Is the Joe Saunders Experiment Over?
By Ben Dieter
Tonight, Joe Saunders was awful. He was beyond awful, he was dreadful. But Joe Saunders knew that.
It was a bad night in general for the Texas Rangers. Not only did Joe Saunders give up four home runs in five innings, but Elvis Andrus had a big error in the middle of the game and the offense was once again flat. So what does all of this mean?
Joe Saunders has not been good at all, and I am beginning to wonder what the point of having a mostly useless veteran pitcher when a rookie from Frisco or Round Rock could lose just as many games and get some good experience. Guys like Luke Jackson or Justin Germano could gain some useful experience. So should Rangers fans see Joe Saunders pitching again in a Rangers uniform? I say that we shouldn’t ,but we will.
Ron Washington always likes to stick with his veterans, and my feeling is that he will be back for his next start, and it will probably not go well. It should be the end of the Joe Saunders experiment, but it will not be.
The Rangers are going to just keep plugging along, and Joe Saunders will be one of the guys struggling along to try and win games. I just hope he never has a repeat performance of tonight. If so, then maybe Ron will finally agree with Rangers nation that it is time for Saunders to go!