The starting pitchers are, in no particular order, Yu Darvish, Colby Lewis, Neftali Feliz, Matt Harrison and Derek Holland. This rotation will bring considerable consternation to many bats in the American League. The only concern I have is the idea right now of having the southpaws pitch back to back. I would much rather see the lefties split up the right handed pitchers.
Rangers’ bullpen is stronger at any starting point than I can remember. The closer role is in the hands of Joe Nathan, with setup being performed by Mike Adams. Alexi Ogando is back in the pen now that Neftali is in the rotation, but can easily take a starting position or closer if anything happens. Scott Feldman also seems very healthy and serviceable in long relief situations. Left handed specialist was the biggest question mark in Spring Training the Rangers have decided to go with the youngster Robbie Ross I love Ross but I will address this later in more detail. Right handed specialist will be Koji Uehara and Mark Lowe. Yoshinori Tateyama will likely start the year on the disabled list.
Returning in his role of the Designated hitter is Michael Young. Young will help in the infield during injuries or in interleague games.
The outfield starters will be David Murphy, Josh Hamilton and Nelson Cruz. I’m not a fan of this lineup. I would rather have a pure speedster in center and use Murphy when another big bat is needed only.
It may not be perfect but it is a good place to start.
As always, go Rangers.