|Bats / Throws||Right / Left|
|Date of Birth||12/26/1987|
|Height, Weight||6'4", 210 lbs|
|From||Chapel Hill, TN|
|Drafted||2009 - Rd 1|
Minor (8-5) struck out 10 but took the loss Friday as the Rangers fell 4-3 to the Astros. He gave up four runs on seven hits and a walk over seven innings.
All four runs against the lefty came off Houston solo homers, including a back-to-back-to-back set in the third inning, so Minor actually did well to limit the damage as much as he did. The loss was his first since May 30, while the double-digit-strikeout performance was his third of the year. Minor will take a 2.86 ERA and 131:45 K:BB through 129 innings into his next outing Wednesday in Seattle.
Minor didn't factor into the decision in Saturday's 7-6 extra-innings loss to the Astros, allowing four runs on seven hits and three walks over five innings while striking out seven.
After posting very impressive numbers in June (3-0, 1.70 ERA, 0.97 WHIP in five starts), Minor has stumbled in July, failing to pitch into the sixth inning in his starts on either side of the All-Star break. The 31-year-old southpaw still has a sharp 2.73 ERA and 121:44 K:BB through 122 innings on the year, but after throwing 157 IP in 2018 -- his first time as a regular member of a rotation since 2014 -- there could be some workload concerns with Minor in the second half. He'll look to get back on track Friday in a road rematch with Houston.
Minor won't start Sunday as originally announced, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.
Sullivan further elaborated to say that Minor is not hurt, but instead that the team wants to give him extra rest. The lefty has an impressive 2.54 ERA and 1.13 WHIP with 114 strikeouts through 117 innings this season, though he lasted just 4.1 innings while surrendering three earned runs in his last start Tuesday. Joe Palumbo will draw the start Sunday in his place.
Minor surrendered three runs on two hits and four walks over 4.1 innings during Tuesday's loss to the Angels. He had four strikeouts but didn't factor in the decision.
Minor ended up giving up only three runs but he labored throughout the evening, needing 110 pitches to record only 13 outs. The left-hander was originally scheduled to pitch Monday, but the game was postponed following the death of Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs. Minor currently lines up to start Sunday's game at Minnesota, which would prevent him from pitching in the All-Star Game next week.
The Rangers list Minor as their probable starter for Tuesday's game against the Angels.
Minor was slated to take the hill Monday in the series opener with Los Angeles before the contest was postponed following the tragic death of Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs. According to Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic, both teams are prepared to play Tuesday's game as scheduled, so Minor will just be moved back a day and take the hill on five days' rest. Minor is coming off a complete-game victory over the Tigers and was named to his first All-Star Game over the weekend.