Swinging and missing. 67 comments


It’s not surprising, but here is a list of the teams that struck out the least in the American League and the teams that struck out the most.

Fewest strikeouts in the AL, and where they finished in their division (number of wins):

Cleveland, 1189, first (91)
Houston, 1197, first (103)
Seattle, 1221, third (89)
Boston, 1253, first (108)

Most strikeouts in the the AL, and where they finished in their division (number of wins):

Chicago, 1594, fourth (62)
Texas, 1484, last (67)
New York, 1421, second (100)
Baltimore, 1412, last (47)

Of the bottom feeders, only the Yankees were able to overcome their habitual swinging and missing. So, it doesn’t mean you can’t win, it just means you normally don’t. If you can’t make contact, you lose. And you lose a lot.

It’s a long road back to respectability for the Rangers.

They need hitters who can hit.

  • calntom

    I agree with what Ed said yesterday, this Rangers offense is HIGHLY overated.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Disagree somewhat……offense is serviceable….better pitching would help tremendously

      • calntom

        I thought they were OK until September when they scored 1 run in 5 games and were shutout 4 times.

        • JacobMcCandles

          Gave up

  • CrazyEd

    If you look through the minor league rosters, you don’t see much hope for optimism. That’s not to say that there are not some lurkers down there that are working on some specific thing in their swing or developing an eye for picking up pitches or knowledge of the strike zone. But, on the surface it doesn’t look promising. That said, the untrained eye evaluating minor league hitting prospects is a crap shoot at best.

    • calntom

      Rangers will continue adding pieces by selling this summer and possibly in 2020 as well. Takes a long time to build a decent system.

      • CrazyEd

        Agree, I have more faith in the FO than a lot of folks seem to have. We seem to be on the same patience train. Patience is a good thing. It took me 75 years to figure it out, but I finally got it.

        • calntom

          Roger that. Other than seeing a lot of youngsters develop 1st hand, I have not many other expectations for 2019 aside from seeing what they can add to the farm from trades this coming year.
          No expectations of winning a lot of games = No disappointments

  • azrangerfan

    Strikeouts and hitting for a decent avg seem to be a problem in BB today.
    Example – Gallo BA = 206, # of strikeouts = 207.
    I don’t care how many HR he hits, how do you hide that in a batting order with 1484 strikeouts combined.
    You might be able to hide one of these, but not half the team.

    • calntom

      Gallo fits right in…..

  • azrangerfan

    Smyly coming to the Rangers. JD’s first reclamation project of the off season. Could be a good one though.
    https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2018/11/cubs-exercise-cole-hamels-option-trade-drew-smyly-rangers.html

    • GoRangers23

      Aw, you beat me. 😄

  • JacobMcCandles

    Smyly is a good pick up…assuming health is ok

    • CrazyEd

      Yup! And it was an inexpensive one also. By avoiding the 6 mil Hamels buyout, the 7 mil for Smyly nets out a a final cost on 1 mil. If he has any innings in him it’s a very good deal.

  • GoRangers23

    I am not too happy with this latest development. My son and I have a bone to pick with Mr Smyly. We got to a game very early one time so that we could catch a warm up ball and Drew was catching balls near the outfield wall. There were a couple of teenagers out there who kept calling him stupid, idiot, etc every time he turned his back to them. They wanted him to throw them a ball, but they kept hurling insults at him. I asked him if we could have it and he looked like he was thinking about it, but he never threw us the ball. The boys then decided they would tell him that if he gave them the ball, they would put him on their fantasy team, or something like that. ( Because everyone knows, you catch more flys with honey.) Drew gave them the ball, despite the fact that they were behaving terribly and hollering at him. Those boys were about 16 and 17 years old. Needless to say, we have never forgiven him. Ha! And it’s not like he only had one ball to give. He kept throwing the balls back that he was catching. I think I will go through an autograph line with him in it and pass him by and say, no thank you. Lol….I’m just kidding on that last part. If it were just me asking for the ball, I wouldn’t have been so irritated, but I wanted my son to get a ball. To this day, we have only been able to get one ball at the ballpark.

