Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Rangers No. 8 in early power rankings
By Richard Durrett
ESPN.com's David Schoenfield, writing on the SweetSpot blog, came up with his early top-10 power rankings and places the Rangers at No. 8. Here's what he wrote about Texas:
8. Texas Rangers
Yes, you don't easily replace 43 home runs in the middle of the lineup, and while the Rangers have whiffed on Josh Hamilton, Greinke, James Shields and Justin Upton this offseason, this still remains a talented team with lineup depth and pitching depth. Yes, they've lost Hamilton and Mike Napoli, but prospects Jurickson Profar and Mike Olt are ready to step in and contribute or remain trade bait. The rotation still includes Yu Darvish, Matt Harrison and Derek Holland, with Alexi Ogando ready to move back into a starter role. Hard-throwing lefty Martin Perez will be given a shot to start, and Colby Lewis is rehabbing from elbow surgery.
Strengths: infield defense; power arms on pitching staff.
Weaknesses: left-handed power; catcher.
The teams ahead of the Rangers in the rankings:
1. Washington Nationals
2. Cincinnati Reds
3. New York Yankees
4. Detroit Tigers
5. Atlanta Braves
6. Oakland A's
7. Los Angeles Dodgers
The Angels, interestingly enough, are not in the top-10 (the St. Louis Cardinals and Tampa Bay Rays round out the list).