The 2016 Texas Rangers might be in the middle of the pack where MLB odds are concerned as they're a +2200 longshot, but the Rangers starting pitching rotation is one of the better ones in the league. Let's take a look at some Rangers starting pitching.
Cole Hamels and Yu Darvish
Opponents will have to take notice when these two studs take to the mound. Due to inconsistency, I would consider them both “soft aces”, but that's not a bad thing to have because when either one of these pitchers are at their best, they can be nearly perfect while making the opposition whiff.
Hamels quickly realized that he doesn't pitch in the National League anymore as his ERA went up a bit to 3.65, but overall he was a very effective pitcher in 2015 with a 13-8 record and striking out 215 batter while holding the opposition to a .238 BA.
Hamels is a pitcher that can go deep into games and preserve the Rangers bullpen. Look for him to have an improved season as he becomes more acclimated to American League hitting. I expect a big season from the 10 year veteran.
“Yu Da Man”
Pardon my ability to be witty, but the Rangers were a playoff team without Yu Darvish, they're only going to get better as Darvish should be ready to go after missing 2015. That said, they need to be careful with their investment. This is a pitcher that struck out 277 batters in 2013.
For his career, Yu Darvish has proven to be a star in the MLB as he has a career record 39-25 with a 3.27 ERA. While injuries are never a good thing, this guy was a beast at his peak as fantasy leaguers struggled to get his name in their lineups due to his ability to strike out batters.
Look for Darvish to come back strong on a Rangers team with much promise. If he pitches well, +2200 odds looks like a spectacular bet for your MLB picks.
The Perfect #3 Guy
Colby Lewis (17-9, 4.66 ERA) might have had a slightly high ERA, but there are aces that don't even accrue 17 wins in a season and this is a guy that can give the Rangers more than 200 innings.
Every staff needs an innings eater. This staff has an innings eater, who's not a strikeout pitcher, but a guy that knows how to win ball games. There's really not much more to say, but he makes for great protection for the top 2 pitchers on this staff and is a good form of security in case Darvish get's re-injured.
The last two guys on the pitching staff in Martin Perez and Derek Holland have a lot to prove as they only combined for 7 wins last season. Granted, they pitched a limited amount of innings, but both pitchers were a disaster in the postseason and that's where a pitcher needs to keep their team in the game.
I'm less worried about Holland as he's a legitimate #4 pitcher with a career mark of 55-41 with a 4.28 ERA. If the combination of Holland and Perez could just keep the Rangers in the game and leave it up to the offense, that's all that the Rangers can ask for.
I'm really high on this pitching staff as long as they don't get bitten by the injury bug. They had a successful season last year without Yu Darvish. Imagine the kind of year that they can have if he's at full force. I'm not saying that they'll win the World Series, but at +2200 MLB odds at Bovada, they're worth of shot for bettors who have the money to take a chance.