ARLINGTON, TX - JULY 07: Miles Mikolas #36 of the Texas Rangers pitches against the Houston Astros in the top of the first inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on July 7, 2014 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
Look, let's be blunt, we're talking about Miles Mikolas here.
He's a good, like many on this current version of the Texas Rangers, who shouldn't be sniffing a big-league diamond, whether it's because of youth or just ability, and we can probably chalk Mikolas up to the latter reason.
But circumstances have brought the righty into the Rangers' starting rotation after they designated the ineffective Joe Saunders for assignment, and on Monday night against what amounts to a stacked Triple-A lineup, Mikolas' true colors shined through.
After making his first start as a Ranger last week in Baltimore and showing pretty well, falling two outs shy of a quality start, Mikolas was back on the hill on Monday in the Rangers' series opener against the Astros and by the time the Astros were finished with the second inning, they were leading 6-0. Mikolas was finally chased in the fourth inning after a three-run homer from Jonathan Singleton.
Mikolas' final line: 12 hits, nine earned runs in 3 1/3 innings.
That's rough, and it's probably pretty indicative of what's coming in the future as this funk gets deeper with the summer heat and no reinforcements coming. Buckle up, Rangers fans, it's going to be a long summer.