Phil Klein is Rangers 240th starting pitcher and other starting pitching trivia

Phil Klein starts for the Rangers on Wednesday. He will be the 240th starting pitcher in Rangers history. Charlie Hough is still the all-time leader with 313 starts.

Hough threw 13 innings against the Twins on June 11, 1986, the longest outing ever by a Rangers pitcher. Hough didn’t get the win. The Rangers needed 16 innings to beat the Twins that night.

This is good: Nolan Ryan pitched ten innings against the White Six on Aug. 17, 1990. So? That was the last time the Rangers let a starter pitch in extra innings.Chuck

Ryan did not allow a run that night, one of seven times a Rangers starter pitched into extra innings and did not allow a run. The longest was Steve Hargan. He did not allow a run in 11 1/3 innings against the Angels on June 23, 1975.

Bert Blyleven pitched back-to-back shutouts for the Rangers on June 21 and 26, 1976. Both times he pitched ten innings with a final score of 1-0. He allowed one hit in the first game. Ten in the other.

Ryan threw 166 pitches against the Royals in eight innings on Sept. 12, 1989. That’s the most ever by a Rangers starter since they officially began counting pitches in 1988.

The fewest thrown pitches was by Aaron Myette. He threw just two against the Orioles in 2002. He got tossed from the game for throwing at the first hitter. He is one of four Rangers starters to throw less than ten pitches in a start. Derek Holland had nine at the home opener. Brandon McCarthy had seven against the Tigers on Sept. 15, 2008. Darren Oliver had four against the White Sox on May 7, 2001.

Klein is the sixth Rangers starter who was born in Ohio. There have been 22 born in Texas. California leads the way among U.S states with 35. Illinois is third with 13.

There has never been a Rangers starting pitcher born in Alaska, Connecticut, Idaho, Maryland, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Rhode Island or Wyoming.

But there has been one born in Arizona (Doug Mathis), Delaware (Chris Welsh), Maine (Stan Thomas), Nebraska (Rick Henniger), New Hampshire (Bob Tewksbury), North Dakota (Rick Helling), Oregon (Eric Gunderson), South Carolina (Eric Moody), South Dakota (Justin Duchscherer) and Vermont (Len Whitehouse).

Among countries, 14 Rangers starters were born in the Dominican Republic. Next is Mexico with six, Puerto Rico with five and Venezuela with three.

There have been 27 pitchers who have made just one start for the Rangers. Of those 27, Josh Rupe, John Poloni and Larry McCall are the only three to win that start.

There have been 15 games where the Rangers starter failed to record an out. Only one starter never recorded an out with the Rangers. Wilson Alvarez allowed three runs in his Major League debut against the Blue Jays on July 24, 1989. He was soon traded to the White Sox.

Ryan twice failed to record an out in a start. That includes the last start of his career against the Mariners on Sept. 22, 1993 when he faced six batters without getting an out before blowing out his elbow.

Lisalverto Bonilla (3-0) and Mike Marshall (2-0) are the only two undefeated starters with more than one win.

Mike Bacsik Sr. and Mike Bacsik Jr. both made three starts.

The Rangers have had three 20-game winners: Ferguson Jenkins (25 in 1974), Kevin Brown (21 in 1992) and Rick Helling (20 in 1998). They have had 16 pitchers start a game for them who were 20-game winners in other organizations.
1. Nolan Ryan
2. Gaylord Perry
3. John Burkett
4. Bert Blyleven
5. Esteban Loaiza
6. Dave Stewart
7. Jamie Moyer
8. Bill Hands
9. Jim Merritt
10. Cliff Lee
11. Clyde Wright
12. Bill Singer
13. Roy Oswalt
14. Ed Figueroa
15. Scott Erickson
16. Fritz Peterson

4 Comments

When Nolan, Gaylord, Charlie, Fergie , Kevin and Bert are STILL the best pitchers you have ever had, well then THEREIN LIES THE PROBLEM. THE INABILITY OF THIS ORGANIZATION TO DRAFT, DEVELOP AND KEEP PITCHERS GOES BACK TO THE BEGINNING. WHEN YOU HAVE A TOP TEN PAYROLL, HOW IS IT YOU STILL DON’T HAVE ENOUGH STARTING AND BULLPEN ARMS? IT IS ALL ABOUT THE PITCHING? ALL WE HEAR ABOUT IS THIS GREAT MINOR LEAGUE SYSTEM THE RANGERS HAVE, THEY GET A TON OF PRESS. I WANT MY MINOR LEAGUES TO FEED PLAYERS ONTO THE MAJOR LEAGUE TEAM. MOST OF THE VAUNTED TALENT IN THE MINORS ARE IN THEIR TEENS AND AREN’T HELPING US IN THE NEAR FUTURE. OTHER THAN PUDGE AND ODOR, THE RANGERS USUALLY WAIT TIL THE PLAYER IS 26 OR ABOVE BEFORE THEY BRING THEM UP. RIGHETTI, DARLING, DANKS, TERRELL ALL PLAYERS WHO BECAME PRETTY GOOD STARTING PITCHERS, WHO DEVELOPED ELSEWHERE. YOU NEVER, NEVER EVER, TRADE YOUNG STARTING PITCHING EVER! THAT IS RULE # 1. if THE RANGERS DON’T PICK A COLLEGE PITCHER THAT CAN HELP THEM IMMEDIATELY WITH THEIR HIGH PICK THEN THEY ARE IDIOTS. AT THIS POINT, WE SHOULD TRADE ANY OF OUR PLAYERS FOR YOUNG PROSPECTS AND BEGIN THE REBUILD. KEEP DESHIELDS, MARTIN AND OUR YOUNG PITCHING STAFF. WE ARE GOING TO LOSE 100+ GAMES THIS YEAR, MAY AS WELL GET INTO PLAYER DEVELOPMENT FOR 2017.

Ohlendorf is better than Detwiler, no doubt. However, he ain’t no closer! The Rangers survived last night against the Yankees. Bullpen stats for Friday’s game, 2 1/3 innings pitched 4 hits, 4 runs, 2 walks, 3 k’s and 2 HR’s surrendered. Not a good performance, not what you are looking for. At this point, Kela should have been put out there. At least if he blows it, then hopefully he learns something from it and gets better. Not really sure Bannister knows what he is doing. The Rangers appear to be reaching. They are definitely playing better. Speaking of playing better, no one and I mean no one on that team is playing better than DESHIELDS. The guy is a spark plug. With Jesus’s right hand man & coke head returning this week, how much is this going to affect Deshield’s playing time? I believe the Rangers come up with a slogan every year. I believe this years is “It’s Time.” Time for what? I have come up with my own slogan for the team, with the addition of Hamilton: “Coke IS IT!”

OR some key thoughts. “Those who fail to remember the past are DOOMED to REPEAT IT! or “Power tends to corrupt, absolute power, corrupts absolutely.” What does it profit a man to gain the whole world, but lose his own, nasal septum, I mean soul? “No soldier ever won a war, by dying for his country, he made the other soldier die for his.” A bird in hand is worth two in the bush. Loose lips sink ships, if momma aint, happy, aint no one happy. Birds of a feather, flock together. Candy is dandy, but liquor is quicker!

Thank you for a review of Ranger pitchers. I admire the research. It always hurts to pitch a full game and to not get the win.

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