Sunday, April 30, 2017

After all of that, your Rangers are 11-13 & 4 GB going into today's game.

Glass Half Empty / Afternoon Cloud: Is it bad when more than half your starting lineup is hitting below .200? And I know batting average is now considered an antiquated metric but still, too many bats for the Rangers have been quiet.

Odor and Mazara started of strong and have faded.

Please let Beltre get back in the lineup soon.

Glass Half Full / Silver Lining: Matt Bush appears to have settled into the closer role.

Gallo's OPS is OK (see, I look at other stats besides batting average).

Elvis and DeShields have generally been more up than down. And Gomez hit for the cycle last night.

And again, after a scary bad start (especially when trying to close games) they're not out of this thing. Like the old saying goes, you can't win the division in April but, you sure as hell can lose it. And the Rangers survived April.

Thoughts / Observations / Sidenotes: If Hamels and Yu pitch anything like the aces they can be then the Rangers will be in this thing.

The Rangers picked up Yankees castoff Kozma off of waivers which may mean Profar's days in Arlington are numbered. Which leads me to this point, if you don't have a place for a prospect to play everyday when you call him up to the big club then don't do it. Trade them for value or leave them in the minors. It's hard enough to play in the show much less when you're not playing everyday, learning a new position and/or playing different positions when you do get a chance to play (all of which apply to Profar).


Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Dyson gives up 5 runs, grand slam in top of 9, Rangers lose 9-6, get swept by Tribe to start new season.

Glass Half Empty / Afternoon Cloud: Dyson has been terrible in 2 outings. And the starting pitching has been so-so.

Glass Half Full / Silver Lining: Elvis went yard and the offense put up 6 runs.

Thoughts / Observations / Sidenotes: Pitching has been poor. The law of averages may be catching up to the Rangers and their razor thin run differential from a year ago. At least to start the season. The only hope is that the pitching gets better.


Monday, April 3, 2017

Rangers blow early lead, lose to Tribe in opening game 8-5

Glass Half Empty / Afternoon Cloud: To say Yu could not locate his fastball after the first few innings is an understatement.  And Banny put Yu back out there for the 7th when he was pushing 90 pitches and just didn't have it.

Carlos Gomez getting thrown out trying to steal 2nd early in the game cost the Rangers a run when right after that Nomar had an extra base hit to start the game.

Joey Gallo again was without a hit.  He hit some hard, but no results.

Napoli in his return was 0 fer.

Elvis had a an error, surprise, surprise.

Dyson gave up 3 runs in the top of 9 to allow the Indians to break a 5-5 tie.

It was 5-1 Rangers after 4.  And the Rangers ended up losing 8-5.

Yu had 4 ER's, Bush had 1 ER, and the Rangers' closer Dyson had 3 ER's.  Is that good?  I'll answer that question for everyone.  No.  That's not good.

The new local announcers were sedate.  I cannot believe I'm going to write this but, I miss Buzz and Tag.

Glass Half Full / Silver Lining: Yu started strong (even though he faded late),

Carlos Gomez had a homer and Odor had 2 HR's.  Elvis had a double and and triple.

Nomar looked strong at the plate

Thoughts / Observations / Sidenotes: I saw something I had never seen before.  When Yu went back out for the 7th he had a strikeout, past ball that resulted in the batter safe at 1B and the run scoring from 3B.  Never seen than before.

The umps still suck.  Cargo was safe on that early steal attempt I think and after review they still called him out. BUT, had they called him safe to begin with he would have been safe after review too.  And the ump behind the plate flat out missed some strikes early especially low in the zone that Yu threw.


Saturday, April 1, 2017

And we're back. Chris provides a preview and predictions about your Texas Rangers' 2017 season.

You can read the full preview on the Cards Conclave blog right here.  Check it out! Chris' answers are the "TRB" ones.  Opening day for your Rangers is this Monday at 6:05 pm against the defending AL champion Cleveland Indians.  Go Rangers!


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