Texas Rangers: Can Tyson Ross Stabilize The Starting Rotation?
By Andrew Webb
The Rangers starting rotation has struggled to find consistency throughout the season. Part of it has been injuries, but could the return of Tyson Ross be enough to bring the Rangers pitching staff back to life?
The biggest problem for the Texas Rangers has been lack of consistency. They’ve had long hot stretches of play, and then all of a sudden go completely cold for multiple series at a time. Part of that reason has been the inconsistency from the pitching staff.
As always Yu Darvish is pitching like an ace, but after that it gets scary. Veteran Andrew Cashner continues to struggle with command. Martin Perez gives up too much contact to be a starting pitcher in the MLB.
The injuries to Cole Hamels and A.J. Griffin left the rotation with an almost impossible hole to fill. Nick Martinez and Austin Bibens-Dirkx have pitched decent, but neither should be a long-term option in the rotation.
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The Rangers desperately need another arm like Hamels to help Darvish in the front of the rotation. Finally, help could be on the way as Tyson Ross is set to make his debut on Friday against the Seattle Mariners.
Over the off-season the Rangers signed Ross to a one-year $6 million deal for the 2017 season. He has been working his way back from injuries, but the organization is hopefully he can return to his former self.
During his seven-year career Ross has a 3.64 ERA in 153 games (102) starts. He was selected to the All-Star Game in 2014 with the Padres. He’s been a borderline ace pitcher throughout his MLB career thus far.
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The injuries are concerning, but if Ross can dominate like he did before this could be a steal for Texas. Hopefully Ross can hold down the rotation with Darvish until Hamels returns. The Rangers could be looking at a much improved rotation soon.