After making the World Series for two straight seasons early in this decade, it was a shock to many when the Texas Rangers fell all the way to 67-95 last season. There were injuries galore and some of them still haven’t fully improved. There are some serious question marks with the team heading into 2015. Here are the three biggest questions for the team going into the spring.
1. Is the season going to be lost by injuries again? Yu Darvish had to leave his first spring start with right triceps tightness and Derek Holland may not be ready for Opening Day either. There are also problems with Elvis Andrus and Jurickson Profar is already out for the season. It’s going to be a battle all season long with the middle of the infield. If Darvish and Andrus can’t stay healthy, it’s going to be a long year for the Rangers.
2. How big is the addition of Yovani Gallardo? The former ace for the Brewers was looking like the No. 3 starter in Texas before the injury issues popped up. It gives the Rangers a true No. 1 starter who can fill in. Colby Lewis and Ross Detwiler are also right behind Gallardo as well who will be perfect for their roles. It was something that some people may have overlooked during the winter but the Gallardo move is a bigger move now than before.
3. Will Prince Fielder and Adrian Beltre hold up all season? Fielder has come into the 2014 season with one of the longest streaks of consecutive games played in all of baseball and then got hurt and missed most of the season. Beltre is getting up there in age himself but those two have to be the 3-4 combo to lead the Rangers offense this season. If both can play in 150-155 games, they are going to combine for 60 home runs and 175-180 RBI.
The talent is there to make something special happen in Texas this season. They shouldn’t lose 95 games again but once again, there are the injuries. A season with 71-75 wins looks about right in a very tough American League West. The health of Darvish will be something that fans must pay very close attention to as the regular season approaches.