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The next six weeks are going to be critical for Rangers General Manager Jon Daniels as he tries to clean up the train wreck he created.

 

Jon Daniels has made some monumentally franchise altering trades. Jon Daniels has made some monumentally franchise crippling trades.

You take the good with the bad.

As the Rangers begin looking at pieces to deal in order to rehydrate an arid farm system, it’s worth looking at Daniels’ trade history to suggest what we will be seeing in the next seven weeks leading up to the trade deadline.

Like the team he has currently assembled, Daniels is in somewhat of a slump trade-wise, having been fleeced in his most recent deadline deals. But he has made many that turned out golden for the Rangers. Here are the four best. Later, the four worst.

1.
The trade that became The Trade and saved Daniels’s career was the Mark Teixeira deal, an industry-altering trade that set the standard for so many rental-player talent swaps that have come since. Coming off an epic Jon Daniels fleecing in 2006 in the Adrian Gonzalez deal, which followed on the heels of another horrible trade in the Alfonso Soriano deal, Daniels’s career as a GM was tenuous, at best.  With Mark Teixeira’s free agency a season-and-a-half away, with Scott Boras as his agent, and with Teixeira’s shaky relationship with Ron Washington, all signals were clear that Teixeira’s future as a Ranger was short lived. In 2007 the Rangers farm system was in shambles. Daniels needed to restock the pantry and found the Atlanta Braves more than willing grocers. The Rangers traded Mark Teixeira and reliever Ron Mahay to Atlanta for Elvis Andrus, Neftali Felix, Matt Harrison, Jared Saltalamacchia and pitcher Beau Jones. Teixeira was dealt a year later to the Angels when the Braves realized rentals are just rentals.

2.
Daniels also struck gold in 2007 when he traded Edinson Volquez for Josh Hamilton. But at the time, it was a huge gamble. Volquez was a third of the vaunted DVD pitching trio of Danks-Volquez-Diamond that was going to transform a historically pitching-deplorable franchise. He traded the future for a four-time suspended drug addict wash out who turned out to be the offensive engine that took the Rangers higher than they had ever gone before. Volquez just threw a no-hitter, and Josh Hamilton is out of baseball after his flame burned out quickly, but it was easily one of Daniels’s two best deals. Without Hamilton, the Rangers don’t go to their two World Series. Without the two World Series, the Rangers don’t get the city of Arlington to build them a new stadium.

3.
Most of Daniels’s more recent trade deadline deals have been a disaster, but the Cliff Lee trade in 2010 was exceptional. It seemed like the Yankees were a lock to land Lee from Seattle, but Daniels stepped in at the last minute, and with the team under bankruptcy, and got Cliff Lee for Blake Beaven, Justin Smoak, Matt Lawson and Josh Leuke. Cliff Lee for Nah, Meh, Who?, and Who?. With Lee, the Rangers made it to their first World Series ever.

4.
Landing Cole Hamels at the trade deadline of 2015 was a brilliant stroke. At the time, the Rangers were in fourth place in the West, just a few games from last place. This was coming off a year they finished last, Ron Washington resigned, and the team was in a trash heap. 2015 was looking a lot like 2014 (2017 is, too, for that matter). Then Daniels traded for Hamels and Jake Diekman. Almost instantly (and with the help of jettisoning Leonys Martin and Tanner Schepper), the Rangers turned it around, methodically moving up the division before eventually overtaking the Astros and Angels and winning the West. You really cannot have a better trade result than that. Time will tell what the players the Phillies got in the deal—Jared Eickholff, Nick Williams, Jake Thompson and Jose Alfaro—will be. But this deal was won from the Rangers’ standpoint already.

So, now the Rangers prepare the task of being sellers at the trade deadline. It’s good to know Jon Daniels has the ability to make blockbuster deals in the Rangers’ favor. Many have backfired, though. But that’s the topic for another day.

*****
TODAY’S GAME:

Andrew Cashner (2-5, 3.39) vs. Tanner Roark (6-2, 3.95)
Game time: 6:05

How the Rangers hit against Roark.
How the Nationals hit against Cashner.

