Our Own Personal Reaper

“If you had told me in the off-season that we’d see Nick Tepesch and Justin Grimm in the starting rotation, I’d have called you crazy.”

That sentence probably reflects the majority of Rangers fans thoughts on the current starting rotation. So far, though, they’ve been very, very good. They’ve done their best to keep the club in contention in the absence of Matt Harrison and both are pitching like they’d like to stay after Harrison and Lewis return from their respective DL stints.

Tepesch has been impressive in three complete starts and even a very partial start last week. His debut was the talk of the town, and deservedly so. He went 7.1 innings with 1 run on 4 hits, 3 walks & 5 strikeouts, all against a Tampa Bay lineup that can be scary if given the chance. His two starts against Seattle were decent, even though one was cut short with a wrist injury. His second start against Seattle, last Saturday, looked to be promising as he was displaying a nice efficiency with his pitch count. He picked up right where he left off last night in Minnesota, allowing just one run over 6 2/3 innings, scattering five hits and issuing no free passes.

Grimm has been something of a magician since being called upon to fill in for Matt Harrison. His first start, which was against Seattle, he only went 4 innings. His pitch count was the problem, logging 92 that night. He didn’t qualify for the win, but he did only yield the 2 runs and allowed the offense to tack on 4 runs to get a win. His second start, last Sunday, went much better. He went 6 innings, with 1 run on 6 hits, 1 walk and a career high 9 strikeouts. As with Tepesch, his next start will be against Minnesota tonight.

I’m very intrigued by how these two hold up. They’ve done well so far, but have yet to face some truly menacing line-ups (Detroit chief among them). There is a lot of season left, but this will be special for them if they hold up and continue to contribute with solid outings. I anticipate that if they both continue to do well, one may likely displace Ogando from the rotation upon Lewis’ return and one would displace either Derek Lowe or Jason Frasor in the bullpen. 

Sarah Powers is a Staff Writer for ShutDowninning.com. She can be reached at sarah.powers@shutdowninning.com or on Twitter @Power_Play86.

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