2015 Record: 88-74
Runs Per Game: 4.61 (4th)
Team ERA: 4.24 (23rd)
Run Differential: +18 (14th)
What Went Right:
Shin-Soo Choo had a bounce back season after a miserable first season in Texas. Prince Fielder almost won a batting title coming back from injury. Adrian Beltre was his usual productive self.
Yovani Gallardo was solid. Cole Hamels was reliable in his 12 starts. The bullpen, led by closer Shawn Tolleson, was surprisingly effective.
What Went Wrong:
Josh Hamilton was worthless. No reason for them to pick him up. Elvis Andrus really struggled to hit for the third consecutive season.
The rest of the rotation outisde of Gallardo and Hamels wasn’t a disaster but it was bad. Colby Lewis did throw over 200 innings but he had a 4.66 ERA in doing so. Young guys like Chi Chi Gonzalez and Nick Martinez really struggled at striking out major league hitters.
Player to Watch?:
We though Leonys Martin could steal 50 bases, if he hit a little better. He was a lot worse.
There’s Always Next Year:
I still don’t know how the Rangers even made the playoffs. They really weren’t that good. Next year they’ll get back Yu Darvish but I don’t know if he can stop them from declining.
How Did We Do:
We were pretty far off based on record. But I still don’t think Texas was all that good.