We can all agree that the pitching staff for the Texas Rangers is at a level of disaster rivaling the early 2000s for a franchise that has, more than anything else, exhibited pitching staff disasters.
So, regardless of the desire to achieve a better draft position with a loss, there was something rewarding about watching the quartet of Ariel Jurado, Matt Moore, Connor Sadzeck, and Jose Leclerc toss nothing but zeros at a Major League* team tonight.
*I mean, it was the Mariners, but still.
Player of the Game: Jurado has had a rough go of it in the rotation over the last few weeks when he more than likely shouldn’t even be in the big leagues were it not for the fact that the Rangers don’t really have many options these days.
Tonight, however, Jurado was legit as he went six innings and allowed just two hits, zero walks, and gave up zero runs while striking out three Mariners.
Tank Update: It’s looking likely that the Rangers will have the 8th pick in 2019 MLB draft. Cincinnati had the night off but the Rangers’ win means the Reds will likely pick at least 7th. Detroit lost tonight meaning that even if they win out and the Rangers lose their remaining games, Texas will pick after them due to the tiebreaker.
Up Next: The Rangers and Mariners play the second game of this final series on Friday night with Martin Perez perhaps making the last appearance of his career as a Ranger opposite LHP Wade LeBlanc for Seattle. First pitch from Safeco Field is scheduled for 9:10 pm CT.