The Rangers played their game backwards last night.
Instead of having their meltdown in the ninth, they got the meltdown over with right away. It’s just so much less stressful for everyone that way.
Tyson Ross was pretty much the opposite in his second start as he was his first. Nothing he threw in the first inning was fooling anyone. He gave up five hits and a walk en route to allowing six runs that buried the Rangers early.
Don’t let his performance surprise you. It’s par for the course with pitchers coming back from thoracic outlet syndrome. You get some good, you get some bad. Rarely has a pitcher come back from it anywhere near where he was before.
Matt Harvey is a shell of the pitcher he once was. Whatever happened to Luke Hochevar, Phil Hughes, Clayton Richard? TOS happened to them, that’s what. Braves Mike Foltynewicz is another starter trying to make a comeback and struggling to find consistency.
Major shoulder surgery is not like Tommy John surgery. It simply doesn’t have the track record or the success rate.
The Tyson Ross that Rangers fans have witnessed the first two games is the Tyson Ross we should expect to see. Unpredictable.
The Rangers were unable to overcome the six-run first, in spite of a brilliant night from Joey Gallo, who hit two doubles and an inside the park home run.
So, now the Rangers slide back under .500 again. Going in reverse. A familiar direction this year.
Marcus Stroman (7-3, 3.15) vs. Martin Perez (3-6, 4.72)
Game time: 1:05