Roy Oswalt has a 5.82 ERA. Roy Oswalt doesn't like his role. Roy Oswalt needs to take a number and get in line.
The Texas Rangers have more pressing concerns than his ego.
The Rangers have lost two straight games, during which starters Derek Holland and Yu Darvish turned in alarming clunkers. With two-fifths of the Opening Day rotation lost to season-ending surgeries -- Colby Lewis and Neftali Feliz -- it's hard to imagine Texas advancing past the first round, let alone winning the World Series, unless Holland and Darvish pitch to their potential.
Neither has done that lately. Holland's season ERA is 5.18 and rising. Darvish, perhaps showing fatigue near the end of his rookie year, is 1-2 with a 7.66 ERA since the All-Star break.
The Rangers have another nervous night ahead, as Ryan Dempster pitches Tuesday in front of the Green Monster. He will face many of the same Boston hitters who battered Darvish in the 9-2 series-opening loss. And it's not as if Dempster's Texas debut -- ...