The Rangers are the sleepers of the AL. By the time the regular season ends, expect Texas to either own the Wild Card spot or be within a few games of a playoff berth. There’s a decent chance they could win the AL West.
To make a run at the postseason though, Josh Hamilton needs to return to his previous form. He experienced a “sophomore slump” of sorts last year, and appears poised to show that 2008 was no fluke.
The rest of the Rangers hitting is explosive, to say the least. Vladimir Guerrero can still smack the baseball out of the park, as can Ian Kinsler and Nelson Cruz.
More consistency out of Chris Davis is going to be key. He got sent to the minors last season, but the Rangers insist he’s a different player now.
Don’t forget the top and the bottom of the lineup either. Julio Borbon and Elvis Andrus are speed demons that other squads will have to watch closely when either gets on base.
Scott Feldman is good for a lot of wins, and Rich Harden is good for lots of quality starts. Problem is, Harden will more than likely go down to injury, and after him, it’s hard to feel confident in the Texas pitching staff.
C.J. Wilson is the X-factor of the rotation. If he’s as good as the Rangers are advertising him, Texas has more depth than anyone is giving them credit for. Problem is, it’s doubtful Wilson is as good as advertised.
The bullpen has quantity but little quality. There are plenty of options behind dependable closer Frank Francisco, but other than Neftali Feliz, no one else stands out as a superb reliever.