Texas Rangers: 2010 Preview

SportsPickle is previewing each MLB team in the lead up to Opening Day 2010. Today:Texas Rangers (2009: 87-75, 2nd in AL West).

STARTING PITCHINGThe Rangers dealt veteran starter Kevin Millwood to the Orioles in the offseason. The new ace of the staff is free agent acquisition Rich Harden. Harden is significantly younger than Millwood and has a much greater upside. However, he has never made it through a season without injury. It's a risky move. Not as risky as having a manager who likes to do coke. But still risky.
LINEUPTexas' everyday lineup now includes Elvis Andrus, Chris Davis, Julio Borbon, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia, all who are 24 or younger. Do vets like Michael Young and new acquisition Vladimir Guerrero have the patience to watch their teammates grow and develop? Who knows. But do you want to know what would really bring the team together? Doing cocaine.
BULLPENThe Rangers have the luxury of having too many good arms for the bullpen. Frank Francisco is set as the closer. Darren Oliver, Darren O'Day, C.J. Wilson and Dustin Nippertare also locked in. That leaves Texas with five or six quality options battling for one or two remaining spots. What they should do is trade their excess relievers for cash and then use the cash to buy coke.
BENCHTaylor Teagarden, Max Ramirez, David Murphy, Esteban German — Texas' bench is thin. Almost as thin as Ron Washington's septum.
OVERALLThe Rangers are an exciting ballclub that expects to make the playoffs. Good for them. Hey, do you think Ron Washington had just put some LSD under his tongue in that picture?


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