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Thoughts on a 19-4 Rangers loss

Blue Jays 19, Rangers 4

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Blue Jays 19, Rangers 4

  • That was bad.
  • Ariel Jurado has shown signs at times this season, but when his command isn’t there, things like tonight happen. 8 runs on 11 hits in 3.2 IP, albeit with no help from Adrian Sampson, who came on in relief and pour gas on the fire. 5.31 ERA now on the season, as he continues to teeter behind #5 starter and up-and-down guy projection.
  • Adrian Sampson was brutal. Maybe it was being asked to pitch out of the pen on one day’s rest after starting most of the season, but he allowed 5 runs while retiring just one batter. At least he didn’t throw at anyone today.
  • Brett Martin, Jesse Chavez and Jeff Mathis each gave up 2 runs in an inning apiece. Yes, Jeff Mathis. We had a position player pitching episode today. Those are always fun.
  • Rafael Montero was the one Ranger to not allow a run, striking out the side in a scoreless inning, so a game ball for him, I guess.
  • Nomar Mazara, Rougned Odor and Willie Calhoun all homered. Odor also had a single and Mazara also had a double. So from a “the development of the young bats is what matters the rest of the way” standpoint, tonight was a success!
  • Danny Santana, Jose Trevino and Isiah Kiner-Falefa also had hits, so that’s something.
  • I tend to think the Rangers are going to send someone down tomorrow to get a fresh long man up for tomorrow’s game. Sampson would seem to be the likely choice, though Martin is also a possibility.
  • It occurs to me I no longer have to clarify which Martin when I’m referring to a relief pitcher Martin.
  • Anyway, Lance Lynn tomorrow. Let’s go Lance.