We heard it all winter, and it wasn't a ridiculous thought.
The Texas Rangers, even though they were a solid rotation with a potential be very good if guys not named Wilson and Lewis came through, were seen as the worst starting rotation in the pitching heavy AL West, behind the Oakland A's, Seattle Mariners and Los Angeles Angels.
Now, we're more than a third of the way through the 2011 MLB season and the Rangers have been putting up some staggering numbers on the mound as the starters have held the team up through some incredible bullpen woes. That's due largely to the emergence of Alexi Ogando as possibly the staff ace and good seasons thus far from Derek Holland and Matt Harrison.
Just take a quick look at the stats, and you'll see who has the best rotation in the AL West, maybe the entire American League, and possibly??? Major League Baseball.
Wins by starters — 27, first in MLB ahead of Philadelphia, Milwaukee and the New York Yankees.
Losses by starters — 13, tied with the Florida Marlins for the fewest in MLB.
Starters' ERA — 3.28, third in AL West (and AL), fourth in MLB behind Oakland, San Francisco and Seattle.
Starters' complete games — 5, second in MLB behind Philadelphia (6).
Shutouts — 8, tied with the Detroit Tigers, who they host for a three-game series starting tonight, for the lead in MLB.
Starters' innings — 383.2, third in MLB behind the Angels and White Sox.
Batting average against — .233, second behind, you guessed it, the World Champion Giants (.231).
Starters' strikeouts — 289, 6th in MLB, second in AL behind Seattle.