Smyly struggles again. 366 comments


This should be the last recorded photo of Drew Smyly in a Texas Rangers uniform.

 

So now the Rangers have a moment of truth. Does Drew Smyly get another start?

The better way to ask that question is, do the Rangers actually think they have a legitimate shot at a wild card?

If yes, then no.

If no, then—why?

Why give Drew Smyly another start? All he has done with the eleven he’s been given is to stink up the place. He’s 1-5 with an 8.40 ERA. He’s given up four or more earned runs in his seven of his eleven starts. Now, four runs wouldn’t be deadly if, say, he was going seven innings. But he hasn’t made it into the fourth inning in five of those eleven starts, including his last two.

If Smyly had enough innings to qualify (he doesn’t simply because he isn’t going deep enough in games) he would be dead last in ERA in the American League by more than two runs.

Not only is he creating an incredible strain on the bullpen, he is doing the same to the offense.

It’s too much to ask them to dig out of the huge hole he puts them in game after game. They came close again yesterday, but fell short.

He has had starts where he gave up four runs in the first against Baltimore. Three runs in the second against Los Angeles. Two in the first against St. Louis. Three in the first against the Astros.

Yesterday, he gave up three in the second. Then two more in the third. And his twin brother from different mothers, Shelby Miller, came in and promptly gave up three more.

You can’t really hide Smyly in the bullpen. Because that’s where they are stashing Miller. How many mop-up guys can one bullpen hide?

Possibly the scariest part is Smyly felt this was his best game. “Today, I felt mechanically that I was way better than I have been,” Smyly told mlb.com’s T.R. Sullivan. “Just seemed like the ball and all my pitches were way sharper and just coming out way better than they were the past few games.”

When his best is baseball’s worst, it’s time to make a change.

The Drew Smyly experiment didn’t work. Time to admit the $7-million mistake (along with the $2 million-mistake on Shelby Miller). Time to move on, if the Rangers have any hopes of moving up.

*****
TODAY’S GAME:

Mike Minor (5-4, 2.55) vs. Chris Sale (2-7, 3.84)
Game time: 6:10

  • MikeH

    “Does Drew Smiley get another start?” No, he shouldn’t have gotten this one. Which brings up the question: how does Smiley get the loss in this game? I have always thought the pitcher that gives up the winning run takes the loss. In this case it would be Leclerc. Had he not given up that run in the ninth, we have a tie game. Has scoring changed or have I been laboring under a misconception all my life?

    • Straxusd

      I think that the official score can give the W or L to who they think actually contributed to final outcome. I have seen that happen with wins being awarded to a different pitcher if a bullpen guy blows it.

    • RR3

      He gets the loss because when he left the game, the Rangers were trailing and the game was never tied. Had they tied it, then Leclerc gave up the runs, Leclerc would have gotten the L.

      A few years ago, CJ Wilson was ejected from a game after one batter reached. That batter ended up scoring. That went against him, it was his earned run. He got the loss because the Rangers eventually lost and never tied the game, even though only one run was charged too Wilson. That was a really rugged way to get the loss.

      • MikeH

        Thanks. I was unaware the game had to be tied. Just when I thought I knew it all. LOL

  • FatEddy Period, That’s it

    I said my piece on possible solutions on yesterdays thread. It’s easy to identify the problem. The solution is not so obvious.

    • isittime

      It’s a tough one. I’m not necessarily giving up on Smyly, but him continueing to try to find himself on this stage is getting more than painful to watch. I’m not sure they can even convince Smyly to work in the minors, but if they do it might take more than one pitcher to eventually fill his spot. The guy you mentioned yesterday gets a couple of starts or the kid who pitched Saturday gets another go or two until they get a clearer picture. But as you’ve said before, that’s above my paygrade.

  • isittime

    Unfortunatly Smyly hasn’t improved. As Kevin has pointed his ERA is now north of 8. I’m not sure how Smyly’s contract works , but i’m somewhat sure that the Rangers would have to DFA him and he clear wavers to send him to the minors to work out his mechanic issues. Which I don’t think would be too hard to acclomplish with that 8.40 ERA. I hope the Rangers and Smyly can work something like this out, because he is not endearing himself to fans with this version of himself.

    This is not a tanking ballclub, but the Rangers are tanking any chance of a post season bid running him out there every 5th game.

    • elkaba

      I don’t know which is scarier: Having Smyly pitch every 5th game. Or him believing yesterday was his best start yet.

  • Mr.C

    Kevin

    Great points as always. This is the way I see it. Will this team win 90 games in the Regular Season? Is 90 wins going to be enough to secure a WC spot?

    If you ask me, the answer to those questions is absolutely yes. If you are JD, the answer to those questions might be: Let’s wait and see where this team will be by the end of the month.

    Buying or Selling decisions are going to be made after JD assess the performance of this team in June.

    In other words, plan to see Smyly in the mound every 5th start.

    • elkaba

      I don’t see JD buying anything regardless of what happens in June. The only question is whether or not he’s reached the maturity to admit mistakes and move on or if he’s still stuck in permanent CYA mode.

      JD has enough success to tout this season that admitting a mistake on Smyly wouldn’t take anything away from a
      “good year” as GM. But if they keep pretending Smyly isn’t a problem (and insisting that his stuff is on its way to becoming electric) and if he keeps costing wins, then yeah, this risks becoming the story of another failed year.

      • Mr.C

        The Cubs agreed to trade Smyly to Texas last off-season. By doing so, Texas avoided buying out Hamels opt-out so the $7M contract on Smyly was not a mistake, and at the time EVERYBODY in this site agreed was a no-brainer.

        JD did a wonderful job this off-season, he had a lot of positions to fill and he did. He basically, cleaned-up his organization at all levels, laid out his vision and instituted plans at every level to execute his vision. He has publicly accepted the organization’s weakness in prior years in developing pitching prospects. He changed the draft strategies in the past as witnessed in this year drafted players.

        That said, I just posted yesterday what I believe the team record will be by end of June. If the projection holds, I don’t see where your pessimism is coming from as JD had always tried to cut deals for the team. Whether we as fans agree on those deals or not, he had always tried to cut deals to improve the team.

        Time will tell, July will come ….. we will come back on this subject by then. In the meantime, enjoy the ride!

        JD is FANTASTIC !

        • elkaba

          LOL, Love the cockeyed optimism, but even if we agree that $7Mil for Smyly was a wash, as opposed to a “mistake”, since it would have been a cash out to Hamels anyway, that still leaves the “mistake” of continuing to throw him out there every 5 days, especially now that the team is showing signs of being able to hold their own or better in a Wild Card #2 race.

