It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out this glaring problem: the Texas Rangers have an awful pitching staff in this young season so far.
Yeah, it’s been ugly for the Rangers on the mound in 2022. Their best starter, Jon Gray, has spent the last week on the Injured List with a blister, and those who have had to pick up the slack in his place have not performed well, to say the least. And that doesn’t just describe those members of the starting rotation: it also applies to the bullpen, which has been adept at blowing large cushions provided by a decent lineup.
The stat sheet is unflattering, to say the least.
Sure, we’re only nine games in. The Texas Rangers stand at 2-7 in those games, compared to 3-6 at this same moment a year ago. But even with Jon Gray returning this week, there’s no guarantees about the rest of this staff. It’s clear that if the Rangers seek further improvement in 2022, they’ll need help doing so.
Here are three solutions to help fix this beleaguered staff.
3 solutions to fix the dreadful Texas Rangers pitching staff
1. Give Glenn Otto and/or A.J. Alexy another shot
It can’t hurt, right?
Glenn Otto and A.J. Alexy both saw big league time in 2021, and each with varying degrees of success. And though neither pitcher broke camp with the Texas Rangers in 2022, that doesn’t minimize their ability to impact this pitching staff positively.
Speaking to this point, Otto currently has a 0.00 ERA in two starts at AAA Round Rock. Alexy has a 5.14 ERA, so maybe it’s best for him to remain in AAA for now, but he did have a 4.70 ERA at the big league level in 2021.
Both Otto and Alexy have demonstrated they can pitch at the game’s highest level. Neither can be worse than what the Texas Rangers are getting out of their current pitchers.