The future is always bright. 196 comments


“Other teams might kick themselves for trading away their top pitching prospects only to see them succeed, to varying degrees, elsewhere. Yet the Rangers have one of the deepest pitching systems in the game. In fact, of their top 10 prospects, per Baseball America, they feature seven pitchers, three of them left-handed. The future certainly looks good for the Rangers.”

This huge dose of sunshine comes from FanGraphs, the well-respected baseball statistics and analysis blog. After so much disappointment and this franchise’s history of failure when it comes to developing pitching, it’s always encouraging to read such optimism about the Rangers.

This was written in August.

Of 2010.

It was lamenting the demise of the Rangers can’t-miss, franchise-changing  pitching prospects John Danks, Edinson Volquez, and Thomas Diamonds. But even though those three didn’t pitch (at the time) a single inning for the Rangers, FanGraphs was excited about the next group of franchise transforming prospects the Rangers had on the way: Martin Perez, Kasey Kiker, Tanner Schepper, Blake Beavans, and Matthew Purke.

It seems the more things change, the more they stay the same.

Yesterday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic was commenting on some of the more notable developments thus far this season: The Cubs sudden realization they have a “bloated payroll and an inadequate farm system.” Why Craig Kimbrel is still available. The fact that Christian Yelich hasn’t missed a beat from last season. Oh, and who will pitch for the Rangers in the future?

The Rangers have two starters worthy of a rotation—Mike Minor and Lance Lynn. Fortunately, those are the only two starters under control after this season. That’s the good news.

The challenge is building the rotation going forward. The Rangers have never been able to develop pitching, so they have always had to go out and buy it.

But even that avenue is closing, Rosenthal points out. More and more quality starters are coming off the potential free agent board by signing extensions. So, gone are the Rangers opportunities to buy a quality rotation. Justin Verlander is off the market. So are Jacob deGrom, Chris Sale, Sonny Gray and even Miles Mikolas.

Right now, the quality starters expected to hit the open market, unless they, too sign extensions, are Gerrit Cole, Madison Bumgarner, Rick Porcello, and Zack Wheeler.

Demand far exceeds supply. There will be a lot of competition for the top-level guys. What chance does Texas have of outbidding?

The Rangers will have three slots to fill next year. And that’s assuming they don’t trade Minor or Lynn at the deadline. They will certainly get tempting offers.

Rosenthal writes: “Five pitchers at the upper levels — Triple-A lefty Taylor Hearn and righty Ariel Jurado, Double-A lefties Joe Palumbo and Brock Burke and righty Jonathan Hernandez — all could get big-league time this season, then compete for possibly two spots in the 2020 rotation next spring.”

But he asks, where are they going to fill a rotation that is major league worthy?

Fair question.

Another crop of game-changing Rangers pitchers is on the way. Just like it was fifteen years ago. And like it was nine years ago. And five years ago. And—always.

The Rangers are masters at developing optimism. Now, all they have to do is transfer that skill to developing actual quality major league pitching.

*****
TODAY’S GAME:

Mike Minor (1-1, 4.63) vs. Zack Greinke (1-1, 9.31)
Game time: 8:40

  • CrazyEd

    I like to think the Rangers have some good prospects, but that’s what they are. Turning a prospect into a major league pitcher is not an easy endeavor. Developing pitchers is a tough job. Just look at the numbers. There are roughly 150 starters in MLB. Of those 150, MAYBE 15 qualify as “ace.” That’s 15 from pretty much the population of Japan, Korea, South America, North America and Australia with a few weird additions thrown in. That’s it. Starting ptichers, much less, ACE’s don’t grow on trees, aren’t available at Walmart, and don’t appear with the waving of a magic wand. Just finding one of the 150 from the aforementioned population is almost beyond possible.

