Thursday, June 13, 2019

Newsletter Excerpt, June 13, 2019 -- "The Rangers"

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"This is a team whose young hitters have stagnated, and whose offense is largely being carried by players who haven’t hit like this in years. As good as their top two starters have been, there’s very little depth behind them, although the June plan sure looks a lot better than the April one did. Their third-order record, and their projected playoff chances, reflect the reality: This is a team in transition that has had a lot of things go its way in 2019. Come July 20, they’ll be better off looking to turn Minor, Choo, Pence, Shawn Kelley, and the other thirtysomethings into 2022 Rangers than trying to ride them to a road game against Chris Sale or Blake Snell or James Paxton."