Strategy. 310 comments


Unfortunately Elvis Andrus’s home run came in the one inning they had nobody on base.

 

Forget the defensive shifts. Forget the righty-lefty matchups. Forget the analytics about facing the Rangers.

If you want to keep Texas off the scoreboard, try something really unconventional: put Rangers on the bases. They will politely leave them stranded.

Time after time the Rangers have loaded the bases and not scored. But it’s not just when they load the bases. They struggle driving any one home, no matter where they are on base.

Yesterday, they left one on in the first, one in the second, and one in the third. Two on in the fourth. Bases loaded in the fifth. One in the sixth. Two in the seventh. They finally just ran out of gas and didn’t get anyone else on base, folding their tent late once again. When Elvis Andrus homered in the ninth it was 8-3, and it was too little too late.

So now the Rangers are 4-8, which is exactly where they were last year after twelve games.

The culprit is that the Rangers have too many holes in their lineup.

Profar is hitting .146. Chirinos is at .124. Robinson at .222. Rua at .125. Odor was at .206 when he went down.

That’s just far too many hitters who aren’t hitting. Luckily the Rangers are drawing a ton of walks.

That strategy is working. Put them on, leave them on.

Brilliant.

*****
TODAY’S GAME:

Tyler Skaggs (1-0, 1.64) vs. Martin Perez (1-1, 5.06)
Game time: 7:05

How the Angels hit against Perez.
How the Rangers hit against Skaggs.

 

  • JacobMcCandles

    Anyone been to As Scarborough fair? Comments,traffic,parking??

    • calntom

      It has been ~35 years since I have been out there. It was a good time back then. I think I was out there two different times. Once should have been enough.

  • WhoKnowscs

    You have a way of telling all the other teams how to beat the Rangers. They should have to figure out how to beat the Rangers on their own. Yesterday it was: “If you want to beat the Rangers, score first.” The Rangers have not won a single game were they did not score first. The Rangers scored first in only 1 of their losses and they only came back to tie a game where the other side scored first . . . but they still lost and when they came back the deficit was 1 run.

    Today you are telling other teams to put Rangers on. Base. I can only assume you are trying to use reverse Psychology.

    Next thing you know you’ll be telling other teams they need to get Ranger starters to 90 pitches. Or that if they want to beat the Rangers you . . . oh wait no I’m doing it.

    Sheesh, talk about Sabotage. =)

    • elkaba

      I don’t think sabotage is a problem we need to worry about. It wouldn’t take a troupe of Girl Scouts more than five minutes to figure out how to beat the Rangers this year. :-/

    • dearmidol

      You figured it out. I am being paid by the rest of the American League to figure out how to beat the Rangers. As if just playing a game against them isn’t enough.

  • elkaba

    Caught snatches of the game last night- family thing going on. Looked to me like same old same old- pitchers couldn’t pitch, hitters couldn’t hit with RISP. Still just a leaderless string of disappointing individual performances. Not working as a team.

    • dearmidol

      It’s a total team failure. Maybe because it’s just not a very good team.

      • elkaba

        You’re probably right, but I still think they could be more than the sum of their parts with just a tad of teamwork. In the inimitable words of GWB, “I just don’t see any strategery going on out there.” No difference batting with a 3-0 count or a 0-2. No difference, no strategy with RISP. It’s the little things that make a so-so team better. And boy, could we stand to be better!

        • WhoKnowscs

          Hard to build teamwork when the manager looks like he’s made up “his” mind about how to run the games, regardless of how the games are running.

      • calntom

        True

  • elkaba

    Looks like Profar is going to get his chance. Not sure if Odor is going DL, but JP will likely get more time at 2B. Showcase for trade? Or 2B controversy brewing? Either way, at least it will be more exciting than going for the record leaving men on base stranded…

    • WhoKnowscs

      Radio guys were talking about making Odor Super Utility(Play LF).

      • elkaba

        If he doesn’t make some serious adjustments soon, I don’t think he’ll ever be super at any position.

        • Gregor_S

          If Odor goes on the DL they’ll probably bring up the electrifying Trevor Plouffe. But you’re right, Profar will get the most time at 2B. As I recall, he did well when he filled in for Odor when Rougie was suspended for flattening Bautista. But then they kept him on the roster the rest of the year and that didn’t go so well.

