. Odor will also need to step up

    Good time for youngsters to play in a team that includes Adrian Beltre !!!!!

    ……….. and Elvis Andrus !!!!!

    • dearmidol

      It’s funny to look at which teams win from year to year and what their formula is. It’s always different.

      Pitching wins championships, right? Well the Mets had one of the most dominating staffs in a long time last year and they lost to Kansas City whose starting staff wasn’t very strong at all. There is no one way to build it.

      • SABERMETRICS MASTER

        I was very impressed with Boston’s WS team in 2013.

        Not a great pitching staff, not a great bullpen, not a great lineup; but they dominated the Regular Season and won the WS.

        To me the common denominator in all WS Champions is Team Chemistry.

        • dearmidol

          Yeah, but remember those Oakland Athletics teams that won three years in a row in the 70s? They hated each other. They may have been the exception, though.

          • elkaba

            That brings up an interesting question… What does “Team Chemistry” actually mean? Is it a happy clubhouse, as many interpret the term to mean? A look at history says, as you pointed out, not all successful teams have happy clubhouses.

            So is Team Chemistry better defined as an intense clubhouse full of personal rivalries? I guess that all depends on if the results of personal rivalries are positive or negative on performance overall.

            Maybe a better term for looking at clubhouse culture and how it affects a team would be looking for the common traits that all WINNING teams have in the their clubhouses.

            So what are the most important ingredients in establishing a Winning Team Chemistry?

          • JacobMcCandles

            Team first

          • elkaba

            That would certainly be high on my list. And how about individual hunger for that WS ring? I like that one, too.

          • JacobMcCandles

            How about a city and a State hunger for a WS ring…LOL

          • elkaba

            LOL, I think that’s a given. But it’s occurred to me more than once that we now have a pretty good compliment of veterans who possess that hunger personally. Desmond, Beltre, Andrus, Lucroy and Beltran have all indicated by word or deed that they are here to win it all.

          • dearmidol

            Team first mentality is huge.

          • Nashvillecat66

            As we’ve sadly discovered, team “chemistry” can also mean something totally different to players such as, say, Jose Canseco.
            And Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa and Roger Clemens.

          • elkaba

            LOLA

          • JacobMcCandles

            Bronx bombers with Martin and Reggie, Munson, were prob worse than the As….Team chemistry is good, but IMO its something fans overestimate.

          • Nashvillecat66

            Mostly, they hated Charlie Finley and used that as motivation.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Yep…and I prefer to look at it from an Org standpoint. And embrace what the Cards and Giants do, and you can throw the Rangers in there somewhat, at least the last 6 yrs.

  • FlappingGums

    Midol – I really enjoyed this article! I like and.appreciate the way you explained the – well, a lot of things! Also,you pick out really good pictures for your articles. The one for today is exceptionally good – it says “We won!” Thank you, Midol! 🙂

    • dearmidol

      You’re welcome.

  • elkaba

    Outstanding piece today, Kevin! Whatever we’re paying you to come up with these every day, it’s not nearly enough! 🙂

    • dearmidol

      I am doubling my fee next year. Just the old bait and switch.

      • dearmidol

        Oh, and thanks.

        • elkaba

          As we continue toward the end game this season, it’s a tremendous advantage to have such perspectives in mind as the one you provided us today. It may even help us keep our expectations and oracular pronouncements firmly planted in reality, too. 🙂

          • Nashvillecat66

            OK, you did it to me again.
            “Oracular.”
            Had to look it up and just as I was a couple of weeks ago, pleased I have learned a new word.

          • elkaba

            🙂

          • Nashvillecat66

            I’ll see your 🙂 and raise you 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • JacobMcCandles

    Fantastic article “pyrite” indeed. Without proof in front of me, just going on what I think is right. I have seen this in BB and Football…team that gets hot at the end and a team that has to play with their back agst the wall at the end usually seems to come out to play….Like everyone’s favorite team on here, Astros!! Last year they played a virtual elimination game their last ten days, then a 1 game WC…then came closest to KC to winning the AL and possibly the WS.

    Most importantly even though BB is a team sport it is also a individual sport, mano y mano..pitcher vs catcher. And sometimes the Madduxs and Kershaws fail and Bonds and Arod, Biggio…and sometimes the little guy stands up and has his day. And thats why BB is the most nerve racking and beloved sport of all.

