The difference. 285 comments


After thirty-two games last year, the Rangers were 12-20. They were 13-19 in 2017. This year, they are 16-16.

So, it’s safe to say the change in direction has changed the Rangers direction.

But there’s really one big difference between this year’s Rangers and the past two losing efforts.

Joey Gallo.

It’s not hyperbole to say he is having an MVP season so far. His biggest competition will be Mike Trout, the guy they will eventually name the award after.

Look at where he is. Especially when you compare to where he was. He came up in 2015, had a great debut game, then just started swinging at everything. In 2016 he got just one hit. A home run. That was good for an .040 average. He kept swinging in 2017 and 2018.

Then he stopped swinging at everything. And everything changed.

Gallo is tied for second in home runs in the American League at eleven. One off the leader.

He’s tied for eighth in A.L. RBIs with twenty-six. Just seven off the lead.

He’s second in walks. He’s second in walks. Again, he’s second in walks. Second. In walks. This is the guy who struck out more than a chess player at a sorority party. Not anymore. Only Mike Trout has more walks, six more than Gallo.

But what’s most amazing of all, Gallo is fifth in on-base percentage. His OBP is .413. That’s one hundred points higher than where he ended last year. And that is the difference between 2019 Joey Gallo and pre-2019 Joey Gallo. In front of Gallo in the American League on-base percentage race are: Shin-Soo Choo at .416, Carlos Santana at .418, Hunter Dozier at .448, and that Mike Trout guy at .471.

This is the year the Rangers gave up on. It’s the Year of Joey Gallo. He is must-see TV when he steps up to the plate.

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Here is where all the Rangers hitters are compared to where they were after thirty-two games last year. 

Not only is Joey Gallo much improved through his team’s first thirty-two games, so is Chin-Soo Choo. Even more remarkable is the difference in Forsythe, Pence, and Santana. Thank goodness for the new Rangers. They are propping up the old ones.

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TODAY’S GAME:

Adrian Sampson (0-1, 3.58) vs. Steven Brault (0-1, 8.31)
Game time: 6:05

  • calntom

    Another good piece Kevin.
    I predicted 73 wins on the strength of the improvement of the younger position players. In the end, it could be a lot worse considering they might make a trade or two mid-season. Now they just need to get Odor cookin’. Guzman is another key. He is still getting reps at Frisco as of last evening.

    • Mr.C

      Mazara is having a disappointing start. Woody is keeping him in the cleanup spot.

      Can you imagine if Woody would have Gallo in the cleanup spot since day1?

      • RR3

        I don’t think it’s Woodward’s choice.

        • Mr.C

          It is his choice. He mentioned his reasons in one interview

        • JacobMcCandles

          Correct

          • Mr.C

            Woodward:
            “Gallo prefers batting behind Nomar Mazara, a fellow left-handed hitter. That gives Gallo an idea of how the pitching will approach him, based on what he throws to Mazara. “

          • calntom

            Good post Claps

          • Mr.C

            Rgr

            This is one of those instances were I don’t agree with Woody; but understand his reasoning.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Maz is still not knocking in runs

        • Mr.C

          Yeap. I have no idea what’s wrong with him other than his stance during his swing.

          Seems to me he is moving both legs when he swings making his body very unstable at ball impact, if he makes ball impact.

    • RR3

      Thanks. I predicted a repeat of last year, 67 wins, based on the dreadful pitching. But Gallo’s emergence can help win a few more games.

