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3. Stomly Pimentel
Stolmy Pimentel is the type of pitcher who will continue to intrigue major league front offices. Even though his fastball sits in the mid 90’s, he has still struck out over a batter per inning in the majors. His ground ball tendencies and devastating sinker make Pimentel seem like the perfect setup man, or even future closer.
This week, however, Pimentel struggled. In his two appearances, Pimentel allowed three runs on four hits in his 2.1 innings worked. Opponents had a .400 batting average against him, as Pimentel was unable to get those round balls to find gloves.
The week was not all bad for Pimentel, however. He did continue to generate swings and misses, striking out two during that time. However, the fact that Pimentel had a .500 batting average against on balls in play has to be alarming for the Texas Rangers. While he has been solid overall this year, Pimentel did post a 5.23 ERA and a 1.531 WHiP for the Pirates last year. Is the Stolmy Pimentel of the past week the real reliever, or did he turn a corner and just have a bad week?
That is the question the Texas Rangers will be asking themselves. While the bullpen has generally been solid, the Rangers cannot afford for the Bad Pimentel to rear his head.
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