Mark Canha, Matt Olson and Jed Lowrie all went yard for the Oakland Athletics in their 6-2 win over the Houston Astros. Sean Manaea threw six innings with four strikeouts for Oakland, surrendering just one earned run.
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Even in an era of bullpens and openers, it's still a tremendous honor to get the ball on Opening Day. This year it's even more meaningful as MLB returns to a 162-game season.Let's rank all 30 Opening Day starters ahead of the 2021 campaign.30. Matthew Boyd, Tigers Gregory Shamus / Getty Images Sport / GettyBoyd, a staple of the Tigers' ongoing rebuild, was one of the worst starting pitchers in baseball last season, according to FanGraphs. That about sums it up for Detroit.29. Kyle Gibson, Rangers Jayne Kamin-Oncea / Getty Images Sport / GettyGibson tied with Boyd for the lowest WAR among qualified starters in 2020. With Lance Lynn gone, he's now the leader of a poor Rangers staff. He's also Texas' highest-paid pitcher, so it makes sense that manager Chris Woodward is giving Gibson the ball Thursday.28. Chad Kuhl, Pirates Justin Berl / Getty Images Sport / GettyKuhl, 28, is the Pirates' sixth Opening Day starter in as many seasons. He'll look to start the rebuilding squad off right and snap Pittsburgh's two-year season-opening losing streak.27. Brad Keller, Royals Ed Zurga / Getty Images Sport / GettyKeller was the Royals' best pitcher in 2020 and is their second-longest-tenured starter behind Danny Duffy. This will be the former Rule 5 Draft pick's second Opening Day start in three years.26. John Means, Orioles Julio Aguilar / Getty Images Sport / GettyThe Orioles won't be good, but they will have a former All-Star starting for them on Opening Day, and that has to count for something. Means is a marked improvement over Baltimore's past two season-opening starters in Andrew Cashner (as an injury replacement) and Tommy Milone.25. Chris Bassitt, Athletics Christian Petersen / Getty Images Sport / GettyThe A's are tabbing Bassitt over Frankie Montas and Sean Manaea for Opening Day. Bassitt may not be the team's ace, but the 32-year-old is coming off a quietly successful season that earned him a couple of down-ballot American League Cy Young votes. He's not the best pitcher on this list, but he's certainly deserving of the start.24. Madison Bumgarner, Diamondbacks Denis Poroy / Getty Images Sport / GettyThis will be Bumgarner's seventh career Opening Day start and second straight for the Diamondbacks. Will this be the day ol' MadBum finally shows up for Arizona?23. Nathan Eovaldi, Red Sox Boston Globe / Boston Globe / GettyEduardo Rodriguez was originally slated to get this start after missing last season due to a heart condition that developed from COVID-19. Unfortunately, arm fatigue has delayed E-Rod's return, leaving Eovaldi to make his second straight Opening Day start for the Red Sox.22. Marco Gonzales, Mariners Abbie Parr / Getty Images Sport / GettyGonzales is hardly the boring choice after a solid 2020 campaign that saw him grow into the No. 1 role. The Mariners are giving him a third straight Opening Day start for good reason.21. Kevin Gausman, Giants Lachlan Cunningham / Getty Images Sport / GettyGausman will start for the Giants on Opening Day after accepting their qualifying offer. Whether this will be the start of another solid season for the 30-year-old remains to be seen. San Francisco is hoping so - because he's now at the top of an odd and interesting Giants rotation.20. Sandy Alcantara, Marlins Michael Reaves / Getty Images Sport / GettyAlcantara gets his second consecutive Opening Day start for the plucky young Marlins. He's not necessarily their ace of the future - Sixto Sanchez holds that distinction - but Alcantara is a one-time All-Star with that kind of potential. Opening Day is the perfect occasion for him to show it.19. German Marquez, Rockies Icon Sportswire / Icon Sportswire / GettyOne of the few bright spots on what's shaping up to be a dismal squad, Marquez is the rare Rockies pitching prospect who's managed to make it in the high altitude of Denver. This was the easy Opening Day choice for manager Bud Black.18. Dylan Bundy, Angels Jayne Kamin-Oncea / Getty Images Sport / GettyBundy is the fifth