 

 

  • JacobMcCandles

    Love this topic as it rarely is looked at objectively..and followed through till the end. The Tex trade is heralded as the coup of the century. Put JD on the map. But was it really that good? Was at the time…but look at it now. Salty had a pedestrian career. Nefti good for a tad, Matt gone…Elvis got the inflated contract. Tex had a long career, that was HOF material before injuries. We filled multiple holes and yes it was a good trade. But was it FANTASTIC…nope, not now.

    • elkaba

      Also left out that the Tex trade left us cursed at 1B. Never have been about to get a solid, “Beltre/Tex-esque” player manning that spot. It’s been a revolving door of disappointment ever since.

      • Nashvillecat66

        As far as Teixeira was concerned, he basically forced his way off the Rangers’ roster.
        He didn’t get along with Wash and while on a minor league injury rehab he made it abundantly clear — via an interview with the DMN — he didn’t want to stay.
        If he hadn’t been traded, the Rangers would have had a bigger mess on their hands.

        • JacobMcCandles

          Yep….just exploring the full path of trades.

        • elkaba

          Right. I forgot about his season of discontent. But my overall feeling is that some of the most obvious great trades, while they’ve brought us to the brink of our goal (WS rings all around), they haven’t gotten us all the way. Every time we’ve improved the team via trade, we’ve also weakened it going forward. It would all have been worth it if it worked. But ALMOST still only counts in horseshoes. 🙂

          • JacobMcCandles

            Hand grenades.

      • dearmidol

        If only the system knew how to develop talent.

        Maybe Gallo can be that long lost first baseman

      • JacobMcCandles

        Chris Davis, Smoak 290/17/45 ty MM….

  • JacobMcCandles

    Hamilton for Volquez…as Kev says, it was an important trade and I agree. As big as getting Ryan and 1 yr of Lee. Ham gave us relevance, the best swing ever by a Ranger…and the HR that was supposed to get us the WS. Volquez has won close to 100 games, with a low 4 era. Trade monumental success? Nope.

    • dearmidol

      I think the Hamilton trade is what got the Rangers to the World Series. Without him, those two years don’t happen. And without the fan base discovering baseball, the new stadium doesn’t get funded.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Agree 90% lo….stadium gets done regardless thanks to Arlington a city with vision compared to the Dallas political cesspool…but hey, say hi to John Wiley for me!!! 😎

        • Nashvillecat66

          Technically, JWP is a county commissioner and wouldn’t have a whole lot of say so on what goes on with the city of Dallas.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Of course Cat…just lampooning Dallas govt, which is quite easy to do…..prob the worst school board of any major city in TX, lack of progressive ideology across the board and a fundamental lack of business acumen.

          • Nashvillecat66

            Not sure I agree with your assessment of a “lack of business acumen” regarding Big D.
            There have been boneheaded decisions made along the way by governmental boards, commissions and councils, no doubt. But any major city has its share of boondoggles and head scratching moments.
            Dallas raced forward in the 20th century specifically because of keen businessmen and women who able to create a friendly business environment and keep the cash registers ringing.
            Simply because Jerry Jones or the Texas Rangers can’t convince the city of Dallas to pay most of the freight for their franchises doesn’t mean the city “has a lack of business acumen.”

          • JacobMcCandles

            Wasn’t restricting it to just sports decisions but yep they have certainly failed in that endeavor. BTW the Ballpark in Arlington has been paid off for years now..and is putting millions in Arlington bank bags, and Jerryworld is ten years ahead of payoff schedule.. Not to shabby in my book.

          • Nashvillecat66

            I didn’t feel as if you restricted your “lack of business acumen” to just sports entities. Neither was I.
            There’s no question forward business thinkers in the areas of banking, finance and real estate have guided Dallas to a respected status in the United States.
            So outside of the sports arena, what specifically do you see as examples of the “lack of business acumen” in Dallas?

  • JacobMcCandles

    Then of course, sometimes it’s the trades you don’t make. We don’t thrive in the 2010 WS without Lee…but thankfully Ryan didn’t bait the hook enough and we missed on Him…his career tanked and we had to settle on a dude named Beltre.

