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ZiPS Projections: No. 1 Starter

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    ARLINGTON, TX - AUGUST 13: Yu Darvish #11 and Jurickson Profar #13 of the Texas Rangers look on from the dugout during the eighth inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington on August 13, 2014 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Rick Yeatts/Getty Images)

    Dan Szymborski’s ZiPS projections are a good measure of what to expect from players in the upcoming baseball season. We'll take a look at the Rangers' projections on a position-by-position basis. Szymborski can be found on Twitter at @DSzymborski.

    Today we'll look at the projections for the Rangers in the No. 1 starting pitcher role, which is without a doubt Yu Darvish, one of the few true aces in the game these days.

    Darvish: 26 starts, 173 2/3 innings, 3.06 ERA, 11.24 K/9 IP, 217 strikeouts, 65 walks, 17 home runs allowed

    In Szymborski's writeup, he mentions Darvish is obviously a year older and factored in some regression, but did say Darvish basically pans out as still being the league's best strikeout pitcher, which definitely isn't a far-fetched idea.

    The 26 starts would mean Darvish would either skip a few starts or possibly have yet another trip to the disabled list coming at some point in 2015. The ERA would match last season's mark, when he only threw 144 1/3 innings in 22 starts.

    These aren't just ridiculous eye-popping stats, but they're still really dang good, and if Darvish can put up those numbers he'll win a lot of games for the Rangers.