    • Nashvillecat66

      I’m assuming by “everyone” — in reference to the Astros being a “favorite” team — you are speaking of you.
      And only you.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Of course not, I still have you down for the As

        • Nashvillecat66

          HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

  • 1Rangerfan

    Colby throwing live batting practice today. Rehab start can’t be far behind.

    • elkaba

      Can’t come soon enough for me!

      • 1Rangerfan

        AMEN!

  • JacobMcCandles

    Not looking forward to TBay stadium and its 440 fans……BTW TX is 1-3 on terf with a .219 avg.

    ***************************TRIVIA************************ Which two innings are the ones we give up the most runs? Starting with #1, the one it felt like most to me before I knew the answer was second. But first makes more “sense”

    • Nashvillecat66

      That stadium is second only to the Sewage Palace as the most hideous place on the planet to play a baseball game.
      The architect who designed it must have spent all of 30 minutes coming up with that design.
      What a monstrosity.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Yep, hard to believe they still have a franchise there

    • dearmidol

      I would say we give up the most runs in the 8th inning.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Most runs are the third then the 5th…which kind of makes sense since the third is the second time through and the fifth is when a lot of them ran out of gas…8th does seem big too

  • FlappingGums

    Busy day for me.today. I’m listening to the Little League World Series while I get a few things done. I had to stop and watch a bit – those little guys in their big helmets are just too cute!! They’re pretty good ball players too! 🙂
    Hope to be at a stopping point by the pregame show & game! 🙂

  • TD30

    Line up

    • Whoops

      LIke it!

      • dearmidol

        Great lineup.

        • Whoops

          Would also work against leftys.

          • grumpyderfsmagic8ball

            Haha..tell Banni

          • Whoops

            Yep, Those coaches stare at the bark so long they totally forget the forest.

          • JacobMcCandles

            If you stare at the bark in the forest and no one sees you, is there really bark?

          • Whoops

            Possible,but you could be barking up the wrong tree.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Man, how can you not look at this lineup and get excited!! Only thing that rivals this is Ruff’s midget sex site!!

      Seems Banny is focusing on Profar as the leadoff hitter….rooting very hard for him..like 8 for his last 48

      • grumpyderfsmagic8ball

        No link…no site

        • JacobMcCandles

          Ruff charges a fee…..first 30 seconds are free

    • FlappingGums

      Thank you for this, TD! 🙂
      After looking at this lineup, I’m even More excited about tonight’s game!!!

  • GoRangers23

    Good afternoon everyone!

    Here are the pics from the last game. Refresh

    Have a good evening!

    • FlappingGums

      Go – these pictures are Great!!! Thank you for these! 🙂

      • GoRangers23

        Thanks Flap. 🙂

  • JacobMcCandles

    For those of you at Sharkey’s pool hall go to the corner booth in the back and ask for three fingers Brown….and play large on Cleveland Indians tonight….LOL

  • calntom

    Adam Morris:
    Texas Rangers rumors: Hanser Alberto, Texas Rangers utility infielder who is currently with the Round Rock Express, said via SnapChat Instagram today that he’s headed to Tampa, according to Levi Weaver on Twitter. The Rangers start a series in Tampa today against the Rays, so Alberto is presumably being called up.

    It remains to be seen what the corresponding move is going to be…your bench right now is Robinson Chirinos, Jurickson Profar, Ryan Rua and Drew Stubbs (or Delino DeShields, depending on your point of view). This could be Rougned Odor or Elvis Andrus going on the d.l. — Elvis has reportedly been dealing with a groin issue since May — but it seems more likely it would be Rua, Profar or DeShields getting sent down to get regular at bats. Profar, in particular, has been in an awful slump, and so the Rangers may want to have him go to AAA to play every day and get back into a groove for the week-and-a-half before rosters expand. Or it could be that Rua or DeShields, who were sent down to get regular at bats and who are now up due to the injuries to Prince Fielder and Shin-Soo Choo, are heading back to get regular reps ahead of roster expansion.

    Or it could be that someone else is injured. I guess we will find out soon enough.

    Anyway, this is amusing to me as well because this is a blog post about a tweet about a SnapChat, and while I’m vaguely familiar with what SnapChat is, I’m not on it and don’t deal with it, and really, just know that my daughter likes taking pictures then using SnapChat to put funny filters or whatever on it. Think about a sportswriter 40 years ago, being told he had to be on something called SnapChat so he could get updates from players on breaking news.

