There is No Place Like Home

by Charles Parker on April 21, 2017

It seems like this 2017 Rangers team has been on the road forever. Add to that the fact the team has just stunk up the game of baseball has made for a horrible first two weeks of the season.

Maybe it was the light spring that lasted forever, or the uncertainty of the staff, and starting lineup, but whatever the excuse the 5-10 start is shocking. Although in all fairness the complete breakdown of Sam Dyson cost the team 3 wins outright, and probably 4 win. If it were only his blown saves that would be reasonable to overcome, but it seems more of a top to bottom issue with no single person to blame.

Take a look at the numbers, they don’t lie. The are dead last at 30th in the entire league in batting average, 25th in total hits, 26th in on base percentage, 26th on OBP, 13th in strike outs, and 17th in walks. The bright spots are 4th in home runs, and 7th in runs scored. That means the team has been unable to string hits together and has relied on the long ball for almost all of their run production. The feast of famine mentality has ruled the team progression and that is no way to win consistently.

The pitching stats are even more interesting. The team ERA is ranked 19th, with runs allowed 5th most. They have allowed the 7th most home runs, and 6th most walks. They rank 16 in strike outs, and 18th in team’s batting average against them. Their WHIP is 19th. Starting pitching has been significantly better than the bullpen with an ERA of 3.43 which is 8th, compared with a bullpen ERA of 5.13 which surprisingly ranks 24th, as frankly it deserves last place. However, the bullpen is 2nd in most runs allowed with 36 in 16 games, and when compared to the Yankees who have surrendered only 8 that is huge!

Sam Dyson has been sent to the minors to figure things out. Keone Kela with his new attitude is back, and it appears that Matt Bush may be the closer going forward. The arms in that bullpen falling apart is the most unanticipated issue considering the power of the arms.

The biggest shock overall is the lack of consistency in getting on base. So far we have witnessed a complete lack of plate discipline with zero patience or pitch selection. Instead this is a free swinging group and over the long 162 game season has to stop.  Someone needs to give some lessons on the 8-pitch-at-bat rule.  We did see solid at bats in the 13th inning tonight with both Joey Gallo and Delino Deshields and the results were runs scored.

Tonight was a great start at home against the Royals. Thirteen shutout innings with six of those coming from the starter and seven from the pen. The defense was better too, which so far this season ranks 21st.

A ten game home stand was needed desperately and might be a chance to right the ship. The rule of thumb in baseball is to win 75% at home and 50% on the road. Do that the rest of the season, and concentrate on winning every series and they can turn this around. I have said before you don’t win a division title in April, but you can lose one. If they are 5-10 over the next 15 games it may be time to hit the panic button.

However, if they can win six or seven of this home stand it will put the team back on track. As of tonight they are 6-10 and 5 games back of the Astros. Things can change quickly in baseball and all it takes is winning. This team must return to the fundamentals of baseball, you hit the ball, you catch the ball, you run the bases, and pitch the ball for strikes.

There really is no place like home to rediscover the fundamentals of baseball!

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Slicin’ and Dyson

by Ben Dieter on April 16, 2017

The Texas Rangers sure can lose a one run game. In the ninth. We all witnessed another Sam Dyson breakdown that led to another late inning loss. But is it really all Sam Dyson’s fault? 

Don’t get me wrong, he deserves a lot of blame for his uninspiring 2017 thus far, but the defense and the offense have not been helpimg this team in the first two weeks either. Elvis Andrus has been an error machine, but it isn’t just Elvis. The Rangers are not playing high quality defense all the way around. From confusion in the outfield to just plain missed balls, it has not been helping rheir stsrting pitching or bullpen.

The offense, although they have been hitting the long ball, are not hittimg whwn it counts. Take Sunday’s game. They ledt the bases loaded, twice, in a game they lost by one run. They are not hitting with runners in scoring position. They are not hitting a lot of home runs with people on base. This team is not playing well all the way around. 

Although it is easy to blame Sam Dyson (and he does deserve blame), this entire team is underperforming. Badly. Just look at the bullpen ERA, only three pitchers have and ERA of 3.00 or under. The Rangers have started the season very badly, and it is hard to watch. This team is either destined for an epic turnaround or they are headed for an epic collapse. Only time will tell which it will be. 

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Shohei Ohtani A Name to Remember

April 13, 2017

If you follow the DFW media and other baseball experts, then you have seen and heard them call on John Daniels to trade Yu Darvish.  They think he has more value in potential young talent acquisitions and criticize his pitching.  Personally I believe the so-called expert sports guys must be having way too much Cuervo […]

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You Can’t Win a Title In April, but You Can Lose One

April 12, 2017

The first week of this season has been a complete disaster for the Rangers. It is easy to lay blame at the feet of Sam Dyson the closer of record. After all he has clearly blown two saves in spectacular fashion, and lost another game all by himself. Allowing 11 runs in just four innings […]

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Sunday Morning Rangers Things

April 9, 2017

The Rangers bullpen has not been good the first week of the season, but that’s not what cost them the game Saturday night. Bad defense did that. The kind that doesn’t show up on the score card. A bad throw by Napoli. A few missed catches in the outfield.  The Rangers have began the 2017 […]

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