Spring Training Holds the Answers for the Texas Rangers
By Ben Dieter
Mar. 27, 2013; Tempe, AZ, USA; Texas Rangers shortstopLeury Garcia
(3) catches the ball during the fourth inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Tempe Diablo Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports
Now that Fan Fest is over and pitchers and catchers report in just 21 days, we as Texas Rangers fans can look forward to the questions we have left about this team being answered. The off-season is always fun because we as bloggers get to talk about the rumors, the moves, the missed moves, and we also get to break down what happened the previous season, who played best, who stunk it up, so on and so forth. But when we get this close to watching baseball players start to play some baseball, I start to get excited.
There are still questions that we as fans want answered about the 2013 Texas Rangers, questions such as who will be the fifth starter? Who will be in the bull pen and who will the closer be? How will Jurickson Profar do as the full time second baseman? How will Mitch Moreland adjust to being a desingnated hitter? Will Michael Young retire and if he does will it be as a Texas Ranger? Most of those questions will be answered in spring training.
I believe that the rotation problem will sort itself out rather quickly in spring training. The Texas Rangers will pull the plug on Ross or Scheppers in a heartbeat as a starer if someone else looks like they are winning the job. Someone like Nick Tepesch or Colby Lewis. And if no one vaults out in the front of the competition, it will be fun to watch and write about. Best case scenairo in my opinion is that Tepesch or Lewis does win so that the pen can keep two great relievers in it in Ross and Scheppers.
I personally think that Mitch is going to do fine as the designated hitter. He has a nice stroke and I think he will be okay with just hitting. He seems like a very easy going guy who will be able to handle that role, much like Michael Young did when he was moved there. And speaking of Young, I believe that it would be a tradgedy if Michael did not retire wearing a Texas Rangers uniform. He did so much for the Texas Rangers in his time here, and I for one would be very dissapointed if he did not reitre as a Texas Ranger.
I am sure we all have more questions than the few that I have named here, and the good news is that we are not very far at all away from having those questions answered by the play on the field, which is alwyas my favorite way to have questions answered.