Mike Adams Flops in His Rangers Debut. Even Worse Than Cliff Lee Flopped.

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Welcome to Texas?
The Titanic. Waterworld. Joey Galloway as a Cowboy. The Dallas Wave.

And now, finding his sheepish spot among the worst debuts in the history of ever: Mike Adams, Texas Ranger.

Ugliest opening act on our baseball team since waaay back, well, actually, since Cliff Lee stunk it up by allowing three homers in a loss to the Orioles in his first start with Texas last July.

The Titanic sunk on its first voyage. Kevin Costner's movie immediately flopped. Galloway tore his ACL in his first game as a Cowboy in 2000 after costing them two first-round draft picks in a trade. And the kayak/canoe water thrill ride on the Trinity River has been open for all of one day at a cost of roughly $4 million.

Adams, unfortunately, joined the select, sucky company when Tuesday night he took the ball for Texas and on his 14th pitch allowed a game-losing, 421-foot homer to the Tigers' Brennan Boesch.

Long day for Adams, who took a 7 a.m. flight and didn't get the park in Detroit until mid-afternoon. Plus, of course, he was nervous. Hopefully this relationship is like sex, a rough debut but smoother and more enjoyable each time until it becomes routine.

Tough loss. The Rangers tied it at 5-5 in the 8th on homers by Nelson Cruz and Mike Napoli, but couldn't hold on when their new set-up man allowed a dinger on a 1-2 change-up up in the zone. Not sure if this makes us feel better or worse, but it is the first homer Adams has allowed to a lefty since May ... of 2010.

The Rangers are now 3-15 in their last 18 in Detroit.

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14 comments
Ed D.
Ed D.

Waterworld is a creative failure beyond measure but it wasn't a financial flop. It debuted at #1 for the week in the US on its release and went on to rake in over $100 million in profit thanks to international box office and home video sales.

Rooster
Rooster

I'm surprised they let you out of summer school long enough to dig my mother up, Necro Boy.

Rob_Em
Rob_Em

You forget also that this is just Richie's blog.  He also writes long columns that are very good.

Jamey
Jamey

Not at all.  Lee got punished.  Adams threw one bad pitch.

Dollar Dog
Dollar Dog

The error at 3rd by Young hurt. Its hard to bag on him overall because his average has gone up 6 points since Beltre went out. Kins has gone on one of his disappearing acts since he had 4 hits on the 25th. 1 for 22 with 7 strikeouts. So now you've got a leadoff batter hitting .241 and only ranks 30th in the AL in OBP at .347. Not many other options at 2nd to push Kinsler so all you can really do at this point is hope and play.

Mayor_of_Meh
Mayor_of_Meh

Looks like John is the Josh's new d-bag intern...He's probably fetching his lunch right about now...

Jamey
Jamey

My bad.  Pitch to Miggy was worse than I'd remembered it.  Thanks for linking the video.

gofuhcureself
gofuhcureself

I guess that's the way baseball go. :-)  I'm sure Adams will dominate next game. Rangers sure do need Adrian Beltre back in that lineup.

P.S. Here's the pitch Cabrera hit:

(mlb dot com video)http://tinyurl.com/3jne9yg

it's at the 1:12 mark I believe.

Jamey
Jamey

Gof...I didn't think the pitch to Cabrera was that bad.  He's a great hitter.  Went down on got that one.  Hat tip.

gofuhcureself
gofuhcureself

Jamey - I must disagree with you on the 'one bad pitch.' The ball Cabrera hit to deep center for a double would have been a homer in many a ballpark. Just sayin'

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

Well, hello, Mr. Newberg. How you treatin' all my old baseball cards -- you remember, the ones I traded to you when we were 12? Let me say this, Sportatorium fans: The man knew how to get the most of out his players as far back as 1980.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

Damn nice to have you in here Jamey, feel free to drop by more often and impart some Ranger hso's on us. TnC is gonna be sad he missed you, but atleast he finally signed up for your newsletter..(which is what all Ranger fans should do immediately)

PlanoDave
PlanoDave

It appears that you also have learned the fine art of "Watching the Game Before Commenting".  Can you teach Richie?

Jamey
Jamey

Trust me, man: Bryn Smith is gonna win 350 games.

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