The thinking (besides he’s great) of Jacob deGrom starting Rangers’ season opener
(Texas Rangers/Ben Ludeman)
SURPRISE, Ariz. — Jacob deGrom isn’t just the Rangers’ best starting pitcher, but is arguably the best pitcher in baseball.
His two National League Cy Young awards and his $185 million contract speak to that.
So, it wasn’t much of a surprise Friday morning when the Rangers announced that deGrom would be their Opening Day starter.
“This makes all the sense in the world to us,” manager Bruce Bochy said.
But that doesn’t mean the Rangers didn’t consider another pitcher, namely left-hander Martin Perez. There were a few factors, besides a brilliant track record, that sealed the deal for deGrom to make the third Opening Day start of his career.