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Rangers

2016 at a glance

Record: 95-67 (1st in AL West)
Hitting: 7th (4.72 R/G)
Pitching: 22nd (4.37 ERA)

lets look at their lineup

Projected Lineup

Player POS AB R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG OPS BB K
1 Carlos Gomez OF 485 63 15 61 21 0.249 0.308 0.408 0.716 33 125
2 Shin-Soo Choo OF 400 61 15 49 6 0.263 0.353 0.430 0.783 46 91
3 Adrian Beltre 3B 535 80 24 87 1 0.301 0.353 0.499 0.852 40 57
4 Mike Napoli 1B 463 67 25 73 4 0.238 0.326 0.447 0.773 58 131
5 Rougned Odor 2B 586 79 27 83 11 0.268 0.303 0.481 0.784 22 114
6 Jonathan Lucroy C 479 64 17 68 4 0.286 0.346 0.463 0.809 43 77
7 Nomar Mazara OF 549 65 22 70 0 0.271 0.322 0.428 0.750 38 107
8 Elvis Andrus SS 570 74 7 64 26 0.279 0.331 0.389 0.720 43 71
9 Joey Gallo DH 325 54 19 49 3 0.203 0.305 0.440 0.745 45 135

This is one of the better lineups in MLB. Top to bottom it’s solid. This doesn’t even include Loney who is capable of hitting .300 in this park. Rua and Profar aren’t bad either. One thing I will mention is that this lineup has some key players that are getting up there in age, Beltre, Napoli and that is a bit of a concern but both guys should be solid when they are on the field. Texas will have no problem scoring runs whatsoever,

Let’s look at the rotation.
Darvish and Hamels make up a very good 1-2 punch and combined with the offense will make it tough to bet against when these two are pitching. Perez, Cashner, Ross, Griffin are huge question marks. This is where the success of the team will rely on, how the 3-4-5 pitchers do for this team. You can say that for almost any team but this team is even more so. If Texas is in the race and make a move to get a SP or two this team can contend. With this current rotation I am not sure if they can contend.

BP looks pretty good to me. I think they could outperform expectations..

This will be an interesting team. If they ended up with 79 wins I wouldn’t be shocked, if they won 95 again I wouldn’t be shocked. They overachieved last year, no doubt but good teams find ways to win and people lost a lot of money fading them thinking they were not for real. The same mistake could be made again.

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