Was the Rangers Pitcher of the Year…led the majors with 277 strikeouts, the highest total in the American League since 2000, and strikeouts per innings…allowed the .'s lowest opponents batting average (.194) and fewest hits per innings (), ranked 3rd among league qualifiers in fewest baserunners per innings () and was 4th in earned run average (), 6th lowest in team history, and WHIP ()…also led the Rangers in wins (13) and finished 2nd in innings () and starts (31)...Opened the season by going 7-1, (20 ER/ IP) in his first 9 starts through May 16…was the Rangers April Player of the Month at 5-1, over 6 starts while tying the club record for wins in that month…went 5-0, (14 ER/ IP) over 6 games from April 19-May 16, the longest winning streak of his career. Posted a 1-3 record and ERA (20 ER/ IP) over his next 9 starts from May 21-July 6 with lone victory in that span coming on June 30 vs. CIN…was on DL for next 15 days (see next page) but returned to go 4-1, (5 ER/ IP) over 5 outings from July 22-Aug. 12…went 0-4, (15 ER/ IP) over his next 6 starts, his longest ML losing streak, before winning on Sept. 19 at TB…was 1-0, (6 ER/ IP) over last 3 starts, pitching less than innings in all 3 games…overall, was 5-5, in 14 starts after the All-Star break... Pitched at least no-hit innings 3 times, matching the Mets' Matt Harvey for the most in the majors…retired the first 26 batters in season debut on April 2 at HOU before Marwin Gonzalez's single…fanned 14 in his innings before Michael Kirkman recorded final out…was the first Ranger to ever lose a no-hitter as late as innings, first in the majors to do so since Detroit's Armando Galarraga on June 2, 2010 vs. CLE…San Francisco's Yusmeiro Petit (Sept. 6 vs. ARI) and St. Louis' Michael Wacha (Sept. 24 vs. WSH) also lost no hitters with 2 outs in the 9th in 2013...Tossed perfect innings and no-hit innings with 15 strikeouts on Aug. 12 at HOU, settling for a combined one-hitter w/ Joe Nathan ( IP)…only hit was solo HR to Carlos Corporan w/ one out in 8th…is only ML pitcher since 1900 to win 2 games in a career (April 2 at HOU & Aug. 12 at HOU) w/ 14+ K's, one-or-zero hits, and one-or-zero BB…is also first pitcher in expansion era (since 1961) with multiple no-hit bids of 7+ IP against same team in a season…the only other pitcher since 1900 to have a 15-strikeout game with a home run as only hit allowed was Boston's Pedro Martinez on 9/10/99 at NYY…the last Texas pitcher to have 2 no-hitters broken up in 8th-or-later in same season was Ryan in 1989 with 5 (Elias Sports Bureau).
T-9th in the NL and tied his career high in triples (6)... His 135 hits, 25 2B, 18 HR, 69 RBI, 49 XBH and 226 total bases were his highest totals in each category since 2009... Among NL 2nd basemen, finished 2nd in triples (6) & SLG % (.470), 3rd in OBP (.346) & XBH (48), T-3rd in doubles (25), 4th in AVG (.281), HR (17), RBI (64), runs (72), total bases (219) & SB (8) and 5th in hits (131) & walks (44)... Slugged his 200th career HR on Opening Night in ATL... Spent 4 weeks on the DL with an oblique strain (5/21-6/20); played in 2 rehab games with Reading (AA)... With RISP, batted .330 (35-106), including .448 (13-29) from 8/25 through the remainder of the season... In his final 28 games, batted .340 (35-103), 5 2B, 3B, 2 HR, 19 RBI... Had his 20th career multi-HR game, 6/29 at LAD (2 HR)... Collected his 800th RBI, 9/16 vs MIA... Hit a 3-run HR in consecutive games, 9/16-17... Had 10 RBI in a 3-game series, 9/16-18, tying the mark by any Phillie in a 3-game series since 1921 (3rd time by Utley)... Went 4-for-7 (.571), HR, 5 RBI as a pinch-hitter
The early years of the NL were tumultuous, with threats from rival leagues and a rebellion by players against the hated "reserve clause", which restricted the free movement of players between clubs. Competitor leagues formed regularly and also disbanded regularly. The most successful was the American Association (1882–1891), sometimes called the "beer and whiskey league" for its tolerance of the sale of alcoholic beverages to spectators. For several years, the NL and American Association champions met in a postseason championship series—the first attempt at a World Series . The two leagues merged in 1892 as a single 12-team NL, but the NL dropped four teams after the 1899 season. This led to the formation of the American League in 1901 under AL president Ban Johnson , and the resulting bidding war for players led to widespread contract-breaking and legal disputes.