Mike Minor struggled again yesterday, dropping to 0-4 with a bloated 6.94 ERA. He now leads baseball in losses, and is second to the bottom in ERA among qualifying pitchers.
It took a while but Mike Minor is, unfortunately, official pitching like a Texas Ranger.
After three particularly brutal starts to being 2020, it looked like maybe he had turned the corner his last time out against the Mariners. But, it was against the Mariners so it might have been fool’s gold.
He lasted only four innings, though, because of such a high pitch count. But, since it was against the Mariners, he was able to keep them from scoring.
The Padres aren’t the Mariners. And Minor got in trouble early. He gave up six runs in 3.2 innings, including a dagger-in-the-heart grand slam in the first.
Minor’s troubles didn’t start this year, as his 2019 splits reveal.
First half ERA: 2.54. Second half ERA: 4.93.
First half record: 8-4. Second half record: 6-6.
First half quality starts: 11 out of 17 starts. Second half quality starts: 5 out of 15 starts.
So, are Minor’s problems isolated to 2020? Or is this a carryover from last year? And we are seeing the start of the long, slow drive to Scheppersville?
I don’t wish that on anyone.
Lance Lynn (3-0, 1.11) vs. Chris Paddack (2-2, 4.91)