    • elkaba

      OK. So it’s like the lottery… but, but, but there ARE teams that seem to be able to choose prospects and develop pitching talent better than others. So maybe the real lottery winners are the teams that know how to pick the best pitching coaches. Hmmm…

      • CrazyEd

        The Rays and A’s seem to have that reputation. They do have a bit of a leg up due to more frequently getting better draft pick locations. Not to say a couple other teams aren’t in the same boat and don’t do as well. Taking off my fan hat and putting on my logic cap tells me that finding a prospect and developing him into a ML starter is not something that anybody wants to bet the farm on.

        • RR3

          I agree. But if I were a betting man, I would put zero dollars down backing a player that has never won a single hand.

          • CrazyEd

            The player, being the Rangers development system, has been replaced. The old player has been relegated to the scrap heap.

          • elkaba

            I hope the new system works, but I think what burns so many on here about all this is that we’ve heard it all before. The Rangers have been here since the 1970’s and have reinvented their system and approach numerous times. We can get get close, but that’s about it. We just can’t seem to get all the way there. I hope this time it works!

          • CrazyEd

            Lord knows the effort and dollars have been expended. Any results won’t be seen for a couple years though.

      • RR3

        Yes, it’s letting the Rangers off the hook by saying it’s hard. Other teams do it. And, for anything thinking we are being overly critical about the Rangers here on this site, pretty much every writer at the DMN says the same thing. Rangers have had a deplorable history of developing pitchers. Worse than most teams.

        • CrazyEd

          Nobody’s denying that, not even the Ranger’s. There’s a reason they have adopted a whole different philosophy on pitcher development and it’s not just a minor tweak. It’s a complete overhaul, top to bottom. In the end it’s still not a simple process and nobody should expect any miracles, just improvement. I realize the frustration, but it is what it is, and dwelling on the past when it has essentially been scrapped, and replaced by a new system isn’t going to help a persons ulcers any. The past is just that, the past. Over, done, gone, scrap heap, owati, bye bye, adios …….

  • CrazyEd

    Preston Beck in beast mode:

    Preston Beck hits it all the way to the Lazy River 🌊Riders 5 | Hooks 0 pic.twitter.com/hP1VqNRqgT— Frisco RoughRiders (@RidersBaseball) April 9, 2019

  • Mr.C

    Good morning
    Finally flying back home after long hours of work. Leaving El Paso at 10am and should arrive home by 6pm EST.

    Hope the Rangers start winning again after a very disappointing series against the #%^* Angels. (I stole that line from Rowdy).

    • RR3

      Safe travels.

      • Mr.C

        Thanks Kevin

        PS
        I don’t like your new nickname. Why don’t you change it to something like “ElvisManSlave” or something like that?

    • CrazyEd

      You and Rowdy are the reason the lost that series. Once y’all get back home and settled in they’ll start winning again. Ya hafta stay home.
      You don’t have to answer this one, you can totally ignore it and I won’t feel slighted in the least. I’m curios who you’re employer is. At one time in the far distant past I worked for PRC and mostly for SAIC.

      • Mr.C

        Rowdy fly often for pleasure. I fly often for pride. My employer is the US Army. You know … those guys that have been kicking ass in the past Army – Navy games. 😛

        • JacobMcCandles

          See a Army Navy football in the stadium, a bucket list item for any sports fan

          • Mr.C

            I know Ed is a Navy guy. LOL

          • CrazyEd

            No way. I used to watch those guys as I drove to work at North Island. Nope, nope, I’m not into running ten miles one way in the soft beach sand before breakfast.

        • CrazyEd

          Gotcha. I’m a little familiar your employer. There’s a few of them in these parts, just guessing, somewhere between 40 and 50 thousand. I think the last count was 45 and change.

          • Mr.C

            I’m familiar with SAIC as well. One of the projects we are working with was granted to Leidos which is old SAIC’s National Security business.

      • elkaba

        Ha! Mr. Elk, my hubby, spent a few years with SAIC. 🙂

        • CrazyEd

          I don’t know how they are now, but when I was with them, they were a great company to work for with ready access to stock options and where I was at really flexible working hours. I took more than one afternoon off to go to a ball game or to play golf. To be honest, I did those two things more often than not.