          • GoRangers23

            Jared Sandler and TR Sullivan commented last night that they believe it will be Isiah Kiner-Falefa. He was on base last night, and they pulled him……. That has always made no sense to me. Couldn’t they have waited until the inning was over? That’s crazy. You would think that they could wait until he had a chance to get a run. It wouldn’t have taken very long. Or maybe they do it because it is a big event and they want the players to feel special??

          • Rowdy Yates

            Seems like ‘Plouffe’ is a better name for a Sou Chef than a MLB player.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Scare had a guy in his platoon that was always causing trouble on leave and then Poof he was gone…he didn’t make it….so he was called Poof

          • Rowdy Yates

            Just toured the Cu Chi tunnels on the Viet Nam trip. Didn’t want to go that day but gave in and have to admit ‘Charlie’ was very good at persevering with primitive methods. But they had 20 yrs of prep in that guerilla warfare while our guys were led by Generals (Westmoreland) who were convinced WWII tactics were the answer. Had a couple ‘Nam vets on the tour and that day was tough on them, particularly the “museum” which was pure propaganda.

        • GoRangers23

          Lol

      • Rowdy Yates

        By ‘Utility’ do you mean something like ‘Sewers’?

  • Gregor_S

    Perez starting tonight but the excitement will come tomorrow when I think Matt Moore pitches. That’s when I’m expecting Ohtani to cap off his week by becoming the first player ever to hit 5 HRs in a game.

    • GoRangers23

      Since all eyes have been on Otani, that will inevitably be humiliating. I wonder if the owners are ok with us being blown out of the water with everyone watching?

      • elkaba

        Won’t be many watching at the ballpark if last night was any indication. Smallest attendance ever, since before we traded for Cliff Lee in ’10.

        • JacobMcCandles

          16000

        • GoRangers23

          I mean all the people in sports who are watching only to see Ohtani. 🙂. I know no one wants to see the Rangers, but us, and even we have a hard time sometimes.

        • Gregor_S

          Looked almost like they were in Oakland, except Elvis wasn’t wearing earmuffs.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Seems to be a theme that Profarless is getting a “chance”….?? He has gotten plenty of chances and is a bust and certainly don’t see a change. I would just as soon see Drew at 2B and Calhoun called up. But one more chance at a dream I guess. If I see Odor in LF I think I will cry as this was an idea before we sent this team on a downward spiral and traded Kinsler.

    I guess like Kevin said we suck and ultimately nothing matters much. I knew we would fight for the cellar but I did not see this team being as bad as it is….what worse Beltre and Hamels have both declined enough that their value as we speak is getting smaller by the day. AB is still good for some hits and is a clubhouse genius, but his power is apparently slipped away. Hamels fast ball is now an off speed pitch…..oy….Long season

    • elkaba

      Profar couldn’t be any worse at 2B than Odor, could he?

      As for all of the above, I would have traded all I could at the deadline last season or at least in the offseason for some younger prospects (even Little League’rs.) As it looks now, by July we might not even get that for any of them, Hamels and Beltre included.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Defense will be marginally better….offense??

        • elkaba

          Who knows…

          • JacobMcCandles

            49

    • calntom

      These are the only type of chances Profar has been given other than minute appearances at 3 or 4 different defensive positions within a week or two. Not conducive to success.
      I doubt that Profar will blossom in Texas. His career has “elsewhere” pasted all over it.

      • JacobMcCandles

        If only we wouldve traded him yrs ago….oh well

    • dearmidol

      I agree nothing Profar has done would lead to any confidence. I guess where I am as far as chance is the same with Rua. Since this team is going nowhere let’s see once and for all what he and Profar have in them. Then, once and for all, we can end the dream and finally move on. I want to give him the chance to prove he’s not a major league hitter so we end the delusion he is.

      • calntom

        That is the ticket for this year. Play ’em this year. Calhoun can come up in September after final decisions are made on several younger veterans.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Agree

      • GoRangers23

        Yes!

    • GoRangers23

      I don’t really want to see Profar in there, myself, and I also think that he has probably had enough chances, but I really do want to see if things can get better without Odor in there. I hope they will try several different things to see what might work the best. You just never know though, it is possible that Profar surprises us. He probably won’t, but you just never know. That will be great because then maybe we can trade him.

  • GoRangers23

    Here are the pics from yesterday’s game. Refresh.