    • GoRangers23

      I just asked my son—Guess who we just got that we aren’t going to be too happy about? He said, Drew Smyly? ARE YOU SERIOUS? Ha! I guess we will have to forgive him now. 😄

    • JacobMcCandles

      Sounds like he handled it well

  • GoRangers23

    The Hotstove show on MLB Network gave the Rangers a 100 to 1 chance of going all the way next year. That’s inspiring, isn’t it? 😳 I suppose that’s better than being 200 or 300 to 1 like a few of the other teams on the list.

    • dearmidol

      Wow, other than the Orioles, who is worse?

      • GoRangers23

        I will have to go see if I can find it again when I get home. I don’t remember who they had that was worse.

    • calntom

      100-1 ain’t bad. I have them at 2-1 to finish in the basement in the West .

  • calntom

    There ya go. The 1st potential, at the break, trading piece is in place. I know it is a lot to hope for in Smyly working out, but a step in the right direction.
    The price is right. Can still afford another one or two in that price range, plus a couple of lower cost reclamation projects.

    • CrazyEd

      This has the potential of being a steal. I think it will be his third year back from TJ (or close to it) so he should be good to go. I guess ST will tell the tale. Either way, like you said, the price was right. Hard to find pitchers that only cost you a net cost of a mil.

      • calntom

        June 2017 on the surgery. Tossed 1 inning this year in A ball.

  • calntom

    Alberto claimed by Yanks via waivers

    • CrazyEd

      He was a good back up glove man. Out of options so waivers it was. That will clear a spot on the 40 for somebody.

      • CrazyEd

        Clearing a spot on the 40 was in error. Forgot today is the day they have to clear the 60 day dl which means the 40 will be at 42 or 43, so more shoes are going to drop.

    • azrangerfan

      Don’t see much of a lose there.

  • CrazyEd

    From Baseball American on the Rangers draft:

    “Story of Their Draft:
    The Rangers stuck to their guns and drafted five straight upside prep
    prospects, headlined by the most consistent arm in the country this
    spring in RHP Cole Winn (1). RHP Owen White has a four-pitch mix of above-average offerings and SS Jonathan Ornelas (3) has above-average hands, a strong arm and a projectable power bat.

    Keep An Eye On: C Xavier Valentin (19) has major league bloodlines and some defensive potential behind the dish, but he needs more consistency. LHP Destin Dotson
    (12) was unexpected to sign this year as a lanky, 6-foot-6 arm who can
    touch the 93-94 mph range with feel to spin, but the Rangers drafted him
    in a potentially signable spot.”

  • calntom

    Wow, Rangers decline option on Chirinos. I wonder what they have in mind after that move?

    • GoRangers23

      Oh no, that stinks!

    • CrazyEd

      Some options:

      Decline the option sign him for less
      IKF is the new catcher and Jose Trevino the backup or vice versa
      Tough to figure being as how Chirinos is such a good club house guy.

      • calntom

        I thought he had some value. 4.5mil option with 1mil buyout the Rangers will pay. Maybe they can get him back for another 2 or 2.5 mil?

  • GoRangers23

    Rangers also decline contract options on Fister, Moore, and Perez.

    • CrazyEd

      Oh No please don’t tell me the declined on Moore!

      • elkaba

        LOL

      • JacobMcCandles

        Fister a small surprise

  • CrazyEd

    2080 baseball’s report on Taylor Hearn from June of 2018:

    https://2080baseball.com/reports/reports-11969/

  • elkaba

    I see we’re clearing some space out on the old roster. Good thing that. When does the Rule 5 draft happen? We might pick up a gem, if we’re lucky.

    • CrazyEd

      You fell into the same trap that I did earlier. I forgot that today was the day that the 60 day dl roster had to be cleared. Once that happened the 40 became 42 or 43 so more drops are in the wind. Too many baseball rules. Hard to keep up with.

      • elkaba

        Oh, you’re right! OK then, lets keep cleaning it up and making space. If I have to watch another season of duds I’d just as soon have some new ones to complain about. 🙂

    • Rowdy Yates

      Rangers always pick up gems with Rule 5 draft. The last two were DeShields and Tocci I think. Onward to the Division Championship and WS!

