"The stuff is there, the issue is he's not executing his pitches," manager Ron Washington said. "His velocity is there but when he wants to go inside, he's not getting in there. When he wants to go outside, he's not getting it there. He's leaving it over the plate and they're not missing it."
Most disconcerting are left-handed hitters. They have 14 hits in their last 29 at-bats against Ross, including three home runs.
"It's frustrating, those are the guys I have to get out," Ross said. "I'm not getting them out consistently, that's the way it goes sometimes. I have to battle through it."
Ross had to deal with fatigue through the second half of last season and spent the first two weeks of September on the disabled list. He said that's not the case this season.
"I feel better than last season times 10," Ross said.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.