I have attempted to look into Colby Lewis starting and I honestly can’t understand what the organization sees in him. Yes he can eat innings and as the oldest starter on the rotation he should have more experience. But since his return to the Rangers his ERA has been high at 3.72 and 4.40 plus 56 homeruns these aren’t exactly good things to be dealing with in hitter friendly Rangers Ballpark In Arlington. Scott Feldman who lost his starting position because of injury has given up a 39 homeruns in the last three years.
It will be interesting to see how the numbers 1-4 will mesh. Holland and Harrison are rejoining Lewis from last year’s rotation. Holland made a statement through his actions in the postseason that he would like to be considered the ace of the club. Yet so far this Spring Training Yu Darvish has been the belle of the ball followed distantly by Neftali Feliz.
In years past the presence of multiple highly marketable and skilled pitchers would have been cause for alarm, but so far throughout Spring Training it does not appear to have been an issue. Yu Darvish has been out on multiple occasions and has shown that his pitching is translating extremely well including an 11 strikeout game on March 30th. Neftali Feliz has had minor question marks when it comes to his durability but I think the concerns over moving him to the rotation will find they are unfounded, and even if they are realized Alexi Ogando is waiting in the pen. Matt Harrison and Derek Holland both put up good Spring Trainings and appear to be ready to pick up where they left off in 2011.
The Maddux brothers appear to have a firm hold over their starters which always is a good thing. And while the makeup of the bullpen is still being worked on the, the pieces they have there will be more than enough if any of the pitchers should get hurt or end up getting into a bind in a game, will be more than enough to keep the team going.
At some point this year the organization will have to look at what the future of Martin Perez, Tanner Scheppers and Alexi Ogando will be. All of them have the talent to be in the rotation, but none currently are. Will they assume positions in the bullpen or will Jon Daniels make a move with one or more of these pitchers. Wait and see sports fans.
As always go Rangers.