Down on the Farm:
Coming into Round Rock for a new series is the Memphis Redbirds. The 13-15 Express are going with Greg Reynolds on the mound. The 6’7” righty is trying to erase the terrible numbers from his April 29 start. In the 5.1 innings he pitched he gave up 8 runs on 10 hits. Reynolds 1-3 records and 4.45 are more reflective of this one terrible start as than to three good starts. The Memphis left handed hitters have a better chance of hitting Reynolds than their righties given his ERA splits so far this season. This will be game 29 for the Express.
In Frisco pitching prospect Barret Loux is on the hill for the 17-10 RoughRiders. Loux one month into the season is 5-0 with a 1.63 ERA. After 5 starts he has allowed a remarkable 5 runs and 27 hits through 27.2 innings pitched. But perhaps to really understand how dominating he has been his walk to strikeout ratio has been 1:3.5. The Texas A&M alum is 23 years old and will hopefully be finishing the series against the San Antonio Missions with a win. This is game 28 for the ‘Riders.
Starting the last series of the road trip the Myrtle Beach Pelicans will be facing off against the Lynchburg Hillcats tonight. The Pelicans enter the series at 14-12 for the season and are sending Roman Mendez to the mound. Mendez is 1-3 with an ERA of 6.05. Clearly this is a disappointing start for Mendez who started the year with expectations of being a top level pitching prospect for the Rangers. He is so far inconsistent in the season and this is making getting a read on the issue troublesome. Mendez has given 2 quality starts, a less than spectacular start and 2 absolutely dreadful starts. Until he gets into his comfort zone this season he is not going to be a good number 2 starter behind Cody Buckel. This is the Pelican’s 27 game of the season.
Tonight the 16-10 Hickory Crawdads are ending their series against the Greensboro Grasshoppers. On the mound tonight will be 29 year old Dominican lefty Victor Payano. After 5 starts Payano is 2-0 with a 2.96 ERA. After 24.1 innings pitched he has allowed a mere 10 runs and 16 hits. He is slightly better against left handed hitters but being less than a percentage point difference in the ERA he clearly is adept against both sides of the plate. In the upcoming months it will be good to see if Payano can get passed 5 innings pitched, which was the limit of his work in April. This will be game 27 for the ‘Dads.
As always, go Rangers!