Did the Rangers keep the receipt? The first time around, this new pitching the Rangers bought hasn’t exactly been what it the catalog promised.
Jacob deGrom’s ERA is 12.27.
Nathan Eovaldi’s ERA is 5.40.
And, after last night’s 7-2 loss to Baltimore, Andrew Heaney’s ERA (please, for their safety, remove any children who could possibly see this) is 23.63.
Meanwhile, the guys who were already here are doing just fine. Martin Perez allowed one earned run in 5.2 innings, for an ERA of 1.59, and Jon Gray allowed two runs in 6.1 innings, the longest outing so far from a Rangers starter. His ERA is 2.84.
Of course, this is all a horrible over-reaction because it’s just one start each. But you have to think somewhere in the back of Rangers’ ownerships’ minds a little voice is popping up saying, “Oh, please, don’t let this happen again.”
A franchise that has been mostly snake bitten its entire existence cannot help but have a sliver of doubt.
But, it’s one start each. There is still a long long way to go. It’s no different than realizing Mitch Garver is not going to bat .400 this season as he is right now.
So, take these numbers and these performances for what they are. Nothing more than a stumble out of the gate.
The Rangers are still 3-2. And that’s all that matters.
Jacob deGrom goes today, though. There’s no way he’s going to give up five runs again.
Oh, please, don’t let this happen again.