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Roy Oswalt will make his Rangers debut Friday in Texas

Jun 20, 2012, 4:24 PM EDT

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When the Rangers signed him last month Roy Oswalt said he’d need four starts in the minors to get ready and sure enough the 34-year-old veteran is now on his way to the majors after one start at Double-A and three starts at Triple-A.

Jeff Wilson of the Forth Worth Star Telegram reports that Oswalt will join the Rangers’ rotation Friday against the Rockies, which means his debut will come at home versus a National League team with a 25-41 record and the league’s second-worst road OPS.

That’s about as favorable as a first matchup can get and based on his stint in the minors Oswalt may need the help, as he totaled 15 innings with a 5.87 ERA, .308 opponents’ batting average, and 13/4 K/BB ratio. Of course, he can’t be any worse than Scott Feldman, who went 1-6 with a 6.43 ERA in eight starts stepping into the injury wrecked rotation and has now been demoted back to the bullpen to make room for Oswalt.

Oswalt started 23 games for the Phillies last season, logging 139 innings with a 3.69 ERA and 93/33 K/BB ratio while battling back problems that had him considering retirement. His one-year deal with the Rangers is worth $5 million, plus another $1 million in potential incentives.

  1. captainwisdom8888 - Jun 20, 2012 at 4:27 PM

    At best, this guy will provide a coupe quality starts before crapping out entirely.

    • dan1111 - Jun 20, 2012 at 4:48 PM

      Never mind the 2,154 innings he has pitched with an ERA+ better than Greg Maddux, Sandy Koufax, Bob Gibson, and dozens of other Hall-of-Famers. He actually isn’t any good.

      • chadjones27 - Jun 20, 2012 at 4:55 PM

        He’s had back issues in the past. Hopefully, for his sake, he pitches well all year.
        Much like the stock market, you can’t judge future gains/loss by the past. However, my money is on Roy O being on the down side of his career. I don’t think his ERA+ for the last 2,154 innings is any indication of how he’ll pitch this season. Best of luck to him though.

      • dan1111 - Jun 20, 2012 at 5:02 PM

        Chad, fair enough. I was just reacting to the claim that Oswalt is a sure thing to fail. Given how good he has been over a long career, it seems foolish to so quickly judge that he can no longer be productive.

      • CJ - Jun 20, 2012 at 11:00 PM

        along this same line of logic, we can say that even though someone once called himself “captainwisdom”, he must’ve run out of it somewhere along the way.

    • geoabel5 - Jun 21, 2012 at 8:18 PM

      Possibly, but just as possible he can anchor a post-season team’s rotation in to October.

  2. dannythebisforbeast - Jun 20, 2012 at 11:12 PM

    Hopefully no tornados hit his hometown or else he might miss a few starts

  3. texasaaa - Jun 21, 2012 at 11:29 PM

    I have had the pleasure of watching Oswalt his whole career. We all get old and less productive. For O’s sake I hope he has one more great 1/2 season in him.
    He gave everything to the Stros but he never got his World Series ring. I promise you, he wants that ring more than money. He will give every ounce to the Rangers. If he does not do well it will be old age, not desire.
    If he holds out physically, he will do his part to get you in the Series
    He’s just a good old country boy doing what he loves.
    Good luck Rangers! Treat him good!.

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