    Lastly…a player that impacted both teams…TX getting Hamels instead of Houston might have kept the Stros from the WS two yrs ago….and post season ly. While TX advanced another level in 2015..it was the Stros that had KC on the ropes twice and KC didn’t lose again.

    Good topic….have to follow it to the end and sometimes it takes YEARS

    • dearmidol

      The Hamels deal, in my opinion, paid immediate dividends and changed the fortunes of that 2015 team that was going nowhere (and made a Manager of the Year out of Banister). To me, that one was a success already.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Agree 100%

  • elkaba

    My priorities for the Rangers going forward:

    1. Beef up our domestic scouting operation and HIRE A REAL GM (hopefully before we hit the trade/draft markets again). We’ve been good at finding international players at 16 years old, all the while overlooking a ton of older, more seasoned, domestic talent. International scouting made sense for team with few dollars to spend, but that was then. Now, if we have money to blow on aging players and bad contracts, we have the money to invest in top high school and college talent who are already primed for US style professional baseball. (Not as much to get lost in translation.)
    2. Replace the pitching coach (no more Houston castoffs.)
    3. Replace the hitting coach (Iapoce is a nice guy and decent dancer, but that’s not exactly working at the plate.)
    4. Long shot: Replace the manager (Find one who will work with and plan for the talent he has, not try to force that talent into an ever changing, rigid, predetermined sabermetrics scheme.
    5. Restock the farm by choosing the best overall players. Don’t go for specific or particular positions, just take the best athletes with the most tools of those available.
    6. Fill in any blanks with equitable trades and solid, unheralded journeymen until such time as the farm can give us the young players we need to start another run.
    7. Let JD focus on the new ballpark (something he’s doing already… and it shows.)

    • JacobMcCandles

      Good stuff….wonder how many fans of other teams like their hitting/pitching coaches!!!😡

      • dearmidol

        I hear things like, well you can’t pin this or that on the hitting coach because it’s the players. Then why have a hitting coach? And if we have a lineup full of no contact guys don’t you hire a coach who is good at dealing with that kind of hitter?

        • JacobMcCandles

          Don’t disparage the need for a coach or the potential impact of one, but yes I do disparage the potential impact on a player that does not listen. And I do underline how the majority of fans blame issues on the coaches. You can be the best teacher in the world, but if you do not have a willing pupil, stands for naught.

          • elkaba

            The better managers seem to get their messages across and get buy in for what they’re saying to their players.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Well we were talking coaches…but yep, change it to Mgr and I agree fo sho.

          • elkaba

            Yeah, I was thinking of the manager like a head coach. There are any number of coaches, and I can see some being more effective selling the message than others. But the manager is the top dog. If he wants to, I’m thinking he can make life either fun or hell for a player who’s decided he knows better. I really don’t care if it’s carrots or sticks, but this BS about coaches and manager being unable to direct the efforts of the team, that I don’t buy.

          • JacobMcCandles

            51

    • GoRangers23

      I especially agree with the part about finding top U.S. college and high school talent! That has been missing for a while.

      • WhoKnowscs

        And they have one of the top baseball colleges “in their backyard” TCU.

  • possumrld

    Good article Kev! Very informative and balanced, and spot on accurate in my opinion. But I would add, I think the worst thing JD has done lately is the hiring Bannister. I believe with competent management this team would be at least 8 games over .500. Instead, we are floundering 3 to 5 games under .500, and seem hopelessly mired in mediocrity, or actually, we are performing worse than just plane mediocrity.
    And as you pointed out in yesterdays article, there doesn’t seem to be any relief in sight. And to me, if something doesn’t change pretty quickly, Bannister may not even last the seaosn out.

    • dearmidol

      I get the feeling Daniels wants a manager he can control.

      • possumrld

        Perhaps. But JD isn’t the lone decider on the manager, is he?

  • JacobMcCandles

    Anyone notice Elvis has a 12 game hitting streak…..speaking of Mr error, his first MLB AB he doubled off one Cliff Lee.

    • GoRangers23

      I did! 😄

      • JacobMcCandles

        That’s just us!!

