Roy Oswalt's start will end a long streak
|Rangers play-by-play voice Eric Nadel previews Roy Oswalt's first start with the Rangers, his expectations for the veteran pitcher moving forward and more. |
Who was the last pitcher to start for Texas who did not make his big league debut with the Rangers? Dave Bush, June 2, 2011. The Rays, by the way, have the longest active streak at 234 games (and still going).
It shows the Rangers have done a better job recently in acquiring and developing pitchers (and it helps that Colby Lewis, drafted by Texas, figured things out while in Japan, too).
Some other Oswalt tidbits put together by ESPN Stats & Information:
Oswalt will pitch his first game for an AL team. Among active pitchers, only Randy Wolf has more starts without playing for an AL team. The list:
Randy Wolf: 356 games started in NL
Roy Oswalt: 326<<
Ryan Dempster: 306
Carlos Zambrano: 296
>>Makes Rangers debut Friday
Oswalt will face a team he has a lot of success against in his career. His 1.94 career ERA against the Rockies is his lowest against any National League team.
Roy Oswalt Career vs Rockies
Opp BA .218
>>lowest vs any NL team
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