Date: April 4th
Rangers’ Record: 0-1 (T3rd, 1.0 games behind HOU, OAK)
Tonight’s Opponent: Cleveland Indians
Tonight’s Starters: Carlos Carrasco (0-0, 0.00) vs. Martin Perez (0-0, 0.00)
Good evening, everyone. The weird golf shapes are still visible in the outfield, and part of me hopes they stay there forever (if it were me, I would just color them in like this). It’s also Martin Perez’ birthday, and I have hopes about that, too. The cirrus clouds are visible above the center field flags at Globe Life Park, and it’s 86 degrees out (though it is expected to fall into the high 40s by the time we all wake up tomorrow). Welcome to the April 4th Baseball Texas Daily!
1. The Rangers lost last night and if you want to read about it, even though I already spoiled the outcome in the bold type, here’s a link for that.
2. Rougned Odor isn’t the most talkative guy when it comes to the postgame interview, so any time you get a chance to read a profile on him, it’s worth taking a few minutes to do so. Eric Nusbaum has a pretty top-notch one over at Vice sports today.
3. “It’s the same as yesterday, it will be the same tomorrow,” Adrian Beltre said as he sat at his locker putting on his shoes. He is not an unfriendly person, but it is no exaggeration to say he hates talking about himself, and I don’t think it’s much of a stretch to say that he is annoyed to be on the DL. It won’t be real game action, but perhaps tomorrow will ease the frustration some as the future Hall of Famer will get some at-bats in a simulated game against Andrew Cashner.
Cashner joked that he had told Beltre he was going to hit him in his other calf with a pitch. Every man gets to die once, I suppose. If that’s the method Cashner chooses.
4. Tyson Ross (the other injured former Padre) is throwing a bullpen today. We’ll let you know tomorrow how that went. If all goes well, could a rehab start in the minors be next? “It’s trending that way,” Ross acknowledged, before adding: “But let’s see where I am tomorrow.”
Ross said that the team is trying to keep him on a five-day rotation, so “probably Friday, if everything goes well”. If you’re looking to see him in person, both Round Rock and Frisco are playing home games on Friday.
5. The conclusion of the third inning last night had a weird conclusion. This, from the gamer:
“In the bottom of the inning, with runners on second and third, Francisco Lindor lined a ball to Jurickson Profar in somewhat shallow left field. It seemed plausible that there might be a play at the plate, but Joey Gallo cut off the throw and threw the ball to second base. Why? Because Carlos Santana (who had been at second base) was standing on third base before Abraham Almonte had even left, not realizing, I suppose, that there weren’t two outs already. Well now there are three, Carlos. The double-up was easy, but Almonte had already scored before the ball got to second, so the game was tied.”
Jeff Banister went out and had a somewhat extended conversation with the umpires after the play. He told us today that he was simply making sure that the run had, in fact, scored before the double-up at second base. He confirmed that the play is reviewable, but they chose not to review it, because Almonte had clearly crossed home before the Santana was doubled off at second.
6. Speaking of replay, though... Banister did give some indication today that perhaps the new 30-second limit on making the decision was a little restrictive, especially since slow-motion video takes awhile to render. In the first inning last night, Carlos Gomez was called out stealing, and Banister elected to review the play. He told us that he did so before he even had a final thumbs-up / thumbs down from Video Coordinator Adam Brenner, simply because his internal clock was approaching that thirty-second mark.
“It was a challenge… inside the challenge,” Banister smirked. “I knew what my eyes told me on the field, (but) we were not getting the video at the pace that would be (helpful for a 30 seconds time limit). We didn’t have any slo-mo or anything like that. We just had regular (speed, so) it was a challenge to see. It looked like he might have been safe, so we went ahead and… I made the decision.”
“It has been a challenge,” Banister continued “to get the slo-mo and the view that you need, in that time (limit). The super slo-mo takes awhile to render, so I get that part of it. If I’d have had another 15 seconds, maybe we get it? I’m not blaming that on anyone. What I’m saying is that thirty seconds is lightning fast. I don’t know how we’re going to handle that, but…”
(And with that one little word, “but”, the conversation shifted a from pointing out the problem to addressing how to operate inside the problem)
“...what I saw on the field, the reaction, it was second base, so the leverage situation, for me, was higher. It’s tough to go with the ‘play continuum’ in baseball (the various options for the “next consequence” of how any particular play does / does not turn out), however, when you look at it (...) there are things that can happen from second base that don’t happen from first base. So it’s a higher leverage situation for me. Low-leverage in that it was in the first inning, but higher leverage since you’re facing Kluber. There are a lot of things that [snapping fingers around his head] go into your brain in thirty seconds that say ‘this is the time to go.”
The short translation: based on the risk/reward spectrum, you may see situations where Banister (and other managers) risk losing their challenge by asking for replays before they are even able to hear an affirmative from their video coordinators, simply due to the thirty second rule.
I have a new favorite voice for the week, and it’s Valerie June. Her album, “The Order of Time” (March 10th) swerves deftly between a jangly, soulful, dance-party-in-the-making and a slow dagger to the heart. It’s brilliant, and there’s a greater-than-zero chance that this ends up the music recommendation tomorrow, too, just to make sure you listen to it.
(Spotify, Apple Music, Website)
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