Grading the Starting Rotation Performance in April

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Apr 8, 2017; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers starting pitcher Yu Darvish (11) delivers to the plate in the top of the first inning against the Oakland Athletics at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Ray Carlin-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 8, 2017; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers starting pitcher Yu Darvish (11) delivers to the plate in the top of the first inning against the Oakland Athletics at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Ray Carlin-USA TODAY Sports /
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Apr 17, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; Texas Rangers starting pitcher A.J. Griffin (64) pitches the ball against the Oakland Athletics during the sixth inning at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 17, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; Texas Rangers starting pitcher A.J. Griffin (64) pitches the ball against the Oakland Athletics during the sixth inning at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports /

A.J. Griffin

A.J. Griffin made three April starts before heading to the disabled list with a gout in his left ankle. During his short career as a Ranger, Griffin has shown the ‘ability’ to either get absolutely shelled or pitch a masterpiece. There’s rarely a middle ground. April fared no different.

He gave up four runs in 3.1 innings during his first start of the season against the Athletics earning a game score of 26, his third lowest score as a Ranger.

Two starts later he faced the Athletics again, pitching six scoreless innings while striking out eight earning him a game score of 78, his second highest score as a Ranger.

The main issue with Griffin is you simply don’t know what you’re going to get when he takes the mound.

He has pitched well enough to earn more playing time once he returns to the team, which could be as early as tomorrow. Wether or not he still has a spot once Tyson Ross comes off the disabled list remains to be seen.

A.J. GRIFFIN. C+. 2-0, 4.11 ERA, 4.44 FIP, 9.39 K/9. SP. Texas Rangers

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