  • Nate Whitten

    Gallo is the big difference, but as you noted, he is not alone. Gallo’s play does rival Trout’s. Other Rangers are off to career-best starts. It all starts with knowing what you CAN’T do. One simply cannot swing at everything and hope for the best. The notable absence from this group of resurgent Rangers is Roogie Odor. Make no mistake, the Rangers really need this guy to play to his potential, and we really don’t know how good he can be. since he has not been able to sustain the very high standards he has set for himself. I have to believe that he will get his game straightened out. It sure is nice to have Santana around in the meantime. He has played his way to a spot on this team. We know that Odor needs to be the man at 2B, but he’s going to have to earn it.
    On a totally different topic, it is driving me crazy to see Martin Perez pitch so well. We saw glimpses of greatness here, but something would always derail it. Why couldn’t Ranger coaches spot what Twin coaches found? the Rangers actually would be a threat to Houston if Perez was doing here what he is doing for the 1st place Twins. He was the home-grown ace. The Rangers gave up on him. I’m not saying that they were wrong. Hindsight “prediction” is BS. I was down on him, too. But I thought he had a good contract here. Meaning that he would be around for a while trying to “get it.” Did they eat the contract or did it expire? I wish he was in Texas.

    • Rowdy Yates

      Martin Perez was given a zillion chances to succeed in Texas. He showed flashes of brilliance followed by abject failure time after time. Would pitch several innings of perfect ball and then for no apparent reason give up a buncha hits and walks. Always seemed just one batter or one bad break away from total implosion. I don’t think the Rangers gave up on Perez. I think he gave up on himself. I don’t know why the Rangers coaching staff couldn’t figure out how to straighten him out. But there was certainly “a failure to communicate” somewhere along the line.

      • GT500

        Good riddance!! We, and the Rangers, saw enough…….

        • Mr.C

          He had the worst pitching record in the league last year; but for $1M + whatever his payout was, he could have been a decent pen arm this year.

          It’s easy to say that when looking from a rear mirror.

          • vegasRANGER

            1st pitching coach ever……Minny stated back in Feb…..very coachable, and hardest worker in camp……Early decline of option, Rangers already had their mind made up, about his future………

          • Nate Whitten

            I guess I don’t blame them, but given the poor rotation and ‘pen, one more chance might have been worth it. But I am vacillating. I was sick of him doing like Rowdy said…going fine, then blow up.

          • GT500

            Sometimes, the time is just right for the team and the player to move on…..

          • WhoKnowscs

            His salary with the Rangers would have been around a 6-8 mil. option I think I guess after the let him go they just weren’t going to sign him to anywhere close to that if at all.

      • WhoKnowscs

        Never underestimate the power of the unemployment line for stubborn players. Remember when Odor fell off a cliff in productivity, hint right after he signed the big contract. Same with Perez, wouldn’t learn a new pitch until he became just another average free agent pitcher.

        Keep in mind Perez could still return to bad. He had stretches of brilliance as a Ranger as well.

      • Nate Whitten

        Oh I am not saying he didn’t have his chances. He seemed to quit. I just rue the fact that some other team is reaping the benefits of Texas’ time and money

      • elkaba

        He might, emphasis on MIGHT, have blossomed under this new pitching coach. He might have benefited from pitching to Mathis. He might have done it all here, but I can’t blame anyone for setting him loose. He had his chances. We had our chances with him. Sometimes it just takes a change of scenery to hit reset. He’s better off figuring it out elsewhere.

        • JacobMcCandles

          Mathis………LOL

    • GT500

      Nate, I get your point but it’s hard to visualize Odor as a player with lofty standards based on his appearance and actions…….seems to me the “fix” for this guy would focus on maturity instead of fundamentals…..i.e. get out of the “little man” syndrome, quit the peacock strutting, stay in the dugout, no more self adoring chest pounding, trim the beard, button the jersey…..in general terms, simply look and act more like a Professional…..to paraphrase a famous quote, “he has a talent, but it is not enough”

      • Tony Howell

        I totally agree with you on Odor the biggest problem is his attitude. If he was traded to the Yankees first thing that would change is the look he is throwing down all Yankee players look like professional ball players.

      • Mr.C

        Bingo!

      • Nate Whitten

        I would totally agree. He needs some good ol’ fashioned humility. Goodness, what does he have to be cocky about now? But, even when he gets it together, I want to see the humility remain. You’d think he’s learned his lesson by now.

