But consensus has UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen still available when the Giants pick second and possibly when the Jets pick third on April 26.
News from the Left Coast may be giving the local teams pause, however.
Rosen is quoted as saying, OK, my family isn’t, like, stupid wealthy. But I’m coming from a place where if football doesn’t work out, I don’t have to work at McDonald’s.
The quote has some scouts wondering if the three-year starter has the heart to play, according to a report by MarketWatch.
He faced them on July 31, 2016, his second game back after recovering from Tommy John surgery, and threw 5 1/3 shutout innings with eight strikeouts, but did not receive the decision in the 5-3 loss at Angel Stadium.
Faria has gone 0-4 with a 5.80 ERA in his last 10 appearances, this after opening his rookie year with a sterling 5-1 record and 2.67 ERA. As hard as wins have been to come by, he has given up more than three runs only three times in his 17 career starts.
This will be his first career start against the Rangers, and he’ll face a Texas team that has won three of four games, including a 7-2 victory against the Rays on Tuesday night. Texas (7-12) counters with a third straight left-hander in Cole Hamels, who is 1-2 with a 4.50 ERA this season.
No pitcher in baseball has allowed more home runs than the seven Hamels has allowed in his 22 innings, including three to lead off games. It’ll help him if he can get the run support that Matt Moore got Tuesday — Shin-Soo Choo and Authentic Alex Ovechkin Jersey Isiah Kiner-Falefa were table setters, with Choo scoring four runs and Kiner-Falefa getting four hits to spark the Rangers lineup.
Any time your 1-2 can do that, you’re going to score some runs, manager Jeff Banister said. It was one of our better offensive nights. The table got set very well tonight with Choo and Kiner.
Kiner-Falefa, a rookie shortstop, had two hits in his first 17 major league at-bats prior to Tuesday.
Hamels has a history with the Rays — he won at Tropicana Field in the 2008 World Series, when the Phillies beat Tampa Bay. In the regular season, he’s just 1-1 with a 3.00 ERA against the Rays (4-13), allowing one run in 14 innings in his last two starts.