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Episode 31 · 1 month ago

How Do The Texas Rangers Fix Their One Run Dilemma

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This week on the Talkin Texas Rangers podcast, we dive into the latest news from around Globe Life Field. We also talk about the Texas Rangers and their struggles when it comes to one-run losses. We also take a look at a possible trade for Juan Soto, how does it help Texas and what would it take to snag Soto. 

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...round. Rock couch is a thirty four year old left hander who won the American League Sign Young Award while with the Houston naturws and after the eighteen season he signed a one year deal with the Atlanta Braves, then signed a three year million dollar deal with the Chicago White Sox after the twenty nineteen season. Coach was excellent for Chicago and bad one and even worse this year, ultimately being released by the white sox after putting up a seven R A and eight starts this year. He was then signed by Arizona, who released him Atreeta four Urane, four starts. He'll presumably be depth in triple a and hopefully we won't need him in Arlington Times soon. And now our thoughts on a shotting for the three rangers loss. How many times can the Rangers played the same game? The series in UNCLAND was sort of the rangers season, and micro cousin. They followed that up with a series opener and Seattle. That feels like the version of the same game. The Rangers are played over and over the season and if you start from the starting Pitcher, a good but not quite good enough job by the bullpen late rally that fell short, with all of us lamenting the opportunities that were missed. Glenn Auto seems like it seems likely to end up in the bullpen long term. oftentimes that is the case because the picture is a two pitch pitcher and doesn't have the repertoire to go multiple times through the order. That's not the issue with auto, though. Onto through five different pitches last night, with the sinker most often at and his slider least often at. On the season he's thrown a sinker, slider and fastball each around a quarter of the time, with his knuckle curve and change up roughly evenly split for the remainder. When Otto came to Texas and the Joey gallow all, his slider was considered his out pitch, which...

...was the all more remarkable because he had just added the slider that year. The slider has been less effective this season and against the enems he generated just one whiff out of the thirteen times he threw it. Atto ended up with an outing that was fine. Three runs allowed in five inutings, pitched five K's, one walk a basis loaded wild pitch. That game ms their second run of the game. Only six swings and misses and eighty two pitches, though, which won't play a long term if you want to know why, Dallas couchell was signed a minor league deal by the Rangers. Concerns about whether Otto will be able to continue to give the rangers innings and the potential need for someone to potentially fill the Jordan Nile's role from last year, a veteran to provide innings if they aren't good so the pro spox don't have to be left out there to get hammered. I'm sure the Rangers hope they won't need couchell, but they've got him behind the in case of emergency brake glass window. We had the rear instance at Rockburg, appearing mortal as burke after retiring the final two banners of the sixth loaded up the bases with one out and the seventh on a single walk and a hit by pitch. Macrlos Santana run scoring ground now for the second out ended up being the difference in the game. Santana hit a chopper third on the ball. It wasn't well struck, which makes it harder to turn a double play. Zekiel Duran double clutched before throwing the second base, which didn't help, though Santana might have beat it out anyway. Dennis Santana was brought into face Eugenio Sworez, with Chris Woodward not wanting to let sworerez face lefty, and Santana struck sworez out on three pitches. So maybe he's back or maybe he's not. Who knows? I was laying the clerk. Struck out the side in the eighth, all swinging and also walked Adam Fraser on four pitches and through a wild pitch. Only...

...six hits for the Rangers, which isn't going to win many games, even when half of them are for extra bases. Four walks to go with the six hits helps, but the rangers seemed to be in position to do some things in the third one Ezekiel Duran and Josh Smith each single to start the season a fource output runners on first and third. A wild pitch scored Duran, and then a walk and an e six sandwinching at Jonaheim flyout loaded the bases with two outs for Nathaniel Lowe. Low had a double and a homer in the game, but neither came in that there as he instead grounded out to end the inning and the threat and Dullus Garcia homer in the sixth off of m started Chris Flexen made it closer, but otherwise there was very little going on between the third in the late innings. Garcia walked with two ounce in the eighth, then was caught stealing to end the inning. Nathaniel low then let off the ninth with the homer, which can send one into a what inspirable, which we're not going to do. The low homer was followed by Laoti to veris single and a coal calhoun walked. This, of course, is a familiar scening for Rangers fans in twenty twenty two, with the Rangers making a late rally to get close. In this case, Zekiel Duran struck out, Josh Smith popped out and Marcus Simeon grounded out, ending the game and providing yet another one run loss. Like I said, it feels like we've seen this movie a couple of dozen times this year. Glenado hit ninety four point eight miles on his fastball, Rock Burke touched ninety five miles on his fastball. Dennis and Tana maxed out at ninety eight point three miles per hour, and the sinker, Jose Le Clerk, hit ninety six miles per hour with his fastball. Nathaniel Lowe had a double that was a hundred miles off the bat, harder than his home home run, which was ninety eight point seven. Coal Calhoun had a hundred four point two miles per hour in line out. There's another game and perhaps the Rangers will not have a...

