Would the real Kameron Loe please stand up?
What a difference three weeks can make! Back on June 3rd, I was about ready to write off K Loe as a future bullpen assett at best, but realized that if ever a team could be patient with young pitchers, the current Rangers are it (https://rangersorrobbers.wordpress.com/2007/06/03/fighting-to-be-patient-with-rangers-pitchers).
Until this month, Loe had only seen the win column once all season – in his first start back on April 21. Nine mostly bad starts after that, his era ballooned up to 7.40 on June 7 when he gave up 9 runs in only 2.2 innings to the Detroit Tigers at home in the Ballpark. And even “Mr. Optimism” Ron Washington was losing patience with Loe.
But injuries to other pitchers ensured that Loe kept getting starts. And since then, Loe’s won three straight, including a gem against the same Tigers tonight in Detroit, and his era is an amazing 2.07 over 21.2 innings in those three starts.
This is looking earily like the Loe we saw hints of in ’05 and Spring Training. Loe becomming a bonified starter who can win more than lose could become the biggest story this side of Marlon Byrd for the Rangers this year.