          • Mr.C

            I’m working with a great group of individuals at Leidos. However; Leidos as a company seems to ask too much from them.

          • elkaba

            That’s how it is all over these days.

          • elkaba

            Yeah, I remember it as a great stint for him. He’s in computer program management, so he rarely stays with one company more than a few years. SAIC had good benefits and perks, for sure.

      • RR3

        Evan Grant does a good job in the paper today of detailing the Rangers miserable performance the last few seasons on the road. The offense basically disappears when they leave Arlington. Odor and Mazara are the biggest culprits.

        • CrazyEd

          I’ve got another one. I have no data to back it up other than “I’ve observed” Left handed rookie pitchers seem to have given the Rangers an inordinate amount of difficulty over the years.

  • elkaba

    I like the new approach to pitching prospects, making them sit it out for a while, rest the arms and work on their heads. Other than that, I just wish they picked more college pitchers in the draft than high schoolers. I know it’s a risk, what with the TJ epidemic and all, but it seems to me like the further along the pitchers are in development the easier it will be to separate the wheat from the chaff.

    • CrazyEd

      This is one of those things that seems obvious but the opposite is actually true. Somewhere in my internet wanderings I stumbled on that data. There’s a lot of reasons for it, one of which is bad coaching at the college level. The ML team has to essentially unlearn the bad habits and instil new ones. HS players haven’t been exposed to bad coaching for as long so it’s an easier fix. There are, obviously exceptions. On the health front players from the Northern tier don’t require TJ as much as players from the southern states with their extended baseball seasons. HS players tend to fare better than college players due to less wear on their arms. College players tend to get over used, i.e. their innings aren’t limited.
      Admittedly I’ve only run on one source that offered any real data on the subject, and being a single source could be wrong.

      • elkaba

        Well shoot, that all makes good sense. I think my stated opinion was formed on something much less scientific- namely that the Rangers have tended to draft high schoolers and try to develop them. That hasn’t worked well, be it due to drafting the wrong talent or developing them poorly, so… I figure trying college kids (who may have had good or bad development before arrival) might make better sense. I do still think there are teams that do better at both drafting and developing though.

        • CrazyEd

          They have drafted a couple College guys in the upper rounds, and they didn’t work out. Dillon Tate who was briefly in Spokane before he got hurt and let himself get way overweight so they traded him to the Yankees. The other one that comes to mind is Michael Matuella (sp?) who is still with them. He made it as far as Down East as a starter last year. He stunk so they converted him to Relief this year. He’s still at Down East and he still stinks. He was lights out in ST back field games, etc. A real game starts and he goes into his Martin Perez mode. There are no doubt some others, but those are the two that come to mine.

          • elkaba

            LOL, that all reminds me of another pet peeve I have- we seem to draft these really nice kids, clean cut, good, decent types who turn out to be jelly inside. I’d like to see us get some more like Beltre or IKF, guys who aren’t tagged from youth as future HOF’s but who have a fire in the belly and are willing to do the work and anything else needed to make the team and win.

          • CrazyEd

            There aren’t many IKF’s around. I remember watching him in RR when he could’t get the ball out of the infield. He didn’t let it bother him, he kept coming to work with his assortment of gloves and his catchers mit saying put me in coach. He was off just about everybody’s radar. He suddenly started to drive the ball a little and even hit a couple over the fence. Then he gets a call up to the Rangers and is just about everybody’s favorit. He’s just a hard worker that gets the most out of what he has. His catching has improved immensely just since last year. I see his hitting improving now that he can concentrate a little more on it. Not that it’s bad now, but he has a history of surprising folks. If you hadn’t noticed, I love the kid.

          • elkaba

            Love the name change. 🙂

  • RR3

    Tracking future Rangers, Martin Perez is not in the Twins rotation. He has had two appearances, both out of the bullpen. His ERA is in the mid-5s.

    • CrazyEd

      Hush, I’m trying to forget.

