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2020 MLB Texas Rangers World Series Odds & Picks

New Places and New Faces
for the Texas Rangers in 2020

The Texas Rangers may not be able to play in their brand-new ballpark this season due to the outbreak of the coronavirus, but this team should give fans reason to hope for the future. The front office traded for an ace in two-time Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber, and the Rangers are ready to start doling out money in an effort to be competitive once more.

Texas is still likely to finish the season under .500, but there are some intriguing pieces on this team.

2020 Texas Rangers World Series
Betting Online Odds at FanDuel: +8500

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2020 Texas Rangers
Season World Series Odds Overview

Texas is one of the longer shots on the board in terms of World Series odds. The Rangers are 85-1 to win it all at FanDuel, and that highlights their status as a team that’s down but certainly not out. They have the fourth longest odds to win the World Series in the AL West.

American League West

The Rangers are 25-1 to win the AL West, putting them in a tier of their own in this division. They are seen as well behind the Astros, Athletics, and Angels, but they are better than the tanking Mariners. Texas could challenge for a Wild Card spot if things go right and the club avoids injuries, but that’s considered unlikely.

On the Hill

The addition of Kluber gives the Rangers a bonafide ace provided he bounces back from an abysmal 2019 campaign. Kluber only pitched 35.2 innings after his right arm was broken because of a line drive back to the mound in early May, and that sidelined him for nearly the rest of the regular season. He was 2-3 with a 5.80 ERA and a 1.654 WHIP before the injury, but he should post much better numbers in 2020. Kluber didn’t register a WHIP above 1.10 from 2014 to 2018, and he should be fine provided he keeps his walk rate low.

Lance Lynn posted one of the best seasons of his career in 2019, going 16-11 with a 3.67 ERA and a 1.219 WHIP. He set a career high with a 10.6 K/9 rate, but his lack of command at times was worrisome. Lynn led the majors with 18 wild pitches after never throwing more than seven wild pitches in a season before last year.

For the first time in his career, Mike Minor finished a season with at least 200 strikeouts. Minor ended last year with an 8.6 K/9 rate, and he has shown significant improvement as a pitcher since coming to the American League. His WHIP has risen for two straight seasons though, and that’s something to watch early in the season.

Texas’ bullpen was a mess in 2019. The Rangers’ pen threw 630 innings, accumulating a 4.66 ERA. There wasn’t a reliable relief arm after Chris Martin was dealt to the Braves, and this unit is still a work in progress.

At the Plate

Injuries sidelined Joey Gallo for over half of the regular season in 2019. Gallo has been the most dangerous hitter on the Rangers for the last three years, and he was selected to the All-Star team last season before seeing his campaign come to an early end. The slugger was set to finish with more than 40 home runs for a third straight season, and he posted a career-high .986 OPS last year. If Gallo can make reliable contact, he is a dark horse MVP due to his immense power.

Shin-Soo Choo was one of the best hitters on the Rangers last season. He followed up his first All-Star appearance by posting an .926 OPS, and he continued to show that he has speed at the age of 36 with 15 stolen bases. At this point of his career, he is playing more DH, but he is still a solid bat.

Danny Santana had a breakout season in 2019. After spending most of the 2018 campaign in the minors, it looks like Santana has rediscovered the form that made him a Rookie of the Year contender in 2014. He posted a .283 batting average and hit 28 home runs to finish with an impressive .857 OPS.

2020 Texas Rangers World Series Projection

Gallo and Kluber have the potential to lead this team to the playoffs. If both players play up to their potential and the bullpen isn’t a disaster, the Rangers have a shot at sneaking into the postseason.

2020 Texas Rangers World Series Free Pick:
Worth a few dollars

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