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Roy Oswalt impresses in Rangers’ debut

Jun 23, 2012, 9:15 AM EDT

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Roy Oswalt was a little shaky in his recent minor league tuneup starts, posting a 5.87 ERA over 15 1/3 innings between Double-A Frisco and Triple-A Round Rock, but he rendered any concerns meaningless last night.

Oswalt was very impressive in his Rangers’ debut, allowing just one run over 6 1/3 innings as part of a 4-1 victory over the Rockies. It was his first start in a major league game since Game 4 of the NLDS against the Cardinals last year. The 34-year-old right-hander scattered nine hits while striking out six and walking just one. He didn’t allow a run until his 110th and final pitch of the evening via an RBI double by Marco Scutaro in the top of the seventh inning.

According to Brooks Baseball, Oswalt’s fastball topped out at 93.1 mph and averaged 91.5 mph, which was nearly identical to his average velocity last season with the Phillies. However, that’s still a tick below his career average of 92.9 mph. It will be interesting to see how Oswalt fares in his first go-around in the American League, especially coming off a season where he posted his lowest strikeout and swinging strike rate of his career, but he should be a stabilizing force for a rotation which has already battled numerous injuries and features a rookie pitcher, Yu Darvish, who is trying to find his way in his first season stateside.

  1. dannythebisforbeast - Jun 23, 2012 at 9:30 AM

    Hope it’s a quiet tornado season and Roy sticks around.

  2. billymc75 - Jun 23, 2012 at 9:43 AM

    We all lose a tick as we get older, Oswalt will be fine, Texas was the best fit.

  3. cur68 - Jun 23, 2012 at 10:16 AM

    With that offence to pick him up, he’ll have no trouble.

  4. paperlions - Jun 23, 2012 at 10:35 AM

    He pitched okay. Going 6 2/3 was nice, but giving up 9 hits and a walk to the leagues 2nd worst road offense (a team with a .291 OBP on the road) shows he still has room for improvement to really be useful.

  5. rooney24 - Jun 23, 2012 at 11:06 AM

    Not surprised that he did all right. His numbers weren’t great in his minor league starts, but that isn’t any different than a lot of pitchers have in their first few Spring Training starts. His minor league starts were essentially his Spring Training. It isn’t uncommon for pitchers to work on stuff in their first few Spring Training starts without worrying about results. He will likely be OK, not great, not bad, this season, and as previously mentioned above, with that offense, he will win games.

  6. elgorditodehumboldt - Jun 23, 2012 at 11:37 AM

    He took care of the lowly Rockies…let’s see how he does when the big boys of the AL come calling.

  7. asp4ever47 - Jun 23, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    actually, the rockies have the 2nd highest batting average in the NL and 5th highest MLB wide..while the rockies have many problems, hitting isn’t at the top of the list.

    • paperlions - Jun 23, 2012 at 2:21 PM

      Actually, hitting away from Coors is one of their biggest problems…..the only place they hit is at home.

  8. astrosfan75956 - Jun 23, 2012 at 1:52 PM

    Without Tulo or Cargo the Roxs dont have much offense.

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