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Thoughts on a 4-2 Rangers win

Rangers 4, Indians 2

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Rangers 4, Indians 2

  • So, everyone is happy again now, right?
  • A hell of a job today by Mike Minor, who went 8 innings on a hot day in Arlington, allowing just 3 hits and 3 walks while striking out 4. Two of the hits and one of the walks came in a row with two outs in the top of the 6th, bringing home the one run he allowed today, but other than that inning the only hit he allowed was an infield single and the only runner past first base was Jason Kipnis on a walk and a stolen base.
  • Minor’s ERA is down to 2.52, and he continues to build a Cy Young case.
  • Sometimes when a pitcher doesn’t strike out many, as was the case today, despite not allowing many hits, it’s a matter of giving up hard contact but getting fortunate with the defense making plays behind him. Today, however, Minor didn’t give up a single ball in play with an exit velocity of 100 mph or greater, and only allowed 3 balls in play with an exit velocity greater than 95 mph.
  • Shawn Kelley got the save, despite allowing a Carlos Santana home run to make it a two run game, as well as a Jason Kipnis bloop single. He’s sporting a 2.81 ERA.
  • Both Minor and Kelley could be playing elsewhere by the end of next month, but for now I’m going to enjoy them pitching well for Texas.
  • The Rangers made it look like it might be a big offensive day in the first inning, with a Danny Santana double, an Elvis Andrus triple (followed by him scoring on a wild pitch), and a Willie Calhoun double suggesting that the Rangers might beat up on Cleveland rookie Shane Bieber. Sadly, the bats hibernated after that, only awaking again in the 8th when Santana and Elvis hit back-to-back home runs.
  • I’m still a Danny Santana skeptic, and don’t think he can’t keep this up, but I’m starting to come around to the notion that the Rangers hitting coaches and Santana have figured something out that’s allowed him to be a productive hitter. He doesn’t have to keep hitting like this to have value, but if he does keep hitting like this...
  • Delino DeShields and Ronald Guzman, potentially in danger of being sent down when Joey Gallo and Hunter Pence return, each got on base twice today. Rougned Odor, who can’t be optioned without his agreeing to accept an optional assignment, did not get on base. Let the carping begin.