Tanner Scheppers will get the Opening Day start. Most people, including myself, believed that Martin Perez would get the nod. This will be Scheppers first career starts in the majors. Wahington believes that Scheppers ability to pitch in late inning situations will help him handle the pressure of starting the first game.
Martin Perez starts the season at number 2 in the rotation. He had an up and down season last year and showed glimpses of what he can bring for years. He hasn’t had the best allowing 9 earned runs in 13 innings pitched but should be a solid contributor.
Robbie Ross along with Scheppers has had a great spring on the mound. In 3 starts he has an ERA of 1.27. He hasn’t started a game for Texas in the majors but did start 68 games in the minors. He should have no problem transitioning from the bullpen to the rotation. He should be able to eat up innings and keep the team in games.
Joe Saunders made his way into the 4th spot of the rotation. His last start in spring was atrocious. He allowed 8 earned runs in only 1.1 innings. The Last year Saunders had an ERA over 5 while pitching in pitcher friendly SafeCo field. The hope for the Rangers is for him to eat up innings and keep the team in the game.
Nick Martinez, who didn’t pitch in major league camp, is the 5th starter. Most people are surprised that the Rangers added Martinez to the rotation. He hasn’t pitched over AA ball in the minors. Last year in 4 starts with Frisco, Martinez had a 2-0 record with an ERA of 2.50. He had 23 strikeouts in 32 innings and allowed 6 runs only 4 of which were earned. His minor league totals are 23-16 with an ERA of 3.30 in 56 starts with 293 strikeouts in 327 innings. He will likely only get a couple starts by the time Matt Harrison comes back from injury.
Yu Darvish visited Dr. Drew Dossett regarding his neck stiffness. There is no structural damage but Darvish will start the season on the disabled list but will resume a throwing program Saturday.