The Texas Rangers quietly had a great offseason, bringing in Jacob deGrom and Nathan Eovaldi to push the top end of their rotation. On paper, they could make a ruckus in the American League West.
Star first baseman Nathaniel Lowe believes the Rangers’ rotation rivals any rotation in baseball and is excited about what this season will bring.
Lowe loves the new additions, but praises the flagship product that paved the way for them.
“Our top end is going to be competing with every team in Major League Baseball. It’s an absolute fact. I think the detail I can see is that we still have the returning Major League starters from last year and the year before. We went through a lot of struggles, so we had a lot of innings for us.”
He also added that the new pitcher would be useful in other ways that he wouldn’t be on the mound every five days.
“It takes a lot of guys on the starting staff to make it through the 162 game stretch…there are a lot of guys on the top and bottom end that are improving. Please keep in mind that this is the level I need in my game to be a major league starter to take it.”
Jacob deGrom and Nathan Eovaldi are veteran aces who improve their pitching not just through their own performances, but by helping others get better. Will it be enough to bring Texas back into the playoffs? ? Lowe certainly seems to think so.
Expectations for Texas Rangers in 2023
The Texas Rangers finished fourth in the AL West last season with a 68-94 record. Nowhere to go, especially after adding players like deGrom and Eovaldi.
Forecasts are for a fairly significant improvement this year. Fangraphs expects them to win his 83 and finish just above . However, that may not be enough to get them closer to the playoffs.
The American League is very deep, and so is the West, home to the Seattle Mariners and Houston Astros.