Yu and the rest.
Joey Gallo didn’t homer as a RoughRider, Yu Darvish didn’t get his daps until after the 27th out, and though you can’t predict ball, you might have figured both of those streaks were bound to fall this summer.
But the Rangers using the disabled list for the 20th time this season (already surpassing 2011’s and 2013’s 19 — the club eclipsed 2012’s 12 in late April) and Brad Snyder, in his second day as a Ranger, eclipsing the number of pro innings he’d previously played at first base (18 with Texas, 15 with Round Rock, after over 10,000 minor league innings playing nothing but outfield)? Not so foreseeable.
The Rangers’ Opening Day starter lands on the DL for a second 2013 stint, this time “for a significant portion of the summer” according to the GM, and while I understand Tanner Scheppers was forced into the rotation out of something approaching an emergency in camp, it’s going to be OK with me if the next time we see a dominant young Rangers reliever taken out of his established role and experimented with as a starter is after Gallo reaches arbitration eligibility and Darvish extends his contract to stay in Texas a very long time.
Chi Chi and Luke and Alec, keep doing that thing you do — you too, Sam and Cole, and Jerad and Yohander and Andrew, and welcome aboard, Luis — and hopefully soon enough the competition for guys like Nick and Nick will steadily come from below, rather than from the seventh and eighth innings.
But for now, the Wild Card deficit is just 2.5 games, and the two teams are chasing in that race and the other team that Texas trails atop the division are the three teams ahead of the Rangers in the West — and the three teams that they now travel to face over the next week and a half.
The active roster may include Brad Snyder and Scott Baker and Daniel Robertson and Ben Rowen and Donnie Murphy and Joe Saunders and Luis Sardinas, and not Prince Fielder or Matt Harrison or Mitch Moreland or Martin Perez or Geovany Soto or Derek Holland or Jurickson Profar or Alexi Ogando or Neftali Feliz or Tanner Scheppers, but nobody’s feeling sorry for anybody, and these next nine games in Seattle and Oakland and Los Angeles are pretty big.
Maybe one silver lining of having a crashed cell phone and a screwed-up DirecTV signal that no longer gets Fox Sports Southwest is that I’ll get some sleep in spite of all those late-night West Coast starts, but I trust you know me a whole lot better than that.
It’s all good, Yu. Like all but one Marlin who managed last night to reach first base, we’re not going anywhere.
Hoping that’s where your head is, too.