Rangers 8, Angels 4: My Top 10 Observer-ations

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10. Eerie. On July 19 the red-hot Rangers went into Anaheim with a 4-game lead and -- with Alexi Ogando on the mound -- got back-to-back homers (from Josh Hamilton and Adrian Beltre) in a series-opening rout. And on August 15 the red-hot Rangers went into Anaheim with a 4-game lead and -- with Ogando on the mound -- got back-to-back homers (from Nelson Cruz and Mike Napoli) in a series-opening rout. Eerie, and great.

9. Thought ...I ... was ... losing ... my ... hearing ... early ... in ... the ... game ... but ... turns ... out ... it ... was ... just ... Tom ... Grieve's ... microphone ... going ... in ... and ... out.

8. Ogando and his interesting face was only so-so, but another 2.2 innings of scoreless relief from the bullpen courtesy of Koji Uehara and Mark Lowe shut down any thoughts of an Angels' rally. Most of the season a liability, bullpen is now a major asset.

7. Michael Young let another hot smash whizz past as he merely waved at it in the 2nd inning. Also made an error in the 8th inning on a grounder. Dude has become a butcher at third. But regardless, he just keeps on hitting.

6. Some games Ian Kinsler slow-jogs fly balls to right field and gets only to first base when the ball is dropped. Some games Ian Kinsler lets routine grounders bound between his wickets for two-run errors. And some games -- like last night -- Ian Kinsler starts two double-plays and makes a spinning assist in the field and clubs four hits at the plate. His good outweighs his bad.

5. Do we really think Nolan Ryan grilled 35,000 hot dogs in those commercials? Sounds doubtful, but gosh he seems genuine and sincere.

4. Keep telling me it's too soon, and I'll keep counting 'em down. Rangers' magic number: 36. Remember waaay back when it was 45?

3. Last month the Rangers blew out the Angels, then proceeded to lose two excruciating one-run games (9-8 and 1-0) to keep Anaheim in the race. Still five weeks to go in this season, but they can deliver a pretty significant body blow by beating Tyler Chatwood tonight. A win would create a six-game lead with 40 games remaining.

2. Did I hear Dave Barnett right? Alexi Ogando took -- gritting my teeth -- paternity leave to attend the birth of a daughter he named ... "Alexi"?

1. Love Grieve's basebally insight, but after last night I'd like a couple of innings of Beltre in the booth. Out with a sore hamstring, Beltre watched from the dugout and apparently inches from Fox Sport Southwest's dugout microphone. During Texas' 6-run 5th Beltre serenaded each hard-hit ball with an audible, hilarious "Ooh, shiiiiiiiiiiit!" Barnett later apologized for the language, but no offense taken. More, please.


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Ryan's Hot Dog
Ryan's Hot Dog

Re: #5, you think Nolan signed off on that shot of the tattooed skank woofing down a dog toward the end of the spot? I "would", but she doesn't seem like his type...

cactusflinthead
cactusflinthead

Not ready to call Face a butcher yet. Ian's and Elvis' disinterest at routine plays concern me more. Make Beltre's hammy better and you are going to forget all about what MY did last night. But, I think I miss his bat even more than I do his fielding. Yeah, more open mic and less Texas shtick. I heard that NJ joke about Mexia but they were aggies instead. Old as the hills. I really don't like west coast games. Finishing up near midnight leaves me out. 

Thank you for no Cowboys observerations today. I actually stayed around long enough to comment. 

Robbie Call
Robbie Call

you might wanna look at .... number one

#1 FAN FAN
#1 FAN FAN

No wonder the Rangers left the Fail. You downplay and criticize everything, even when the win. It wouldn't be so bad if you did the same to the Cowboys but you will say they played great when they barely win a game and start declaring Super Bowl victories for an 8-8 team.

