Say goodbye to 2018. 20 comments


The last day of 2018. The season couldn’t have ended soon enough. In fact, it pretty much ended December 14 of 2017 when the Rangers, trying to bolster their rotation, traded for Matt Moore.

So, enough of 2018. Enough of the season that derailed before it started. Enough of the 95 losses, of Bartolo Colon and Martin Perez, of endless striking out, of Jeff Banister’s head scratching decision-making.

So long to old bad memories. Time to create new ones.

As T.R. Sullivan pointed out on MLB.com, the Rangers still have a lot more work left to do to get ready for the season. He calls attention to five areas in particular.

They need to complete the rotation. Right now it’s Lance Lynn, Mike Minor, Drew Smyly, and Edinson Volquez. And Smyly and Volquez are coming off Tommy John surgery, so they are a crap shoot.

They need to complete the bullpen. This seems to be a yearly occurrence but bullpens are fickle. One year a guy is unstoppable, the next year he can’t get anyone out. About the only sure thing they have is Jose Leclerc, and you really don’t need a closer when you are planning on losing 95 games or more. In this quest to stockpile pitching prospects, Leclerc is the most valuable piece to dangle in a trade. Find another closer when you are ready to compete in four or five seasons.

They need to figure out the catching situation. Jeff Mathis hasn’t been a full-time catcher since the Rangers were good, back in 2011. His backup, Isiah Kiner-Falefa, is still learning the position. This current front office has never developed a catcher. Chances are they will carry three catchers, which shows you just how challenging this roster is going to be.

They need to find a third baseman. It seems to make perfect sense to move Gallo to third. That will free up the outfield of Calhoun in left, DeSheilds in center, Mazara in right, with Choo as the DH. But the Rangers have said Gallo won’t be their third baseman in 2019. Mike Moustakas would be a great addition. He would bring a solid major league bat and much needed veteran presence. And he’s been around the game long enough not to be freaked out by having to replace a legend.

Figure out centerfield. Is it going to be DeShields? Gallo? Someone from their system? Right now the Rangers have a glut of outfielders who all bat from the left side. They need balance.

Spring training is six weeks away. The Rangers still have a lot of work to do. They have a lot of holes to fill.

  • JacobMcCandles

    If we were to sign someone….i would do Adam. Jones. CF would be taken care of…

  • grumpyderfsmagic8ball

    Calhoun and DDS = Deep Doo Doo. That’s a technical term.

  • elkaba

    As for 2018, goodbye to the whole dang year. Flush it and start over.
    I see we’ve gotten rid of the standings… good riddance to more bad rubbish.
    (Thanks, Twig!)

    • dearmidol

      Actually, I figured out how to get rid of the standings. You CAN teach an old dog new tricks.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Can you roll over?

        • dearmidol

          Working on that.

      • WhoKnowscs

        You would just comment out the line(s) in the page source that call the standings code. I’m not sure thats how Kevin did it, but that’s how I would do it.

        • dearmidol

          There are plug ins on the administration page. One was for the standings. It allows you to activate it and deactivate it.

      • elkaba

        Well good for you! Well done you old dog! 🙂

      • Nathan Whitten

        Thank you kind sir. If this old dog can learn a new trick, I am certain that you can…which you proved.

  • elkaba

    I may have to give our new skipper, Chris Woodward, an unusual nickname… “Billy Bob.” He looks so much like Billy Bob Thornton that every time he speaks I think I’m watching a movie.

    • JacobMcCandles

      He does say French fried pertaters a lot….uh huh

      • Nathan Whitten

        Does he like the big uns?

  • dearmidol

    Interesting fact from Jason Stark:

    The Rangers rolled out 18 pitchers in their 20s and 13 pitchers in their 30s this season. But guess who threw their only complete game? Yessiree, it was the one, the only Bartolo Colon, who was a sprightly 45 years, 43 days old at the time.

  • GoRangers23

    Happy New Year’s Eve everyone! I’m sorry I haven’t really been able to post too many things lately, but I’ve been battling a particularly awful bout of the flu since around Christmas night. It’s just the gift that keeps on giving. 🙂. If you are going out, stay safe out there! The rest of my family has a virus, so we will all five be staying put. We are a pitiful bunch. Thankfully my oldest son is feeling much better and has become the errand boy. Tissues, cough drops, etc, go quickly times five. Have a good one! 🎉🎊

    • elkaba

      Hang in there, Go. Happy New Year anyway. 🙂

      • GoRangers23

        Thanks Elk! Happy New Year!

    • dearmidol

      That’s too bad. Hope you are feeling better soon.

      • GoRangers23

        Thanks. Me too. Happy New Year!

  • JacobMcCandles

    Happy New Year Rounders!! Chinese food and Netflix and firing up some wood!!