          Even a month ago using Smyly made sense, since it’s only been lately that we’ve discovered we have 4 good to decent starting options, not just 2, (and a workable, revolving door 5th option in the wings in Nashville.)

          I still think if Smyly turns it around he could be a decent to very good option. But what I don’t like is the continued delusion and PR-speak about him being “nearly there.” Nearly there halfway through the season? Nearly there after giving up multiple runs a game and in only a few inning? Pitch OK for a few hitters. Get into trouble. Lose focus. Melt down. Get pulled too late to save the game. What I saw yesterday was much more Martin Perez than “nearly there.”

          As for JD being fantastic, all I can say is the last time JD was fantastic he was surrounded and propped up by lots of help. The buck has stopped with him for years now, and the results have been mediocre at best. FANTASTIC is more than aspirational. You have to prove it. Maybe he will. But for now, it’s a stretch. 🙂

          • Mr.C

            “… the results have been mediocre at best.”

            Really? How many wins did you predicted at the beginning of the season? 70?
            That’s about a 43% winning percentage.

            The team is actually winning 53% of their games!

            How is that mediocre?

          • elkaba

            I didn’t make any predictions at the start of the season, but I freely admit they’re doing better than I thought they would. My “mediocre at best” comment was referring to all the years JD has been on his own as GM, without the cadre of support he was surrounded by leading up to and during the “WS years.” His mistakes and missteps during that time are numerous and well known. No need to rehash them again.

            This season I think JD still came up short of providing a fully functional professional team from the start, and IMO that’s something he struggles with- too many holes on Opening Day. But this season’s surprising success means he can afford to say that Smyly was worth a try and didn’t work out. What he and we can’t afford is another long, drawn out discovery of that. I appreciate that he’s now taken steps to change the system, top to bottom. And as I stated in my original post, JD has a lot to be proud of this year SO FAR. He’s built a much better team than I and many others gave him credit for at the start.

            This team has proven they can win with what they have. It’s not a perfect team, but how many have ever been? I want these guys to have every chance of continuing to win but not at the cost of the future. I hope they continue to monitor the scrap heap for bargains, but I have no interest in seeing JD trade parts of the team or the farm at the deadline. What I want is to see us making best use of the assets we have and getting rid of anyone who isn’t contributing to that effort.

    • RR3

      You are assuming this is a 90-win team. That is doubtful. Even more so if they run Smyly out there every fifth start.

      • Mr.C

        I am. Especially if we finish the month of June with a winning percentage close to 55%.
        You were assuming this was a worse team than last year. Clearly is not.

        Yesterday I posted the schedule for the rest of the month and how I see the team record by month end. I supposed you looked at it and think my assumption is wrong.

        We can revisit the subject in July 1st. For now, lets agree to disagree.

        • RR3

          No, before the season I predicted the same record as last year, not worse. I was wrong about that. This team is better. But I also predicted neither Miller, Volquez nor Smyly would be in the rotation by mid-June. I am two-thirds right. What I wasn’t counting on was the Rangers being able to replace them with anything even remotely close to workable, because they haven’t in the past. For now. I am thrilled Sampson and Jurado are doing what they are doing. I am also cautiously optimistic. I saw your prediction for June. I hope you’re right.

          • Mr.C

            Don’t take it wrong. What I’m trying to say, is that a prediction is exactly that. I tried to base my predictions in trends, and trust me, I can be wrong. I predicted KC in the playoffs this year!

            However; doubting 90 wins is achievable vs. believing it will happen could only be debated after the team shows sustained performance over better teams.

            Your doubts in the team, are the same doubts a GM should have at this point in the season. That’s why I believe, we will continue seeing Smyly in June.

          • RR3

            Well, they jettisoned Shelby Miller, so I assume they will do the same with Smyly. Sometimes you have to say enough is enough.

          • Mr.C

            Ok,

            who would replace Smyly at #5?

          • RR3

            Palumbo for now.

          • Mr.C

            Palumbo is a AA player. Wouldn’t you let him develop through the system ?

            He needs to play AAA first before MLB IMO.

          • Mr.C

            I was thinking a better option would be Chavez. He could be the 5th starter and that will create an opening in the BP for a AAA pitcher to fill (maybe Fiegl).

          • FatEddy Period, That’s it

            I too worry about Sampson and Jurado. Jurado more than Sampson. Jurado is Bartolo junior. If his control is spot on he’s good. If not, he’s batting practice.

        • RR3

          One other point. 90 wins might not be enough. It certainly wasn’t last year. Oakland won the second wild card and had to have 97 wins. This year’s American League isn’t great, so the top teams will pad their wins. Boston, Tampa Bay and New York all have a crack at Baltimore 19 times, and Toronto 10 times. That gives them a huge advantage. Where it evens out a bit is they play each other, so they have a tougher schedule in that regard.

          The Rangers have two patsy teams, Los Angeles and Seattle. But they also have to play Houston and Oakland, teams they will not run all over. It’s really going to come down to Boston and Oakland fighting it out for the second wild card with Texas.

          • Mr.C

            You know my position on that.

            I will meet you in NY for the WC game. You will pay the beers !

          • RR3

            The Yankees are going to win the division, my friend. It will be at Tampa Bay.

          • Mr.C

            We’ll see.

            LOL

  • elkaba

    The other little wrinkle to the Smyly saga is its effect on momentum. We had some going into yesterday’s loss. Now it’s gone. We could have used some good juju and trailing winds heading into battle at the home of the Sox. Instead we are left licking self-inflicted wounds and starting over from scratch.

    • RR3

      Yes, he makes it hard to have sustained winning streaks.

      • Mr.C

        It’s tough to make significant deals in June. For example, I would like the team to trade for Trevor Bauer from Cleveland. Calhoun, Burke and a minor league prospect should be enough for the trade.

        The problem, Cleveland is 1.5 games from a WC spot. They are not sellers yet !

        • RR3

          Yeah, I agree with that. I wasn’t advocating a June trade. Rangers need to make do with the players in their system.

          • elkaba

            Yep, that’s the crazy part. The team is better than we thought they’d be and could be made even better just cutting Smyly- addition by subtraction. We have other options in house.

  • RR3

    It will be interesting to see how the Rangers do against the Red Sox. One, they are on the road. Two, they are not playing a pushover. Three, tonight is the first game of a series.

  • RR3

    I am doing the New York Times crossword puzzle in the Dallas Morning News. I am stumped on 18 Across: Lone Star State baseball player. Eleven letters.

    • WhoKnowscs

      What Letters do you have?

