The Farm Report -- 10/6/2016

I've had a killer real-life workload plus a boss enduring a health issue, so my end-of-season reports remain half-written.  Maybe I'll recap 2016 next March as a preseason warmup.  Instead, how about 11 things?  Nobody's tried that yet.

1. Carlos Gomez (pre-Rangers career OBP: .310) is your leadoff hitter.  Shin-Soo Choo (career OBP: .381) is batting 9th. Who am I to argue.


Surprise Stadium

2. The lineup: Gomez, Desmond, Beltran, Beltre, Odor, Lucroy, Moreland, Andrus, Choo.  The guys in bold weren't on the team last year, and Moreland was a bench player in last year's Game 1.  Also missing from last year's Game 1 lineup: Chirinos, DeShields, Fielder, Hamilton, Napoli.


Roster, Prospects Game vs Cubs

3. OF Jared Hoying is on the postseason roster.  He deserves it.  137 days ago, he was 106 days from playing out his last minor-league contract with the Rangers and becoming a free agent.  Today, he'll hear his name announced by Chuck Morgan in a cathedral festooned with bunting.  (I'm assuming there's bunting.) 


Daughter's first baseball game (Jurickson Profar on deck)

4. The rest of the bench: Robinson Chirinos, Jurickson Profar, Ryan Rua, Nomar Mazara.  Absent: Delino DeShields, Hanser Alberto.


Bees!

5. LHP Alex Claudio is on the postseason roster.  He deserves it.  Claudio has been optioned eight times since joining the 40-man roster in August 2014, but he's been a Ranger without interruption since early July, holding opponents to a .244/.277/.298 line.


Darvish, Nicholas, et al.

6. The bullpen: Barnette, Bush, Claudio, Diekman, Dyson, Jeffress, Kela.  Absent: Griffin, Holland, Scheppers.


Dusk at the Diamond

7. Cole Hamels is a Ranger.  Yu Darvish cares about winning.


Mendez, Jurado

8. Sam Dyson isn't Zach Britton, but I would never begrudge Banny using Dyson in an unorthodox high-leverage situation.  I've seen endless variations on "Baltimore couldn't use Britton in a tie game on the road because he's the closer.  It just didn't work out. That's baseball."  No.  That's tautology.  Put the best guys out there with the game on the line, and if it doesn't work, that's baseball.


Henry the Puffy Taco

9. I started writing a dissertation on Texas's one-run record (best ever), difference between actual and "expected" record (third largest ever), record versus winning and losing teams, etc.  None of that matters.  The Rangers are one of the statistically flakiest teams in history.  So be it.  Whatever happens in the next few days (and beyond, I hope), don't waste time drawing causation between the regular season shenanigans and the postseason.  If the Rangers lose the series in several close games, they weren't "due."  If the Rangers sweep by scores of 2-1, 4-3 and 6-5, that doesn't prove their "ability" to win close games. 


Some fool on teevee (aside the estimable Nathan Barnett)

10. Hold onto every little scrap of happiness you can out of these games.  Life is short, and we don’t know what the future holds.  Enjoy the moment.  And if Texas wins it all, enjoy it forever.


Closing Day

11. Thanks to...

The Texas Rangers front office and communications staff, coaches, players, etc.

Round Rock President Chris Almendarez, General Manager Tim Jackson, Veep of Public Relations and Communications Jill Cacic, Director of Broadcasting Mike Capps; the staff from the field, press box and playground for being so nice to my daughter

Frisco CEO Chuck Greenberg, GM Jason Dambach, Manager of Media Development Nathan Barnett, and computer/video wiz Justin Aguilar

The Corpus Christi Hooks and San Antonio Missions for indulging my media pass requests

Victorville Daily Press reporters Jacob Sundstrom (on-field, mostly) and Shea Jackson (off-field, mostly) for their coverage of the High Desert Mavericks

Hickory GM Mark Seaman, Director of Media Relations Aaron Cox and official scorer/reporter/historian Mark Parker

Spokane Director of Public Relations Bud Bareither

Every scout I pestered for info and gun readings

Aspiring scouts and front-office types on Twitter and elsewhere

Podcast partners Ted Price and Michael Tepid

Kate Morrison for filling in

Jamey Newberg for the opportunity

Whoever I should have listed but didn't

All of you for reading, and

Courtney and...


Bye. Go Rangers!

--
Scott Lucas
Newberg Report (newbergreport.com)
twitter: @scottrlucas
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Jamey Newberg

Dallas attorney Jamey Newberg has been commenting on Rangers from the big club down through the entire farm system since 1998.

Scott Lucas

Scott Lucas was born in Arlington, Texas, to Richard and Becky Lucas. He lived mostly in Arlington before moving to Austin, where he graduated from The University of Texas. Scott works for Austin Valuation Consultants, Ltd., and has published several boring articles about real estate appraisal and environmental contamination. He makes a swell margarita and refuses to run longer than ten kilometres.

Eleanor Czajka

Eleanor grew up watching the AAA Mudhens in Toledo, Ohio. A loyal Ranger fan since 1979, she works "behind the scenes" at the Newberg Report.

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