You missed out on the guy yelling OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHHHHH SHIT!!!! OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOHHH SHIT!!! during Cruz and Napoli's homers.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Kinsler is aggravating in many different ways. Evan Grant had some words about his fly ball ratio being sky-high, pardon the pun. His good still outweighs his bad, but he could end up in the Andruw Jones Hall of Fame--guys that could've been way, way better. But he is already a member of the Dumbface HoF.

I still find Rangers commercials grating, as well as the whole country-bumpkin approach to marketing. I hope next year Nolan doesn't have such a big say in the campaign.

It's cable TV, it's after 10 p.m., don't apologize for picking up cussing on field mics. Seriously, Rangers, the same family you covet so badly in Mineral Wells probably has kids that learned what "shit" means before they were in kindergarten. This isn't the Friday night game on 21 at 7 pm. I greatly enjoyed hearing what the dugout actually is like.

Davy Crockett
Davy Crockett

"His good outweighs his bad". I would say that about Young before I would Ian.

Baseball Intelligence
Baseball Intelligence

I'm gonna make a highly controversial statement here...Michael Young is NOT a butcher. Can we chill out on that a bit. No he's not an all star caliber 3 baseman (or any position for that matter) but a butcher he is not. He makes the routine plays, he doesn't have the range to play up the middle, his instincts aren't that of Adrian Beltre or (gulp) Chris Davis at first, but really with the "butcher" bit. Its not like we are talking about knee high 2 hoppers he's missing at 3rd, they are peas that are getting by him. He's "serviceable" and that really all he needs to be as a stop gap till AB get back, then he can roam the field seeking justice as Super Utility Man again. Besides, like RW mentioned "he just keeps hitting" and really has carried this team when it needs him most. I think the butcher term should be reserved for the likes of Alfonso Soriano, etc...that is all,

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

Tweeting Rangers Play by Play>Tweeting Cowboys practice.I wish they would have left the mic on down there.  As Mr Andro tweeted, FSSW is a cable network.  And as Mr Grant said, would be great to have a channel to listen to with completely unedited audio.  Overcussing announcers and mic'd dugouts.  An no, its no too early for a countdown, IF, and thats a big IF, we can sweep the # would be 30, with an 8 game lead.  That would be church

ThongNCheese
ThongNCheese

Good, strong start to your day of blogging. I loved all the tweeting going on during the game, highly entertaining.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

RW "Dude has become a butcher at third.", really dude...really...Did you watch any games last year RW?  That's the reason Beltre was signed.  Start giving us twittererers (TnC, Merk, Davy and myself) some credit for our comedic genius if'n you're gonna continue to borrow. I commented on Nolan's hot dog cooking prowess a month ago, right here in the Sporty.Magic Number talk: Too early, but atleast your finally watching games.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

The Hardline was very interested, sorry the Tardline didn't talk about it (cause their both gayer than a three dollar bill or somesuch)

#1 FAN FAN
#1 FAN FAN

Yeah for some reason my phone jacked up and I missed it, thought he just caught Grieves' mic acting like crap. I thought it was Beltre because it sounded the same when they cut to the dugout earlier and he was cheering. It was funny when they played the replays and didn't bother to edit it out. OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH SHIT!!!!!!!!!

debbie kearney
debbie kearney

nolan had no say in the rangers country bumpkin approach to marketing.  it was a chuck greenberg idea.  talked to my ticket rep last friday and if you noticed since friday, at the urging of chuck morgan with a "go" from nolan they started dropping in some great plays commercials.  apparently morgan has been pushing for a change in the commercials since the all-star game.  but in case you missed some of the readings when greenberg was relieved of his duties, greenberg commissioned some marketing survey that said texans needed to be told about texas things, nolan had no say.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

welcome back Davy! Did you survive on you sportatorium hiatus?  Didyou get a new coon hat

Steve
Steve

I think he said it about the right player, Davy. 

Sloppy Joe
Sloppy Joe

He's a fucking butcher. His defense and Vlad Guerrero's defense cost the Rangers in the playoffs last year.

