Happy Easter, everybody...
And happy Opening Day Eve...
Chi Chi Gonzalez was one of the big stories of spring training, and even though he didn't make the Opening Day roster, he still impressed in his final exhibition outing yesterday.
Of course, the game ended in a 4-4 tie, because this spring has been like that. Gerry Fraley has a write-up of the game.
Jeff Banister missed the final spring game because of the flu.
The Rangers' final bullpen decisions won't be made until today, as the Rangers are keeping open the possibility of acquiring a reliever before Monday night's game with Oakland.
Gerry Fraley writes that the Rangers' bullpen is the least experienced in the majors this year. The bullpen also doesn't have any lefties at this point, though the Rangers could add one today.
However, Delino DeShields, Jr., and Keone Kela will both be on the Opening Day roster.
The DMN offers staff predictions for the 2015 season, and while none of them have the Rangers making the playoffs, I do think it is interesting that the most optimistic predictions come from the two beat writers, Evan Grant and Gerry Fraley, who put the Rangers at 83 wins and 82 wins, respectively. An optimist would say they are the closest to the team and have the best read on the club, while the pessimist would say they are to tied into the team to be overly negative in their predictions, even if the negativity is warranted.
T.R. Sullivan's notes cover Delino DeShields, Jr., making the team, Derek Holland's final tuneup outing, and the team's final minor league assignments.
The S-T's notes talk about roster moves, injury updates, and Banister's flu.