AL WEST

Cecil Whig - - INSIDEBASEBALL -

1. TEXAS Texas has ques­tions, start­ing with pitcher Yu Dar2. HOUS­TON vish, who’s a le­git­i­mate ace at 100 per­cent. But Dar

vish missed all of 2015 af­ter un­der­go­ing Tommy John 3. L.A. AN­GELS

surgery and isn’t ex­pected back un­til mid-May. Open4. SEAT­TLE

ing Day starter Cole Hamels should be out5. OAK­LAND stand­ing, but the Rangers will need bet­ter per­for­mances from Derek Holland and Martin Perez in ’16. Third base­man Adrian Bel­tre turns 37 on open­ing week and slowed down some last year, while out­fielder Josh Hamil­ton turns 35 in May. He will start the sea­son on the DL. How­ever, there’s veteran ta­lent in DH Prince Fielder, a blos­som­ing star in 22-year-old Rougned Odor, and one of the game’s best power prospects in third base­man Joey Gallo. The Rangers will be pressed by the Astros, who have per­haps the game’s top farm sys­tem plus a slew of es­tab­lished twenty-some­thing tal­ents in­clud­ing Jose Al­tuve, Ge­orge Springer, Car­los Cor­rea, Dal­las Keuchel, Lance McCullers, Collin McHugh and Ken Giles.

Yu Darvish

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