The Rangers haven’t thrown a pitch this season. Haven’t had a hit. Fielded a grounder. Or even reported to Spring Training.
But, yep already, 2016 is a success. Because ace Yu Darvish is on track to return.
They could be a good team again without their No. 1 pitcher, like they did last season. But with Darvish paired at the top of the rotation with Cole Hamels they could be great.
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World Series great.
Darvish, who underwent Tommy John surgery last season, hopes to be back on the mound by late May or early June. He hasn’t thrown full-speed yet, but says he already feels like he can top 95 mph. If he’s back to his former self, it’ll be tough to find a better 1-2 punch in the AL than Darvish-Hamels.
Every time Darvish takes the ball a no-hitter is possible. And every time it’s him or Hamels, the Rangers will be heavy favorites to win the game.
That’s a luxury this franchise hasn’t enjoyed since, oh I dunno, ever?
A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.