Too much Smyly. 67 comments


Hunter Pence gave the Rangers a brief 1-0 lead with a home run in the second. Then Drew Smyly entered the game.

 

It’s hard to hide Drew Smyly.

Sure, the Rangers can get someone to open for him. And, sure, they can bring in some pitchers to take over for him.

But eventually, Drew Smyly has to take the mound. There’s no getting around those innings, unless, of course, they just don’t pitch him at all. That’s not an option, though, because they have no other options. The Rangers are finding out that their options aren’t the greatest when it comes to non-Drew Smyly pitchers either.

So every fifth day, it’s Drew Smyly’s turn, whether they want that or not. And, seeing that they let the guy pitch so few innings when it’s actually his turn, they don’t really want him out there either.

Smyly has now started, or whatever they call it when he’s being opened for, in six games this year. The Rangers are 1-5 in those games. He’s lasted three innings, three innings, five innings, three and two-thirds innings, four innings and, last night, four and two-thirds.

So even when he starts he is basically just the opener for the parade of relievers that inevitably have to follow.

Most nights it’s a clown parade.

Smyly was going well for while, which usually happens. But Drew Smyly eventually catches up with Drew Smyly. It happened last night in the sixth. With his team trailing 2-1, he walked the bases loaded. His night was over, but his bar tab wasn’t closed.

Kyle Dowdy gave up a grand slam to the first batter he faced and it was all over. To prove it wasn’t a fluke, Dowdy gave up three more runs of his own the next inning.

By the time the Astros stopped running around the bases, it was 11-4. The Rangers have dropped the first three of the four-game series. And they run out Adrian Sampson today.

Next time through the rotation, the Rangers would do better by having someone open for, close for and actually pitch for Drew Smyly. Keep him in the dugout where it’s safer for everyone.

*****
TODAY’S GAME:

Adrian Sampson (0-2, 4.41) vs. Corbin Martin (—, -.–)
Game time: 71:10

  • calntom

    Ahhh man, throwin’ down the frowns on ole Smyly. I thought it was Miller we were worried about? When is Volquez coming back?

    • RR3

      Sorry, every once in a while I get fed up with all of them.

      • calntom

        I hear ya.

      • elkaba

        Every twice in a while for me.

    • WhoKnowscs

      All 3 of them were a mistake. Bargain shopping for pitchers doesn’t work.

    • elkaba

      Never.

  • Rowdy Yates

    Think I picked the Rs to improve slightly to 72-90 this yr and they’re just about at that rate almost a quarter of the way thru the season. Also thought only Houston and Oakland would be above .500 in a generally crappy division. Houston may be the only one to finish + .500 though I do expect the As to eventually get there. Sad state of affairs in the West to have one super team and 4 suck teams. But that’s the way it is.

  • Mr.C

    Elk, TD, and Go;

    Happy Mother’s Day. Hoping the Texas Rangers will bring you joy and an additional reason to celebrate.

    Your families are blessed for having the wonderful women you are.

    I’m truly blessed to know you all through this site.

    Go Rangers

    • TD30

      Thanks Mr. C!! And Happy Mother’s Days to all the awesome moms in this site!!

      • GoRangers23

        Happy Mother’s Day to you too TD! And Elk!

        • elkaba

          You, too!

    • GoRangers23

      Thank you Mr C! 😁

    • elkaba

      Thanks, Mr. C. And the same to all your family’s moms, too!

  • WhoKnowscs

    The lineup:
    Choo — LF
    Santana — CF
    Elvis — SS
    Mazara — RF
    Pence — DH
    Cabrera — 3B
    Guzman — 1B
    Forsythe — 2B
    IKF — C

    • JacobMcCandles

      Remember…no Odor posts today!!!

      • Rowdy Yates

        I expect him to fall off the bench and spike a teammate while doing it … 🙂

        • GT500

          Lead pipe cinch he will be off the bench, out of the dugout, and on the field if he senses a live camera pointed in his direction…..has to since we don’t have Hanser Alberto anymore…..

