Texas Rangers Slide One Spot in Power Rankings
By David Hill
When Yu Darvish was lost for the entirety of 2015 before the season even began, and given the Texas Rangers struggles last season, not much had been expected for this season. Indeed, according to most experts, the most excitement during the Rangers 2015 campaign would involve which players were moved at the trade deadline and the arrival of Joey Gallo as a hopeful cornerstone for the future.
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Unfortunately, the Rangers have been playing down to expectations. The offense has been anemic for the greater part of the season, and the pitching staff has generally been a disaster. While Nick Martinez has been a revelation thus far, Ross Detwiler has been truly atrocious. Will the mechanical flaws that he feels that he noticed change his performance? Well, he likely cannot perform worse.
So, given those issues, and the Texas Rangers struggles to win games this season, they have fallen one spot in the FanSided MLB Power Rankings, dropping to 27th overall. With the Rangers having one of the worst records in baseball when the votes were sent in, the ranking is understandable.
There are, however, reasons for hope. Prince Fielder has looked healthy, and while he is not hitting for the power one would hope for, he has bee productive at the plate. The offense cannot be this stagnant for the entire season. Players like Adrian Beltre and Shin-Soo Choo are bound to come around.
Likewise, the pitching staff cannot be this unproductive all season. Detwiler will hopefully find his way, or he could lose his spot to the surprisingly effective Anthony Bass. If Neftali Feliz continues to struggle, Shawn Tolleson has been stellar thus far, and may be able to take over the role. The Texas Rangers do have options.
As difficult as the start of the season may have been for the Rangers, they could easily turn the season around. Just the fact that they are hovering close to the .500 point, despite their struggles offensively and in the pitching staff, could mean that once everything comes together, they could find themselves climbing up the rankings.