  • Mr.C

    JD scouted James Shield

    another Mike Moore!

    • WhoKnowscs

      Yep, the Rays wore him out. Rays pitchers fall off when they leave the Rays.

    • elkaba

      Moore or less…

    • WhoKnowscs

      You are mixing up Minor and Moore

      Matt Moore
      Mike Minor.

      • Mr.C

        I stand corrected!

  • Mr.C

    Guzman is supposed to be activated today. Who do you think will be sent down to open a spot for him?

    a. DeShield
    b. Chavez
    c. Gomez
    d. Pence
    e. Jurado
    f. Santana
    g. Other

    I know Jake’s opinion is DeShield, mine is Gomez. What’s your take?

    • WhoKnowscs

      Either DD, Odor, Chavez, or Gomez. JD will have a near impossible problem justify anyone else.

      • WhoKnowscs

        or maybe Leclerc and Miller as well. But stats wise, JD is screwed if he thinks he can get rid of someone batting near or over .300 over Odor just because Odor had one good game in a week;

      • Nate Whitten

        I say Chavez or Gomez. I will give anyone 10 to 1 odds against Odor going down.. Caveat: I won’t allow more than a $1 bet.

        • WhoKnowscs

          Yeah they are stubborn when it comes to Odor but as far as position players Him and DD are the only 2 with stats to justify it(and not be a necessity like catcher.)

          • Nate Whitten

            No arguments there. And with the ‘pen so messed up, they need all the arms they can get.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Not necessarily m.y opinion, just raised the hypothesis.but I do agree

    • calntom

      I heard Thursday was the day

      • Mr.C

        So who do you think it’s going out of the roster?

        • calntom

          Working that now

    • calntom

      Not a chance it will be Odor unless he volunteered. Lol

      Chavez is signed on a 2 year deal for 8mil, is 35 years old and has no options. Not sure why you even list him. As much as you dislike Chavez, he ain’t going anywhere.

      Santana has no options and can’t be sent down. Same with Pence. They would be waived/ released.

      I don’t think Gomez has options either. He would be waived/ released if he were the choice.

      Jurado could be sent down if he got used up, so to speak, in the next two games.

      Deshields could be sent down, if they wanted to keep 8 in the pen.

      Dowdy has options but is a rule5 player. He would be sent back to his former team.

      Brett Martin has options. They could use him up over the next two days and option him.

      I think we are looking at Brett Martin or DD to be sent down. Probably B Martin. That way they don’t have to make any major decisions this week.

      • Mr.C

        B Martin is another instance were I understand your point of view but don’t agree with it.

        He is the only LHP in the pen.

        Let’s see what happens!!

        Tough decision.

        • calntom

          I overlooked that. Good point. It might be a surprise, someone gets released

    • Mr.C

      Where are the females from this site?
      Come on! Let your opinions be known !!!

      I know you girls are there somewhere!

      • GoRangers23

        I’m here, but I’ve been busy lately. Elk is around here somewhere. TD is busy too. I really hate being the only girl posting though.

        • Mr.C

          So, what’s your opinion? Who will go out to make room for Guzman?

          • GoRangers23

            I truly have no idea. I just hope they don’t release Hunter Pence. That would really stink!

          • Mr.C

            Not to worry sister. Pence will not be.

        • Mr.C

          I’m waiiiiiiiitiiiiing !!!

      • elkaba

        What?

        • elkaba

          g. Other… JD 🙂

          • elkaba

            Hee hee.

          • Mr.C

            JD is FANTASTIC

          • Mr.C

            Do you know women are 54% of the voting population in the USA?

            You need to let your voice be heard on all important issues that affect women in America.

            That said, who do you think will go down to open a spot for Guzman tomorrow?

          • GoRangers23

            LOL! Now THAT was funny!

          • Mr.C

            😉

        • Mr.C

          What’s your opinion?
          Who will go out to make room for Guzman?

