During this past week, Matt Harrison was named the opening day starter for the Texas Rangers. In my opinion it is definitely deserved.
Harrison has been the most consistent starter on the Rangers for a few years now. He is the only starter on the team who has more than 45 career wins and he is the only starting pitcher who has been with the Rangers longer than four seasons in a row (Colby Lewis has six seasons with the team 2002-2004, 2010-current).
It could be questioned why Yu Darvish was not chosen for this role due to his superior stuff. But no one knows if Darvish will be what he was at the beginning of last season where he couldn’t consistently throw a strike to save his life, or what he was at the end of last season where he struck out seemingly every hitter he faced.
Maybe by the end of the season Darvish can be considered the leader of this rotation, but that is if he has an entire season at the same pace he was on after the All Star break last year. Right now Harrison is the only pitcher on the roster who can really be relied on to go out and give you six innings while only giving up a couple of runs every time he pitches.
I believe that Ron Washington has made the right decision for who should be the number one pitcher on this team, and also who is the leader of the rotation on and off the field.