Yovani Gallardo to Start Opening Day?


The Texas Rangers regular season kicks off on April 6th in Oakland, California against their rival and American League West companion Oakland Athletics.

With Yu Darvish likely headed toward a season-ending Tommy John surgery, the call for Opening Day is currently up for grabs for the Rangers.

The number two starter, Derek Holland, still fits best as a number two and nothing higher.

The next option is the newest member of the Texas rotation, Yovani Gallardo.

According to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News, Gallardo is “all but assured” to be the first Rangers pitcher to take the mound of an impactful game in 2015.

Gallardo has a lot of history getting the ball first. With the Milwaukee Brewers, he started the last five season openers for the club, going 1-2 with a 4.55 ERA and three quality starts.

Acquired from the Brewers in late January for prospect pitchers Corey Knebel, Marcos Diplan and infielder Luis Sardinas.

Oddly enough, Yu Darvish has not started on Opening Day for the Rangers in his four years here unless he really does try to rehab this thing and is ready in a few weeks.

Colby Lewis (2012), Matt Harrison (2013) and heaven forbid Tanner Scheppers (2014) have gotten the nod.

The 28-year old Fort Worth Native may be new, but with an all-too-familiar injury yet again to the Rangers only true ace, Gallardo will refer back to his Milwaukee years in the likely occurrence that it is indeed he who takes the mound April 6th against the A’s.

Either way, nobody is missing the Kevin Millwood days.

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