Minor allowed one run on four hits and zero walks over five innings during Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader against the Mariners. He struck out seven and didn't factor in the decision.
The veteran left-hander delivered a strong outing during Saturday's matinee, but he had no chance at picking up a victory with Oakland's offense absent all day. Minor has appeared in five games since being acquired by the A's -- recording a 5.48 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 27:7 K:BB over 21.1 innings -- and his role heading into the playoffs remains unclear. Jesus Luzardo, Chris Bassitt and Sean Manaea are likely to start in the wild-card round, but who retains their spot in the rotation behind them is up in the air.
Minor (1-6) allowed six runs on four hits and three walks while striking out eight over five innings in a loss to the Giants on Sunday.
Minor was taken deep by Chadwick Tromp in the second inning and Darin Ruf in the fourth. Minor pitched into the sixth, and two of the runners he put on base scored when reliever J.B. Wendelken allowed a grand slam to Brandon Crawford. The 32-year-old Minor has struggled to a 5.92 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 55:20 K:BB in 51.2 innings this year between the Athletics and the Rangers. Minor could be a candidate to start one game of Saturday's doubleheader versus the Mariners.
Minor is listed as the starter for Sunday's game against the Giants, John Hickey of SI.com reports.
Minor earned his first win of the season Monday, and he'll attempt to carry his momentum into Sunday's series finale against San Francisco. Frankie Montas was initially believed to be a candidate to start after returning from the paternity list, but Minor will get the nod instead. Minor carries a 5.40 ERA and 47:17 K:BB over 46.2 innings across 10 appearances (nine starts) this season.
Minor (1-5) scattered two hits and two walks over seven shutout innings to pick up his first win of the year in the second game of Monday's doubleheader against the Mariners. He struck out a season-high eight.
The lefty fired 102 pitches (65 strikes) in what was by far his best performance of 2020 so far. Seattle didn't even get a runner into scoring position until the final frame, when Kyle Lewis hit a one-out double. Lewis was stranded after Minor needed only three more pitches to coax infield popups out of the next two batters to end the game. The 32-year-old has had a rough season, but if he can consistently regain his 2019 form he'll be a huge asset for the AL West-leading A's as they head into the postseason. Minor isn't yet scheduled for another start, but with Oakland playing seven games in six days next week to close out the campaign, he figures to be called upon at some point.
Minor is slated to start the second game of Monday's doubleheader with the Mariners in Seattle.
Minor stumbled in his first start with the Athletics on Sept. 8, giving up four runs on three hits and two walks over 3.1 innings en route to taking a no-decision against the Astros. Though the Athletics haven't committed to Minor sticking in the rotation following his Aug. 31 acquisition from Texas, the lefty will at least pick up one more start with the doubleheader requiring Oakland to at least temporarily roll out a six-man rotation. The Athletics will have another doubleheader set for Sept. 26 at Seattle, with the decision on who serves as the team's sixth starter that week likely coming down to Minor and prospect Daulton Jefferies, who struggled in his MLB debut Saturday in Texas.
Minor gave up four earned runs on three hits and two walks while striking out four in 3.1 innings Tuesday against the Astros. He did not factor in the decision.
He got into trouble in the fourth inning, when the Astros drew a pair of bases-loaded walks and scored on Carlos Correa's hit-by-pitch. Minor has now given up six earned runs in 4.1 innings with his new team. Oakland has a 4.5 game lead over Houston in the AL West, so it will probably give Minor at least one more start to try to right the ship before exploring other options.
Minor made his Athletics debut in relief during Friday's loss to the Padres, allowing two earned runs on two solo home runs over one inning.
The veteran southpaw, just acquired at the deadline, is expected to make his starting debut Tuesday, but manager Bob Melvin opted to give him a tune-up out of the bullpen Friday. Minor promptly yielded back-to-back homers to Fernando Tatis and Manny Machado in the seventh inning, making it an inauspicious start to his tenure in Oakland. The uneven performance was unfortunately par for the 2020 course for Minor, who now sports a career-high 2.2 HR/9 across 36.1 innings.
Athletics manager Bob Melvin said Minor will be available to pitch out of the bullpen in Friday's game against the Padres before joining the rotation Sept. 8 to start one half of a doubleheader with the Astros, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports.
After striking out 200 hitters and submitting a 3.59 ERA a season ago, Minor took a big step back through his first seven starts with Texas in 2020, posting a 5.60 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP in 35.1 innings. The downturn in performance made Minor an affordable target for the Athletics prior to Monday's trade deadline, but the team hasn't officially decided whether he'll be a solution in the rotation or if he'd be a better fit as a multi-inning arm out of the bullpen. At least in the short term, Minor looks poised to make a couple starts with the Athletics, who will temporarily implement a six-man rotation with a slew of doubleheaders on the docket beginning next week.
Athletics general manager David Forst said Monday that the newly acquired Minor could pitch out of the bullpen at some point this season, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports.
Forst said that Minor will get some starts with the A's scheduled to play multiple doubleheaders in the weeks ahead, but he noted that the veteran left-hander could later serve as a relief arm if needed. The 32-year-old's role will likely ultimately depend on how he fares in his first few outings with his new club, though the team's decision-making will also depend on how the rest of Oakland's staff performs in the near future.
The Athletics acquired Minor from the Rangers on Monday in exchange for two players to be named later, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports.
