After a tumultuous spring, where the Rangers were racked with injuries, Opening Day is here. Spring Training is in the rearview mirror and the arduous journey towards a World Series championship begins today.

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Winning the American League West is first on the to-do list and the Los Angeles Angels, Oakland Athletics, Houston Astros, and Seattle Mariners are not going to lay down for your beloved Texas Rangers. One hundred sixty-two games remain in the schedule; one hundred sixty-two chances to be better than the guys in the opposing dugout.

2014 will be different from any other year. Will it be better than 2010, 2011, 2012 or 2013? Who knows. The hope that surrounds baseball today is a feeling that only occurs once a year. Its a feeling that fans cherish with their loved ones. Today it begins.

Starting Pitching:

The starting staff has been decimated with injuries. But once Yu Darvish, Derek Holland and Matt Harrison return, the concerns with the Opening Day staff should subside. The interesting thing is when they do return and return to form, General Manager Jon Daniels will have an interesting dilemma if both Robbie Ross and Tanner Scheppers perform to their abilities. Don't expect much from Joe Saunders as he is experiencing a bout with 'dead arm,' and try to enjoy seeing Nick Martinez perform in a start or two before the reinforcements arrive.

1. Tanner Scheppers (R)
2. Martin Perez (L)
3. Robbie Ross (L)
4. Joe Saunders (L)
5. Nick Martinez (R)

Injured: Matt Harrison, Yu Darvish, Derek Holland


There are a lot of questions surrounding the bullpen. With Joe Nathan gone and Robbie Ross and Tanner Scheppers in the starting rotation to start the year, this is where the new faces appear. The closer will be Joakim Soria with Alexi Ogando, Neal Cotts and Jason Frasor as his setup men. When the starting staff returns the bullpen may have a completely different look that it does today.

1. Joakim Soria
2. Jason Frasor
3. Neal Cotts (L)
4. Pedro Figueroa (L)
5. Seth Rosin
6. Shawn Tolleson
7. Alexi Ogando
Coming into 2014, Brian McCann and Jarrod Saltalamacchia were mentioned as potential candidates to solidify the catching carousel in Texas. After McCann agreed to a contract with the Yankees, the Rangers re-upped Geovany Soto and then signed J.P. Arencibia to man the dish. With Soto on the 60-day DL, Robinson Chirinos is slated to back up the former Blue Jay, Arencibia. J.P. will display serious swing-and-miss, but when he connects, it should go into the cheap seats. Chirinos had a solid Spring Training (.448/.500/.690 in 16 games), but the jury is still out on him. Chris Gimenez, a late waiver claim by Texas, has seen limited action in five MLB seasons with Cleveland, Seattle and Tampa Bay.
1. J.P. Arencibia
2. Robinson Chirinos
3. Chris Gimenez
Injured: Geovany Soto
The Jurickson Profar injury is unfortunate to say the least, but the infield is still occupied by future Hall of Famer Adrian Beltre, two-time All-Star Elvis Andrus and newly acquired slugger Prince Fielder. Veterans Donnie Murphy and Josh Wilson will try to fill in the gap for Profar. The optimistic Rangers fan would hope that Elvis would play like the second half of 2013, Prince would clobber dozens of home runs into the porch in right field, Adrian's hamstrings would remain intact and whoever is at second base would keep the spot warm until the switch-hitting phenom returns. Let's hope for that.
3B: Adrian Beltre
SS: Elvis Andrus
2B: Donnie Murphy/Josh Wilson
1B: Prince Fielder
Injured: Jurickson Profar

The outfield is definitely a strength for the Rangers as Shin-Soo Choo, Leonys Martin and Alex Rios are all healthy and have a shot at all being All-Stars at their respective positions. Choo will be the table-setter at the top of the lineup and play his natural position in left field this season, Martin is looking to improve upon a 2013 campaign where he was a three-win player and Rios will have an entire season in Arlington where he could steal 40-plus bases.

LF: Shin-Soo Choo
CF: Leonys Martin
RF: Alex Rios



NL East - Washington
NL Central - St. Louis
NL West - LA Dodgers
Wildcard - San Diego
Wildcard - Atlanta

AL East - Tampa Bay
AL Central - Detroit
AL West - Texas
Wildcard - Oakland
Wildcard - Boston

NL Pennant Winner - LA Dodgers
AL Pennant Winner - Texas

World Series Champ - Texas

NL MVP - Adrian Gonzales
NL Cy Young - Clayton Kershaw
NL Batting Champ - Andrew McCutcheon

AL MVP - Prince Fielder
AL Cy Young - Yu Darvish
AL Batting Champ - Miguel Cabrera
NL East-Washington
NL Central- Pittsburgh
NL West- LA Dodgers
Wildcard-St. Louis
Wildcard- San Francisco
AL East- New York
AL Central-Detroit
AL West- LA Angels
Wildcard- Boston
Wildcard- Texas
NL Pennant Winner- St. Louis
AL Pennant Winner- Detroit
World Series Champ- Detroit
NL MVP- Bryce Harper
NL Cy Young - Cliff Lee
NL Batting Champ - Joey Votto
AL MVP - Mike Trout
AL Cy Young - Justin Verlander
AL Batting Champ - Joe Mauer
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