With injuries forcing a last-minute rotation the Rangers need to continue their trend of quick starts. Robbie Ross and Tanner Scheppers have pitched their way into the rotation. Nobody knows how long Yu Darvish will be out he is getting checked out Wednesday by a neck and back specialist. This rotation is the key to how this season starts and Scheppers and Ross will look to contribute.
Tanner Scheppers has put together a great spring accumulating a 1-1 record with 14 strikeouts in 14.2 innings pitched. He has allowed 5 earned runs while holding hitters to a .208 batting average. Last year he came into his own as a late inning guy. He put up impressive numbers recording a 7-3 record with a2.64 average. He played in 91 total games in the minors, only starting 8 of them.
His last start he had a good game throwing 52 of his 76 pitches for strikes. There is no reason that this won’t roll over into the regular season. With his array of pitches and his ability to pound the strike zone, Scheppers can help the Rangers get wins early.
Robbie Ross looks to have earned his way into the rotation. His last outing was outstanding. He allowed no runs in 7 innings and had 8 strikeouts with 3 walks. Ross hasn’t been confirmed as of Wednesday but all signs point towards him joining Scheppers and Martin Perez. He is 1-0 this spring with a 1.27 era in 21.1 innings. Unlike Scheppers, Ross started 68 of the 69 games he played in the minors. He had a 26-20 record with a 2.88 era.
Ross has been a huge asset to the Rangers bullpen since being called up in 2012. He wasn’t expected to make the big league club that spring, but was so impressive that had to have him. He hasn’t started a game for the Rangers but should have no problem easing into the rotation. Matt Harrison most-likely making his debut in late April and Derek Holland, who is ahead of schedule, looks to return in June.
If the Rangers can get out to a quick start and with several injured players getting healthy as the season goes on, they can be one of the best teams in the league. I understand how injured their rotation is but let’s not forget how lethal this lineup will be. The Rangers added power to their lineup this offseason that looks to be at the top of baseball in most offensive categories.