CHICAGO -- Rangers reliever Koji Uehara was the first to admit it following the White Sox game-winning rally against him on Saturday -- he needs to make some changes.
After allowing Alex Rios' go-ahead double in two-thirds of an inning Saturday, Uehara has now given up a run in four of his nine appearances with the Rangers, sporting a 4.32 ERA over those 8 1/3 innings. When he was traded to the Rangers on July 31, Uehara brought with him a 1.72 ERA over 47 innings of work, conceding a run in just eight of his 43 appearances with the Orioles.
"I'm not really [satisfied] with my performance since I arrived here," Uehara said through translator Jiwon Bang. "I've got to make adjustments."
Manager Ron Washington wasn't ready to give up on the recently acquired reliever quite yet though. One constant for Uehara, regardless of the uniform he's wearing, has been his ability to throw strikes. The right-hander has struck out 10 while issuing just one walk since arriving in Texas, raising his season totals to 72 strikeouts and only nine walks. His 8-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio was fourth best among relievers entering Sunday and, for his career, Uehara has struck out 175 and walked just 26.
"That's the way he throws. He throws up in the zone, he throws down in the zone and uses his splitter," Washington said. "He gets outs. There's no perfection in this game. Rios just got him that time."