Minor gets opening day nod. 71 comments


The Rangers named their opening day start. To nobody’s surprise, it’s Mike Minor.

He is the only of the five in the rotation who isn’t new to the Rangers this season. And he is the only one to have had a winning record last season. Minor was 12-8 with Texas, Lance Lynn was 10-10 with Arizona and New York, and Shelby Miller was 0-4 with Arizona. Smyly and Volquez didn’t pitch.

Minor threw one-third of an inning more than Lynn last season, 157 to 156.2. The other three threw: 16, 0, 0.

Here are the past ten opening day pitchers for the Texas Rangers.

Year   Pitcher, Decision            Outcome
2018   Cole Hamels, L                L 4-1
2017   Yu Darvish, ND               L 8-5
2016   Cole Hamels, W              W 3-2
2015   Yovani Gallardo, L         L 8-0
2014   Tanner Scheppers, ND  L 14-10
2013   Matt Harrison, L             L 8-2
2012   Colby Lewis, W               W 3-2
2011   C. J.Wilson, ND                W 9-5
2010   Scott Feldman, ND          W 5-4
2009   Kevin Millwood, W         W 9-1
2008   Kevin Millwood, L           L 5-2

What’s interesting about this list is is shows how difficult consistent quality starting pitching has been for the Rangers to find. Many franchises are fortunate enough to have a bonafide number one guy they can run out for four or five opening days in a row. The closest the Rangers have had was Cole Hamels.

For the record, Charlie Hough has the most opening day starts in team history with six, followed by Dick Bosman and Kevin Millwood with four each.

Here is a list of every opening day starters in Rangers history.

  • CrazyEd

    Interesting stuff Kevin. Here’s hoping that the Rangers have somebody in the pipeline that can seize the controls and be that consistent guy. Tough thing to predict but one can hope. Color me always hopeful.

    • Mr.C

      Hmmmmmm…..
      In the pipeline we have Yohanner Mendez (another Martin Perez), and Ariel Jurado (another ChiChi).

      Maybe this time it will work …. you never know !

      • JacobMcCandles

        Chi Chi was a lifetime AA player

        • Mr.C

          Where is he now?

          • CrazyEd

            Last I’d heard, and that was a year ago, he’d signed a minor league deal with the Rockies.

          • Mr.C

            Still getting smacked !
            5.2 IP in ST ; 2.12 WHIP ; 9.53 ERA

            I used to like the guy!

          • JacobMcCandles

            Island of misfit pitchers….😀

          • WhoKnowscs

            Not sure I care as long as it’s “not here.”

          • CrazyEd

            LOL

      • CrazyEd

        You left out about a half dozen or more guys in A and AA.

        • Mr.C

          I wanted to be Sarcastic; but A and AA is farther down the pipeline.

          Changing subject …. have you noticed that the best offensive players so far during ST are the right handed players?

          IKF, Pence, Fontana, Andrus, DeShields, Tocci,

          • CrazyEd

            No, I had not, but interesting point.

  • CrazyEd

    Somebody, I believe it was Nate, mentioned Mark Knopfler and Chet Atkins playng together. It doesn’t get much better than that. Did a quick look around YouTube and found this from 1987. Ancient history to some, almost yesterday to us old farts.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5wTVLIZaxMk

    • dearmidol

      I have tickets to see Mark Knopfler in Houston in September.

      • CrazyEd

        I love almost anything guitar, particularly the old time blues; Lightnin Hopkins, Muddy Waters, etc. Snooks Eaglin is a more modern version. I even sneak in a listen or two to Andres Segovia on occasion. Love his Castle of Spain album. Gotta head out to my semi-annual cardiologist appointment.

      • JacobMcCandles

        I was very disappointed when I saw Dire Straights

      • Nate Whitten

        Grand Prairie for me. Row J, section 103. He was great at Majestic in Dallas on Tracker tour.

        You were right about Stub Hub, sorry. I was wrong. They are not really the same as scalpers.

      • calntom

        We are throwing down with some John Mayer in September. Wow!!! That would make 2 concerts in a year. Man, are we stepping out. Took the wife to see Keith Urban recently. She still has not simmered down from that one……

    • JacobMcCandles

      Grandad favorite picker was Atkins…..

    • Nate Whitten

      Record is called Neck and Neck. It is quite good, not great. I own it and would recommend it to you if you like great finger pickin’.

      • CrazyEd

        Thanks. Might as well track it down and add it to my collection. I love guitar picking of almost every kind. Maybe because I’m so lousy at it myself I can appreciate the talent, and the hours of practice time the folks that are good at it have to devote.

    • Nate Whitten

      they are certainly peers. Atkins does not have many, if any, others. Certainly none from Knopfler’s era.
      Thanks for posting this.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Still laugh at JDs experiment with the Schleppers.

    • CrazyEd

      Scheppers was doing fine until he got smacked down by the street hoodlums in Detroit. Was never the same after that. I don’t know why that should have effected him mentally as it did, but thee’s a lot I don’t understand about the human brain. In fact I don’t understand anything about the human brain. It’s a weird device. All I have to do is look in the mirror.

      • Mr.C

        in Cleveland. Nobody lives in Detroit anymore.

