Reportedly the Texas Rangers are in the market for a starting pitcher to assist them during the stretch run for the AL West title. The main name being talked about is Miami Marlins starter Ricky Nolasco. Nolasco is a fine pitcher and would be a great addition to any MLB team but that isn’t the thing that is most in need for the Rangers. More than they need to add someone, they need those they already have to improve.
Recently Yu Darvish got his first win since the month of May. Go right down the line and each starter has struggled in some way or another. Just when it looked like the Rangers were the best team in MLB, the starters began to falter and the lead began to shrink. There is little doubt that some of the blame for that rests with the starting pitchers. During the month of June a few of them began to work out their kinks and look what happened. They hung tough in a tough battle for first place and now are still in the thick of it.
Guess why? You got it right if you guessed their pitching began to perform better right around then. Whatever the issues might be or have been, I’m not saying they cannot be helped by the addition of Nolasco or someone else that is on the market. I am saying simply enough the no matter who they add, they won’t pull a miracle out of their hat unless the rest of the starting staff continues their upswing. They could use more talent at starter but that hasn’t been the problem. The problem has been the performance of the talent they already have.