Texas Rangers 2016 Thread

Discussion in 'Baseball' started by FWHORN, Apr 4, 2016.

  1. HornHuskerDad

    HornHuskerDad 2,500+ Posts

    Six games left on the schedule, and I'm guessing the Rangers need to go 4-2 or better to lock up home field advantage. The Rangers have been excellent at The Ballpark this season, so I think they can pull it off. Also need for Boston to cool off just a tad.
     
  2. sblazer

    sblazer 500+ Posts

    You're forgetting the last 6 at home are against really crappy teams (our Achilles) already showing in game 1 vs Milwaukee. I was thinking 4-2 would do it as well.... about to be 4-1 in final 5. :brickwall:
     
  3. ViperHorn

    ViperHorn 5,000+ Posts

    The best record is slowly slipping away (if not already gone) so the hope is to avoid Toronto in the first round.
     
  4. HornHuskerDad

    HornHuskerDad 2,500+ Posts

    Not a good effort last night. Time to tighten up the focus. Home field advantage is worth fighting for.
     
  5. sblazer

    sblazer 500+ Posts


    Well at this point, the #1 seed will play the blue jays if everything pans out according to seeding. So if you want to avoid the jays, take the 2 seed and start with Indians. But if you want that best record.... then win out and hope either Baltimore or tigers/seattle can take out Toronto in a 1 game playoff.

    this, of course, is all hypothetical still because EVERYTHING can change with these positions all still very close. With ONE game Texas could be 3rd playing on road @ Boston with Cleveland playing the winner of a play in game of seattle vs detroit!
     
  6. ViperHorn

    ViperHorn 5,000+ Posts

    Head to Head Records
    http://www.baseball-reference.com/games/head2head.cgi?teams=TEX&from=2016&to=2016&submit=Submit

    This is a count of the rows from top to bottom.
    It is recalculated following the sorting of a column." data-stat="ranker">Rk
    Franchise Tm G W L Win-Loss Percentage
    W / (W + L)
    For players, leaders need one decision for every ten team games.
    For managers, minimum to qualify for leading is 320 games." data-stat="win_loss_perc" data-filter="1">W-L%
    RS RA Home Win Loss Record
    Team’s win-loss record in home games." data-stat="win_loss_home">hmW-L
    Road Win Loss Record
    Team’s win-loss record in road games." data-stat="win_loss_visitor">rdW-L

    1 Baltimore Orioles BAL 7 4 3 .571 31 32 3-1 1-2 games
    2 Boston Red Sox BOS 6 3 3 .500 41 38 2-1 1-2 games
    3 Chicago Cubs CHC 3 1 2 .333 5 10 0-0 1-2 games
    4 Chicago White Sox CHW 6 2 4 .333 27 37 2-1 0-3 games
    5 Cincinnati Reds CIN 4 2 2 .500 14 20 1-1 1-1 games
    6 Cleveland Indians CLE 7 5 2 .714 39 23 3-1 2-1 games
    7 Colorado Rockies COL 4 3 1 .750 25 24 1-1 2-0 games
    8 Detroit Tigers DET 6 4 2 .667 31 23 1-2 3-0 games
    9 Houston Astros HOU 19 15 4 .789 92 70 8-2 7-2 games
    10 Kansas City Royals KCR 7 6 1 .857 28 17 4-0 2-1 games
    11 Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim LAA 19 10 9 .526 90 80 6-3 4-6 games
    12 Milwaukee Brewers MIL 1 0 1 .000 3 8 0-1 0-0 games
    13 Minnesota Twins MIN 7 2 5 .286 30 62 1-3 1-2 games
    14 New York Yankees NYY 7 4 3 .571 38 24 2-1 2-2 games
    15 Oakland Athletics OAK 19 10 9 .526 84 100 5-4 5-5 games
    16 Pittsburgh Pirates PIT 3 2 1 .667 12 13 2-1 0-0 games
    17 Seattle Mariners SEA 19 12 7 .632 110 95 7-2 5-5 games
    18 St. Louis Cardinals STL 3 3 0 1.000 10 7 0-0 3-0 games
    19 Tampa Bay Rays TBR 3 1 2 .333 12 18 0-0 1-2 games
    20 Toronto Blue Jays TOR 7 3 4 .429 21 36 2-1 1-3 games
     
  7. FWHORN

    FWHORN 5,000+ Posts

    Rangers even up series with Milwaukee tonight with 6-4 win and both Cleveland and Boston lose so Rangers move back into pole position a 1/2 game up on Boston and 1 1/2 up on Indians for best record in the AL. Significantly, the Rangers own the tie braker over both teams so tie goes to Texas. Griffin with a rough last start goes only 4 1/3 but the bullpen goes 4 2/3 scoreless and Dyson has his usual drama in the ninth but gets his 37th save. Rangers magic number for home field throughout is 4, magic number for home field in divisional series against Cleveland is 3. Rubber match with Brewers tomorrow with Cole Hamels looking for his 16th win on year.:texasflag:
     
  8. sblazer

    sblazer 500+ Posts

    Every time I see 2-5 vs the twins I want to punch something.

