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Thoughts on a 4-1 Rangers loss

Back in the loss column. No winning streak.

Tom Szczerbowski

Blue Jays 4, Rangers 1

  • Well, the Rangers didn't get shut out, at least.
  • Colby Lewis had a very 2014 Colby Lewis start.  106 pitches over 5 innings, 8 hits, 2 runs, 5 Ks, 3 walks (one of them intentional).  He's now allowing a .423 BABIP this season.  For pitchers with at least 75 innings in a season, that's the highest BABIP ever.  The next highest is 2003 Glendon Rusch, at .386.  Lewis is allowing balls in play to go for hits at a historic rate.  Its kind of amazing.
  • Lewis also got mad in the 5th inning when, with two outs and no one on, Colby Rasmus bunted for a hit.  Lewis yelled at Rasmus to "swing the bat" after the play, and then, after he retired Dan Johnson to end the inning, stared down Rasmus on his way back to the dugout and yelled at him again.  Afterwards, Lewis said that he felt Rasmus was simply trying to pad his average by bunting, and that Rasmus wasn't playing the game the right way.
  • This was one of a pair of bunt hits Lewis gave up today, and it seems like Lewis is frustrated about his lack of mobility off the mound being taken advantage of, more than anything else.  I'm a Colby Lewis fan, but I think his being upset at Rasmus for bunting is pretty silly.
  • Ryan Feierabend allowed the final two Jays runs to score, before giving way to Roman Mendez.  Mendez retired all four batters he faced, and still has a 0.00 ERA on the season.  Go, Roman Mendez, go!
  • The Rangers mustered just 4 hits in seven innings against Jays starter Marcus Stroman, but at the risk of sounding like Tom Grieve tipping his cap, that's probably more due to Stroman's performance than the ineptness of the Texas bats.  Stroman was outstanding today.  The lone run of the game came on an Elvis Andrus RBI single against the bullpen in the 8th.
  • Alex Rios left the game with a sprained ankle in the first inning, suffered when he rolled his ankle swinging and missing at a pitch.  He's day-to-day, although if this lingers at all, its going to make getting a significant return for him via trade more difficult.  So 2014.
  • Dan Robertson, who replaced Rios, had 2 of the Rangers 4 hits.  Elvis, J.P. Arencibia, Robinson Chirinos and Adrian Beltre had the other hits.
  • .500 since the Break.