Texas Rangers 2020 Season Preview, Picks, Odds and Predictions
2020-03-16 22:00:00 EDT
The Texas Rangers will look to work themselves out of MLB mediocrity during the 2020 campaign, and have an outside shot at making the playoffs for the first time in four years. The Rangers will need to make some improvements over their 2019 season, where they finished just 78-84 and in third place in the American League West Division. This year, there will be some new faces around Globe Life who may be able to help bring their postseason aspirations to fruition. Get Free MLB Picks and MLB Predictions for the Texas Rangers all season long for every game at Sports Chat Place
Additions: Once the Indians’ top pitcher, Corey Kluber will don a Rangers uniform this season. Kluber sat out much of 2019 due to injury, but carries a career 3.16 ERA with 1,461 strikeouts. Kyle Gibson and Jordan Lyles are also potential go-to starters on a Rangers team that desperately needs to spread out some innings.
Another intriguing add for Texas this season is veteran 3B Todd Frazier, now on his fifth MLB team. Although Frazier carries a pretty tepid average these days (.243 career), he brings a power bat (214 career homers) and a leadership presence to the clubhouse that will only serve to aid the Rangers in this 2020 campaign.
Subtractions: Outside of some minor league departures, Texas has a pretty good turnover rate here. Hunter Pence (85 hits; 53 runs last season) has gone to the Giants, but at 37 years old he was aging out anyway.
Outside of that, it’s going to be a lot of pretty good pitching and a lot of pretty bad defense once again for the Rangers, and the big question mark will be if they can manage enough offensive production to make up for it.
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Season Outlook: Texas’ strength is going to be starting pitching, and because of that the Rangers will keep themselves in a lot of games. Beyond that it’s simply a question of putting up the run support and avoiding mistakes, which sounds easy but it’s still something of a tall order. Joey Gallo is primed to have a solid year—provided he can stop striking out—and earn a lot more respect from the league.
Trouble is, Texas really doesn’t have those anchor players in the lineup beyond that, and they’ll cause a lot of frustration as they blow tight games in the later innings. I want to think that the Rangers will improve, but 80 wins is still asking a lot from this batting order. I’m going to say Texas finishes around 75 wins and falls short of their projected total this season.