What has felt like an eternity without baseball, is finally coming to end this weekend! The Texas Rangers look to open up their new 2020 season at home against the Colorado Rockies this Friday, July 24th.
With the season being cut down to 60 games this year, it’ll be important for the Rangers to make the most of their few opportunities and capitalize with some early wins.
Lets take a look at their potential opening day lineup that could get Texas their first-ever win inside their new stadium.
So far only Lance Lynn (RHP) has been announced as the starter for Saturday. Below you’ll find an early prediction of what to expect on opening day for the other Rangers’ players.
Jeff Mathis will get the nod to start the season as the opening day catcher. He’s shown improvement throughout the summer camp and intrasquad games.
Many expected Robinson Chirinos to be the day one starter, but an injury will prevent him from starting. This paves the way for Mathis who looks to have a strong 16th season in the big leagues.
Todd Frazier has been in a non-stop battle for first base with Ronald Guzman and Greg Bird. However, the 9 year veteran has shown that he is more than capable of handling the responsibilities that come with that first base position. His offensive play is what ultimately lead to him inching out the competition of Guzman and Bird.
Rougned Odor has been having a strong showing during this camp. Some have said that this could be Odor taking a trip back in time as he could become an improved version of his early years in the league. As he enters his 7th season, he’ll also be looking to staying healthy throughout the year while locking down the second baseman position.
Isiah Kiner-Falefa was previously known for playing catcher, but this year he showed a different side of himself to everyone. He quickly adapted as the third baseman, and began to excel at it. His attitude and work ethic landed him a job in which he seems to be the ideal fit for.
Nick Solak has played well enough during camp to fill in the spot left behind by Willie Calhoun. Originally Willie was suppose to start at left field, but a muscle strain will be keeping him out for the first few games of the season. Solak has been playing well during the team’s intrasquad games, which is why Chris Woodward believes in Nick’s ability to hold the position during Calhoun’s absence.
Danny Santana had an incredible season last year while displaying his versatility at different positions.
Now with the Rangers trading Delino Deshields away to Cleveland, there is a perfect spot for Santana. The center field is where Santana has played the majority of his career, and this year he can add some additional experience.
Joey Gallo will get the start out in right field. Over the past few seasons, Gallo has began to standout more each year as a crucial piece to this Rangers’ puzzle. This season he’ll look to continue to build on his growth and become the player fans know he can be.
Shin-Soo Choo will begin the season as the DH, but the veteran has demonstrated many times that he can play in the outfield if need be. Both with his bat and his leadership, Choo will provide a healthy stability for this team.
The order in which these players are up will be tricky due to how many different ways you can align them.
I believe this will be the rotation that helps Texas get their first win of 2020.
- Shin-Soo Choo (DH)
- Rougned Odor (2B)
- Danny Santana (CF)
- Joey Gallo (RF)
- Elvis Andrus (SS)
- Todd Frazier (1B)
- Isiah Kiner-Falefa (3B)
- Nick Solak (LF)
- Jeff Mathis (C)
At the end of the day fans everywhere can feel more at ease now that we’ll finally be getting baseball back in our lives.
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