Out Of Options? More Like Out Of Patience!

We keep hearing about how much potential Michael Kirkman has.  We keep hearing about what a great arm he has, and how amazing is stuff is.  We keep hearing about the fact that because he’s out of options, the Rangers simply have no choice but to keep him on the roster in the hope that he’ll eventually figure things out and get back on track.
But after turning the rubber game of the Red Sox series from a 3-3 tie into a 6-3 walk-off loss faster than a Beltre slap of Elvis after a post-HR head touch, it no longer matters that Kirkman’s out of options, because we’re all out of patience.  And with each increasingly catastrophic performance by Kirkman out of the bullpen, every time he lugs that gas can onto the mound and starts pouring, you can also bet the patience of JD, Wash, and even Kirkman’s own teammates is evaporating at a rate more rapid than his ERA is skyrocketing.

We could look at Kirkman’s stats and try to make sense of what’s happening, but really, what’s the point?  Regardless of whether or not he possesses the talent, he’s lost all confidence in himself, and we’ve also lost all confidence in him.  Before long, the Rangers absolutely must come to terms with that same realization..

Given the fact that the A’s are more relentless and tenacious than Admiral Stockdale after being abandoned on a desolate country road by Ross Perot – not to mention the seemingly endless parade of injuries to key Ranger players and the looming suspension of Nelson Cruz – this team just does not have the luxury right now of riding out Kirkman’s downward spiral on the tiny flicker of hope that represents a potential likely never to be fulfilled.

There are several capable arms from Round Rock that could do a better job in Kirkman’s role, and the Rangers’ brass certainly knows that.  They simply cannot stand by and watch this season go up in flames like every game Michael Kirkman enters.  He may be out of options, but the Rangers are not – they have to choose their success over his career.

Bob Bland is a Staff Writer for ShutDownInning. He can be reached at Bob.Bland@ShutDownInning.com or on Twitter @SDIBob.
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