2014 Rangers Outlook
The Texas Rangers failed to make the playoffs in 2013, marking the first time since 2009 that the Rangers missed out on October baseball. Texas was ousted by the Tampa Bay Rays in a winner-take-all Game 163 to determine the winner of the second Wild Card last sesaon. Despite Josh Hamilton's claims that Arlington is not a baseball town, 3,178,273 fans went to Rangers Ballpark in Arlington in 2013 -- an average of over 38,000 fans per game in 2013. After making significant changes during the offseason, the Rangers enter 2014 as one of the favorites in the American League -- and attendance figures are likely to rise in 2014. Don't miss out on your chance to catch the Rangers -- buy your Rangers tickets now!
Rangers general manager Jon Daniels pulled off one of the biggest trades during baseball's offseason, trading second baseman Ian Kinsler to the Detroit Tigers in exchange for first baseman Prince Fielder. Fielder represents a left-handed power threat that the Rangers sorely missed in 2013, after losing Josh Hamilton in free agency. Daniels also signed outfielder Shin-Soo Choo, another left-handed threat, fortifying Texas' outfield. With Kinsler in Detroit, former top prospect Jurickson Profar is slated to be the club's everyday second baseman -- and has superstar potential, despite a weak debut last season. Profar hit a meager .234/.308/.336 in 324 plate appearances last season, but is projected to hit .261/.330/.406 by ZiPS in 2014. By contrast, Kinsler, who Profar is replacing, hit .277/.344/.414 last season.
Though the Rangers made significant changes to their lineup, the rotation will look almost identical to the one fans saw in 2013. Yu Darvish anchors Texas' rotation, and enters 2014 as one of the favorites to win the American League Cy Young award. Martin Perez, Alexi Ogando and Matt Harrison join Darvish in the rotation. Derek Holland, Texas' second-best starter in 2013, will be sidelined until midseason, but will make a major impact once he returns from an offseason knee injury. Until Holland returns, Tommy Hanson, Colby Lewis and Nick Tepesch will battle for the No. 5 spot in Texas' rotation.
2014 Rangers Schedule
Texas' rivalries in the AL West intensified in recent years. The upstart Oakland A's are the two-time defending AL West Champions, and neither the Rangers nor their fans have forgotten how the A's clinched the AL West in 2012 on the last day of the season -- defeating the Rangers, and sending Texas to the dreaded Wild Card game. Rangers fans can watch former Rangers C.J. Wilson and Josh Hamilton when Texas takes on the Los Angeles Angels, in what has become one of baseball's most interesting rivalries. Though the Seattle Mariners haven't been a factor in recent years, they made significant strides this offseason, signing Robinson Cano, Corey Hart and Fernando Rodney, and should be a factor in 2014. The Houston Astros, Texas' in-state rivals, aren't going to be competitive in 2014, but with the best farm system in baseball, the Astros boast some exciting young talent -- some of which will be on display this season.
2014 Rangers Interleague Schedule
Interleague play pits the Rangers against competition from the NL East this season. Texas will host the Philadelphia PhilliesMarch 31, April 1 and April 2. Texas fans will get to watch former Rangers ace Cliff Lee pitch against the Rangers when he takes the mound for the Phillies. Texas will play a pair of two-game sets against the Miami Marlins this summer, hosting the Marlins June 10 and June 11, before headed to Miami August 19 and August 20. Though the Marlins aren't likely to compete for a playoff spot this season, Rangers fans can watch Giancarlo Stanton, one of baseball's best young s tars, face off against Texas' staff. The Rangers also host the Braves September 12, September 13 and September 14, in what could be a World Series preview. Texas will head to Citi Field for the first time in franchise history to take on the Mets(July 4, July 5, July 6), and will also travel to Washington D.C. (May 30, May 31, June 1) to take on Bryce Harper and the Nationals.
About Globe Life Park
Texas' home games will take place at Globe Life Park -- formerly known as Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. The Rangers have called Globe Life Park home since 1994, and the massive ballpark can house up to 52,419 fans, but typically has a capacity of 48,114. Globe Life Park hosted the American League's first-ever Wild Card game in 2012, after hosting World Series games in 2011 and 2010. Texas clinched one of its two pennants in franchise history at Globe Life Park in 2010, when the Rangers defeated the New York Yankees.
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