Texas Rangers: Nolan Writin's 2023 season predictions
By Justin Lee
The Texas Rangers are gearing up for a big season, as in, we will finally get to see all of the offseason moves they made will make any difference on this team going from mediocre, to great. The Rangers have been a bad team for a while, and this season has some expectations riding on it, where fans are at least looking for some type of improvement.
The Nolan Writin crew put together their predictions for how the season could go. This should help fans that are kind of stuck on what to expect.
Texas Rangers 2023 season predictions
Justin Lee, Site Expert
The Texas Rangers added a ton of firepower this offseason in more ways than one. last offseason we saw them add the firepower from the plate, as they brought in Corey Seager and Marcus Semien to help boost the offense. That's exactly what happened too. This offseason they added pitching, but specifically, they added one of the best pitchers in baseball in Jacob deGrom. They added some other guys too, but the headlines revolve around the guy we fully expect to have an ace season. Then they added a new manager in Bruce Bochy, who has a championship pedigree. You put all of that together and I think the Rangers are only bound to get better. They finished 68-94 last year. I think they improve on that by 12 wins, and go 80-82, still missing the playoffs because of the Houston Astros and Seattle Mariners, but getting one step closer to competing.
Brian Sweat, Contributor
There’s a new sheriff in town and his name is Bruce Bochy. He takes over the reins as the new Rangers Skipper as they look to improve off of last season. They definitely did that by upgrading the starting rotation with Jacob DeGrom, Jake Odorizzi, Nathan Eovaldi, and Andrew Heaney. They also upgraded the outfield by signing former World Series champion Robbie Grossman to a one-year deal. While they upgraded the positions that they needed to upgrade. I don’t think that it will propel the Rangers to first place in the AL West. The defending World Series Champions Houston Astros were able to upgrade their roster as well. I think that the Rangers will finish in second place this season due to the Astros being able to keep most of their players from leaving in free agency. It will be a fun year for Rangers baseball and I can’t wait to see it in person on Opening Day.
Michael Sanders, Contributor
Martin Perez among all of those great starters will be the one who leads the team in wins. He will do so by making the most of his starts and allowing the team to win in a lot of those starts. And I think the team turns around that 1-run loss record and has a winning record in 1-run games. The Rangers will finish 2nd in the division just ahead of the Angels and the Mariners fall back to 4th and the Astros win the division once again with 94 wins. I think the most impactful rookie will be Marc Church, the team MVP will be Corey Seager, and the Rangers will finish 89-73.
West Jones, Contributor
I see this year’s club finishing with 85-89 wins and battling for a wild card spot. At first, glance that seems like a massive improvement (which it is!), but because of the horrific record in 1-run games in 2022 (15W-35L) it is not that big of a stretch. The starting rotation, led by two-time Cy Young award-winning Jacob deGrom, is much stronger than perhaps any the Rangers have ever gone into a season with. Corey Seager and Marcus Semien should perform even better than last year as they will not have the weight of the entire organization on their shoulders. The additions of manager Bruce Bochy and pitching coach Mike Maddux will pay dividends as the club navigates the extremely tough American League West. There is also a vast number of talented prospects that could be called up to Arlington or perhaps traded at the deadline to sure up any glaring deficiencies. The future is bright for the Texas Rangers, and the new chapter of winning baseball starts this year. Saddle up Ranger’s fans, it is going to be a fun ride!