After Cleveland shipped Mike Clevinger to San Diego earlier in the day, Minor may have become the next-best starting pitcher aside from Dylan Bundy left available on the open market leading up to the 4 p.m. ET trade deadline. Minor emerged as a frontline member of the Texas rotation after racking up 200 strikeouts in 2019, but the drop in velocity he's experienced this season has prevented him from taking full advantage of Texas' more pitcher-friendly ballpark in 2020. Even though his season ERA and WHIP sit at a disappointing 5.60 and 1.36, respectively, Minor has still struck out nearly a batter an inning while generating groundballs at a 39.3 percent clip, so he at least has some potential to turn things around as he moves on to Oakland. Prior to the trade, Minor had been lined up to start Thursday, so he could make his Athletics debut in the team's series finale in Seattle that day.
Minor allowed four hits and three walks while striking out six over six scoreless innings in Friday's no-decision against the Dodgers.
After averaging fewer than five innings over his first five starts, Minor lasted six innings for a second straight appearance. The left-hander picked a great time for his best start of the season. Minor becomes a free agent in the offseason and with the Rangers expected to be sellers at Monday's trade deadline, he put up an attractive outing for potential suitors. Minor is on schedule to throw next Thursday at home against Houston if he remains with the Rangers.
Minor (0-5) gave up four runs on five hits and a walk while striking out four over six innings in a loss to the Mariners on Sunday.
All four of the runs against Minor came on homers by Kyle Lewis, Austin Nola and Sam Haggerty. It's the second start in a row in which Minor has allowed multiple hits to leave the yard. He has a 6.75 ERA, 1.40 WHIP and 29 strikeouts in 29.1 innings this season. The 32-year-old lefty lines up to face the hard-hitting Dodgers on Friday.
Minor (0-4) surrendered six runs on nine hits across 3.2 innings to take the loss Tuesday against the Padres. He had six strikeouts and one walk.
The strikeout total was the only positive for the left-hander versus the Friars, as he gave up two homers and a double while recording only 11 outs on 86 pitches. Minor is off to a rough start in 2020 with a 6.94 ERA, 1.50 WHIP and 25:9 K:BB through 23.1 innings, and he'll hope to get back on track next time out Sunday in Seattle.
Minor does not expect to have a pitch count when he takes the mound Tuesday against San Diego, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.
Minor experienced diminished velocity in his first three starts, which prompted the Rangers to limit him for his fourth outing. "No limitations," Minor said. "If something happens where the velocity drops, obviously we'll adjust but going into the start, no limitations." He was effective in his last outing, throwing 76 pitches over four scoreless innings. His fifth start comes on an extra day of rest.
Minor didn't factor into the decision in Tuesday's contest between the Rangers and the Mariners. He pitched four scoreless innings, allowing one hit and three walks while fanning four.
Minor tossed 76 pitches (46 for strikes) Tuesday as the Rangers wanted to decrease his workload due to fatigue reasons, and the move seemed to pay off -- Minor tossed his best start of the season after going 0-3 with a 6.83 ERA in his first three outings. The left-hander should remain in the rotation ahead of his next scheduled start at home against the Padres on Aug. 17, although he could be in line for another low-pitch count against one of the league's hottest offenses in 2020.
Minor will likely have a reduced pitch count when he makes his next scheduled start Tuesday against the Mariners, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.
Minor, who is 0-3 with a 6.83 ERA in his first three starts, has been dealing with fatigue and decreased velocity. The Rangers discussed the possibility of skipping a turn but instead decided on another course of action.
Minor (0-3) lost his third straight start Thursday, giving up five runs on four hits and two walks while striking out six over five innings against Oakland.
The game started well for Minor, who retired nine of the first 10 batters with a fastball that clocked in at his normal 92-93 mph. But he hit a wall in the fourth when the Athletics worked him over for four runs. The left-hander managed to get out of the fifth without any more damage, but Minor was done after 83 pitches -- 15 fewer than his previous outing. The coaches became concerned when they saw his fastball drop to 88-89 mph, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports. "I had the long inning and then came out for the fifth. I started warming up, and it's been like that the past couple of games, where I felt I hit a wall," Minor said. "Velocity was down. That's when I came back in, and they asked me how I felt. I said, 'I feel fine, I just don't have any gas in me.' I felt fatigued." Minor lugs a 6.89 ERA into his next start Tuesday at home against Seattle.
Minor is experiencing a drop in velocity on all four of his pitches over his first two starts, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.
Pitching during this odd and shortened season has been a challenge for all starters, and Minor is no different. Minor's fastball dropped from an average of 92.5 to 90.2 MPH over the first two starts. The left-hander said he feels a little "tight" and not as loose as he normally feels when pitching. "I think it's a mobility thing, a stretching-out thing," Minor said. "I'm hoping, over time, a couple of starts, it will start going back up. Sometimes, the balls I throw by guys are being fouled off or are jam-shot singles or hard hits. I think my stuff doesn't do as well with the lower velocity. I still have the ability to get guys out. I just have to pitch better." Minor has stumbled out of the gate in 2020, losing both of his starts and posting a 5.91 ERA.
Minor (0-2) took the loss Friday versus the Giants, allowing six runs on nine hits and two walks in 5.2 innings. He struck out three.
Minor cruised through four innings, but the Giants' bats came to life in the fifth and sixth, which put him in position to take the loss. The southpaw now has a 5.91 ERA and 1.41 WHIP through 10.2 innings after the poor outing. He'll try to get back on track in Oakland on Thursday.
Minor (0-1) allowed two runs (one earned) on three hits and one walk while striking out six over five innings in Saturday's 3-2 loss to the Rockies.
Minor wasn't at his best and needed 98 pitches, but the left-hander kept the Rangers in position to win. Unfortunately, they left 12 men on base while going 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position. The Texas offense has been weak through the first two games at the new Globe Life Field, scoring three runs on 11 hits in 18 innings. Minor will look for better support his next time out, expected next Saturday on the road against the Giants.
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