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Old 04-03-2017, 10:33 AM   #2
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what's got you down? just curious...
lots of player on DL to start the year but hopefully will be back soon especially Beltre

sure other teams have made some improvements but i'm expecting ongoing growth from our young guys and a full year of Darvish and Hamels at the top of the rotation should stabilize the rest of the staff
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what's got you down? just curious...
lots of player on DL to start the year but hopefully will be back soon especially Beltre

sure other teams have made some improvements but i'm expecting ongoing growth from our young guys and a full year of Darvish and Hamels at the top of the rotation should stabilize the rest of the staff
A few things really. We are going to be relying on the development of Profar and Mazara in particular but others who will be platooning positions don't do much for me. I love Napoli but I think Mitch will be missed, especially his vacuum glove at first for all those double plays. IIRC we have been pretty consistent at being one of the top double play teams and usually credit goes to Andrus, Beltre and Odor more than Mitch but I think he's going to be missed. The biggest thing though has been and always will be starting pitching for me. I'm not sure what all we have behind Yu and Cole yet, I'm optimistic but more of a wait and see approach, and those 2 really struggled in the playoffs last year. I also think our record last year might have been a bit flukey, we had one of the worst run differentials and I think it was by far the worst of all playoff teams and yet we had that great record.

I will say I think our back end of the bullpen is still really strong despite the loss last night. If our starters can just be solid for 6 we should be able to close out a lot of games I think. Our division looks very competitive too, I think our division could be one of the toughest.
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A few things really. We are going to be relying on the development of Profar and Mazara in particular but others who will be platooning positions don't do much for me. I love Napoli but I think Mitch will be missed, especially his vacuum glove at first for all those double plays. IIRC we have been pretty consistent at being one of the top double play teams and usually credit goes to Andrus, Beltre and Odor more than Mitch but I think he's going to be missed. The biggest thing though has been and always will be starting pitching for me. I'm not sure what all we have behind Yu and Cole yet, I'm optimistic but more of a wait and see approach, and those 2 really struggled in the playoffs last year. I also think our record last year might have been a bit flukey, we had one of the worst run differentials and I think it was by far the worst of all playoff teams and yet we had that great record.

I will say I think our back end of the bullpen is still really strong despite the loss last night. If our starters can just be solid for 6 we should be able to close out a lot of games I think. Our division looks very competitive too, I think our division could be one of the toughest.
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Yeah.... He's been awful, reeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeally awful.
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Yeah.... He's been awful, reeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeally awful.
how many more meltdowns 'til Bush becomes closer?
or anyone else in line to be next?
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or anyone else in line to be next?
I think the only other viable option aside from Bush is Jeffress. Diekman on the DL and Kela was optioned to AAA or something iirc for "clubhouse culture" reasons. Maybe Scheppers is an option when he's back but I don't like him as a closer personally. Jeffress though has similar pitches to Dyson with what I saw last season but didn't seem to have the same kind of dive with his sinker. I never loved Dyson as a closer either since he's a groundball pitcher with his sinker being his primary pitch. I don't really love closers who don't have swing and miss stuff. So to me it's either Dyson or Bush or bust.
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Dyson is broken. And the HR's have done a nice job at disguising the fact our offense isn't hitting very well to me.
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Dyson is broken. And the HR's have done a nice job at disguising the fact our offense isn't hitting very well to me.
i can't believe Bannister rolled him out there again in a closing situation
I hope Bush gets the call

it's early but man not looking good so far.
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Is there an active Rangers forum that anyone can direct me to? Shut down by Adam Conley. They are pathetic this year.
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Cole Hamels traded for almost nothing
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Teardown continues. Kela traded
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And Diekman was traded. I hate to see Kela, Diekman and Hamels go..three of my favorite Rangers. Diekman has been through quite a bit the past year or so ..definitely wish them the very best.
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Diekman broke down when he described how the Rangers supported him last year

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I'd definitely like to see him back in a Rangers' uniform next year. I just don't know that the Rangers expect to be competitive enough to spend on a 31-32 year old reliever that should be looking at a decent payday.
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The Ranger would be well served to find a way to keep Odor and Profar in the lineup every day next year. It shouldn't be an either/or type thing. Odor looks like he has turned a corner. Profar is flat out going to be a very nice hitter in this league. The Rangers need high OBP guys. I fully expect Profar to turn into that. He's solid this year with a little bad luck (low BABIP... a .20 increase in BABIP would get him closer to league average and would increase his OBP to a very nice .358... although there's nothing wrong with .338)
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I think Profar will be spending a lot of time at 3rd base next year. But man do we need to move Choo - that would give Beltre the ability to play DH a lot more
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That would be ideal..mainly because I like Beltre. But honestly, Choo will probably be the better player offensively next year.

I would love to have a lineup that features:

c: Kiner-Falefa/Chrinos
1b: Guzman
2b: Odor
SS: Andrus
3b: Gallo
RF: Mazara
LF: Calhoun
CF: Profar
DH: Beltre

That would be a pretty solid lineup with a lot of kids. You might question Profar in CF, but there are some scouts out there that have mentioned that they like Profar in CF quite a bit..very good instincts. If the Rangers went into next season with that lineup, I would be thrilled... (although I would push Beltre back to 3b, put Gallo in LF and Calhoun at DH..now that I've had more time to think)...

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Gallo in center..I never thought the Rangers would do it but hoped that they'd try it... that solves a lot of problems moving forward.
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