  • calntom

    Tyler Phillips is going for DE this evening. The Crawdads have the day off.

  • calntom

    I wonder who is going to catch Sampson tonight?

    • Mr.C

      I hope Mathis

    • JacobMcCandles

      Delilah…..hopefully Alfalfa

      • Mr.C

        I like IKF; but not as a catcher.

    • WhoKnowscs

      Don’t know but since tomorrow’s game starts at 11:30 or so, which ever doesn’t catch tonight will tomorrow.

  • Mr.C

    Changing subject …..

    2nd day in a row Ed hasn’t post.
    Hope he is ok.

    • GoRangers23

      Yes, me too! I don’t think he posted on Sunday either. I’m not sure.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Wow, just saw someone that the “experts” say will be a top draft pick this year:

    Bobby Witt Jr., SS, Colleville Heritage HS, Texas

    • Mr.C

      LATEST PG SHOWCASE REPORT
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      Bobby Witt Jr is a 2019 SS/RHP with a 6-1 185 lb. frame from Colleyville, TX who attends Colleyville Heritage HS. Tall and lean athletic build with lots of wiry strength and plenty of room for more. 6.40 runner, has outstanding defensive tools in the infield and has proven equally adept at all the infield positions. Very soft and quick hands, outstanding at tags, very smooth and clean through the ball, plus arm strength with the ability to throw from all angles. Right handed hitter, very loose hands in his swing, can get extended and put a charge into balls, fluid swing with very high exit velocities, will occasionally get too middle/oppo oriented in games and lose his leverage and raw bat speed. All the physical tools are there and loves to play. Very good student, verbal commitment to Oklahoma. Son of former MLB right hander Bobby Witt. Selected to play in the 2018 Perfect Game All-American Classic.

      • WhoKnowscs

        His Father, who was a Ranger in the Nolan Ryan Era, was why he jumped out to me.

        • WhoKnowscs

          Along with the Colleyville Heritage HS.

  • calntom

    Choo and Maz sit today against the LH. IKF is catching

    • Mr.C

      Are u serious?

      • WhoKnowscs

        DD
        Andrus
        Gallo
        Pence
        Odor (Yuk!)
        Cabrera
        Forsythe
        IKF
        Sampson

        NL PARK means Sampson hits.

        • WhoKnowscs

          If Odor doesn’t get hits or multiple walks today he needs to go.

          • RR3

            If Odor goes 1-for-his-next-300 the Rangers won’t sit him. They seem to have some special voodoo bond with him. I was at the game where he got his hit. The dugout went crazy. It’s like a baby taking his first steps. They even announced that in honor of Roogie’s home run, the Grand Slam inning was in effect and everyone won breakfast at Denny’s. It was like, “Yeah, Roogie got a hit, Roogie got a hit.”

          • WhoKnowscs

            It’s called pride, sending him down after giving him 7.8 mil (9.3 next year) would damage JD’s ego. He’d be admitting the contract was a mistake.

        • WhoKnowscs

          Note this is the lineup on MLB as it stands.

        • Mr.C

          I like the lineup

          Although I would do a different order:

          DD, Forsythe, Andrus, Gallo, Pence, Cabrera, Odor, IKF, Sampson

          • WhoKnowscs

            I was just giving the lineup listed on the mlb.com preview page. I worry Odor will kill too many rallies right before Cabrera and Forsythe.

          • Mr.C

            I hear you

    • JacobMcCandles

      YESSSSSSSSSSSSS

  • calntom

    I like this, lol

    Adam Morris Wrote:
    I haven’t seen anything to indicate what Shields’ asking price is, but if the Rangers want someone who can give them six innings per start, even if it isn’t necessarily a particularly good six innings, Shields would seem to be an option.

    • Mr.C

      Pass!
      No thanks!

      We already have Chavez

      • calntom

        An injury or two and the Rangers can certainly get to the point where they are bringing up guys from AA that are not ready and won’t perform any better than Shields.

