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Roy Oswalt's first start is Friday for the Rangers, & he says he's the same pitcher as he was in 2010

060312express_2_1488724cWith seemingly all but three of pitchers of your Texas Rangers pitchers on the disabled list, Roy Oswalt is being pushed into the rotation for Friday's game against the Rockies at The Ballpark. This is what we call a good draw if you are Oswalt.

The Rockies are a stout 25-41.

"I think I'm pretty close. The biggest thing is to get back into pitching shape," Oswalt said today on a conference call. He has made four minor league starts so far. "The last start was the best mechanics I've had through the whole game. They don't really need me down there (in the minors); they need me up there (with the Rangers). It may take me a game here or there to get acclimated to the big leagues and the pace of the game. I think I'm ready for it as far as arm strength and my body feels great."

The last time Oswalt pitched in the majors was for the Phillies in the 2011 NLDS.

Oswalt is no longer the 20-game winner who pitched for the Astros in 2004 and 2005 but a solid 34-year-old with good stuff, who should be able to provide solid innings, provided his back holds up. He is no longer an ace because durability is probably gone.

AuQmzBiCQAAfost.jpg-largeAt the very least when he does pitch he should be able to at least keep the Rangers in the game. Only once in his 11 year major league career has he posted an ERA over 4.00. OK, so he's never pitched in the American League but this should work out well, provided his back remains problem-free.

He sees no reason why he can't be as good as he was in 2010, which he says was his best season when he posted a 2.76 ERA in 211.2 innings between Houston and Philly.

"I don't think really and truthfully I'm no different than 2010 when I was the best all around year," Oswalt said. "I don't feel any different than then. I'm still the same pitcher."

I am not expecting that. If he is close to that, the Rangers won this deal.


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