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39-33 - Lynn wins as Texas tops Cleveland 7-2 in homestand opener

Thanks to another sterling effort from Lance Lynn, the Rangers have worked their way back to the high water mark of six games above .500

MLB: Texas Rangers at Seattle Mariners Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Here’s the things you should know about tonight’s baseball game between the Texas Rangers and the Cleveland Indians:

  1. Lance Lynn was very good.
  2. The Rangers scored seven runs and all of them came with two outs and boy that must be extremely frustrating if you care about the Indians. We don’t, however, so it was pretty fun.

Back to Lynn, though. Tonight Lynn tossed seven innings of one-run ball while striking out nine Indians and walking zero. And there’s, uh, this:

MLB pitching leaders in fWAR

So, yeah, basically Lynn is the best pitcher in the American League right now by one widely accepted metric? That sure is something.

I was down on the Lynn signing (I still don’t like no filthy St. Louis Cardinal!) and I still don’t know how he wrangled a three-year deal out of Texas given last winter’s market but the proof is certainly in the pudding and I’m happy to keep wolfing it down if he keeps pitching like this (and raises that trade value!).

Player of the Game: Other than Lynn, the best player for the Rangers tonight was Danny Santana. Playing right field with Nomar Mazara nursing an achy knee, Santana was quickly able to assuage the corner outfield depletion worries by hitting a two-run homer in the bottom of the fourth that broke open a 1-0 game.

Overall, Santana went 2-for-4 with that dinger and stole a base to put himself in scoring position which proved serendipitous as he scored from second on a wild pitch like he was Elvis Andrus in the 2010 ALDS or something.

After sort of cooling off in May following a quick start to his Rangers career in April, Santana is sporting an OPS in the mid-.800s in June and the Rangers feel comfortable putting him virtually anywhere on the field other than the mound or behind the plate.

Up Next: RHP Adrian Sampson will look to bounce back from a rough outing in Boston on Tuesday night for the Rangers while the Indians will counter with RHP Zach Plesac. First pitch from The Ballpark is scheduled for 7:05 pm CT.