Did you ever go to sleep and have one of those recurring nightmares? Like you discover you didn’t finish high school and had to go back and retake classes? Or your fingernails keep falling off? Or someone is chasing you and you cannot run?
Or Sam Dyson is your closer?
Perhaps you fell asleep last night with the Rangers up 5-0, or even 5-1. When you woke up today you discovered the Rangers bullpen had another epic meltdown, and the Rangers lost 6-5.
The Sam Dyson recurring nightmare you keep having is real. Last night Dyson entered a 5-2 game, and immediately surrendered a home run to Danny Espinosa. Then he gave up a double to Yunel Escobar, a double to Mike Trout and a single to Albert Pujols.
And just like that, it was 5-5.
The Angels were celebrating their second amazing ninth-inning rally, having scored seven runs in the ninth on Sunday against Seattle.
The Rangers bullpen losing the game in the tenth was merely a formality, a foregone conclusion. A rubber stamping of the ineptitude that is the Rangers bullpen so far in 2017.
The first road trip of the year began exactly as the season itself began.
With the Rangers bullpen blowing a 5-1 lead.
It’s easy to blame Dyson; he is the ringleader. But nearly everybody is to blame in this bullpen. And until they get it figured out, this season will be a recurring nightmare.
UPDATE ON RR3 DAY AT THE BALLPARK.
The tickets are in. I think the best way to distribute them is to send them to you, rather than meeting up somewhere before the game. So, if you are good with me mailing your tickets, please email at firstname.lastname@example.org with your address. I’ll include a self-addressed stamped envelope in which you can send me a check. They are $40 each. Right now here is what I have:
Flap: 2 or 3.
A few tickets are left. The game is Saturday, June 3, 6:15 against Houston. Seats are in the Cholula All-You-Can-Eat section. There will be a raffle of a signed ball by a Rangers Hall of Famer.
A.J. Griffin (0-0, 10.84) vs. Jesse Chavez (1-0, 1.59)
Game time: 9:07
How the Rangers hit against Chavez.
How the Angels hit against Griffin.