The bottom of the lineup. 114 comments


Ronald Guzman’s third-inning home run was the highlight of a Rangers offense that struck out 16 times and scored just this one lone run.

 

When you score just one run a game, you aren’t going to win too many.  The Rangers won just two 1-0 games in 2017.

But that’s the inevitable outcome of one of the weaker offenses in baseball facing what is shaping up to be the best pitching staff in baseball history.

Offense will be hard to come by.

The Rangers offense is like the Grand Canyon. The views at the top are nice, but once you step off that ledge, goodbye.

Once you get past Adrian Beltre, gravity takes over from there.

Joey Gallo: .204 batting average, .287 on-base percentage. Gallo had been doing a lot of things right earlier in the season. Going to opposite way, especially. He even—gasp!—bunted earlier, which, not surprisingly, led to a nice little uptick in offense. But his refusal to do so against this Houston team is baffling. Because the outcome would, most likely, be him standing on second base. There is absolutely no Houston Astro on the entire left side of the field. No third baseman. No shortstop. No left fielder. And he can’t hit the ball there? I get the argument that Joey Gallo is not a bunter, he is a power hitter. My counter is this: In that exact same scenario, if Gallo hit a line drive over the radical shift and ended up on second, everyone would be happy. Yay, Gallo doubled. But, if he pushed a hard bunt to the totally vacated left side of the field, he would end up on second too, with his speed. So, you have two alternatives. One, maybe possibly but doubtfully he can swing away and have a less than ten percent chance of getting a hit and an even smaller chance of getting a double. Or he bunts it, has an almost 100 percent chance of getting on base and about a 75 percent chance of ending up at second. Where are the analytics junkies?

Jurickson Profar: .235/.321 (not a bad OBP, to be fair). While Profar isn’t tearing up the league, he is doing an admirable, if not spectacular, job of holding down the fort until Elvis Andrus comes back to play out the rest of his option year. He has shown a little power. But what his is showing is that he is the quintessential platoon player. He is hitting .357 against lefties, but just .195 against righties. But he does have 15 RBIs and he can draw a walk. Profar is a nice secondary piece. He doesn’t belong in the top of any lineup, but he will do things occasionally from the bottom of the lineup to keep him relevant.

Rougned Odor: .175/.261. A lot was made about Odor being on a nice little run before he got injured. That was micromanaging the data. He had a three-game stretch where he went 5-for-12. But he was just 1-for-6 right before being injured, and 2-22 in the games outside of that three-game mirage. And a lot was made about Odor’s more patient approach in spring and his willingness to draw walks. In 2017, he walked 32 times in 651 plate appearances, or once every 20.3 times. So far in 2018, he has 4 BBs in 47 PAs, or a walk every 15.8 times. Yes, he is walking a bit more. But he is striking out at virtually the same rate. Once every 3.9 plate appearances so far this year as opposed to every 4.0 last year. He had 30 HRs last year, none so far this year. And 75 RBIs last year, four this year. Which means, yes he is walking more, and his on-base percentage is ever so slightly higher, but he is actually much less productive. And that slim hope of productivity was the only reason he had any value whatsoever last season.

Robinson Chirinos: .175/.246. He is just having a down year. He is better than this, and has proven he is better than this. His wrist injury seems to be affecting him much more than anyone wants to admit. But his general manager has systematically purged the roster and system of any competent able-bodied backups. “Hey, Robinson, sorry your arm fell off, we need you out there, big guy, you’re all we have.” He does have six home runs, but Chirinos is striking out at an alarming rate. Warts and all, he literally is all we have. Chirinos has the ultimate job security.

Ronald Guzman: .205/.256. Guzman is better than this offensively. For his sake, he better be. Chalk this one up to learning on the job. He has upside, a lot of it. He has power and has shown the ability to hit at every other level he’s played. Just a matter of making adjustments. He does have an alarmingly high number of strikeouts so far, 31 in just 78 plate appearances. Or, a strikeout every two-and-a-half times he goes to the plate. When you strike out more than Odor, you need to have a serious re-evaluation of your life goals.

