Relentless. 191 comments


Joey Gallo connects for a three-run homer in the first to put the game away early and spoil Los Angeles’s home opener.

 

Some games are won with dramatic soul-crushing home runs in the last inning.

Some are won with anti-climatic soul-crushing home runs in the first inning. Like last night’s game.

After four hitters, it was 3-0, thanks to Joey Gallo’s second home run of the season. Not long after that same inning, it was 5-0. The game was effectively over at that point. All that was left was filling out the score card.

When the barrage was over, and all the ink was dried, after fifteen hits and four walks, it ended 11-4.

Right now, the Rangers offense is clicking. Everyone seems to be a threat. And, indeed, every starter except for Odor chalked up a hit last night. Even more maddening for Angels pitchers, five different Rangers drove in runs. Choo drove in three, Andrus two, Gallo three, Guzman two, Kiner-Falefa one.

Once again a Rangers starter failed to get into the fourth inning. But the hitters right now are bailing them out.

It doesn’t hurt that Texas is catching a lot of teams that are down. The Cubs are 1-5, the Astros are 2-5, and the Angels, after last night’s loss, are 1-6. That’s a lot of bad baseball. But, then again, maybe it’s the Rangers who are responsible for that.

The Rangers are now third in the American League in team batting average and on-base percentage, and second in runs scored.

But one stat defines this team in the most significant way, especially in light of the baseball Rangers fans have witnessed from their team the past two seasons: The Texas Rangers lead all of major league baseball in batting average with runners in scoring position.

Repeat, the Texas Rangers lead all of major league baseball in batting average with runners in scoring position.

.367.

Let’s bask in that while we can.

*****
TODAY’S GAME:

Lance Lynn (0-0, 11.12) vs. Felix Peña (0-1, 9.82)
Game time: 8:07 9:07

 

TONIGHT’S GAME IS AT 9:07 CENTRAL, NOT 8:07. SORRY, I HAD THE TIME WRONG ORIGINALLY.

  • Mr.C

    Good morning

    Got 2 go work so all I’m going to say is :
    85 more wins to go!

  • CrazyEd

    Spot on Kevin!

    Need to straighten something out about TuneIn Radio. MiLB has had a deal with them and if you go through MiLB’s site, ALL minor league team broadcasts are FREE. MiLB uses TuneIn for their gameday audio.

    Link:

    https://www.milb.com/live-stream-games/audio

  • Straxusd

    Awesome win last night! Crazy what our offensive stats are!!!!

  • CrazyEd
  • Nate Whitten

    Sir Kevin, this quote “But, then again, maybe it’s the Rangers who are responsible for that.” very well could be right and that would be a direct result of “The Texas Rangers lead all of major league baseball in batting average with runners in scoring position.” Yes, the season is very early, but I cannot think of ANY time in the last few years when the Rangers were hitting so well with RISP. They can’t keep an average over .300 for long, at least I don’t think so. But just in the .300 area will ensure that they score plenty of runs to overcome a weak rotation. And all of this is happening with one of their best hitters, Odor, doing NOTHING. That will change. Maybe others will go down, but having 5 starters with well over .900 OPS makes for a solid offense. Gallo is fulfilling his potential by having a better eye. Mazara is being the MAN, as well as Guzman , gives us 3 young power hitters fulfilling their promise. Elvis is being the solid hitter I always thought he’d be. The big surprise is Cabrera, who is exceeding all of my expectations. Pence is in the mid .800’s OPS, which isn’t bad. I dunno, but this offense looks scary. They have hit against some of the best pitchers in MLB. If they can continue the road trip this way, they will get attention. Let’s hope so–and get Odor going.

  • elkaba

    West Coast games worth staying up for? Yes, please. I’ll have some more of the same. 🙂

    • Nate Whitten

      I can’t do it. But when I wake up at 5 and read comments on here as well as everything about it on mlb.com, then I do get a thrill. I had forgotten how exciting seeing our Rangers win really is. So, I get a vicarious charge a few hours after the fact. It would be nice to get it live, but I can barely make it through a game that is played on the east coast!

      • GoRangers23

        Maybe you can take a nap in the middle of the day? I can’t sleep during the day unless I am very sick, but some people can.

        • CrazyEd

          I’m one of the ones that can. Anytime, any place. Don’t even have to lay down. Sitting works just fine. Noise bother me? Nope. Just give me three minutes and I’m out. Only good for about an hour, then I’m awake again.

