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.
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