MINNEAPOLIS, MN - MAY 28: Joe Saunders #47 of the Texas Rangers delivers a pitch against the Minnesota Twins during the first inning of the game on May 28, 2014 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
Back on Wednesday, when Yu Darvish turned in a masterful performance to complete his first shutout — and first complete game — of his MLB career, it seemed like it was just another one of the Rangers' great starting pitcher performances that happen every fifth game.
But instead, it's started a trend staffwide, and the Rangers all the sudden have four straight quality starts from Darvish, Nick Tepesch, Joe Saunders and Nick Martinez, the only one of the bunch who didn't see his team win.
The Rangers now have 25 quality starts — Darvish has 10 of those — which is good for last in the league in that category, which is defined by a pitcher going at least six innings and giving up no more than three earned runs.
It's how win streaks are put together, as the Rangers' bullpen is nice and rested now considering they didn't work at all in Darvish's start and then had a team off-day the following day, followed by three straight quality starts. The Rangers hadn't had three straight quality starts prior to this streak, and now they have four.
Now, the ball is in Colby Lewis' court.