    • WhoKnowscs

      Just from Active Rosters
      Rangers

      Elvis Andrus (11)
      Nomaer Mazara(11)
      Hunter Pence(11)
      Rougned Odor(11)
      Jesse Chavez(11)
      Ariel Jurado(11)

      Shawn Kelley(11)
      Jose Leclerc(11)
      Brett Martin(11)
      Chris Martin(11)
      Shin-Soo Choo(11)

      Astros
      Brad Peacock(11)
      Cionel Perez(11)
      Ryan Pressly(11)
      Alex Bregman(11)
      Yuli Gurriel(11)
      Derek Fisher(11)
      Josh Reddick(11)

    • Vlad2019

      Texas Ranger.

  • FatEddy Period, That’s it

    I’m probably in the minority on this, but here goes. Chasing a wild card, at this time, for this team is a fools game. All it will get the Rangers is …. a one and done or out in the next round. Fine if it happens, but don’t chase after it by trading away the farm. They’ve done a good job of somewhat rebuilding it, but not there yet. There are needs that haven’t been filled. The farm system is better, but not yet where it needs to be. How did it get this way? By chasing play off spots with teams that were not really play off contenders. Learn from history. Yeah, I want to see some post season baseball, but I want to see it with a chance to actually get to the WS. I’d also like to see it year, after year, after year without the intermittent visits to the cellar or near cellar. It took me a looooong time, and a couple near death experiences, but I’ve finally learned to be patient and enjoy life as it’s given to me.

    • elkaba

      Agree. I don’t want to see any trading up or down in July. But I still like the idea of putting the best you have on the field every day.

      • WhoKnowscs

        This.

        I’m past the point of “seeing what we have” though too. Or more to the point I’m tired of the “We’ve seen what we have, but what if we could just get it to work like we want” philosophy. Constantly throwing Leclerc into the 9th inning(Or other high leverage situations) desperately trying to make him a closer is either going to fail or cost you too many games until it doesn’t. On LSB they want to claim “small sample size” which is definitely true but they also keep trying to use last seasons numbers to justify why he should still be given a chance this season, where he has worst ERA on the team in the ninth inning(Granted most of it was from April), or they claim he’s “fixed” based on his numbers not in the ninth the past month. Since losing the Closer role he is 1 for 3 in scoreless ninth’s, though he did throw 2 scoreless in extra innings last week(vs. the Orioles). Let him throw a 7th inning every 3 games or be an opener for someone and you’ll probably be fine.

        Note: Last season the Rangers were .500, 2 games into the season and after that they never reached it again. They were in last place, or tied for it every day last season. Leclerc did not officially take over as closer until they traded Kela. Yes, he was lights out as closer for the last 2 months after the trade. But the Rangers were also in last place and were not playing for anything. In the last 2 months the Rangers were 2-10 vs teams that made the postseason last year. Leclerc got 1 save but did pitch in both wins.

        Throwing Smyly out every fifth game isn’t working either Even if they don’t offer length, there is bound to be some arm that could give them 3(if not more) without posting up crooked numbers.

        I liked the almost comeback a week ago, but having 2(Or 3) almost comebacks and losing them all in a week is just aggravating. And after a while you just won’t care about the almost comeback, It’s just another loss where it’s evident you should have tried something different.

        • elkaba

          Leclerc seem to do best when there’s nothing at stake- kind of difficult fit for a closer or ninth inning guy.

    • Mr.C

      Hi Eddie!
      Can’t disagree with you more !!! This is Baseball buddy !

      “Learn from history. Yeah, I want to see some post season baseball, but I want to see it with a chance to actually get to the WS.”

      The following wild-card teams have won the World Series:
      The Florida Marlins, in 1997 and 2003;
      the Anaheim Angels, in 2002;
      the Boston Red Sox, in 2004;
      the St. Louis Cardinals, in 2011; and
      the San Francisco Giants, in 2014.

      Three consecutive titles, from 2002 to 2004, were won by a wild card.

      That’s the history my friend. Baseball has always been about momentum. Any team can beat anyone at any given point in time!

      • FatEddy Period, That’s it

        You have inadvertently placed “history” in a context that it was not meant. It was meant to mean recent Ranger’s history. JD has, rightfully, taken a lot of heat for some of those trades. He’s even admitted they were a mistake and were made when the team wasn’t ready. The current team is not ready and doesn’t have the supporting cast in the minors. It has, maybe, two quality pitchers and questions about the bull pen, 2nd base, catcher and center field. Yeah, they are playing well against select teams, but they are not play off quality. Throw in the thin minor league and the supporting cast is not that great. The minors is living off the pitching. It is thin on position players and bats. The pitching is good, but how many of them will make it to the major league rotation and stick is probably two. The bull pen picture is better. The two closest and most likely to stick in the majors are Palumbo and Burke. The rest are long shots for the rotation, but more likely bp arms. The real chance for the Rangers is 2021/2 and beyond and probably does not include some of the current players.

        • Mr.C

          Thanks for clarifying; but I still believe we don’t need to trade away the farm to chase a WC spot.

          Offense is fine; we only need an additional SP on contract for at least 2 years. I mentioned Trevor Bauer on a previous post.

          • FatEddy Period, That’s it

            That’s fine, how do we implement? Do we really want to include Burke in the deal? I realize you have to give quality to get quality, but is that the deal the Rangers want to make? Better yet does Cleveland want to make it. Do they want to trade a know quantity for a quality prospect. Do they have a need for a one dimensional player, Calhoun. Those are honest questions because I am totally ignorant of the Cleveland system.

          • Mr.C

            Yes and Yes.

            They need offense in the LF position badly. Calhoun is blocked in Texas. His recent numbers allow Texas to sell high.

            Trevor Bauer is a good trade chip for Cleveland because he will not be a 1 year rental .

            Cleveland will get 3 players for 1; and 1 of them will fill an immediate need.

          • FatEddy Period, That’s it

            I’m good with it if Burke is not included. Maybe another pitching prospect, not being Burke or Palumbo.

          • JacobMcCandles

            I agree Burke is a keeper.

          • FatEddy Period, That’s it

            Yup! He not only has the talent, he has the character to go with it. Character is his and Palumbo’s best qualities. A lot of guys have talent, but character is scarce.

          • Mr.C

            You know the minors better than anybody here!

            My point is…. June ends with a 55% winning record; then go for a trade that will bring an inning eater pitcher such as Bauer to the team.

            Such a trade will not require JD to drain the farm to make it happen.

          • FatEddy Period, That’s it

            Yes, I’m sure JD could come up with something that Cleveland might go for. Calhoun would be a good starting point. He doesn’t have a future in Texas, probably never, but for a team that needs a quality bat and not much else he’s perfect. Read DH/back up LF. His being a one dimension guy just doesn’t fit the current Rangers philosophy of versatility. Throw in a BP arm/possible starter and a lower level OF prospect and Cleveland might go for it.