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    • Gregor_S

      Beltre’s throws last night don’t worry me too much. As Wash used to say, he throws unconventionally, not the way you’d teach it, but it works for him. But he’s always had occasional games where his throws were off. I think Moreland was better at handling them than certainly Nap last year and even Gallo, though Joey is pretty good and should become even better.

      I’d be more concerned if AB was having trouble catching the ball, but so far that hasn’t been the case. Throwing issues are less likely to be age-related.

      And as far as his hitting goes, he’s always been a slow starter and I think he’s still working on his timing. So he’s mostly trying to hit line drives, often to RF. Until he starts crushing long drives that land on the track I won’t worry about his power.

  • calntom

    Probably will make a stop in Arlington via RR at some point this year.

    FROM MLB TRADE RUMORS:
    Reds announced today that they have designated veteran righty Yovani Gallardo for assignment. His roster spot will go to fellow right-hander Tanner Rainey, whose contract was selected.

    Gallardo, 32, spent camp with the division-rival Brewers but was cut loose before the start of the season. He joined the Cincinnati organization shortly thereafter on a deal that reported came with a $750K salary. It’s not clear, though, whether some or all of that sum is guaranteed.

    Though it’s still quite early, Gallardo is off to a brutal start. He has allowed eight earned runs on eight hits and four walks while logging 2 1/3 innings. The veteran has had trouble finding the zone and been hammered when he has.

    • WhoKnowscs

      JD’s salivating.

    • dearmidol

      He will be a Ranger by week’s end.

      • WhoKnowscs

        Yep this is the year of the starters that are 3 or more years passed since they were good.

    • Rowdy Yates

      So …. nothing’s changed with Gallardo as that’s been his modus operandi for some yrs now?

      • JacobMcCandles

        Caveat Emptor

        • Rowdy Yates

          In his case maybe Caveat Empty.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Nice

  • WhoKnowscs

    Rangers have dropped from 19 to below 20 in the power rankings.

  • Consternationreigns

    I just dropped in to assure a Ranger victory tonight.You’re welcome : )

    • dearmidol

      Can you hit with runners in scoring position?

    • GoRangers23

      Thanks! We need all the help we can get!

  • WhoKnowscs
    • dearmidol

      This is great.

    • JacobMcCandles

      The point?

      • WhoKnowscs

        To maybe cheer people up . . . For 7.5 innings it seemed similar to most of the games we’ve seen this season.

        • JacobMcCandles

          Ok….

      • dearmidol

        I think it was to remind us of better come-from-behind days. That was a fun game.

  • GoRangers23

    https://twitter.com/rangers/status/983721333233250304?s=21
    I don’t know if this will work or not, but it is something the Rangers posted for Siblings Day. 😂

  • JacobMcCandles

    Already 6 games out…..ouch

    • dearmidol

      We should be eliminated by Wednesday night.

      • possumrld

        lol!

        • JacobMcCandles

          Post your website again poss for the Rounders

          • possumrld

            Oh thanks, Jake! I shall! But I will do it day after tomorrow, after Kev’s new post. it will go away down the page too fast otherwise.
            Tomorrow morning early I have a eye surgery. So it may be a couple more days. But I will post it soon!
            And thanks again!

          • calntom

            I will be lookin for it

          • JacobMcCandles

            Good stuff from a good possum

      • WhoKnowscs

        Nonsense, Banny’s saying we’re still in this.

        • possumrld

          Aren’t Mathematics are cruel though!

      • calntom

        Magic elimination number is at 4

  • GoRangers23
  • JacobMcCandles

    Red means run son numbers add up to nothin…raised my rifle to my eye, never stopped to wonder why….

  • possumrld

    I should have predicted “out loud”, Banney would stick Odor back at the # 2 spot in the batting order, whether he had actually earned the spot or not. But now all I can do is say I had a hunch it would happen. And while I am not glad Roogie got hurt, his exit probably will benefit the Rangers – a little.
    And I must confess that I am not that at all sad about Roogie not being in the lineup for awhile. But that only addresses a fraction of he Rangers hitting woes. Because with the exception of Choo Maz Elvis and Gallo, no one including Beltre, is hitting, and especially when it matters, with RISP.
    So while the “Odor-less” state of the Rangers at least temporarily keeps Banney from exercising his complete stupidity of putting Odor 2nd in the lineup, it may not really make that much of a difference in the Rangers hitting.
    We shall soon see.

