T.R. Sullivan writes that Jordan Lyles let last night’s game get away from him while the Rangers were evoking unwritten rules to act as a salve for their failings.
Sam Blum writes that Chris Woodward didn’t like that Fernando Tatis Jr. hit a 3-0 pitch for a grand slam late in the game, and neither did Padres manager Jayce Tingler, and neither did the Padres veteran players, and then eventually Tatis Jr. himself was made to feel bad about it, all of which is insane to me.
Wilson writes about how one of the most exciting young players in baseball hitting a grand slam was frowned upon by basically everyone. I guess the culture of fighting to the last out in baseball exists only unless a team losing by a lot has waved a secret white flag and just wants the team beating them to stop trying.
Blum notes that today’s starter Mike Minor won’t have any restrictions on his pitches or innings after a planned short outing in his last start.
Wilson writes that the Rangers are happy to have Danny Santana back despite his slump to begin the season.
Grant interviewed the reclusive ownership of the Rangers to find out why they seem to be incredibly reactive with less than stellar accountability of late.
Joey Gallo comes in at No. 42 on Fangraphs’ trade value list.
Nick Solak makes Jonathan Mayo’s top ten rookie power rankings.
And, finally, the Rangers climbed all the way into the top 20 in The Athletic power rankings but that was before they got body slammed by Tatis Jr. and the Padres.