Easter thoughts. 312 comments

Happy Easter to everyone in RR3 nation.

There’s been a lot of talkĀ in the paper and on sports talk radio about how bad the ERAs have been of the Rangers pitchers this spring, particularly the starters.

Yesterday’s game did nothing to quell that talk. Both Martin Perez and Nick Martinez allowed four runs in pretty unimpressive pitching (only three of Martinez’z runs were earned; he is the undisputed unearned run king of spring).

So, do spring ERAs have any correlation to what happens in the regular season?

Here are the spring and regular season major league ERAs of Rangers pitchers last year.Screen Shot 2016-03-27 at 7.51.10 AM

Overall, the Rangers spring ERAsĀ ranged from mundane to pretty awful.

During the season?

The Rangers finished with the third-worst ERA in the American League, ahead of only Boston and Detroit, the last place finishers in the two other divisions.

To paraphrase Edwin Starr, “Spring, huh yeah, what is it good for? Absolutely nothing, say it again.”

Let’s hope the Rangers can say it again.