    • vegasRANGER

      only used 4 starters so far…….do not worry, he’ll be there…………

      • JacobMcCandles

        Twins are better than a lot think…..nice additions

  • CrazyEd

    From the Rangers “partner in pitching development” which is probably the worst kept secret in baseball. Anyway, “what is the value of a prospect.” Fans would be well advised to keep an eye on these guys, they are having a huge influence on what and how the Rangers do things, especially in the pitching development area.

    https://www.drivelinebaseball.com/2019/02/prospect-valuation-much-top-prospects-worth-professional-baseball-teams/

    • Rowdy Yates

      Tedious in the extreme. Could only get thru about half of it and only because it’s raining here in Savannah and we’re stuck on the ship another hour. But you’re right … this is the future. Will try to finish tonight.

      Hope the R’s can pair some decent pitching with some timely hitting and get back .500 tonight.

      • CrazyEd

        You have to get home first. You and C being on the road is the reason the Rangers went in the tank.

        • Rowdy Yates

          Greinke pitched against the Rangers in the ST game I went to that was called after 4 innings for rain. Don’t think the Rangers got a hit or anything close off him.

          • JacobMcCandles

            We can’t get a hit off Joe Blow

          • CrazyEd

            Of course not, he pitches in the Rangers system. Joe Palumbo’s nick name.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Tough nickname….least he is not a “Boy named Sue”

      • CrazyEd

        I’ve bookmarked it so I can digest it a little at a time. Not sure it worth more than a quick one time through and a quick look at the conclusion, but I’ll try. Most of that type of thing aren’t worth much more unless you’ve got a dog in the fight.

  • CrazyEd

    More interesting than the value of a prospect:

    https://www.mlb.com/entertainment/walk-up/tex

  • Mr.C

    Landed in Dallas Love Field for a brief layover on my way to Baltimore.

  • Mr.C

    O God
    We are going against Greinke tonight

    I have very low expectations

    Hope I eat my words.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Well I am about prospected out…..yes its hard to be right. And yes there are a few teams that are dang good at it. Ed has been good enough to share all the names, but not a one is someone I would wager on. While other teams have people in their minors that I would. You would think we would get lucky at least. So there is a problem…is it Identification, Cultivation, Both…better figure it out.

    • calntom

      You are certainly correct that the Rangers don’t have any “can’t miss kids”. They have a few in the latter half of the top 100 ranked.
      What they do have is a little depth in the A and A+ teams and the AA team is coming along. They have not drafted any can’t miss kids though they could luck out this year in the draft.
      Trades could bring in a few more. Lot of work left to be done building the farm.

    • CrazyEd

      Your right, the Rangers don’t have a “sure thing.” It would be nice if they did, but they don’t so no since worrying about it. What they do have is about a dozen ninety percent guys. Which statistics would dictate equates to at least a couple sure things. Now statistics can be wrong, but so can the evaluators on the “sure things.” I don’t think they have a front of the rotation guy arriving anytime within three to four years and maybe not then given injuries and other unknowns. One thing I’ve learned in 76 years is it’s a whole lot easier, when dealing with things you can’t control, is just go with the flow. Anything else is fruitless.

  • CrazyEd

    Normal heart rate:⠀ /⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ / __ / __/__ / _ /⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ /Me watching J.P. Martinez lay it all on the line:⠀/⠀ /⠀ /_/ /_/ /_/ /_⠀ /⠀⠀ /⠀⠀ / pic.twitter.com/UPlVqvomOz— Spokane Indians (@spokaneindians) April 9, 2019

    • JacobMcCandles

      Nice open field tackle

  • JacobMcCandles

    Every once in awhile I stumble into brilliance this is April. I know we are saving money and we have….but sign Keuchel to 1 yr 19 mill……put some butts in seats, sell some jerseys and trade him at AS break…..pk up a nice draft or young stud……..BRILLIANT

