23-year-old Brock Burke was electric in his major league debut for the Rangers last night. He went six strong innings without allowing a run and 4 hits. The Texas offense did not have a stellar night at the office and they paid for it late because of the bullpen collapsing. Jaime Barria had a strong outing in what was the only bright spot for the Angels on Tuesday night.
The Angels had more bright spots in the matinee matchup, as they were winners by a score of 5-1 yesterday afternoon. Andrew Heaney had a standout performance for the Angels. He went eight innings, having allowed just 1-run and 4 hits. Heaney hit a career-high with 14 strikeouts against the Rangers, too.
At the end of the day, though, these are two average ball clubs who aren’t going to be going to the postseason in 2019. It’s way more of a disappointment for the Angels. Conversely, the Rangers did not expect much of anything out their club, and for a team who is in a rebuilding process, the Rangers are holding up well.
At one point, the Rangers were considering being buyers and making a run at a wildcard. They didn’t really buy, but they didn’t retain the services of Mike Minor, Hunter Pence, and Shin-Soo Choo. They were involved in trade rumors, but nothing ended up precipitating.
Part of it is likely due to the Rangers not getting their asking price in the market. Most contenders would have loved to add Minor to their rotation. He has been having one of the most underrated seasons in the major leagues, as Minor continues to produce results for his club.
Minor made it very clear he did not want to be traded and he’s been paying it back to his employer. Minor gets the nod for the home team tonight, while rookie Patrick Sandoval is expected on the bump for the Angels. Head below for our free Angels vs. Rangers pick.
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Patrick Sandoval will be making just his third start with the Angels in Arlington tonight. If Tyler Skaggs doesn’t unfortunately pass away, then Sandoval might still be in the minors right now. With only two starts under his belt, it’s way too early to assert anything. This is more of a move to allow Sandoval to get some experience going into next year.
He will likely be fighting for a spot in the starting rotation in training camp. In two starts as a major leaguer, Sandoval has posted a 7.00 ERA and 1.78 WHIP in 9 innings of work. An appearance out of the bullpen in his debut helps bring his overall numbers down to a 5.79 ERA and 1.50 WHIP. Before getting called up, Sandoval was struggling in Triple-A with a 6.41 ERA and 1.97 WHIP in 60.1 innings. He gets a tough matchup against Minor in this one, as Sandoval gets paired with Minor on the other side.
Minor goes into Wednesday with an ERA of 2.94 and 1.18 WHIP. The lefty has been sizzling hot recently, with a 1.23 ERA and 1.00 WHIP in his previous three outings. Minor went two straight games of 15 innings worth of scoreless baseball. The Angels have been average against Minor in his career, as they’re hitting .246 in 114 at-bats.
I think Minor should expect to see some nice run support in this contest, so he likely won’t have to be perfect. In any case, it doesn’t look like Sandoval is going to be able to keep up with the veteran. The Rangers appear to be the right side Wednesday in Arlington.