Things couldn’t possibly get worse for the Texas Rangers on Saturday. Not only did the Rangers find out Matt Harrison will need another surgery on Monday, but the Oakland Athletics were able to extend the division lead to 1.5 games over the Rangers. Oakland defeated the Houston Astros while the Rangers lost to the Los Angeles Angels.
Perhaps the most aggravating thing coming out of Saturday is the fact that the Rangers had another poor outing from a starting pitcher. Derek Holland was roughed up for eight runs against the Angels. It’s the sixth straight start for Holland in which he hasn’t won a game. The Rangers didn’t help themselves defensively either as they committed four errors in the game.
The problem the Rangers are experiencing doesn’t stop on Saturday, though. The last several weeks have seen poor pitching outings by Yu Darvish, Matt Garza and Holland. The only consistent pitcher for the Rangers is rookie Martin Perez. Texas has to figure out how to right the ship and fast.
With the schedule not getting easier for the Rangers, the pitching staff has to get better. The very thing that kept the Rangers in the race for most of the season is the one thing that is failing them down the stretch run. Darvish, Holland, and Garza have to start pitching better or the Rangers may find themselves on the outside looking in come playoff time.