My Top 5 Worries About the Texas Rangers at Spring Training

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I know that stats are usually meaningless during baseball's spring training. But trends and feels aren't.

The San Francisco Giants won the Cactus League in 2010 with an 23-12 record, but their opponent in the World Series - your Texas Rangers - went a last-place 10-19. Pitchers are usually ahead of hitters, but in the thin air of Arizona, balls fly out of parks. It's all so confusing.

But in just watching games, scrimmages and practices like I did the last week, you can pick up some trends. And spot some potential problems.

5. Michael Young - He's hitting and playing first base and saying all the right things, but you just get the sense that the captain isn't happy and that his bags are packed and waiting to be traded. Not good mojo for a clubhouse leader.

4. Nolan Ryan - With Chuck Greenberg banished, he now answers to ... nobody. I know he's Big Tex and all that, but without checks and balances Ryan is suddenly running a dictatorship.

3. Darren O'Day - It's not just that the set-up reliever has allowed eight hits and five earned runs in seven innings, it's that his submarine fastball was staying up in the strike zone instead of dipping around batters' ankles. Seemed like every hitter had at least one good swing against O'Day. 

2. Julio Borbon - It's not that he's hitting .380 with a team-leading five stolen bases, it's that he's looked lost at times in center field. I saw him twice lose balls in the sun, misjudge a catchable liner that sailed over his head and twice throw to the wrong base. Not good when your outfield anchor has five errors in only 35 spring chances.

1. Nelson Cruz - In 45 spring at-bats he has seven hits, 10 strikeouts and 0 homers. Looks to me like he's opened his stance even more from last year and is again having trouble with pitches on the outside third of the plate. Yesterday manager Ron Washington dropped him to sixth in the lineup behind Young.


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Big Mike
Big Mike

5. Young got screwed bigtime, and will be traded soon hurting our clubhouse chemistry at least to those who can understand English which aren't many!

4. I'm glad Greenburg is gone. Our short-tenured Yankee Jew can go back to Pittsburgh where he belongs. You'd rather have him here with authority over Nolan? Put the crack pipe down RIchie!

3. Darren O'day nees to be traded or released. Submariners went out with Kent Tekulve. The guy can't break 85 MPH, and if his Cheese Whiz gets up in the strike zone? It's batting practice time.

2. Julio Borbon is lost wherever you put him defensively but Hamilton does not need to return to center field or you can bank on another injury to our best player. He plays balls to the wall and will get hurt again out there furthe decreasing our offensive ability.

1. My biggest concern is Cruz and Beltre WILL underperform and now Vlad is gone. Jon Daniels is an idiot and I disagree with his new 4 year contract. Frankly I think we will not produce nearly as many runs this year and our pitching will give up far more without Cliff Lee. Daniules didn't even bother to try to replace Lee, except a former Cy Young Winner 5 years ago with a dead arm in Brandon Webb.

Best guess, 85-75, third place in the division, and Ron Washington goes back to the crack pipe with you Richie!

Big Mike

Chuck G.
Chuck G.

Richie, another worry you should have are your piss-poor ratings.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

RW's real top five spring training concerns:5: Does this shirt make me look fat?4: Is my fake hair fooling anyone?3: Where's the (male) strip clubs in AZ, yo?2: I'm still wearing the same pair of Garanimal dungarees Momma bought me in 5th grade..and everyone else is just jealous.1: If Sam Merton doesn't stop upstaging me with his quality writing and love of sports, I'm going to..mmm..I'm gonna..mmm, I'm going to quit responding to all the Sportatoriumites..that'll teach everyone..I'm talented and highly succesful upwardly mobile person and everone should know that from my highly ranked radio show, that I do for 12 hours a day and no one listens to.

SMU alum
SMU alum

Richie is a stupid bitch.

Greg W Rosas
Greg W Rosas

Are you worried at all about our 9 million dollar third baseman? Is he a diva china doll or is he going to produce like we are paying him to? He has got to be one of the highes paid names in the game that no one really knows. I feel like the Rangers have a lot of 'good' talent but lack 'greatness' in the field like we saw from San Fran in the World Series. Am I just worried about nothing or will there be more 'winning' in Arlington from our boys in Blue/Red/White (whatever uniform color they decide on).

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

I'd say you're right on track. I thought you'd be adding Neffy as unproven and now the lack of a closer, but that's pretty low hanging fruit.

Davy Crockett
Davy Crockett

5. Well, according to Greggo's Rangers Spy, he'll be traded any minute now. At least that's what he said last time I heard you guys talk about the Spy.

4. Not worried.

3. Worried. And, to go back a few weeks, I said I'd give Mark Lowe a couple weeks into the season. I take that back.

2. Let's move Josh into center, put Murphy in left. Try to package Davis and Borbon and see what we can get. Or replace Davis with Young.

1. Not too worried.

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

still waiting for RW's spy on Andre Iguodala to come through for the Mavs. You'd think these guys would learn a lesson about spies, but nah.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

They got Gronkowski starting, right..Hell, I'll give them a pass on all other made up b-s.

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