          • Nate Whitten

            That’s a nice thing to be able to do. I’ll bet you have all sorts of energy. Really.

          • CrazyEd

            I’m basically a lazy so-and-so.

          • elkaba

            LOL When I was young, I needed dark, quiet, etc., to sleep, and even then I couldn’t sleep the first night in any new place. Now that I’m ancient, I can sleep anywhere, anytime for an hour or so or until things start to seize up from being in an awkward position. I bet I could even sleep standing up (until I keeled over!)

        • Nate Whitten

          At one point in my life I could do that. Now, I am not sleepy in afternoon–as a rule. When I am, I do nap and if the Rangers are playing, I’m listening to Nadel.

      • JacobMcCandles

        I am with you……hate West coast games

  • Rowdy Yates

    On the east coast only time to pull up the 1st inning Rangers’ stats last night. That was enough. Bedtime and an easy sleep. Great to see the young guys we’ve been waiting on finally catch fire. Don’t think as a group they’ll maintain this all season but it’s encouraging.

    Off to the Charleston Museum this afternoon then an evening reception and off to see the sea tomorrow morning. Hope the Rs repeat the whuppin’ tonight. Nothing better than whuppin’ the #$^*&!%Angels … unless it’s the $^*#@$%A’s!

  • dearmidol

    Has anyone seen the fate of ex-Ranger Chris Davis? Not only did he end last season with the worst batting average OF ALL TIME at .168, he ended the season going 0-for-21. This season, so far, he is 0-for17 with eleven strikeouts. And only four more years on his contract.

    • CrazyEd

      Yes, it’s really too bad. He’s such a straight up guy. He has to be mentally miserable. The good new for him and bad for Baltimore is they owe him a ton of money. Hopefully it’s a mental thing and he can turn it around. Sheesh, getting pinch hit for by Hanser Alberto!

      • Nate Whitten

        It has to be mental. The guy has hit 50 taters before, I think. You don’t totally lose that ability.

        • elkaba

          Yes, you can lose ability. And it could be a lot of physical things. Vision changes. TIA (tiny changes in blood flow in the brain that affected hand eye coordination). Or some musculoskeletal issues, as well. But yeah, even if it started form some physical cause to begin with, it’s probably mental by now. Hope he gets it sorted out.

          • GT500

            Musculoskeletal……really….???

    • Straxusd

      Sad for him but glad we got rid of him.

    • GoRangers23

      That is so awful, not only for him, but the team that is paying him.

      • isittime

        I was reading up on it. 7 years 161 million. They have him through 2023. Ouch.
        Maybe they can work something out with him like the rangers did with Arod and all that dead money they ate with the trade. They’re still paying him 1 million a year.

    • isittime

      Hate that. He’s from my hometown.

      • Nate Whitten

        I’m from Kilgore–10 miles away and still live out in the country 10 miles from both towns. The Longview paper used to track his stats when he was bashing HRs. Mercifully, they have now stopped. I hate it , too. He has totally lost his confidence. The O’s are stuck with a very bad contract.

        • isittime

          Maybe he’ll get it straightened out. It’s amazing he fell off so much.

        • JacobMcCandles

          Just got back from Lindale last weekend. Family fav place was the old Johnny Caces in Longview.

          • Nate Whitten

            yes, that was a fancy and good place for years. at the end, it was crappy. you were there in the good ol’ days.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Never lived there….Grandparents and Uncle buried there….saw the Dogwoods this year

          • vegasRANGER

            HOME of the Eagles………(1956 grad)

    • Mr.C

      I hope JD doesn’t pick up his contract.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Strange……offensive yips

  • dearmidol

    Not sure if everyone noticed, but tonight’s game starts an hour later than last night’s.

    • CrazyEd

      I thought they’d give us a break. Sheesh. I just love west coast ball games. NOT!!!

    • LoboTX

      Are you sure ? I’m seeing a 9:07 CT start on bspn as well as the Ranger’s site.

      Doesn’t matter, I’ll fall asleep in the 4th just like last night, hope we’re ahead by 4 runs by then !

  • CrazyEd

    For those on the Calhoun watch. He hit a double to the wall, drew a bases loaded walk and misjudged a fly ball that went over his head.

    • Mr.C

      Good trading chip
      Maybe the Angels will pick him up.