        • FlappingGums

          Count me in! I noticed!! 😀

    • elkaba

      I have no problem with Elvis and his errors. He makes enough spectacular plays and has come up in terms of offense enough to compensate for his mistakes in my book. But Elvis should be pared with a superb defender at 2B. Adding Rougie to the mix up the middle is a recipe for disaster. Trading Rougned should get us something in return and improve defense overall.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Sounds like a major rationalization!!! LO…..I would agree with that surmise “this” year.

      • dearmidol

        Trade Odor? Are you kidding? He is the next Rogers Hornsby. Only Hornsby had as many home runs as a second baseman at that age You have no idea what you are talking about. Go have a lemonade and come to your senses. (Verbatim of what the MLB Radio guys said to me when I suggested trading Odor in the offseason.)

        • dearmidol

          By the way, elk, my reply was not meant to you. I was just relating the thrashing I took on the radio when I mentioned that.

          • Nashvillecat66

            Nothing worse than a radio thrashing.

          • elkaba

            LOL, yeah, I got that. 🙂

  • GoRangers23
    • FlappingGums

      Both sets of pics are really good! 😄

  • GoRangers23
  • FlappingGums

    I’ve had a hard time pin-pointing what’s wrong with this season’s team. Yesterday’s article said it really well — when this works, that doesn’t in all needed areas of the game. Whereas JD has made some good choices along the way during his career, I think our troubles of 2017 point back to him. If it’s the managing,the roster, the coaching staff … that all points back to JD. I would’ve thought he’d have had a firm talk with (or to) the team by now. What’s he going to do to right the ship? And when? It needs to start immediately! Light a fire under the team we have and see what they’ll do before completely dismantling it. Maybe get us a good fresh arm for the BP.

  • FlappingGums

    With the Draft happening next week, I’m wondering …. Do any of you watch the Draft Picks on tv?

    I’ve watched it in the past. I won’t have the opportunity to watch it next week – already have a full week scheduled with Mama next week.

    • dearmidol

      If I have the time. I am not as familiar with as many names as I should be. But there are some players that get talked about, so it’s interesting to see where they go. The MLB draft is tough. With basketball and football, you have a much better idea of what the player will be in the pros. With baseball it’s much more a crapshoot.

      • WhoKnowscs

        Apparently its already worked out by the Prognosticators.

        Nate Pearson and Tristen Lutz for us!

        http://m.mlb.com/news/article/235304580/round-1-forecast-mlb-draft-starts-monday/?topicId=27118122

        Or we can wait and see how things actually play out.

        • JacobMcCandles

          Saw the Lutz kid play a couple of times….but he would be 5 yrs away

          • JacobMcCandles

            Like the JB BUK from NC but he will be gone.

          • WhoKnowscs

            Point of my post was: why bother having a draft if we have are just going to make predictions down to the T about “best available”. But, then again, It doesn’t matter half of the first 10 will likely not even make it, and only half of the remaining half(2 or 3) will likely even be the impact players teams think they are getting. Thus is the crapshoot of the MLB draft.

          • azrangerfan

            How true and then the 421st player taken becomes a superstar. LOL

          • WhoKnowscs

            Wasn’t Pujols around that?

          • azrangerfan

            IDK

          • WhoKnowscs

            Googled it, he was a 13th round Draft Pick.

          • azrangerfan

            Just goes to show some do slip by.

          • WhoKnowscs

            402 overall

          • WhoKnowscs

            And Kershaw was passed on by the Rockies. Kershaw went like 7th or 8th.

  • GoRangers23

    Ahhh. The house is loud and stinky again. All is right with the world. 😄

    • FlappingGums

      I’m happy everyone is back home again!! So glad your house is loud and stinky. LoL! 😄😀

      • GoRangers23

        I’m not so happy about the stinky part, but it comes with the boys. There is no way you can separate the two. Lol. I already had to send one of them to put his socks in the washing machine and wash off his feet. 😄🤢😷😵

        • FlappingGums

          LOL!!

        • JacobMcCandles

          Bright side….shoes without socks are smellier

  • TD30
    • JacobMcCandles

      Gallo at 1B Pro at 3B
      …hmmmm

      • FlappingGums

        Gallo has turned out to be pretty good at 1B. Profar at 3B? I dunno about that so much.

