IF there is one thing that we can all count on about the 2014 Texas Rangers, is it the fact that they are consistently inconsistent. They have flashes of brilliance followed by flashes of, well, last night. Let’s look at starting pitching for an example:
In his first three starts in June with the Texas Rangers, Joe Saunders had an ERA of 3.58, and in his last three starts in June, Saunders had an ERA of 5.14.
In the same vein, Colby Lewis is sitting at a 5.71 ERA on the whole season, but his last three starts he is sitting at a 5.88. Even Yu Darvish has had some ups and downs, although his ERA is still pretty darn good at 2.42.
The Texas Rangers are tied for second worst in the league in errors with 58, their fielding percentage is second worst at .980, but they have turned 77 double plays. The Texas Rangers are fifth best in batting average in the league, and they are a top three team batting average wise on the road, but they have also hit into 80 double plays, the most in the American League. Oh, and they have still hit the second fewest home runs in the league.
So what does all this tell us? The Rangers are 37-45 right now, and I am not sure how they are going to improve on that in the second half of the season. The only way I can see them finishing anywhere near a .500 record is if they can get consistent. With all of the injuries and all of the young players, I just don’t see that happening. What do you think? Will they do better in the second half of the season?
*all stats via baseballreference.com