  • calntom

    They have Gallo steadily at 1B which has to be less stress than playing 1B, 3B and OF. Now that they have Gallo out of the 2-spot in the order for the last 3 games, I would expect that takes a load off as well since he and most every other breathing human knew that he had zero business hitting in the front of the order. I like Gallo in the 6 or 7 hole this year for development.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Yeah that 2 hole was silly

      • dearmidol

        They can’t justify rationally Gallo or Odor there. It’s guys outsmarting themselves.

        • JacobMcCandles

          Or outdumbing…lo

          • dearmidol

            Ha, exactly. Jon Daniels is the smartest guy in the room when he is alone.

    • Rowdy Yates

      Yep, as a bunch of us here said during ST the #2 slot for Gallo was ridiculous. I don’t know if that was another Bani idiocy or JD edict but whatever it was was stupid.

      • calntom

        Roger that

  • Rowdy Yates

    ….. and tomorrow FSSW shows the Spurs again instead of the Rangers. Given there is pretty much zero interest here in Austin for the Spurs I’m guessing the Rangers have just written off this area since it’s 99% sure that RR Express will be Astros AAA next yr. Given that, I don’t understand why FSSW isn’t showing the Astros games now unless there’s something contractual stopping that.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Astros are locked in to ATT Sports channel

  • TD30
  • dearmidol

    These idiots have Profar batting second.

    • calntom

      It is an improvement over the past two selections

  • GoRangers23
    • dearmidol

      Right hip strain.

      • GoRangers23

        I guess we get to see the big guy start after all. Lol

        • dearmidol

          Yep. Again, addition by subtraction.

          • dearmidol

            Except now Moore keeps his spot.

          • GoRangers23

            Yes, that part was painfully unexpected.

          • WhoKnowscs

            They can always get ABD and at some point Lincecum.

          • dearmidol

            Right. Two better choices than Moore.

          • GoRangers23

            I don’t know why they don’t just listen to us in the first place. Ha!

  • WhoKnowscs

    Remember about 3 weeks ago when Banny was trying to espouse benefits of a 6-man rotation?

  • FlappingGums

    There’ll be a lot of red on the field tonight! Why aren’t we wearing our blue uniform?

    • FlappingGums

      Oh – they’re in gray. Nevermind.

  • FlappingGums

    Good start!

    • FlappingGums

      Good start quickly went sour.

      • GoRangers23

        It really did. Very unfortunate.

  • GoRangers23

    Oh my.

    • FlappingGums

      How are you feeling tonight Go?

      • GoRangers23

        Pretty good. Thanks for asking.

      • GoRangers23

        How are you doing?

        • FlappingGums

          Good but really tired. I had a full day.

          • GoRangers23

            Did you do anything fun?

  • GoRangers23

    Why play one of your best players tonight when you don’t have to? I wouldn’t play Ohtani now either.

  • GoRangers23

    Martin, please get them out without anymore runs.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Perez isn’t going to last long.

  • GoRangers23

    This is sad.

    Ok Rangers. Score ten runs. Ready, set, go!

  • Gregor_S

    As demoralizing as it was last year having a lead or being tied into the middle innings and then having the bullpen blow it all the time, having the game fall out of reach almost immediately is even more demoralizing.

    • dearmidol

      It is.

    • GoRangers23

      Yes, it’s definitely worse. Then we can’t get any enjoyment out of it because there is almost no hope from the very beginning.

    • GoRangers23

      We can definitely overcome three runs though, as long as it doesn’t get worse.

      • Gregor_S

        Yup. I was hoping it wouldn’t get worse for at least another inning. Oh well.

  • WhoKnowscs

    That said Perez was trying to learn everything he could for Colon and his experience. It looks like he mistook Moore for Colon.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Bases loaded . . . again.

  • dearmidol

    Okay, it’s great to get a break. Let’s take advantage of it.

    • WhoKnowscs

      Has to at some point . . . right?

      • dearmidol

        Maybe not.

  • FlappingGums

    Bring in the runners, RC!

  • FlappingGums

    Rats!

  • dearmidol

    Amazing.

    • GoRangers23

      That’s one word for it.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Saw it coming. We can’t get good hits just ones that make outs easier.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Somebody’s gotta get fired eventually . . . right?

  • GoRangers23

    It was kind of unladylike the way I screamed Robinson’s name after he struck out. Has everyone on the team now struck out with bases loaded?

