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Opening Day 2014: Texas Rangers’ Season Outlook

Texas Rangers 2014 Season Outlook

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When fans are calling for the mangers head after reaching the 90-win level for a fourth consecutive season, you realize that the Lone Star State has been spoiled for quite a while. Perhaps the incompetence of its little brother Houston has pushed Rangers' supporters over the edge. With an offseason revamping, Texas steps into 2014 reloaded, and ready for battle in the AL West Dogfight. Let's investigate what's in store.



Top 5 Hitters

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Top 5 Hitters

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1. Adrian Beltre
2. Prince Fielder
3. Alex Rios
4. Shin-Soo Choo
5. Elvis Andrus

With Ian Kinsler packing his offseason bags, the captaincy of this offense falls on the shoulders of super-slugger Adrian Beltre. After 16 years in the bigs, and clubbing 66 home runs and 393 hits over the last two seasons, the spotlight is well deserved. With newly acquired Prince Fielder, taking the hill in Arlington's power-hitter paradise will prove frightening.

Top 5 Pitchers

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Top 5 Pitchers

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1. Yu Darvish
2. Derek Holland
3. Martin Perez
4. Matt Harrison
5. Joakim Soria

After leading the league in strikeouts (277 in 210 IP), Darvish, and the slider that rivals any pitch in baseball, is becoming must-see-TV. Continued dominance is not only hoped for, but expected.
The certainty ends there however. With Holland's inconsistency, Harrison's injury past, and Perez needing to prove long-haul worthiness, get ready for a wild ride.

Top 5 Newcomers

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Top 5 Newcomers

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1. Prince Fielder
2. Shin-Soo Choo
3. Joakim Soria
4. Jon Daniels (GM)
5. Tanner Scheppers *

Out with the old (Ian Kinsler), in with the new (Prince Fielder). A fan favorite was lost, but the Texas faithful are about to embark on a short memory, as "perfect-fit Prince" and his .592 career slugging percentage at Rangers Ballpark is ready to make headlines.
* Spring feel-good story: Tanner Scheppers finally joins the rotation.



Top 5 Rookies / Prospects

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Top 5 Rookies / Prospects

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1. Jurickson Profar
2. Michael Choice
3. Jorge Alfaro
4. Rougned Odor
5. Joey Gallo

The Rangers' system has always been fruitful, and moving forward it shall remain status quo. With Profar to be slotted into a full-time role and begin his "real" rookie year, look for the all around contributor to rise rapidly.
Tantalizing 2B prospect Rougned Odor and his power-speed combo will soon join the party to form an elite Rangers' middle infield.

Final Record / Division Standing Prediction

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Final Record / Division Standing Prediction

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With Oakland annually proving doubters wrong, Seattle's attempt to climb out of mediocrity, the Angels core always creating intrigue, and Houston's prospect wave about to make noise, the AL West will remain competitive for many years to come.
With questions surrounding the starting rotation (the epidemic across MLB), the window is slowly closing. However, the 2014 tank is ready to roll.
Predictions:
Overall Record: 95 - 67
Division: 1st