          • Mr.C

            We can even add Smyly and eat his salary!

            That’s 4 players for Bauer.

          • elkaba

            YES! You know how every team thinks they can fix what others couldn’t.

          • elkaba

            Yep. Keep the character guys at all costs.

          • Mr.C

            Jonathan Hernandez

          • FatEddy Period, That’s it

            In a minute. He’s more than likely a BP arm and the Rangers have a slew of them.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Second!!!!!

          • WhoKnowscs

            Unless we can get Bauer without trading players then no. What about a waiver wire arm or some other free agent that’s as big a risk as Miller/Smyly but we can get without screwing up and giving them 7 mil?

          • FatEddy Period, That’s it

            The waiver wire is a possibility as are the indie leagues. JD grabbed Maness from one of the indie league teams. He seems to be Bibbens-Dirx type of guy, but younger. If they can sort out the roster situation he could be a replacement for Smyly. If it were me, I’d just release both Smyly and Miller and eat their contracts. It would open up two roster slots and solve a lot of problems. But, it ain’t me.

          • WhoKnowscs

            Yeah, I’m definitely in the just get rid of Miller and Smyly(or Minors) and admit you screwed up. I’m willing to bet they can find at least one arm somewhere to give them 4 innings without getting into trouble in the first 2 innings of work. Ideally you’d want 5 innings but baby steps.

          • elkaba

            That’s exactly what I want to see. Move on from mistakes. Don’t compound them by continuing what isn’t working. Baseball is like God- when it closes a door, it opens a window. 🙂

      • Nate Whitten

        Yes, but before 2012, the ONE WC had the same road as a division champ. No play-in game with TWO WC. It is harder now.

        • Mr.C

          Good point

    • JacobMcCandles

      No reason you can’t do both….don’t have to trade our farm, you can pick up a couple of free agents. Just makes good BB sense. Put butts in seats, build excitement for next yr when the new ballpark opens.

      • FatEddy Period, That’s it

        Free agents I’m good with. Buy away. The only obstacles to that are ; they have to want to be here (they are free agents), they have to satisfy a need, the contract length has to fit, and the dollars have to be right. If all that works out, I’m good with it.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Helicopter crashes into a Manhatten bldg

    • FatEddy Period, That’s it

      I’ve never understood how the FAA lets Helo’s fly low over populated areas but restrict fixed wings from doing the same. Yes, helo’s are smaller, but they are still dangerous when they crash and they are pretty darned prone to doing just that.

      • elkaba

        Those helos in Manhattan are just CEO taxis. They fly from building to building to airport, etc. Big wigs have to get around in style.

        • JacobMcCandles

          Lot of them do tours as well

          • elkaba

            Yeah, but I don’t know if the ones doing tours are flying low over buildings. The one today was a big wig taxi.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Been in a couple….took one too see Hoover damn

  • FatEddy Period, That’s it

    Had a tornado touch down here yesterday evening. Haven’t seen anything about it in the “news.” Probably won’t either. Most people here are prepared for such events. Most own generators, alternate cooking methods, chain saws, etc. Not to mention water purification tabs.

    • JacobMcCandles

      I have an emergency pack…..case of dry goods,case of water,table top grill with a back up butane grill,etc….

      • FatEddy Period, That’s it

        I’m probably over prepared myself. I’ve got a backpack with everything I need to survive. This climate I can handle. Up north, nope. I have a leg up, having been through SERE training I don’t need much.

        • JacobMcCandles

          Family has a cabin in New Mexico about 8K feet up……would try and make it there in case of major tragedy

          • Nate Whitten

            I am headed to our family Bunker in South Rusk County.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Love ETX…we have mineral rights in Rusk

  • possumrld

    Kev, you were very diplomatic with your headliner “Smyly struggles again”. I would have put something like, “Smyly Belly Flops, and Crashes and Burns – AGAIN!”
    But Smyly’s ineptitude aside, this is yet another example of a game that might have been won by the Rangers, except again, Woody waited way too long to pull an inept pitcher. I think this makes around 7 or 8 times this has happened now. And while the Rangers may not have won every one of those 7 or 8 games, let’s say they won half of them, or even almost half of them.
    That would put the rangers at 7 or 8 games over .500 now, instead of the current 4 games over, which is a huge difference.
    Don’t get me wrong here. I think Woody is a better manager than Bannister could have ever dreamed of being. But in this one area, he continues to just give away games, and it is driving me nuts!
    So I am wondering when at the end of the seaosn, if the Rangers should fall a game or two short of qualifying for a wildcard spot, we will be looking back at a couple of those “thrown away games” (literally) and have some regrets about this continuing pattern.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Ironically….Miller has been worse than Smyly….and Smyly has had a pretty good career…..but he may be at the end of time.

    • Mr.C

      Miller has been frustrating to watch; but the BP may save his career.

      Smyly needs a change of scenery.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Lineup:

    DeShields — CF
    Santana — LF
    Elvis — SS
    Nomar — RF
    Pence — DH
    Cabrera — 3B
    Forsythe — 1B
    Odor — 2B
    Mathis — C

  • FatEddy Period, That’s it

    Matt Davidson is doing his Choo impersonation for Nashville (I keep wanting to type RR) by extending his on base streak to seventeen games.

  • FatEddy Period, That’s it

    Why do stadiums insist on turning the crowd mics up high enough so they drowned out the announcers. Announcers are frequently bad, but not as bad as crowd noise.

  • isittime

    Gallo is currnetly 8th in allstar voting. Finds himself right behind Aaron Judge who’s only played in a bit more than 20 games.
    That’s BS.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Thought Gallo was second and Pence was 8th

      • isittime

        Pence in 2nd at DH. Trout and Springer lead the way, followed by michael brantley, mookie betts, eddie rosario, and judge. Elvis is sitting at 9th for short stops.

      • WhoKnowscs

        Andrus 9th at SS
        Gallo 8th OF
        Choo 18th OF
        Pence 2nd DH

    • FatEddy Period, That’s it

      Ever since the fans started voting it’s been a sham.

      • isittime

        And it has implications for home field in the WS. Double sham. It’s a damn exhibition game.

        • elkaba

          I thought they stopped that.