  • FlappingGums

    Did everybody get tired of it early and leave?

    • GoRangers23

      I’m still here Flap! Mr Go is in Austin, so I have run of the tv all night long. And I choose to watch the Rangers……I might have a mental disorder. 😄

  • Gregor_S

    Gallo seems like he’s really improved. Hitting to LF, getting singles. Why couldn’t Odor learn to do that?

    • dearmidol

      He doesn’t have the discipline. And he’s too cocky. He is going to do what he does, to hell with everyone else.

    • GoRangers23

      He’s a big time baseball player, don’t ya know? He doesn’t have to change.

  • dearmidol

    The Rangers need to stall so they don’t have to send a pitcher back out to the mound.

  • GoRangers23

    Flap, you might need to refresh your screen. I don’t know if you can see this or not?

    • FlappingGums

      Thank you Go! I couldn’t see this but I Finally thought of it! 😀

      • GoRangers23

        I was about to send you a PM to see if it would show up.

  • WhoKnowscs

    He sent him because it was the only way they had a chance at a run. They’ed have walked the bases loaded again to get to Profar.

  • Rowdy Yates

    Good Lord I missed the lst inning finishing up with the plumber who installed 4 new toilets in the house today and come in to see it’s 4-0 after one inning …. Must be Moore starting for the Rangers?????

    Ah and now the Rangers get on the board. Way to go Rua & Robinson!

  • Rowdy Yates

    Ah I see above it’s Perez who started. Hmmm not good.

    • GoRangers23

      Hey, we’re you ever able to try the thing that Elk told you about so that you can see the games on your computer?

  • FlappingGums

    I refreshed my screen and found all of yall!!

    • GoRangers23

      There you are. 😁

      • FlappingGums

        😄!

  • WhoKnowscs

    Bases loaded, where Ranger Rallies go to Die. =/

  • GoRangers23

    Yeah, that’s right! You people underestimated the mighty Rangers. You should have played Ohtani after all. …….maybe. 😄

    • GoRangers23

      My trash talk accomplished nothing. 😩

  • GoRangers23

    Oh, please come through this time Beltre!

  • dearmidol

    You have to think someone is going to pay for this eventually.

    • GoRangers23

      I hope it’s JD, and then a Banister…..In that order, but on the same day. 😄

      • GoRangers23

        Wait, is that the kind of “pay” you were talking about? Ha!

        • Rowdy Yates

          I don’t think it was. But you posted exactly what I thought also!

          • GoRangers23

            Lol

  • FlappingGums

    Poo!!! 😕

  • WhoKnowscs

    There are reports the Angels are offering the Rangers a deal. They are offering to start the inning with

    bases loaded if the Rangers will spot them 2 outs.

    • Rowdy Yates

      Yes we can root for Rangers to set all time MLB record tonight with 27 LOB in 9 inning game at current pace.

  • GoRangers23

    😢😢😢😢😭

  • Rowdy Yates

    Nice to see Perez is just as consistent as always. Great one game and sucks the next game.

    • dearmidol

      Ha, exactly.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Now why did we rush Perez back?

  • dearmidol

    Honestly, this is Martin Perez. Looks great some games, looks horrible some games.

    • GoRangers23

      That is true. All we can do is hope…..then cry.

  • WhoKnowscs

    It’s a good thing we limited Perez to 79 pitches last game.

    • GoRangers23

      Did it help? 😄

    • FlappingGums

      What’s his limit for tonight? Seems like we’ve passed it.

  • Rowdy Yates

    Nitz … nobody here gives s*** if Perez is “frustrated” about the number of hits and runs he’s giving up. It’s us FANS that are rightly frustrated with him and the entire organization and that’s who y’all should be worried about.

    • GoRangers23

      You would think that since the owners are used to having so many people at the ballpark for the games in the last several years, that they wouldn’t be very happy about the lack of attendance right now. That’s got to hurt their pocketbooks substantially.

      • GoRangers23

        I wonder if the fact that they aren’t paying very much for anyone right now evens that out?

        • WhoKnowscs

          I highly doubt 144 million is “Not paying much for anyone right now.”

          • GoRangers23

            I meant that we aren’t paying top dollar for someone great.

          • WhoKnowscs

            What is top dollar?

