That’s the bad news.
The good news is, if we’ve got two months of Sad Baseball to watch, Rougned Odor is hitting a home run like every other at-bat. Elvis Andrus is going to hit 20 dingers this year, after hitting #15 tonight.
Delino DeShields also hit a home run tonight and the Rangers played spoiler by beating the Mariners to make sure they don’t get any crazy ideas about making the playoffs.
That’s the thing about more than likely finishing closer to the bottom of the AL than the top of the Wild Card standings, you have to take the fun where you can get it and the fun is watching the future develop before our eyes.
Like Jose Leclerc pitching a clean ninth inning with a strikeout.
Or like Joey Gallo.
Last night Joey Gallo hit one off the roof of the batter's eye Hyundai Club beyond Greene’s Hill. Tonight, he hit it to the right of the windows of that club, nearly to the Budweiser sign on top, and freaked out everyone in the dugout because they’ve been sharing the clubhouse with a monster.
When you don’t have to worry about stressful playoff pushes, you can play the schadenfreude game. That’s where you note that Darvish trade market suppressors Cleveland, New York, and Houston are now 0-5 since the deadline.
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Up Next: The Rangers travel to Thad Levine’s new digs for a four-game series. With A.J. Griffin set to make his return for Texas against Adalberto Mejia of Minnesota. First pitch from Target field is scheduled for 7:15 pm CT.