    • JacobMcCandles

      Also save some arms

      • CrazyEd

        I think what’s scaring them off is the loss of draft pick and half a million in International slot money. If they do as you suggest they could easily recoup the lost draft pick. That leaves the slot money. I don’t know what value the Rangers put on that. Your idea sounds good to me but I still don’t know for sure what is scaring 29 teams off from signing him. There has to be something in there. Too many dollars, declining effectiveness or just playing politics with the upcoming CBA. Kimbrel is in the same category. The upcoming CBA keeps sticking in my mind. It’s not going to be pretty and owners aren’t above a little dirty politics if they feel they can get away with it. The players aren’t exactly clean either. They keep bargaining away the minor leaguers benefits to get stuff for themselves. Easy to do because the minors don’t have any player reps.

        • JacobMcCandles

          He did have a drop in velocity. But I would take a well identified. Scouted young stud over a draft pk….and at AS break, might even be able to get more

          • CrazyEd

            True, and a drop in velocity isn’t necessarily a knock on a sinker baller. In fact it sometimes makes them more effective. I dunno. The longer he and Kimbrel go unsigned, the more I think something fishy is going on and they are caught in the middle. Good arms, or even average ones, don’t come along every day.

    • RR3

      Maybe it’s like the movie Major League. If the team is really bad, they can move it to a new location next year.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Movie is corny but I love it

  • CrazyEd

    It can’t get Round Rock out of my head. Maybe I need to be an Astros fan and give up on the Rangers. Every time I mean to type Nashville or Frisco, RR comes out. I tried rebuking my keyboard, but that didn’t work. Sheesh.

    • JacobMcCandles

      It was worse when TX moved on from OKC….We saw several games there

  • CrazyEd

    Nashville at RR tonight. Hearn VS Whitley. Should be a good one. Alas, doesn’t start until 20:05 which is pretty close to my bedtime so might have to read about it. Will try to stay awake, but I haven’t been real good at that in the recent past.

  • CrazyEd

    We get a preview of the synthetic turf tonight, at least I think AZ has it. Will be interesting to see if it lives up to the press. I hope it does.

    Shifting topic: The Athletic. They have a writer whose style I really like, Levy Weaver. Man I’d love to subscribe to it, but it’s got too much none baseball stuff for me to spend sixty bucks a year. It’s enough of a stretch to spend that amount on Baseball America which I do find to be worth the price. Not for everybody, but for me it is.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Baseball digest . is good. Weekly USA today has BB and Football news

      • CrazyEd

        Thanks, but my main interest is in Levy Weaver. I just like the way he writes. He’s got a subtle sense of humor that tickles my inards. I’d like reading him if he was writing a cook book and I don’t do cook books.

        • JacobMcCandles

          Love the word innards.😃

  • isittime

    The organization did a decent job of developing a rotation in the good ol days of 2010/11. Wasn’t Wilson and holland home grown? I believe colby Lewis was to, but went to Japan for a spell and came back a better pitcher. I think Harrison was picked up in the Tex trade, but was still a prospect, as was Feliz. Has been a bit of a drought the last few years thou.

    • CrazyEd

      Your memory is spot on. Holland is still with the Giants. Feliz, I think, might still be in AAA. At least he was last year. Haven’t checked on him this year.

    • JacobMcCandles

      I thought JDs assemble of Harrison,Holland,Perez looked great…..alas it blew up

      • isittime

        Same. I remember some of the mlb experts salavating over all those lefties.

      • CrazyEd

        Injuries blew it up. Holland and Harrison to the body and Perez to the head. I keep trying to forget the head case, but his name keeps coming up. Retire already.

  • CrazyEd

    A little Mississippi John Hurt. A day late, but oh well …….

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zd3TpjWyVX0

    • JacobMcCandles

      Great tune. When my Dad bought the bldg he officed out of….there was an old black man that was living in the boiler room on a cot. Had a little fridge, fan, and space heater……drank cheap whiskey….anyway Sam took a shine too me…….i was a runt but at a very young age….Sam taught me bout the boiler……..his hands were like leather and his face looked like it had been walked on…mine was worse. Maybe why he liked me lol. After bout a yr Dad moved Sam out to his peanut farm……..when he died no one showed up for the funeral🙃my,version of going the long way around the barn

  • CrazyEd
  • JacobMcCandles

    Around sports…..cant miss sports, Nowitski’s last home game. He is on the MT Rushmore of DFW sports.

