Usually, the MLB season is spoken about as a grind, like a marathon. But the 2020 season is going to be a strange one for the Rangers and every team. This season will be a full out 60-game sprint to the finish line for a championship opportunity. So it’s with that in mind that we present the three key series for the Texas Rangers in 2020.
Key Series #1: Opening Series against Colorado Rockies (July 24th- 26th)
The 2020 season will be a new start of sorts for the Texas Rangers as they are opening a new ballpark, Globe Life Field. So beginning this shortened season at home will be bittersweet as the world will get to witness the opening of their new home, but fans will not be in attendance. And to make matters a little easier for the Rangers, they will open against the Colorado Rockies. Colorado would finish 2019 with a record of 71-91 while the Rangers finished 78-84. Texas would make significant attempts to bring in a free agent difference-maker but had to settle for smaller moves. Their most significant move, however, was bringing in Corey Kluber via trade to anchor the pitching staff. And that all starts in the opening series.
Key Series #2: 7 of 10 at Home against Athletics
Home games are very important over the course of this shortened campaign. The small sample size will not give teams with superior talent the ability to truly separate themselves from the pack. So for the Rangers, that likely weren’t going to compete for a World Series Championship, home games are even more crucial. Thus playing seven of ten against a difficult division opponent like the Oakland Athletics at home will give Texas a slight advantage before first pitch.
Key Series #3: Final 4 at Home against Astros (September 24th-27th)
The most challenging task for the Texas Rangers for this shortened season will be facing the Houston Astros. Houston would beat Texas by 29 games in 2019. So the closing series of the 2020 season for Texas will be a grueling four-game set against the in-state rivals. Texas will face a tough task trying to get the better of the Astros in this four-game matchup. But should they walk away with a series win, it could knock the Astros out of playoff contention.