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How bout them USA Rangers !

Texas Rangers' Mike Napoli, facing front at center, laughs with teammates as they runs onto the field during a baseball team workout in Arlington, Texas, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015. (AP Photo/LM Otero) ORG XMIT: TXMO102

I’m as giddy as the front row of a Taylor Swift concert, after Texas beat Canada 5-3

Nothing better then the sound of a pin drop in Rogers Centre!

I have  3  key words today, Fuck Football Friday!! Yes we have 4 Playoff Games on today,

Team Canada attempts to  get even with Texas at 12:30 Eastern

Houston  who  beat KC 5-2 hits at 3:30 in KC

Cubs Cards at 6:30

Mets Dodgers at 9:30

all games are on Mikey 21’s FS1 and TBS

I had to listen to the Canadian radio broadcast team on this gem, luckily I was working close enough to wireless so the At Bat App picked up  the signal.. It was a raucous beginning that  slowly navigated it’s way  to my favorite sound, that of a Pin Drop at Rogers Centre after Ranger closer Sammy the bull Dyson closed it out

Per the radio description, the Canadian Flag was spread Eagle on the field, two  hockey announcers doing the game, beer flowing, towels flying, sound decibels from the 46 thousand strong that  would make a 53 Telecaster sound like a Don Ho ukulele… At one point  they had to  tell  the Canadians not to  wave the White towels when the Blue Jays were on the field it distracts the ball on defense lol…

In the beginning you could hear  the cocksure timber in the Team Canada announcers voices, but that  enthusiasm morphed to a harrowing traffic jam crawl as the game progressed

Fallen Stars

I didn’t see the game until  the 9th so  we won’t get crazy, but a few thoughts and plagiarized stats that  we picked up from  beat  writers

Perhaps the biggest blow to Team Canada, next to  the loss came in the 4th inning when MVP Donaldson had to  leave the game

Donaldson was attempting to break up a double play in the fourth inning of Game 1 when he made a high slide into second base. Texas infielder Rougned Odor attempted to jump over Donaldson but instead kneed him on the side of the head.

Per media outlets the concussion tests came back negative, or so  Canada is reporting, they  want to  win so  bad anything is possible, but we’ll  take their word on it, and yes we’re glad  / hope Donaldson is OK

Scare number 2 came when Joey Bats couldn’t make the bell in the 9th inning

“Just felt a little cramp on the swing,” Bautista said. “The situation of the game right there, ninth inning, for me to get back to the plate would have taken a big enough rally that we would have got enough runs to get the win and it made no sense for me to go out to right field to play defence and aggravate it. I should be ready to go tomorrow and that’s about it.”

Yeah  but what if you guys tied it? Maybe Joey Bats is full of shit, we know he’s full of Smack Talk, that  said, we hope he’s OK too, never want to  see injuries to players..


The biggest  shot to GM Alex Anthopoulos, Mgr John Wayne Gibbons, and the  Canadian Fans solar plexus was watching their “Price Savior”  Mercenary David Price stumble in yet another sub-par Playoff outing

David Price has lost 6 straight postseason starts. That’s the 2nd-longest streak in MLB history. Only Randy Johnson (7) has a longer streak.

Price was money for the Tampa Bay Rays as a reliever in the 2008 postseason, allowing just one earned run in five appearances. But after Thursday’s outing, Price now owns a 5.26 ERA in six postseason starts since 2010. In those, he’s given up 43 hits in 41.1 innings, including eight home runs.

Price was working on an 11 day respite and it sounded like his command was a bit off

Price’s whole operation hinges on getting ahead by pounding the strike zone with fastball after fastball before finishing hitters off with his changeup. He’s typically able to get away with this due to the sheer excellence of his hard stuff and how well he mixes and matches different fastballs.

We’ve seen him  enough to know Price also  features a back-door cutter to righties and he locates it well enough to make that pitch near unhittable… Yesterday either Rust or Nerves allowed him to hit  two  batters and both missteps came back to bite the soon to be future Albatross contract

Thursday, Price hit two batters in the first five innings, and both led to runs. In fact, Price hit the same batter (Rougned Odor) in the same situation (leading off the inning) each time. Odor moved to second on a fielder’s choice and scored on Delino DeShields Jr.’s single in the third inning, then he scored on Robinson Chirinos’ two-run homer in the fifth.