...one run loss in this one. And then also brings this to our next topic. How do the Texas Rangers fix their one run DMA? You know, we got some ideas. Like we said, the Rangers fell four to three to the Seattle marrinors on Monday evening, dropping their record fifty two on the season. The salt in the wound, however, is that they are now five in twenty two and games descended by a single run. This year, teams are not supposed to be five in twenty, two and one score games, especially not in a sport like baseball, which is so fundamentally dependent on chance and things going your way. Every once in a while, easily enough, one could immediately point the finger at the manager and place the responsibility of writing that ship on him alone. Myself had been guilty of staid accusations often this year. But is it an issue that can be boiled down? Is simply bad management. It's a bad luck. How much of it factors and struggles at the plane as opposed to pitching? Texas finished their one and two last season in fifteen, nineteen in one round finishes. They finished seven and six in the same situation in the COVID shortened season. So make no mistake, it's a manner that has gone definitely worse for a team that is trying to turn the corner into competition. It's a very frustrating problem to deal with. The Texas Rangers are almost a really good baseball team and yes, they need better pitching in a corner, outfield depth and so on and so forth. However, if you completely flip the script to a five record and one wearing games, which yes, would be insane, light, fortunately, probably top the league, but humor me. The Rangers would be within a few games in the Astros and first even a marginal improvement to say eleven and sixteen probably has them still in the thick of the wild card hunt. It's a frustrating problem to half. On the one hand, you're building a team...

...to compete soon. There are still levels of development, trades and acquisitions to go before the Rangers are able to square up with the league's big boys, but one can't help but wonder what Texas Rangers squad that at least sometimes comes through and the thing nice will look like. Why are they so unlucky and how do they fix it? To find the answer into this conundrum that's hit up old reliable and do the math. You be surprised to learned that the Texas Rangers offense actually ranks fourth in all of baseball and ninth inning runs scored this year. In fact, the average point forty five runs per nine innings. Essentially, every other game which the Rangers hit in the ninth, they're scoring our run. For a team with such a dismal record in close games, that's promising. The slightest, Texas ranked dead and last in the majors when they put up one point Oh seven runs per game in the seventh to ninth innings of offense. This year there thirteenth in the League at one point three. The team is on pace to finish with about the same amount of run run finishes, so there is tangible improvement in that area. The rangers currently have a better ops than San Diego and Tampa Bay, who are both playoff competitors, so we can feasibly assess that is not the offense anchoring down this fiasco. So now let's flip the script. Texas allows point nine one runs per game and an eighth at ninth innings combined, which is good for worst in the American League West and seventh worst in baseball. We already know how dire in the need to address pitching is for this team. It's no secret and it's costume a great deal momentum. Any year that has shown flashes of promise, an electricity that Feins haven't felt in years. Martin Perez has been a shutdown pitcher this year, borderline untouchable, and most of his starts. John Gray had a catastrophic start to the season with bad injury luck but he's bounced back with a six and one record R A and a point ninety...

...four whip in his last seven starts. The Ranger's bullpen is not they've overperformed an almost silly degree at points, but they're not the dumpster fire a lot of fans might think of a face value. Pretty much all of their bullpen rankings fall amongst the middle of the pack of the majors. Twelve in e Ra at and whip thirteenth and strikeouts in sixteenth and earned runs aloud. They're fine. And let me be perfectly clear when I say that I don't wish to come across this deflecting, because even as a podcaster who tries to be as objective as possible to stay reputable, I've been frustrated when many of the shortcomings in this team this year. I Want Fun, competitive baseball deep into the fall back in my veins just as much as as any of you do. The answer to getting over this humpy symbol the team just needs more reliable arms. It's a dead horse, and I get the Rangers Have Gray Perez and a whole lot of INCON insistency everywhere else. Matt Moore has been phenomenal without seven R a this year, but for every Matt Moore there's a Taylor hern one point six nine whip against three banners, face to swing a right back. You can pin the blame on manager, Chris Chris Woodward, gonna say a five, two, one run record falls on team discipline. Fine. You can blame it on the front office and anticipate getting better players. Also fine. The cold, hard truth of not having a really competitive pitching staff, particularly one half of a legitimate rotation, is that two to three of every five games that Rangers simply cannot enter the ring with American league competitors like New York, Houston, Seattle and Toronto, who have circumstantially spent the last few seasons building up fearful rotations. Texas, cane and barely well, should enter that conversation in the next few years, with prospects like lighter rocker and win on the way, not to mention some money to spend in the winters. Still, the aforementioned must be factored into these close, closes losses.

