What a game by C.J. Wilson yesterday. C.J. posted a Game Score of 89...since the start of the 2000 season, the only Ranger pitcher to post a Game Score of 89 or higher is Colby Lewis, who posted a Game Score of 90 in his complete game 3-hit shutout of the M's on April 30 of this year.*
* In fact, since the start of the 2000 season, Ranger pitchers have posted a game score of at least 85 only 8 times. Doug Davis posted an 88 in 2002. Ricardo Rodriguez posted an 85 in 2004. Derek Holland posted an 85 and an 88 within a 10 game stretch last year. And Colby and Cliff Lee have each posted 88s this year.
Think about that. Since July 30, 2009, Ranger pitchers have posted three times as many 85+ Game Scores as they had in the previous 9 1/2 seasons.
Jeff Wilson writes that, in the midst of a four game losing streak and with almost no run support, C.J. Wilson stepped up and won one of the biggest games of the season for the Rangers.
In the game story on the Rangers website, C.J. is quoted as saying he thought, after three innings, it was going to be another short outing, because he had scuffled early.
Wilson's notes talk about the Rangers having some interest in Brad Hawpe, should he clear waivers, and quotes Josh Hamilton as saying his recent slump has coincided with him changing his batting practice routine in Tampa and playing "Home Run Derby."
Michael Kirkman is up, and while his stay will likely be short, he is looking forward to making his major league debut.