ARLINGTON, Texas – The Texas Rangers are not only young, with all those players with 20 positions, they go in spring training with a manager at the first experience and without the pensioner Adrian Beltre at the third base.
Chris Woodward has never been a manager. But the 42-year-old infielder has spent the last three seasons as a coach for the third base for the Los Angeles Dodgers, who have something in common with the Rangers.
Los Angeles has lost in the World Series in the last two years. The last team to do this was Texas, which did not win another series of playoffs from its lineup of Gagliardetti AL in 2010 and 2011. The Rangers are now losing consecutive losing seasons for the first time since 2008.
"I'm not really setting limits or expectations on this team," said Woodward. "My goal is not to have a team sneaking up to people, maybe we will do this because the expectations around the championship are not high on our end. … These players want to win, and I do not have I'm going to sit here and tell them they can not. "
The Rangers had seven position players of 25 or younger who played at least 106 games last season. Six are back, including Slugger Joey Gallo as a full-time full-time player after 40 consecutive seasons.
Nomar Mazara, still only 23, has exactly 20 homers in each of his three seasons. At the end of last season, the right defender lost a month on the disabled list with a dislocated right thumb. He avoided the surgery and said that the thumb is better with prolonged rest off-season.
"My main thing is to feel good, I think I can do a lot of damage out there," Mazara said. "We are working in the right direction, we all have good chemistry. We are just hungry to go out and do the best we can." Last year it was not funny at all. "
Together with a new manager, the Rangers will have a new third base after Beltre, who had 3,166 career shots, retiring in November. They also have a renewed initial spin with Mike Minor and four pitchers who have had Tommy John surgery. Asdrubal Cabrera, twice all-star for Cleveland at the start of his 12-season career, was in third for only 52 of his 1,426 series parties. Those starts at the third came in the last two years for Philadelphia and New York Mets.
"As it has become bigger, as many players do, its range is probably not what it was when it comes to shortstop every day … but thinking it will be a solid third baseman," general manager Jon Daniels said .
LOOKING TO LOOK
Yohander Mendez, a 24-year-old southpaw, might be a starting option if all surgically repaired pitchers fail to pass the season. Mendez has launched 43 innings in 17 appearances in the last three seasons, with his five careers started all last year.
THEY ARE SET
With the addition of Lance Lynn minor and free agent, the Rangers have the first two full rotation points. Minor led Rangers into starting (28), wins (12), innings pitched (157) and strikeouts (132) last season, when he was closely monitored in his return to the spin. The former Atlanta actress lost two full years due to a torn labrum and was a full-time relief for Kansas City in 2017. Since 2016 missing after the intervention of Tommy John, Lynn went 21 -18 with an ERA 4.04 in 64 games for St. Louis, Minnesota and New York Yankees.
THEY ARE NOT
While the Rangers have predicted that the launchers complete the rest of the rotation, they are all coming out of Tommy John's surgery. Drew Smyly has not launched since 2016. Edinson Volquez (traded from Texas to Cincinnati for Josh Hamilton after the 2007 season) has returned to the Rangers last year to go through his rehab. Shelby Miller, who had surgery in May 2017, entered the disabled list in mid-July with inflammation of her right elbow after only four departures in Arizona.
ON THE BRIDGE
The Rangers open their last season in their current stadium against the Chicago Cubs on March 28th. Texas could face two of its precedents in this three-game series. Lefty Cole Hamels was sold by Texas to Chicago last July, and Yu Darvish was sold to the Dodgers in 2017 and launched in the World Series before going to the Cubs in free agency last season.
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