These teams are equipped to win in close games and do it frequently in Texas simply is not the Yankees and astros have surged with an astounding amount of comeback and close wins this year, and it is due to their careful crafting of depth and nearly every position. The Rangers have some pieces of the puzzle, but they're just not there yet. I choose to believe this will resolve itself in time. I don't think Chris Woodward hasn't stilled the proper mentality in this team of never, ever quitting. Not to sound facetious, I think the Rangers, more than any specific positional upgrading, need an injection of energy and spirit so badly. A competitive manager has his team roster be damned ready to go out there and strap in for nine innings of war any given night. This team, for lack of a better term, sometimes seems to just go throughout the motions and rely on your skill alone to get the job done. They're placing a lot of trust and young guys like Laoti Tovaris and Josh Smith, which is great, but again there's two sides to that coin and unfortunately many of the younger investments on the mound simply can't compete with their opponents where a couple of steps ahead in terms organizational competitive competitiveness. I leave you with the reminder that getting better players will also do you some favors. Chris Young is getting the tennis rangers better players, so help is on the way. I just know the comments section below your thoughts on the topics we cover. How do you think the Rangers can improve? They're one run dilemma and, as always, gives the thumbs up. If you like our video, subscribe to the channel for you can more content and hit that bell notification button to be notified of future videos. And now our next topic. The Rangers...

...are getting update on Jill. The Texas Rangers First Real series out of the All star break against the bottom dwelling knees didn't go so well. However, the team did at least end up getting some good news about their top position player prospect, Josh Jung. Over the weekend, Athletic Texas Rangers beat reporter Levin Weaver said that Josh Jung could see some action this season and in my league. And his major news, considering most fans didn't expect him to take the field after tearing his lebroom during the off season. Here's where I think John will end up for some playing time in for those who don't know. Josh Jong was dead lifting during the preseason workouts and suffered a torn labor which has kept him out for most of the season. It was the right thing that immediately shot him down for the season, as they don't want anything to affect his baseball career. What position will you play for the Rangers this season? Almost likely to be at the H doesn't if he does end up getting some reps of the season, as weavers suggests, this is the smartest way to ease him back into baseball activities after surgery and some Rehab. The Bat has always been his best attribute and hopefully he'll get a chance to prove that to us once again this year. Where will they send him? It's a very good question, as the Rangers Front Office probably wants to keep an eye on his recovery. He played for both the Round Rock and Risco last season and he was close to making the rangers roster and last season. He almost certainly would have made it this season had it not been for his injuries. If you want my two cents, I think he will get some swings the Frisco of this season. This makes sense for two reasons. The Rangers can keep an eye on him and easily shut them down if they feel he's not doing well on the plate. Getting his timing right against low level and competition and billy as opposed to triple a, could help with his room back as well. The other reason is that the rough riders need some bats after JP Martein is was promoted at triple day. I know John It's probably not happy...

...that season with the way that it did for him. Probably envisioned playing with the Rangers at the beginning of the season. A simple workout derailed those plans. Hopefully his rehamb will go well potentially see him playing third or first base with the Rangers next season. And now on to our next topic, making an argument for and against Juan Soto trading strangers. Twitter was sent into a frenzy Sunday afternoon with Johnnah Hayman and the New York post of MLB network decided to drop a nuke announcing that Texas Rangers as the leading favorites to land national superstar Juan Soda. The twenty three year old two time all star reportedly rejected fifteen year, four and forty million extension from the nets front office to spring leading would jumble of rumors throughout the league that have eyes glued to the trading block. One so might be getting traded. Soto has cemented his spot among the league's great players with, shall we say, a complete jaw dropper of a resume. Aside from being one of the most sure of himself and enjoyable personalities in the game today, is that two time all MLB first teamer, two time stiller slugger, winner home one derby champion in National League batting champion. He has the second highest on base percentage in baseball since, trailing only Mike Trump. He plays on a team on the east coast and a League opposite of Texas. So, as I'm sure some listeners here are not fully aware of his skill set in production outside of being a household name, I'll save some of the statistics for our next segment. Needless to say, he's a stud. Texas wants to be players at the highest stakes table. The front end or the front office, excuse me as unilaterally pushed away from a...