    And I’m a little uncomfortable with Maz/Gallo new celebratory “shake”

    • CrazyEd

      Yeah, that “scoop” is a little off the charts.

  • CrazyEd
  • azrangerfan

    2 biggest dissapointments after the first 10 games.
    Starting pitching. Wasn’t really expecting much but did expect more than we’ve gotten
    Odor. Big dissapointment. Not sure he will ever be a model of consistency at the plate.

    • CrazyEd

      I too expected more out of the starters. I wasn’t expecting miracles but was expecting them to go a little deeper into games. May 5 or 6 innings to begin and ultimately 6 and 7. Wrong again Ed. Odor, sheesh, somebody slap him up alongside the onion.

      • JacobMcCandles

        He hits back……lola

        • IKF is awesome

          He does. None of this shovy stuff either.

    • RR3

      I wasn’t expecting anything at all from the rotation and it is still a disappointment. Worse than I thought. Minor and Lynn, then drink a whole lot of gin.

      • IKF is awesome

        OK if I mix it with a little tonic water. I love me some gin and tonics.

  • CrazyEd

    Hickory started early tonight, they have a rain make up double header with Greensboro. Currently game 1, top of the 5th. Greensboro leads 1 to 0.

    • CrazyEd

      Hickory just tied it up on a Sam Huff homer. These guys can hit it out to the opposite field, why can’t the big club.

  • TD30
    • Vlad2019

      I like your line-up the bestest 🙂

      • RR3

        But she needs to bat Odor further down in the order.

        • IKF is awesome

          I think he could use a night off, just because. Give him some time to think.

  • IKF is awesome

    Hickory Greensboro tied after 7 in game one. Runner placed on 2nd to start the 8th. That’s just minor league baseball.

    • IKF is awesome

      Hickory got him as far as 3rd. Wonder if Greensboro can do any better.

  • IKF is awesome

    Evan Grant‏Verified account @Evan_P_Grant

    2m2 minutes ago
    Jon Daniels says Rangers are looking at pitching depth options. Won’t comment on individuals, but when I asked if a guy with draft pick compensation attached would be an impediment to signing, his response: “Yes.”

    So: Dallas Keuchel no.

    • RR3

      When has Daniels ever spoken the truth in these interviews?

      • IKF is awesome
        • RR3

          This team has two viable starters. He can’t be choosy about anyone. Not if he is publicly acting like the Rangers are trying to be competitive.

          • IKF is awesome

            There’s something weird going on in baseball, not just with the Rangers. Teams have started putting a lot more value on prospects and very young players than ever before. Example Atlanta signing Acuna to an eight year 100 mil contract. You could also include the Rangers and LeClerc. Nether player has any real ML time and they’re not the only ones. I don’t know if it’s got anything to do with the upcoming CBA or what, but it’s strange to see good proven ML arms sitting without a smell and young guys getting long extensions at what will probably prove to be small money.

  • IKF is awesome

    Rangers outfielder Joey Gallo called in to the Ben and Skin show!!! And yes, the question that's on all our minds was asked. https://t.co/BCBEDW9T7S— Ben & Skin Podcasts (@BenandSkin) April 9, 2019

  • IKF is awesome
  • IKF is awesome

    Well despite it only being a 7 inning game and starting a runner on 2nd in every extra inning it still took 10 innings to end it. Hickory won 3-1. Throws off the whole schedule for game two because of the extra pitchers used. Managers can’t be real happy with that.

  • IKF is awesome

    Good grief. I was planning on staying up for the game tonight. I’m already taking hits it probably ain’t gonna happen.

    • RR3

      Stay up for it. What else is there to do?