    • calntom

      UPDATE — I’ve been informed Alberto actually said this on Instagram, rather than SnapChat. I’m not on Instagram either.

      UPDATE II — In a subsequent tweet, Weaver says a reliable source is telling him Hanser isn’t going to Tampa. So who knows…

      • JacobMcCandles

        If its true and no one is going on the DL….I would imagine Rua

  • JacobMcCandles

    Some of you may know Ryan Leaf…..Cowlishaw had him on his show for an hour today. Great story and a human comeback ! Good to hear!

    • elkaba

      Who’s that?

      • JacobMcCandles

        Was a highly touted QB came out at the same time as Peyton Manning….it was a toss up as to who Pro teams thought the most of… Big guy, huge arm…failed first year, second year brought a shoulder injury that led to a pain killer addiction. Got so bad, he was breaking into homes to steal drugs, non violent situations. Went to jail for nearly three years. Gained sobriety and talks about it….most would remember him as quite a toad, but has really turned it around. It was nice that he was on Cowlishaw’s program who is a reformed alcoholic…wrote a book called “Drunk on Sports” good read….especially if you have been around that behavior in your family or yourself.

        • elkaba

          Thanks. Hadn’t heard of him but knew about Cowlishaw.

        • TD30

          Yeah he was on probation here

          • TD30

            One of his criminal charges was for stealing pain killers from the kids he coached at WTAMU

          • FlappingGums

            That’s really sad.

          • TD30

            Yep

          • JacobMcCandles

            Yep

        • FlappingGums

          That is so very sad that he got that terribly dependent on/addicted to the pain killers. That’s beautiful that he’s been able to sober up and turn his life around!!! WoW!!! 🙂

  • possum’s _back!

    Great article, Kev! Wonderfully enlightening and immensely informative!

  • grumpyderfsmagic8ball

    Wish the rangers had this ball/stike camera angle

    • WhoKnowscs

      I think Red Sox and Twins also have it.

  • possum’s _back!

    OK guys and gals! If the Astros lose tonight, I am formally declaring them “dead”! Of course as soon as I do they will probably go on a 14 game winning streak. But tonight is a big game for the Astros. A loss puts them back to .500, and after that who knows?

    • Yudabest

      They have a tough schedule coming up too.

  • FlappingGums

    Beltre did some good base running getting to 2nd!

  • elkaba

    Come on Desmond.

  • Yudabest

    Sure is quiet around here.

    • FlappingGums

      Been thinking the same. Glad to see you’re here! 🙂

      • SandyMc

        Hey, Flap. It’s me, sitting in a chair watching the game!

        • FlappingGums

          I’m So glad, Sandy!! 🙂

    • elkaba

      I know! I wonder if everyone didn’t noticed the game started early tonight?

      • FlappingGums

        That’s likely right

        • elkaba

          Maybe everyone’s tired of baseball already…

          • FlappingGums

            I sure hope not! We still have a lot of baseball to play! 🙂

          • JacobMcCandles

            Dallas Cowboys on…

          • Yudabest

            Womp womp. Lame.

          • Yudabest

            Spoiler alert, Romo gets hurt in the first three games.

          • elkaba

            LOLA, you know that’s right. Then they spend the rest of the year trying to make excuses for why the backup sucks.

          • Yudabest

            I heard he threw his 80 year old back out again while filling out a deposit slip at the bank.

          • grumpyderfsmagic8ball

            Here’s Johnny

          • JacobMcCandles

            Dak

          • Yudabest

            Jack Nicholson is going to play QB for the cowboys? I may have to watch then.

          • elkaba

            Poo

          • JacobMcCandles

            Thought you would like that…..why they have multiple screens!!

      • Yudabest

        Maybe they all thought it was a home game and bought tickets. Bunch of RR3 fanatics sitting it wet empty bleachers yelling at the grounds crew.

        • FlappingGums

          LOLA!! I think very visually. That’s a funny picture! 🙂

  • SandyMc

    Well, guess who is sitting in chair in the den ready to watch tonight’s game. None other than yours truly. This may not last long, but I wanted to try anyway.

    • TD30

      Go Sandy!