    If we can win cole and yu's starts, that would all but sew up at least the 2 seed. I don't see how cleveland wins both the games they have @ Detroit left. Looking like it'll come down to Boston and Texas for best record.
     
  9. HornHuskerDad

    HornHuskerDad 2,500+ Posts

    This may be heresy, but if I were managing the Rangers, I would be tempted to let Matt Bush close instead of Dyson. He has a blazing fastball and can locate it well and a devastating slider for swing-and-miss. I know, most folks would not trust a rookie as closer.
     
  10. ViperHorn

    ViperHorn 5,000+ Posts

    That is an option. Issue is Bush can go comfortably for 2 or 3 innings so if you move him to closer who takes that work?
     
  11. Hook 'Em Danno

    Hook 'Em Danno 1,000+ Posts

    With the way the Rangers' starting pitching has struggled in September (if you take away Hamels' and Darvish's last starts, the rotation ERA over the past 30 days is over 7.00) and the pitching problems that Cleveland is having, I think I'd almost prefer to see Texas slide to the 2nd seed. Their record against sub-.500 teams this year doesn't give me any warm fuzzies this week, so I am not sure they can hold on to the paper-thin lead over the BoSox for the top seed. We shall see.
     
  12. ViperHorn

    ViperHorn 5,000+ Posts

    A game and a half lead over Boston with 3 at home with Tampa Bay left to play. Boston has 4 games left - 1 at the Yankees and 3 at home with Toronto. Cleveland has 4 games left - 1 at Detroit and 3 at KC.
     
  13. FWHORN

    FWHORN 5,000+ Posts

    Daniels gets a lot of grief but his moves this year including getting Gomez have been huge. Jeffress being back helps the bullpen which has 26 straight scoreless innings. Dyson is so much drama but he is your likely closer in playoffs unless matchups dictate differently. The one big concern is the starting rotation but we will see if they are just in a funk and can find their way back to form. All concerns aside, the Rangers can clinch best record in AL as soon as Friday if things go well today and tomorrow.:texasflag:
     
  14. WorsterMan

    WorsterMan 5,000+ Posts

    This is a concern of mine - recent struggles by Hamels and Darvish... plus throw in Lewis' last outing. Hopefully a day off on Thursday and little extra rest for Hamels & Darvish leading up to the playoffs will help.

    DMN said Bannister is for now planning to go with a 4 man starting rotation, which includes the 3 named above plus Perez. Perez worries me - inconsistency... but the Rangers have to go with what they have and hope their bats will be alive during the playoff run.
     
  15. ViperHorn

    ViperHorn 5,000+ Posts

    I guess the theory is roll the best 4th guy out and take what comes rather than pushing the three on less than adequate rest. I would chance Perez over Holland.
     
  16. FWHORN

    FWHORN 5,000+ Posts

    Couple of interesting thoughts, Hamels hit 200 innings pitched last night and Perez sits on 195 2/3 with one more start to go so Rangers will have two 200 innings pitched starters. With all the injuries to the other starters those two have been the workhorses this year in eating up innings. By way of comparison Griffin has pitched 119 innings, Holland 106 and Lewis 110. Only Colby might have been a 200 inning pitcher without the injuries. Darvish is at 94 innings with a start left.

    Another interesting thought, the Rangers are 10th in MLB (5th in AL) in attendance averaging over 33,000 fans a game with three games left and unlikely to either be caught by Colorado who sits 11th or catch the Mets who sit in ninth. Not too shabby for a football first, second and third town.
     
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  17. HornHuskerDad

    HornHuskerDad 2,500+ Posts

    Agree, Viper. I like keeping the aces on normal rest, and given the choice between Perez and Holland, it's a no-brainer. And I'm not sure there's a place for Holland in the bullpen, either. I'm becoming more convinced that the Rangers will either trade him or buy him out in the off-season - that $11M can be used better in other contracts (like Ian Desmond, for example).
     