  • CrazyEd

    The knock on Leody Taveras has been that he hasn’t hit. Right fully so. Maybe, just maybe he’s turned the corner. He went, I think, 4 for 4 last night. Might have been 3 for 4. Either way it’s a good sign. Needs to keep it up though.

  • CrazyEd

    The four minor league starters went 17 2/3 innings and walked ……. nobody!
    As a general rule, in the minors, a starter is given a pitch limit every game. Doesn’t matter how well or how bad he has been pitching, he goes until the limit and then is pulled. It can be bases loaded with nobody out and if he’s not at his limit, he’s not pulled. If he’s got a no hitter going, hits his limit, he’s pulled.

  • CrazyEd

    I received Scott Lucas’ anual minor league primer in the email. It’s two sections five pages per section and explains the differences between minor league and major league ball, and the reasons why. How to interpret some statistics. Which ones are meaningful when evaluating young players, etc. I’ve saved it off, so if any of y’all want a copy, drop me an email at:
    FatEddy@Protonmail.com
    and I’ll get a copy to you. It’s much too long to even attempt to post on here.

    • calntom

      Thanks Ed. Will do

  • Nate Whitten

    Kevin, you gave me a link to a great MLB information source one time. My DA lost it. Could you(or anyone else who knows of whence I speak) give it to me again? I will NOT lose it. Thanks.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Was it Porn?

    • GoRangers23

      Was it Baseball-reference.com ?

      • Nate Whitten

        yes–thank you

    • dearmidol

      Was it what go posted below? Baseball-reference.com? I use that a lot.

      If you are looking for a specific player, Google, say, Joey Gallo Baseball Reference and you will find it.

      • Nate Whitten

        thanks

  • elkaba

    Rangers site and TWC channel lineup has tonight’s game starting at 9:07 CDT.

    • dearmidol

      Really? Sorry, I had it wrong. My first error of the year.

      • CrazyEd

        You didn’t get it wrong, at least it wasnt your fault. Either Baseball Reference or MLB got it wrong. One shows 10:07, the other shows 9:07. Maybe Baseball Reference is located in the Eastern Time zone. That might be the source of confusion.

      • elkaba

        LOL, I only brought it up because it’s listed later in places according to some. No worries.

      • JacobMcCandles

        You and Cabrera!!!!

  • Mr.C

    Ok

    I’m calling it early

    Lance Lynn will have a complete game tonight.

  • CrazyEd

    There was some confusion about TuneIn Radio and minor league ball last night. If you go through MiLB’s site ALL minor league games audio is FREE!!!!!! Link:
    https://www.milb.com/live-stream-games/audio

  • CrazyEd

    Mike Trout is good at baseball. Walking him just because is probably not a good strategy. Depending on the situation, it might be a good idea, but most times not. You just take your chances and hope he doesn’t go yard.

    • dearmidol

      Have you seen the rest of the Angels lineup? Not a single threat other than Trout.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Lineup is better IMO

        • dearmidol

          They are missing Upton and Ohtani.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Ok…was commenting on them being there

      • JacobMcCandles

        Might want to delete Mr C posting of a porn site…..sure he wasn’t being malicious..just bad taste

        • dearmidol

          What? I missed that. Let me go look.

  • TD30
  • CrazyEd

    O.K. Volquez to the 10 day dl with and elbow sprain. Same elbow he’s had two TJ’s on. Bet it’s longer than 10 days. More like 10 years. Kyle Bird called up. Still need a starter IMO.

    • CrazyEd

      Oooops my bad, that would be Jurado. Couldn’t call him up today, he’s on the mound in Nashville as I type. Wait a few days.

      • calntom

        Sampson could start if he does not get overly used before then. Volquez next start would have been Wednesday

    • calntom

      Sampson has been as good as anyone in the rotation, so far

    • elkaba

      Kuechel still available…

      • CrazyEd

        I have a sneaky feeling he’s going to stay that way also. At least I don’t see the Rangers signing him. Might though, one never knows.

        • elkaba

          Yeah I was half kidding. It wouldn’t really fit with “the plan,” but hey, the way we’re playing, who knows what the FO is thinking?

          • CrazyEd

            I’ll take a wild guess and say they’ll call up Jurado. He pitched well in Nashville tonight. Only one earned run through five complete.

  • CrazyEd

    Calhoun just stole 2nd base. Tocci one upped him and stole home. Sounds up 1-0 in the first.

    • CrazyEd

      Calhoun must have gotten picked off. He was on second and now he’s not. Nashville still has only one run. Oh well. We’ll find out later I suppose.