    • FlappingGums

      You Go, Girlfriend! 🙂 The game is on – 4th inning. I’m so happy for you!! 🙂

    • dearmidol

      Great to hear. Welcome back, Sandy.

  • FlappingGums

    Mr. Flapp wants me to go outside with him, so I will be away for about an hour. Cheer really loud for the Rangers so we can Win tonight’s game!

    • WhoKnowscs

      Doesn’t look like you’ll miss anything based on how this game is going.

  • WhoKnowscs

    That would have been a homer at Camden or Rogers Center.

  • JacobMcCandles

    NFL experimenting with an extra official on the field…5 penaltys in the first three minutes….guess BB is not the only sport to overreact

  • elkaba

    Way to go Mitch! Finally someone notices we’re play Tampa Bay, not the Cubs!!!

  • SandyMc

    Off to a good start!

  • JacobMcCandles

    Smoked fish looked good

    • elkaba

      That German potato salad looked better. Fish looked raw.

  • WhoKnowscs

    I’ll gladly take them over nothing . . . but how many of the Rangers 155 Homers have been solo homers?

  • WhoKnowscs

    Don’t get picked off Elvis.

  • elkaba

    Awesome!!! ELVIS is FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • WhoKnowscs

    Based on how things were going that was worth the risk.

    • Whoops

      Took off when he saw that lob.

  • SandyMc

    Where has everyone gone? Did I run them off?

    • JacobMcCandles

      BB hangover in August and Cowboys are on..

      • SandyMc

        Maybe Josh is right, this is a football town.

        • Whoops

          Yep

        • JacobMcCandles

          Texas is a football State

  • Yudabest

    Nice, number 20!

    • JacobMcCandles

      1200.00 worth of corn dogs too

  • JacobMcCandles

    BELTREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE 3-3

    • Yudabest

      ODOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOORRRRR 0-3

      • JacobMcCandles

        Pooper

        • Yudabest

          Scooper

          • JacobMcCandles

            Can we switch?

          • Yudabest

            No, but you can have S. Cooper. As in the horrible traffic I used to deal with daily.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Scary used to live off So Cooper…Fannin Farms….I avoid…although I did go to Cheesecake factory with the girl that ran into me…..I asked her if she had any friends that were attracted to attics!

          • Yudabest

            HA, how’d the date go?

          • JacobMcCandles

            Pretty good….got date #2 already lined up….and I didn’t spill anything on me!!

          • Yudabest

            Making us proud. I went out and got a few dates for this weekend the old fashioned way. You know, through Tinder.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Tinder?

          • Yudabest

            It’s an app made for my shallow generation, or the generation right behind me.

  • Whoops

    Ye Haw!

    • JacobMcCandles

      Jimmy Stewart?

      • Whoops

        Sailor Jerry

    • grumpyderfsmagic8ball

      Roy Clark

      • JacobMcCandles

        Im a pickin

        • Whoops

          we’s a grinnin

  • Rod Harper

    Even with the minuscule crowd at Tropicana Field, there are still more Rangers fans than Rays fans!

    • JacobMcCandles

      Not really that big of a challenge…LOL

    • WhoKnowscs

      Hard to get excited for a last place team that rarely spends(not necessarily able to).

  • JacobMcCandles

    Bunt!!!

    • Rod Harper

      He can’t bunt! He’s already down two strikes!

    • WhoKnowscs

      Ironic was that his homer was oppo.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Astros released Carlos Gomez . . . wonder who will sign him.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Mets….possibly Cards….Marlins

      • WhoKnowscs

        It’s make the Astros wail, if someone in the wild card chase signed him and they made the wild card with his help.

        • JacobMcCandles

          Meh…they could care less

          • WhoKnowscs

            I’m sure they wouldn’t let on . . . but I’m sure someone wouldn’t be too happy.

  • Rod Harper

    The Rays deserve better ownership as well as a new ballpark! The problem is the city of St. Petersburg is holding the Rays hostage with a 25-year lease in that albatross of a stadium! Plus they’re preventing the team from exploring stadium options across the pond in Tampa.

  • Rod Harper

    Everything’s going right for the Rangers so far tonight!

  • Rod Harper

    Grand slam time!

  • dearmidol

    Just got on. Anything interesting happening?

    • Rod Harper

      See below! 🙂

      • dearmidol

        Oh, Rangers are winning.

