The Texas Rangers are looking to bounce back in 2019 and they are going to be relying on a new starting pitching core that is coming off more than their fair share of injuries.
Mike Minor, Lance Lynn, Drew Smyly, Shelby Miller, and Edinson Volquez make up the Rangers rotation to start the 2019 season and many have had a few bumps in the road.
Smyly, Miller, and Volquez are all coming Tommy John surgery and only time will tell how that will affect their delivery.
Those three pitchers also only have a combined 8 starts the previous two years with Smyly startign for the first time since 2016.
“All of us feel like it’s behind us and we want to try and change the narrativeto just being out there healthy and competing and not just the Tommy John guys and ‘How do you feel?’ everytime,” said Smyly on Tuesday.
The Rangers will be trying to bounce back on the defensive side this season. In 2018, they ranked third-worst in the American League in ERA.
Manager Chris Woodward is looking to Lynn as a leader for those guys coming off of injuries. Despite battling injuries himself earlier in his career, he has at least 30 starts in all of his Major League seasons.
“He’s been a quality pitcher his whole career. So, just reliable arm; someone you can count on pretty much every start he goes out there.