Today at the Texas Rangers Fan Fest celebrations mananger Ron Washington was asked who the opening day starter for the Texas Rangers would be and his answer was a surprise to no one. Yu Darvish will get the nod to get the 2014 season going according to the Texas Rangers website.
"“I think it’s obvious,” Washington said. “It’s Darvish if he stays healthy.”"
Darvish was the runner up for the 2013 Cy Young award and finished the campaign with a record of 13-9 and an ERA of 2.83. He also struck out 277 batters, which is very, very good if you didn’t know. Darvish, who many thought would get the nod last season before that honor went to Matt Harrison, is the right choice as he is now easily the Texas Rangers best starting pitcher. Darvish will be the fifth opening day starter in the last five seasons (Kevin Millwood, Scott Feldman, C.J. Wilson, Colby Lewis and Matt Harrison). Unless something changes, Darvish should be the first repeating opening day starter since Kevin Millwood did it from 2006-2009.
It will be a blast to be at the ballpark for opening day, and I hope I can find a way to get there. The feeling of that day to me is like a national holiday, it is almost as big in my convoluted mind as the Super Bowl. It is hands down one of the best days in sports, and now we know who will be leading the Texas Rangers on that day from the mound. Wer all remember Yu Darvish’s debut where he gave up four runs to the Mariners in the first inning, and we as fans got a little nervous. I am not nervous when Darvish takes the mound anymore, and I would have him as a favorite to once again be a leading canidate for the Cy Young award. So set you mind at ease Texas Rangers fans, Yu will be taking the hill for game one of 162, and it will be a glorious day indeed.