The Problem with Ross

When your starter throws 108 pitches to get through 5 innings and nobody is surprised, what does that tell you? 

He doesn't go deep into games, making Bannister go to the less desirable options in the bullpen early.

He doesn't pitch much with the bases empty, and when there are men on, he doesn't do any better. A BABIP of .357 is not really that out of whack with the rest of baseball. He just allows a lot of balls to be put in play.

I think what it comes down to is that he's meant to be a left-handed specialist out of the bullpen. Lefties are batting an anemic .161/.235/.194 vs .384/.449/.679 against right handers (OPS of 1.127).

He's a starter who can't get through 5 innings most nights, but it LOOKS like he could be a dominant reliever against left handed batters. 

Derek Holland will start throwing again in a week. Matt Harrison is pitching in extended spring training and could be back in June. Martin Perez is still eyeing a July return. If Ross can just give one more start like the 7 innings of one run ball he gave the Rangers against Houston a couple of weeks ago, the Rangers might be in an OK position when reinforcements arrive. After all, nobody is running away with the AL West and there's a lot of baseball left on the calendar.