We’ve Only Just Begun
Yu Darvish: He started off the season in an almost perfect fashion. Even though he didn’t get that 27th out, he still dazzled that night in Houston and affirmed that the Rangers did make the right choice in acquiring him in 2012. I have to give him credit for two specific things so far. He battled through blister issues to go five innings in his last start and keep the club in the game. The other thing I credit him with is disproving my thoughts on him and Soto sticking together. He’s just that good and Pierzynski has done the work to get on the same page with him as well.
Ian Kinsler: He’s showing signs of an offensive rebound from 2012 already. He seems more relaxed and less prone to swinging for the fences in every at bat. The influence of Berkman’s patience is starting to rub off on him and hopefully he’ll continue to let his OBP get a bit of a boost via the walk. His defense has faltered a couple of times so far, but I still like what he brings at second base. 2013 has started well for him; let’s see if it ends well too.
Honorable Mention – Derek Holland: It’s only been two starts, but he’s been consistent and good, for lack of a better word. He looks engaged, hasn’t caved to the big inning, and just looks more focused than we’ve seen since Game 4 of the World Series in 2011. The biggest change I’ve noticed is that he seems more prepared to get out of jams and not let them get him riled up mentally. I know it’s only two games, but it appears that Derek is ready to come out each time and pitch well.
I know it feels like a lot was lost over the offseason, and I will admit that I do miss a couple of players who moved on. Some things that may seem problematic will get worked out, in one way or another. That being said, please don’t let those loses detract from the fact that there is good baseball still going on in Arlington. As Eddie said, this is a golden age of Rangers ball. Let’s enjoy it.