Sep 14, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers starting pitcher Cole Hamels (35) pitches against the Houston Astros during the first inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Most Complete Rotation Among AL Contenders
What? The Texas Rangers, the Power Rangers as they have been called, have the most complete rotation in the AL? Yes, why yes they do.
This rotation has been one constantly hampered by injuries, and their opening day starting rotation resembles nothing to that of what they have now. Cole Hamels was a Phillie, Derek Holland was rehabbing, and Martin Perez was figuring out how to use his newly reconstructed elbow. But that was then and this is now, and now looks a lot better for the Rangers.
Hamels has come in and done exactly what the Rangers wanted him to do, win. Hamels is riding a six game winning streak, his last loss coming August seventh against the Seattle Mariners.
Holland has come in and provided some much-needed stability to this rotation, hurling a 3.77 ERA in his short season.
Perez has had his struggles, but in the biggest game of the season, he throws seven sparkling innings while giving up just one run. And at this point in the season the injuries might actually be a blessing, as Perez and Holland will have fresh arms rolling into the postseason.
Now let’s look at the contenders. We have the Royals, but they have been a train wreck in the month of September. Prized possession Johnny Cueto has a 5.43 ERA for the Royals since coming over from Cincinnati, and has seen that ERA balloon from a 1.80 to a 5.43 in just a month. So what exactly is the Royals ERA in September? The Royals have a horrendous 5.98 ERA in September, which is 27th in Major League Baseball.
How about the Houston Astros, the team who went out and got Scott Kazmir in hopes of solidifying their starting rotation. Well, that rotation has had their doors blown off by the Rangers, and has a 5.20 ERA in the month of September. The young arms seem to be tiring, which can’t be overly surprising consider the youngsters have never had a baseball season this long.
The Rangers however, have the best ERA in September of all AL teams who would be in the playoffs if it started tonight. This isn’t your typical “Power Rangers” team, this a team that has the most complete rotation in the AL.
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