The Rangers finished the 2019 season 6 games up on the Angels. Fast forward to an off season that saw the Angels add the likes of Dylan Bundy, Julio Teheran, and of course – Anthony Rendon. But for their part, the Rangers didn’t sleep away the off-season either, adding Corey Kluber, Kyle Gibson, Jordan Lyles, and Todd Frazier. Certainly not flashy names, but enough to make them a wildcard.
Most projections have the Rangers winning around 78 games and finishing in 4th place in the AL West. They shouldn’t be a huge threat, but the Angels shouldn’t take them for granted either. Arguably, the Rangers are a bit better in 2020 and last year the Angels won only 9 games of the 19 in their season matchup and were outscored 89 to 87.
No one really know how the new Globe Life Field will play. The Rangers are moving across the street from one of the most hitter friendly ballparks in the Majors to an unknown. Couple that with a pitching staff that could really be hit or miss and it’s hard to know what to expect from the Rangers this year.
Joey Gallo and Willie Calhoun are potential x factors. The duo both played half a season in 2019 and hit for a combined 43 home runs. A full, healthy season for both these youngsters will be a key part of their potentially potent offense.
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I just think their position player corps is too weak and they’d really need Kluber to bounceback (which isn’t a guarantee). Kind of a similar position as the Angels: they need a lot to go right.
They added Chirinos too, a catcher that can hit over .200. Is that even allowed?
Well, at this point their new park will be good and ready for use by the time the season begins.