The Texas Rangers pitchers this year have been...well, not bad, overall. They have a 103 ERA+, which means they’re a little better than average in regards to ERA when adjusting for league and park effects. The team FIP is a bit higher than the team ERA, but still, the pitching has been surprisingly effective, given the implosion of the bullpen and the season-long rotation issues.
Looking at the bold-faced figures -- the pitchers who are currently on the active roster right now — is sobering. No Yu Darvish, no Matt Bush, no Keone Kela, no Sam Dyson, no Jake Diekman, no Jeremy Jeffress. That’s the Rangers’ ace and most of the “winning pieces” of the bullpen, based on the offseason plans.
But Jose Leclerc has been a revelation, Alex Claudio has been terrific, Andrew Cashner and Cole Hamels have out-performed their peripherals, and the Texas Rangers are still hanging in there, on the fringes of the Wild Card race.