  • TD30
  • Nate Whitten

    Just got to see what Kevin had to say today. There absolutely no valid reason to start Smyly again. He is no cooperating with the coaching and is the worst imaginable starter. Unless you don’t care if he nearly guarantees a loss. Maybe they fall back. These next 4 games will tell us a lot. We will have pitchers that have had recent success. That is good. We won’t have Gallo. That’s too bad. Is Odor coming around just as we were ready to have him removed from the lineup. All it would have taken is one call from RR3rd and Odor would be sitting. So, I guess we still think he can get turned around. OK. Are we in agreement on this?

    • isittime

      IT’s a start for Rugie. He just needs to be more consistant. My favorite play by him was that double he hit down the 3rd base line. I would love to see more of that, especially on balls tailing away from him, than him trying to pull every pitch into the teeth of the shift.

      • FatEddy Period, That’s it

        Amen to that. When he starts taking walks and hitting to the oppo he’s starting to go good. When he gets pull happy is when he starts heading south.

      • possumrld

        Isist, right now, to me, for Roogie “more consistent” just means him not striking out on cap high pitches 3 out of 4 at bats.
        And I think this “start” is very tenuous. We have seen him being so abysmal for so long now, that any improvement seems like great progress.
        But I still need to see more, “takes” and more walks, and see him driving the ball more. Maybe then I will start to believe in Roogie again. But even if he catches on fire tomorrow it is going to take awhile for my skepticism to start to assuage.

        • isittime

          I agree 100 percent. 1good day is by no means he’s turned the corner.

    • elkaba

      Agree about Smyly. I’m pretty much over Odor. Even if he “comes around” what are the odds he stays around? With past as prologue the answer has to be virtually nil.

      • possumrld

        Agreed!

    • possumrld

      Roogie is still a crap shoot. His small improvement is better than nothing, but he still isn’t producing nearly to expectations. And I am becoming very doubtful that he will ever again be a big offensive factor.
      We shall soon see though.

    • WhoKnowscs

      I’m tired of Odor’s antics. There’s too much rationalizing him coming around. Unless he’s going to go and hit .500 or so the rest of the year(which I’m pretty sure no one believes he’s going to do, even his last 7 he’s in the .260s) it doesn’t matter because he’s been a black hole for so long. He’s started out in the gutter until Mid June-July and returned to the gutter by September the last 2 seasons. How many games could we have won this year with a consistent 2B that isn’t relying on a wing a a prayer to hope “he breaks out” and learns? Yesterday included, Odor has only 5 games this year where he has more than 1 hit. And I think he’s been in 49 full games + 1 pinch hit game(where he did nothing). He also has around 16 games where he did absolutely nothing and was just 3-4 free outs in a game. Keep him around as long as he’s producing, just don’t go expecting him to keep it going

  • FatEddy Period, That’s it

    Heard that the Rangers are considering several options with Smyly. One I had never thought of and I don’t know why …. put him on the IL. If they do that, the 60 would be the ideal one. They could send him to AZ and let him work out whatever needs working out.

    • elkaba

      Brilliant. Make it happen!

    • possumrld

      I keep saying the “6 month DL” would be ideal. 🙂

    • isittime

      I was wondering when he would end up with “elbow soreness”.

      • elkaba

        Wish it had been early yesterday morning.

  • elkaba
    • FatEddy Period, That’s it

      Don’t hold your breath. The cream will rise to the top.

    • possumrld

      While the article is interesting, and I am happy the Rangers are doing much better than their projections, yet the statement that “the only Rangers with above average talent are Gallo and Andrus”, to me illustrates the problems with some of the talking heads. Most of them are way out of touch with the likes of the lowly Rangers.
      And I do believe there as measure of politics involved with this traditional lack of respect. This is clearly illustrated to me in the fact that if Pudge Rodriguez had been a Yankee or a Red Sox, he would have been touted as one of the all time greats, if not the best defensive catcher of all time behind the plate.
      Instead, it took him forever to even get noticed, and now he barely gets any mention at all from the heavily leaning, east / west sports media.

      • elkaba

        LOL, I don’t know anyone in baseball who thinks Pudge was anything less than one of, if not the greatest catcher ever. East Coast. West Coast. Wherever.

        And I also think us fans tend to think higher of our own team than others do. If you look at our history, at our player stats, at our development track record, there’s little reason for those outside our fan base to err on the side of over-predicting success. We have been and will remain an underdog, a side note until we win the big one. Or until we tough it out for a 100+ years trying. You are free to take the experts’ skepticism as an insult, but I hope the Rangers take it as I do. A challenge.

    • isittime

      That’s why they play the game. Projections are nothing more than than an educated guess.

  • Mr.C

    Great
    We will start the series against my favorite ACE in baseball; Chris Sale!

  • JacobMcCandles

    Keep an eye on JD Martinez…..guy is brutal on LH pitching

  • Mr.C

    Angel Hernandez in 1B

    • isittime

      I very much dislike him.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Not as much as Wash!!!!

  • Mr.C

    2-0 against Sale

    (((( NOT GOOD ))))

    • isittime

      The boys will wake up in a bit

  • Mr.C

    Chris Sale is FANTASTIC!

    • isittime

      Not disagreeing

    • GoRangers23

      I really hope that at some point, hopefully earlier than later, they decide he needs to come out of the game.

    • WhoKnowscs

      When can we create a fire Sale?

  • isittime

    Same has thrown a 1st strike to almost all the hitters. Might need to start ambushing him.

  • isittime

    Some ugly at bats going. Guys swinging at those sliders way off the plate.

  • isittime

    Omg! What the hell.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Well there went are best chance to score so far.

    • isittime

      I don’t get that.

  • elkaba

    Dumb move

    • isittime

      I wonder if Elvis was supposed to bunt. He squared but pulled back. Idk.

      • Mr.C

        Probably

  • WhoKnowscs

    Was Elvis supposed to swing? Who called that dumb play?

  • WhoKnowscs

    First base runner and you try to steal 3rd?

    • isittime

      What’s crazy is anything can happen in Fenway . A couple of pop ups off the monster, all the sudden you’re back in it.

  • JacobMcCandles

    I don’t get the Odor continued hate…..I understand’s everyone’s frustration…I agree that a minor lge visit is in order….but its like everyone wants to see him fail.

    • isittime

      I don’t hate rugie. I just want Bautista’s head on the balls when he’s batting.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Worth trying

    • elkaba

      It’s not a matter of loving or hating. It’s a roster spot and a spot in the lineup that needs to produce. You can’t stand Mathis, because he’s not a hitting catcher. But he DOES contribute to our success with the pitchers in ways we can’t replace right now. So he may as well do the catching until we have someone better. And before you say RC is better, let me remind you that our pitchers weren’t exactly pitching to potential with him behind the dish. And he, like Odor, had years to get there and didn’t.

