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2012 Texas Rangers ZiPS Are Out

Every year, Dan Szymborski creates projections for the upcoming baseball season, and on Wednesday, he got around to posting his projections for the Texas Rangers.

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Overall, the Rangers look like a really, really solid baseball team, with five hitters projecting for 111 OPS+ or better. Some Texas fans may be irked that Michael Young is only projected to be a league average hitter with a line of .291/.336/.431.

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Yu Darvish projects to fit in quite nicely in the United States. ZiPS has Darvish pitching to the tune of a 3.62 ERA and 1.24 WHIP -- good for a 125 ERA+. Darvish's projection, though, isn't tops among Rangers starters -- that distinction belongs to Neftali Feliz. Feliz projects for a 130 ERA+, 3.49 ERA and 1.28 WHIP.

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In fact, ZiPS projects seven Rangers starting pitchers to be better than league average. Who needs Roy Oswalt?

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The projections tell us pretty much what we know about the Rangers: they have a deep lineup, lots of pitching, and they're a good defensive team. That sounds like another recipe for a playoff team.

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Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.