The Rangers were very busy this offseason after a third straight season with 78 wins or fewer. Texas finished 24th in collective ERA (5.09) and 20th in bullpen ERA (4.73) last season and their batters once again posted one of the highest K-Rates (25.4%) in the majors. They did find an ace in lefty veteran Mike Minor, who recorded exactly 200 strikeouts with a 3.59 ERA last season and will look for Minor and Corey Kluber to provide a 1-2 punch atop the rotation.
This is an odd year for the Rangers to debut a renovated stadium that cost $1.1 billion, but they will nonetheless play in new Globe Life Park without fans this season. In addition to bolstering their staff, the Rangers balanced their lefty-heavy lineup with excellent RHB in Matt Duffy and Todd Frazier. Those batters could mix in with Joey Gallo and Rougned Odor to keep opposing pitchers off balance.
Of note, Gallo tested positive for COVID-19 in early July. He is expected to return to the Rangers by early August.
The Rangers are longshots to win the World Series with +8000 odds at DraftKings Sportsbook. That means a $20 bet on Texas to win it all would cash $1600 if successful. The Rangers are getting +5000 odds to win the American League and +1600 odds to win the AL West during this shortened season.
Oddsmakers at DK are projecting the Rangers to win 28.5 games with -106 odds for them going Over that total, and -118 odds for them going Under. The odds are favorable and the Rangers seem capable of winning 29 games or more in a 60-game season, which would pay out $19.43 for every $10 invested on the Over.
There is a big market for player futures on Gallo, who is tied with Mike Trout with +1000 odds to lead MLB in home runs this season. Gallo is also getting +2500 odds to lead the majors in RBI and +5000 odds to be named AL MVP. Under the tab Short Season Specials at DK, Gallo is getting +425 odds to hit at least 20 homers in the shortened season.
Kluber is a comeback candidate with +2200 odds to win the AL CY Young Award this season. Minor is getting +6000 odds to win the award.
Rangers odds: Futures
Texas Rangers betting breakdown
2019 Record: 78-84
Key losses: RHP Emmanuel Clase, OF Delino Deshields, IF Logan Forsythe, OF Nomar Mazara, OF Hunter Pence, LHP Jeffrey Springs
Key additions: 1B Greg Bird, C Robinson Chirinos, IF Matt Duffy, 3B Todd Frazier, RHP Kyle Gibson, RHP Nick Goody, RHP Corey Kluber, RHP Derek Law, RHP Jordan Lyles, RHP Juan Nicasio, C Blake Swihart, 1B Sam Travis
1. DH Shin-Soo Choo (L)
2. SS Elvis Andrus (R)
3. RF Joey Gallo (L)
4. CF Danny Santana (S)
5. 3B Todd Frazier (R)
6. 2B Rougned Odor (L)
7. LF Nick Solak (R)
8. C Robinson Chirinos (R)
9. 1B Ronald Guzman (L)
Projected rotation: RHP Corey Kluber, LHP Mike Minor, RHP Lance Lynn, RHP Kyle Gibson, RHP Jordan Lyles
Projected closer: RHP Jose Leclerc
Bullpen strengths: Leclerc returns as the likely closer after 2019 with a 4.33 ERA and 100 strikeouts in 70 games (68.2 IP). Rafael Montero performed well in limited use in 2019 going 2-0 with a 2.48 ERA and 34 SO in 22 games (29.0 IP). Montero also posted a 1.93 ERA and a 1.286 WHIP in four games during Spring Training in February and March.
Bullpen weaknesses: Thirty-six-year-old Edinson Volquez is likely to return after injury in 2019 where he posted a 6.75 ERA in 11 Games. On the other hand, Jonathan Hernandez is a young arm who was impressive in the shortened spring with a 3.00 ERA and 13 strikeouts in 9.0 IP. But the 23-year-old has only appeared in nine MLB games. Cody Allen is on a minor-league deal and could make the bullpen despite a 6.26 ERA in 25 games in 2019.
Key Stats from 2019
- LHP Mike Minor had exactly 200 strikeouts in an All-Star campaign last season (3.59 ERA in 208.1 IP).
- $1.2 Billion – cost of new ballpark named Globe Life Field. Park has a retractable roof.
- 2B Rougned Odor led the team with 30 Home Runs and 93 RBIs but was ninth amongst the usual lineup in BA with .205.