Solid C. 34 comments


Former GM Jim Bowden is a contributor to The Athletic. He released his off-season report card grading the moves of A.L. West teams.

Seattle got a B.
Houston got a B-.
Oakland got a B-.
Los Angeles got a C+
Texas got a C.

The one player he noted to watch out for is Brock Burke, the left-handed pitcher the Rangers got in the Jurickson Profar trade. “Burke has a chance to be their best acquisition,” Bowden noted.

While Texas plugged every hole they set out to fill, overall he seems to be less than enthused with the talent the Rangers filled the holes with.

While a C might not seem like much of a grade, if at the end of the season we can grade the Rangers year with a C, that would be truly remarkable.

  • SABERMETRICS MASTER

    90 wins will make it

    ps

    i answered this quiz and stop at question 70 (62 correct).

    https://grizly.com/quizzes/can-you-pass-this-ultimate-baseball-quiz-90/

    good if you are bored!

    • CrazyEd

      A) I’ll go with the 90 wins. Not out of the question IF the pitching staff manages to stay healthy and the Ranger’s don’t trade them away mid-season.
      B) I’m not bored
      C) The Sounds Roster has been posted: Davidson and Pence are on it. Plus, neither is on the 40. That’s not to say roster moves could not be made, but it’s double complicated because they are not on the 40. Particularly in the case of the 25. Maybe some creative use of the DL. (No I don’t mind using the D word. It’s all over my license plates. I see it every day.)

      • Mr.C

        Unless injured, I think Pence will make the 25 and will be the Rangers regular LF. Gallo should be the everyday CF and DD the 4th outfielder.

        Calhoun better start showing progress, there will be no room for him in the 25 man roster IMO.

        • CrazyEd

          I like your thinking. Calhoun needs to make the jump and so far he hasn’t. He finally applied himself, but……

      • Mr.C

        J) I like you bro. You are a funny guy !

      • calntom

        A) If the Ranger staff manages to stay healthy, we can count on them being traded away, even if they are miraculously somehow still in contention for a WC.
        Need to stick with the plan.

        • Mr.C

          Absolutely, 2 of the 3 Tommy John pitchers will be sold in July.

          90 wins will no get a wild card spot, why would you keep them?

      • JacobMcCandles

        I too like Burke and White. For the price I like Smyly.

    • Rowdy Yates

      Out of the 1st 80 I had 73 correct and shouldn’t have missed several of those. Outta the next 20 only had 10 correct and almost all were questions about doping.

      • Mr.C

        I stopped at 70.

        The first 6 or 7 questions were so easy that I said: “Hmmmm, this is stupid”

        Then, you get a few challenging questions here and there; but then it never stop. I got tired of answering quiz questions.

        Anyway, 73 out of 80 is about 91%.
        You aced the test up to that point. I had an 88% on 70 questions. That’s a passing grade !

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    Jared Sandler‏Verified account @JaredSandler

    Delino DeShields was scratched today because of right knee soreness after colliding with a wall in his first game. He’s day-to-day. DD wanted to play but they’re trying to be preventative.

  • calntom

    What is the expectation of innings/pitches for Minor today?

  • CrazyEd

    How about Tocci? Small sample, but looking pretty good so far.

    • JacobMcCandles

      And he showed some good improvement at the end of last year

      • CrazyEd

        If you divide the season in half the second half look pretty good. Divide the season in thirds and it approaches the outstanding category. Of course that includes his three hit game, so things get skewed a bit.

    • calntom

      Yes, gonna be good to have him available out of Nashville.

  • JacobMcCandles

    3 total hits in the game…..Minor and Dutch looking good

  • GoRangers23

    Imagine my surprise in seeing the name Gentry on the Giants lineup while I was checking on the game!! I’m not sure if he is on the major or minor league roster, but he’s a Giant now. I’m glad he still has a job somewhere.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Saw an article earlier where the Phillies sold around 100,000 tickets just since signing Harper.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Wait till they add Trout!!

      • WhoKnowscs

        Yeah, saw they were saving to try for that.

        • JacobMcCandles

          He is from there

  • JacobMcCandles

    11 SOs in 27 ABs today….oy

  • GoRangers23

    I hope Luke Farrell is alright!

  • WhoKnowscs

    They’re really going to end a game 0-0 without at least 1 more inning?

    • JacobMcCandles

      They do that in Spring

      • WhoKnowscs

        Yeah. I know. But sometimes they at least try for extras.

  • GoRangers23

    That was the opposite of a nail bitter.

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