Texas Rangers 2018 Thread

Discussion in 'Baseball' started by ViperHorn, Nov 6, 2017.

  1. Mr. Deez

    Mr. Deez 5,000+ Posts

    It's remarkable to me how some owners think the fans should show up before they invest in the team. Back in the '90s, I remember Tom Hicks saying in an interview that he might increase the payroll if attendance picked up. My dad turned to me and said, "that's interesting. It's the reverse of the Field of Dreams mentality. 'If they come, I might build it.'. How inspiring."
     
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  2. FWHORN

    FWHORN 5,000+ Posts

    Rangers win first series of year getting two in Houston both in extra innings and both wins for Keone Kela. Bartolo Colon continues to defy Father Time going 7 and 2/3 tonight and Joey Gallo makes every at bat exciting but Rangers are on pace to lose 100 and Colon and Gallo are about it for things to talk about.
     
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  3. FWHORN

    FWHORN 5,000+ Posts

    Yes I know saying Colon went 7 and 2/3 kind of buries the lead, but I still am not quite accepting that Colon took a perfect game into the 8th, until I restudy the actual film to make sure that it actually happened and we werent all collectively hallucinating last night.
     
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  4. Mr. Deez

    Mr. Deez 5,000+ Posts

    Yeah, same here. I didn't get to see the game, because I'm 7 hours ahead, so I really only get to watch day games. However, I watched some of the video. It reminded me of that country song. "I ain't as good as I once was, but I'm as good once as I ever was."

    His two-seamer was one of the nastiest I've seen in 35 years of watching baseball. I was also surprised at his velocity. He was reaching 93 with his fastball. I didn't expect that. There's clearly still some gas in that tank. He can't do it consistently. (If he could, he'd be a Cy Young award competitor again.) But if he can do it from time to time, it would be a big help to our shabby rotation.

    I'd take him over Martin Perez. I'm so sick of that guy. I've never seen someone get less from their stuff than he does.
     
  5. ViperHorn

    ViperHorn 5,000+ Posts

    Agree. Until he falls off the cliff he will be the best chance the Rangers have for a victory.
     
  6. FWHORN

    FWHORN 5,000+ Posts

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  7. Mr. Deez

    Mr. Deez 5,000+ Posts

    I don't regret not pursuing either one. With how much is going wrong with this team, I don't think either would be able to put us into contention. I used to be very high on Yu, but in recent years, I've wondered if he might a "good pitcher from the neck down." He has never been very good at working his way out of jams, especially in big games. I also question whether or not he has truly regained confidence in his elbow after Tommy John surgery. It seems like he challenges hitters less and tries to get cute more than he used to. I know his velocity is still solid, but does it really feel the same? I honestly don't know the answer to that.

    Arrieta is off to a great start, and he has been pretty good in big games. Furthermore, he's a bit of a bad-*** - the type I'd want in my rotation. However, we're a good 2 - 3 years away from contention, and I think he has an opt-out after 2019. Not much reason to sign him now. If we're on the cusp of contention for 2020 and he opts out, might it make sense to go after him if he's still putting up good numbers? Absolutely.
     
  8. FWHORN

    FWHORN 5,000+ Posts

    Made it out to Globe Life today for my first home game of year really because I wanted to see two future Hall of Famers in Ichiro and Beltre on the field at the same time. Both had two hits and Gallo hit a bomb so all in all a good day of baseball. To top it off, the Rangers actually got a win though not for lack of giving Seattle tons of opportunities that the Mariners squandered. Nothing I saw today gave any indication this team is capable of more than about 70 wins and that may be a stretch.
     
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  9. ViperHorn

    ViperHorn 5,000+ Posts

    Beltre almost made it a month before the expected leg injury. He would be missed both on the field and in the clubhouse, but it is time for him to hang them up. Rangers are in the toilet for at least this season and next so why chance permanent injury (see Earl Campbell).
     

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