            Choo making 20 mil.
            Hamels making 29 mil
            Beltre 18 mil
            Andrus 15.25 mil
            Moore 9 mil
            Minor 8,333 mil.

            Perez 6 mil
            Fister 3.5 mil
            Odor 3.333 mil(and it more than doubles next year)

          • GoRangers23

            I’m way too frustrated about this game to have a serious conversation about how much money everyone is making. If we are paying that much for what we have…..well, we all know they messed up big time.

  • Rowdy Yates

    I’m starting to wish the Spurs were on tonight.

    • FlappingGums

      This is really bad. But I’ll watch it all to see if it turns around.

      • GoRangers23

        Me too.

    • dearmidol

      Playing the Angels.

      • FlappingGums

        LoL!

  • FlappingGums

    WHEW!!! Finally taking him off the mound!!

  • WhoKnowscs

    Tomorrow Moore is starting.

    • FlappingGums

      That’s sad.

      • GoRangers23

        It really is.

        • dearmidol

          What’s sadder is I have tickets.

          • GoRangers23

            Oh no!

  • FlappingGums

    Tough night for the fans.

    • GoRangers23

      I was just thinking that when Dave said ,” It’s a tough night for Perez”

      • FlappingGums

        That’s when I thought of it too. Great Minds! 😀

  • dearmidol

    This is a beatdown.

  • FlappingGums

    What inning is it?

    • FlappingGums

      Oh they just said bottom of 4th.

  • Rowdy Yates

    Including so far tonight the Rangers have scored 42 runs in 13 games. The opposition has scored that many against the Rangers in the last 7 games.

    • azrangerfan

      SAD SAD SAD

      • Rowdy Yates

        They’re consistent. Can’t pitch, can’t throw and catch, can’t hit, and can’t win.

        • azrangerfan

          Can’t judge talent and can’t manage. lol

          • GoRangers23

            That’s the biggest problem!

        • FlappingGums

          Weak fundamentals.

  • azrangerfan

    I can hear JD talking about how injuries have just decimated the team. Gotta have an excuse and after all his boy Odor is hurt.

    • Rowdy Yates

      What’s ‘decimated’ this team is JD & Banister.

      • azrangerfan

        Yep is does anyone have any doubt left that the Rangers will be doing good if they can win 60 games this year

        • Rowdy Yates

          Think my estimate was 70 and that’s looking real aggressive right now.

          • azrangerfan

            In reality they will hit some win streaks but they are going to be few and far apart.

        • FlappingGums

          I think that may have been my guess. I’ll be proud of we get there.

  • GoRangers23

    🎼🎤Take me out to the ballgame
    Take me out with the crowd.
    Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack
    I don’t care if I never get back
    Let me Root Root Root for the Rangers,
    If they don’t win, it’s a shame.
    For it’s ONE, TWO, THREE strikes your out
    In the old…..ball……game.🎼

  • WhoKnowscs

    Choo knows the strike zone better than the umps

  • WhoKnowscs

    Wouldn’t have mattered anyway . . .

  • isittime

    What’d I miss? Lol

    • GoRangers23

      A whole lot of crying, whining, and sadness.

      • isittime

        At least my boy’s team got the w tonight.

        • GoRangers23

          Well, that good! It’s less stressful that way.

    • WhoKnowscs

      Real Texas baseball.

      • WhoKnowscs

        Or is it that #NeverEverQuit attitude.

  • Tony Howell

    Someone needs to be held accountable. Jd build this mess.

    • FlappingGums

      I agree.

  • WhoKnowscs

    What is the Rangers’ Motto this season?

    • isittime

      I don’t know. Been wanting to change my name since 2010 when it was ‘its time’, but not looking good for me me.

      • WhoKnowscs

        Well the banner on their website is a generic Texas Rangers Baseball Club.

        I’m starting to consider it being #DOA.

        • isittime

          They are doa.

  • GoRangers23

    I’m going to have to have some coffee if I am going to continue watching this carnage.

    • Rowdy Yates

      I’m going to have to have some tequila. Lots of it.

      • GoRangers23

        At least you didn’t pay to go to tomorrow’s game with Moore, like Midol did. 😄

  • elkaba

    We were watching the game over dinner out… sad.

    • azrangerfan

      Hope it didn’t ruin a good meal.

      • elkaba

        Meal was great. Baseball was dismal.

    • WhoKnowscs

      You just can’t look away from a train wreck.