Sporty Sport Sport
Sporty Sport Sport

As long as the 2 catchers are hitting you are going to see Young at third. Unless Moreland gets the day off against Danks (looks like the Rangers get to miss Buehrle in the CHW series). So he is considered literally serviceable in that they are throwing him out there to get the benefit of Napoli and Torrealba in the lineup. Moreland had a nice butcher last night.

Lowe looked pretty strong. He now has 36 Ks in 36.1 innings so he's almost in the K>IP club along with Uehara and Tateyama. Feliz was in that club the last 2 seasons but is only sitting at 34 in 46 this year. Maybe the offspeed stuff will get Nefty's strikeouts up. Lowe's 89 mph slider in the dirt got the job done against Izturus last night after 4 straight at 97+.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

totally agree, he is not a butcher, his range isnt great but 99% of the time he does the job.  Thats what makes Beltre great, he gets that other 1%

Davy Crockett
Davy Crockett

Texans need to be told about Texas things? I'm pretty sure we all knew how to say Mexia properly.

Davy Crockett
Davy Crockett

I rise from the dead before my birthday (I turn 225 tomorrow!) and my death. And points in between such as fantasy league drafting, responding to morons like Sloppy Joe and such. No coon skin cap. Trying to catch Sybil for a new beaver pelt hat.

Davy Crockett
Davy Crockett

You hate Michael Young, so your opinion is worthless.

The Overcusser
The Overcusser

Wait, aren't you referring to Vladdy's horseshit defense? Or did I goddamn miss something here?

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Pretty sure the bats cost them the World Series because the Giants' pitchers were locked in and fantastic. Only Moreland hit worth anything in the Fall Classic.

Sybil's Beaver
Sybil's Beaver

No butcher is what happened to me last night, I was left an unsatisfied bloody mess last night.  You obviously dont have the tools to use me correctly or post here, now go choke on a poppyseed bun

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

What does your first sentence mean? What do the catchers hitting have to do with Face at 3rd? Face is at 3rd til Beltre's broken hamstring heals..hmmm...Nevermind me though, your post made more sense than anything Sloppy Joe's dumbass has ever spewed.

Sybil's Beaver
Sybil's Beaver

@ debbie, wow, im so dissappointed in you.  You can drill me anytime

debbie kearney
debbie kearney

I still have on my strap-on dildo that I fucked armen's anus with last night.

PlanoDave
PlanoDave

Two guys from NJ are in Mexia to make a presentation to the mayor.  Over breakfast, first one says "You sure you know how to pronounce the name of the town".  Second one says, "I'm not sure.  I'll go ask".  He goes up to the counter and says: "Excuse me, but could you please tell me, in your Texas accent, how to pronounce where we are."  She says:  "Sure, sugar.  Daiiiirrrry Queeeeeen"

Thank you.  Thank you very much.

Skip Shot
Skip Shot

In other Texas baseball news, the Astros have announced minor-league outfielder Domingo Santana, ranked by Baseball America as the Phillies’ No. 9 prospect heading into the season as their player to be named later in the Hunter Pence deal. The deal looks like a good one for the Astros, as they also received Singleton and Cosart, the top two prospects in the Phillies’ system.

All in all Houston netted four quality prospects for a mere Pence.

ROCK ME!!!!!

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

We all also know there isn't any reason to go to Mexia.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

You're not wrong, but nobody would've remembered their fielding had they swung the bats like we expected them to, especially Vlad. Young was the everyday 3rd baseman, it wasn't like nobody knew what to expect in the field. And was Vlad much worse than how Cruz brainfarts out in right sometimes? Yes, there were defensive liabilities, but the series got lost on offense.

Sloppy Joe
Sloppy Joe

I don't disagree that the inability to hit the Giants pitching or that the lackluster performances by the Cliff Lee were bigger factors, but the shitty defense from Young and Guerrero cost runs. Take those guys out of the field. It's about minimizing the fucking risks.

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