Ranking MLB’s Starting Rotations: 30-26

27. Texas Rangers

  • 1)RHP Yu Darvish, 28 years old: 10-7, 3.06 ERA, 144.1 IP, 133 H, 49 ER, 13 HR, 49 BB, 182 K, 1.26 WHIP, 11.35 K/9, 3.06 BB/9, 2.96 xFIP, 4.1 WAR, 0.89 GB/FB, .334BABIP
    • 40.9 percent fly balls, 2,312 pitches, 1,484 strikes, 10.9 swinging strikes
    • 92.4 MPH FB (53.8), 79.7 MPH SL (20.9), 88.2 MPH CUT (10.7), 72.7 MPH CRV (8.8), 89.2 MPH SPL (1.9)
    • In seven seasons in Japan,Darvish went 93-38 with a 1.99 ERA and 1,250 strikeouts in 167 games (164 starts). After the 2011 season, a bidding war was had for his services, in which he ended up signing a six-year, $56 million contract with the Texas Rangers. He’ll make $10 million next year, coming off a year in which he went 10-7 with a 3.06 ERA and 182 strikeouts in just 144 1/3 innings. He made just 22 starts, missing some time with elbow injuries. When healthy, he’s one of the best in the league, and 6/56 is a relative bargain for someone of his level. In 2013, he posted a 2.83 ERA and 277 strikeouts. The Rangers obviously hope he can be there from start to finish, as injuries to guys like him and Holland were big reasons for the Rangers being so bad last season. Over the years, he’s become more of a fly ball pitcher.
      • 2012: 14 HR, 191.1 IP, 0.66 HR/9, 1.46 GB/FB
      • 2013: 26 HR, 209.2 IP, 1.12 HR/9, 1.08 GB/FB
      • 2014: 13 HR, 144.1 IP, 0.81 HR/9, 0.81 GB/FB
  • 2)LHP Derek Holland, 28 years old: 2-0, 1,46 ERA, 37 IP, 34 H, 6 ER, 0 HR, 5 BB, 25 K, 1.05 WHIP, 6.08 K/9, 1.22 BB/9, 3.72 xFIP, 1.3 WAR, 1.00 GB/FB, .296BABIP
    • 41.4 percent ground balls, 572 pitches, 372 strikes, 10.1 swinging strikes
    • 92.3 MPH FB (57.9), 82.7 MPH SL (26.3), 76.3 MPH CRV (12.6), 83.9 MPH CH (3.2)
    • The health of Darvish and Holland is key to the Rangers 2015 success. In 2014, Darvish battled injuries and Holland suffered a knee injury during the offseason playing with his dog, and didn’t return until September. When he returned, he was excellent, with a 1.46 ERA in five starts and one relief appearance. This is the same guy who went 38-21 from 2011-13, so the Rangers can only hope he has similar success moving forward.
  • 3)RHP Colby Lewis, 35 years old: 10-14, 5.18 ERA, 170.1 IP, 211 H, 98 ER, 25 HR, 48 BB, 133 K, 1.52 WHIP, 7.03 K/9, 2.54 BB/9, 4.36 xFIP, 1.6 WAR, 0.75 GB/FB, .339BABIP
    • 44.2 percent fly balls, 2,802 pitches, 1,836 strikes, 6.9 swinging strikes
    • 88.7 MPH FB (61.9), 83.0 MPH SL (22.2), 76.9 MPH CRV (8.0), 83.4 MPH CH (7.8)
    • The veteran of the staff, Lewis was retained for 2015 on a one-year, $4 million contract. From 2010-12, when the Rangers were an annual contender, Lewis went a respectable 32-29 with a 3.93 ERA, but an elbow surgery made him miss all of 2013. It’s definitely a rotation no stranger to injury history.
  • 4)LHP Ross Detwiler, 28 years old: 2-3, 4.00 ERA, 63 IP, 68 H, 28 ER, 5 HR, 21 BB, 39 K, 1.41 WHIP, 5.57 K/9, 3.00 BB/9, 4.47 xFIP, -0.2 WAR, 1.40 GB/FB, .309BABIP
    • 46.3 percent ground balls, 1,036 pitches, 662 strikes, 7.0 swinging strikes
    • 93.0 MPH FB (85.7), 79.0 MPH CRV (9.8), 85.0 MPH CH (4.5)
    • Detwiler has wanted an opportunity to pitch out of the starting rotation. In 2012, he went 10-8 with a 3.40 ERA in 33 games (27 starts), but struggled in 2013 and spent all of 2014 out of the ‘pen in a stacked Nationals staff that included Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann, Doug Fister, Gio Gonzalez, and surprise Tanner Roark. He pitched 47 games but continued to express a desire to start. The Nationals then traded him to Texas for two minor leaguers. From 2009 to ’13, he was mostly a starter, and despite a 3.80 ERA, went 18-29. It’ll be interesting to see how he transitions back into the starting five in the American League.
  • 5)RHP Nick Tepesch, 26 years old: 5-11, 4.36 ERA, 126 IP, 128 H, 61 ER, 15 HR, 44 BB, 56 K, 1.37 WHIP, 4.00 K/9, 3.14 BB/9, 4.90 xFIP, 0.4 WAR, 1.20 GB/FB, .272BABIP
    • 41.6 percent ground balls, 2,029 pitches, 1,248 strikes, 5.7 swinging strikes
    • 89.9 MPH FB (56.9), 85.0 MPH CUT (26.6), 78.0 MPH CRV (12.0), 84.3 MPH CH (4.4)
    • Mostly a ground ball pitcher with overpowering stuff, Tepesch struggled last year, with five wins, 11 losses, and a 0.4 WAR. He enters next year as the (possible) five if he can win a four-way competition with Nick Martinez, Martin Perez (who underwent Tommy John May 19th), and Lisalverto Bonilla.
  • Other possible contributors:
    • RHP Nick Martinez, 24 years old: 5-12, 4.55 ERA, 140.1 IP
      • Struggled mightily in 24 starts in 2014 in fill-in duty.
      • 91 MPH FB, 84 MPH SL, 83 MPH CH, 76 MPH CRV
    • LHP Martin Perez, 23 years old: 4-3, 4.38 ERA, 51.1 IP
      • Still just 23, the former top prospect underwent a setback with injuries last year. 10-6, 3.62 in 2013.
      • 90 MPH FB, 84 MPH CH, 84 MPH SL, 77 MPH CRV
    • RHP Lisalverto Bonilla, 24 years old: 3-0, 3.05 ERA, 20.2 IP (4-2, 4.10 ERA, 74.2 IP in AAA)
      • Fared well in five games (three starts) last year, figures to have a spot in the rotation when Lewis leaves or a key role in relief.
      • 92 MPH FB, 84 MPH CH, 81 MPH SL

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