    • grumpyderfsmagic8ball

      Elvis stole home…kinda

  • TD30

    Woot Woot! Our dish went out due to rain and it comes back to see Maz hit then Elvis! And a nice lead! Go Rangers!!

  • Rod Harper

    Patience paid off for J-Pro with the bases loaded walk!

    • JacobMcCandles

      Yep, but the pitches were so bad it helped

  • dearmidol

    How did he foul that off?

  • JacobMcCandles

    Bust it open

  • Rod Harper

    Hamels can cruise the rest of the way tonight with the good amount of run support!

  • WhoKnowscs

    And Sonic breaths a sigh of relief.

  • Rod Harper

    A Gold Glove-quality play by Adrian!

  • Rod Harper

    There goes the no-no! 🙁

  • dearmidol

    This team is good.

  • dearmidol

    Let’s get a few more runs to give the bullpen a chance for the Rangers to win the game.

  • JacobMcCandles

    I was bored so I crunched some #s….one of the reasons I was so pissed that JD let his ego get in the way of resigning Cruz, was Cruz ability in post season…something that Beltran excels.

    Beltran ABs/184 13DBL 16HRs .332 1.115 OPS
    Cruz 154 10 16 .292 1.016

    There are other #s Beltran has a very good OBA, steals in the past….more of just showing ho good Cruz was/is

  • dearmidol

    434.

  • TD30

    BELTRE is FANTASTIC!

    • dearmidol

      Yes, that is right.

    • JacobMcCandles

      The true FANTASTIC…avg approaching .300

  • WhoKnowscs

    Poor Bobby, he’s in the wrong uni. But we didn’t have a place for him.

  • dearmidol

    Two more runs and I will feel good when the bullpen comes in.

  • Rod Harper

    Adrian’s putting on a clinic with the bat and glove tonight!

    • Whoops

      He should make more errors if he is going to respond like this.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Bench Lucroy

    • dearmidol

      Yes, it goes Bench Lucroy Pudge Posey as best catchers.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Haha…Fisk, Piazza deserve mention

        • dearmidol

          Yeah, I had to work with what you gave me.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Puters need to develop a sarcasm font

          • dearmidol

            Yep.

        • grumpyderfsmagic8ball

          Yogi

  • Rod Harper

    I’m surprised nobody tried to touch Beltre’s head after he hit another Jack tonight!

  • dearmidol

    No matter how bad it gets, just be thankful we aren’t Tampa Bay Rays fans.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Easy to buy cheap seats and move down to home plate..LO

      • WhoKnowscs

        Depends on how much they check.

  • Rod Harper

    Come back soon, Colby! The Rangers need you!

  • Whoops

    Ray’s announcers can’t say enough good things about the Rangers. Really classy.

    • Rod Harper

      Are you listening to the game on the radio to hear Tampa’s analysis of tonight’s game?

      • Whoops

        It’s mlbtv. You can hear either team’s broadcast.

        • Rod Harper

          Cool!

          • Whoops

            You can also select ballpark sound & it’s just like being at the game. You get the pa announcements & everything else just no motor mouth announcers.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Why I like XM on long trips…ck in on other games and announcers

          • Rod Harper

            Next year I’ll think about getting it. I’ll have an Xbox One console by then! 🙂

  • JacobMcCandles

    Altuve picks up two hits so far and 4 RBIs and a HR……now has 20 HRs with 80 RBIs in addition to a .365 avg…running away with the MVP

    • dearmidol

      He is a stud.

      • isittime

        Has to be mvp

        • WAR-time Consigliere

          MVP on a team that doesn’t make the postseason?

          How valueable are you if you can’t get your team to October?

      • JacobMcCandles

        Sorry to keep bringing him up….just love BB and that guy is the epitome of the sport

        • dearmidol

          I would trade Profar for him.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Haha

          • dearmidol

            Thing is, most Rangers fans wouldn’t. They have an unnatural love affair with prospects.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Yep……I am getting that..

          • elkaba

            No me. I love Altuve!

          • GoRangers23

            Me too!

          • WAR-time Consigliere

            Midol, I’m certainly a guy with prospect love. Profar has the 80 grade smile and upside potential is massive.

            Mazara looks like he will be a beast someday.

            Maybe this service time thing with Gallo will light a fire under his *** and he’ll contribute into October and years to come.

