Game Recap: Rangers doomed by five-run first inning, lose series to Mets

  • Nick Tepesch, who throws a sinker that averages 89.8 mph, has produced ground balls at a 38.6 percent clip this season. Sunday, however, the Mets recorded just 11.8 percent grounders against him.

While effective at getting ground balls, opponents are actually hitting .319 off the sinker this season, making it the least effective of Tepesch's four primary pitches (that number sits at .400 against the changeup, which he has thrown just 42 times).

Tepesch looked to be throwing a lot of cutters Sunday, and history would've suggested that was a wise move. His opponent batting average is just .176 against his cutter.

Tepesch had only allowed two first-inning runs in his eight starts this season before giving up five in the first Sunday.

Tepesch's four walks tied a career high, matching a mark he had reached just twice: Against Cleveland on June 7 and on May 6 of last year against the Cubs.

  • Robinson Chirinos caught Lucas Duda stealing in the third inning for the second out of a strike-him-out, throw-him-out double play. Chirinos has now thrown out 20 of 42 base stealers this year for the best percentage in MLB (47.6 percent).
  • Texas was just 1-for-8 (.125 BA) with runners in scoring position Sunday. The Rangers are hitting .249 as a team with RISP this season, good for 20th in the league. The Mets, who went 3-for-7 with RISP Sunday, rank 23rd (.242 BA).
  • Alex Rios ended a 45-game homerless streak with his solo shot in the 8th inning. His last home run came on May 14.
  • Leonys Martin had gone 29 games without a home run before his two-run eighth-inning blast
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