On the eve of the first Spring Training game of the year in the 40th anniversary year of the Texas Rangers I have decided to put out my list of the top 5 starting pitchers in the history of the Rangers. Much like the list I did on hitters a couple of weeks ago the criteria for this list are infinite and had to be drawn down to a group of statistics that is manageable. I have chosen the following criteria for inclusion on the list; minimum of 2 full seasons pitching for the Rangers, ERA, WHIP, BB/9 and SO/9 ratio.
Pitching for the Rangers in 2012 will be a lot different than in 1972. Ranger Ballpark in Arlington is a huge hitter friendly park as compared to the old Arlington Stadium that was pitcher friendly. Other changes have come and gone like steroid use, intense training and severe analytic studies of pitchers have all changed the way that pitchers have been used and viewed.