After winning a game by a score of 5-1 last night, the Rangers dropped the game today, 4-1. Some thoughts:
- Colby Lewis threw 106 pitches in 5.0 innings today, allowing 2 earned runs on 8 hits and 3 walks. He wasn't awful, but he didn't exactly help the cause of saving the bullpen a little bit more after the All-Star break.
- Shin-Soo Choo clearly isn't right, whether it's the ankle or him being inside his own head. When a team is struggling, things like this are certainly magnified. Whatever the case may be, Choo looks very lost right now, and it's clearly visible that he's frustrated with his current lack of production. Not to sound like a broken record, but perhaps a DL trip would be the wisest move at this point.
- Alex Rios sprained his ankle at the plate today, and was unable to finish after seeing only one pitch. He's listed as day-to-day, which the way the season has gone clearly means he's done for the year (kidding, of course). On a more serious note, amidst speculation that he could be on the trading block, I'm left wondering if this could potentially hamper any market for Rios if indeed the Rangers are shopping him.
- This one isn't related to today's game, but noteworthy at least. Over at the DMN site, Evan Grant has a short piece up about Alexi Ogando. More specifically, he notes that Jon Daniels has acknowledged that it's becoming less likely that Ogando will pitch again this season. Given the current state of the club, this isn't a huge blow, but for a team that has already traded Jason Frasor away, and will likely look to part with Cotts and Soria in the coming weeks, every Major League arm possible becomes important just from a "filling the bullpen" standpoint, so from that perspective, missing Ogando ends up being at least a little bit significant.
- It's odd, but J.P. Arencibia at 1st base isn't killing the Rangers yet. Let's hope that trend continues.