So there you have it. An offensively challenged chunk of a lineup that offers little in the way of resistance, of offering fear to the opposing pitcher, and of an ability to score runs.

Enjoy today’s game.

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TODAY’S GAME:

Matt Moore (1-4, 7.71) vs. Dallas Keuchel (2-5, 3.53)
Game time: 1:10

How the Rangers hit against Keuchel.
How the Astros hit against Moore.

 

  • dearmidol

    Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms of RR3.

    • azrangerfan

      I second midol. HAPPY MOTHERS DAY TO ALL THE MOMS!

      • GoRangers23

        Thanks Az!

    • GoRangers23

      Thanks Kevin!

  • Rowdy Yates

    After reading Midol’s ever so accurate assessment of the back end of this team’s lineup I’m going back to bed.

    • dearmidol

      And we have Matt Moore on the mound.

      • Rowdy Yates

        Spoil sport.

      • JacobMcCandles

        But the Astros are throwing their weakest link, 20 game winning,Cy young posessing Dallas Keuchel..: )

  • TD30
    • GoRangers23

      You too TD! 🌹🌷💐

  • elkaba

    Well that was depressing. True, but depressing. Luckily I have a late lunch out with family to look forward to and will likely miss all or most of our date with destiny against the WS champs later today. Happy Mother’s Day everyone!

    • GoRangers23

      You too Elk! 🌹🌷💐

  • Rollie Fingerbangers

    I just saw the lineup and I thought we already sent Rua down

  • TD30
    • FlappingGums

      Thanks, TD! 😀

  • dearmidol

    Odor and Guzman are out of today’s starting lineup, and Kiner-Falefa and Rua are in.

    Also, Banister has Beltre hitting third and Mazara fourth. That is something I had hoped he would be doing all along. I always want Beltre up in the first inning, and want him batting as often as possible.

  • FlappingGums

    HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY, Founders Moms!! 😀

    • GoRangers23

      Thank you Flap! 😄

  • azrangerfan

    JD being JD Another shot into the bargain basket. Maybe it works, maybe not
    https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2018/05/rangers-purchase-brandon-manns-contract.html

    • Rowdy Yates

      Ahh the Rangers’ Austin Biben Dirkxx of 2018. Good job JD, 34 yr old rookies always thrive on MLB pitching mounds.

      • GoRangers23

        I keep forgetting about ABD. It boggles my mind why we have Moore still pitching when we have ABD in the minors. He pitched really well for us last year. I was really proud of him. They rewarded him by sending him down and not bringing him back up. Truly sad.

  • Rowdy Yates

    Encouraged that Banister inserted IKF in the lineup against the lefty. Should be done every time a LH pitcher throws for the opposition until Odor comes around … which probably means forever.

    • dearmidol

      I was glad to see that too.

  • dearmidol

    Okay, Beltre at three is already paying off.

  • Rowdy Yates

    That was a major blown opportunity.

  • Rowdy Yates

    “it’s a tough series for the little guy” … Braymond in reference to Altuve not doing well this series. PLEASE just shut up and stop talking. Sign language from the booth from you would be soothing to us all.

  • dearmidol

    Do they not have A/C in that stadium? Moore is already sweating like a pig.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Pitches like one too

  • dearmidol

    IKF gave it a ride.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Be careful….Mighty Mite is due

  • WhoKnowscs

    Can we go without the 1 out base runner Moore? *And that doesn’t mean a no out base runner or a homer.

    • WhoKnowscs

      Wow . . . you managed to do just about everything the opposite of what I requested.

  • JacobMcCandles

    That Ranger 3Baseman made that last play look simple

  • JacobMcCandles

    Play with fire long enough..

  • WhoKnowscs

    Go ahead and give up a 3 run homer and put us out of our misery.

