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Is Sam Dyson going to lose his job as the Rangers closer?

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The season is only three games old for the Texas Rangers, but two of them have been really dang rough for their closer, Sam Dyson.

On Monday Dyson came into the Opening Day game against the Indians in the ninth inning and gave up three runs on four hits, retiring two batters and taking the L. Last night Dyson came into the game with a two-run lead, gave up two quick singles, issued a walk and then gave up a grand slam to Francisco Lindor to blow the save and lose the game. ERA is sort of pointless two games into the season, but seeing “72.00” on his stat line right now is somethin’.

Dyson saved 38 games for the Rangers last year but, there are a lot of other potential closers on the Rangers’ roster. Jeremy Jeffress has closed before. Some think Matt Bush is the Rangers’ closer of the future. Even Keone Kela, despite being demoted to Triple-A for disciplinary reasons to start the season, has the potential to close. Dyson is not etched in stone for ninth inning duties. There are options.

For now, though, manager Jeff Banister is sticking with Dyson, saying last night that “this is a guy that’s been really good for us. I’m not going to jump off after two games.” And that’s probably especially true when it’s two games against the Indians, who will likely have one of the best offenses in the American League this year.

But it sure is a dubious start to the season for the Rangers’ closer. A few more outings like the ones he’s had this week and he’ll be working a different inning.

How Yu Darvish tipped his pitches during the World Series

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You hear a lot about pitchers tipping pitches. It’s often offered up post-facto as an excuse for poor performance by the pitcher himself or his own team. It’s sort of like the “best shape of my life” thing being offered in the offseason to talk about why the player got injured or played badly the previous year. “Smitty’s stuff is still great, he was just tipping his pitches,” said a source close to the player whose stuff is not really great anymore.

Which isn’t to say that pitchers don’t tip pitches. Of course they do. Opposing teams look for it, pick up on it and take advantage of it whenever they can. It’s just that (a) the opposing team has an interest in not talking about it, lest the pitcher STOP tipping its pitches; and (b) the guy actually tipping his pitches doesn’t want to talk specifically about it lest he starts doing it again.

Which is what makes this article at Sports Illustrated so interesting. In it Tom Verducci talks to an anonymous Houston Astros player who explains how Dodgers starter Yu Darvish was tipping his pitches during the World Series, leading to him getting absolutely shellacked in Games 3 and 7. The upshot: the Astros knew when a slider or a cutter was coming, they waited for it and they teed off.

Darvish is a free agent now. I’m guessing, whoever signs him, knows exactly what they’ll gave him work on the first day of spring training.