Alex Rodriguez was the future of this franchise and signing him to richest contract in professional baseball betting odds history at the time.
The deal turned out to be fantastic for A-Rod and awful for the Rangers. The Rangers are still paying A-Rod to help the Yankees make the baseball betting odds playoff while the Rangers have had a tough time getting there themselves.
But 2006 baseball betting odds season was a step in the right direction and with a roster full of young talent, the Rangers were definitely in the hunt for the baseball betting odds playoffs after a hot start but then begin to fizzle after the break.
In the first half of the baseball betting odds season this was one of he hottest clubs around, in the AL or the NL, but unfortunately that pace couldn’t be sustained and the Rangers ended in fourth place in the baseball gambling division a whopping 19 games back. But it was just another typical baseball betting odds year for a club that had has little to crow about since the brief signing of the superstar Rodriguez. At home the Rangers managed to stay above the .500 mark going 42-39 in the friendly confines of the Arlington stadium, which makes since as this is one of the real beauties in the new modern-retro ballpark architecture style. However on the road the Rangers were a mess going 36-45. If they want to book themselves a place in the baseball betting odds playoffs this team has got to get better on the road, there is no doubt about it. The Rangers were never really in contention down the stretch but it was still very disappointing to them end on such sour note. During the last ten games of the baseball betting odds season the Rangers slid to a 3-7 finish, which is never what you like to see as a fan or manager.
But 2006 baseball betting odds season wasn’t all a wasted cause there was plenty of positives to take away from the baseball betting odds season as well and there were plenty of bright spots on the field. Perhaps the brightest spot was shortstop Michael Young who has proven to be one of the best in the AL at his position and has become a fixture on the all-star roster. The team just rewarded his stellar play with a 5-year $80 million contract extension and is hopeful that he can reproduce the magic of 2006 baseball betting odds season again in the 2007 baseball gambling season. This guy can hit and hit he did. He’s a lock at the position for baseball gambling years to come and makes a good infield even better with his new contract.
The teams other bright star, first baseman Mark Texiera, should again be the focal point of the offense. He’s one of the best all around first basemen in the baseball gambling game who can hit and field and performed well in 2006 baseball betting odds season if not quite up to his own very high expectations. Joining Texiera in the infield last baseball betting odds season was a group of decent players. Hank Blaylock held down the hot corner and did a great job. He has an excellent glove and even though he struggled with some of his power numbers he’s got a glove like steel trap and is a very solid player at third. Second, it wasn’t necessarily the Rangers strongest position in 2006 baseball betting odds season, but it wasn’t bad. And behind the plate Gerald Laird wasn’t exactly anything to write home about either and if he struggles in 2007 baseball betting odds season we could see Miguel Ojeda move into the starting spot.
In the outfield this team’s weaknesses are glaring. There is very little talent here and in 2006 baseball betting odds season the numbers were awful. The outfield was without a doubt this team’s weakest position and it doesn’t seem that 2007 baseball betting odds season will any better. The situation in the outfield was so bad last baseball gambling year that the team even kept the ancient Sammy Sosa on the roster this year as a possible upgrade from 2006 baseball betting odds season.
The starting rotation wasn’t exactly ‘A’ material either in 2006 baseball betting odds season, but there have been some upgrades and some new arms brought in for the 2007 baseball betting odds season. However, Kevin Millwood is a solid number pitcher, even if his numbers aren’t the best in the league he can pitch a lot of innings and generally goes very deep into the game. Otsuka was more than decent as a closer last baseball betting odds season and all told, the pitching staff was slightly above average in 2006 baseball gambling season.