Scott Baker starts Friday at Detroit against Tigers. Robbie Ross will move to Rangers bullpen.
— Evan Grant (@Evan_P_Grant) May 20, 2014
This doesn’t come as a huge surprise with the way Robbie Ross has been pitching lately. The Rangers have used Baker once this year in long relief situation back on May 7 against the Colorado Rockies when he relieved starting pitcher Colby Lewis. During that relief appearance he went 5.1 innings (79-48) had a 3.38 ERA, opposing batting average .200, 0.94 WHIP, 2 strikeouts and 1 walk.
Scott Baker has a record of 4-1, 3.32 ERA, 14 earned runs, 30 strikeouts, 11 walks over 6 starts/38.0 innings.
Ron Washington commented on giving Baker a chance to start on Friday against the Detroit Tigers.
“He’s got experience,” Washington said. “He’s been out there trying to get 27 outs before. We’ll give him a shot. Where we are is giving guys opportunities so he’ll get an opportunity.” (T.R. Sullivan – MLB.com)
The Rangers obviously needed to make a change with Robbie Ross, right now this seems like a good move. Baker has pitched well in triple-A and did well in his one relief appearance. If he does well, I would expect him to get another start, if not then get ready to see Joe Saunders start again.