3 Things to Expect From the New Look Texas Rangers

During the MLB trade deadline, the Texas Rangers brought in a number of new faces. Here is what to expect from the team.
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1. Deeper Starting Pitching Rotation

The real reason the team went out and traded for three new pitchers was because things were on the decline. As mentioned earlier, Eovaldi went out with a strained forearm. Not much was known about his status, as Texas pulled him out of his scheduled start against the Astros back on July 25th.

The issue extended beyond the team's ace though. Pitchers Jon Gray and Dane Dunning began to show wear and tear, while Perez and Dunning were on the decline. Adding Mad Max gives the squad an extra ace who is experienced. This season, he holds a 9-4 record and has 121 strikeouts. Pairing him next to Eovaldi gives Texas a one-two punch.

As for Montgomery and Stratton, they provide much-needed relief. With both players in the mix, Texas can either go with a six man rotation, or move one or two of their starters to the bullpen. This gives the tiring pitchers mentioned above less of a workload. Stratton too will most likely be moved to the middle of the bullpen.

Manager Bruce Bochy now has plenty of pitching depth to work it. Additional relief could be handy come playoff time.