  • Gregor_S

    I’ve looked at this game as a no-lose in the sense that Moore will either pitch well or, far more likely, get shelled as usual, in which case the Rangers will be forced to finally move him to the “disabled list.” Worst case would be that he pitches badly enough to lose but not quite badly enough to be dropped from the rotation. There’s still a chance of that if he works a couple of decent innings but I’m optimistic he’ll completely implode.

    If I’m the Astros I’d try to go easy on Moore to keep him around so they can face him again.

    • WhoKnowscs

      And Chavez is in.

      • Gregor_S

        Yup, I guess the Rangers are finally getting tired of waiting for Moore to come around.

        He does seem able to get through an inning or two so maybe he’d be okay in the bullpen, or at least no worse than most of the guys we have there.

        • WhoKnowscs

          Yeah but in the pen Banny would try using him everyday.

          • Gregor_S

            Well at least Banny can’t destroy his arm since it seems to be almost destroyed already.

  • dearmidol

    I think they have finally gotten fed up with Moore.

    • azrangerfan

      I’ll agree. Should be dfa tomorrow

    • JacobMcCandles

      I believe he is prob gone after today

      • GoRangers23

        One can hope!

    • GoRangers23

      “They” are infuriating!

    • WhoKnowscs

      I’ll believe it when I see it.

    • WhoKnowscs

      Next up . . . Perez.

      • dearmidol

        Sadly, Perez is better.

        • WhoKnowscs

          Better does not necessarily mean he belongs.

    • WhoKnowscs

      Sure hope we didn’t give up much for JD’s latest gambling addiction.

  • JacobMcCandles

    My personal Ranger saviour….Eric Nadel. I would like to thank our anemic team for pushing me outside and listen to Uncle Nadel . just caught my first fish, with just a bamboo pole.😎

  • WhoKnowscs

    We won’t face Cano in the upcoming 2 game series in Seattle.

    • GoRangers23

      It’s a shame he got hurt. It’s better for us, but I hate to see that happen to anyone!

    • JacobMcCandles

      Longer than that…prob a month

  • WhoKnowscs

    Why did we take out Chavez? Pitching too well?

  • GoRangers23

    Poo!

  • JacobMcCandles

    Believe we need to stop hitting Correa….LO

  • dearmidol

    Falling apart.

    • WhoKnowscs

      Banny pulled the plug on keeping this game winnable. Because he is a ________ ___________.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Offense,defense,pitching.managing,gm. Are we doing anything well

    • WhoKnowscs

      Playing the most mediocre baseball possible.

  • WhoKnowscs

    We got an out?

  • WhoKnowscs

    What happened to Jepsen? He was the best reliever coming out of Spring Training but was the first to go to absolute dreck.

    • WhoKnowscs

      And I don’t think he played too much.

      • dearmidol

        Relievers are unreliable.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Another homer coming up.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Banny auditioned to be in “Pretty in Pink” but was rejected because he’s nothing of the sort.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Jepsen should be getting DFA’d soon.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Who the heck is Brandon Mann?

    • JacobMcCandles

      Read mlbtr for bio

  • JacobMcCandles

    Nice story on the Mann fella…..grooved that curve ball

  • GoRangers23

    I really hope we don’t have our first shut out on Mother’s Day! 😩😢.

    • WhoKnowscs

      Don’t worry, I’m sure someone will get the solo homer.

    • WhoKnowscs

      There you go.

      • GoRangers23

        You have no idea how happy that homerun made me. 😁

  • GoRangers23

    Congratulations Brandon Mann and family!

  • WhoKnowscs

    Beltre going back to the DL?

    • GoRangers23

      Oh my!

      • WhoKnowscs

        Maybe not, just taken out of the game.

        • GoRangers23

          Yeah, I know. I hope he’s ok!

  • JacobMcCandles

    ABs worst defensive gm I can ever remember

    • GoRangers23

      He left the game, so it’s possible that he is still in a lot of pain from before.

