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This is the worst skid (losing streak/offensive streak) in years for the Rangers. By far, the offense looks terrible. The pitching is still reasonably effective but the offense is killing this team right now. Does anyoen realize that we have no regular player even approaching a .300 BA minus Beltre and Kinsler? We have no power bat other than Beltre. (Anyone else seeing a pattern here?) Martin is starting to come around, no real power threat but a decent singles doubles guy. We were supposed to win with speed and defense the speed part is not working cause we can't get on base regularly. And then unless we start stealing home we still have to get a hit with a RISP!
Now let me clarify, I love the Rangers always have, always will. However the offensive production is emberassing right now. I am not saying it is time to push the panic button but is time to consider trades for a COF bat, DH, and possible catcher. But only if they are upgrades. I am not in favor of dumping any of our pitchers, but I really think we need to trade Profar or Andrus for a COF bat to replace Cruz and or Murphy.
We are gonna wait till Profar has little to no value. Refer to Olt.
The pitching is still reasonably effective but the offense is killing this team right now.
Yeah giving up 7 runs a game will get your offense going.
Actually the starters have been relatively effective, except for Grimm and Lindblom.
Darvish is the Rangers only reliable starter. Everybody else has been playing like they just want to pick up their check and watch Netflix
Tepesch is decent considering he has never pitched above Double A until now. Harry has been hurt. Perez was on fire until he got hurt and now looks gunshy on the mound in the bigs. So I would beg to differ. In actuality the offense has not been stellar all year. Berkman has no power at all but a .375 OBP, EA has been terrible with the bat this year, Martin is finally figuring it out, where has Gentry's near .300 BA gone? Kinsler hurt and Murphy over exposed are not doing us any favors. The only player with any kind of consistent production is Beltre. Did anyone actually expect Cruz to be leading the Rangers in RBI and HR right now?
Not really sure that this skid is all that much worse than last July when the team stopped hitting.
Speaking of Joey-what a gutless quitter.
Fun with stats:
Last July-- 9-14, 81 RS, slash line of .243/.309/.375
So far this June-- 4-11, 39 RS, slash line of .219/.293/.352
Pitching splits for the same time are closer, although this month's ERA is a little higher. Still time to turn it around this month, but if it doesn't start happening with these next 4 against Oakland at home, is it going to happen at all?
FUN with stats? Really?
Granted last year was bad at this time of year. And I kind of saw the A's coming. But this one feels a lot worse as we are not scoring almost at all. And when i say the worst in years I meant offensively. Really if we were scoring as per usual even for this season a few of these games in June would have been wins.
IMO.."Our" problems have little to do with Hamilton/Napoli leaving. Harrison's injury was a real tragedy as heand Darvish were the only two with real consistency. THEIR FAILURE to adequately replace those who leftwith quality FA is contributing more than just weak hitting.
1. How many games did the Rangers win last year--2-1/ 3-2/4-3 on just 4-6 hits? This year, we get 4-8 hitsand only score 1 or 2 runs while giving up 6,7 runs on just 4-6 hits!
2.Either avoiding higher payroll or short of capitol (or both) might be the answer why no SUPER trades orFA pickups were made.
One game (for example) we get 7 hits while losing 7-2..and other game we give up 4 hits-still lose,5-2.Last year, we were winning as BOTH the hitting and the pitching complimented each other. Hits cameat the right time,while pitching limited the runs the opposition scored. Now, we cant put them together.
What difference could that one STUD hitter or pitcher have made had they shelled out the mullah??
Every time you post Robby, I just want to tear the shit out of every one of your points, but it would take more effort than it is worth. So just know, I wholeheartedly disagree with you and think each and every one of your points are dumb.
How overrated our farm system is. STL can call up arms like Miller, Rosenthal, Wacha, Martinez, Joe Kelly, etc. - all homegrown guys who throw 95mph+, and our only near-ready homegrown pitching prospects aside from Perez are soft-tossing pieces of dogshit like Grimm and Tepesch and Ortiz so we also have to turn to journeyman scrubs like Wolf and Burns. What a joke. Pimentel barely throws 91mph, Neil Ramirez is in his 3rd stint @ AA-level and seems to be doing ok finally but has control problems, Font still has massive control issues in his 6th season of pro ball, Buckel is still in extended spring training, Johan Yan is a soft-tossing scrub, Mendez is injured, etc. Can't believe we have basically nothing pitching-wise in the upper levels of our system. No elite-level starting prospect, no elite-level relief prospect. Our system is overhyped.
Robby has yet to make a factual point about any topic, other than something about curveballs and buttons. . . Which has actually been disproved by eric. He just puts words between periods and hopes viewers don't actually read it.
Weird huh? It's like he's copying you East.
