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Thoughts on a 7-0 Rangers loss

A's 7, Rangers 0

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A's 7, Rangers 0

  • Well, Chi Chi did good.
  • And Elvis got a hit.
  • Everyone else?  Bleah.
  • Chi Chi's line:  7 IP, 1 R, 8 hits, 3 walks, 4 Ks, 1 HBP.  Chi Chi got a little lucky in terms of stranding runners and some hard hit balls being caught, but at the end of the day, he did his job.
  • Then the bullpen came in and allowed 6 runs in the 8th inning.  Sam Freeman walked the only batter he faced, Stephen "The Love" Vogt, on four pitches to start the inning, and was promptly yanked for Jon Edwards.  Edwards got Brett Lawrie to pop up, then allowed a homer down the left field line to Mark Canha.  With the horse now out of the barn, the pen promptly decided to burn the barn down, with Edwards giving up walk-double-sac fly-walk, then being removed for Ross Detwiler, the team's second bullpen lefty.  Detwiler gave up a 3 run homer to lefty Josh Reddick, turning it into a blowout.
  • Freeman and Edwards both have, from what I've seen, the stuff to be successful, but their command has been way too inconsistent to have success at the major league level.  Edwards has only been pitching since 2011, so I guess that shouldn't be surprising on his part (although Nick Martinez has only been pitching full-time since 2011, and he's been okay).  I don't know why Freeman can't exhibit halfway decent command on a  game-to-game basis.  And as for Ross Detwiler, I've got nothing.  I have no idea what his problem is.
  • Detwiler and Freeman are, conveniently enough, each sporting 7.27 ERAs on the season.  Edwards' ERA is "only" 6.75.
  • So the bullpen continues to be an adventure, and it wouldn't be shocking if either Detwiler or Freeman were to be DFA'd before tomorrow's game, with Alex Claudio or Roman Mendez replacing them, or the Rangers purchasing the contract of someone like Jimmy Reyes.  I thought that, among Phil Klein and Roman Mendez and Jon Edwards and Spencer Patton, someone would click.  None of them have, and Neftali Feliz is hurt, and Kyuji Fujikawa has been released, and Ross Ohlendorf, who was briefly the 8th inning guy, is on the d.l.  It leads one to wonder whether we might see Luke Jackson, who has moved to a bullpen role, sooner rather than later, or if we might see Anthony Ranaudo or Jerad Eickhoff get a look in a bullpen role.
  • Of course, all this angst over the pen ignores the fact that the Rangers had three baserunners today, and one of those was erased on a GIDP.  So the bullpen could have been nails and it wouldn't have mattered.
  • Anyway.  This stuff happens.  I'll take a 3-3 road trip.  We have Minnesota for three starting tomorrow, and the Rangers are still in second place in the A.L. West.