        • JacobMcCandles

          Yep…..just seems like weakening 2 positions….ultimately Gallo prob ends up in LF next yr

          • azrangerfan

            Nothing lost letting Profar play at 3rd while AB is hurt. He needs to do good and build some value. It’s not like we need to play for the best record possible at this point. The lower the finish the better and doesn’t give JD any hope for a playoff run. This team is not a playoff caliber team.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Or lose value😎

          • azrangerfan

            Nope his value is about nonexistent now. If he could have a good 3 or 4 weeks might could trade him for something. However if he could turn things around and prove he belongs I would probably keep Profar and trede Odor.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Gotcha….we missed the boat on trading Pro but I will not give up on Odor based on 2016

          • azrangerfan

            I think the organization is partly to blame for not giving him a position to play a couple years ago. He has been jacked around and then had the arm troubles. Profar will be better than he has shown and I truly believe last year was a one time thing for Odor and I also believe he will never be a quality defensive 2nd baseman. So without 25 to 30 home runs knowing how bad his defense is I would trade him while his value is somewhat high. Higher than Profars anyway.

          • possumrld

            Yes, it is a bit early to give up on lil’ Stinker. But the fat contract he got was awarded way too early.

          • WhoKnowscs

            Odor just needs to be sent to AAA for the rest of the season(not to return until Sept. Callups). He hasn’t changed anything, and has no reason to if they don’t send him down. We’ve seen what he’s capable of last year. But now the book is out on him so it won’t ever happen again unless he changes.

          • possumrld

            I think Gallo will be OK at 1st base. Third will be the position that suffers.

      • possumrld

        “Veeely Intelesting.”

        • JacobMcCandles

          But……..S

      • WhoKnowscs

        You’re only other option from what Banny has shown it Gallo at 3B and Rua at 1B.

        Oh and look who’s back at 5!

        How many K’s will he have with RISP tonight!

    • FlappingGums

      Thank you, TD! 🙂 And tonight we’ll see of Cashner can hit along with pitch. 😉

    • WhoKnowscs

      I just wish they’d show Gallo and Harper “reuniting”

  • JacobMcCandles

    Who would think we had 2 top 15 guys in RBIs…a #2 guy in hits….#2 In HRs top guy in SBs..and this record…I remember posting we could be a 75 or 85 win team..is 75 reachable?

    • possumrld

      Not all that hard to believe when watching how abysmally this team is being managed.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Yessiree

  • JacobMcCandles

    Yowza…for $99 you can buy all 3 Ranger games at Min Maid and sit in field boxes. ROAD TRIP

    • possumrld

      I suppose that is a bargain if you are an Astros fan. But I would think half of that dollar amount would be a rip off, if you are paying to watch the Rangers play.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Yep..that kind of promo seems to convey. They are having trouble selling tickets

        • possumrld

          I think the Astros attendance is a victim of fast starts and big fizzles. There are plenty of of jaded Astros and Rangers fans in these parts these days! The Astros are probably going to need to perform for a year or two, before they get their fan base solidified. And it looks like they may be ready to do just that.
          The Rangers are probably looking at the same situation soon, unless they can turn things around by sometime early next seaosn.

          • JacobMcCandles

            I think its more of lack of interest in a losing team (TX) like I have said ad nauseum…..this rivalry is a bigger thing for Ranger fans…but the gap is closing.

          • elkaba

            Once Houston wins the Silver Slipper, which I fully expect to happen this season, it may come to mean more to them than when losing it ever year…

          • JacobMcCandles

            Yeah…it’s not a slap at TX…It’s more of Houston had decade old rivalries before Selig extorted them to the AL

  • FlappingGums

    I’ve been watching the Texas A&M game on ESPN this afternoon. Game is now in the 11th inning.

    • FlappingGums

      Now it’s in the top of the 14th! I’m watching both games now. 😁 😀

      • FlappingGums

        I aborted mission of watching both. Now just watching our Rangers! 😀

  • WhoKnowscs

    ODOR if you are an out . . .

  • WhoKnowscs

    The Cashner drinking game . . . for every player on the opposing team
    that that reaches base take a shot of whiskey. If you can make it 6
    innings without passing out you deserve a medal.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Choo, if you have a homer in you . . . now would be good!

