The Rangers starting rotation was a disaster area last season. 33-year old Kevin Millwood was a big disappointment for the Rangers last season. He started 31 games for them last season and he was 10-14 with a 5.16 ERA and a 1.62 WHIP. The Rangers need him to pitch more like his career norms which is why they gave him the big money two years ago. Millwood has a career record of 133-101 with a 3.97 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP.
30-year old righty Vicente Padilla also needs to rebound after a pathetic showing last season. He started 23 games for the Rangers last year and he was 6-10 with a 5.76 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP. Look for him to rebound somewhat as he’s a much better pitcher than he showed last season.
29-year old righty Jason Jennings was signed in the off-season to serve as the #3 starter for the Rangers this year. Much like Millwood and Padilla, he has good stuff but the results have not looked pretty lately. He pitched in 19 games (18 starts) for the Astros last season and he was 2-9 with a 6.45 ERA and a 1.55 WHIP.
26-year old lefty Kason Gabbard will be the #4 starter for the Rangers this season. He started 15 games for the Rangers & Red Sox last season and he was 6-1 with a 4.65 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP. He doesn’t miss many bats so he will have to be fine with his stuff to have success in 2008.
24-year old righty Luis Mendoza won the #5 starting job in spring training. He pitched in 6 games (3 starts) for the Rangers last season and he was 1-0 with a 2.25 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP. Mendoza was solid in AA last season as he pitched in 26 games (25 starts) and he was 15-4 with a 3.93 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP.
Failed starters Robinson Tejada and Jamey Wright will be in the Rangers’ bullpen waiting for another shot to start. And, Cameron Loe will start the season in AAA ball.
PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE 2008 SEASON: D+