Odor also put the final  nail in Team Canada’s coffin with a solo HR in the 7th, strange that Odor saw only 4 pitches

Pitch One: Called Strike
Pitch Two: Hit-By-Pitch
Pitch Three: Hit-By-Pitch
Pitch Four: Solo Home Run

“Coming into Game 1, Price had a 4.50 ERA in 40 postseason innings, including a 4.98 ERA in 34.1 ALDS innings. Those numbers shot up to a 4.78 ERA and a 5.23 ERA, respectively, after Price allowed five runs on five hits, two walks and two hit batsmen in seven innings in Game 1. He struck out five”.

Hit(s) and Run(s)

The Rangers hit the hush  button in the 3rd, 5th  and 7th innings

3rd Inning

Odor hit by pitch. 0 0
Chirinos grounded out to third, Odor to second. 0 0
DeShields singled to right, Odor scored. 1 0
Choo grounded out to shortstop, DeShields to second. 1 0
Beltré singled to center, DeShields scored. 2 0
Fielder grounded out to second. 2 0

Unfortunately the Beltre hit ended his day, the Rangers spiritual leader might be out for the rest of the series / playoffs, with back issues, that’s a big blow to  Texas

Team Canada cut the lead in half (2-1) in the 4th on the play Donaldson was hurt on. The scratched out a run on 2 hits

Revere singled to center. 2 0
Donaldson walked, Revere to second. 2 0
Bautista grounded into fielder’s choice to third, Donaldson out at second, Revere to third. 2 0
Encarnación reached on infield single to shortstop, Revere scored, Bautista to second. 2 1
Tulowitzki flied out to center, Bautista to third. 2 1
Smoak struck out swinging. 2 1

The Rangers bit back in the 5th  after Price hit Odor and gave up  a HR to Chirinos to make it 4-1

Odor hit by pitch. 2 1
Chirinos homered to left center (393 feet), Odor scored.

Canada didn’t let the 3 run lead linger, they  once again cut the lead in half.. The scoring   featured 2 doubles in the span of the 1st 3 batters in the 5th.. 4-2 Texas

Martin doubled to right center. 4 1
Goins grounded out to second, Martin to third. 4 1
Pillar doubled to center, Martin scored. 4 2
Revere grounded out to first, Pillar to third. 4 2
Carrera hit for Donaldson. 4 2
Carrera grounded out to second. 4 2
1 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors

Joey Bats greeted Rangers reliever Keone Kela with a Bomb in the 6th, it had to put some wear and tear on the Rangers nervous system cutting the lead down fro 4-3

Kela relieved Gallardo. 4 2
Bautista homered to left center (429 feet).

Odor got the run back in the 7th  with his solo Shot off Price who  was unceremoniously  gone after 7

Odor homered to right (385 feet).

This gave the Rangers a much needed 2 run cushion

The Anti Joey Claps

Kudos to Jeff Banister, where can  we find a manager like Jeff?

The Rangers’ manager made two unconventional moves that worked. First, he left in southpaw reliever Jake Diekman for two innings, riding the hot hand and matchups. Between the Philadelphia Phillies and Rangers, Diekman had appeared in 67 games but pitched just 58 1/3 innings, so even though he has the upper 90s fastball to combat right-handed batters, he’s still primarily been used as a guy to face lefty hitters

Diekman entered in the seventh with a 5-3 lead and cruised through a six-pitch inning, including a strikeout of Russell Martin. With lefty Ben Revere leading off the eighth and then Cliff Pennington hitting in Donaldson’s spot in the lineup, it made sense to leave him in. Diekman cruised through a 10-pitch inning, including getting Bautista on a foul popup to first base.

Joey Claps probably uses 3 pitchers in that 6 batter 2 inning span and no  doubt 1 of the 3 doesn’t have it that  day, but the Binder rules!

Sammy the Bull Dyson

I don’t know much  about the Rangers but I do know Dyson isn’t their closer

Then came the bigger surprise: Sam Dyson pitched the ninth instead of closer Shawn Tolleson, who had saved 35 of 37 opportunities since taking over the role in May. But Tolleson’s final two games of the regular season had resulted in a loss and then a two-batter appearance in which he allowed two home runs. Overall, he allowed nine home runs in 72 1/3 innings.

the Anti Girardi, Banister’s explanation

After the game, Banister explained his decision like this: “It’s about the stretch of hitters that we feel are the best matchups for those guys.” With the 3-4-5 hitters up for the Jays, that’s code for: We want Dyson to face the team’s best hitter. And in watching him pitch, it’s easy to see why: He’s got much better stuff than Tolleson. He threw 17 pitches — 13 two-seam fastballs with sink, two four-seamers and two changeups. He hit 98 mph on six of those fastballs. Since coming over from the Miami Marlins — how important were those Diekman and Dyson acquisitions? — he allowed just 14 hits and one home run in 31 innings. He’s the team’s best, nastiest reliever right now, and reading into Banister’s quote, we can guess that Dyson will be used against the meat of the Toronto order, whether it’s the eighth or ninth, with Tolleson possibly closing against the bottom of the lineup.

