Sunday baseball. 44 comments


What’s better than a Sunday afternoon of baseball? A Sunday afternoon with two Rangers games.

A Sunday afternoon in which the Rangers collected a combined twenty-one hits.

A Sunday afternoon in which thirty-six different Rangers positions players saw action, as well as eleven different pitchers. For most of these players, this is the first and only time they will wear a Rangers uniform. It was a day to dream.

A Sunday afternoon in which every Rangers starter in the Padres game collected at least one hit.

A Sunday afternoon in which Joey Gallo bunted for a single—a glorious bunt single. (No need to outlaw shifts, just outsmart them).

A Sunday afternoon in which Lance Lynn made his Texas Rangers debut and brought with him an attitude that he’s here to pitch, not to be taken out of games. He told mlb.com’s Dave Sessions, “If I start the inning, I want to finish it. That’s the way I’m built.” In fact, after Lynn walked a batter to load the bases, Chris Woodward left the dugout to remove him. Lynn sent him back, saying he wanted one more batter. Of course, that batter doubled and that drove Lynn out of the game, but the point was made. Let me pitch.

This is what makes spring training games so enjoyable. There’s nothing at stake as far as the outcome is concerned so they just go out and have fun. And play.

And sometimes, they play two.

 

  • Mr.C

    Watching the games are also very helpful.

    Stats don’t show how good Lynn was pitching yesterday. 2 of the 3 hits he allowed were very weak contact. The double he allowed to end up his day, was really a weak fly ball to left field from a left handed batter.
    Chavez relieving, couldn’t hold the runners Lynn left on base.

    After watching the guy in the mound yesterday, I can tell he is ready for a good Regular Season outing.

    The other guy that impresses me is Hunter Pence. Not only he finished his day with 2 hits in 3 at-bats; but he also stole his 3rd base during ST. How old is he? I can see him not only making the team; but being the regular LF starter which allows Gallo to move to CF.

    • elkaba

      Works for me.

  • JacobMcCandles

    https://www.mlb.com/news/vladimir-guerrero-jr-hits-highlight-reel-double

    Different body frame than Dad…same one armed power, LOL

  • Mr.C

    I have no idea who the analyst is; but he/she is projecting 72 wins this season.

    Statisticians should not project a single point estimate. They should project a range and a confidence level for the range they project.

    Since I’m not a statistician, my 90 wins projection is as good as the 72 in the following article:

    https://www.scout.com/baseball/mlb/news/expect-another-bad-season-for-the-texas-rangers-with-just-72-projected-wins/

    • CrazyEd

      I like 90. I predict 90 every year. Sooner or later I’ll get it correct. 90 is a nice round number and easy to remember. At my age, easy to remember is the key.

      • Mr.C

        We used to have a poster here that will predict 100 wins every year for the same reasons.

        • elkaba

          Wet?

          • Mr.C

            No. The guy from Austin. He had a black Labrador !

          • Rowdy Yates

            Ruff.

          • Mr.C

            Yessss

            He was funny too!
            Have anyone hear from him?

          • JacobMcCandles

            He had a daughter to go along with his son…..left bout right after……site kind of changed after a some good people left.

          • Mr.C

            I remember he posted a pic of his baby girl.
            Kool guy !

          • JacobMcCandles

            Yep, wonderful sense of humor. Very unique.

          • Yudabest

            Some of us are still around. Just too busy to post.

          • GoRangers23

            Hey Yudabest! Welcome back! We haven’t heard from you in a while.

          • elkaba

            My friends list says Ruff hasn’t been on for a year. We miss him!

          • elkaba

            Ruff!

  • CrazyEd

    I am officially a hater of the Goden Cheek Warbler habitat. I say cut down and burn every cedar tree in Texas. Cedar Fever is the pits, just ask me.

    • Mr.C

      Did they poop on your car?
      What’s wrong?

      • CrazyEd

        Cedar Fever …. Allergies … Bad …..

        • Mr.C

          I live in Maryland …. allergies here are the worst!

      • Rowdy Yates

        Golden Cheek Warblers require cedar trees for their nests. They weave the little strips of cedar to hold the nests together. And as the Golden Cheek Warblers are protected as ‘endangered’ there are areas of TX you can’t cut down the cedars where they nest. Luckily my lot’s not in the Warlber’s area so I’ve cut down every cedar on the property. But neither of my neighbors have cut theirs. So like Ed my wife gets to suffer from her cedar fever too.

