Thearon W. Henderson
Robbie Ross and his bullpen mates got a lot of work in over the weekend and the team used seven pitchers Sunday heading into Monday's doubleheader.
Right up there with Yu Darvish last season, there wasn't a more pleasant site from a Rangers rookie than Robbie Ross.
While Darvish was heralded and expected to be great, Ross was one of the last additions to the Rangers' roster coming out of spring training and was unheard of by the average fan.
Then he went on to become one of the best lefty relievers in baseball last season while pushihng up a pretty high workload.
This season, Ross started on the same note — dominant against everyone he faced, no matter if they were lefties or righties, but since the all-star break, he's been bad. True, his workload has been called into question, and rightfully so, but whatever the case, Ross shouldn't be pitching in meaningful situations right now.
On Wednesday, he relieved a struggling Darvish in what was still a manageable game and quickly let it get out of hand by allowing the only four hitters he faced to reach base via hit before exiting, allowing four runs.
"Just wasn't hitting his spots," Ron Washington told reporters of Ross' performance. "Wasn't putting the ball where he wanted to. Was leaving it out over the plate."
That pretty much sums it up.