The Texas Rangers and pitching have always been a problem.
The Rangers can usually hit the cover off the ball but can’t pitch.

So far in the 2024 campaign, that has been far from the truth.

The Texas team has an ERA of 3.94 and has given up 125 runs, which is right around the league average.

They have struck out the third-most batters in the American League, and their pitching staff has the eighth-best WHIP in the league.

Dane Dunning pitched brilliantly through five innings in Sunday’s win against the Cincinnati Reds. He struck out 10 in 5.1 innings. When looking at starting pitching, only Andrew Heaney has an ERA over 4.50. Jon Gray has an ERA under 3.00.

As discussed on the most recent Ranger Report Podcast, David Robertson (1.17 ERA) and Kirby Yates (0.00 ERA) have been a fantastic addition to the bullpen.

Why it Will Be Okay

History tells us that the Rangers offense will be fine, and at some point this season, they will go on an offensive tear. If the pitching can be even half as good as it has been, this team should be poised for another postseason run.

Sometimes, it is difficult for the casual baseball fan to see past the minutia of baseball, but it really is a marathon.

They don’t have to be the first-place team wire-to-wire if they don’t fall too far behind. During the lost season, every team will hit a hot streak and a cold streak.

For example, I would be shocked if the Astros finished 11 games below .500. I would also be completely surprised if the Rangers finished around .500.

The Rangers will eventually get Max Scherzer, Jacob deGrom, Cody Bradford, and Tyler Mahle back, and they will be a different team.

Offensively, they are missing Josh Jung, who was an All-Star third baseman in 2023. Corey Seager has yet to get hot at the plate. This team is treading water, and I’m okay with that.

When to Worry

As a longtime Rangers fan and writer, I have a theory about this. Never worry until after the All-Star break. We all need to remember that this team is the defending World Champions. They were not going to go 162-0.

Good pitching almost always wins out in the end. The Rangers have good pitching without some of their main starters.

If the Rangers are 5-8 games under .500 at the All-Star break and then go on a losing streak to start the second half, I would begin to worry.

Until then, enjoy the fact that this team is incomplete and still good. Remember, the World Series isn’t won in April, but the chance at it can be lost (Chicago White Sox).
The Rangers are still very much in contention, and that is all I want.

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