Patton pitched a perfect ninth inning Tuesday while striking out a hitter to earn his second save of the season in a 4-3 win over the Rockies.
Patton needed just 10 pitches to work through the ninth and was able to close the game on a swinging strikeout of Garrett Hampson. It was his first save since Aug. 2 and just his second of the year. The 33-year-old owns a 3.99 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 35:14 K:BB over 29.1 innings (30 appearances) this season and could be in line for a few additional save opportunities over the final month of the season if Joe Barlow is unavailable or if the Rangers just want to give him some more looks in late-game scenarios.
Patton allowed one run on one hit and three walks while striking out two over two-thirds of an inning and was tagged with a blown save in Tuesday's 5-4 extra-inning win over Seattle.
Patton has been given the ball three times to close out games since the Rangers traded Ian Kennedy and has blown two of those opportunities. Patton fell into the role, as manager Chris Woodward didn't have any attractive options. The manager is not married to Patton as the closer and could use others.
Patton struck out one over a scoreless ninth inning to earn the save in Monday's 4-1 win over the Angels.
Patton blew his first save opportunity Saturday, but he was given a shot at redemption Monday and converted. The 33-year-old has taken an unlikely path to becoming a closer, and it's not a given that he holds onto the job, but manager Chris Woodward has used him for the first two save opportunities following the departure of Ian Kennedy.
Patton (1-1) picked up the win in Saturday's 5-4 extra-inning victory over the Mariners, giving up two runs (one earned) on three hits and a walk over two innings. He struck out two.
The 33-year-old got the first chance to replace Ian Kennedy in the closer role for the Rangers, entering the contest in the ninth inning to protect a 3-2 lead, but he instead served up a game-tying homer to Ty France. Patton was then on the hook for a loss when he allowed the phantom runner to score in the top of the 10th, only for Jonah Heim to flip the script with a walkoff homer in the bottom of the frame. That kind of roller-coaster performance isn't going to endear him to Texas manager Chris Woodward, and Patton's first shot at a save could end up being his last this season.
Patton is expected to be the opener Sunday, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports.
This news conflicts with a report from Kennedi Landry of MLB.com, who said Taylor Hearn will start Sunday against the Astros. The Morning News report did mention Hearn would likely follow Patton, so either way, Hearn is expected to pitch bulk innings.
Patton (0-1) was tagged with the loss to Oakland on Saturday, allowing four runs (three earned) on two hits and one walk while striking out one over two-thirds of an inning.
Patton allowed the runner on second to start the 11th inning to score and gave up a second run on a wild pitch before he paid for a mistake pitch to Stephen Piscotty, who launched a two-run home run. Patton had been an effective reliever when called upon since his contract was selected from Triple-A Round Rock on June 9. The 33-year-old right-hander had not allowed a run in 13 of 14 outings since he joined the Rangers, leading to an 0.77 ERA.
Patton's contract was selected by the Rangers on Wednesday.
Patton served as a non-roster invitee this spring but began the season with Triple-A Round Rock. He made 11 appearances in the minors to begin the year and posted a 1.00 WHIP and 12:6 K:BB across 12 scoreless innings. Josh Sborz will likely be the favorite for save chances while Ian Kennedy (hamstring) is on the injured list, but Patton could be an option for late-game situations after he picked up four saves with the Triple-A club to begin the year.
Patton signed with Texas as a non-roster invitee Tuesday.
The 32-year-old doesn't have a particularly impressive MLB resume, having recorded a 6.26 ERA at the highest level in 54.2 innings of work. He's been out of the league for four years while pitching in Japan, where he posted a solid 3.68 ERA, though most of his success came in his first two seasons overseas. His 5.15 ERA in 2019 and 4.92 ERA in 2020 don't bode particularly well for his chances of breaking camp with the Rangers.
Patton impressed scouts from multiple teams at a recent workout, Robert Murray of FanSided.com reports.
Patton appears to be trying to make a big-league comeback after spending the last four years pitching for Yokohama in Japan. His 3.68 ERA over that stretch is a solid mark, and it comes with a 27.5 percent strikeout rate, but he's coming off a pair of unimpressive seasons, posting ERAs of 5.15 and 4.92. He wasn't a particularly notable pitcher before heading overseas, as he struggled to a 6.26 ERA in 54.2 innings, so the odds of him suddenly becoming an important piece of a big-league bullpen in his age-33 season are quite slim.
Patton signed with the Yokohama BayStars of Japan on Wednesday, FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman reports.
The 28-year-old righty has only logged 54.2 innings in the majors and will take the opportunity to get a more reliable role in Japan. The Cubs' 40-man roster now sits at 37.
Patton was recalled from Triple-A Iowa on Tuesday, Patrick Mooney of CSN Chicago reports.
