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Ken Giles says the Astros have more talent than the Rangers do

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The Rangers beat the Astros with a walkoff double by Rougned Odor last night. That hit came off of Astros reliever Ken Giles. After the game, Giles vented about both this game and about how the Rangers have totally owned the Astros of late, having lost all seven meeting between the clubs this year:

“We have more talent than this team does,” Giles said. “That’s what I believe, and we shouldn’t be losing these kind of ballgames.”

The writer of that story, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle, noted something in the Rangers’ clubhouse this afternoon:

Even though the words are on a video monitor, I think we can still call it bulletin board material.

Giles may be correct in the sense that some analysts or scouts or armchair GMs may think, in the aggregate, and on paper, the Astros are the more talented team. In the abstract I tend to think the Astros have slightly more talent, I guess. But that’s a characterization that requires all kids of qualification and agreement on terms. Who may be better over the next several years vs. who is set up better this year. The weighing of offense and pitching. There are all manner of subjective factors.

It’s the stuff of preseason or pregame analysis, though, not the stuff of postgame analysis. When you got beat — and when you’ve been beat by one team as many times as the Rangers have beat the Astros — they’re thoughts that are both beside the point and better left unsaid. At some point the subjective assessment of “talent” must give way to the objective assessment of “better.” The Rangers are right now and have been all year, better than the Astros, full stop.

But nice job making the bulletin board, Ken.

Royals, Alex Gordon close to contract agreement

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MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan reports that the Royals and outfielder Alex Gordon are “getting close” to an agreement on a one-year contract. Terms of the deal aren’t yet known, but the Royals could make it official within the next few days.

Gordon, who turns 36 years old next month, hit .266/.345/.396 with 13 home runs and 76 RBI over 633 plate appearances with the Royals this past season. His offense has waned, owning an adjusted OPS of 84 since 2016 (100 is average), but he still plays decent defense.

Gordon has spent all 13 years of his major league career with the Royals. With the club in a rebuilding phase, he will serve as the clubhouse leader and be a mentor to younger players on the roster.