      • JacobMcCandles

        Gems??? LOL

        • CrazyEd

          I kind of like Tocci. Once he lost his fear at the plate he started to hit a bit. With a little minor league time he might be surprising good. Doubt he’ll ever be a power guy but has the potential of hitting for average. He managed to get his average up to .225 despite all of his early oh fers and being essentially a A+/AA player.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Yep…be interesting to watch, especially with his speed…I was more frustrated with his defense

        • Rowdy Yates

          …….. it was sarcasm Jake.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Mine was too

  • CrazyEd

    T.R. Sullivan says:
    “Rangers option on Chirinos was 4 1/2 million after all the incentive
    escalators kicked in….. Daniels said the Rangers weren’t prepared to
    move on that at this point”

    • JacobMcCandles

      Don’t want to spend a lot of money right now,,,but Realmuto would be a great addition,,,,Maldonado a cheaper good addition

      • calntom

        Realmuto is about, how many pitching prospects can you cough up?

      • dearmidol

        Wasn’t he traded yesterday to the Yankees for Gary Sanchez?

        • JacobMcCandles

          ??? Not reported anywhwere

  • CrazyEd

    Today was the last day of early voting, so the live in Chinese chef/maid/masseuse and I went down to do our civic duty. A number of soldiers in line, good to see them voting. Got my ballot, looked over it very carefully, and didn’t see anybody that I totally agreed with, so wrote in the only person that I always agree with, me. Will probably change my mind about something tomorrow and wish I had never voted. You just can’t win.

    • JacobMcCandles

      When John Wayne was alive….Scary would always give him a write in ballot….Haha…..with the the journalistic piranhas we cant get good people to run any more…..I mean good grief Hillary and Trump….at least the trumper has some financial/business acumen and has some major success in those endeavors

  • CrazyEd

    kershaw gets 93 mil for 3 years! How does that work out? Assuming its even money year by year, 31 mil per yr. Assuming 30 startes that’s a little over a mil a start. Assuming 1oo pitches a start that’s a little over $10,000 per pitch. Did I lose a decimal point someplace?

    • JacobMcCandles

      Way to risky IMO…declining, too many injuries…..buy your hitters, grow your pitching

      • calntom

        The Dodgers are not real big into risk management.
        They could sign Harper to a 20 year, 1.2 Bil deal
        Wouldn’t it be great if they became the Buffalo Bills of baseball?

        • Nathan Whitten

          They are only halfway there. Let’s don’t get too excited yet. Furthermore, I dislike them so much that I do not even want them to sniff a WS crown. They did that last year. Too close for comfort. I’d like to see them become the Cleveland Browns (new version) of baseball.

          But, in all seriousness, what the Bills did was really quite remarkable, although I doubt that there fans feel that way. It is hard to get to the Super Bowl. To do it 4 straight years is quite an accomplishment. However, I’d bet that that franchise and the fans would trade those 4 AFC titles for one NFL championship.

    • dearmidol

      They basically gave him one more year to stay.

      • calntom

        Way less than what I thought it might take. Team friendly deal to stay 3 years with no opt outs.

  • calntom

    Looking over the top 50 FA’s, none are predicted to sign with the Rangers. Though I think JD will talk to more than several arms.
    I did not realize that Jesse Chavez, after a July deal to the Cubs, tossed 39 innings of 1.15 era ball with 42 Ks.
    The Rangers certainly treated the cubbies well this past summer.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Except for Darvish, but I guess you could say Dodgers

  • calntom

    Woodward for manager. Looks like it is a go

  • GoRangers23

    Does anyone know anything about Chris Woodward? He’s been a third base coach for the Dodgers for the past three years. Is he going to have what it takes??

    • JacobMcCandles

      Would’ve never thought he would get the job….am very concerned that MLBTR reported he “aced the interview” same statement made about Banny. Have no real opinion on Woodward….but do think there were some good choices available

    • CrazyEd

      I didn’t, but I do now. Research has revealed the following:

      1. He is well liked by the players and his peers
      2. He played several positions on several teams
      3. Other than the New Zealand team in the 2017 World Baseball Classic he has no experience as a manager.
      4. He is an excellent teacher of infield play. One site compared his teaching ability to that of Ron Washington.
      5. He likes scrappy players, guys that go all out
      6. He is an excellent communicaor

      Long story short, all I have read would indicate that he will be an excellent manager.

      • GoRangers23

        Thanks for the info Ed!