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Thoughts on a 5-2 Rangers loss

Rays 5, Rangers 2

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Rays 5, Rangers 2

  • Well, you can’t win them all, even if it has seemed the last week or so that you can.
  • I keep waiting for Adrian Sampson to turn back into a pumpkin. He doesn’t throw that hard, doesn’t use his third pitch that much, and seems like he should be crashing down to earth any day now. He had two bad starts in a row early this month, and I figured, well, this is it, and then he came back with a 7 IP, 1 run start. He got rocked to start the 2nd with a pair of doubles and a home run, and I figured, well, he’s going to have a disaster start, and he retired 15 of the next 18 batters he faced.
  • The final line for Sampson was 6 IP, 5 hits, 3 runs, 2 walks, and 7 Ks. It was another quality start, and he now has a 4.16 ERA on the season.
  • Peter Fairbanks pitched the 7th and struck out the side, which is great. The problem is he also allowed the first two batters to homer, which is bad. Fairbanks has now allowed 4 home runs in 8.2 IP in the majors. He throws really hard, but his command isn’t great, and major leaguers can turn on even upper-90s heat. This will be something to keep an eye on.
  • Locke St. John walked 1 and struck out 2 in the 8th today. He could be going down tomorrow when Jesse Biddle is added to the roster, but he’s done the job in his limited opportunities thus far.
  • Brendan McKay had a perfect game going for a while, with it being broken by a Danny Santana blooper with one out in the 6th that was the second weakest ball (by EV) hit today, McKay is one of the top pitching prospects in the game, and was great today, though as Evan Grant and Jared Sandler noted on Twitter, despite the perception that the Rangers always struggle with guys who are making their debuts or who are rookies, the numbers indicate they’ve hit them fine overall.
  • Asdrubal Cabrera doubled in the 8th and ended up scoring on a wild pitch for one run, while Joey Gallo doubled in the 9th, advanced on a wild pitch and ended up scoring on a ground out. So yay for wild pitches, I guess.
  • Anyway, could have been worse. Rubber game is tomorrow. Jesse Chavez has got this.