Texas Rangers Bad at the Break
By Ben Dieter
There seems to be much more bad to talk about this afternoon then there was good this morning, and that tends to be the case on a team that is last place in all of major league baseball. The Texas Rangers look to be shell of their former division winning selves, and they are even a shell of their competitive selves. There are many factors that have led to their demise, here is a list of some of them that I call the Texas Rangers bad.
Joe Saunders: Although this has already been dealt with by the organization, Joe Saunders was a disaster from the moment he was signed until the moment he was released. Saunders was pitching terribly his first time out and would up getting injured, then he pitched even worse when he got back from his rehab. It was not a good experiment, and it helped lead to the Texas Rangers demise in the first half of the season.
The Pitchers Carousel: When you have used 30 pitchers before the all-star break including 12 starters and 2 position players, you are going to have problems. Besides Yu Darvish, no Texas Rangers starter this season has an ERA lower than 4.30, and the team ERA sits at 4.94. That is a problem when you are struggling to score 4 runs a game, and you are giving up 5 runs a game. The math just doesn’t add up.
Prince Fielder and Shin-Soo Choo: The Texas Rangers signed two big free agents, and neither of them are working out at all. We all know what happened to Prince Fielder, and of course Shin-Soo Choo is not playing very Choo like. I think that Nelson Cruz would be an upgrade in the outfield at this point. His ankle must really be giving him a problem by the looks of it. Either way, both of these men are not living up to their contracts in the first season that they are Texas Rangers.
Elvis Andrus: Elvis is having a down season by his standards. He is not hitting the ball well and he has 11 errors on the season so far. I don’t know if it is because he did not play winter ball or if he is just not as good as we all thought, but he is having a very disappointing season so far in 2014.
Mitch Moreland: With the Fielder injury, Mitch was going to get the chance to be the everyday first baseman, but he too went down with a season ending injury. He was supposed to show that he still has value to this team, but he did nothing of the sort by missing most of the season. Very disappointing.
Geovany Soto: I know he has apologized, but all he has done for the Texas Rangers having faith that he could be the guy behind the plate is miss the whole season so far and get arrested for possession of marijuana. Not what Texas Rangers fans expected to see out of Soto.
I’s sure there are more that I missed, but that is where I will stop today, because I do need to not be severely depressed for the rest of the afternoon.