        The AA guys might be the only other option at some point and that could end up being sooner than later.
        That is exactly what I said a week before the Hearn experiment. They either sign Gio or Hearn was going to be here sooner than later.

        After Gio signed, there is not anyone else left out there other than Keuchel. The rest are Shields or worse. I would not mind seeing Sheilds throwing for Nashville on a minor leauge deal along with Maness because there just IS NOT anyone else.

    • WhoKnowscs

      I’d be fine with one getting 5 innings but they can’t give up 3-4 runs doing it.

      • calntom

        Who do you have in mind? We have 3 now that give up that many or more every time out

        • Mr.C

          Smyly deserves more views.
          That’s 4

          I like what I’ve seen from Jurado so far.

          • calntom

            Sure, Smyly and Miller need more time, but the killer is what if there is an injury or two to ANY of the existing starters or Jurado. Maness is the only one at Nashville that might could fill in. Things are much thinner than folks realize.

          • Mr.C

            Good point

            I trust JD is working on it.

          • elkaba

            (And should have worked harder on it last winter.)

          • Mr.C

            I understand fans disappointed on JD; but don’t agree he did a bad job this offseason.

            This team as is, has so far exceeded the expectations of everyone in the site.

            He put together a rotation and included backup pitching starters in AAA (Jurado, Sampson, Mendez, Hammel).

            Mendez got injured and Hammel all of the sudden decided to retire.

            He already brought Dowdy and Maness, and I’m sure he is still working on bringing additional arms, younger arms to the minors.

          • JacobMcCandles

            I agree C…..with the plan in mind, one yr contracts were the way to go.

          • elkaba

            I don’t think he did a bad job either. I think we have 2, maybe even 3 or 4 legitimate starters, or will have at some point. We have the strongest bench we could ever have hoped for. But we did start the season with holes. And I don’t like starting a season with holes. They develop as you play and as players get injured or whatever. But i don’t approve of starting the season without a full team of competent players. Just my opinion. He could have done more, nothing flashy, but more.

          • calntom

            Lol

          • calntom

            Do you want to make an ill advised try at competing this year or save money and sign players when the plan dictates that competing is feasible. That is the dilemma, though it was decided in 2017, this is not the year.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Shields is better than a couple we have and right a innings eater……as much as he has declined he still has given up less hits than innings

  • GoRangers23

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  • JacobMcCandles

    Seems Rangers are wising up…..Alfalfa has caught more games than Mathless……Encouraging that they recognize the mistake they made with Mathless.

    • elkaba

      Thank you for sharing your opinion on this for ten thousandth time. The plan and the whole reason for getting Mathis was they needed a good defensive catcher, gamer and teacher for IKF, not just another so-so bat. We KNOW you disagree.

      • Mr.C

        LOLA

      • JacobMcCandles

        Thank you for your opinion ten thousand and one times…..Don’t know why its hard to embrace….no one doubts his capabilties, it has and remains to be a situation of balance between of offense and defense. And the Rangers agree with Jake’s scouting service. The stated intent when signed Mathless was to let him catch the majority of games, Which has changed. So retort with the Rangers

        • Mr.C

          Come on Jake!

          Intend was to have both equally sharing the catching duties.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Not what they said…..but I won’t confuse the situation with facts anymore

          • Mr.C
          • JacobMcCandles

            Nothing pulls up But I am assuming it supports what you are saying…..since I have no inclination to go back and listen to several dozen JD interviews I am wrong and you are right…..now if we can ever get elk to admit she is wrong, the BB Gods will scream LOLA

          • Mr.C

            She is definitely wrong on JD.

            JD is FANTASTIC!

          • JacobMcCandles

            Good luck

          • elkaba

            Hahahaha.