      Rougie isn’t hitting either. And we have better options who can more easily do his job on defense. That’s not hate. It’s just a reality. For every spot we hold out for those who aren’t doing the job, we’re blocking the possibility of someone coming and doing a better job.

      • JacobMcCandles

        I disagree…..and you never understood my point I was making about Mathis…..most of the Mathis chatter has stopped, but there are multiple negative Odor posts daily.

        • elkaba

          Well I guess it’s a question of expectations. We EXPECT Odor to be a better hitter. I don’t think anyone expects Mathis to be. Whatever they got Mathis for, it wasn’t hitting. So why complain when all he’s doing is meeting expectations? Odor, on the other hand, IS expected to hit, often and well. He’s just not doing it, so we complain. And as long as he doesn’t start hitting, we’ll continue to complain. That’s how baseball go.

    • Rowdy Yates

      “… everyone wants to see him fail”. No one wants to see him fail. Why would anybody here “want” to see any Rangers player fail as that would be totally counterproductive. What most here want is to stop seeing him flail around constantly. And it doesn’t help that he’s always got a chip on his shoulder. If he does get a clutch hit or make a good play he srtuts around like a little Mussolini. His ‘class’ level is almost as low as Bautista’s.

      And while I’m talking ‘class’ I’d say his message to Adrian the other night was classless. Every one of the several other Latin players spoke English in their congratulation message. Not Roughie. Spanish all the way. A language probably 75% of the audience didn’t understand. Odor speaks decent English, as we’ve heard in interviews. So IMO, he was just being disrespectful to the vast majority non Latin audience. Always that chip on the shoulder.

      • elkaba

        This makes me think of Big Papi and his diamonds. He can do what he likes, dress how he likes, dye his hair any color, and nobody can say a word about it. He earned the right to be himself. He’s earned it. And then some. I’m a big believer in letting players be who they are. I don’t mind the gold chains, funky socks, purple hair, bushy whiskers and all the rest. But here’s the thing- when you struggling to be barely, minimally, passably acceptable out there, it’s probably a good idea to tone down the swagger. Just look at DD. A few weeks at Nashville and the blue hair is gone along with the attitude. That’s the way it’s done. Whatever personality you want to display, you have to prove yourself first.

  • isittime

    Please don’t try to steal pence

  • isittime

    There’s a break.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Cabby has really turned it up

  • JacobMcCandles

    Ryu for LA….has yet to give up two runs

  • WhoKnowscs

    DD should bunt

    • WhoKnowscs

      A walk is just as good if you can work it.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Don’t you dare try to steal Odor.

    • WhoKnowscs

      Doesn’t look like he’s trying.

  • isittime

    How many called 3rd strike are ours going to watch. Ugh!

  • JacobMcCandles

    Good job Roogie

  • Mr.C

    #EXTENDSANTANA

  • Mr.C

    Elvis not FANTASTIC

    • isittime

      One thing Elvis has a tendency to do is take a strike no matter the situation. The best pitch he saw that whole an was that 0-1 fastball. Bat on the shoulder.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Good game….going to be a nail biter

    • isittime

      Always low scoring nail biter after smyly pitches.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Rangers get an assist for Semien bein player of the week? LOL

  • WhoKnowscs

    Ho hum. Nothing new here it seems

  • isittime

    Whatever the outcome, minor’s pitches his butt off. Would love to see the boys come back and give him a well deserved w.

    • Mr.C

      I can feel the win is coming !

      • isittime

        They don’t fold that’s for sure.

  • isittime

    That’s not a good start.

    • elkaba

      Somebody’s been looking at DD’s films.

  • isittime

    Elvis !!!!

  • JacobMcCandles

    Thought Beasley was going to send him

  • isittime

    Take one off the wall maz

  • elkaba

    I LOVE SMALL BALL!!!! (especially when Gallo isn’t available. 🙂

  • isittime

    Yessss!!!!

  • elkaba

    Holy cow!!!!

  • isittime

    Now cash in some insurance

  • Mr.C

    Wooooohooooooo

    I told you !

  • elkaba

    That was a beautiful hit! Just what we needed. No more. No less. They keep doing that and this team is for real.

    • isittime

      Using left field.

  • GoRangers23

    Well, I got a little adventurous with dinner and tried making homemade from scratch empanadas with a recipe I found online. It took a little longer than I hoped it would and I look like I have been dipped in flour and fried myself but I managed to finally get it done, missing half the game in the process. I got a kick out of the fact that the recipe told me to “Add the beef and let them love each other with fire over low heat for about five more minutes.” Mr Go was scared of those directions, but I was able to figure it out. Lol

    I didn’t know Mitch was on the IL. Bummer!

    Go Rangers! We are doing FANTASTIC!

    • JacobMcCandles

      Came back and immediately went back on

      • GoRangers23

        Do you know what is wrong with him?

        • JacobMcCandles

          No…..his avg had dropped pretty bad…so the injury was prob bothering him

          • GoRangers23

            Ok. Thanks!

    • elkaba

      Raisins, eggs, olives, beef, spices?

      • GoRangers23

        Yes to everything but the raisins. I would like to find a recipe with raisins in it though. I had some like that when Mr Go and I were dating, in Florida, and they were fantastic! I have been trying to find a recipe for them ever since. I loved those things!

        • elkaba

          Just use the recipe you have and add raisins with the other stuff after the meat is cooked. That’s how they’re made in Ecuador. And then they dip them in sugar after they’re fried. Best tasting thing ever!

          There’s a place in Irving that makes them perfectly except they’re the big ones, like the size of fried pies. We like the smaller, more bite size portions, a little bigger than pizza rolls. The lady there said she’d make us the smaller ones with sugar if we call a day ahead. It’s called Empa Mundo on Beltline Road. The ones with everything we like there are called “Criolla.”

          • JacobMcCandles

            Always thought they were a Cuban dish

          • GoRangers23

            I’m sure there are probably different variations from many different places.

          • GoRangers23

            Ooh, that sounds good! Thanks! I’m not sure this recipe would be compatible with sugar though because it has tomato paste and cumin in it.

  • Rowdy Yates

    Maz and Guz are both learning to go the other way with those outside pitches. Great AB and nice clutch hit.

  • Rowdy Yates

    That was a real ‘hanger’. Lucky the game isn’t tied.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Stop this Shawn.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Now on second surprised Cora hasn’t gone with a pinch runner

  • Rowdy Yates

    Nice play by Odor and Elvis.

  • GoRangers23

    Get em boys, get em!

  • WhoKnowscs

    No Whammy! No Whammy! No Whammy!

  • JacobMcCandles

    Angel had already called him out

    • WhoKnowscs

      Leaving base path?

