Not only did they Texas Rangers win the AL West Division in rather comfortable fashion last season, they did so by winning the most games (95) in the American League. While that may make you believe that they were a dominant team, the fact of the matter is that they ended the season with a run differential of just +8. That’s not exactly dominant and it was something that quickly caught up to them in the postseason. They figure to be a good team again this season, but can they match that win total and can they go deeper in the postseason? Get the latest MLB betting run lines here.
Analyzing The 2017 Texas Rangers MLB Betting Season Prediction
Odds to Win the AL West Division
Despite being comfortable winners last season, the bookies have the Texas Rangers in as the second favorite to win it again this year with odds of +180. The Houston Astros have been installed as the favorite to win the West, but you can bet that the Rangers will have something to say about that. The Rangers made several additions to their roster for the upcoming season, now of which could really be considered to be of the splashy variety. The most notable of these additions came with the signing of pitchers Andrew Cashner and Tyson Ross. They will join Hamels and Darvish to give the Rangers what could be a very nice pitching rotation. If the new guys deliver, Texas could win the West.
Odds to Win the AL Pennant
It is the Cleveland Indians who will be coming into the new season as the betting odds favorite to win the AL pennant, and they certainly look like the team to beat. The Rangers are in a little cluster of teams below the top 3 favorites and if you like those to represent the AL in the World Series you can currently get them at odds of +800. That is a nice enough price but I think you will get more value as the season progresses, as I am not convinced that the Rangers will be as good as they were least year. They have lost a few key pieces, and the additions that they have made are not what anyone would describe as game changers.
Texas Rangers Regular Season Wins
As I mentioned at the start of this piece, the Rangers led the AL with 95 wins last season, but a lot of those games were of the very tight variety. That type of luck eventually runs out, and I don’t see any way that they get close to the mark that they set last season. The bookies seem to agree with that assessment, as they have the OVER/UNDER for season wins for the Rangers set at 85. That seems like a very fair mark to me as it’s close to what I have as my prediction for the season. I have the Texas Rangers falling a little short of the mark, and I believe that they will end the year with 83 wins, which will mean that they will relinquish their AL West crown.