Texas Rangers– Projected Win Total Over 87 wins – 3rd in the AL West
As much as the Rangers would really want to change the culture of their team, playing 81 games in a smallish ballpark means your hitting has to come through and you have to score runs.
Those making baseball picks realized the 4.5 runs Texas manufactured was their lowest figure since moving to the present location in 1994. No question the losses of Josh Hamilton, Mike Napoli and Nelson Cruz (PED 50-game suspension) played a part. But, this is one of only two teams in baseball which has won 90 or more games in four straight seasons and is not about to give chasing the World Series trophy after coming agonizingly close.
That is why they traded for Prince Fielder and signed Shin-Soo Choo to beef up a batting order and return to one of the top scoring teams in the big leagues.
These two should immediately add zest to manager Ron Washington’s lineup card.
Those making sports picks have to like the top of the Rangers rotation with Yu Darvish, Derek Holland and Martin Perez, which contributed to Texas having a starting pitcher ERA of 3.99, their lowest since 1992.
The Rangers Nick Tepesch was rocked for eight solid hits and three runs in two innings and he fooled nobody.
Michael Choice made his case to be on the Texas 25-man roster, reaching base three times and going yard.
Texas held an 8-3 lead going into the bottom of the eight, but pitchers Alex Gonzalez and Cory Burns were lit up like a snow-bird sunbather in the lawn seats for six runs, as Seattle sent the home fans happy with a 9-8 come-from behind win.
MLB Season Projections
If answers are found at the bottom of the rotation and the bullpen comes together relatively quickly, no reason why Texas cannot give Oakland a real run in the AL West. We will check back with the Rangers later in Spring Training.