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Offseason Lowdown: Rangers on the Rebound

March 2, 2007 | By RotoRob | comment on this post
Texas Rangers catcher Gerald Laird takes over as the starter from Rod Barajas.
Gerald Laird not only provides the Rangers with a better bat at catcher, but he’s also one of the best in the game at gunning down would-be basestealers.

Will firing Buck Showalter have the same effect on the Rangers that it did for the Yanks and D-Backs (namely, winning the World Series)? At this point, I’m sure they’d settle for their first playoff appearance since 1999 and in this week’s Offseason Lowdown, we see how close they are in our Rangers season preview.

We analyze the team’s strengths and weaknesses; check out the new toys they acquired in the offseason; answer the key question facing the club; project their starting lineup and rotation; and spotlight two of their top prospects.

Can Texas finally crack the two top in the AL West? Find out in this week’s Offseason Lowdown.

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5 Responses to “Offseason Lowdown: Rangers on the Rebound”

  1. James Morris says:

    Can Texas get it done? Not with that pitching staff they can’t. Sammy Sosa… please. Hank Blalock… this guy kills my fantasy team every season. I have made a rule to not draft him no matter what this season.

    The Rangers hopes hinge all on their pitching. They have the sticks to score runs, but do they have the arms to keep the other team from scoring runs? I say no.

  2. RotoRob says:

    Actually, the Rangers pitching wasn’t that bad last year, especially their pen. And I expect the starters to be better this year. I’m not expecting miracles, but I think it’s possible they will make a run at the West.

  3. James Morris says:

    I said the pitching won’t get it done… and they won’t. So it is said, so shall it be done! 😉

  4. RotoRob says:

    I guess that’s why they play the games. Again, I’m not predicting miracles, but we’ll see what happens come September/October.

  5. […] Great write up on the Rangers. But you forgot one very intriguing player that could replace Eric Gagne in 2008 (or 2007 if Gagne falls apart sooner). […]

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