It's hard to say for sure, but I imagine the reason Jon Daniels acquired relief pitchers like Anthony Bass, Logan Verrett and something called a Stolmy Pimentel, it was intended for games started by Anthony Ranaudo.
In his 2015 debut, Ranaudo couldn't make it through the second inning, surrendering 6 runs (all earned) on 6 hits and two free passes. He also had two punch outs. It's only one start, but Ranaudo is a lot like Rangers farmhand Luke Jackson: the jury is still out on whether or not he belongs in the rotation longterm. Ranaudo needs to prove he is more than another reliever.
At 4-6, Texas is a whopping full game behind the juggernaut 5-5 Athletics, but damn they've had some ugly losses. In its four victories the Rangers have outscored opponents 27-6; in their six losses, they've been destroyed by a 35-run margin. Basically, when the Rangers win, they win big; when they lose, they lose bigger.
Tomorrow Yovani Gallardo squares off with J.A. Haap in Seattle.