The Texas Rangers open their season on Monday night against AL West rival, Oakland Athletics. The expectations, or lack thereof, have been set for this ball club and it’s time to see if they are going to meet the very low ones set by the national, and some of the local, media or if they are going to exceed them like the Dallas Cowboys did this past season.
While it is only one game of a marathon 162-game season, you want to see the Rangers get off to a good start and you want to see their pitching, and their offense, set the tone of what will be a very important first month of the season especially seeing how many games they have against division opponents.
If you care, I picked this team to finish second in the division behind the Seattle Mariners and you can call me crazy all you want, I won’t drink the ESPN, or local media, kool-aid just because you might see something on paper that you don’t like. This game isn’t played on paper so we’ll just have to see where things are when the smoke clears.
One of the newest Rangers, Yovani Gallardo, will take the ball for Opening Day and has a lot to prove to those who don’t believe he’ll be a solid addition to this rotation. While they’ll take all the help they can get, for right now Gallardo and Derek Holland, along with Colby Lewis, will have to anchor this rotation along with youngsters Ross Detwiler and Nick Martinez. It may not look good, you may not like what you see, but I’ll point you in the direction of Jamey Newberg’s piece this morning as another example of why this game isn’t played on paper.
There wasn’t much expected of that team and look where they ended up.
Don’t quit on this team yet. The train hasn’t even left the station yet and it’s a long ride to the finish line.
It begins tonight. Enjoy.