A rather uncompetitive game between the Los Angeles Angels and Texas Rangers on Tuesday. The Rangers were backed by a stellar performance by Mike Minor, as he pitched all 9 innings for the complete game. He wasn’t able to grab a no-hitter, but ended up allowing just 3 hits and 2 walks.
Minor has put three impressive outings together in a row after getting torched in the opener against the Cubs. He was dinged for 6 runs in 4.2 innings and has responded in a big way with just 2 runs allowed in his previous three tilts. Minor will get the night off while Lance Lynn hopes to follow in his footsteps.
Lynn is with his third team in three seasons after spending seven years in St. Louis. He was a major bust with the Twins, who signed him to a pretty nice deal to provide a nice 1-2 punch with him and Ervin Santana. Santana got injured early in the season and Lynn was abysmal, so the plan blew up in their face pretty good.
This was a year after the Twins went to the postseason as a wildcard. In a perfect world, the addition of Lynn was going to put them in a spot to become a true contender. He was a highly sought-after pitcher at the time. Lynn was traded to the Yankees late in the season, but it didn’t equal any results.
The Rangers moved to 9-7 with the win on Tuesday. Conversely, the Angels are their usually average selves with a mark of 8-9. By the end of the season they’re likely going to be in the same position hovering around .500. After winning six straight games, the Angels have dropped three of their last four games.
Angel fans are already used to the roller coaster ride with this team, so it’s nothing new. Matt Harvey hopes to get the Angels back on track, along with getting himself back on track tonight. Harvey has been pitching like the same guy who the Mets gave up on. He didn’t want to go down to the minors with the Mets and wanted to get released instead. Harvey may be in a similar spot if he doesn’t start playing better. Head below for our free Angels vs. Rangers pick.
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Harvey needs to get things together tonight after getting shellacked in his previous two outings. I think he was pitching better than he is actually is last season with the Reds, and it isn’t like he was marvelous or anything. After hanging a 7.00 ERA in eight appearances with the Mets, he moved on to Cincinnati where he posted an ERA of 4.50 in 24 starts.
The Reds desperately needed rotation help and I think they got what they wanted out of Harvey. Keep things together and not embarrass himself were essentially the goals, which he did accomplish. He needed it to save his career or that may have been the end of the line in the major leagues for him.
In his last full season with the Mets, he finished with a 6.70 ERA in 2017. The best stretch he’s had in recent memory was with the Reds a season ago. In three outings this season, Harvey has looked rather ugly with an ERA of 10.05 and .429 OBA. Almost have of the hitters he’s facing are reaching base.
Harvey’s second start of the year was against the Rangers in Anaheim. It was one of the worst outings of his career, as he was pummeled for 10 hits and 8 runs in 4 innings. He didn’t get the bounce back spot he was looking for against the Brewers, either. They mashed him for 7 hits and 6 runs in 4.1 innings of work. He’s allowed a home run in each of his three starts this season. Note that this lineup is hitting .325 with a .400 OBP against Harvey in 40 at-bats. They should be able to eat into the bullpen early in this contest.
The one thing working for the Angels here is that they’ve had a field day against Lynn. Taking him deep hasn’t been much of an issue, as they’ve hit 7 against him in his career. Zack Cozart is responsible for 3 of them. Lynn was awful in his first start in Texas as a Ranger against the Cubs in March. The Cubs ate him alive for 10 hits and 7 runs in just 5.2 innings. The Angels were silent yesterday, but they likely find their swing against Lynn in this one. It’s a high number, but the OVER looks like an attractive option in Arlington on Wednesday.