  • Gregor_S

    Why is DD batting ahead of Cashner? If he steals and is successful he’s on second but Cashner (despite that lucky hit) almost certainly won’t drive him in. And if he’s caught stealing Cashner leads off the next inning. Granted that’s in a 2-out situation but it still seems to make no sense — basically takes the steal away from DD.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Bunt

  • dearmidol

    Wednesday night Jared Sandler said Jurickson Profar was, statistically, the worst offensive player in MLB since August of last season.

    • WhoKnowscs

      His career is over as a Ranger.

    • calntom

      No where to go but up

      • JacobMcCandles

        Neil Armstrong

  • FlappingGums

    I got to see Angie! I sure like her! She makes me giggle! 😀

  • WhoKnowscs

    Every time Odor comes up he’s on the verge of killing the Rally.

    • TD30

      Yep didn’t just k this time, managed to get 2 outs 🙁

  • elkaba

    Nice try DD

  • TD30

    Go Lucroy! !!

  • FlappingGums

    WTG. LUCROY!!! 🙌🙌

  • WhoKnowscs

    What the heck was Banny thinking not putting Odor and Profar 7th and 8th?

  • WhoKnowscs

    “He’s an athlete” . . . what kind of quote about a major league player is that?

  • TD30

    https://twitter.com/Evan_P_Grant/status/873336410861965312

    Just in case we were hoping Ross was the answer to our pitching troubles. …he just gave up back to back to back HR against OKC

    • FlappingGums

      That’s not promising. 😕

    • WhoKnowscs

      “He’s only making 6 million” – He says rhetorically while everyone talks selling “everything” including bleacher chairs.

  • TD30

    That was not fantastic Elvis….

  • TD30

    Come on MAZ!!!

  • WhoKnowscs

    Since when did Rouggie start batting from the Right side of the plate?

  • WhoKnowscs

    MIKEY!!!!! Give ’em the ol’ Shoulder squeeze!!!!

    • FlappingGums

      It was good to see Mike! I had forgotten he was with the Nats now.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Uh Oh. Banny had the bullpen up.

    • FlappingGums

      It could be uh oh for sure!

  • TD30

    Woo hoo Roogie!

  • FlappingGums

    WTG ROUGIE!!! 🙌🙌

  • FlappingGums

    Let’s go Profar!

    • FlappingGums

      Or not. :-/

  • WhoKnowscs

    Rouggie . . . do that next time you have runners on base.

    • WhoKnowscs

      If you want us to stop ragging on you that is.

  • FlappingGums

    Great hit, Gallo!! 😀

  • WhoKnowscs

    So will this be the end of Cashner?

  • JacobMcCandles

    So Roogie is ok tonight….lol. Too much talent to be milking cows

  • elkaba

    Ha! Don’t talk about Elvis. Playing SS is hard!

    • WhoKnowscs

      It’s not called the hardest position for nothing..

      • JacobMcCandles

        Sorry…Catcher gets the 🏆

  • WhoKnowscs

    We lent them Elvis?

  • WhoKnowscs

    Elvis . . . please leave the building!

  • elkaba

    Dang, missed the rub down.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Tip the massues

  • WhoKnowscs

    Might I suggest a walk Elvis?

  • JacobMcCandles

    Reading a biography on Johnny Carson….he said if life was fair Elvis would be alive and all the impersonators would be dead.lola

  • WhoKnowscs

    inconsistent Strike zone.

  • JacobMcCandles

    DD….and Rowdy missed it

    • Gregor_S

      Hah! Gomez might make that play. Desmond definitely doesn’t.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Tell you what Dez made me eat crow…..yes he was below avg..but what a athlete…..Banny had him play so freakin deep…..but had the arm

        • Gregor_S

          They put him in CF because he was a terrific athlete. But he proved athleticism doesn’t necessarily make you a good CFer.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Amen….and even with DD issues I still believe he is better in CF than lf at least his legs can help him more

  • JacobMcCandles

    Good game Cash….

  • JacobMcCandles

    Man that was a bad swing

    • WhoKnowscs

      Odor’s?

