Concerns about the No. 5 spot in the Texas Rangers’ rotation heading down the stretch are completely valid based on how the starting pitchers who filled that spot fared late last season.
The numbers — 10 starts 10 straight losses — could have cost the Rangers a third straight American League West title though general manager Jon Daniels recently called that an excuse for the Rangers’ September fade.
But when the final margin behind the Oakland A’s was one game one win would have meant a different outcome.
And when Matt Harrison and Colby Lewis were ruled out for the rest of this season and Alexi Ogando hit the disabled list for a third time and a pitcher from Houston’s Triple A team was called upon uncertainty again clouded the fifth spot.
Travis Blackley hasn’t exactly been Sandy Koufax through his two starts but the left-hander hasn’t been the 2012 versions of Scott Feldman Martin Perez and Roy Oswalt either.
Blackley allowed three runs in six innings Monday night and A.J. Pi...