And Then ... There Was Baseball. Rangers, Your Move.

Categories: Texas Rangers

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Yorvit Torrealba and the Rangers should get healthy against baseball's worst Astros
When we last left our Rangers they and pitcher Derek Holland were clubbed around in New York by the Yankees. Not, no last Wednesday. Way back on April 16.

It was hours after the Rangers' 5-2 loss in the Bronx that Saturday afternoon that the Mavericks rallied in the last six minutes to capture Game 1 of their NBA first-round playoff series against the Portland Trailblazers.

After that game Blazers' coach Nate McMillan was fined $35,000 by the league for criticizing the officiating. There were approximately nine of us media members on hand to hear his whining. Slowly but surely during the Mavs' run to the title that was as improbable as it was magical that gaggle grew to a throng and the local headlines became more Mavs, less Rangers.

While most of us weren't paying any attention, the Rangers went 28-31 during the Mavs' two-month playoff pursuit. Went in 10-4 and came out -- after yesterday's 4-2 loss in Atlanta -- at 38-35 with a dental-floss thin lead in the AL West.

But now, just in time, the Houston Astros come to Arlington tonight to resume one of sports' lamest "rivalries." Duke-North Carolina. Texas-OU. Mavs-Heat.

The Silver Boot?

While the Astros, their baseball-worst record and triple-digit heat, won't conjure any feelings of October this week at Rangers Ballpark, it is time to dive back into the baseball pool. Watched some Rangers over the weekend. Was reminded how -- compared to playoff basketball -- slow patient the sport is.

Since sweeping the Indians in Cleveland to start this month, the Rangers are only 4-9. On Saturday -- unless I'm missing something -- they stole a rare road victory in Atlanta.

Nursing a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the 8th, manager Ron Washington summoned Darren Oliver despite a sparkling performance by Yoshinori Tateyama (three up, three strikeouts). Oliver, unable to channel Colby Lewis' smooth, glove-only sweep "throw" to 1st a night before, fielded a bunt and threw wide down the right-field line. Dan Uggla then spanked a drive off the center-field wall that replays showed hit the top of the fence's yellow line and should've been a home run.

But the umpires -- in their cocky, stubborn wisdom -- somehow didn't even deem the play reviewable via instant replay. Uggla was stranded at 2nd and into the 9th the Rangers went not with a 5-4 deficit but a 4-4 tie. Texas won it in the 10th on an Ian Kinsler double and Adrian Beltre single.

Yesterday the Rangers lost 4-2 despite getting 10 hits. Couple of troubling spots. Catcher Yorvit Torrealba made two errors -- catcher's interference and dislodging a pop-up from the glove of first baseman Michael Young -- and assisted in a wild pitch in the 3rd inning to give Atlanta a 3-0 lead against Alexi Ogando.

In the 9th against Braves' closer Craig Kimbrel with a runner on 1st, was it just me or did Josh Hamilton looked resigned to striking out? He fanned on three pitches, meekly flailing on an offering that was low and inside and then non-chalantly strolling back to the dugout.

Looks to me like the Rangers are struggling with their bullpen lefties and with their defense. Arthur Rhodes allowed another run-scoring hit Sunday and the Rangers made two more errors in the game, giving them a baseball-high 57.

Doesn't look great right now. But it's a long season. Right, Mavericks?

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Just Sayin
Just Sayin

dude, that 1st paragraph is poorly written.

HEY YOU, IN THE BACK
HEY YOU, IN THE BACK

At least the Rangers and the rest of baseball are figuring things out on the field. Maybe your headline should read " NFL, Your Move "

Mishon
Mishon

Yes, local headlines did become more Mavs and less Rangers, as it should have. This blog however, became no Rangers. Not sure why something has to be completely left out because of another team doing well. And as far as your show goes, I'll never understand why White Truck Wednesday and Air Armen still went on without a hitch during this playoff run, but the Rangers were left out. Guess that's what I get for listening. I will now let it go though, let by gones be by gones.

The Astros and Rangers are a horrible rivals, if they are rivals at all. That's why they must be moved to the AL West. It would be sweet to be in a playoff race with them every year. (After they get better of course.) LeBreton wrote a good article about that yesterday.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

RW, you want a story idea or rather another dead horse to beat?  When you go to sitdown with Ian and Colby about their paternity leaves, pop in to Josh's cubicle and ask him what the what is up with his daytime average and why in hell he doesn't wear shades at the plate each at bat.  He had some on in the 1st, I didn't watch the next two ab's, but he didn't have them on in the 9th.  Wear some stinking shades Josh, or some effing contacts..maybe a freaking monacle..do something.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

In SFBL,I now have a season high 94 points, there is a nice battle brewing from 2nd-4th with merten fandrick and josh jostling.  Seriously Jsib, youve traded nearly every player in the league, have a decent lineup, so why are you still sending out trades.  Roll with it for more than 2 days

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

#bullpenisterrible.  If they dont get that fixed, it wont matter if we score 10 runs a game.  I see a trade for some help.  Or maybe mr hunter's return can be in the pen to help.  And yeah, Josh looked like he half assed it, then again his stats prove he half asses it in day games, or just cant see.  Put on some fucking oakley's dude.  And dont forget, at this time last year, the club douche, nippert and Feldman were in the rotation, so we will proabably see a change in that too. 

Dollar Dog
Dollar Dog

It would be ironic if the Astros were forced to move to the AL because DFW was all set to receive an NL expansion team in '68 before the Astros owner nixed the deal to protect his radio/tv revenues and Montreal got the team instead.http://tinyurl.com/3ranhkq

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

You hit on a good topic for a post with realignment. The Rangers either need the Astros in the same division as them or to be moved into the AL Central, but there's no good way to reconstruct the AL and NL West without some more eastern team getting hosed with long travels and late road game start times for the home market.

My pipedream solution would be to move Tampa to Portland.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

Don't worry about my team sir, objects in the rear view are gaining on you faster than they appear.  When the Redshoes get their big homestand, the lineup is going to be enfuego! If Pujols isn't out for three months...effing Davy! First he sent me Buster Posey, hurt within a week of receipt...now swapped Howard for Pujols and the day after there was some kind of catastrophic play at 1st...waiting on the x-rays.  I'm not jostling with Fandricks and Merten just yet, but nipping at their heels a bit..and I've gone to the whip, trying to put a little distance between me and #5. Sorry to Scruff about Buch going on the DL, I got a win out of him on Friday methinks.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

J's bs got a sweet pair of Oakleys for Father's Day, just like Josh had on for his first at bat yesterday...cept I wore them all day.  Wear your glasses Josh!

ThongNCheese
ThongNCheese

Don't count me out yet! I just got healthy again...well for the first time all year. Once Maurer and Sandoval get into a groove, it's on.

Davy Crockett
Davy Crockett

It was a no brainer trade to accept. Thus far, Pujols and Howard have pretty much been even, and I get two good pitchers for one.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

No biggie, I needed a shortstop and got him--Buch was the icing on the cake. Greinke spit the bit in his last start for me, but likely that's no trend. In obvious news, I've renamed my team yet again.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

Twitter is saying 4-6 weeks for Pujols, slight fracture...fantastic!  We'll see how good the rest of my guys can be I reckon.  Cmon redshoes! 

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