Surprises. 30 comments


It appears the Rangers are going into the season with the expectations that they are going to surprise a lot of people. That they are the underdogs. The 5’4” point guard, the 7’3” jockey. The Buster Douglas.

In an article on mlb.com yesterday, T.R. Sullivan gave a peek under the tent to the front office’s thinking.

“In some ways, the Rangers could be similar to the 2004 club, which surpassed expectations with young offensive talent. They went 71-91 in 2003, traded Alex Rodriguez in the offseason and their pitching was highly suspect going into 2004.

But they surprised everybody by going 89-73 — and the main reason was their young offensive talent, including Michael Young, Mark Teixeira, Alfonso Soriano, Hank Blalock, Laynce Nix, and Kevin Mench.”

A lot is expected of the under-25 crowd that includes Joey Gallo, Nomar Mazara, Rougned Odor, Delino DeShields, Willie Calhoun, and Jurickson Profar.

The Rangers have a young core of talented hitters, but the proof is going to come in just how talented they really are. Can Gallo take the same major step this season that he took last season? How good is Nomar Mazara, and how well can he build on the 100 RBI season? Which is the real Delino DeShields, because he can be a huge spark plug to this lineup? And, the most important one of all, who is real Rougned Odor? It simply cannot be the one we saw last year.

So, we go into 2018 asking this: are their any Michael Youngs, Mark Teixieras, Hank Blalocks or Alfanso Sorianos in this batch of under-25s?

The Rangers either surprise the league, or they are surprised they ever thought they could fool people into thinking they had something.

I sure hope it’s the positive surprise.

 

  • JacobMcCandles

    Hope I’m “gomered” too….
    SURPRIZE,SURPRIZE, SURPRIZE..SHEZZAM

  • elkaba

    LOL, I wonder how long we’ll spend going back and forth between whether the glass is half empty or half full this season? Reminds me of that TV beer commercial, “It doesn’t matter if the glass is half full or half empty. The point is to fill the glass.”

    • WhoKnowscs

      Empty until it’s full(not half full).

  • Tony Howell

    Rangers have spend about 25 mil so far in useless pitching. To me money thrown away. I would have rather sign Cashner and Cobb, and had a better 4 man rotation. Yes these two pitchers want a 4or 5 yr contract, but it would be better then what we got now. Also we have no back up first basemen, IMO Reynolds or Logan should be looked at.

    • CoMentor_Rounding3rd

      Its not a team that has any shot at winning to begin with so it looks like theyre trying to have as many sell-able pieces as possible.

      Makes sense to me after seeing what we got for Darvish vs what we paid for mediocre guys like Garza, Dempster, Gallardo… May as well have more chips to play with.

      • Tony Howell

        I think we just got a lot of cow chips

        • CoMentor_Rounding3rd

          Yep but my point is cow chips are worth 50% as much as blue chips at the deadline in a lot of cases.

          • JacobMcCandles

            I like your thought process, but most of the guys we added are cow chips and will not bring anything. But if a guy like Fister have a great first half, we might be close to a wild card and JD has shown in the past he is all about the short term not the long term,

          • Tony Howell

            And that is the problem, and all the other gm’s know this and takes that boy to the wood shed every time.

          • CoMentor_Rounding3rd

            Some won’t be worth anything, but out of Minor, Fister, Moore, Oh, Martin, Diekman, Kela, Bush, Chirinos, etc… There should be some positives.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Well I agree with some of those, but I question the thinking on trading guys like Kela and Bush that have so many yrs of control left. Who is going to be your catcher if you trade RC? So you trade RC and you have taken a hit at that position.

          • CoMentor_Rounding3rd

            RC is only here for 2 more seasons anyway so if there’s a good chance to trade him, I bet it will happen. They wont be contenders for about 2-3 years at minimum anyway so anyone under contract for 3 years or less is probably available to trade.

            Kela has 4 years and Bush has 5 so they would be off limits unless it’s a situation where they have become an elite closer.

  • CoMentor_Rounding3rd

    They’re taking the only available PR stance left to salvage some ticket sales.

    But it’s an open secret that the team isnt good and is rebuilding.

    After 2020, they’ll have around $69 million more to spend than they do now. Thats what we’re paying Beltre, Choo, Hamels, and Minor. Throw whatever is allocated for Fielder as well and maybe it’s $75 million.

    By 2021 (likely sooner), expect to see money allocated to younger, better players than it is now.

    • elkaba

      My best guess is the ONLY reason Beltre and Hamels are still with us is to squeeze the last few sales they can out of season ticket people. I expect them (and anyone else who would bring in a dime) to be gone at or before the deadline.

      • CoMentor_Rounding3rd

        Same here, although I could also see the owners overruling JDs better judgement and keep Beltre all year.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Wait . . . there are still people expecting something for/from Profar at this point?

    • JacobMcCandles

      His Mom and Dad….

      • possumrld

        lol!

  • possumrld

    Good insights, Kev! We all know that more often than not, we get disjointed in young talent, or at the least it takes them quite a bit more time than we thought it would for them to come into their own. Odor could hardly get worse though, so he almost has to be better than he was last year. But how much better? will be the big question
    Gallo did make great improvements. But as we know, that was last year, and this is a new season. DeShields is hot and cold. So his goal will likely be to get more consistent. And I sure hope he stayed out of the weight room in the off seaosn! Mazara seems the most set to be a true big leaguer, with 2 descent seasons under his belt, and with the very respectable 101 RBI seaosn last year. But to me, Profar and Calhoun are total crap shoots.
    So for the Rangers to have a chance to be competitive at all, I think at least 3 of those 6 named, need to be solid, and we will want to see some kind of marked improvement from 2 of the remaining 3 named.
    And that seems like a pretty tall order to me. But it could happen! And that is why we will keep watching, and hoping!

    • WhoKnowscs

      I’d add that at least 2 of JD’s gambles must payoff(Minor, Moore, Fister, Colon). Ideally one of them becomes an amazing closer and 2 become steadfast and reliable starters. But I’m not holding my breath as long as Banny “isn’t” making decisions.

      • JacobMcCandles

        If you see Colon at the major lge level…….we are in deep doodoo

  • GoRangers23

    I can’t remember who it was, but someone on Hot Stove ranked us as dead last in the American League. He said we would probably win something like 77-80 games this season. I hope we win a lot more than that!

    • GoRangers23

      Though I feel like we have almost been set up to fail because we didn’t get any reliable pitching this off season. There will be nothing our guys can do if our pitchers are giving up homeruns, no matter who is on the field, or how good they are.

    • JacobMcCandles

      We will battle Oak for last…..and prob win 70-74

  • elkaba

    I keep daydreaming that with all the negative vibes we have going into the season, what a hoot it would be if we won the West. I know- not going to happen, but what if? We’d need a moniker. Miracle Mets is taken, so what would the Rangers’ miracle handle be? All I can think of is Reincarnated Rangers. Any brilliant ideas?

    • GoRangers23

      Reborn Rangers
      Really not giving up Rangers 😄

      • elkaba

        Rebound Rangers?

        • GoRangers23

          Sure, why not. 😄

      • GoRangers23

        Radical Rangers
        Rain-Maker
        Ready
        Redeemed
        Reformed
        Rejuvenated
        Relevant
        Remarkable
        Renewed
        Resilient
        Resourceful
        Revitalized
        Rugged
        Risk-Free ? 😄

    • JacobMcCandles

      Ripley’s Rangers