Friday, March 21, 2008

A Preview A Day Keeps the Winter Away, #21

Hey, whaddya know, it's officially spring!

For the month of March I will be doing a season preview, with a new team each day, going in alphabetical order by team so I can save the Yankees for last, because I am, in fact, that devious.

As this is a Yankees' blog, the previews for AL East teams will be more detailed than those of AL Central and AL West teams, and any AL team previews will be more detailed than NL team previews, save maybe for the Mets. Each preview will involve consideration of how much 'threat' a team is to the Yankees, for fairly obvious reasons.

Up today: The Texas Rangers

No matter what happens, the Rangers will likely always be known as the team that gave us A-Rod, which is okay, as long as you remember that this is a team with an offense that, despite losing A-Rod a few years ago, could still put up a 30-spot against the Orioles.

Granted, to not score an abysmally high number of runs against the Oioles is pobably moe worthy of notice, but 30 runs is...30 runs.


The Rangers haven't done much to improve their pitching staff, which is a head-scratcher seeing as theirr pitching staff was arguably the weakest point of their team last year, even after they traded Gagnè to Boston.

The angers have decided to take a chance on Josh Hamilton and Milton Bradley, who can be great additions if they stay healthy and keep their tempers in check.

Michael Young is an excellent shortstop, and with Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Frank Catalanotto, it's alphabet soup at the bottom of the order.

Threat to the Yankees: Yellow, exercise caution.

The Rangers are not a playoff caliber team, especially not in the AL, but the Yankees do play them six times and it would be unwise to take the team for granted. Then again, this was the team that Phil Hughes was no hitting....

1 comment:

  1. I don't see Texas as much of a threat. The Yanks usually do well against them and they have not done much to improve.