      • JacobMcCandles

        I guess although I didn’t think he had

  • Rowdy Yates

    OK Tom … you’ve explained it 3 times now. LOL

  • isittime

    Jeez

  • JacobMcCandles

    Crapballs

  • elkaba

    Kelley’s stuff isn’t playing too well in Beantown.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Oh well.

  • Rowdy Yates

    Leclerc isn’t the answer and Kelley isn’t the answer. What a downer blown save after all the work the Rangers did top of the innng.

    • JacobMcCandles

      And Minor

    • isittime

      I’m leaning towards Chavez

    • possumrld

      Chavez, maybe?

  • JacobMcCandles

    Maz is slooooooooow

  • elkaba

    Thank you, doofus.

    • GoRangers23

      Ha! I was just sayin, “Thanks dude man number twelve!”

      • elkaba

        I HATE when they don’t put the names on the jersey’s.

        • GoRangers23

          They did all the work that they had to to be able to play in the big leagues, beating out so many other guys to get to where they are. I think they have earned their name being on the back of their jerseys. Plus, we have NO CLUE of who they are.

  • Rowdy Yates

    Big break for the Rangers. Now come back and crush ’em this inning with multiple runs and bring in Rivera for the save. .

  • JacobMcCandles

    Game was going to be short one

  • isittime

    Kelly’s been good for us but 3 blown saves in, what 10 tries. Not too good.

  • Mr.C

    Odor the hero

    • WhoKnowscs

      Not this time.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Rangers facing TBA tomorrow.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Another HR Fedex

  • WhoKnowscs

    Kelley hasn’t been the same since his surgery.

  • Rowdy Yates

    Minor 8 innings and 4 hits. Kelley 1 inning and 4 hits. Jeesh!!!

    • possumrld

      Kelly has been quite pedestrian of late.

  • GoRangers23

    I forgot what we decided to call him, and called him FX. I think that’s a tv channel. Ha!

    • Rowdy Yates

      He wasn’t FedEx on that at bat.

      • GoRangers23

        He’d better start delivering or we will find something else, not so good to call him. Lo

        • Rowdy Yates

          ExPro.

          • GoRangers23

            Lol

          • isittime

            Snail mail

          • JacobMcCandles

            Look at that “S CAR GO”

  • Straxusd

    Deshields looks like he belongs in the minors

    • Rowdy Yates

      He is a career AAAA player.

      • possumrld

        So it seems, Rowdy. The shame of it is DeShields seems to have the talent, but he can’t seem to put it all together.

  • possumrld

    Sheesh, Kelly is not nearly the reliable “lights out” force we were used to seeing earlier on. As bad as he was tonight, we are lucky to be in extra innings. Bummer.
    Maybe it is time to give Leclerc another chance.

  • JacobMcCandles

    OY

  • possumrld

    This game needed to be put away in the 9th inning. Now it is getting the feeling of another one of those heartbreaking late losses.

  • possumrld

    C’mon! Put this guy away, Jesse!

  • isittime

    I wish Raymond would shut up about how good benetndi is against the rangers.

    • possumrld

      Chavez just did the job for you!

    • GoRangers23

      Sometimes I think he forgets who he works for.

      • isittime

        It’s like he wants to jinx em. CJ was getting on him the other day.

        • GoRangers23

          Good! Someone needs to tell him!

  • possumrld

    Not good.

  • isittime

    Chavez has that closer mentality. Mucho drama!

  • isittime

    Chavez has that closer mentality. Mucho drama!

  • possumrld

    The only run that counts is standing at 3rd base

  • isittime

    Whew!!! Maybe that’s what we need to get the momentum back.

  • possumrld

    If the Rangers had a real closer, they would be at least 10 games over .500.
    Good job anyway, Jesse!

  • WhoKnowscs

    Can you say evenly matched teams?

  • Mr.C

    Santana will homer in this inning

  • possumrld

    The Rangers need to erupt for 4 or 5 runs this inning.
    Maybe that would do it.

  • GoRangers23

    Good hit Santana!

    • possumrld

      Yes, tonight has been the “Danny Santana Show”!

  • isittime

    You bunt here?

    • JacobMcCandles

      Thought about it

      • isittime

        Lot of high heat thou

    • possumrld

      No, (I think…)

      • isittime

        Just knock em in right

        • possumrld

          It worked! ha! ha!

  • GoRangers23

    YEEESSSS! Go Elvis!

  • JacobMcCandles

    BIG HIT

  • Mr.C

    Elvis is FANTASTIC

    • Tony Howell

      I think he might be

    • possumrld

      Trade ’em. 🙂

  • Straxusd

    Good job elvis

  • JacobMcCandles

    Need some State Farm runs

    • Straxusd

      Yes

    • WhoKnowscs

      Are they the most reliable? What about Farmers or All State? Does Globe Life go on the road?

      • possumrld

        Farm Bureau?

  • WhoKnowscs

    We need more runs.

    • possumrld

      4 or 5 more might just do it

  • JacobMcCandles

    My last inning of Braymond and Grief……NO MAS

  • Mr.C

    LeClerc, C Martin, or back with Chavez?

    • isittime

      Martin’s gettin ready

    • GoRangers23

      No to LeClerc. He needs to pitch much earlier in the games. Not at the end.

    • possumrld

      Nadel seems to think Martin will be coming in.

  • isittime

    Alright pence. Let’s see one of those long balls here

    • possumrld

      Sing a song of Six Pence! But we would all settle for a “Two Pence-er” right now…

  • GoRangers23

    Elvis, so help me, DO NOT get caught off the base!

  • Straxusd

    Lol so many pickoff attempts

  • possumrld

    Elvis! No “Heartbreak Hotel” please!

  • WhoKnowscs

    Can Coldplay close it out?

    • possumrld

      Can anyone close it out?

      • WhoKnowscs

        Open Tryouts for closer?

      • elkaba

        Is Mariano Rivera available?

        • possumrld

          As a consultant

          • elkaba

            I meant for this closing gig. 🙂

          • possumrld

            I knew that, but you know me!
            .

          • elkaba

            🙂

  • possumrld

    Pence done went an’ gone cold…

  • elkaba

    Time for some old fashioned DEFENSE!!!

    • JacobMcCandles

      Pitching

    • GoRangers23

      I hear that!

    • WhoKnowscs

      I was thinking pitching.

      • elkaba

        That, too!

    • isittime

      And lights out pitching

    • possumrld

      Like the swing and miss kind!

  • Mr.C

    This win will be HUGE in this series.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Gotta finish it

      • Mr.C

        Coming

  • isittime

    Tough break. Elvis was on the move so easy play with the 2nd baseman covering the bag.