    • FlappingGums

      Not good dinner entertainment tonight. 😕

    • dearmidol

      You are getting to see a lot of great, timely hitting, though. Just not from the Rangers.

  • WhoKnowscs

    now Stanton needs a Solo Homer and NY will be covered. Then it can be 14-2.

    • GoRangers23

      I don’t know about you, but I feel better knowing that. Lol

      • WhoKnowscs

        It’s currently 14-1 on a Judge homer. But since they ran out and got Stanton for the homers a token solo Homer when they are 13 down would seem appropriate.

        • dearmidol

          It’s just good to see the entire Yankees team struggling.

          • WhoKnowscs

            Yes, Baseball wins when the Yankees lose.

        • GoRangers23

          It just makes me feel better that someone else is losing worse than we are. Ha.

          • WhoKnowscs

            Give it time, We still have 4 innings to give up runs.

          • GoRangers23

            😳.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Skaggs earned that W.

  • GoRangers23

    😭😭😭😭😭

  • Rowdy Yates

    OK, time for Rowdy to switch to Nexflix. Y’all take care!

    • FlappingGums

      Goodnight Rowdy!

    • GoRangers23

      Later Rowdy

  • FlappingGums

    Snack time. I’ll be back.

  • WhoKnowscs

    took ’em long enough to score again.

  • elkaba

    Wake me up when they fire JD and Banister.

    • FlappingGums

      Cant..I’ll be sleeping. ☺

      • FlappingGums

        I’m. teasing.

    • WhoKnowscs

      2022?

      • elkaba

        That would be a real tragedy. New ballpark and nobody there.

  • dearmidol

    Rangers have the Astros next.

    • WhoKnowscs

      If the Twins can finish out their game without giving up 2 in 2 innings the Angels will be tied for first in the division.

    • GoRangers23

      It’s ok. We have Colon.

  • Gregor_S

    Can’t say I’ve known many people named Kiner-Falefa but then I haven’t known many Bibens-Dirkxes either. I think K-F can catch so it will be interesting to see the two of them as the strangest-named battery ever.

    • dearmidol

      Ha, that’s great. Eric Nadal would hate that.

      • Gregor_S

        Would definitely be a challenge for any broadcaster. EN might be one of the few who’d be up to it.

    • GoRangers23

      Kiner-Falefa is from Hawaii. I lived there for four and a half years though and I never heard anyone who had a hyphenated last name, that I can remember.

      • Gregor_S

        Would not have guessed that’s where he was from, though I wouldn’t have guessed he’s from anywhere else either.

      • elkaba

        Anyone can have a hyphenated last name. Nothing to do with Hawaii. If the mom hyphenates her name when she marries and wants her kids to have the same name, it can be anyone from anywhere.

        • Gregor_S

          True, but Kiner and Falefa are a very odd-sounding combination. I suppose Bibens and Dirkx go together about as well as either of them go together with anything else.

          • elkaba

            That’s true. When Miss Kiner met Mr. Falafa, I wonder if she said, “That’s the guy I’m going to marry, but not that name.” Same with Miss Bibens and Mr. Dirkxes maybe?

        • GoRangers23

          Oh, I know. I was typing that while talking to Mr Go at the same time. I wasn’t sure or not if that was something that was maybe common in Hawaii, but I was just saying that I never heard of it myself. I know that they do that in Spanish countries because that is what my sons Spanish teacher told them.

          • elkaba

            Not really. In Spanish speaking countries you always carry your mother’s maiden name behind your father’s name. There’s no hyphen though.

          • GoRangers23

            Yes, that true.

          • elkaba

            And most people just go by their father’s last name except for formal address, like when you’d use your full, legal name on a wedding invitation or legal documents.

          • GoRangers23

            I was thinking more of just the two last names together.

    • WhoKnowscs

      We now have a 2b whose last name starts with a K again.

      • Gregor_S

        True. Of course our regular 2Bman who’s now on the DL should probably make “K” his middle name.

        • elkaba

          LOL

  • WhoKnowscs

    I predict by 2023 the Marlins make the WS

    • dearmidol

      So does Derek Jeter.

  • dearmidol

    The Angels are about to take over first place.

  • dearmidol

    That Sling commercial makes me laugh.

    • GoRangers23

      Im always a mixture of laughing and horrified. 😄

    • WhoKnowscs

      I just saw the Sling Commercial using Sling to watch it.

