Texas Rangers: mlb FUTURES & BETTING ODDS
TEXAS RANGERS 2021 OUTLOOK
It's hard to believe it's been 10 years since the Rangers were twice an out away from locking up their elusive first World Series title before things went terribly awry in Game 6 of the 2011 World Series in St. Louis. And unfortunately for the Rangers, things have been on a slippery slope ever since. They haven't won a playoff series in 10 years now, and they had their worst winning percentage (.367) last season in nearly 40 years.
Much of the big boppers from those winning seasons are gone with only Rougned Odor and Joey Gallo remaining, and the pitching staff has totally turned over.
It will require patience from manager Chris Woodward (entering his third season) and general manager Chris Young (who is brand new) to turn things around, and it's not expected to take place in 2020.
2021 Featured Players
We mentioned Odor and Gallo, but you may not be familiar with shortstop Isiah Kiner-Falefa, who could be a solid five-tool player this season, and third baseman Nick Solak, who is the first player in franchise history to lead all rookies in hits for a season. David Dahl comes over from Colorado after a couple injury-plagued campaigns, and Nate Lowe was acquired from Tampa Bay to play first base. Prospect Sam Huff played well at catcher in September, so he may see more time behind the plate this season.
Kyle Gibson, a middling pitcher in Minneesota, is the ace of the staff, which will be depressing for Rangers fans. Dane Dunning has some potential but is still young, Kohei Arihara comes over from Japan and could confuse hitters with his six-pitch arsenal, and Jordan Lyles will have to add some ticks to his fastball if he wants to be able to contribute to the team's success. Jose Leclerc is again the closer after only pitching in one game last season (a save on opening day). Texas also had bad luck when pitcher Corey Kluber also only threw one inning all season, and he signed with the Yankees this offseason.
Bet on the Texas Rangers! Texas Rangers Odds for 2021
The Texas Rangers odds this year put them as the longest of longshots. A bet on the Texas Rangers to win the World Series will payout a whopping 150/1, which is the longest odds of any AL team. The Texas Rangers odds to win the American League pennant are an AL-worst 80-1, and a bet on the Texas Rangers to come out as AL West champions will get you a 50/1 deal.
Texas Rangers Logo, Uniform & Stadium History
The Rangers have had two runs of success over the course of their franchise history: the first lasting from 1996-99 and the second ran from 2010-16. The first run included three playoff berths but no series wins and a 1-9 record to show for it despite having talented players like catcher Ivan Rodriguez, Rafael Palmeiro, Juan Gonzalez, and Kenny Rogers. The team had some big boppers in the form of Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira, but didn't make the playoffs in the early 2000s due to subpar pitching. Prior to their playoff runs in the 90s, they had marquee players like Ruben Sierra, Julio Franco, and legendary pitcher Nolan Ryan at the end of his career.
Texas had a stacked offense in their most recent run of success with Josh Hamilton, Ian Kinsler, Odor, Elvis Andrus, Adrian Beltre, and Michael Young along with pitchers Yu Darvish, Colby Lewis, and Derek Holland.
Texas plays at the new Globe Life Field, which hosted the 2020 World Series so it could be held without the usual travel thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Ballpark at Arlington next door was used from 1994-2019.
Texas features different color schemes depending on whether they are home or away. The home version of the uniform features a red cap with a white T on it, while the road jersey has a blue cap with the white T. The home whites have "Rangers" written in script across the front in red and blue, and the road gray jerseys say "TEXAS" in blue and red across the front. There are alternate light blue, royal blue, and red jerseys as well.
2020 Record: 22-38, Fifth Place in American League West