      • JacobMcCandles

        Surf….Astros/Yanks

      • JacobMcCandles

        Also Nowitski’s final home game

  • IKF is awesome

    I was expecting Whitlley to out pitch Hearn tonight, but so far Hearn is up 2-0. Still early bottom of the 3rd.

    • calntom

      They have a litle battle going there

    • JacobMcCandles

      Is that the Astros Whitley?

      • calntom

        Tocci just singled of him

        • JacobMcCandles

          I taking that as a yes…..Stros farm is another example of great eval of talent…prob have 4-5 pitching prospects better than any of ours……….and that wasn’t from just drafting after terrible years.

  • JacobMcCandles

    RC made a helluva defensive play…..Miss him….think it was a mistake and yes I know all about Mathis…….wasn’t really the year for a Mathis type…..bunch of vets on 1 yr deals, he is better suited for young guys and when we are back to being good….plus he as a heckuva a good man and ambassador and good in the clubhouse

  • RR3

    Nice start.

  • RR3

    Yes.

  • RR3

    A 2-0 lead. I will go out on a limb and say this one is over. Rangers will win.

    • Mr.C

      Elvis is FANTASTIC

  • Mr.C

    Wisdom bomb coming

    • Mr.C

      Almost

  • Mr.C

    This game is about to become 4-0

  • Mr.C

    Elvis is FANTASTIC

  • Mr.C

    4-0

    Just like I said

  • RR3

    Rangers jump on Greinke.

    • Mr.C

      We need to play more games against opposing aces more often.

      • RR3

        Amazing, isn’t it?

  • WhoKnowscs

    Funny how they made a big deal out of the Harper homer in the highlight from another gae but that game is tied in extras
    .

    • WhoKnowscs

      And the Nats hit a 3 run homer breaking that game open. And they are still getting on base with no outs.

  • Mr.C

    Odor is due

    • WhoKnowscs

      So is Choo.

      • JacobMcCandles

        So are a bunch

  • JacobMcCandles

    Best story of the night…..Dirk scores 30 in his last home game

    • WhoKnowscs

      Has Dirk made it official that he’s retiring? It always irks me when everyone just assumes. Granted 21 years is a pretty solid length of play.

  • GoRangers23

    I think that perhaps Greinke’s barber got called away on an emergency before he was able to finish the hair cut. 😬

  • WhoKnowscs

    Red Sox are 3-9, Chris Sale is 0-3.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Adam Jones signed for 3 mil.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Choo and Andrus are the only Rangers signed for more that 10 mil a year.

  • WhoKnowscs

    This game sped up quickly.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Nothing screams how you feel about your team then having the bobbleheads be players that haven’t been on the team in years.

    • GoRangers23

      Yeah, I don’t really know why they are doing that.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Let’s Knock Greinke out! And not the Diamondbacks just doing it.

  • WhoKnowscs

    A Solid hit will work Rouggie.

    • WhoKnowscs

      A walk will work too.

  • GoRangers23

    That fake grass is kind of weirdly colored. I guess they paint it that way? It’s not bad, it’s just not natural looking.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Seattle moves to 11-2.

  • GoRangers23

    Uh oh. I think Minor may be getting tired.

    • GoRangers23

      And then a strikeout, so maybe not. 🙂

      • WhoKnowscs

        He beat Greinke. Half the runs and 1 more out.

        • GoRangers23

          Yeah, he’s had a really good game!

    • WhoKnowscs

      Good enough to get out of the inning.

      • GoRangers23

        When I typed that I thought he had given up two Homer’s back to back. I saw the alert on my phone, then I saw the actual homer. My brain thought that it was two. Lo

  • WhoKnowscs

    I say see if he can get an out next inning. But no real need to.

    • WhoKnowscs

      I don’t think he’ll be back out though. Just didn’t seem to be struggling.

  • GoRangers23

    Where does it tell how many pitches Minor has thrown?

    • GoRangers23

      Never mind. 99

  • elkaba

    Hard to post- having to watch the game on my computer. Looks like a good performance again. This team will likely be up and down like this all season.

