OK, this is weird.
Again, I finished Tuesday’s report this way:
If the Rangers manage for the second straight night to hold the Astros’ beast lineup to as many runs plus hits as there are draft rounds — eight on this day rather than three — you won’t get a complaint out of me.
So, yeah, on Monday the Rangers allowed one run on two hits (sum: three) on the same night that they drafted three players.
On Tuesday, following that paragraph above: two runs on seven hits (sum: nine) . . . and eight draft rounds.
On Wednesday, the draft would conclude with 30 rounds. I didn’t even suggest a continuation of the trend, not just because it seemed crazy-unlikely, but also because that’s the last thing I wanted to imagine happening.
Then, Wednesday night: 13 Houston runs on 19 hits (sum: 32).
And hey, no more draft tonight, and no Rangers game, either, so . . . .
Just keep winning series, Texas. Like the one that just ended, and the one before it.
Yeah, like the one that just ended. Even the way it ended.
On the one hand, Houston threatened to erase the Rangers’ run differential on their tremendous six-game road trip (28–22) in one game.
On the other, Texas was one game — and it felt like maybe a mere five innings — short of matching an all-time Major League Baseball record by sweeping consecutive series against both the club with the American League’s best record and the club with the National League’s best record.
In fact, the Rangers would have stood alone on that, for two reasons.
First, the only other team to accomplish that feat was the 1999 Blue Jays, who teed it up with Atlanta and Cleveland in mid-July and swept both series — but it spanned only five games, as the set with the Indians was only for two games.
Second, Toronto hosted the Braves, before traveling to Cleveland. The Rangers would have set themselves apart by losslessly logging their wins solely on the road.
Rangers Director of Youth Baseball Programs Homer Bush played in all five games of that historic 1999 Blue Jays run, which is as meaningful a note as any contained in the first dozen paragraphs of this entry, and less so than the three-week roll that Round Rock reliever Tanner Scheppers is currently on (.167/.219/.233, one walk and eight strikeouts in 8.1 innings), and throw Express teammate Preston Claiborne (.241/.323.325, 11 walks and 31 strikeouts in 23 innings on the season, including 10–7–0–0–5–13 in his last 10 frames) into that category, which for both righthanders includes the important fact that neither is on the 40-man roster and each has been outrighted before, meaning they would not only need to be purchased at this point, costing someone their roster spot when there’s already someone else on that bubble for tomorrow’s activation of Tyson Ross from the 60-day disabled list, but also means they would be able to elect free agency if outrighted again (though I think Scheppers has options left), and as far as 40-man roster candidates for the bullpen are concerned, I don’t think Anthony Bass is really the answer and Dario Alvarez still has four days before he can be procedurally recalled unless someone’s hurt and Frisco’s Connor Sadzeck is the most interesting possibility but is still on a starter’s schedule (keep an eye on that), and while I blame Tony Barnette’s recent struggles (and inventory of options that Texas surely didn’t waive contractually) for prompting this run-on sentence, I think it’s probably time to get Scheppers back up here (even if Nick Martinez or Austin Bibens-Dirkx is headed to the bullpen with Ross’s arrival, and since Ross is taking Bibens-Dirkx’s turn in the rotation, it’s likely the latter who will at least be prepped to relieve Ross early tomorrow night if necessitated) and I’m interested to see how lefty Joely Rodriguez and righty Ernesto Frieri look when each eventually takes the mound for Round Rock and don’t sleep on the idea of Frisco southpaw Brady Feigl but it’s probably OK to go ahead and hit snooze a couple times.
Just keep winning series.
And that’s this morning’s edition of Today in Stuff That’s Weird and Meaningless and Sort of Demoralizing But Shouldn’t Be.