          • elkaba

            LOL, you’ve missing my point (and posted to avatar, whatever that means.) My point is you can stop trying to convince us that RC is the better catcher. WE BELIEVE YOU. But it just doesn’t matter. They picked Mathis for some other reason.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Once gain you don’t read the content…..better luck talking to a tree

          • elkaba

            Yep.

        • elkaba

          You keep trying to prove Chirinos is the better choice. Maybe he is for some situations. But it should be obvious by now, that given Mathis’s weak performance at the plate, something well known throughout his career, that the Rangers were looking for something else from him. And it should be equally obvious that whatever thgat was, it was something they WEREN’T getting from Chirinos, given his well known and more productive bat. Nobody doubts Robinson is a nice guy or a better bat, or a more balanced player, but there was obviously something lacking elsewhere that the Rangers found in Mathis. Maybe it was the pitchers who wanted more. Maybe it was the coaches who wanted better mentoring for IKF. Nobody knows. But what we do know is they said no to Chirinos, better bat and all.

          • JacobMcCandles

            It was never about just Chirinos but about the balance…..but I give up…it has turned into posting to the avatar once again

      • vegasRANGER

        Plus Marlins have won 9 of the games he has caught………

  • GoRangers23
  • JacobMcCandles

    Got the guacomole made for Taco Tuesday……1.00 tacos from Taco casa

    • Mr.C

      I had a Qdoba Burrito

  • TD30
  • RR3

    Let’s see if Sampson can have two strong starts in a row.

    • Mr.C

      Pirates are touching him; but defense is bailing him out after 2 innings.

  • Mr.C

    Do you think Mazara would have made that catch?

    • WhoKnowscs

      no.

    • elkaba

      No, that scoreboard looks intimidating.

  • Mr.C

    Where is everyone?

    • TD30

      I’m up here in the panhandle trying not to blow away with all the severe weather and tornado warnings.

      • Mr.C

        Hope it stays a warning and not the real deal.

        • TD30

          They had some touch down north of here, but just rain and hail at my house so far

          • Mr.C

            Stay safe TD

          • TD30

            Thanks Mr. C

          • JacobMcCandles

            Gotta shelter?

      • GoRangers23

        Ooh, stay safe!

      • elkaba

        Good luck. Stay safe.

    • elkaba

      Here and there.

  • Mr.C

    I wonder why isn’t Mathis behind Sampson.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Cuz if you are going to catch him…you would be in front…..besides Alfalfa is having a good game

      • WhoKnowscs

        Hehe haha hoho.

        • JacobMcCandles

          And Sampson’s avg is better than Mathis…: )

          • WhoKnowscs

            .000 is less than every batting average.

      • Mr.C

        Haha

        My bad. You know what I meant.

        • JacobMcCandles

          LOL

  • Mr.C

    Got to love that man.

    Thanks JD!

    • GoRangers23

      I’m going to give you a like for the first sentence, and minus-a-like for the second sentence. So you have half of a like. Lol

  • WhoKnowscs

    Why would you pitch to Pence with Odor after him?

  • JacobMcCandles

    Hunter!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • GoRangers23

    Go Hunter!

  • WhoKnowscs

    We need more runs.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Go Lo! Go Lo! Through a Ho(le).

  • JacobMcCandles

    Rangers,Stros,Stars….thumb will get some work

  • Mr.C

    That was a strike imo

  • WhoKnowscs

    Ugh

  • WhoKnowscs

    Do we have some problem with Cervelli?

  • WhoKnowscs

    Not going to get the close pitches now after a hit batter.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Were you guys buying that the pitcher was going to bat?

  • WhoKnowscs

    Sampson you did that to yourself.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Too late Sampson.

    • WhoKnowscs

      Ah who am I kidding unless we can get to their pen, Sampson wasn’t going to hold them. They hit him every inning.

    • calntom

      Simmer down

  • Mr.C

    Was that DD?

    • WhoKnowscs

      no the pitcher.

      • Mr.C

        LOLA

  • WhoKnowscs

    So not Delilah on the mound.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Let’s go DD!

