For all the talk that has been generated about the Texas Rangers’ need for a third baseman, the postseason again showed unequivocally that quality starting pitching rules the day.
The Texas Rangers had two quality starting pitchers in 2019 who were good enough to be placed on ballots for the American League Cy Young Award. Left-hander Mike Minor, who was eighth, was an AL All-Star, and right-hander Lance Lynn, who finished fifth, turned down the chance to be a late addition to the team.
Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander edged out teammate Gerrit Cole to win the Cy Young.
Minor and Lynn are both under contract for 2020 and are expected to again pitch at the top of the rotation, and that’s a good thing even if they see some decline from last season.
But the Rangers still have three spots to fill.
As such, adding two starters this off-season seems to be a certainty. It’s entirely possible the Rangers add three. One would be insufficient.