Thoughts on a 3-2 Rangers win

Rangers 3, A’s 2

  • At least we have Lance Lynn.
  • Lance Lynn didn’t have his good command tonight, fell behind early, and generally performed in a fairly mediocre fashion compared to what we have grown accustomed to from him. He also registered a quality start, giving up 2 runs in 6 IP, striking out 8 and walking 2. It just underscores the level of performance we have gotten used to from Lance Lynn.
  • I would be remiss if I didn’t note that there’s a non-zero possibility that this was Lance Lynn’s final start as a Ranger. Lynn is slated to start again Saturday against the Dodgers, but with the trade deadline a week away and the Rangers seeming likely to be sellers, Lynn, under contract through 2021 and performing at a high level, could fetch a hefty return from any number of teams seeking starting pitching.
  • Jonathan Hernandez pitched the seventh and part of the eighth, retiring five batters, three via strikeout, while allowing an infield hit and a walk. His ERA is down to 1.56, and he’s been a revelation this year.
  • Rafael Montero fanned Stephen Piscotty to end the eighth, but got into trouble in the 9th. After a soft lead off single by Tony KempMontero gave up a solid one out single to Marcus Simien, then walked Ramon Laureano to load the bases. Aides throughout the inning by a generous strike zone, however, Montero struck out Matt Olson, then got Matt Chapman to fly out for a routine, easy, no-sweat save.