The Texas Rangers really would love to see Nick Tepesch force his way into their starting rotation plans for the 2015 season, which right now is consisted of only Yu Darvish and Derek Holland, and probably Colby Lewis.
Tepesch can get a head start on that process by finishing strong this season, but his last two starts have been far from satisfactory. That's disappointing, because there for a while it seemed Tepesch was figuring it out. Prior to his last two starts, the soon-to-be 26-year-old righty strung together two consecutive starts of seven innings and two runs allowed. Before that, he threw 5 2/3 scoreless innings, and before that, he had a quality start (six innings, three runs) against Oakland.
But his last two starts have gone much worse. It started on Aug. 23 against the same Kansas City Royals he'll face on Wednesday night when he allowed six earned runs in 6 1/3 innings. Then, his last time out went sour against the Astros when he allowed two runs on five hits and three walks in just 4 1/3 innings.
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Tepesch, a Missouri native, can get back on the positive side of things with a solid outing on Wednesday against AL Central-leading Kansas City. He could also vault himself back into the top of the Rangers' brass minds heading into the winter.