Winning another series, the Texas Rangers beat the Rockies to bring their record t0 an MLB leading 45-28.
Leonys Martin made quite an impact yesterday. He drove in three out of the four Rangers’ runs as they exploded in the second and third innings against
glorified rookie-baller Major League pitcher Alex White. White’s outing continued the Rockies’ problems with their starting rotation.
Consider this: despite Alex White’s 6.06 ERA before the game (6.45 after it), he is the number three starter for the Rockies. Generally, the number three starter is expected to give about a 4.0 ERA, so White is much worse than a regular number three.
Granted, the Rockies do utilize a four man rotation, but he was still number three before the rotation change, so the comparison applies.
Sadly, the Rockies’ staff ERA is 6.31, so Alex White (at least before the game) was an above average starter for the Rockies. Christian Freidrich, the ace of the squad, has a 5.65 ERA, which is bigger than the Tigers’ number five.
Honestly, this is the most pathetic display of pitching I have ever seen by any squad in my life. Which makes sense, since I was born in 1996, and the last rotation that was this bad was that also in 1996 (the Tigers with a 6.38 ERA, the worst in AL history).
It makes you consider how fortunate we are to have a rotation as adequate as the Rangers’.
Back to the game.
After Leonys Martin drove in those runs, the Rangers were surprisingly held scoreless for the last five innings as the Rockies’ offense sputtered along, failing to score any runs until the ninth.
Joe Nathan came on and proceeded to load the bases, when a single by Marcos Scutaro and a sacrifice fly by Carlos Gonzalez brought the Rockies within two. Fighting off the assault, Joe Nathan struck out Jason Giambi with a slider in the dirt with the tying run on third.
Important note from the game: the Rangers sold out their 22nd game of the season, setting a franchise record.