Darvish went 8.1 innings while striking out 10 in his only career start against the Yankees.
Threat Level: 8
The Rangers lost Josh Hamilton, arguably their best player, in the offseason, but expectations are still high for them. They were not that busy in the offseason in acquiring players, as Lance Berkman and A.J. Pierzynski were their only major acquisitions, but the team still has a plethora of talent. Ian Kinsler and Elvis Andrus at the top of the lineup are dangerous, Adrian Beltre just seems to be getting better, and if Nelson Cruz can play a full season, he could put up big numbers. As for their pitching, it is not as strong as their hitting, but it can be pretty good. Darvish had a 3.90 ERA with a 1.28 WHIP in his first season in the majors and Matt Harrison has really broken out over the last 2 seasons, proving to be their best pitcher. Lastly, Joe Nathan returned to form last year as the team’s closer. Add it all up, and you have a playoff contending team.