Rangers Lineup Gets Serious Recognition

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Remember back early last season when the Rangers couldn't score a run to save their lives?

Well, things quickly got better after the first month of the season and the Rangers ended the season with the second-most runs scored in all of baseball over the second half of the season behind the eye-popping lineup the Toronto Blue Jays ran out on the field every day. The Rangers were third in baseball over course of the entire season.

It's a bit surprising when you look at how many big names struggled for long stretches, but in the end, the production was there.

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Now, ESPN's Buster Olney is ranking the Rangers as the No. 2 lineup in all of baseball behind only those mashing Blue Jays.

The Rangers are still in need of a right-handed bat despite acquiring Justin Ruggiano. A bigger splash would be nice, and there is still talk out there that the Rangers could see slugger Justin Upton fall in their laps on a one-year deal if his market doesn't materialize for a long-term deal. The one-year deal would almost certainly be the only way the Rangers could afford him.

"As a right-handed hitter, (Upton) could balance a lineup that generally leans left, could play left field," Olney wrote, "and put up big numbers in the middle of a strong lineup and set himself up well."

If the Rangers could get Upton, it might vault them to the top of the list, but even without him the Rangers have a stacked lineup.

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