On April 23, Lance Lynn threw his worst game of the season against the Oakland A’s, only throwing 3.1 innings and allowing eight runs on nine hits.
From that point on, all Lance Lynn did was eat up innings for the Rangers. 19 consecutive starts of throwing six or more innings, including 12 appearances where he went at least seven innings. Over this stretch, Lynn’s ERA was sub-three with a 2.97.
The final stat line for the Rangers’ number two was 5.0 IP, four hits, one earned run on a Randal Grichuk solo home run, and six strikeouts. Not a bad start by any means, but his pitch count got up to 101 pitches. He got out of a bases-loaded game in the fourth inning where he got Brandon Drury to pop out to Danny Santana and Reese McGuire to line out to center. Delino DeShields made this incredible catch to save Lynn.
The Rangers offense continues to struggle as they have only scored five runs once during this road trip. There were plenty of base runners, but the guys a lot the plate with those runners on base struggled. Nobody recorded a hit with runners in scoring position, as they went 0-10.
Watching Emanuel Clase pitch a one, two, three seventh inning against the Blue Jays’ young stars of Bichette, Biggio, and Guerrero Jr. was fun to watch. He continues to show his ridiculous mix of speed and movement with a 100 mph fastball that struck out Biggio.
After a 3-0 loss to Toronto, the Rangers fall under .500 for the first time since May 27 and the season has taken a downward trajectory since winning five in a row after the trade deadline. Out of the second Wild Card by over 10 games, this road trip has broken the Rangers.