            I am still really high on Brewers prospect Lewis Brinson. I see a Mike Cameron type player with Gold Glove defense. However, finding a franchise caliber catcher (who I think will sign an extension) is much harder than finding a good CF.

    • Rod Harper

      Is Altuve becoming a power hitter, or is he still a contact hitter? :-

      • JacobMcCandles

        Both…and he is still getting better, walking more, OBA over 400, second in SBs…got more hits than Pete Rose did at this time

  • SandyMc

    I’m disappointed that there’s no chat tonight, but I guess that this bunch may have run out of chat for some reason.

    • dearmidol

      We are chatting.

      • JacobMcCandles

        And chitting

      • SandyMc

        I haven’t seen a single post.

  • dearmidol

    I like Longoria. He plays the game right.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Yep like Zobrist when he used to play there

      • isittime

        I like him to

    • isittime

      He’s always been a great player. Has s bit of health issues but always been thd Rays best player

    • elkaba

      Longoria should not be playing for a dud team. He could play on any team in the league. What a waste.

      • WAR-time Consigliere

        Arenado > Longoria

  • Rod Harper

    What are odds Longoria will still be in a Rays uniform at the start of next season?

    • isittime

      He’s got a long term deal so I see him back but if they keep sucking I wouldn’t be surprised if he allows them to move him

      • WAR-time Consigliere

        I would think JD has Arenado listed as the top guy to replace Beltre in 2 years. Not a 34 year old Longoria at that point

        • isittime

          no telling what our situation is in 2 years but you’re right I can’t see us going for him

  • WAR-time Consigliere

    Dallas media complaining about Profar and Mazara. They need to talk about their underachieving football team across the street.

    Only thing to complain about with this team is Jim Knox

    • JacobMcCandles

      Media reports on what the public wants more of…its a business.

      • WAR-time Consigliere

        Well just laugh at the Astros then

        • JacobMcCandles

          Closed mind is an empty mind. Later

          • WAR-time Consigliere

            Closed mind would be Ken Giles and dumb mind is their GM always crying about no trade clauses and other teams dealing prospects

    • Rod Harper

      That’s why not many people ready the Dallas Morning News anymore!

    • isittime

      What are they complaining about? Recent slumps? I haven’t read it

      • WAR-time Consigliere

        The radio

  • JacobMcCandles

    OK Rounders…..bring it home..going for a run!

    • GoRangers23

      Later

  • dearmidol

    Uh oh. Hamels is over 100 pitches. Here come Tommy John.

    • WhoKnowscs

      Wouldn’t it be hilarious if someone got him to be pitching coach?

  • Rod Harper

    Damn! There goes the shutout!

  • GoRangers23

    With the day I’ve had, I’m really glad we’re winning! 🙂

    • dearmidol

      Sorry you’ve had a day.

      • GoRangers23

        Thanks …it’s getting much better now! 🙂

        • FlappingGums

          Good. I’m glad it’s getting better. I’m sorry it was one of those rough ones.

          • GoRangers23

            Thanks! How have you been doing today?

          • FlappingGums

            I’ve had a Busy, Busy day. Trying to get some things done around here before I go back to Mama’s. I’ll soon be going over to her house for a week or two. I’m going to come to the site whenever I get a chance while I’m gone! 🙂

          • GoRangers23

            Did you get a chance to look into that amoeba thing? If it hasn’t been in the water this year, you should have nothing to worry about. I haven’t heard anything about it in the news the last couple of years, I don’t think. I didn’t want to ruin your vacation. Hopefully it is just fine.

  • Ruffknuckles

    Kinsler catches that

    • WhoKnowscs

      And then bobbles the next grounder to him.

    • elkaba

      Odor catches that minus the basket catch showboating. 🙂

      • Whoops

        You called it.

      • Ruffknuckles

        I just like to throw out the “Kinsler”. Gets a lot of responses. I love Odor. Kinsler is a better baseball player though. Odor is more fun to have your team though.

      • grumpyderfsmagic8ball

        U mean

        • elkaba

          🙂

    • grumpyderfsmagic8ball

      Hey profar…kinsler woulda caught that

    • TD30

      How’s he gonna catch it all the way from Detroit?

  • WhoKnowscs

    That ball didn’t bounce right.

    • Rod Harper

      The Baltimore chop!

  • isittime

    A couple of tough break hits there

    • elkaba

      When was the last time Barnette was in? He may be rusty.

