Thoughts on a 4-3 Rangers win
August 2, 2021 10:07AM CDT
Rangers 4, M’s 3
- It was Heim time again.
- I saw Chris Woodward’s lineup with Jonah Heim in the lineup again, today at DH, and kind of rolled my eyes…I like Heim, and think he has a future as a major league catcher, but he didn’t, I think, need to be in the lineup at DH, walk off home run on Saturday or no.
- Shows you what I know.
- We got the standard Mike Foltynewicz Experience today, completed with command issues, loud contact, slumped shoulders, stomping around, pouting, and a somewhat early exit.
- The wrinkle this time, though, was that he left with the Rangers still in the game. Foltynewicz went five innings, walked three guys, only struck out one, allowed six balls with an exit velocity of 100+ and another two over 98 mph, and yet he allowed just two runs. He was helped by a one out, bases loaded, had just walked in the second run of the game rocket lineout double play on the bottom of the second, a ball that had a 98.5 mph exit velocity and a .790 xBA that Andy Ibanez caught, and which was hit so hard the runners had no chance to react, allowing Ibanez to throw to Isiah Kiner-Falefa at shortstop for the third out.