Mike Minor Explains His Frustrations in 2020 MLB Opener for Rangers
Mike Minor didn’t feel it was his typical day on the mound.
In his season debut, Rangers’ lefty Mike Minor didn’t get off to the start he was looking for against the Rockies. A wild throw by Minor on a play at home plate may have prevented a tough loss at Globe Life Field.
“I thought we had a play at the plate,” said Minor. “And then obviously I tried to like skip it over there, thinking that was the quickest way. You know, bang-bang play or whatever; didn’t work out. So I felt like they battled pretty good today with the foul balls, and getting me deep in counts; and stuff like that. So, it was a frustrating day.”
The play resulted in an unearned run at the plate, but Colorado none the less pulled ahead of Texas 3-2. Minor (0-1) went five innings, giving up two runs (one earned); and struck out six. The southpaw also threw 69 out of 98 pitches for strikes.
RBI singles off the bats of Choo Shin-soo and Joey Gallo put the only runs on board for the Rangers.
“Today was kind of a grind,” said Minor. “You know just trying to feel it, trying to figure out some things. Luckily I felt like I had a decent slider, an ok changeup, and was kinda spinning the fastball a little bit more than what I would like. But I felt like I kept us in the game for the most part. But we always wanna go more than five innings, and then not make any errors.”