Pitching is what is keeping us afloat, Comparing Tepesch and Grimm to Rosenthal and Miller of the Cards is not fair, because they were supposed to be ready this season. Nick Tepesch and Justin Grimm were supposed to stick to another year in the Minor Leagues to develop. Grimm filled in admirably in April and was rewarded for it, but has been awful since I will give you that, but Tepesch has been solid. He has a better WHIP and gives up less hits per 9 innings than Derek Holland and has provided .4 WAR thus far. He doesn't give out free passes (his walk rate is less than 6) and he keeps the extra base hits to a minimum. He is not an All-Star by any means, but he is holding down the fort until we get some luck and get some guys healty.
You just made my point Hambone. Our farm system is so empty of near-ready elite pitching prospects that we had to resort to calling up Grimm and Tepesch before they were ready. They were called up not because they had done anything to deserve it, they were called up because we had no better alternatives. Nothing has changed since last year. Last year we called up Grimm and Perez because once again we had zero upper-level near-ready actual good pitching prospects. They were called up not because they had done anything to deserve it, they were called up because we had no better alternatives. If you have no better alternatives for your rotation than prospects who aren't ready, then that's an indictment of your system, and that has been the case two straight years.
And it is fair to compare Grimm and Tepesch to Miller etc. Grimm and Tepesch even with another year of development have nowhere near the ceilings Miller et al do, yet Grimm is considered one of our top pitching prospects. He wouldn't have sniffed the Cardinals Top 10 or maybe even 20 because they have actual stud prospects like Wacha, Martinez, Miller, Rosenthal, Kelly, etc. who actually throw harder than 91 mph. STL would never have called up finesse-type soft-tossing weak-armed pieces of shit like Ortiz, Grimm, and Tepesch up let alone kept them up for so long despite the fact they sucked so bad because they would have been far down the depth chart behind actual stud prospects.
When you have maybe only three starting pitching prospects with #3-ceilings and above at A-level and above, ie. Perez, Jackson, and N. Ramirez, then maybe you should be a little uncomfortable. We were so smug about our rotation and bullpen going into the season, but 1/3 of the way in it has been shown you can never have too much pitching which means it's important to have quality depth. And we don't.
The Rangers farm system is overhyped and it has been living off its past reputation. We barely have any position prospects, we barely have any catching prospects, we barely have any relief prospects, we barely have any starting pitching prospects.
* Skole and Deglan have been absolutely horrible each of their 4 years in the minors (why did we promote Skole from Hickory to Myrtle Beach last season when he only hit .264 the year before, and why would you promote Deglan from HIC to MB this season when he only hit .234 last year?); * all these great athletic prospects we have in Hickory have absolutely horrible plate discipline - seriously, how many of them do you think will actually make it to the bigs?* our best OF prospect in the upper-levels is Beltre and I can't figure out what he does well exactly aside from play a little D; * Buckel has totally lost it and is still in extended spring training; * Font who has the best arm in our system still hasn't solved his control issues 6 years into his pro career and he's going to be a 6-year minor-league FA after the season;* it has taken Ramirez 3 stints at AA-level before he has finally showed anything; * who knows if Olt returns to form (and his trade value has really taken a hit);* if Leonys Martin is such a stud, why hasn't he done anything? If he's supposed to have such great plate discipline, why is he barely drawing any walks? He looks like just another Borbon or Nivar with a little more power), etc.
Fuck I can't go on. This horrible month has totally turned me negative.
So because the Cards are getting fortunate it means Texas is in shambles? Seems like a lot of overreaction, personally. It sounds like there is something more than this last month that made you so negative. Hopefully you figure it out and can not be so wound up.
I live in NC and have seen Myrtle play a few times this year. Speaking in that aspect of our farm system, Skole you can see flashes of his talent. He plays good D, has some pop in his bat but terrible plate discipline. To be fair he was suspended for half the season last year due to drugs which hurt him a whole lot. As far as Deglin goes, the guy has good pop decent plate discipline and plays decent D. Jackson, is a flame thrower with some control issues like any young pitcher does. As far as Buckel saw him pitch a few times last season and he was impressive but now he has the yips! The question is will Buckel figure it out? As far as the farm system, Odor and Sardinas are the real deal and will make an amazing 2B/SS tandem for soem team although probably not the Rangers. Beck, not in the top 20 prospects, has a great arm and some pop in his bat. There is a kid, Trever Adams that has some nice pop and some decent discipline at the plate but seems to be a man without a position (he plays 1B and OF a lot). There are some nice hard throwing relievers at Myrtle but they do have some control issues. But all in all Myrtle is stacked.
-No the farm is not in shamble-yes there are some needs at the SP position but tha tis probably true for 90% of the franchises in MLB.-The talent is mostly at the lower levels of our system but they should start moving up very soon.
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