  • GoRangers23
  • CrazyEd

    Tocci is having a good game in Nashville. 3 AB’s, 2 Hits, 1 Walk, 1 RBI and scored 2 runs 1 by stealing home.

    • CrazyEd

      So far Calhoun has an 0-fer with a walk. Has left 3 ducks on the pond.

  • CrazyEd

    Seise is having a good game in Hickory. 3 for 3 with a SB and a run scored.

    • calntom

      Seise had 3 hits last night as well

      • CrazyEd

        He’s got some peoples attention. Especially after the spring he had. He’s been smoking hot.

  • CrazyEd

    Terry just hit a slam in Hickory.

    • calntom

      Was Ofer last night. He was due

  • elkaba

    This time last year I was actually starting to dread another game, let alone a West Coast game. Boy, what a difference a year makes! Can’t wait.

    • CrazyEd

      I still hate west coast games. Winning helps, but not much.

      • elkaba

        LOL, I know what you mean. I’ve been a very grumpy bear all day. Family’s tiptoeing around me… wonder why?

        • GoRangers23

          I was hoping to sleep in this morning, but some crazy person woke me up. I am hoping I can sleep in tomorrow or I will most likely become a little bearlike myself.

  • CrazyEd

    Talk about a crazy at bat …. Chase d Arnaud just fouled off five strait pitches and got hit by the sixth one. Pitcher must have been saying to himself “foul this one off”

  • CrazyEd

    Somebody has fed the Rangers minor league pitchers control pills. They are hardly walking anybody. Even J. Hernandez is through 6 innings with only one walk.

  • CrazyEd

    I’ve had just about enough baseball tonight. I’m shutting down the last two minor league games and going to go watch the Rangers from the comfort of my bed, just in case I need to take a nap.

  • Mr.C

    Beasley learned something about Trout last night

    Lol

  • WhoKnowscs

    Well we can’t finish every game in the first.

    • elkaba

      The adjustments have begun. No Harvey fastballs for Joey.

  • elkaba

    I love how Mathis sometimes sets up inside for an outside pitch. Doesn’t telegraph what’s coming.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Haha….don’t think thats by design

      • elkaba

        I think it is by design more often than not. He doesn’t hesitate to move the glove over as soon as the pitcher looses the ball. Glove sits and waits for it. With RC and Lucroy they set up where the ball is going.

  • WhoKnowscs

    The Walks have started.

    • WhoKnowscs

      Now the pitch count can climb!

  • JacobMcCandles

    Is anyone experiencing on the site that a lot of posts just say “more replies” and you have to click on them to see them??

    • elkaba

      Yeah, I think it’s something new like a feature that lets you expand a long string.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Thanks yall

    • WhoKnowscs

      Yes, probably a change in the way disqus works without our input on the matter.

    • GoRangers23

      Yep

      • JacobMcCandles

        Just seems strange cuz its not all posts….just random???? Oh well

        • GoRangers23

          Yeah, it’s weird.

        • GoRangers23

          I think it happens when there are several responses to a post.

  • GoRangers23

    Why in the world did the camera man go up so close on Delinos butt? I have a 46 inch tv, and it was filled with butt!

  • GoRangers23

    It looks like the Angels may have taken offence at their opening day pummeling..

  • GoRangers23

    Woo Hoo!

  • GoRangers23

    Go Joey!

    • Mr.C

      Clap Clap clapclapclap

  • Mr.C

    Gallo again !

  • WhoKnowscs

    And Joey made adjustments back.

  • Mr.C

    Cabrera needs a better barber

    • GoRangers23

      A lot of baseball guys need a better barber. 😄

      • Mr.C

        Andrew Cashner

        • GoRangers23

          Yes!

          • JacobMcCandles

            DD

          • Mr.C

            Woodward

          • GoRangers23

            I’ll have to see his hair again to make an informative decision on whether or not I agree. 😁. I can’t remember what his hair looks like.

          • Mr.C

            LOL

            Good luck

          • GoRangers23

            I was about to say…it’s all tucked under that hat. There is no hair to see.

          • Mr.C

            Hahaha.

  • Mr.C

    Good catch

  • Mr.C

    Pujols has lost a lot of weight

    • WhoKnowscs

      well good for him

  • WhoKnowscs

    Wow the game isn’t being blocked out for me(yet at least) on MLB network but it’s the Angels broadcast guys.

