May 17, 2014; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington (38) walks back to the dugout after pulling Rangers starting pitcher Robbie Ross (not pictured) during the fifth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Globe Life Park in Arlington. The Blue Jays defeated the Texas Rangers 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
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.