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Take Ross Detwiler out of the rotation
To say that Ross Detwiler has struggled this season would be an understatement. His 8.66 ERA and 2.208 WHiP just are not even close to major league capable. When a team is struggling to score runs, like the Texas Rangers are right now, having someone who is essentially throwing batting practice just is not the best way to win ballgames.
Yes, Detwiler is working on a mechanical issue, which he feels may be the cause of his issues. And Detwiler was competent in his last start, allowing two runs in 5.1 innings of work. Yet, it is fair to wonder whether or not this change is the fix to Detwiler’s issues thus far in 2015.
Should he continue to struggle in his next start or two, it is time to remove him from the rotation. Anthony Bass, who has served as a long reliever and essentially the caddy to Detwiler’s implosions, has been solid this year, posting a 3.60 ERA and a 1.100 WHiP in his 20 innings of work this season. Even though Bass has not started a game since 2012, he deserves a chance.
The Texas Rangers still have an eye towards contending this year. Having a starter who just has not been giving them a chance to win will not help that.
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