Rangers 5, A's 4
- The Rangers are now 10-8 against the A's this season. The A's must really hate playing the Rangers right now.
- Tim Bogar now has a .667 winning percentage as manager -- he's 14-7.
- Bogar had said he wanted to get Scott Baker into a game before the season was over, and Baker ended up getting the opportunity to make a spot start today when Derek Holland was scratched because of a migraine headache. Baker, as he has done all season, came in and did what was needed, going 4 IP and allowing 2 runs. Baker ends the season with a 5.47 ERA, but he deserves credit for taking the ball time and again in situations where it was a lost cause and the Rangers needed someone to soak up some innings.
- The Rangers used seven relievers today -- Alex Claudio, Shawn Tolleson, Michael Kirkman, Spencer Patton, Neal Cotts, Roman Mendez and Neftali Feliz. They combined to allow 10 hits in 5 innings of work, but only a pair of runs, both of which were on Cotts' ledger. And all seven of those pitchers have a chance to have a meaningful role in the Ranger bullpen in 2015.
- As far as the bats go, Elvis Andrus, Rougned Odor and Jake Smolinski each had a pair of hits, with Smolinski and Robinson Chirinos each homering. The A's had five more hits than the Rangers today, but they stranded too many guys, meaning that the Rangers didn't let the A's celebrate a playoff berth on their field tonight.
- The initial announcement was that, with Derek Holland being scratched, the plan was for Nick Martinez to still make his scheduled start tomorrow. If Seattle wins tonight, then Oakland needs either a win tomorrow, or a Seattle loss, to be a wild card team. If Seattle wins tonight and tomorrow, and Oakland loses tomorrow, there would be a Game 163. So given that, my guess is that, if Seattle wins, and Holland feels okay tomorrow, Tim Bogar will go with Holland rather than Martinez, since tomorrow's game will have meaning for the A's and M's.
- So, just like we expected, the Rangers are playing meaningful games at the end of September this season. They just aren't meaningful for us...
UPDATE -- And Bogar confirms that Holland may go tomorrow:
Tim Bogar says if Holland feels better tomorrow and the game is meaningful they may go with him— Mike Peasley (@PeasESPN) September 28, 2014