  • WhoKnowscs

    DD can’t hold off low and away.

  • elkaba

    Ouch. Come one Sampson.

  • elkaba

    Time to go with the pen.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Stars scoreless halfway through period 1……just missed one

  • JacobMcCandles

    Stlouis just scored

  • JacobMcCandles

    Sampson was getting frustrated

  • Mr.C

    Tough to win this game with the Pirates pen.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Dave getting too excited about a fly ball.

  • GoRangers23

    OOOF. That’s sad.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Boston – Balt. 6-3 . . . all 9 runs by homer.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Homer coming up this inning.

  • JacobMcCandles

    RC leads all AL catchers with extra base hits

    • calntom

      Wonderful

      • JacobMcCandles

        Yep….good guy

        • Mr.C

          Chirinos is FANTASTIC

          • JacobMcCandles

            Him and Elvis were great for the community

          • Mr.C

            Elvis is Sharkastic

  • Mr.C

    Get this guy out please.
    Bring back Kirkman

    • JacobMcCandles

      Schleppers first

  • WhoKnowscs

    Ump called that strike 3 on Odor.

    • Mr.C

      It was a strike IMO

      • WhoKnowscs

        Yeah but I just want consistency.

        • Mr.C

          He has been ok calling balls and strikes

  • Mr.C

    Please don’t bring him back

    • WhoKnowscs

      Choo pinch hitting for Chavez.

      • WhoKnowscs

        Or pitching change first so have to wait.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Stars tied the game…end of period 1

    • Mr.C

      Houston won last night

      • JacobMcCandles

        Losing 6-0 right now

        • Mr.C

          I was talking about the Rockets!

          ;-P

          • JacobMcCandles

            Thats the Rockets

  • WhoKnowscs

    That looked like a perfect pitch to hit.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Tie it up Joey

  • RR3

    Let’s go, Gallo.

  • RR3

    Pence.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Pence is fantastic

  • elkaba

    Way to go Pence!

  • RR3

    Hunter Pence is the best off-season acquisition. He is a pure hitter.

  • Mr.C

    Pence should stay in LF forever.

    • RR3

      Yes.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Time for Odor to prove Sunday wasn’t a Mirage.

    • Mr.C

      He will

      • WhoKnowscs

        Clap Clap ClapClapClap Clap Clap.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Who would evreyone complain about? Mathis is off limits!!

  • GoRangers23

    Woo Hoo! Way to go fellas!

  • RR3

    Rally?

    Oh, Odor.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Can’t figure out him

      • RR3

        He’s an enigma.

        • WhoKnowscs

          I don’t know looks like everyone’s got him figured out.

          • WhoKnowscs

            Except for the Rangers that is.

        • JacobMcCandles

          Yep…thats for sure……anyone that has enjoyed his success doesn’t just lose it

        • elkaba

          Pick one or more…
          Came up too young.
          Did better than Profar.
          Too good, too easy then failed to adjust when pitchers figured him out.
          Became famous for the wrong reason (popping Batista.)
          Got a contract too soon.

    • WhoKnowscs

      Who else would it be? It’s 2017 all over again.

    • Mr.C

      Might be time for JD to send him a few weeks to Nashville to rediscover himself.

      • RR3

        That will never happen. They love that guy.

        • Mr.C

          Especially Woody.

          • RR3

            But, they have to keep running him out there. He is their second baseman for the next few years, like it or not.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Yep

    • WhoKnowscs

      Good news 8 players before he’s back.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Pence 4 Pirates 5.

  • RR3

    I had the good fortune of going to see a game at the Pirates ballpark last season. It’s really amazing. The best I’ve ever been to.

    • Mr.C

      Me too. My sister lives walking distance from the park.

      • RR3

        Lucky.

        • Mr.C

          Yeap. Too bad this series is not over a weekend if not, I would have been there for sure.

          It’s about a 5 hr drive for me.

