You’d be hard pressed to find any major sports prediction/betting site that puts favorable odds or win totals on the 2021 Texas Rangers season.
We can add the famed sports betting name Caesar’s Sportsbook to that list.
The sportsbook released their 2021 individual MLB team win over/under lines, and to the surprise of no one, the Texas Rangers’ line is set at… 69.5 wins.
The Texas Rangers aren’t being shown the love from Caesars in 2021.
While this is an unfortunate development, it shouldn’t be all that shocking, as we’ve come to terms with the reality that 2021 will be a rebuilding year in Arlington.
It appears that Caesar’s has caught onto this in releasing their over/under win total.
In the context of MLB, the Texas Rangers managed to clock in with a higher over/under win total than some other teams, including the Detroit Tigers (66), the Baltimore Orioles (64), and the Colorado Rockies (62.5) with the Pittsburgh Pirates coming in last with a scant 58 win over/under line.
To further illustrate the disparity among these over/under win totals, the defending champion LA Dodgers have their line set at 104.5 for 2021.
We can only dream of the time when the Texas Rangers will have their over/under win totals set that high going into a season.
Perhaps that will be 2023, when Jon Daniels and Chris Young intend to start aiming for legitimate postseason contention.
Until then, though, we’ve got a long road ahead of us.
The 69.5 win mark established by Caesar’s falls more or less in line with the projection totals from other sites such as FanGraphs, which pegged the Rangers to get 72 wins in 2021, and Baseball Prospectus’ PECOTA projections, which expect the Rangers to get about 67 wins this season.
Ranger fans who are feeling bolder or more optimistic might choose to bet the FanGraphs total at Caesar’s (72 wins, over 69.5), while pessimistic fans might opt for the PECOTA tally at the sportsbook (67 wins, under 69.5).
I would take the under on 69.5 wins this season for the Texas Rangers, as depressing as that might sound.
What about you? Let us know in the comments!