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Who Will the Texas Rangers Start If They Make the Playoffs?

ARLINGTON, TX - JULY 29:  Pitcher Scott Feldman #39 of the Texas Rangers throws against the Detroit Tigers on July 29, 2009 at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
David LynnCorrespondent ISeptember 6, 2009

I don't have a ton to say, but I am truly interested what other people are thinking on this topic.  After two ultimately poor performances against the unimpressive Orioles it leaves me wondering who we would start in a playoff game.

There is one obvious pick, and that is Scott Feldman.  He didn't even start the season in the rotation, but he has 15 wins and he has won 11 on the road, which is where we would most likely start the playoffs.  He has been far and away our best starter in the second half.

I think my second pick would have to be Tommy Hunter because he has pitched so well.  He is 7-3 with a 3.14 ERA, and has just pitched beautifully.  He has a strikeout to walk ratio of 2:1 and only Derek Holland is better amongst starters. 

There is no way I trust Millwood out there with how he has pitched in the second half.  It is almost like he had a first great half, and now that he knows his contract has to get picked up for next year he doesn't care.  I honestly think our young 23- and 24-year-old pitchers are more mature. 

So who do you think should start WHEN the Rangers make the playoffs?

Here are some stats to give some idea of where the pitchers are at:

Name      Record    ERA     K     BB

Millwood   10-9     3.77   105    65

Feldman   15-4     3.62    90     52

Holland     7-10    5.93    93     41

Hunter      7-3     3.14    48     24

McCarthy  6-2     4.61    46     28

On a side note, how unreal is Neftali Feliz?  A 0.41 ERA, one walk, one ER, and only five hits in 22 innings to go with 28 strikeouts.  All I can say is WOW!

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