When you heard Cesar Ramos was going to pitch in place of Cole Hamels, what is the first thing you thought? (Right after, of course, Who the heck is Cesar Ramos?) That the Rangers would probably lose.
That happened. So no need to dwell on it. But Ramos pitched better than expected, getting out of jams, earning a quality start.
The next question was, “Don’t the Rangers have anyone else remotely close to being able to make a spot start other than Ramos?”
Jeff Banister tried to keep the loss from happening, though. He moved struggling Delino DeShields to the number nine slot last night.
He is now trying to figure out how to fit all nine batters into the number nine slot tonight.
The Rangers offense is not clicking right now. You have to figure at one point in the not too distant future, all cylinders will be firing. When that happens, watch out.
Wake me up when that happens, though. This losing baseball stuff isn’t fun to watch.
Luis Severino (0-2, 4.86) vs. A. J. Griffin (2-0, 3.18)
Game time: 7:05 pm