Sampson will work as a primary pitcher behind opener Jesse Chavez in Wednesday's game against the Mariners. It's the second straight outing Sampson will follow an opener, as he allowed two runs (one earned) over 5.1 innings Friday against the Cardinals. The 27-year-old has a 4.79 ERA, 1.55 WHIP and 24:12 K:BB over 41.1 innings this season.
Sampson (1-3) picked up the win in Friday's 7-3 victory over the Cardinals, giving up two runs (one earned) on seven hits and a walk over 5.1 innings of relief while striking out one. After Jose Leclerc struck out two batters in a perfect first innings as the opener for the Rangers. Sampson checked in and attacked the zone, throwing 69 of 97 pitches for strikes without allowing much hard contact -- a Jose Martinez double was the only extra-base hit St. Louis managed against him. The right-hander will take a 4.79 ERA and 24:12 K:BB through 41.1 innings into his next outing Wednesday, at home against the Mariners -- although whether he gets the start or works behind an opener again has yet to be determined.
Sampson will be deployed as a primary pitcher behind opener Jose Leclerc in Friday's series opener against the Cardinals, Robert Falkoff of MLB.com reports. "It'll be good [for Leclerc] to get those first three or four hitters out of the way, because I don't want to put an expectation of [Sampson] going 90 or 100 pitches," manager Chris Woodward said. Considering that Sampson has topped out at 82 pitches across his five starts this season, the bulk-relief assignment shouldn't translate to a substantial reduction in innings for the right-hander. Sampson should work long enough to be the top candidate to factor into any decision, but aside from potentially claiming a win, he can't be relied upon to offer much aid to fantasy managers. He's posted a 5.25 ERA, 1.56 WHIP and 23:11 K:BB across 36 innings this season.
Sampson (0-3) gave up six runs (five earned) on nine hits and one walk while striking out two through 3.1 innings taking the loss against the Astros on Sunday. Sampson gave up a leadoff home run to George Springer, setting the tone for an outing in which he was hit hard and often. After having a three-appearance scoreless streak, he has two consecutive outings allowing five earned runs. The right-hander has a 0-3 record with a 5.25 ERA through 36 innings. Sampson will look to get back on track Saturday against the Cardinals.
Sampson (0-2) allowed five runs on seven hits with two strikeouts and two walks across five innings in a loss to the Pirates on Tuesday. The Rangers gave Sampson a one-run lead heading into the bottom of the fourth, but the Pirates retook the lead that inning and then added to it with a long ball in the fifth. With this performance, Sampson snapped a streak of 9.2 straight scoreless innings. The 27-year-old is 0-2 with a 4.41 ERA, 1.41 WHIP and 21 strikeouts in 32.2 innings spanning eight appearances, including four starts this season. Assuming he remains in the rotation because of injuries, Sampson will start again Sunday at the Astros.