Recently the Texas Rangers announced that they will are going to be changing up the pitching rotation to break up the lefties Derek Holland and Matt Harrison. The byproduct of this move is that it also breaks apart the two newest starting pitchers Neftali Feliz and Yu Darvish. By mixing the pitchers the Rangers should be able to put pressure on opposing clubs to change up rosters throughout the series.
Tonight’s match between the Rangers and the Detroit Tigers will be the first game with the new rotation. Yu Darvish will be on the mound tonight in his 3rd start as a Texas Ranger. Darvish has yet to be able to go past 5.2 innings in a start but his understanding of how to handle MLB hitters has grown. In his second start he allowed 9 hits but only a single run, and 4 each of walks and strikeouts. It will be important for Yu to lower his walk to strikeout ratio. The Rangers are 10-2 on the year, and tonight they play game 13 which starts a new series against the Tigers.