After an impressive outing on Monday night against the New York Yankees, Texas Rangers fans seemed to have backed away from the edge of the cliff. Just a few hours prior to Yu Darvish shutting down the Yankees in a 3-0 win, word came out that the Rangers had made a trade with the Chicago Cubs for pitcher Matt Garza. This was great news for Rangers fans as they had watched injuries force Ron Washington to piece together a starting rotation night in and night out.
Tuesday night was another good sign for the Rangers as Alexi Ogando found his way back into the starting rotation. Ogando had been on the DL since early June after a start against the Boston Red Sox. Ogando went five innings for Texas and allowed three runs on six hits and he struck out two. Obviously, Texas needs Ogando to go longer than five innings. But considering this is his first start in almost two months, I’ll take it.
Even though Texas lost and Joe Nathan picked up only his second blown save of the year, fans should be optimistic. With Darvish and Ogando back from the DL, Derek Holland having an outstanding season and Garza making his debut on Wednesday, there are a lot of good things to look forward to. If the Rangers went into the playoffs with that starting-four rotation, fans would be happy about the chances they have winning every night. Ogando didn’t have his best night on Tuesday but he didn’t have his worst either. Give him another start or two and the Rangers faithful might be a pleased with what they see.