MLB Odds Report on the Texas Rangers’ Season Next Year
If you’re a Texas Rangers online sportsbook fan, you might still be thinking that your team choked away the American League Division Series. After all, the Rangers were up 2-0 – after winning two games in Toronto – only to fall 3-2. However, the Rangers got lucky down the stretch, winning a lot of one-run games. However, what we and MLB odds fans learned is that the Rangers showed a ton of moxie down the stretch, and that should translate into better results next season.
MLB Odds Report on The Texas Rangers’ Season Next Year
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Consider Adrian Beltre. He didn’t really start hitting until August, but this is a player who has consistently provided Gold Glove defense at the hot corner, and his offensive production has been terrific. That six-year, $96 million deal that the Rangers inked to bring Beltre to town is some of the best free agency money that the Rangers have ever plunked down on the table. Even so, 2016 is his contract year, and he will turn 37 in April. This could be the last season when he has a terrific shot at a World Series ring.
Sam Dyson was probably the best pickup that the Rangers had late in the season, with the possible exception of Cole Hamels. As the team steamed toward an AL West title, he was the best relief option the team had. He also was terrific in the playoffs until he permitted that big blast to Jose Bautista in Game 5. His sinker shatters bats and keeps hitters from making solid contact. He could become a dominant closer in Texas with that pitch, much like Mariano Rivera did in New York witht hat cutter. Even though Shawn Tolleson was a good closer in 2015, look at him to enter 2016 as the eighth inning set up man.
Shin-Soo Choo missed a lot of 2014 with injuries and hit below .200 through the All-Star break this season. That $130 million deal looked ridiculous. Then, he apparently sat down and had a deep conversation with his wife, who reminded him to go back to his foundations. After that conversation, his on base percentage was over .400, and even his defense picked up. He hit a home run in that tumultuous Game 5 against Toronto, several innings before Bautista’s blast brought in all of those unearned runs.
The Rangers had been targeting Cole Hamels for years, and the deal they have him on is friendly to the team. Rougned Odor provided the energy for the team, becoming the most enjoyable position player to watch in several years. As Jon Daniels told 105.3 The Fan, Odor is 5’7” but thinks he’s 6’7”. Odor should be around for a long, long time.
So what about Yu Darvish? Look at a rotation that includes a healthy Darvish, a fully recovered Derek Holland and Martin Perez, Cole Hamels and Chi Chi Gonzalez (or Colby Lewis, or Nick Martinez, or Yovani Gallardo). That would be the deepest rotation in team history if it all holds. So even though the Rangers fell in the first round of the playoffs, they are set up to go even further in 2016.