Rangers Spring Training and Season Preview


Evan Starr, Staff Writer

The Rangers’ spring training season has officially came to a close with a win Monday night against the Reds, and we are just two short days until Opening Day. But how was spring training 2018 for your Texas Rangers? What did we find out about certain players, and is this team going to be any good this upcoming season?

The Rangers struggled to win a game this spring going 8-22 and having a .267 winning percentage. As bad as that may look, don’t think too much of it. The games obviously don’t matter and the main goal in the spring is to see what you’ve got on your current big league team and also in your far system minor league affiliates. Certain players did struggle, like Rougned Odor but he in particular seemed to move toward the light at the end of the tunnel in, the last three games or so.

We got a good look at the pitching staff for 2018 after numerous off-season moves and it promises to be an improvement from last year. Cole Hamels may be the one consistent starting pitcher the Rangers, but with guys like Mike Minor and Martin Perez, the Rangers could have a pretty good starting rotation on their hands. As for their bullpen, it’s more of the same with a few bright spots and a lot of potential. It could potentially be really good but inconsistency may plague this team in late innings.

Right now, the Rangers season is a mystery to most. No one really knows how good or bad this team will be. Are they going to win the division? No, probably not competing with the defending World Series Champions the Houston Astros, but a wild card berth into the playoffs is a possibility for this team. This Rangers team is an improvement on last year with pitching upgrades and key players like Joey Gallo, Elvis Andrus, Rougned Odor, Nomar Mazara, etc… they did get better; the question is how much.