Am I turning into an optimist, or is the Rangers rotation really showing signs of life?
I’m on record as stating that the Rangers and the Ballpark are not the club or stadium for young pitchers to hone their mental game and get over the hump from prospect to productive starter. No one (except perhaps Kevin Brown) really ever has.
But looking back at the last few starts from Tejeda and McCarthy, and there’s suddenly a lot of reason for hope. If just one of these two develop enough in what has quickly become a “building” year for the Rangers to be a true, solid #2 pitcher, much less a #1, then 2008 starts looking really good for this team. If that is compounded by Gagne finding good health for a year or two, the Rangers could turn things around quickly as the decade closes.
As I wrote last week, failing fast could be the best thing the Rangers have done in years. The young guys are getting more playing time to develop, and are doing so sans the pressure of a pennant race. Also helpful is the rash of veteran injuries. I hate to see anyone hurt, and wish all the hurt Rangers a speedy recovery, but in the meantime, their absence is forcing management to give increasing playing time to the younger guys, which given their fan-fleecing mentality, they’ve been reluctant – even resistive – to doing in the past. Now they have no choice, and it might be for the best in the long run.