      • isittime

        It’s been a while but he didn’t do anything wrong. Bloop pop up double to left and a well placed bouncer by Elvis

        • elkaba

          Nothing wrong, just not as crisp as I remember his last few times.

          • isittime

            Now he can go on another scoreless streaks

    • Rod Harper

      I hate artificial turf!

      • isittime

        Artificial turf and Colorado

  • WhoKnowscs

    I guess Beltre and Moreland will have to homer again.

    • WhoKnowscs

      And Beltre does have a 3 homer game here.

      • GoRangers23

        Beltre has had three homers?

        • WhoKnowscs

          2011 ALDS game 4.

          • WAR-time Consigliere

            2011. He was with Boston in 2010

          • WhoKnowscs

            ah yes 2011 . . .

          • Ruffknuckles

            Yes. Cliff Lee money went to Beltre. One of JD’s finer moments

          • elkaba

            Maybe that’s the secret to his success. He makes better trades when he’s thwarted on pitchers. 🙂

          • GoRangers23

            OH, ok. You meant in this ballpark. 🙂

    • GoRangers23

      Oh yes! I like that idea! 🙂

  • FlappingGums

    I’m watching the game in the Bottom of the 8th. Catching up as quickly as I can. 🙂

  • isittime

    What do you all think about Claudio stretching out for a shot in the rotation next season?

    • elkaba

      Don’t think we’ll need it. Another day off next week. In fact, I think that’s why they’ve held off on Holland- don’t need him yet.

      • isittime

        Next season

      • Whoops

        Hope we don’t. 🙂

      • isittime

        It wouldn’t make much sense at this point

        • elkaba

          Plus activating Holland and/or Colby now would require sending someone down. After Sept. 1st, they just get added, nobody sent down.

    • isittime

      He doesn’t throw all that hard but he’s unorthodox and locates well enough it might work.

  • WAR-time Consigliere

    Diekmann will be the closer in october

  • isittime

    Tomahawk not working for Adrian tonight

  • GoRangers23

    Farquhar…..that’s fun to say. 🙂

    • Rod Harper

      Lord Farquhar from the Shrek movie rings a bell!

    • grumpyderfsmagic8ball

      Hard to spell

      • GoRangers23

        Yes, I had to look it up. 🙂

  • Rod Harper

    Ugh! So much for a perfect night at the plate for Adrian!

  • Rod Harper

    Time to wrap this game up!

  • Whoops

    Elvis sitting there talking Desmond’s ear off.

  • Rod Harper

    Only more than 15,000 at the Trip tonight! Talks about the sad state of affairs in the history of Rays baseball!

    • WAR-time Consigliere

      They should move to Montreal or Brooklyn

      • Rod Harper

        Montreal will get a team back in the majors sooner or later!

        • Gregor_S

          Yep. Brooklyn wouldn’t be bad either but the Mets have some sort of veto that lets them remain the only NL team in NYC. They were even able to make sure the Brooklyn Cyclones who were created a few years ago were an A team not a AAA team.

          • Gregor_S

            Brain cramp, forgot the Rays are in the AL. But the Yankees would veto it then. Though any Brooklyn team would be more likely to take fans from the Mets because they were brought into the league to replace the Dodgers (and Giants).

      • dearmidol

        Move to New Jersey.

        • grumpyderfsmagic8ball

          That’s a foreign country.

  • FlappingGums

    Finally – Caught up! 🙂

  • elkaba

    Why is Dyson warming up?

    • Rod Harper

      For safety reasons! Ha ha!

    • WhoKnowscs

      it’s Banister, how can you ask that.

      • elkaba

        LOL

  • FlappingGums

    So far a really good game.
    Does anyone know why Hamels was taken out of the game? Is he okay?

    • Rod Harper

      Pitched more than 100 pitches into the 8th inning!

      • FlappingGums

        Oh yeah. That. :-/

    • elkaba

      Pitched over a hundred and gave up a home run on a fat, juicy fastball down the pipe. Time to sit down.

      • FlappingGums

        All I’ll say is “Oh”. 😉

    • dearmidol

      No human being can be asked to pitch more than 100 pitches. It’s inhumane.

      • FlappingGums

        LOLA!!!

        • dearmidol

          If you want to see what it was like when pitchers were pitchers instead of China dolls, watch a documentary called, “Fastball.”

