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.