Before the season began I did not want Texas to sign Roy Oswalt. I had all of the faith in the world that Colby Lewis, Derek Holland, Yu Darvish, Matt Harrison and Neftali Feliz would make for a great starting staff making Oswalt an unnecessary piece.
Then the injuries happened.
Losing Holland and Feliz (who would eventually be done for the season) meant that Scott Feldman was going to be in the rotation and caused the team to scramble bringing up several "not-ready-for-prime-time" pitchers to fill in the voids. That's when I became a fan of signing Roy Oswalt.
And Texas did just that.
In his first start against the Rockies he went 6 2/3 innings allowing just one run and everyone was impressed. It looked as though we had found our savior. In his next start against the Tigers he didn't look as good, giving up five runs on thirteen hits through six innings, but Texas still won the game. He was now 2-0 and Nolan Ryan was looking very smart for having Jon Daniels spend the money to sign him.
He recorded his first loss in his next game once again allowing thirteen hits and giving up eleven runs in 4 2/3 innings. There was something about his mechanics that made fans wonder if his back problems had returned. In his next two starts he looked impressive again giving up just one run in each outing. Then came the July 30th game against the Angels in which he gave up eight runs on eleven hits. When he was good he was almost untouchable. When he was bad he was downright horrible.
Texas later made the trade that brought Ryan Dempster to town and Roy Oswalt was moved to the bullpen. He made sure that everybody knew how much he hated it. He continued to throw out of the pen and even made a couple of spot starts where he looked okay but nothing more than that. This brings me to today. Oswalt lasted two innings giving up four runs on six hits (including two home runs) and he was pulled in favor of Martin Perez. I have finally had enough. I do not want to see him pitching for the Rangers again this season.
It was later announced that Oswalt had been lifted due to soreness in his right flexor tendon. I'm not sure if I actually believe it. Nolan Ryan knows that he made a mistake by signing him. He knows that he has $5-6 million invested in him (depending on incentives) and he'll do whatever he can to keep him on the roster somehow. In my opinion the team should just designate him for assignment and get this failed experiment over with.
He'll definitely have no place her come postseason time as Texas will surely have a starting staff that consists of Yu Darvish, Derek Holland, Matt Harrison and Ryan Dempster with Scott Feldman, Koji Uehara, Mark Lowe, Tanner Scheppers, Michael Kirkman, Mike Adams, Alexi Ogando and Joe Nathan in the bullpen. Just a prediction but that's the best case scenario in my opinion.
Only time will tell and hopefully that time will be void of anything Roy Oswalt related.
Until next time, I'll see you in the cheap seats!
James Holland is a lifelong fan of baseball and his hometown Texas Rangers. He is also a senior columnist for shutdowninning.com, clawandantlernation.com and a member of SABR. You can also follow him on Twitter @SDIJamesHolland.
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