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Nolan Ryan predicts at least 90 wins for the Rangers this season

Jan 22, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

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Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas reports that during an appearance at the Rangers’ Fan Fest today, team president Nolan Ryan predicted that the club will win between 90 to 95 games this season.

“I think we’re a better ballclub now than we were this time last year,” Ryan told ESPNDallas.com after talking with fans in a Q&A session. “We have more experience and a better overall club with the additions we’ve made this offseason and the young pitchers we have coming back.”

Don’t scoff at Ryan’s optimism. He predicted 92 wins for the Rangers last March and was on record saying that he expected an AL West championship. While they fell two wins short of his prediction, the club did win their first division title since 1999 and made the World Series for the first time in franchise history.

Besides, we can always count on Ryan for endless entertainment, win or lose.

  1. jh0088 - Jan 22, 2011 at 5:59 PM

    90 Wins and the AL West Championship (in an easy breezy beautiful Cover Girl division) is almost a lock for this team. They’re going to compete for the best record in the American League and home field throughout the playoffs. And perhaps Ron Washington will actually let Arod bat in the All Star game to get his Rangers home field in the World Series if they get that far.

    Because, you know… managers who expect to be in the World Series might not want to let the man with more home runs than any active major leaguer ride the pine for an entire game when the result of said game could mean the difference between a World Championship or not.

    Not pointing fingers. Just sayin.

  2. Jonny 5 - Jan 22, 2011 at 6:58 PM

    Yeah, he was pretty sure Houston was going to beat the Phills in the 1980 NLCS too. ;) Then he got tagged for the loss.

  3. jetersusedjersey - Jan 23, 2011 at 9:26 AM

    Rangers do not have enough pitching Can their bats produce 90 wins? I do not know.

  4. Old Gator - Jan 23, 2011 at 12:11 PM

    If he keeps finding excuses to keep his pal Dubya and the rotten karma one nominally accrues by dint of being a war criminal and mass murderer away from the stadium, Ryan could be right.

    • jh0088 - Jan 23, 2011 at 1:49 PM

      okay, let’s not become a Yahoo! News message board all of a sudden. (although I will say that a lot of my friends did not like all the shots of Ryan with W. during the ALCS so I understand feelings still run a little high).

      • Old Gator - Jan 23, 2011 at 4:50 PM

        I don’t think there’s much danger of that here as long as we spell, punctuate, observe basic rules of grammar and syntax and capitalize correctly.

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