Final auditions for Game 1 starter?
|Ben and Skin weigh in on the Rangers' playoff rotation from an inside perspective. Ben expects Derek Holland to make a relief appearance in Game 1, 2 or even both.
Manager Ron Washington has indicated the staff has had internal conversations, but they have yet to make any decisions. But essentially, this comes down to Yu Darvish vs. Matt Harrison, and how those pitchers do in their final full starts might have an impact on who ulitmately gets the call.
Still, Harrison has been the club's most consistent starter all season. He'll get one more chance next week, but the club hopes that's in a game that doesn't matter as much and he could throw just a few innings as part of preparing for the playoffs.
Darvish, scratched from his last start with neck stiffness, pitches Sunday against the Los Angeles Angels. He's got a streak of seven straight quality starts and has pitched deep into games the past month. He's had ace-like stuff in those starts and has shown big-time confidence. Can he keep it up in a game that could be the clincher?
So pay attention this weekend. How Darvish does could impact the decision. As I said last week, I'd pitch Darvish in Game 1 of the playoffs and Harrison No. 2. But there's a strong case for Harrison, who has more postseason experience. Stay tuned.
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