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2009 AL Previews: Texas Rangers

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Team Name: Texas Rangers

2008 W-L Record: 79-83

Place in division: 2nd

2009 Projected Lineup

Player

Pos.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia

C

Chris Davis

1B

Ian Kinsler

2B

Omar Vizquel

SS

Michael Young

3B

David Murphy

LF

Josh Hamilton

CF

Nelson Cruz

RF

Hank Blalock

DH

Key Bench Players

Player

Pos.

Frank Catalanotto

UTL

Brandon Boggs

OF

Taylor Teagarden

C

2009 Projected Rotation

Player

Pos.

Kevin Millwood

SP1

Vicente Padilla

SP2

Matt Harrison

SP3

Brandon McCarthy

SP4

Scott Feldman

SP5

Key Relievers

Player

Pos.

Frank Francisco

Closer

C.J. Wilson

Setup

Jamey Wright

Setup

Josh Rupe

Mid Relief

2009 Outlook: As is the standard with the Rangers, their offense is expected to me much better than their pitching staff. Most of the 2008 offense remains in tact except the loss of Milton Bradley. The hope in Texas is that Nelson Cruz can fill Bradley's void as the right handed power bat behind Josh Hamilton. In 2008, he hit .330/.421/.609 in 133 PAs for the Rangers following a 1.123 OPS in 448 PAs in the minor leagues. They Rangers are also hoping Chris Davis continues to mash and Hank Blalock can stay healthy. Omar Vizquel should man the short stop position until Elvis Andrus is ready. This moves a reluctant Michael Young to third. In a catching rich system, Taylor Teagarden should push Jarrod Saltalmacchia for playing time with Max Ramirez lurking. The rotation will be headed by Kevin Millwood who led the Rangers starters in FIP at 4.04, but will feature three starters who had 2008 FIP's over 5.0. They will get back Brandon McCarthy who missed most of the 2008 season, but hasn't lived up to potential. Frank Francisco will take over C.J. Wilson's role in the bullpen as closer. Joaquin Benoit, one of their primary set-up men is facing surgery and could miss the entire 2009 season. The AL West is wide open and signing Ben Sheets might help this team push for a division title in 2009.