A little punch-drunk from staring too long at that freakish kaleidoscope thing in left center field at Marlins Park, or maybe from trying to get my head wrapped around the fact that we’ve already had two Opening Days, have another today, and another tomorrow, here for you to waste a couple minutes (that you’ll never get back) on are some fun facts about the Rangers’ pitching matchups the first time through the rotation:
Tomorrow, one-time Rangers first-round pick Colby Lewis (1999) faces one-time Rangers first-round pick John Danks (2003).
Saturday, Derek Holland faces White Sox righthander Jake Peavy, the last pitcher that San Diego had given a contract extension to before doing so a week ago for lefthander Cory Luebke, who starts Game Two for the Padres himself and who was once selected by the Rangers, as a draft-eligible sophomore from Ohio State, in the 22nd round of the 2006 draft . . . three rounds before Texas chose Holland.
Sunday, Matt Harrison faces Gavin Floyd. Harrison was traded for Mark Teixeira. Floyd and Teixeira went to the same high school, and were chosen back-to-back near the top of the 2001 draft.
Monday night, Yu Darvish takes on Hector Noesi. I got nothing. Let’s see . . . . both are making their team debut that night. Noesi accompanied the Mariners on their junket to Japan last week for the two-game set against Oakland, but Seattle designated him ineligible for the series. Darvish is also ineligible to pitch in Japan this year. (Like I said: I got nothing.)
Tuesday night, Neftali Feliz and Blake Beavan tee it up. The Rangers acquired Beavan in June 2007, and Feliz in July 2007.
I really, really need Opening Day No. 4 to hurry and get here.