Nathan Eovaldi sends a very loud message
On April 28th Jacob deGrom had to be removed from his start against the Yankees with what was being termed elbow inflammation. He was put on the 15-day IL the next day. Nathan Eovaldi started in game two of that series and this start could have went several different ways. The team could have been despondent after losing their ace, the team plays flat, and loses a blowout against the Yankees at home. Instead Nathan Eovaldi assumed the role of team ace that night and showed that the Rangers are not going to miss a beat even after losing deGrom.
It was a brilliant outing that led to a dominant month of May that earned him the award of AL Pitcher of the Month. This outing quieted the noise that surrounded this team after the deGrom news and allowed them to move forward and continue to play great baseball.