With opening day for the Texas Rangers tomorrow it is time for me to write my season preview. How do I see the Rangers in 2013.
I have written many times this offseason about the Rangers losses. Men like Josh Hamilton, Michael Young and Mike Napoli. But how big are those losses really?
Well they are pretty big losses, but not for the reason you may think. Yes losing that production is going to be huge but I am more concerned about losing Young’s leadership than anything else. Young was the emotional leader of the Rangers for years and now that is gone. I believe that to be the biggest loss of this offseason.
The Rangers have also made some good additions. They signed free agent A.J. Pierzynski and have brought up a lot of young players. They may even have an excess of young players, Craig Gentry, Julio Borbon and Leonys Martin just in center field. Jurickson Profar and Mike Olt in the infield.
The offense is going to struggle this season more than they have in the past few years. But what about the pitching staff?
This staff is in dire need of an ace. Right now Matt Harrison is leading the rotation and no matter how much I like him, he is not the leader of a pitching rotation. Yu Darvish has the ability to be an ace but right now he isn’t there.
Guys like Derek Holland and Alexi Ogando are shaky and I’m not quite sure what to expect from either. Whoever takes over the fifth spot is not going to be expected to do much. I say whoever even after Nick Tepesch was named the fifth man because I don’t expect him to last to long.
This rotation is going to be around average, maybe a little better. But not great.
This Rangers club has the ability to be good but they are playing very good competition. I think the best possible seasons outcome is another wild card appearance like last year.