    • GoRangers23

      Mr Go set my game up on Apple TV using an iPad. I can’t rewind it, but it’s almost just like watching it on the regular tv channels because it plays through our tv.

  • von_todwin

    ooo 7 innings from a SP. Do my eyes deceive me?

    • GoRangers23

      He went 8 innings. His arm may fall off. 😄

      • WhoKnowscs

        No it was only 7.

        • GoRangers23

          Really? I thought he was just pitching in the last inning?

          • WhoKnowscs

            Martin

        • von_todwin

          Hah I thought my eyes actually *did* deceive me for a second. Still, better have a donor ready with a replacement arm, since such things are unheard of.

          • GoRangers23

            I think it was me your eyes deceived. Ha!

    • GoRangers23

      Sorry, I was wrong, apparently. 🤪

      • von_todwin

        I no longer know who to trust in this world.

        • GoRangers23

          Ha! I have no idea what I’m talking about. 😄

    • GoRangers23

      And all that time I was thinking how cool it was that he was pitching for so long. Lol

  • WhoKnowscs

    When can Keuchel be signed without giving up anything(Draft Pick, Int. Slot money)? I predict he’ll sign that day.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Stop that Jose.

  • WhoKnowscs

    No heart palpitations please.

    • WhoKnowscs

      Oh well so much for that wish.

      • GoRangers23

        It will really stink if we lose this game after being ahead the entire game.

  • GoRangers23

    Wow! Mike Trout was removed from tonight’s game with a right groin strain.

    • WhoKnowscs

      Hate to see a player go down but . . .

    • WhoKnowscs

      It’s okay, La Stella made up for it an has hit 2 home runs in that game.

  • GoRangers23

    Two more Leclerc, you got this.

    • GoRangers23

      Or not. 😢

  • WhoKnowscs

    Well that’s all she wrote.

  • GoRangers23

    Wow! Unreal. That is disgusting!

  • possumrld

    Ouch

  • elkaba

    Crud

  • von_todwin

    Oh, well. That took a turn when I stopped looking. Woof.

  • Vlad2019

    I blame myself.

  • von_todwin

    Well, not too surprising. How could you avoid giving up a homer to Jarrod Dyson. He’s hit 15 of them in his 10-year career. Unavoidable.

    • WhoKnowscs

      Even bigger surprise is how no one realized Leclerc’s lack of control to go calm him down.

  • von_todwin

    https://twitter.com/finnthebatdog/status/1115821631677583360

    Poor doggo didn’t get to fetch the stick.

    • GoRangers23

      Shaaaaaaaame. He must be a cat person.

      • WhoKnowscs

        Isn’t calling someone a cat person the biggest of insults? =P

        • von_todwin

          As an objective, impartial observer, no. Cat people are pretty cool, from what I hear.

        • GoRangers23

          No, I was just saying maybe he likes cats and not dogs. Some people like one or the other, but not both. But I was also kidding. My grandfather used to absolutely HATE cats until one day when someone dropped one off at his house. It stayed around and my aunts and cousins started feeding it, much to my grandpas dismay. One day, my grandpa watched it chase and then jump on the back of a dog that it chased out of the yard. It was my grandpa’s cat after that. Lol. It used to chase dogs out of the yard all the time. It was an attack cat. Lol

      • von_todwin

        I’m a cat person, and I could never imagine being such a monster to a working good boi. Umpire just jealous 😀

  • WhoKnowscs

    Trout was batting .406 when pulled. His fill in is batting .053

    • von_todwin

      Tactics. It’s a 10-dimensional chess game.

      • WhoKnowscs

        Trout was pulled from injury.

        • von_todwin

          oh no 🙁

    • GoRangers23

      It’s too bad our games were before and not after.

      • WhoKnowscs

        i think we have 3 more next week anyway.

  • WhoKnowscs

    It ain’t how hard you hit, but how hard you get hit then get back up and keep moving forward.