Roy Halladay is really, really good.
Not a whole lot to say about last night's 6-1 loss to Toronto. The offense was non-existent, save for one run on a Sammy Sosa RBI double down the left field line in the first inning that scored Kenny Lofton. Halladay's devastating efficiency on the mound allowed him to record a five hit complete game on just 110 pitches, with the game only lasting 2:02.
Vicente Padilla allowed four runs in his seven innings of work, giving up six hits and four walks while striking out four. The most disturbing part? Three home runs. Granted, Padilla was given little run support last night (and has the lowest run support of any starter in the American League, at 2.57 runs per game) but he couldn't really expect much help with Halladay on the mound, anyway. Although Padilla is now 0-4 on the year with a 5.66 ERA, he said after the game his arm was feeling fine, so at least it's not an injury issue.
No updates on the Frank Catalanotto or Eric Gagne injury situations yet, other than that if Frank's out for more than two or three days, the club will place him on the disabled list. Victor Diaz remains the likeliest candidate to replace Cat.
Wes Littleton was supposed to have been called up for Monday night's game, but mechanical problems struck. They weren't recurring mechanical problems in Littleton's delivery, though - the plane was to blame this time, and Littleton subsequently arrived late in Toronto. The Rangers are taking him with them back to Arlington, and he could still be added to the 25-man roster before tonight's game. Good to see they're not leaving him stranded in Canada.
Jamey Wright is expected to begin throwing again today. I'll bite my tongue on this one.
John Mayberry Jr. hit a three run walkoff blast last night to lead single-A Bakersfield over Lancaster, 8-6. He's now 9 for 21 with four home runs and 13 RBI in his last five games.
Texas begins a three game set tonight with the New York Yankees. With the Rangers 4.5 games behind first place Anaheim, things have got to get better fast.
Rain has been dampening the Metroplex for most of the day, but it appears the latest band of storms has moved out of the area, and the game should begin as scheduled.
Tuesday, May 1st Game Preview
New York Yankees (9-14) at Texas Rangers (10-15)
Philip Hughes (0-1, 8.31 ERA) vs. Kameron Loe (1-1, 5.21 ERA)
7:05 PM CST in Arlington, Texas (Rangers Ballpark in Arlington)
TV: FSNSW | Radio: KRLD 1080 AM
Note: MVN's first baseball power rankings are out today, including contributions from yours truly. For the record, I placed the Rangers at #25. I can't say I'd change that much right now.