The Texas Rangers set an unwanted MLB record on Tuesday night when Derek Holland made his 2014 debut with glowing results.
Holland was the 60th player the Rangers have used this season, which broke a tie with three other teams for the most players used in a season. They also tied the MLB record for pitchers used in a season with 37.
If you remember back to 2011, the Rangers used a grand total of six — count 'em, six — starting pitchers and never even had a starter get hurt. Scott Feldman was used as a spot starter that season to help give guys breathers down the stretch. This season, the Rangers have used 14 starting pitchers.
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This obviously is not the record the Rangers — or any team — wanted to shatter this season, but it just illustrates the extreme circumstances the Rangers have faced this season, just three years removed from a World Series appearance that ended in heartbreaking fashion.
That alone is enough to give you hope the Rangers can be back in 2015, but it's no certainty. One thing that will have to change is definitely their luck with injuries.