MINNEAPOLIS – Not only will Mike Minor miss what would have been his first trip in an All Star game, a prospect says he is not very fun to think about, he will not play Sunday against the twins. That should be the start that would make him inaccessible to the All Star game in the first place.
As a minor, it said Saturday, "It's a strange situation."
Now, Rangers who lost Saturday to the twins, 7-4, ahead of 36,969 at Target Field, make sure it doesn't get any breathing. Especially if they want to keep their best pitcher past next season, as they probably should.
For the record, Rangers insist that they do not give Minor a 1
The Rangers have talked about the possibilities less throughout the season and go back to spring training. So it's not exactly a surprise. And it strikes another year with short leash.
"I like to pitch until I'm pretty much done," he said. "I'm either tired or not throwing strikes, or they hit the ball around me."
"I'd rather do it."
Although he doesn't like it.
"For me it still doesn't suck out there," he said. "Don't take the ball. But I think that's what it is."
According to Woodward, it's not a brainer. They rest him now or in September.
"If we're in the thick of things" he said, "there's no way we can do it later."
"We felt we could do it now and get away with it."
BTW: Neither Woodward nor Minor sees this step as any kind of concession in the positions, even when they go on Sunday, have lost six of their last seven games.
So these are the arguments for the lesser movement that makes sense. Here's where it gets a little sticky.
The decision to run Sunday's start came Saturday, said less. Or at least it was when he heard that the decision was final.
If they were to give him Sunday anyway, why not call faster so he would be available for All-Star Game?
"If he were to pitch," Woodward said, "he should pitch for us, not in the All-Star Game."
Just to be clear: If minors were given the chance to actually pitch in All-Star Game , he wanted to go inning. Two at most.
Rangers would have needed much more than that from him on Sunday. The Twins beat up Rangers for 15 runs Friday, then cuffed them around for another seven Saturday. Woodward needs someone who could stop the pounding pause, which is what # 1 jugs are for. This series against the twins is also quite important. Last checked, the counter counts just as much in July as September.
For a series against one of the league's top three teams, not to mention the game's most explosive lineup, Rangers have countered Adrian Sampson and Jesse Chavez. 19659003] On deck for Sunday: Joe Palumbo. To this extent, Rangers can be out of the wild race before coming back from vacation.
As you may know, Rangers are more than a little short on pitching, a chronic condition. Pedro Payano, who followed up Chavez on Saturday, became 10 th to make his big league debut this season. He probably won't be the last. The next rookies will not change Rangers' assets much.
On the other hand, less is a difference producer. He and Lance Lynn have combined for a formidable one-two stroke. In fact, Jon Daniels has to do everything to keep it.
First, Daniels must decide before the deadline whether Rangers are players or not. If he is in, he needs all the pitching he can get.
If he is out, he must either get everything he can to minors or sign up during 2020.
Because if Daniels doesn't extend him now, chances are less will just wait to test the market. And his trading value at the deadline next season would be almost zero.
But if he stays, he would anchor the rotation of a team that seems to be in front of the basket in his rehab. Of course, to convince Minor to stay past its original expiry date, it will not only cost money but a small goodwill.
Like letting him pitch in an All-Star Game. He would have liked the opportunity.
"Yes," he said. "The first thing would have been exciting to come out and compete against these guys."
He said he would use it as "motivation" to make next year's All-Star team. Rangers better hope he leaves it.
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