The Texas Rangers have to feel great about their rotation heading into 2020. A pair of surprises from the 2019 season were guys like Mike Minor and Lance Lynn.
Both combined for 30 of the Rangers’ 78 wins last year.
Yes, the Rangers did add 2 time CY Young Award winner, Corey Kluber, but Minor and Lynn will both be ready to take this team to the next level.
As Minor approaches his final year under contract with the Rangers, he’ll also be looking to have his best season yet in search of a new contract next off-season.
This could work in benefit for Texas to get the most out of Mike in what could potentially be a magical season.
In 2019 Mike pitched just north of 208 innings which is the most of his career while also hitting the 200-marker in strikeouts. As the season progressed Minor seemed to catch steam and kept getting better throughout the year. 2020 looks to the be the perfect time for Minor to continue where he left off last year. This off-season he’s made subtle changes that could lead to an even greater year for him.
Next to Minor will be Lance Lynn who is returning for a 2nd year with the Rangers. Now that Lance is familiar with the Rangers’ atmosphere, year two holds greater achievements for him. Lynn won 16 games in 2019, the most of the Rangers’ pitchers while posting a sub 3.7 ERA. His ability to win games has stuck with him throughout his career as we’ve seen him win double-digit games since 2012.
Another trait that Lynn will look to build on will be his durability. As the saying goes “The best ability, is availability” which is something that Lynn has excelled at. Since 2012 Lance has been one of nine players to start 29 games per season at least 7 times.
The Rangers need guys to stay healthy just as much as everyone else, but more so now with the potential being so high this season.
The back of the rotation with Jordan Lyles and Kyle Gibson should be improved from last year, but the top 3 guys will be the bigger factors this year. This team will rely on the success of Minor and Lynn, but they’ve given us plenty of reasons to believe in them. Chris Woodward is ready to see Minor and Lynn take another step forward, which only means the Rangers are heading in the right direction.
The top of the Rangers rotation gives them a shot at hanging in there with the best teams across the league.
Don’t be surprised when the Texas Rangers start making some noise down the stretch this season.
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