The Texas Rangers have lost a lot of pop from their lineup during the offseason, so will the main aspect of their lineup change or will they still be power based?
The loses sustained include such extraordinary hitters as Josh Hamilton, Michael Young and Mike Napoli. Thats a total of 75 home runs from just last year, and a lot of leadership both physically and emotionally.
There are a couple of power hitters left in this Ranger lineup including Adrian Beltre, Nelson Cruz and Ian Kinsler but most of the returning players hit for average and speed such as Elvis Andrus and David Murphy. So while projecting the 2013 offense for the Rangers I have realized that it seems the Rangers offense will become more speed based with power mixed in then ever before.
Young players like Julio Borbon, Craig Gentry and Leonys Martin will be playing in the outfield and most likely leading off. Obviously Andrus is fast, Kinsler isn’t slow and then you mix Cruz, Beltre and free-agent A.J. Pierzynski in the middle. This is going to be a good lineup.
As long as the young players produce the way they have this spring this offense will be very good but the Rangers will need to steal a lot more bases and walk a lot more than they have in the past few seasons.
They wont hit nearly the same amount of home runs and they wont be near as prolific but the Rangers can still be a very good offense. Second in the league? Probably not.
But you don’t need to be second in the league to win.