Most will tell you there won’t be a trade to be made until the trading deadline at the end of July. I’m not sure the Rangers can wait that long.
With Feliz out,
has had to turn to aging pitchers Arthur Rhodes and Darren Oliver to assume the closing duties and wonders if veteran pitcher Brett Tomko is going to hold down the fort or implode from one night to the next. Washington
Mark Lowe was sent to the minors because he couldn’t get anyone out and Darren O’Day’s struggles with command have also reared their ugly head.
So what is Ron Washington to do?
First I’d stomp into general manager Jon Daniel’s office and say a simple, “thanks for nothing,” or he can try to put things together the best way he can to try and stop the bleeding.
Through the first month of the season, aside from the Red Sox and Orioles, the Rangers have struggled against the best the American League East has to offer, losing two of three to the New York Yankees and dropping the first two of a three-game set to the Toronto Blue Jays.
The four losses in five games really can not be blamed on the lack of offense which scored 17 runs over those five games. It has been the pitching rotation, aside from the ace C.J. Wilson, who can not seem to figure out how to get the job done against the teams who could play a major role in their playoff lives down the stretch.
Alexi Ogando, untouchable before making his very first start against the Yankees, would give up three home runs in just over six innings of work. His offense gave Ogando the lead twice and both times he coughed it up.
Another starter who has yet to have even a decent start is Colby Lewis. Through four starts (22.0 IP) Lewis has given up 17 earned runs, eight of which have been of the long ball variety.
Derek Holland, a young pitcher Ranger fans watched as he struggled in the World Series, has only been effective a few times so far this season.
After winning his first two starts of the season, giving up just three combined runs over 12 complete innings of work,
has given up 10 earned runs over his next two starts (14.2 IP) including three home runs. Holland
Then there’s Matt Harrison. He looked like a star in the making. A young pitcher who the Ranger fans loved to come out and watch and he was a guy they knew would take the ball every fifth day and get their team a win.
It all came to a screeching halt on a Tuesday night against the Blue Jays. He lasted just three innings and was hammered for seven earned runs.
There are more questions than there are answers with this team. Three of their starters are struggling, they are missing one of their best hitters, and they are missing their closer.
While most teams would not make a trade this early in the season, maybe it’s time for Daniels and team owner Nolan Ryan to look in to their minor league system to see if there is anyone who can help them get through the rough patches.