This week, ESPN's David Schoenfield has been ranking the 30 MLB teams from bottom to top, releasing six spots a day and finishing up on Friday with teams No. 6-1.
Well, the Texas Rangers were released on the list a while back. In fact, it was all the way back on Monday. Yeah, that's not good, folks.
Schoenfield had the Rangers ranked No. 25 out of the 30 teams and predicted them to go 72-90 on the season. Oh joy, another 90-loss season.
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The good news is, and he even points out this fact, that the Rangers are probably the hardest team to predict this year given their very recent success and their fall from grace last year thanks in large part to a historic run of injuries.
Ultimately, Schoenfield writes the following on why he chose to rank them so low, and it's hard to argue his points, even if you believe the Rangers could win 90 games this year:
The Rangers are probably the most difficult team in the majors to evaluate. I could be way off here and Banister should certainly be an upgrade on the strategic front over Ron Washington, but I see too many unknowns on the pitching staff, a tough division and concerns about the overall value of of Fielder and Shin-Soo Choo.