For all the talk about Ben Sheets, maybe the Rangers need to spend a little more time trying to figure out who's coming in for the starters. The loss of Joaquin Benoit really hurts, especially if you were expecting him to pitch like his 2007 self. The way I see it, the seven-man pen is in a huge state of flux.
The givens are closer Frank Francisco, lefty C.J. Wilson and right-hander Josh Rupe. They want Kason Gabbard in relief, which gives you two left-handers. A healthy Derrick Turnbow would be a huge help from the right side, but can he be counted on? Then what? Warner Madrigal and Dustin Nippert would put you at six relievers. But Madrigal hasn't pitched a full season and Nippert could figure as a starter? Is Luis Mendoza your seventh man? It kind of makes you appreciate Jamey Wright a little more, doesn't it?
If you're comfortable with a relief staff of Francisco, Wilson, Rupe, Gabbard, Turnbow, Madrigal and Nippert, then rest easy. If not, what are the answers.
- Anthony Andro