Evan Grant writes that the first half of the 2018 season came to a most appropriate close with Carlos Tocci getting thrown out at home plate by half the baseline in a one-run loss to Baltimore.
Jeff Wilson writes that it was a lousy first half of baseball for the Rangers and tries to find the successes that are still possible in the second half.
Wilson reacts to Minor’s stumble and ponders if his now-debated innings/pitch limits are having an affect on his performance.
Quillen notes that the game was not completely devoid of highlights for Texas as Ronald Guzman hit his first career grand slam and Shin-Soo Choo extended his on base streak to 51 games.
Mark Townsend takes a look at the historic company Choo now keeps as his streak reached the lofty 50 games milestone on Saturday.
Grant looks at Joey Gallo’s first half which resembles Gallo’s first half from last season and includes Gallo’s tongue-in-cheek agreement with Rob Manfred regarding a heated baseball rules topic.
Mark Feinsand recaps the Futures Game for MLB dot com where, in Rangers prospect news, Leody Taveras went 0-for-2 and C.D. Pelham allowed a walk and a batter to reach via an error before getting pulled. So, yeah, no Gallo MVP games this time.
Jamey Newberg writes about the hurdles facing the Rangers at the trade deadline if they want to unload a bunch of players.
And, lastly, Jeff Passan looks at the “hilarious” hijinks minor leaguers get up to on their depressing $40 per week paychecks.
Have a nice day.