The Rangers Should Contend for the AL West Title This Year

March 12, 2010 – 9:50 am by timgunter

This season should prove to be a very interesting year for the Texas Rangers.  After going 87-75 in 2009, they look to improve their record and make a run at the AL West Division title.  The Rangers’ pitching staff will have to rely on some young pitchers this season.  Neftali Feliz, who has a strong arm, is projected as a starter but they may rely on him to fill a setup role in the bullpen.  Derek Holland is a top prospect who must forget about last season if he hopes to join the rotation.  Starters Scott Feldman and Tommy Hunter will try to build on their 2009 success and Rich Harden will take the place of the departed Kevin Millwood.  Harden will provide their rotation with a solid, veteran pitcher (provided he stays healthy for the first time in his career) and should be a great guy in the clubhouse for this young team.

Their offense looks to be better than it’s been in seasons past with the addition of Vladimir Guerrero as he will provide another solid bat in the lineup.  Guerrero’s biggest problem has been dealing with injuries, but that is something that he should avoid this season as a full-time DH.  With Michael Young, Josh Hamilton, and Chris Davis in the lineup, they will have plenty of pop and should make some ground on the Angels, but I am not sure how far they can actually go.  I think there youth will be too much for them to overcome and they will finish behind the Angels in their division again this year but they will be in the Wild Card hunt.

Michael Young joined ESPN Radio in Dallas to talk about how Spring Training is going so far, the team having some questions about the talent on the roster, Vladimir Guerrero’s addition, and what his reaction was when Nolan Ryan said that 92 wins is the expectation this year.

How Spring Training is going so far:

“Just smooth.  We don’t have any questions.  We know how good we can be.  We know that we have guys capable of being productive.  We proved a lot of things to ourselves last year so we really hit the ground running in spring training.  We got here and went to work.”

On the team having some questions about the talent on the roster and Vladimir Guerrero’s addition:

“I see what you are saying.  Individually we definitely have some things to iron out.  I think team-wise we just feel we know what we are capable of doing.  But like you said, individual level we definitely have some guys that have some challenges ahead and some jobs to win and maybe some raps to shake.”

On Josh Hamilton not being in the lineup due to being injured being a concern for the team:

“I think if you ask Josh he would tell you that he is itching to get back in there.  I kind of know it because he tried to get out and practice with us a couple of days ago.  When he was taking BP I could just see him like, ‘Are you OK?’  He was like, ‘I am just a little sore and tired.’  Well then go in there and get taken care of man.  It is only still the beginning of March.  When we are in the middle of a dogfight in September these games aren’t going to mean too much to us at all.  We have tons of confidence in Josh.  I think he will be fine, but I know knowing Josh that he wants to get out there and get to work.”

What his reaction was when Nolan Ryan said that 92 wins is the expectation this year:

“You know I didn’t…  I am happy that Nolan has a high expectation for us.  For me personally, I am not going to throw wins and losses out there.  I think that from a player’s standpoint, I feel like we are capable of doing good things.  I feel like we are capable of winning the division but the only way to do that is to really go out and play hard and beat people.  We made that up when the first meeting that we had here.  No one is going to out hustle us this year.  That was kind of what we told ourselves.  That is what we are going to bear down on.  That is what we are going to focus on.  If we do that, the wins are going to follow.”

Michael Young on ESPN Radio in Dallas with Galloway and Company

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  1. One Response to “The Rangers Should Contend for the AL West Title This Year”

  2. There are certainly a lot of deiltas like that to take into consideration. That is a great point to bring up. I offer the thoughts above as general inspiration but clearly there are questions like the one you bring up where the most important thing will be working in honest good faith. I don?t know if best practices have emerged around things like that, but I am sure that your job is clearly identified as a fair game.

    By Srihari on Nov 21, 2012

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