        • dearmidol

          Nobody lives in Cleveland either. They need to combine both cities into one.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Lol

  • elkaba

    LOL… DMN’s Evan Grant has one of those defensive, “me-thinks-thou-protesteth-too much” pieces today talking about the ballpark’s new nickname… Mimic Made Park.
    https://sportsday.dallasnews.com/texas-rangers/rangers/2019/03/11/not-like-looking-mirror-rangers-new-ballpark-doesnt-look-like-houstons-minute-maid-park?f=r

    • CrazyEd

      He’s been on that rant for a couple weeks. I don’t understand either side of the argument. They can fight all they want and it isn’t going to change a thing. Might as well just chilll and have a cold one. Fight battle you can win.

      • elkaba

        I only care about shade and AC. The rest is just noise.

        • calntom

          Roger that Elk

    • dearmidol

      I didn’t realize that was a thing.

      • CrazyEd

        Some fans have been pulling his chain about it. Whether seriously or just in fun I have no idea, but it’s been an ongoing battle on twitter. It’s gotten to the point of showing artists renderings of how the ball park will look. It’s nuts.

  • Mr.C

    Another late game tonight:
    Ariel Jurado will face Zach Greinke

    Will love to see the following lineup:
    1. DD (CF)
    2. IKF (C)
    3. Andrus (SS)
    4. Gallo (RF)
    5. Mazara (DH)
    6. Pence (LF)
    7. Guzman (1B)
    8. Cabrera (3B)
    9. Odor (2B)

  • Tony Howell

    M. Perez, W. Font, L. Jackson, N.Martinez, J.Grimm, A.Gonzalez, D.Tate, L.Ortiz. The best of the best of the Rangers prospects in the last 5 years. All were rated higher than our present pitching prospects.

    • vegasRANGER

      Minn. already have Perez reaching 97………..

  • calntom

    Most all of the opening day position players going for the Rangers this evening in Scottsdale. Trevino catching. Jurado tossing.

  • CrazyEd

    Just learned a new baseball term today. “Banged” means cancelled. The game was banged because of rain. Where have I been, hiding under a rock?

  • CrazyEd

    John Blake‏Verified account @RangerBlake

    11m11 minutes ago

    Roster moves today: RHP Nick Gardewine and LHP Taylor Hearn optioned to Nashville. RHP Wei-Chieh Wang and LHP Brock Burke optioned to Frisco. RHPS Tim Dillard, Yoel Espinal, and Ariel Hernandez, C Adam Moore, and OF Ben Revere assigned to minor league camp. 50 remain in camp.

  • LoboTX

    Dish tv schedule shows game tonight is televised on MLB network but blocked here in West Texas. Not happy about that !

    • CrazyEd

      A couple possible solutions: If you got a tablet or smart phone try the “FoxSportsGo” app. On your computer, depending on your Dish setup, try “Dish Anywhere.” I don’t know if either will work, but worth a try. Another thing if you have a VPN, such as NordVPN or AVGVPN, on any of your devices you can make it look like your somewhere else. Probably won’t work on Dish because of your account for ID, but it might think you’re traveling.

      • CrazyEd
      • LoboTX

        Thanks Ed – I’ll give those a try ! FYI, I’ve tried spoofing with a VPN, didn’t work at the time for some reason.

        • CrazyEd

          VPN probably didn’t work because the ballgame was the end source. The VPN only works to the final server on the route. The final server decrypts the data to the end source. I should have realized that before I opened my mouth. The data is encrypted by your machine so it’ll fool your ISP and everybody else on the route, but the data has to be decrypted by the final server on the route for the end source to use it.

    • grumpyderfsmagic8ball

      Directv shows it on MLB 213 at 9:30???

      • LoboTX

        Dish shows it at 8:30 on MLB as well as an alternate channel (where I often find it during the season), but they all have the “blocked” sign next to them. Weird for a ST game. Given your 9:30 start I guess it’s delayed video or you’re in Eastern time zone ? Guess I’ll watch the Spurs and Weather channel – supposed to have big storms tonight.

        • grumpyderfsmagic8ball

          No I’m in Burleson Tx. Astros game on now is blocked. Ends at 8:30 followed by MLB tonight and then the Rangers game. Guess it’s a delayed broadcast.

    • elkaba

      Channel 306 on Spectrum

  • Mr.C
  • dearmidol

    That’s a lineup.

    • Mr.C

      Without Pence and IKF?

      Nah !

  • Rowdy Yates

    Off to see the Rangers vs the DBacks! Hope the rain holds off as most of the day games were cancelled with some heavy rain this afternoon. None now but still lottsa black clouds. Later!

    • Mr.C

      Hope we score lots of run tonight !!

  • Mr.C

    Why would ELVIS make a stupid error when Rowdy is in Scottsdale watching the game?

  • dearmidol

    Is this game on TV?

    • Mr.C

      MLB TV

    • grumpyderfsmagic8ball

      Blocked on Directv

  • Mr.C

    Guzman is awesome!

  • Mr.C

    At age 35, Greinke is making $34M per season through 2021

  • Mr.C

    If Trevino is calling the game, he is making a heck of a good job so far !

  • Mr.C

    Where is everyone?

  • possumrld

    I will NEVER forget the 2014 Tanner Scheppers Fiasco!

  • Mr.C

    That’s why he makes $34M

  • grumpyderfsmagic8ball

    MLB blocking this game really pisses me off. And the wonder why attendance is down.

  • elkaba

    What happened to the game? It’s listed as being on MLB, but there’s just some talking heads going 90 mph in a studio. Is it rained out?

    • Mr.C

      Yeap. They played only 4 innings and called the game
      Zach Greinke was dealing. Texas had only 1 hit, Guzman

      • elkaba

        🙁

  • Mr.C

    Game over