          • FlappingGums

            Got it! Will do! 🙂

          • elkaba

            And if you want to see the next wave of TJ surgeries in the making, go watch the Little League WS! 🙂

          • FlappingGums

            So true!

  • dearmidol

    there we go.

  • elkaba

    Winner!!!!!

    • Ruffknuckles

      Got back from Galveston early this afternoon and took Willie to the oncologist. Oncologist took him for blood work and a chest X ray and then came back with a smile on his face and asked me to follow him back to his office. He had two images on the screen and before he said anything I pointed to the one on the right and said that’s the new one and he nodded his head.

      The mastitis in his chest has shrunk, the cyst on the anal gland has shrunk by almost half. This is not something that we were anticipating, we were just trying to buy him a little more time. His doctor is “pleasantly surprised” by Willies reaction to this drug. By the look on his face I would say he’s actually shocked that it’s working so well. It’s a new chemo drug for dogs, so there’s not a lot of precedent. Anyway, me and my boy are pretty happy right now.

      • GoRangers23

        OH thank heavens! That’s AWESOME Ruff! I’m so glad for you guys! I think about it all the time, but am afraid to ask about it for fear something bad has happened. That is outstanding! Hopefully it will go way completely! What great news!

        • Ruffknuckles

          Thanks Go. Feeling good about things right now

      • TD30

        Amazing news Ruff!! I got teary eyed reading this!

        • Ruffknuckles

          You said you’ve been through this right?

          • TD30

            My boxer had lymphoma. We didn’t do treatment because it was pretty advanced when they found it. They just gave her steroids to help her feel better and enjoy the time she had left. But that helped and she lived about a year before she finally refused to take meds or eat anymore. Then it was downhill fast. I’m so glad the meds are helping your dog. I hope the cancer will go away for good! That would be wonderful.

        • GoRangers23

          We are pulling for that little boy doggie, aren’t we? 🙂

      • elkaba

        That’s great news, Ruff! Congrats to you and Willie!

  • Rod Harper

    Ballgame! Winner, winner chicken dinner! Gotta love Zaxby’s!

  • TD30

    Woooo hoooo

  • grumpyderfsmagic8ball

    Go Brewers

    • Rod Harper

      Do it for Lucroy!

  • FlappingGums

    WTG RANGERS!!!! 🙂

  • Rod Harper

    Hamels gets tonight’s game ball! 10 K’s tonight!

  • GoRangers23

    I wonder if Banny told Elvis to leave Beltre’s head alone?

    • FlappingGums

      Oh, maybe so. I noticed that he didn’t take Beltre’s helmet off of him. Beltre might have talked seriously to him off to the side of everybody.

      • GoRangers23

        Maybe. In his interview after the game, he said he just wanted to give Beltre the day off……sounds a little like a story to me. 🙂

  • Rod Harper

    Some major league team needs to sign Usain Bolt! I think he could run down fly balls in the outfield! Also who can they depend on as a threat on the bases?
    One question is–can he hit? 🙂

    • WhoKnowscs

      Eh . . . he can bunt his way on.

      • elkaba

        Bunt HR. I can see it now.

      • Rod Harper

        Oh yeah!

  • WhoKnowscs

    One of these Olympic Divers needs to do a Cannonball . . . to tank when they know they are out of it.

  • FlappingGums

    Good night Good people! 🙂

    • Rod Harper

      See you tomorrow!

    • GoRangers23

      Good night Flap!

  • starrangers
    • GoRangers23

      Bless his heart. I guess he still wants to be a Ranger….I mean, who could blame him? 🙂

  • SandyMc

    Is anyone here? During the game, posts did not show up.

    • WhoKnowscs

      There were post during the game . . . maybe not 5-10 a minute though.

    • FlappingGums

      I’ve had that happen sometimes so I refresh the page ever so often and that works. I hope that made sense.

  • WAR-time Consigliere
  • WhoKnowscs

    Astros-Orioles, First time in MLB HISTORY where 4 of a teams first 5 batters in a game homered. They had 5 combined homers in the first inning. (1 for Houston). By the end 4 Houston Homers, 5 Orioles Homers.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Mariners hang on to win 7-6 . . . Brewers were down 7-4 in the 9th, Bases got loaded but 2 outs then a single to score 2, but still 2 outs with the tying run on third.