The Ranger like to take bull pen success stories and make them starters. C.J. Wilson (success), Alexi Ogando (failure), Neftali Feliz (failure), Tanner Scheppers (failure) and Robbie Ross (failure). Much like the Texas Rangers overall record this season, their record of transforming relievers to starters in way under .500.
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The strange thing is that Robbie Ross was a great AAA starter. He has been great every time he has started down in the minors, but he just can’t seem to make it work at the major league level. The Ranger made what I believe is the right decision when they put Robbie Ross back in the bull pen. Robbie in his career has been great coming out of the pen, have an ERA of 2.22 in 2012 and an ERA of 3.03 in 2013, before being made a starter and having an ERA of 6.06.
The Rangers need to quit trying to pull starters out of a successful bull pen, it just isn’t working. It’s a great idea in concept, but it just hasn’t worked out well at all for four of the five pitchers I mentioned above. Robbie Ross will be fine in the pen, although maybe not this season. I expect Robbie Ross to be back to his former self at the start of the 2015 season, doing a great job out of the pen next to Tanner Scheppers, Neftali Feliz, and Alexi Ogando. Do you think I’m right?