          • GoRangers23

            Mr C, how did you become a Rangers fan if your family lives up north? 😄

          • Mr.C

            I lived in Texas 20 years

          • GoRangers23

            Yep, that would do it. 😄

          • Mr.C

            Big fan of Ruben Sierra, Pudge Rodriguez and Juan Gonzalez back in the days.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Mr C is Tex/Mex

          • Mr.C

            My wife is.

          • JacobMcCandles

            You never much expounded on your year in PR….did everything turn out ok?

          • Mr.C

            I wasn’t in PR a year?

            My dad had a rough time but thanks to my sister (the same one who lives in Pitt) he is ok.

            I spend 3 months in PR, my sis stayed 6 months.

          • JacobMcCandles

            How bad was it……my church sent missionairies……Said just recently electric had been totally restored

          • Mr.C

            It was really bad.

          • JacobMcCandles

            My oldest brother did cadaver recovery in Katrina…….smell was horrible

    • elkaba

      That ballpark sure looks beautiful on TV.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Three Rivers is the best sky shot…….I like Petco

  • WhoKnowscs

    I like Jose!

    in the 7th.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Let’s Go Rangers!

  • GoRangers23

    I’m not sure if he slid his leg back or if the ball hit his leg so hard that it pushed his leg back, but that had to hurt either way.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Pence in the 9th.

  • Mr.C

    That was NOT a strike

    • calntom

      Nadel agreed

    • JacobMcCandles

      Agree but too close to let go by

      • calntom

        From what I heard, not close

        • JacobMcCandles

          It was a ball, but IMO the situation calls for aggressiveness

  • GoRangers23

    I wonder if the HOOOOOOOO-er is a Ranger’s fan. Those Pittsburgh fans must think we are super annoying.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Wait till they play in Oakland

  • Mr.C

    That was a strike

  • Mr.C

    Same pitch location UMP

  • WhoKnowscs

    End of 2nd still 1-1.

  • elkaba

    That was almost an amazing tag at 2B.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Best part of the lineup coming!!!

    • Mr.C

      Look at Mazaras feet

      • Mr.C

        He stayed steady this time. That was a good at bat for him.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Bad call

  • Mr.C

    This ump is killing us.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Why bother, when the ump is against you

  • calntom

    Overmatched

  • JacobMcCandles

    Pitts has a good BP

  • Mr.C

    Ump needed to take a poop badly

    • GoRangers23

      Lol

      • Mr.C

        Diarrhea

  • Mr.C

    I’m out

    Good night rounders

    Let see who is sent down tomorrow
    ( although I’m sure it will be Gomez)

    • GoRangers23

      Night Mr C

  • JacobMcCandles

    Rangers lose, Stros going down….hopefully Stars can win….later

  • WhoKnowscs

    Stars headed to overtime, no score since the first period.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Seattle just blew a save needing 2 outs. Single-Homer-tied.

    • WhoKnowscs

      And now they lost the game.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Stars in OT

    • WhoKnowscs

      double OT coming up.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Reds@Athletics just got started. It was delayed because of power(lights) issues.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Mariners are now .500.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Rangers blew a chance for second

  • WhoKnowscs

    Stars lose.

    • JacobMcCandles

      😥😣😎

  • JacobMcCandles

    For those late night or early morning readers….game is at 1130 am wed

    • GoRangers23

      Wow! Thanks! I would never have known.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Mike Fiers has a no hitter through 8 for the A’s. Profar has knocked in 2 runs, a double and a homer.

    • WhoKnowscs

      He completes the no hitter.

  • calntom

    Crouse looking like he has more work to do in A ball.
    Huff hit his 15th.
    Maness for Nashville, not overly impressive in stats but at least went 6 and 5 innings his 1st two starts.
    Latz is trending in the right direction for DE.
    Pence is better than OK

  • calntom

    Nashville finally found a couple of teams they can beat, OK City and Memphis