Texas Rangers bold predictions: One from each member of our staff

ARLINGTON, TX - MARCH 31: Elvis Andrus
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Rangers finish top 5 in MLB in home runs

There is not a ton of guaranteed power throughout the Rangers roster this year. However, there is a ton of power potential. You can jot down 40-50 home runs from Joey Gallo before the regular season even starts. When predicting a team to finish in the top five in MLB in homers, it’s nice to have one of the game’s elite power bats leading the way.

Ronald Guzman, Rougned Odor, and Hunter Pence led the team in long balls this spring. That doesn’t mean they’ll hit a bunch during the regular season, but it’s a good sign. Odor has already hit 30+ home runs twice in his first five seasons (2016 & 2017), Pence has 224 career round-trippers, and Guzman launched 16 in only 387 at-bats a year ago.

Those three, along with Nomar Mazara and Asdrubal Cabrera will need to hit their fair share to accomplish the goal. It wouldn’t hurt to get a power resurgence from Elvis Andrus either.

Texas finished 12th in Major League Baseball with 194 home runs in 2018. The Yankees topped the chart with 267; the Blue Jays ranked 5th with 217. The Rangers will hit at least 215 this year, a number that will land them in the top five.