  • GoRangers23

    Thank you Carlos Perez!!

  • WhoKnowscs

    Here’s Rouggie.

    • GoRangers23

      😢😢😢😢😭

  • WhoKnowscs

    Odor jumped over .020 in batting average with one hit.

  • WhoKnowscs

    now’s when we need the homer.

  • WhoKnowscs

    They’re going to make a parody of “The Candyman” for Brandon Mann’s walk up music.

  • JacobMcCandles

    As Admiral Yamamoto said….we woke up a sleeping giant….Correa just missed

    • WhoKnowscs

      We can only hope, 5 run inning coming up.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Astros won’t bat again…lo

        • WhoKnowscs

          Probably not. Doesn’t stop me from hoping what I think will happen won’t.

  • GoRangers23

    I didn’t know about the Astros rule about none of their coaches talking to the media. I think that’s great! I always feel so bad when our team has lost and the manager, whoever it is, has to go out there and tell how he thinks we lost the game and is grilled about the stupidest things. Some of those questions are so bad! The managers just seem to say the same things over and over again anyway. I’m mostly talking about the interviews that I have seen in the past, where our team was doing well, but then the manager is talked to like he’s an imbecile each and every time we lose. I think it’s awful! I wish the Rangers would adopt a similar policy. Those types of interviews can’t be good for anyone. Having said that though, there are times when I think the manager should answer for his actions, but not after every single loss. Sometimes there is just nothing they can do…..except for Banny…..I know that if we lose, it is all his fault. Lol. JK

    • JacobMcCandles

      Good observation Go

  • JacobMcCandles

    Once promising changes by Gallo now seem to have disappeared

    • dearmidol

      He needs to figure out how to go the opposite way again, or he is going to just flounder.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Flounder is right cuz he will never be a Trout….LO

  • JacobMcCandles

    That was brutal

    • dearmidol

      Three runs in three days.

  • Rowdy Yates

    Moore lowered his ERA even with 9 base runners in 3 innings. Amazing!

    • dearmidol

      Actually, Rowdy, he didn’t lower his ERA. He started the day at 7.71. He gave up three earned runs in three innings, which is a 9.00 ERA. His ERA right now is 7.82. So it raised by 0.11.

      • Rowdy Yates

        Gaaak! … yes, well in that case all I can say is … typical outing by Moore.

        When he started the meltdown in the 3rd I moved over to the Champions Tournament since one of my Fantasy golf team guys is leading and I could make $75 today. Unfortunately Webb Simpson is trying to give away the biggest pro tournament lead in PGA history.

        • JacobMcCandles

          Baltimore Os made me $250 today

    • elkaba

      Is amazing the right word there? LOL

  • dearmidol

    I wonder how long Beltre will be out now. And, when he does finally come back, this might finally make him more of a full-time DH.

    • GoRangers23

      Yep, I’m afraid that he may be closer to the end of his playing time than we thought.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Time to shut him down for an extensive look….and save the little trade value he has left.

      • elkaba

        Should have traded him last season for a pitching prospect, but hey. I get it. He’s an institution.

        • JacobMcCandles

          And JD is instituonal…..Happy Mom and Grandma day

  • WhoKnowscs

    Rangers have not been shut out through 42 games . . . but have only scored 1 run in 8 of them. 5 of those in May.

  • GoRangers23

    Brandon Mann……hmmm. He reminds me more of a dentist than a baseball pitcher. 😄

  • elkaba

    Huff! What kind of Mother’s Day present is this? Rangers lose? Beltre out again? But the Mann story is good- 16 years it took him to get here and he turns in 1.2 innings, 0 ERA. That’s something! 🙂

    • JacobMcCandles

      GREAYT STORY….ONLY in BB

  • GoRangers23

    Elvis is going to be a Papa again. Baby number two is on its way! 🍼 👶🏾👶🏾