The Texas Rangers missed out on the playoffs this past season, but they improved drastically. They finished a distant second place to the Anaheim Angels in the American League West, yet had an eight-win improvement over their 2008 campaign. Their offense hit 224 home runs, a stellar amount, but their success lied in the pitching staff. Prior to last season, their pitching had been awful for many years. 2008 was particularly dreadful, as their team ERA was 5.37, ranking dead last in baseball. In one season that positioning decreased to 18th, as their ERA dropped a full point to 4.38, better than two playoff teams. This offseason, a front office anchored by young general manager Jon Daniels has continued their commitment to pitching. They traded 34-year-old workhorse Kevin Millwood to the B ...
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