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As the 2011 Spring Training season beckons at the door, the 2010 American League Champions face many questions. Here are some questions for you, and I want you to give your predictions. Some questions will involve issues that will be solved in Spring Training while others will involve the regular season. Here's the list of seven questions....
1.) Will Neftali Feliz be a starter or remain the closer in 2011?
2.) Will Mitch Moreland fully cement his name at first base?
3.) Can C.J. Wilson and Colby Lewis repeat or improve their 2010 performances?
4.) Will the Adrian Beltre signing prove to be a mistake or success?
5.) Can Josh Hamilton play at the 2008 and 2010 levels? Or revert back to 2009?
6.) Will Brandon Webb stay healthy and pitch 150+ innings?
7.) Who will prove to be the best acquisition of the offseason?
1) closer; 2) Yes; 3) Yes; 4) Success for 3 yrs only; 5) Josh will be even better; 6) No, it will take a good half-season at RR to get into ML form; 7) Beltre by far
1. starter2. my sources say no3. not likely4. mistake5. 20096. it is decidedly so7. Tateyama8. eight
un fortunatly closer wish he was starting tho
for this season yes
Colby improve CJ too if he can handle the workload
Success he will be the new face jk idk bout that
somewhere In the middle of 08 and last year
No but im hoping im wrong so wrong that he wins the CY and beats Cliff Lee in the WS
1.) Neftali will probably spend one more season as the closer before starting.
2.) Mitch Moreland should be a decent, slightly above average first baseman.
3.) Both C.J. and Colby can get even better.
4.) It's a success, but also a slight disappointment due to his high salary.
5.) I'm predicting a season similar to 2010 as long as he stays healthy.
6.) Hopefully. Because if he pitches 150+ innings, he must be healthy and pitching well.
7.) Mike Napoli
3) Colby better, Wilson worse, net push
4) Success for 2011, but watch out at the back end
5) Slightly down from 2010 per AB, but I think he actually stays healthy this year
6) No, it takes awhile for him to find some form, but he has a big 2nd half of the season and posts 130ish innings
7) Mike Napoli will be great this year
1) Closer2) He will have a good season, not great, and the Rangers will be looking for first base help at the trade deadline.3) Colby will look like the club's ace, while Wilson regresses to looking like a #3.4) Beltre will hit around .280, play good defense, and be neither a good or bad signing.5) Hamilton will not have near the year he had last year, but will still bat over .300 with more than 25 homeruns. Will actually play more than 145 games this year.6) Webb will get hit hard for a little while, and calm down and have 9-12 wins this year.7) Would say Napoli, but I don't think he'll have enough at bats should MY stay. At bats he deserves and needs. So id have to go with Beltre.
1) Feliz will remain the closer.2) Yes, Moreland will be Dave Murphy-like.3) Wilson and Leis will have good years. Leis will be better than last year. Wilson will taper off a tad.4) Beltre's signing will be proven to be a success. 30 HRs and fewer errors.5) Hamilton will have a huge year. 6) Brandon Webb is the team's great unknown. No prediction here.7) Beltre
1) closer2) Moreland will have some rough patches but will be good enough3) Lewis will have some great starts and some rough outings, CJ will be special - I think he could win 20 if he takes what he learned from Cliff and cuts down the walks4) Beltre won't be a good as last year but will be close and all the contract year talk will die down. With the protection he will get in this lineup he will be fine. And he will win us some games with the leather.5)Hamilton won't hit .359 but will hit 40+ bombs and drive in 1306) Webb will struggle early but have a very good 2nd half and be a huge asset in the playoffs.7) Webb. Because he will turn in a Colbayashi-like post season8) I will have several arguements with my wife during the stretch run when I try to balance a new baby and Rangers baseball.
1) Closer2) Yes3) Yes4) Minor success5) If healthy, a big year again.6) I'm thinking about 100 innings for Webb tops.7) Napoli
Exactly what Michael G. wrote (saved me some trouble!)
1. closer - I think he wants to stay a closer and that is why he will be one in 20112. yes - may have a learning curve but will be solid - he's not intimidated by anyone and a fierce competitor! Desire will trump talent with this kid!3. Both can improve. Have to expand on this answer tho. If CJ finds a way to cut walks down and improve mound presence, i.e. get out of his head and keep it simple, trust his stuff he can improve. Colby - will improve because of last season's experience. All speculative barring any injuries, etc. You didn't ask but Kirkman and/or Holland will step into #3 by ASB4. will be a success because of improved defense5. somewhere in between6. this one is like looking into a crystal ball - glass half full7. Napoli
1) Closer.2) He'll be solid, not spectacular.3) In terms of raw numbers, probably about the same. But I can't shake this nagging feeling that CJ will fight the injury bug this year.4) Moderate success in the short term. It'll become an albatross of a contract by year 4, though.5) He won't be as good as 2010, but still pretty darn good.6) 150+ innings, no. But I think after a late start, he'll start pitching really well by late summer.7) Napoli, since we FINALLY have an antidote to the junkballing southpaws that seem to kill us every year.
1. Not this year because the Rangers won't feel comfortable with anyone else closing games but will be in the rotation next year.
2. Chris Davis will win the 1st base job this spring and the Rangers will send Moreland down to AAA and work him in the outfield.
3. They won't improve (awesome if they did) but will still be our top two guys and put up good numbers again.
4. Beltre tears it up and MY figures out why he was replaced.
5. He has another MVP type season.
6. Webb won't stay healthy...does pitch fine when is healthy.
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