We’re getting into the meat of Texas Rangers spring training, and our team currently holds a 5-4 record, besting all other AL West rivals, outside of Oakland (7-2) to this point. While the Rangers have likely lost ace Yu Darvish for the season, the team has rallied together and gone 5-1-1 in their seven games since receiving the terrible news. Sadly, these games don’t count, but they are breathing some life into our hope for a decent 2015 season.
In other news, as Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News wrote yesterday, the Texas Rangers have a quarterback controversy with the arrival of Tony Romo, who came to watch a game against the White Sox on Thursday.
In more serious news, Anthony Ranaudo, who is in contention for the fifth starter spot, may have just lost his chance at joining the rotation due to “discomfort in his right arm,” as Grant writes in a separate piece for the Dallas Morning News. Through his start on Thursday, where he went 2 1/3 innings, giving up three runs on four hits, while collecting two strikeouts, Ranaudo has a spring ERA of 6.23. Another rotation hopeful, Nick Tepesch, went 3 1/3 innings and allowed three hits and no runs to lower his spring ERA to 13.50.
Other hopefuls are Alex Gonzalez (3.86), Nick Martinez (4.50) and Lisalverto Bonilla (5.79). While the smart money would be on “Chi Chi” Gonzalez to get the nod, keeping him in Triple-A for a brief stint to start the season would keep him in a Texas Rangers uniform for another season by delaying his service clock. Gonzalez has also yet to pitch above Double-A, so the brief stint could do him some good.
Jeff Wilson of The Star Telegram gives his own thoughts on the Rangers’ rotation, and the main players involved. He, like Grant, thinks that Ross Detwiler is all but assured a spot in the rotation to start the season, joining Yovani Gallardo, Colby Lewis and Derek Holland. Right now the rotation is the big storyline in Texas Rangers camp, and each appearance could have a major impact on who makes the final cut. According to Wilson, Martinez is scheduled to pitch on Friday against the San Francisco Giants.
If you’ve missed any recent articles from the team here at Nolan Writin’, here are some good ones:
Can the Texas Rangers Survive Without Darvish? – Lisa Weatherall
Projecting the Rotation – Jason Burke
Rangers Must Embrace Underdog Status – Ace Feltman
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