Has there ever been a franchise that came close to winning a World Series that never peaked? Texas Rangers, Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex major League Baseball The team has had a team good enough to be the last team in the game for the past 15 years and never quite finished it. Standing a strike away twice during Game 6 of the 2011 World Series, and not finishing the job against Lucky scheduled tribe. louis cardinalsThose who were unimpressed for most of that seven-game championship tilt are still a memory that hurts for Rangers fans a dozen years later.
What made those Texas teams so great was their offense. Josh Hamilton, Nelson Cruz, Michael Young, Ian Kinsler, Adrian Beltre and Elvis Andrus. How do you pitch around that? Answer: No one did. The teams took their lumps and tried to give the Rangers more. How can those opponents find a way to beat Texas? Easy, It’s a crappy rotation and bullpen. The Rangers made frequent acquisitions and failed to get the best out of many pitchers any team would consider an ace. Cliff Lee, Yu Darvish, Kevin Brown, Cole Hamels. All ruined and now, jacob degrom takes the mound for the franchise On opening day. When healthy, deGrom is the third best pitcher in baseball. And with a manager who has a phenomenal reputation for developing pitchers, they may have what the organization never really had — a consistent safety net on the mound.
Every five days, deGrom makes life very difficult for an opponent. And in a tight division or wild card race, where every play counts, having multiple quality innings from one person is not a luxury most teams have. And Texas’s lineup this season isn’t as strong as it was a dozen years ago, but there’s no doubt about it. And after a rocky 2022, having a year in Arlington behind Corey Seager and Marcus Semien should bring out their best qualities. Not to mention behind deGrom kickstarting the rotation, Nathan Eovaldi is a solid No. 1. 2, with Martín Pérez, who proved to be the Rangers’ best pitcher last season, next. John Gray and Andrew Heaney should be dropped from the group. Texas has had it so bad the past few years.
Does anyone believe deGrom can stay healthy?
Here’s the biggest elephant in the room when it comes to deGrom. Who really believes he’ll stay healthy the entire season? I’m sure there are true believers that he can do it, but deGrom didn’t make it through spring training without some setbacks. It’s more likely a matter of when and for how long he gets hurt than if he ever hits the IL. And that’s the risk you run with deGrom. it’s a necessary risk, But still can burn Texas. A healthy deGrom keeps the Rangers firmly in a playoff spot, as an AL West title may still be a little out of reach with a healthy ace. Trash Can-Banging Astros are still very good. Without deGrom’s ability, Texas falls on the wrong side of the bubble.
The Texas Rangers Have Struggled With Spectacular Pitching
What has caused Texas to struggle with great pitching in the past? In Hamels’ case, the switch from the National League proved too much and he never fully invested in being a Ranger. All he wanted was a ring. Brown was too young and then found success with the Yankees. Lee is similar to Hamels, just never found his tune to play home games in the hitter’s park. Darvish had most of the success, but his faults, and perhaps some of the faults for everyone on this list, can be attributed to poor management. As great as Ron Washington, Jeff Bannister and others were at times, glaring mistakes occurred from the dugout more often than they should for a team hoping to compete for a World Series. Bruce Bochy will not make silly mistakes. At 67, he will not be leading the future of baseball with innovative tactics. He will make sure that he is not in the way of success. He came out of retirement to take up this gig. Bochy can play golf happily and not worry about DEgrom. He came back because he is crazy about baseball. (I’m very tempted to make a joke at Washington’s expense, but he won’t take that line.) If D.Egrom fails in Texas, it will be on DEgrom, which is a scary thought for him and the rest of the American League.