Yearly Archives: 2024


Where things stand.

Even though it’s way past the 81-game mark, the first half of the season is over. The Rangers ended it on a high note, winning seven of their last nine. What looked like a disastrous season is suddenly looking like a confusing season.  What are these Rangers? Are they good […]


Still hanging on.

After losing to Houston on Friday, the Rangers had to win yesterday. They had to. A loss would have been a dagger. It would have been two-thirds of the way to being swept. A sweep would have unofficially but realistically ended their playoff chances. But that didn’t happen. What did […]


Your chance to see no-bodies.

All-Star Weekend is everything wrong with the All-Star Game. Like everything in America, if there’s way to overdo it, overthink it, overmarket it, overproduce it, that will happen. If the clown hats and clown jerseys they sell aren’t bad enough, the entire All-Star break has turned into an experience that […]


It’s do or die time.

Are they buyers or sellers? That’s what seems to be on the minds of Rangers media and fans. Is this team for real or for sale? As the trade deadline nears, which is eighteen days away on July 30, it’s hard to tell if this team is in it or […]


The Rookie.

Daniel Robert had waited a long time for this moment. He’s twenty-nine. Two years ago, he was still toiling away in High-A, surrounded by teenagers and guys in their early twenties, chasing their dreams.  A twenty-seven-year-old in High-A is usually chasing delusions. Or he’s the hotdog guy. But Robert never […]


Five.

Five in a row. The Rangers have just authored their longest winning streak of the season. Is it enough? Well, certainly it’s better than losing.  When the Rangers last lost, on July 4, they were 39-48, the Astros were 45-42, and the Mariners were 48-41. Texas was 8.0 games behind […]


Four in a row.

For the fourth time this season, the Rangers have a four-game winning streak. They’ve never gotten over that hump to push it to five. But today might be different. One, they have Max Scherzer on the mound. Two, they are facing the Angels, a miserable franchise currently mired in miserableness. […]


Finally.

Ninety games into the season, the Rangers decide to show up.  They scored a run in the first. Usually, that’s their run for the game, and they take eight innings off for self-evaluation. When Nathan Eovaldi gave up a two-run homer in the third, the game was falling into a […]


Semien wakes up.

Marcus Semien’s last home run was June 9. His last multi-hit game was June 15. Before that it was June 3. His last multi-RBI game was June 21. To say Semien was in a slump is putting it mildly. He was in an offensive freefall, hitting .239 in May, .202 […]


Lorenzen ups his trade value.

Chris Young signed Michael Lorenzen on the last day of spring training. That the thirty-two-year-old righthander was unsigned at that late is a shock. Yeah, he had a few really bad late-season starts with the Phillies, but Lorenzen was an All-Star in 2023. He was traded to Philadelphia at the […]