Texas Rangers 2020 Thread

Discussion in 'Baseball' started by ViperHorn, Jan 7, 2020.

  1. ViperHorn

    ViperHorn 5,000+ Posts

    Might as well get it started with MLB's Opening Day lineup projection.

    Projecting Rangers' 2020 Opening Day roster

    The discussion before the projection appears to be along the lines that we have been discussing.
     
  2. HornHuskerDad

    HornHuskerDad 5,000+ Posts

    Still hard to nail down the roster until they have 3B filled. If Arenado would (a) waive his no-trade clause and accept the trade and (b) extend his contract by removing the buyout clause, it would be an attractive deal - but that's asking a lot. Apparently a Donaldson deal is off the table. Frazier as a stop-gap?

    Really would like to see Gallo stay in RF - makes good use of his strong throwing.

    Castellanos at 1B? Has he ever played there?

    And what to do about catcher? Mathis can't bat his weight.

    Still some questions to be answered, and it's only 37 days until pitchers and catchers report.
     
  3. ViperHorn

    ViperHorn 5,000+ Posts

    Needs: At least 1 SP (preferably 2); 3B; Catcher; a plan for 2B if Odor comes out of the gate slowly.

    They have to do something about Gallo's K's. Several batting coaches have tried and all have failed. Every team in MLB knows if they can get him to two strikes all they have to do is throw either down and in or up and in and he will whiff. He has to learn that with two strikes the swing has to be compacted.
     
  4. HornHuskerDad

    HornHuskerDad 5,000+ Posts

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  5. ViperHorn

    ViperHorn 5,000+ Posts

    Probably not how the Rangers wanted the catcher situation to end, but at least they can focus on the other issues now.
     
  6. HornHuskerDad

    HornHuskerDad 5,000+ Posts

    ^Not a bad patchwork fix at catcher. Takes care of a year or two and lets the team develop their catcher of the future in the minors - and at a reasonable cost. And Chirinos is a known quantity.
     
  7. FWHORN

    FWHORN 5,000+ Posts

    Only 5M for Robinson, I can live with that.
     
  8. ViperHorn

    ViperHorn 5,000+ Posts

    Agree ^^^^ only if everyone understands it is only for a year. R's have to find another catcher in the Pudge tradition.
     
  9. ViperHorn

    ViperHorn 5,000+ Posts

    First look inside the new Ballpark:

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  10. FWHORN

    FWHORN 5,000+ Posts

    Over-Under win projection for 2020:

    Texas Rangers 2020 Win Total Over/Under at 79.5

    Not sure what my prediction will be just yet because I want to see some of spring training and how the lineup really shakes out but based on the starting pitching that was brought in it will likely be somewhere north of 81 which would mean a winning season.
     
  11. ViperHorn

    ViperHorn 5,000+ Posts

    Agree ^^^^^^. Without seeing the Opening Day roster somewhere around .500 is fair. If most of the pitchers pitch up to their historical average; an infield that can field; and a reasonable number of less k's in critical situations and 85 to 90 is attainable.
     
  12. HornHuskerDad

    HornHuskerDad 5,000+ Posts

    ^I'm going to wait a bit before I jump in with a prediction. If the Rangers can add a decent RH bat to improve the offense, the team will look better. I like the potential for the starting pitchers, but the team needs some more offense, especially with Mazara traded away. Frazier will add some to the offense, but one more decent RH bat would help a bunch (maybe Castellanas?).
     
  13. ViperHorn

    ViperHorn 5,000+ Posts

    T.R. Sullivan's (via MLB) Rangers 2020 Starting Rotation:

    Rangers
    The Rangers say they feel much better about their rotation going into Spring Training than they have in several years. They will have reason to feel that way if Corey Kluber makes a strong comeback from the fractured forearm that limited him to seven starts last season. If so, Texas has a formidable trio at the top of its rotation. Five veteran starters give the Rangers a chance to give young left-handers Brock Burke, Kolby Allard and Joe Palumbo more development time in the Minor Leagues. -- T.R. Sullivan

    Rotation if the season started today:
    1) Mike Minor
    2) Lance Lynn
    3) Corey Kluber
    4) Kyle Gibson
    5) Jordan Lyles

    How long until Burke and Allard replace Gibson and Lyles?
     
  14. HornHuskerDad

    HornHuskerDad 5,000+ Posts

    That may be the best rotation in the AL West (with Cole gone from Houston). Hope everyone lives up to his potential and stays healthy. JD still needs to add a RH power bat to help the offense - and it looks like Castellanos is off the block now. Next step, JD???
     
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  15. ViperHorn

    ViperHorn 5,000+ Posts

  16. HornHuskerDad

    HornHuskerDad 5,000+ Posts

    Spring Training starts next week! :yippee:
     
  17. ViperHorn

    ViperHorn 5,000+ Posts

  18. HornHuskerDad

    HornHuskerDad 5,000+ Posts

    Viper, I have no objection to JD hunting in the bargain bin - as stated, it's low-risk, low-cost, and a potentially relatively high reward. If it doesn't pan out, it cost very little.
     
  19. ViperHorn

    ViperHorn 5,000+ Posts

    I agree HHD, but a good rule is don't get caught in the morass of the cast-off's at the cost of missing out on the good stuff. (I realize we don't know the financial constraints ownership has placed on him.)
     
  20. HornHuskerDad

    HornHuskerDad 5,000+ Posts

    ^Good point, Viper. JD may be working quietly on a significant trade opportunity (for example, Arenado, just to name one) behind the scenes - and we wouldn't necessarily know about it. It still costs very little to scrounge through the bargain bin, and he might find a nugget in the process. But he needs to wrap it up pretty quickly - Spring training starts in earnest next week, and if he wants to look at potential nuggets, he needs them in camp right away to get maximum exposure.
     
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  21. ViperHorn

    ViperHorn 5,000+ Posts

    A good one to name!
     
  22. ViperHorn

    ViperHorn 5,000+ Posts

  23. HornHuskerDad

    HornHuskerDad 5,000+ Posts

    ^This is career-ending (or at least career-limiting) for the LH relief specialist, who typically came in during a late inning to face one LH batter. Now, unless he gets that batter to end the inning, he'll have to face the next batter, also. Some of the old-timer lefties carved out a nice place for themselves facing that one LH batter and thus extended their careers - now it will be a lot tougher for them.
     
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