        Plus, if a flash fire ever comes up the draw behind my house it will go up in flames as the tops of my neighbor’s cedars explode and throw fire embers onto my roof along with theirs.

  • Mr.C

    Lineup:

    1. Calhoun (LF)
    2. Odor (2B)
    3. Andrus (SS)
    4. Mazara (RF)
    5. Cabrera (3B)
    6. Davidson (1B)
    7. Pence (DH)
    8. Kiner-F (C)
    9. Revere (CF)

    SP: Volquez

  • CrazyEd

    Get to listen to the Nashville announcer today. What that means???

    • elkaba

      Hopefully a changing of the Rangers TV announcer guard… I hope, I hope, I hope.

      • CrazyEd

        Sorry, he’s strictly radio.

  • CrazyEd

    Sadzeck being Sadzeck … It doesn’t appear as if Driveline did him any good. Looking at the bright side, maybe he’s just amped up.

    • calntom

      Did better his 1st two outings. We are going to be seeing a lot of Sadzeck this year, walks or not.

      • CrazyEd

        He’s got an electric arm.

        • calntom

          2019 may be pizz or get off the pot for Sadzeck

          • CrazyEd

            Being out of options makes it tough because if the Rangers DFA him somebody is going to pick him up and it probably come to haunt the Rangers.

          • calntom

            Roger that. He needs to be out there every 3rd day until it gets closer to the opener then every 2nd day. I think they will pitch Sadzeck all year regardless of the results. This is the perfect year to do that with both him and Romano

        • Rowdy Yates

          “ELECTRIC ARM”? ….. Yiiiiiikes!! A while prior to you joining this esteemed group of hooligans the Rangers had a pitcher who was said to have ‘electric stuff’ and an ‘electric arm’ by Bani and the coaching staff and who turned out be a total flop and an asshole in addition. We unanimously agreed that he would forever be referred to only as ‘He Who Shall Not Be Named’ (so clever and original of us) ever again. So, saying a Rangers prospect has an ‘electric arm’ might be a flash point for some of our more sensitive members Ed. /sarc

          • CrazyEd

            LOL

        • elkaba

          LOL, Say it ain’t so!

  • CrazyEd

    Rangers going oppo … both Odor and Elvis …. good to see.

  • CrazyEd

    Nice to see Bubba go deep to straight away center. Some scouting reports early last year questioned his power. It looks like that question has been answered. He’s young and will only get stronger. I hope he doesn’t add too much weight, it will slow him down. Right now he’s quicker to first base than DD is.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Kela throwing tantrums in Pittsburgh now. Prob with a teammate, then now he has stated he will not talk to the press.

    • calntom

      Other than stating he would not be talking to the press, anything else happen?

  • JacobMcCandles

    Elvis continues to smack the ball…Odor looks good. Looks like 3B,LF-CF are up for grabs. Cabrera is the vet, but Davidson has some real punch. Whoever gets LF Calhoun or Pence..at least Gallo can take CF…..maybe cut bait with DD and keep Tocci as the defensive replacement, and speed, sacrifice off the bench

    • dearmidol

      You’re right, this might be the end of the line for DeShields.

    • calntom

      Davidson came back to earth today. Cabrera will be at 3rd, that is what they signed him for. I look for Gallo in LF and DD in CF unless his knee holds him back. Waaaay too early to count out DD. Pence hits the waiver wire at some point and is picked up by someone.

    • Mr.C

      I think Davidson brings too much value in the bench for not making the team. He will be an additional reliever sitting in the bench. He is also a power right hand coming from the bench. As of today, I see Choo, Odor, Andrus, Gallo, Mazara, Cabrera, Guzman, Pence, Mathis, Kiner-F, and Davidson in the team.

      Two bench openings:
      4th Outfielder competition => Tocci, DD, Santana, Revere
      Middle infielder competition => Ibanez, Fontana, Forsythe

      Unless Calhoun, Wisdom and White turn it around, I’m not seeing them makig the team.

      I have the feeing DD will make the team just to allow Tocci to get plenty at-bats at AAA level.
      As far as the middle infielder competition; I have the feeling Forsythe was brought in for that purpose, although I like Ibanez a lot.

      Still time to make those decisions. We’ll see what happens.

      • grumpyderfsmagic8ball

        With the amount of playtime Tocci is getting I think he makes the team. DD and Calhoun to AAA.