...complainency of mediocrity. So, regardless of fit and wants, so to fits the team like a damn glove, the organization will be pushing hard to acquire him. Make no mistake about it, the Rangers do not have the most enticing package to offer Washington as a primary suitor in these negotiations. However, as there are arguments foreign against trade book valid in their own right. One thing that cannot be questioned is the rangers pushed to improve and compete as quickly as possible under the new guidance of Sophomore General Manager Christy Young. The Rangers may not be in the certifiable front runners and the SODO sweep stakes, but they are, by all accounts, in the mix where. They to pull it off, it would almost certainly go down as one of the most most earth shattering trades and franchise history, which means there are quite a few factors to discuss. So what won Soto brings to the Texas Rangers? Let's start with what he does better than anyone. He gets on base. Won Soto and walks go together like kinner butter and Jelly. As of this episode, the All Star Break, he leads me to League Baseball with seventy nine walks. Only four of those seventy nine have been intentional. He has the most walks of any player since his debut in twenty eighteen, almost fifty more than Bryce Harper in second in this dead but ere one could argue that simply getting on base is the most effective way to win games through your offense. The Astros, Yankees, cubs and dodgers all rank among the top six teams and both walks drawn and winning percentage. Since it's not all about hits. Just ask the Rockies, who lead the National League team hits during that span and have next to zero playoffs success to show for it. Yes, there are outliers to primarily drawing walks, as your PC d a resistance, but there's...

...a reason guys like Bregman, Harper, trout, potto and Freeman rank among the League's best when it comes to plate discipline. Soto clears that group. The Rangers have walked less than twenty three other clubs in baseball this year. When your team banning average floats around to forty, like Texas, does you get so so badly boohoo from placing a guy like him at the top of your lineup? Soto ops ranks first in the national league since his debut and third in the majors. If you choose not to pitch to him, he's going to work his way at a first base. If you choose the gamble, you'll probably lose. By putting anything in his zone. It's going to accumulate even more bases. With the power in his bat is us. The R rating in the outfield has improved significantly since switching from left to right field. He's racked up a career one war three months before its twenty four birthday. He swings at US pitches outside of the strike zone, ranking among the League's best. All of these numbers add up to one phenomenal baseball player. You could make the argument soda would instantly become the best Texas ranger since Hamilton's or beltray. When's about replacement, it's not just some Stafford nerds to fawn over. It matters to show how much value these players bring the winning Juan Sona was a winning baseball player and he will bring that winning formula to the Texas Rangers. So one of the Texas Rangers bring to the table. The Texas Rangers are forty one and forty nine as of this episode, with All Star game on in the background, and I'm sad that Hulio Rodriguez has been summoning. That's the next certified Rangers Punisher. Those forty one forty nine rangers probably aren't making the playoffs this year. There were multiple shoot bouthor of opporunities to hit five and make it push. This year, Texas failed and cooled...

...themselves often, nearly every turn. It's been an emotional roller coaster every year, but they couldn't be in a better spot to make a move like this when it comes to organizational direction. Sodo or no Sodo, the Rangers do not need to throw the kitchen sink with the intention of making a playoff run this fall. The team is not ready yet. They lacked three, arguably four, reliable rotation pieces for the foreseeable future. They're not fully healthy and two of their biggest offensive producers early on, in Cold Calhoun and a Dullus Garcia, have become non factors at the plate in July. What Texas does does have, is a flurry of left handed bats in the lineup, including scorching shortstop and permanent fixtures of New Era Texas Baseball Corey seeger. Such a flurry, in fact, that the team ranks fourth in the majors and left handed at Bats Texas slugs phenomenally well through the lefty hits meeting the American League and hits home runs and runs batted in from that side of the plate. They also ranked third in the A L and a left hand walks drawn. Soto can only bolster those numbers with his production in the box. The Rangers also have a glaring knee upgrade at the corner outfield spot. The Middle Infield is set in stone. Nathaniel Lowe, despite some pitiful defensive numbers, has the back to hold it down at first for a while. One of Jong Smith Duran will corner him. opposite. Jonaheim has emerged. Is One of the best catchers in baseball to various brimming with confidence and finally ready to serve at the MLB level. Should be your everyday center field going forward. This leaves the corner spotstight Dallas Garcia and a rotation of cold Calhoun and Ben Miller, the ladder of whom is having a career low at the plate, five disastrous measurements. CALHOUN turns thirty five in October. When he's shown US stellar highlights with his glove this year, I have to imagine a Soto trade in...