  • possumrld

    Martin! Close this one out, and save it, and you will become “My Favorite Martin”!

    • elkaba

      LOL

    • Mr.C

      Lola

    • JacobMcCandles

      Nice

  • possumrld

    Good start!

  • elkaba

    NOBODY SAY IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • elkaba

      I MEAN IT!!!!

      • elkaba

        DON’T EVEN THINK IT!!!!!!!!

        • JacobMcCandles

          IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          • elkaba

            No, silly. Nobody said “One Strike Away!” That’s how we won!

          • JacobMcCandles

            LO

          • elkaba

            CRAP! I thought that was 3 outs! I just jinxed us myself! I’m running away.

          • GoRangers23

            I was seriously getting confused. Lol

          • elkaba

            OMG, that was so close! I almost blew it!

          • GoRangers23

            Ha! I thought you were listening to something that was ahead of my feed so I was pretty happy.

          • elkaba

            No! I was freaking out, because Kevin said it a few games ago and we lost! Those words should NEVER be used about the Rangers EVER AGAIN!!! (And I did it!) I guess it only counts against us if we actually have only one strike to win!

          • GoRangers23

            😂

          • JacobMcCandles

            So you said it!!

        • WhoKnowscs

          What? Let the Bruins win the Stanley Cup?

    • possumrld

      But it happens every game! 🙂 I guess not saying it is the point though…

  • possumrld

    Dang! What a pitch!

    • Rowdy Yates

      Martin is looking good!

      • possumrld

        Martin for closer?

  • JacobMcCandles

    Martin is the closer….LOL

    • possumrld

      Was tonight!

    • Rowdy Yates

      …. by default. Who else is left! He looked really good tonight.

  • possumrld

    Awesome! That was a big win!

  • Straxusd

    Awesome job.

  • Rowdy Yates

    Great win. Played even against one of the best pitchers in MLB and then the BP held up and helped the Rangers win a big one with clutch hitting by Elvis!

    • Mr.C

      Do you know I have his jersey?

  • Rod Harper

    Ballgame! Excellent come-from-behind/extra-innings victory!

    • possumrld

      For sure!

  • elkaba

    That was awesome!

    • possumrld

      Was it ever!

      • JacobMcCandles

        First win over Bosox after losing 6

        • Mr.C

          3 more to go.

    • Mr.C

      90 wins baby!

      • possumrld

        lol! I believe Mr C!

        • Mr.C

          Good

          I remember the first year we started projecting wins in this site.

          You were the winner with 96 or 97 wins.

          • possumrld

            It was mostly dumb luck Mr C!
            I remember most of the other numbers in that range were already taken so I grabbed that one.
            And it happened to work out. Great memories!

          • Mr.C

            I would love for this team to sweep this series

            Then it will get National attention and Kevin might write a piece titled: Mr C was right again.

          • possumrld

            lol! C! I was thinking about how nice, and how unlikely a sweep would be! But we got the first big step, done, because you have to win game one to do it.
            But the main thing is, just one more win would make for a split, in a very tough park on the road,
            But I think this team is looking for much more than a split. It is tough to win a 4 game series in such a tough park. But hey! Let’s hope for more!
            And a sweep! That would be a crazy happy thing for this team!

      • GoRangers23

        What happened to 92?

  • Mr.C

    On pace to sweep the RedSox

  • Straxusd

    Good road win. Keep em coming

  • possumrld

    The Rangers are 6 and 3, without Gallo!

  • isittime

    Martin looked really good there.

    • possumrld

      Martin for President!

  • JacobMcCandles

    CYA tomorrow

  • possumrld

    A seven game road trip and with no Joey Gallo in sight.
    But the spunky, underdog Rangers, are showing their fight!

    • WhoKnowscs

      What’s Gallo’s status?

      • Mr.C

        IL

        • WhoKnowscs

          I know that but how close to being back. He’s eligible in a few days, not that I expect it.

          • Mr.C

            As soon as they get him out of the IL.

            Which might be after the ASG.

      • possumrld

        They said at least 2 weeks at first. He has been out around 9 games now, so we still have a ways to go.
        I am thinking maybe he will return towards the middle of the Cleveland series at home. But that is just a guess.

  • Rod Harper

    Tonight’s game ball goes to the entire pitching staff tonight (Minor, Kelley, Chavez, Martin)! Chavez definitely kept his cool in the bottom of the 10th during the bases loaded jam!

  • WhoKnowscs

    Darvish 4 runs(all in the third) in 6 innings.

  • Rod Harper

    The Rangers somehow manage to win again without aid of the home run which is impressive! Also the team wins a rare opener! Plus there was a great pitching duel between Minor and Sale; I wish Minor got the win, but fortunately the Rangers came out on top at the right time!

    • WhoKnowscs

      I still hope they find their power stroke eventually though. Pence and Gallo can’t homer every game.

    • possumrld

      Very well said, Rod! I was thinking of posting some of those very same thoughts. But you said it so well, so there no need for me to post, and be sounding like a parrot! 🙂

  • Rod Harper

    Watching the Rangers postgame show and watching the highlights from the Braves-Pirates game! Looks like Josh Donaldson’s still a manchild but on a different club! Bautista and him were the two players I hated the most on the Blue Jays squadron!

  • possumrld

    Big win! On the road! And in a very tough park!
    Later gators!

  • WhoKnowscs

    Rays beat the A’s, and because the Yankees’ game was postponed they take a half game lead and are first in the AL East leaving the Yankees at WC1 for the time being.

    Meanwhile, the Indians didn’t play. The Rangers beating the Red Sox and the White Sox loss means, Rangers have a solid 2 game lead for WC2

    Red Sox, Indians 2 games back
    A’s 3 games back
    White Sox 4 Games back.

  • WhoKnowscs

    The Injury update list has Smyly listed: http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/fantasy/injuries/#team140 Day to Day “Could go on IL”

    • Straxusd

      I figured he could be “injured” soon

  • WhoKnowscs

    The D-backs and Phils combined to hit 13 home runs — the most in a single game in MLB history.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Saw a stat on Quick Pitch about the Red Sox that really shows the impact of an elite closer. This is the third loss this season(Tied with Orioles and Cubs) of the Red Sox when leading after 8 innings. It only happened 4 times combined in the 3 years they had Kimbrel.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Ryu was dominating again vs the Angels but the Dodgers being the Dodgers pulled him after 6 innings, 99 pitches. Trout homered the next inning to tie the game.

    • WhoKnowscs

      Angels won.

  • Straxusd

    Am I missing today’s article??