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American League pitchers have to be shaking their heads. The AL was already pretty set on sluggers with Miguel Cabrera, Adrian Gonzalez, Mark Teixeira and Jose Bautista to name a few. This year, two of the best hitters in the National League decided to swap leagues and join in on the fun: Albert Pujols and Prince Fielder.
This will present a big challenge to the Rangers’ rotation, especially since their home park can be a hitter’s paradise. They don’t have to completely shut these hitters down.
It’s all about keeping it close for the offense and the bullpen.
Texas has a good staff, make no mistake. Three of the five starters were part of the group who finished fifth in the American League in ERA last year. They also have an All-Star (Alexi Ogando) and former 17-game winner (Scott Feldman) in the bullpen who can make possible spot starts.