...inevitably involves moving Garcia, because if he stays Soto, he is your guying right. This requires a duless to make. His second position will change in the outfield in two years, just like singing and seeger a Soto acquisition lets the rangers have long term stability at one specific position, something they have severely lacked at recent years. If Soto chooses that he would rather commit to making it work out with the team he's known his entire career, that's a completely fair sentiment. But with the nationals eating some nasty contracts right now and Steven Strasburg and Patrick Corbin and many pieces of the championship team having already departed, maybe a minute before he gets to provide active value to a team other than simply showing up, being great and losing at the behest of his teammates and organizations, the Rangers are trending upwards that nationals are trending downwards. Juan Soto is a Scott bors client. Boris and the Rangers are two P's in a pod. Money, money, money. Lastly, if the Rangers do execute a trade for Soto, they'll be the ones to extend him, and though I am no insider. I would find it outrageous if any team other than Washington, when offering him a contract, anywhere near fourteen the fifteen years. You never know in this day and age of players negotiating salaries higher than the GDPs of small countries, especially for a boras client. But the Rangers could probably work their way down to somewhere around thirty million for ten to twelve years. Soto regressing, you know, an Albatross would be a downfall of historic proportions. There is no gamble in a contract like that for a player of his caliber, especially if you have sent your team up to compete for championships within the next five years. This is a wonderful situation for the rangers to be in, but you also got to ask what's the risk for both Juan Soto and the Rangers? The most obvious hesitance towards the Soto to Texas deal is that a choirs a steep investment, so steep in fact, that the...

Rangers would have to dig into one of their healthiest farm systems in decades. Young and John Daniel's partnership as the forefront of Rangers management. These last eighteen months there's been nothing short of an outstanding success. Despite last year's hellish tank in the team so close, right on the cusp of contention this season, the moves being made are propelling the team into a new chapter filled with hope and ambition, feelings we haven't had in Arlington towards a long term future in a really long time. Texas has two of the most enticing pitching arms in the country in Kumar rocker and Jack Lighter, both of whom will be pitching in the majors in less than two full seasons. They have turned layote to Varis and then not only a service bole but confident and productive MLB hitter. They hauled in Josh Smith and Ezekiel Duran, who have both showed flashes of brilliance in the Rangers debuts. From a Joe Galley, excuse me from a Joey gallow trade that initially left many fans, including myself, somewhat puzzled. Day of an MLB ready bat and Josh Young Whenever he completes rehabiting his shoulder in his fall Juan Soto, means a couple of those guys have to go, not all, but so so. Where does that leave the team? Rhetorically speaking, sitting idle and waiting for players to develop and spending all your money wants to Al Flourish means years a more tinking and depleted interest and a losing team. Russian guy severely hurts their chances of finding stability in the league. When Texas signed Simon and Sieger in November, it wasn't a desperation moved to try to win instantly. That was a strategic strike to lock up two cornerstones in the line up for the next five to seven years. As the team starts to churn out some of these prospects, my thoughts Juan Soto being paired with simming and Seeger, who have both enjoyed punctual resurgences this summer after hefty pay days, makes this offense one of the most potent in the league. On paper, the Texas Rangers want to win in her to win bad...

...average teams need to acquire better players as good as one Soto is hitting at baseball's it's probably not going to require a package that requires each every one of the rangers high ceiling process. However, I also believe that when players like Soto become available, there is no asking price too high. The Rangers haven't won a playoff series since a lcs. They haven't won a playoff games since they haven't posted a winning season. Since I can't encourage fans enough to get excited about deals like this, even if Soto ends up going to Los Angeles and New York or somewhere with much greener pastures, that the fact that the Rangers are in a spot to throw their heat in the ring for players as good as one Soto well at the same time, continue to construct a team that cares about producing young, homegrown talent alongside proven veterans is not something that should be taken for granted. So let us know in the common section below. Do you think the Rangers should trade for one. So do uh. Who Do you think we should offer them? Let us know in the comments section. Bloom. As always, if you want to support that channel, you can buy us a coffee and buy me a coffee. DOT COM SLASH TT rangers. Your support helps the channel grow upgrader equipment, bring a new hosts, be able to pay them, and it's always thank you so much for watching and listening. We will see you next time. This has been the talk in Texas Rangers podcast. Let us know your thoughts on the topics we covered by tweeting us at talking t x Rangers or liking us on facebook at facebook dot com forward slash talking Texas Rangers. As always, thank you for listening and go rangers.

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