The Texas Rangers represented the division in the World Series in 2010. How will the division shape out in 2011? Here is the preview of all the teams in the AL West and their projected record to end the season.
Texas Rangers 2010 Record (90-72 finished first in AL West)
The Rangers appeared in the World Series for the first time in franchise history in 2010 but lost to the San Francisco Giants in five games.
Texas defeated Tampa Bay in the American League Division Series and the New York Yankees in the American League Championship Series.
The Rangers have arguably one of the most dangerous lineups in the American League with 2010 MVP Josh Hamilton. Add in a healthy Ian Kinsler at second base, the speedy Elvis Andrus at short stop and their newest free-agent acquisition Adrian Beltre.
Hamilton, 29, won his first MVP award last season as he hit for an average of .359 with 32 home runs and 100 RBI. The three-time all-star also won the sliver slugger award in 2010. Hamilton played in 133 games last season. If healthy, I expect another MVP caliber season from Hamilton.
Kinsler missed most of April last season with an ankle injury but was still named to the all-star team. He also suffered a groin injury in late July and only played 103 games. Kinsler hit nine home runs and drove in 45 with a .286 batting average. The two-time all-star hopes to stay healthy this season. He expressed to the media that he is going to take care of himself in the spring and plans to be on the field with no injuries on opening day.
The Rangers will need Kinsler to play everyday at second base. When healthy he can rake the baseball as he set career highs in home runs (31) and RBI (86) in 2009. Kinsler and the Texas Rangers hope he can eclipse those numbers in 2011…