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AL West Winner Odds: Bettors And Oddsmakers Down On Texas Rangers

Analyzing where the money's been going in the AL West winner market
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AL West Winner Odds: Bettors And Oddsmakers Down On Texas Rangers

The Texas Rangers have had a rough few years. The Arlington-based franchise hasn’t finished with a record at .500 or better since 2016. They won 95 games to lead the AL that year. They haven’t so much as come in second in the AL West since.

So, it makes sense that oddsmakers and bettors are down the Rangers. After all, the team did finish with the worst record in the AL in 2020.

Still, it’s hard to completely count them out. The Rangers are a young team filled with promise. Joey Gallo is one of the best players in MLB when he’s healthy. The team has two MLB-ready top-100 prospects. Most importantly, the team added some strong help in the outfield. Young outfielder David Dahl joined the Rangers this season as a free agent, and the Rangers traded for the power-hitting Khris Davis.

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It’s true that the Rangers lost some talent. Elvis Andrus and Lance Lynn were both traded away. However, the young talent behind them now has a chance to make an impact. Most notably, Dane Dunning and Isiah Kiner-Falefa. The Rangers also added young first baseman Nate Lowe from the Tampa Bay Rays.

Their roster isn’t going to blow anyone away with their top-end talent. However, there’s enough young talent on the team for the Rangers to surprise. In a division as week as the AL West, they have a chance to shock the world.

The Rangers’ chances are certainly better than the 1.3% implied odds that oddsmakers are giving them. Bettors see that too, even if the Rangers are the least bet on AL West winner with 15% bets placed on them in the last seven days. View the full market here. 

2021 AL West Winner Odds

Houston Astros+150 
Oakland A's+155 
Los Angeles Angels+425 
Seattle Mariners+3000 
Texas Rangers+7500 

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