Can a Young Core Push The Rangers Over the Edge? [2010 Texas Rangers Preview]

3/27/10 in MLB   |   drn0iswatr   |   731 respect

 Could this be the year?? The year that Ron Washington stops doing coke? The year the Rangers win their division? The year that Josh Hamilton stays healthy AND clean?? Could it be? So many questions – and you have come to the right place for answers. Oh…not me. The Q of course. Keep checking back all season long and you will find out the answers to these questions and to others!

Key Additions: Vladimir Guerrero and Rich Harden

Key Subtractions: Kevin Millwood, Hank Blalock, Marlon Byrd, Andruw Jones , Omar Vizquel, and Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez

Projected Lineup                                                                    
CF           Julio Borbon
3B           Michael Young
LF            Josh Hamilton
DH          Vladimir Guerrero
2B           Ian Kinsler
RF           Nelson Cruz
1B           Chris Davis
C             Jarrod Saltalamacchia*
SS           Elvis Andrus
(*Salty is having some health issues so it might be Teagarden or Treanor who they just traded for)

Projected Rotation
RHP        Scott Feldman
RHP        Rich Harden
RHP        Colby Lewis
RHP        Tommy Hunter
LHP        Derek Holland
(**Brandon McCarthy could also earn a spot somewhere among the starters if he can stay healthy)

Closer: RHP Frank Francisco

Strengths

The biggest strength of the Texas Rangers is their farm system.  I am honestly shocked myself. For the second year in a row, they have been ranked by several sites as having the top farm system in the majors. This is the reason that despite all of the key losses
this year for the Rangers, they still should contend. The organization has spent the last several years trading away good players (A-Rod, Tex, Soriano, and others) to get some of the best prospects in the country (5 of the top 100 prospects). Between Justin Smoak, Neftali Feliz, and Martin Perez the Rangers are loaded.

Another strength is the core of the team that is coming back again this year. Elvis Andrus was close to winning AL ROY last year and is an up and coming stud in the game. Borbon is incredibly fast. Cruz, Davis, and Hamilton all have amazing power. Then you throw in the veteran leadership from Kinsler and Young and you have a team that is set to compete in the AL West this year. 

Weaknesses

Two words: Health and Stamina. The team has to stay healthy. Josh Hamilton is a walking hospital ward. Every  time you turn around he is hurt. Saltalamacchia is also banged up. Then you toss in Brandon McCarthy – he has so much potential…but he can’t seem to stay on the field. The team will need all three of these guys to stay healthy if they are going to succeed.

As for stamina – it applies to each player as well as the team as a whole. The team did so well last year at the beginning of the year but they just seemed to run out of smoke by the end of the season. The guys will need to learn how to put together an entire season if they want to win the West. I think part of this will come with age but it is something they need to learn.

Prediction:
Last year the team finished 87-75. I expect that with the group of players coming back again this year getting to play together another year will only make the team better. I predict that they will get to 90 wins this year and finish with a 90-72 record.

Those are my thoughts…what about yours?

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9/2/11   |   queryinstantloansnee

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4/9/10   |   adrisoto86   |   117 respect

wrote:
CJ Wilson makes his start today... lets just pray he keeps the Rangers in there.

he pitched extremely well yesterday then Frankie had to go and blow it for him.

4/3/10   |   adrisoto86   |   117 respect

BluDevil wrote:
Not for the rangers. They have usually had a righty dominated starting rotation, even when Kenny Rogers was their ace.

yeah and now Wilson and Harrison will be the only lefty starters. having 2 seems strange lol.

4/2/10   |   BluDevil   |   618 respect

ary201 wrote:
Is it odd to have so many righties in the rotation?

Not for the rangers. They have usually had a righty dominated starting rotation, even when Kenny Rogers was their ace.

4/1/10   |   ary201   |   213 respect

Is it odd to have so many righties in the rotation?

4/1/10   |   WhoDat12   |   2252 respect

BluDevil wrote:
Wild Card might go to the AL West this year.... if the AL East teams beat up on each other, then you might have two teams in the west with better records than 2nd place in the east.

 Excellent point. The Yanks, Sox, & Rays just might cancel one of the three out, opening the door for the Angels, M's, or Rangers to take the Wild Card.  

3/31/10   |   BluDevil   |   618 respect

WhoDat12 wrote:
 The AL West is going to be very interesting.  The Rangers have a chance. They took a step forward, but the M's took several steps forward and the Angels took a step back IMO.  They could very well win 90 games...but those 90 wins could likely not be enough to get in the playoffs. 

Wild Card might go to the AL West this year.... if the AL East teams beat up on each other, then you might have two teams in the west with better records than 2nd place in the east.

3/28/10   |   WhoDat12   |   2252 respect

 The AL West is going to be very interesting.  The Rangers have a chance. They took a step forward, but the M's took several steps forward and the Angels took a step back IMO.  They could very well win 90 games...but those 90 wins could likely not be enough to get in the playoffs. 

3/28/10   |   MarkTheShark   |   590 respect

adrisoto86 wrote:
i agree with everything. pitching and health are the big concerns each and every year. also if you look at the Rangers season last year there were tons of games where they gave up a lead or they lost just by one run, with Feliz now the 8th inning guy and a veteran like Darren Oliver in the bullpen i can see alot of those "close games" going our way now. i feel like they can at least win 94 games this year.

Bold.

3/28/10   |   adrisoto86   |   117 respect

i agree with everything. pitching and health are the big concerns each and every year. also if you look at the Rangers season last year there were tons of games where they gave up a lead or they lost just by one run, with Feliz now the 8th inning guy and a veteran like Darren Oliver in the bullpen i can see alot of those "close games" going our way now. i feel like they can at least win 94 games this year.

3/28/10   |   adrisoto86   |   117 respect

BluDevil wrote:
Isn't Wilson in the rotation and Holland optioned to triple A?

yeah the rotation should actually be:
Feldman
Harden
Lewis
Wilson
Harrison

3/28/10   |   BluDevil   |   618 respect

Isn't Wilson in the rotation and Holland optioned to triple A?

3/28/10   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

I really hate that 87-75 stat.  It's like only a little bit better than mediocre, but not good enough to be a great year, and not crappy enough to be ......well.........totally crappy.  it gives a fan hope, but not enough to think "post season".  Great write up Rob!

3/27/10   |   MarkTheShark   |   590 respect

Not sure Texas' pitching can hold up, and they are now having to deal with not just the Angels, but the Mariners as well

3/27/10   |   radiowave000   |   145 respect

(Edited by radiowave000)

Texas and Seattle will battle all the way IMO. Angels have taken a step back and the A's just don't have the horses.
Rangers need to contend, then add a couple of vets at the deadline for a stretch run.New ownership should make that possible.