Could this be the baseball gambling year for the Texas Rangers?
This is a question that Ranger online baseball betting fans have been asking for years. Ever since the team signed A-Rod to the biggest deal in baseball gambling sports history, this team was supposed to be on its way to finally making the post season.
Well, so far that goal has gone unachieved and there’s really no reason to believe that that this baseball gambling year will any less full of disappointment than in the year’s past. The Rangers made some moves in the off-season that definitely will help the online baseball betting team out. But in the Majors, if you don’t have pitching you’re not going to win on a consistent basis, and unfortunately the Ranger’s just don’t have the pitching to win the baseball gambling division.
But that’s not to say that this baseball gambling team doesn’t have a long shot of some how wrapping up a playoff birth. The Rangers have the bats to be very competitive in this baseball gambling league but if their bullpen can’t come through when needed and the outfield again demonstrates it’s weakness in crucial spots, it will be very difficult to claim the baseball gambling division title.
The chance of this baseball gambling team getting a wild card spot competing against online baseball betting teams like Toronto, Boston and New York in the AL are almost null, so, if these Texas sluggers want a shot at the post season it’s got to win the AL West.
The Rangers finished last baseball gambling season at 80-82, two games below .500 and 13 games back from the division winner, Oakland. The fact that the baseball gambling team ended the online baseball betting season on a 3-7 slide didn’t help out matters either.
Home or away the Rangers were consistent, playing nearly .500 ball on the road and in their stadium in Arlington. Texas’ notched 39 wins and 42 losses at home and improved slightly on the road to 41 wins and 40 losses. The Rangers have to get better at home if they want to make a serious run, but fortunately it’s much easier to improve in friendly confines than the hostile parks on the road.
The pitching staff for the Ranger’s is a big question mark. It’s definitely he group that will make or break this baseball gambling team. The starting rotation has some blood and also some familiar faces and could come out blazing this baseball gambling season; however, the bull pen is something that will likely be a sore spot fore this baseball gambling team.
At the top of the rotation the staff is solid with Kevin Milwood doing a great job racking up wins and pitching deep into the late innings, which will help this team over come its weakness at the set up spot. In the off-season the baseball gambling team resigned Vincente Padilla, who is solid pitcher in the middle of the rotation and good idea to retain.
Online baseball betting fans know that the team also brought in Brandon McCarthy from the Chicago Whites Sox who should be a dynamite number two pitcher and make a great combo with Millwood and Padilla. However, after the top of the rotation the skill level of this group really takes a nose dive. Robinson Tejada, John Koronka, John Rheinecker and Edison Valquez will all be battling for the four and five spots in the rotation.
None of which will likely help the online baseball betting team out in any great manner. Out of the bull pen, the set men are weak for the Rangers, but this can be partially compensated for if the starters can go long innings and the closer Otsuka can have another nice baseball gambling year coming in as a late inning stopper.
When it comes to position players this online baseball betting team is like night and day when comparing the outfield and infield. The resigning of all star short stop Michael Young to a five year $80 million was a smart move as his bat seems to magically create runs at will. Paired with first baseman Mark Texiera’s bat in the lineup this is a lethal mix. In 2006 baseball gambling season the switch hitting Texieara’s power slipped a bit, but there’s no reason why production shouldn’t be up this baseball gambling year.
Hank Blayock is a great third baseman, who is also coming off a lower power producing baseball gambling season in 2006 but has a great glove and loads of intangibles. Second base will be platooned in 2007 baseball gambling season with Ian Kinsler and Jerry Hariston, and will the weak spot in the infield, but still above average.
The outfield, however, will be far from average and perhaps one of the worst in the majors. Frank Catalonatto is capable fielder and big hitter, but he may stay at the DH. Brad Wilkerson is a semi-bright spot, here but injuries will surely limit his playing time again in 2007 baseball gambling season. Nelson Cruz (who?), Kenny Lofton the only geriatric playing professional online baseball betting, and unretired Sammy Sosa are what the Rangers’ fans can look forward to patrolling the outfield. Good luck!