Sampson (0-3) allowed three runs (two earned) on seven hits and no walks while striking out four across 6.2 innings to take the loss Saturday against the Mariners. Sampson entered the game allowing 3.3 HR/9 but kept the Mariners in the yard, not allowing a home run across his 6.2 innings. He generated only six swinging strikes but was effective enough to record his first quality start. Besides his trouble with the long ball, Sampson managed a respectable 4.30 ERA and 1.22 WHIP across 23 innings this year.
Sampson allowed four earned runs on five hits and two walks while striking out six across 5.1 innings Monday against the Angels. He did not factor into the decision. Sampson allowed three solo home runs, which accounted for the majority of the damage against him. Long balls have been a big problem for him throughout his brief stint at the major-league level, as he has now allowed 3.3 HR/9 across 16.1 innings for the season. He's likely to take the ball for his final start of the season Saturday against the Mariners.
Sampson will start Monday's game against the Angels. Sampson will toe the rubber in Monday's series opener in what may be his last start of the 2018 season. The 26-year-old has appeared in three games for the Rangers since he was called up from Triple-A Round Rock, posting a 4.09 ERA with five strikeouts over 11 frames.
Sampson will remain in the Rangers' rotation and make two more starts before the end of the season, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports. Sampson, who has allowed three runs in 10.2 innings as a starter, will next pitch Sunday against the Mariners. "He is showing the ability to pitch," manager Jeff Banister said. "His stuff plays up when he is able to locate and execute. As the game progresses, the stuff gets better. The mix is what he has success with. It's an intriguing look." The right-hander is auditioning for a spot in the 2019 rotation, which is projected to have at least four openings.
Sampson (0-2) took the loss versus the Rays on Wednesday. He went 5.2 innings and allowed two runs on a walk and six hits while striking out two. It was a serviceable outing for Sampson, who hasn't given up more than two runs in any of his three MLB appearances this season. His ERA stands at 4.09 through 11 innings, but with just five strikeouts over that stretch and an 83.3 percent strand rate, it seems like he has been pretty fortunate (6.61 FIP). His next start should come Sunday against the Mariners.