The right-hander has bounced between levels throughout 2016 -- he was recalled four different times over the first five months -- but he will settle in for good as part of the Cubs' expanded roster. Patton owns a 6.04 ERA and 1.42 WHIP in 50.2 career innings in the majors and will likely be used primarily in mop-up duty over the final few weeks.
Patton was optioned back to Triple-A Iowa on Wednesday, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports.
The Cubs brought up Tommy La Stella, who is in Wednesday's lineup, so the move to demote Patton was made to free up a spot on the 25-man roster. Patton made three appearances for the Cubs during this latest big league stint, allowing five hits and two earned runs across five innings.
Patton was recalled from Triple-A Iowa, Patrick Mooney of CSN Chicago reports.
Patton will fill a roster spot that opened up after Chris Coghlan was placed on the DL. Patton has excelled with Iowa, posting a 0.77 ERA and 1.03 WHIP over 34 games. Unfortunately, his success hasn't translated to the MLB where he owns an ERA and WHIP of 5.11 and 1.54, respectively.
The Cubs have optioned Patton to Triple-A Iowa, Carris Muskat of MLB.com reports.
Patton, who was recalled from Triple-A on Monday, has been sent back down as the Cubs activated recently acquired reliever Joe Smith. The 28-year-old will have a hard time making it back to Chicago before rosters expand in September as the Cubs have acquired three relievers over the past two weeks.
Patton was recalled from Triple-A Iowa on Monday.
He will return for his third stint with the big club this season, replacing Brian Matusz. Patton has given up seven earned runs on 12 hits and seven walks in nine appearances with the Cubs this season and will work exclusively in the middle innings.
Patton has been optioned to Triple-A Iowa on Friday, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports.
Patton has spent time with both Triple-A Iowa and the Cubs this season, accumulating 38.1 innings. In his time with the Cubs, Patton compiled a 5.11 ERA and 1.54 WHP with 12 strikeouts in 12.1 relief innings. The 28-year-old will head back to Triple-A where he owns a 1.04 ERA.
Patton struck out one and walked one over one scoreless inning against the Mets on Friday.
Starter Jason Hammel only lasted four innings, so Patton came in a bit earlier than usual. The reliever had a stellar spring, but has spent most of the year with Triple-A Iowa. With the Cubs, he has a 4.76 ERA in eight appearances.
Patton was recalled Tuesday, Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Patton made a brief appearance in the majors in early May but was sent down to Triple-A after a three day stint. During his time with Triple-A Iowa following his demotion, the 28-year-old posted a 1.04 ERA and 1.04 WHIP and struck out 42 batters in 26 innings. He'll provide depth in the Cubs' bullpen during his most recent stay in the bigs.
Patton was sent back to Triple-A on Sunday, MLB.com's Carrie Muskat reports.
Patton made one appearance while up with the big leagues, giving up a walk, a hit and an earned run without recording an out. He was merely a temporary replacement for Neil Ramirez, who had been place on the bereavement list earlier in the week. With Ramirez now back in the bullpen, Patton will return to the minors, as expected.
Patton was recalled from Triple-A Iowa on Thursday, Mark Gonzales of MLB.com reports.
The Cubs placed Neil Ramirez on the bereavement list Thursday, so Patton will come up to temporarily fill his roster spot. Ramirez will be required to miss at least three games, but no more than seven games, so it's likely that Patton's stay with the big league club will be short.
|Last 7 Games|
|09/22||@ NYY||L 3-7||1||0.2||4||4||1||1|
|09/20||@ NYY||L 3-4||1.1||1||0||0||1|
|09/18||vs CHW||W 2-1||1.0||1||0||0||0|
|09/17||vs CHW||L 0-8||1.0||2||1||0||2|
|09/15||vs HOU||L 2-7||1.0||0||0||0||2|
|09/11||@ OAK||W 8-6||1.0||1||0||0||1|
|09/08||@ ARI||W 8-5||1.0||0||0||0||1|
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|Minor League Pitching Stats|
|2011||R-Idaho Falls Chukars||39.0||19||2||0||3||1||2||56||15||42||3.46||1.462|
|2012||R-Idaho Falls Chukars||57.0||16||8||0||0||7||0||84||21||67||6.32||1.544|
|2013||AFA-Wilmington Blue Rock||64.1||25||2||0||5||2||2||76||20||49||1.97||1.076|
|2013||AA-Northwest Arkansas N||18.0||12||0||0||0||0||0||27||6||9||1.50||0.833|
|2014||AAA-Omaha Storm Chasers||46.1||34||0||0||4||3||14||60||22||26||4.10||1.041|
|2014||AAA-Round Rock Express||16.0||15||0||0||1||1||4||25||3||16||3.38||1.188|
|2015||AAA-Round Rock Express||27.0||26||0||0||2||0||11||36||9||21||1.67||1.111|