My guess if you watched the Rangers day in and day out these moves may have shocked you, some of the Tweets I read at least alluded to that notion

Good job by Banister here, of course it didn’t hurt not having Donaldson  in the line-up  after the 4th inning… Rangers steal  game 1, and as Ranger fans we’ll take it

Stroman  vs Hamels 12:30 Eastern today

the Whole 9


Written by Sal

October 9, 2015 at 7:42 am

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  1. Team Canada feasts on LHP, so this Hamels match up should be interesting

    The young Astros took step 1 in an effort make this an All Texas ALCS

    On paper the Royals do look like they have a well balanced line-up, but the Astros punched a littler harder last night, the rain didn’t help when KC yanked Ventura.. that kid has some chops, he might be a real handful as he progresses


    October 9, 2015 at 7:53 am

  2. Sal

    October 9, 2015 at 7:55 am

  3. Aint no baseball talk down here in the Mississippi Delta.
    Football Rules from W. Helena High School to Razorbacks,, 😎
    Here is why i aint missin the Playoffs,


    October 9, 2015 at 9:19 am

    • Thanks Donny good to see Terry and the boys still at it


      October 9, 2015 at 12:43 pm

  4. Bannister had used his closer,Tolleson 5 straight days when they blew that game to the Angels. Yes,everyone here was surprised at his bullpen use yesterday,but when things work you are a genius,if they don’t you are a bum. GeniusJoe was on with BigMike yesterday,toeing the party line,pretty much saying everything Cashman had said the day before. Cashman had also been on with MKay,who asked him much tougher questions than BigMike did,and he still says Bird is heading to the minors next year,
    get ready for pretty much the same team next year,just a year older-oy!!


    October 9, 2015 at 9:30 am

  5. And…Cashman echoed that Joey Claps managed the game perfectly. I’m thinking that if that’s the case—and making out the lineup has to be a part of that—it is an indictment of Cashman himself for paying a guy 152 million to get slivers in his ass for the biggest game of the year.


    October 9, 2015 at 11:52 am

    • Hey boys fun takes….

      both of those guys made every decision on everything, they both tried to turn spam into steak
      Unfortunately without superior ingredients neither guy is a top chef

      Decent take here on how to keep Bird on the roster
      It would behoove Cashman to have in reserve 1st base, RF, rest for Alex, 3rd base rest for Headley

      Bird covers 1st base rest, they need a better Young, not sure about the take on resting Alex with Bird not when McCann and Beltran need rest too

      Trade one of or all of Tex Beltran Gardner they have some value

      Boston will try to trade Ramirez he has $66m 3 yrs coming
      Beltran 1 yr $15m is a better DH idea got s team plus he can fake RF Ramirez can’t fake any defense


      October 9, 2015 at 12:38 pm

  6. Mikey Mush 21 has picked the Blue Jays to go to the World Series. Therefore, I am not worried at all that they will beat the Rangers.


    October 9, 2015 at 12:26 pm

    • Hahahaha poor bastards are done


      October 9, 2015 at 12:39 pm

  7. Sounds like Chokanada is feeling the heat
    Do they Boo up there

    Do they know Mikey Mush picked them


    October 9, 2015 at 12:55 pm

  8. LHP vs this team is rough even a big contract guy like Hamels

    Imagine if one of our guys got kicked in the head

    These Canadian announcers are like those SNL Canadian knuckleheads
    Pretty funny


    October 9, 2015 at 1:07 pm

  9. Ah shit friggin over paid chump Hamels lol

    Mikey is funny everything he mentions is all over the Internet
    He makes it sound like he’s got inside Intel


    October 9, 2015 at 2:20 pm

  10. Naps. Thank you Red Sox


    October 9, 2015 at 3:11 pm

  11. Man how good is this Odor kid

    Altuve who


    October 9, 2015 at 5:28 pm

    • Now if they can close it


      October 9, 2015 at 5:30 pm

  12. Tulo got robbed but that doesn’t negate the fact he’s been a bust

    Is Canadian numbers are putrid
    And they’re stuck with him


    October 9, 2015 at 5:38 pm

    • Olendorph the local bar bouncer is closing Canada out

      Martin sticks his elbow out fucked up


      October 9, 2015 at 5:40 pm

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