        • JacobMcCandles

          Woody has his work cut out, trying to keep this team dobbers out of the dirt….Stros are rolling and not even at full strength…Biggest divisional lead in MLB and second biggest run differential, and best home record going for the 4 game sweep……just win one and get the hell out of Dodge

    • calntom

      The bench is starting today

  • JacobMcCandles

    Actually thought Smyly pitched well till all Hades broke loose……additionally that the starters all stepped up and kept us in the games. Tx was in every game….forget about the past….just win one. Corbin started the year as Houston’s 4th best pitching prospect…they are loaded in the minors as well,

    • RR3

      My frustration is all of them can be great for three innings. But once they get into that fourth or fifth inning of work, they cave.

      • JacobMcCandles

        I know and those guys just like the team I had little expectations……I thought they would be better and have got a tad better

  • JacobMcCandles

    Looks like Rounders are giving up

    • GoRangers23

      No, just celebrating with their moms and probably coming home from church for some of them. I haven’t given up!

      • JacobMcCandles

        Is your Mom alive?

        • GoRangers23

          Yes.

      • elkaba

        Watching at the kid’s house.

    • RR3

      I was listening, but not near my computer.

  • GoRangers23

    Pink glove power!! Go Isiah!!

    • JacobMcCandles

      MM has 12 HRs and 29 RBIs : )

      • GoRangers23

        Wow! Thanks!

  • JacobMcCandles

    Rowdy is right……Santana looks Comfortable in CF

    • JacobMcCandles

      Spoke too soon

    • RR3

      He’s played most of his games in center.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Yeah I did not know much about him before we got him……Nadel said he was well thought of a few yrs back

  • GoRangers23

    Grandma is so happy and overwhelmed to see her grandson pitching for the first time she is wiping away tears. Which in turn makes me wipe away tears. 😭 lol

  • JacobMcCandles

    Not smart Condor……..heckuva first game for Corbin

    • RR3

      Depressing how others can develop pitching.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Yeah Kevin…..something that really needs to be figured out……and there are 3 others on the Astro farm that are more highly touted

  • GoRangers23

    I hope they are both alright!

  • elkaba

    I was all happy when I saw no Odor in the lineup. Now I’m depressed again. Lousy way to say Happy Mothers Day.
    … and Happy Mothers Day anyway to all us RR3 moms! 🙂

    • GoRangers23

      To you to Elk! Yeah, it seems like we almost always lose on special days. 😩

    • RR3

      It’s ugly no matter who is in the lineup.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Nice to have 2 HRs and 5 RBIs with your Mom in the stands

  • JacobMcCandles

    Gosh…what a feeling

  • RR3

    Do the Rangers have another amazing comeback in them?

    • RR3

      No.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Uncle

  • JacobMcCandles

    AL MVP right now…….5-5, AL RBI lead,.320,400 OBA

    • RR3

      He’s having a game for sure.

      • JacobMcCandles

        And a career season

  • RR3

    Just three grand slams away.

    • JacobMcCandles

      LOL……I was thinking reverse………..are they getting to 20?

      • RR3

        They certainly might.

  • Rowdy Yates

    Chose to watch today’s golf tournament as one of my fantasy guys is in the top 3 but thought I’d check in on the Rangers. Sorry I did. What happened? Have they put Odor in to pitch yet?

    • RR3

      Sampson happened.

      • Rowdy Yates

        Wow … just looked at the box and the Stros got 17 hits 1st 6 innings. Not sure I’ve ever seen anything like that, and glad I didn’t see this one. Back to the golf tournament.

        Happy Mother’s Day to all the great Mom’s here at RR3!

        • GoRangers23

          Thanks Rowdy!

  • Straxusd

    I have come to realize that the enjoyable rangers baseball field when they lost 3 of 4 to Pittsburgh

  • JacobMcCandles

    Better pitching,offense,defense…..is hard to overcome

    • calntom

      Really?

      • JacobMcCandles

        Taking a shot at Big Jake?😁😎

  • Rowdy Yates

    If this score holds the Rangres ERA after this game will be 5.50 with only the Baltimore Orioles slightly below them in all of MLB. 2019 season is starting to get really ugly.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Woody…get the boys to forget this series….later

  • JacobMcCandles

    I know everyone has headed for the hills…..but you might ck out article on Emily starts on the cover of DMN

  • isittime

    Happy mother’s day rounder moms. Didn’t see the game, but looks like it it wasn’t the rangers day anyway.

    • GoRangers23

      Thank you!