    • GoRangers23

      Are you in Texas?

      • WhoKnowscs

        Yes. Bedford.

        • Mr.C

          FSSW

          • WhoKnowscs

            I know it’s there but I was just surprised when I went back to MLB network it wasn’t blacked out.

          • Mr.C

            Oh
            It’s not. I thought you said it was.

        • GoRangers23

          That just doesn’t make sense how that happens sometimes. All Texans should be able to see the Rangers play if they want to, for every game, and with our announcers.

          • WhoKnowscs

            I can on FSSW I was just surprised it’s not blacked out on MLBnetwork.

  • WhoKnowscs

    I’ll take an out please . . . any out will do.

    • WhoKnowscs

      Thank you.

  • Mr.C

    Choo needs a better hair stylist

    • GoRangers23

      I totally think he should have picked a different color! That color just makes me think he’s an old guy. And coloring his entire head instead of just the top didn’t help either. ……not that I like that hairstyle to begin with, but it’s better than a whole head of grey when you aren’t actually grey.

    • WhoKnowscs

      At least it’s better than DD’s.

  • GoRangers23

    This is the total opposite of yesterday’s game. It’s going by really fast and not much headway is being made .

  • WhoKnowscs

    Rouggie will homer.

    • Mr.C

      He is due

      • WhoKnowscs

        Exactly.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Claudio is pitching for the Brewers vs the Cubs, only needs 1 out though.

  • Mr.C

    Odor needs to trim his ears👂

    • GoRangers23

      Lol. I’m not even going to comment on that one. 😂

      • Mr.C

        😂 🤣

  • GoRangers23

    I’ve got a severe case of the yawns and I’m going down fast. There’s not enough excitement to keep me awake.

  • WhoKnowscs

    hahaha

    • WhoKnowscs

      That was funny.

      • GoRangers23

        What was funny? I missed it. I fell asleep and woke up with a dog nose in my face. She knew I wanted to watch the game. I have trained her well. Lo

  • GoRangers23

    Good hit Delino!

  • WhoKnowscs

    awww . . . so anticlimactic.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Let’s get Lynn his w(y)nn!

    • dearmidol

      I like that.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Come on Rouggie! You can do it!

    • WhoKnowscs

      Oh well better luck tomorrow.

  • elkaba

    We’re still alive.

    • GoRangers23

      I thought you fell asleep.

      • elkaba

        No, just watching and waiting…

        • GoRangers23

          You will have to post a DO NOT DISTURB! sign on your bedroom door for in the morning.

          • elkaba

            Don’t worry. They won’t bother me. I was a total bear today- they want me to sleep in. 🙂

          • GoRangers23

            If mama’s not happy, ain’t nobody happy! 😄

          • JacobMcCandles

            Amen

        • JacobMcCandles

          Good Moody Blues song

  • dearmidol

    Three runs coming up.

  • dearmidol

    That’s really close. Did he have control of it?

    • WhoKnowscs

      That’s the question.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Foot came off I thought….but he is damn slow

      • dearmidol

        Yes he is.

  • dearmidol

    Dammit.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Need to hit like we were with 2 outs if we are going to pull this out.

  • dearmidol

    I am calling it here. This is the year of Joey Gallo.

    • WhoKnowscs

      It may be his year. But that wasn’t his AB.

  • dearmidol

    Well that inning fell apart.

  • dearmidol

    The Rangers should get a Mike Trout.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Oh well. Rangers can’t win them all. And if they are stupid enough to pitch to Trout with a guy batting below .050 after him they are going to deserve to lose.

    • dearmidol

      I said it earlier: this is a bad lineup other than Trout. Just walk him every time like Joe Maddon did with Bryce Harper.

      • WhoKnowscs

        Exactly if the Angels are going to beat you make sure it’s all the other Angels and not Trout.

      • elkaba

        Good idea. Don’t know why they don’t do it.

  • Tony Howell

    Only one player is hitting on the angels, how stupid can you be to pitch to Trout.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Guz getting the tall man strikes

  • GoRangers23

    Aw, so close!

  • dearmidol

    Come on, Hunter.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Good scoop
    …..toods

  • GoRangers23

    I guess they don’t need any other players besides Trout.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Break this game down: Rangers got on base and couldn’t capitalize. Rangers pitched to Trout and paid the price with a loss.

    • elkaba

      That’s it.

  • calntom

    You all are a bunch of diehards