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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
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.