Yesterday the news came down that Yu Darvish is going on the DL with elbow inflammation, and Rangers nation all held their breath simultaneously. The team reacted to the Yu Darvish news the same way the fans did, not well. Miles Mikolas was not as bad as the score indicates, but he was not good either. We all need to remember that Mikolas is very young and he is going to have ups and downs, and last night was a down.
"“I realize my numbers on the road are night and day from at home,” Mikolas said according to texasrangers.com. “I’ve got to figure out how to be more consistent overall and make pitches at home like I do on the road.”"
Mikolas surrendered most of the runs, but he had a stretch where he retired seven in a row as well. He is coming along as a major league pitcher, and I see no reason why he shouldn’t continue getting the ball every 5th day. The offense was simply outmatched last night by a pitcher that brought his A game. Chris Archer dominated the Texas Rangers last night, and all we as fans can do is chalk it up to one of those nights. I prefer blowouts if a pitcher is going to be that good. I really hate it when the Rangers lose 1-0.
Robbie Ross gets the call tonight to take the place of Yu Darvish, and if he can pitch close to how he was pitching for Round Rock, then it should be an entertaining game to watch for Rangers fans tonight. Keep your heads up Rangers fans, we still have a team to root for!