Sports gambling fans saw Texas enjoy their first winning season since the 2004 gambling in sports campaign and only their second winning season since 1999. The big sports gambling question for 2010 is whether or not the Rangers were an aberration last year or are truly back as a serious and perennial contender.
The Rangers have always been a fine offensive commodity and that was again the case for 2009 as they finished 10th overall for run production. Their pitching has always been a question mark and what has ultimately held them back from serious contention.
Although they finished only 19th in the major leagues for staff earned run average last year they did show marked improvement.
It is highly questionable, however, whether or not the Rangers can maintain their improvement in pitching as their number one starter from last year, Kevin Millwood, is gone leaving Scott Feldman as the top starter for the 2010 online sports gambling season. Feldman was 17-8 last year with a 4.08 earned run average.
He will have to be just as good or better this year for Texas to remain in sports gambling contention for the AL West Division race. Rich Harden arrived from the Chicago Cubs to serve as the number two starter for Texas in 2010. Harden last year was 9-9 with a 4.09 earned run average.
He had solid years for AL West Division rival Oakland and has a career earned run average of 3.39 to go with a career record of 50-29. Closer Frank Francisco was 2-3 last year with a 3.83 earned run average. He had 25 saves in 29 opportunities in his first full year as the Rangers closer.
Third baseman Michael Young leads the Ranger attack as last year he hit .322 with 22 home runs, 36 doubles, and 68 runs batted in.