Thursday, September 14, 2023

Newsletter Excerpt, September 14, 2023 -- "Thinking Inside the Box"


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Rangers 10, Blue Jays 0

                     IP  H  R ER BB  K
Montgo’y (W, 9-11)  7.0  4  0  0  1  3

We started the week wondering if the Rangers could do enough to stay in the race. They, uh, did. Last night’s obliteration of the Blue Jays locked up a series win, pushed them into the #2 wild-card slot and kept them within a game of the Astros in the AL West. The Rangers, who lost Max Scherzer for the season Tuesday night, bounced back behind their other big deadline pickup.

For the second straight season, Jordan Montgomery has changed teams at the deadline and shown out. He has a 3.59 ERA and 3.55 FIP for the Rangers in eight starts, averaging six innings a start and walking just nine of 191 batters faced. Depending on how you feel about Nathan Eovaldi’s reliability, Montgomery might be the Rangers’ #1 starter in the postseason, ahead of Eovaldi and Jon Gray.