      Yep he can’t hit unless no one is on base it seems.

  • WhoKnowscs

    .387 OPS and it just went down more.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Fred Sanford Claudio on the bump

  • WhoKnowscs

    Anyone surprised he isn’t pulling Claudio?

  • JacobMcCandles

    Don’t know if anyone remembered but Roark came from us.

    • FlappingGums

      I thought so, but wasn’t positive. 😊

      • JacobMcCandles

        Scout FLAPPER

        • FlappingGums

          That would be me! 😀 😉

          • JacobMcCandles

            🏆👍

          • FlappingGums

            SCOUT Jake would be you! 😀😉

          • JacobMcCandles

            I’m more Sitting Bulll….😎

          • FlappingGums

            Oh – okay. Can i just call you SB? LoL!

  • FlappingGums

    Rangers – – Hold the lead!! 😀

  • Gregor_S

    Impressive game for Cashner. Nats have a scary lineup. Zimmerman, Harper, Murphy all over .320 with power, Rendon close to .300 with power. Hope the BP doesn’t blow it.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Turner up top Werth and Eaton on DL

  • WhoKnowscs
  • elkaba

    Rut row… Bush time.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Faith

      • WhoKnowscs

        Not a problem whether Bush worked or not. But continuing to use the same pattern that fails at least half the time.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Banny you #$@#$@# @#$@#$.

    • Gregor_S

      Whether it works or not it’s a bad move. Same pattern he showed with Dyson: keep throwing him out there to build his confidence and the opposite happens. Should go with Leclerc here.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Or left Kela

        • WhoKnowscs

          This . . . 2 bloop singles, in a 4 run game don’t scream . . . BULLPEN!!!

      • FlappingGums

        Leclerc for sure. Well, at least he’s ready for tomorrow’s game. 🙂

  • TD30

    Come on Bush, don’t give the game away

  • TD30

    What the heck?

  • WhoKnowscs

    Now a homer will tie it.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Now that’s sad or funny

  • JacobMcCandles

    Defensive replacement.

    .😬

  • elkaba

    Should have subbed Hoying out, not Kela…

    • JacobMcCandles

      Hoying replaced DD

      • elkaba

        Bad move subbing him in. Bad move leaving him in.

  • Gregor_S

    If we needed any further proof it’s not the Rangers’ year that play was it.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Bizarre

    • Gregor_S

      And if DD had made that play Rowdy would have written 5 pages about it.

      • JacobMcCandles

        LOLA

    • elkaba

      It’s what happens when the manager plays wholesale musical chairs. Don’t know if it’s an ego trip or mixed up sabermetrics, but I know this group will never gel like this.

  • Ruffknuckles

    Oh jeez. Rangers deserve a loss at this point.

    • WhoKnowscs

      No they don’t. Banny does though.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Over mananging cost a run.

  • TD30

    Way more stressful than it should have been

    • WhoKnowscs

      should never have taken out Kela.

      • elkaba

        Or DD.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Yesssss

  • GoRangers23

    Man, I missed the whole game! It seems like it was a good one too! I’m really glad we won this one that everyone assumed we would lose. 😄

    • TD30

      We were ahead and they tried really hard to lose it at the end!

      • GoRangers23

        I have had it on since about the fourth inning, but I was cooking and some awful, horrible, no good, very bad construction worker put my stove on the other side of the kitchen so that I can’t cook and watch tv at the same time. 😡

  • FlappingGums

    WooHoo! WTG RANGERS! 🙌🙌🙌

  • FlappingGums

    We’re on a WINNING Streak!!! 🙌

  • Ruffknuckles

    Missed most of the game. Did Harper get hit by a pitch tonight?

    • FlappingGums

      Nope, not tonight.

      • Ruffknuckles

        That’s too bad. Only two people in the world that I actually hate. They both live in Washington too.

    • WhoKnowscs

      no.

  • WhoKnowscs

    4 consecutive outings now where Runs have scored with Bush on the mound.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Rua, Hoying, and Profar were the only hitless Rangers. But Rua and Hoying only had 1 AB, Profar was 0-5.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Astros lost . . . as if that matters.