The Opening Day Roster: A Preview

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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.

The catchers will be Mike Napoli and Yorvit Torrealba. With any luck at all Napoli will catch three quarters of the season and stay healthy.

The infield starters will be Mitch Moreland at 1st, Ian Kinsler at 2nd, Elvis Andrus at shortstop, and Adrian Beltre at 3rd.

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.

The bench will be manned by Craig Gentry who I think would be better in the OF than Murphy. Alberto Gonzalez will be used as utility infield. Brandon Snyder will be used as a rover when needed.

It may not be perfect but it is a good place to start.

As always, go Rangers.

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