      • dearmidol

        Wow, that’s like another dimension.

    • FlappingGums

      Me too!

  • WhoKnowscs

    This game started moving all of a sudden.

    • dearmidol

      When you don’t give up twelve hits an inning, it happens.

  • grumpyderfsmagic8ball

    Call

  • GoRangers23

    Here he is…..as if he can do more damage.

  • GoRangers23

    Those Japanese reporters are hilarious.

    • FlappingGums

      They are! They’re so excited!!

    • dearmidol

      The other day on MLB Radio, they talked about when Ichiro came here. The reporters were badgering Lou Pinella about why he took fewer batting practice swings one day than he had the day before.

      • FlappingGums

        I find that funny!!!

        • dearmidol

          He didn’t. They questioned him on everything. Things that seemed so trivial. I do love the passion.

          • FlappingGums

            I bet he didnt!

          • GoRangers23

            They remind me of bees coming out of a hive that has been disturbed. 😄

  • dearmidol

    The place is nearly empty.

    • WhoKnowscs

      Well then they will miss the biggest come back ever.

      • WhoKnowscs

        Or get home earlier.

  • dearmidol

    Shiny new batting helmet.

  • dearmidol

    Well, this is a miserable season so far.

  • elkaba

    Mercifully over.

    • dearmidol

      My feeling exactly.

  • FlappingGums

    Part of me wants to hear Banister tonight & part of me doesnt.

    • elkaba

      None of me wants to… 🙂

    • WhoKnowscs

      I’ll simulate. “Perez was just having trouble with some pitches here and there and it cost him tonight.”

      On kiner, “he looked good, and made some great plays”

  • Gregor_S

    Well they haven’t been swept yet, having won exactly one game per series. With Moore pitching tomorrow the chances of maintaining that streak don’t look good but maybe the Angels are exhausted from all the hitting they did tonight.

  • FlappingGums

    Good night everybody!!

    • GoRangers23

      Night Flap

  • WhoKnowscs

    Based on theit current record I’m not sure spring training can be considered meaningless.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Rangers on pace for 54 wins or less.

  • GoRangers23

    Have I mentioned how much I like Bartolo Colon?

  • GoRangers23

    I feel sorry for these pitchers that have such a horrible game like this. We complain, but they really are trying hard to do a good job. They don’t lose like this on purpose. They are humiliated. They then have to stand up and face all of the reporters and answer all of their questions. It’s not like they were just lazy, or didn’t do what they were told. You can either do something that is a physical task, or you can’t. Some days it is easier than others. That’s why the ones that are more dependable get more money.

    • WhoKnowscs

      Tomorrow, No Moore, will become Yes, more! . . . if only for 1 game.

      • GoRangers23

        I wish we didn’t have to have any more Moore.

        • WhoKnowscs

          My Prediction by that was that he’d be good tomorrow. But like every other pitcher we have so far they we’ll be pretty inconsistent.

          • WhoKnowscs

            edited if you see “bad”

          • GoRangers23

            I’m not looking forward to tomorrow’s game. I really hope something starts going our way.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Can Colon start when they they have Nickname Weekend?

  • WhoKnowscs

    What do we have Brocall for?

  • Tony Howell

    There is no absolutely nothing to look forward to in the near future for this team. Bad this year worst next yr. AB gone, Elvis opt out, Hamals gone. Same pitching staff. No one in the minors except maybe Calhoun. The sad news it could take 7 or 8 years to undo what JD has done to this team.

    • WhoKnowscs

      Rangers and Arlington are going to get their new ball park . . . but have driven away a fan base through poor management decisions.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Guess I will be a sadist and go to my first game tonight. Stros are on at noon so at least one team will win!!

  • JacobMcCandles

    Silver lining….Colon had a nice stint. One of these years when you go to the park to see the other team. I was a big proponent of the Halos this year holding their own. Get to see Trout HOFmer Pujols, one of the best SS in the game Simmons and perhaps Babe Ohtani.

    Whats worse is the future is not much to look at either….JD has destroyed the farm, assets Hamels,Beltre would bring back very little..no one in the minors is close. Hillbillys need to take attention to their investment….move JD up to President and hire a GM and Mgr. We can all portray goodness but this team is a minimum of 3-5 yrs away….and the Astros aint going nowhere.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Rowdys fav Plouffe released…Fister along with Odor on the DL