SEATTLE, WA - APRIL 25: Starting pitcher Robbie Ross Jr. #46 of the Texas Rangers pitches in the first inning against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on April 25, 2014 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
Robbie Ross Jr. takes the mound on Tuesday night for the Texas Rangers looking to help the Rangers bounce back from a beating on Monday night in Denver by the top offense in baseball. That came against young lefty Martin Perez, who got off to a fantastic start, but has been hit hard in his past two outings.
Now, Ross will get a shot at Troy Tulowitzki, Carlos Gonzalez and the rest of the Rockies' wrecking crew, and he's going to need some help from the defense behind him, which he hasn't enjoyed so far this season.
Ross leads the league in unearned runs allowed — not a great category to lead — but the bad thing about Ross is that he's let those defensive mistakes behind him snowball into some huge innings, most notably in an outing last week against the rival A's.
In that game, Ross was set to get out of an inning allowing three runs, but an Elvis Andrus error made matters worse and they quickly got really, really bad, as Ross ended up allowing 10 runs in the outing.
“Once an error happens, you can’t let that get to you,” Ross told reporters. “It’s something I have to think about and something I have to do better. But my job is to go out and execute pitches. I didn’t execute the pitches.”
Ross gets a chance for a rebound on Tuesday, but he has to do it in the proverbial hornets' nest that is Coors Field. Say your prayers for Mr. Ross. He'll need them.