With Spring Training underway and baseball season right around the corner the Rangers are gearing up for another go at it, looking to improve on last years lackluster outing.
Finishing with a record of 78-84 in 2017 the Rangers ended up 4th in the division ahead of only the Oakland Athletics who can barely be considered a Major League ball club. Long gone are the days of a 100 win baseball team in Arlington. With our rival Houston coming off a strong season that ended with a championship, the boys in blue will have to make significant adjustments in order to keep up in this American League West division.
With no notable free agent additions, there’s worry that the Rangers have already fallen behind this off-season.
I am forgetting one free agent signing.. Big Sexy himself, Bartolo Colon. Who I’m assuming was signed for the sole purpose of throwing batting practice when the jugs machine gets tired. But I think I’ll save that story for another day.
Let’s take a look at LA, who not only scored big on landing Shohei Otani, they also picked up former Ranger great, Ian Kinsler to fill in at 2B. Chris Young and Eric Young jr were later signed to provide help for Mike Trout in the outfield. But we’re not done yet, the Angels also added arms to the pen after signing solid free agent pitching. Without dispensing any of their top prospects the Angels are in shape to contend this year for a playoff spot.
The Mariners however, are still the Mariners. With Dee Gordon as their only (somewhat) notable free agent pickup, the Rangers stack up pretty even against this slightly average Seattle Mariners squad.
Houston needs no examination. An Astros team loaded with young talent in Altuve, Correa, Bregman, and Springer mixes well with salty vets like Verlander, McCann and Reddick. The Stros should be a no-brainer favorite to secure the American League West for a second consecutive season. Initially, I liked the team moving from the NL to the AL in 2013 but my crystal ball says the Rangers will simply be fighting for 2nd place for years to come.
The new season begins March 29th, against the defending World Series champion Houston Astros. Globe Life Park will be buzzing with anticipation as the Rangers look to take back the AL West division title, and once again be the best team in the Lone Star State.