For your viewing pleasure, I'd like to present Jamey Wright's pitching line tonight:
2 2/3 IP, 5 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 1 HR
And a no-decision, thanks to the Rangers pounding out 12 hits in a big 12-9 win over Tampa Bay. Great job by the offense, which rose to the occasion and got the Rangers the victory to move them back to .500 on the season at 4-4. But that's not the focus of this mini-rant.
Jamey Wright needs to go.
The Rangers had no reason to expect anything more than what they got tonight. He's got a long track record of mediocrity, and he's 32, so expecting him to suddenly become better is a pipe dream at best. His spring began well, but the wheels fell off and he ended the spring with a 5.83 ERA. Nonetheless, the Rangers gave him a rotation spot, because they felt his "electric" stuff was too important for them to lose.
Well, we all got a good look at Jamey Wright tonight, and he looked awful. He did fine through his first two innings, but then completely fell apart, and the Devil Rays jumped all over him. His stuff didn't look particularly great, and his command was pretty much non-existent. It was a miserable outing, period.
And if the Texas Rangers are serious about winning this division, Jamey Wright needs to be removed from this roster. Not in a few more starts, or maybe a month. Now, as in right after this game. Admittedly, Bruce Chen and Kameron Loe haven't started particularly strong. But then again, they're pitching out of a bullpen role after being groomed as starters this spring. Their stuff and velocity has looked good so far in the appearances they have made, and I think a lot of people will agree that the Rangers have a much better chance of winning by putting Chen or Loe in the fifth starter's spot than a retread like Jamey Wright.
Unfortunately, the Rangers will probably give Wright a few more starts to fumble around, to see if they can salvage anything from the trainwreck. Good luck with that, Texas. At this point, it's not if Jamey Wright will stay in the rotation.
It's how long.