  18. WorsterMan

    WorsterMan 5,000+ Posts

    Agree, I will take Perez over Holland given only those to choose from.
     
    Last edited: Sep 30, 2016
  19. HornHuskerDad

    HornHuskerDad 2,500+ Posts

    Yanks beat Boston tonight, so the Rangers have a 1.5 game lead for home field. And since the Rangers hold the tiebreaker, one more Ranger win/Boston loss will wrap it up. Three game with Tampa at The Ballpark starting tomorrow evening. Would be nice to wrap it up on Friday so Banister can let the regulars rest a bit before starting the playoff run.
     
  20. FWHORN

    FWHORN 5,000+ Posts

    After losing Monday and seeing the best record seemingly slipping away it has come up aces for Texas over the last three days and now with three games left any one Ranger win means home field throughout. That's just how baseball works. Yu Darvish tonight in his last regular season start looks to build on his last start and keep momentum:texasflag: going into the divisional round.
     
  21. HornHuskerDad

    HornHuskerDad 2,500+ Posts

    Looks like I made a mistake in my prior post. The magic number to clinch home field is officially two - but since the Rangers hold the tiebreaker, any one Texas W or Boston L will wrap it up. Here's hoping Yu can get 'er done tonight and end the suspense.
     
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  22. HornHuskerDad

    HornHuskerDad 2,500+ Posts

    OK, objective met - home field throughout the payoffs. Nice 3-1 W over Tampa - great outing by Yu, scoreless finish by the bullpen. Odor hit well - hope he is snapping out of his slump. Choo needs to find his timing again in these last two games. Two uncharacteristic errors by Desmond - hopefully just an aberration.

    Rangers will host the wild card play-in winner (Baltimore/Toronto/Detroit).
     
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  23. FWHORN

    FWHORN 5,000+ Posts

    Darvish with 12 K's over 6 innings and bullpens scoreless streak has now hit 30 innings. Two days to play a bunch of young guys coming up as Rangers clinch home field throughout. Lewis looks to right himself today and Perez has shot at 200 innings and 11 wins tomorrow so there is something to play for both days. October is here!:texasflag:
     
  24. ViperHorn

    ViperHorn 5,000+ Posts

    Finally. Interesting to see who will get the final WC slot.
     
  25. FWHORN

    FWHORN 5,000+ Posts

    Colby goes 6 1/3 in his final outing and doesn't give up an earned run. Unfortunately he gets loss because of 4 unearned runs that all followed a booted ball by Odor and Rangers lose 4-1. Gallo, Profar, and Rua started and by the end Deshields, Alberto, Nicholas and Hoying were also in, so young guys played a lot. Choo started in right for second straight night and scuttlebutt is that he will be on playoff roster and not Mazara. In fact pretty good blog post on Lone Star Ball that sets out playoff roster and doesnt have Mazara or Profar for divisional series. Baltimore and Toronto are WC teams but both have to win today to clinch as Detroit is looming one and a half games back which could mean a make up Tiger-Indian game tomorrow followed by a play in game Tuesday and the wild card Wednesday all of which cant help but be good for the Rangers so cheer for chaos today.

    Perez closes down the 2016 regular season today as Rangers look to tie their best ever record of 96 wins. :texasflag:
     
  26. ViperHorn

    ViperHorn 5,000+ Posts

    Mazara has stalled, but that is what rookies do. If Profar isn't on the playoff roster that doesn't bode well for his being on the team next season as his value to Texas will then be as trade commodity. [Still need at least 1 SP and 1 bat (2 if Desmond walks).]
     
  27. FWHORN

    FWHORN 5,000+ Posts

    Rangers lose last game of regular season in ten innings 6-4 with a lineup that bore absolutely no resemblance to what we will see Thursday. With the loss they fail to tie for best record ever by a Rangers team but they do end up with an amazing 95 wins on the year. With nothing on the line these last two games the younger players got extended looks and the veterans got some rest ahead of what we all hope is an extended playoff run. The Rangers will have home field in every series they play in starting with the winner of Toronto/Baltimore. Looking for a fun October ride.:texasflag:
     
  28. ViperHorn

    ViperHorn 5,000+ Posts

    Let's go Baltimore!
     
  29. FWHORN

    FWHORN 5,000+ Posts

    Blood Feud with Toronto part two starts tomorrow.
     
  30. HornHuskerDad

    HornHuskerDad 2,500+ Posts

    Emotions could run pretty high during the upcoming ALDS with Toronto. Rangers really need to win the first two at home before heading north.
     

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