Opening Day starter in the last five seasons for the notoriously pitching-thin Angels. Things feel different this year, though, after Bundy's remarkable turnaround in Anaheim last summer. The Angels are hoping Opening Day will signal the next chapter of Bundy's transformation into the bona fide No. 1 starter they've spent years searching for.17. Max Fried, Braves Ronald Martinez / Getty Images Sport / GettyFried assumed the ace's role for the Braves after Mike Soroka's injury last summer and was brilliant, allowing just two regular-season homers while winning a Gold Glove and finishing fifth in NL Cy Young voting. An Opening Day start is the perfect reward for his efforts and a clear sign he'll remain a co-leader of Atlanta's staff once Soroka returns. He may not be this low on the list in 2022.16. Zack Greinke, Astros Bob Levey / Getty Images Sport / GettyGreinke might not care about his fifth career Opening Day start, but we certainly do. Now one of the game's elder statesmen, the 37-year-old has shown no signs of slowing down on the mound. The Astros have had a ton of pitching injuries, but Greinke's still there, and they can be thankful he's leading their staff.15. Brandon Woodruff, Brewers Justin K. Aller / Getty Images Sport / GettyOne of the more underrated starters in baseball, Woodruff gets his second straight Opening Day nod following a quietly stellar 2020 campaign. He's the leader of the Brewers' rotation and an important piece of their team going forward.14. Kenta Maeda, Twins Hannah Foslien / Getty Images Sport / GettyMaeda gave the Twins everything they asked for and then some in his first year with the club. Rewarding last season's AL Cy Young runner-up with his first career Opening Day start was an easy choice for Minnesota.13. Kyle Hendricks, Cubs Nuccio DiNuzzo / Major League Baseball / GettyHendricks twirled a three-hit shutout on Opening Day last year, only the fifth time that's happened this century. If he comes anywhere close to repeating that gem this year, the Cubs will be more than satisfied.12. Aaron Nola, Phillies Mitchell Leff / Getty Images Sport / GettyTo no one's surprise, the Phillies are giving Nola his fourth straight Opening Day start. He's had mixed results in his previous season-opening outings, winning in 2019 before the Marlins roughed him up last year. This is an important season for the Phillies, and Nola can set the tone with the kind of performance expected of a former Cy Young finalist.11. Luis Castillo, Reds Andy Lyons / Getty Images Sport / GettyOpening Day holds special significance in Cincinnati, the birthplace of professional baseball. Castillo undoubtedly knows this ahead of his second season-opening start for the Reds, but there's added pressure this time around. Trevor Bauer left as a free agent after winning the National League Cy Young, and Sonny Gray is opening the campaign on the injured list. Still, there's no reason to think Castillo isn't up to the task of helping the Reds start things off right.10. Tyler Glasnow, Rays Alex Trautwig / Major League Baseball / GettyThe Rays go against the grain in so many ways, but even they know not to mess around and start anyone other than their very best on Opening Day. With Blake Snell and Charlie Morton gone, that title in Tampa unquestionably belongs to Glasnow. The only question is how long manager Kevin Cash keeps him out there.9. Lucas Giolito, White Sox Daniel Shirey / Major League Baseball / GettyGiolito is the perfect - and easy - choice to lead the White Sox into 2021. He's now firmly established as an ace and is poised to take a step into elite territory this season.8. Yu Darvish, Padres Norm Hall / Getty Images Sport / GettyIt was a coin flip as to which of the Padres' marquee pitching additions - Darvish or Snell - would start on Opening Day. Darvish won out after finishing second in NL Cy Young voting with the Cubs last year. He'll be the Friars' ninth Opening Day starter since 2013 - and their first legitimate ace in that span.7. Jack Flaherty, Cardinals Sean M. Haffey / Getty Images Sport / GettyThis will be Flaherty's second straight Opening Day start. Expect him to make quite a few more of them before his time with the Cardinals is up. Questions surround St. Louis, but Flaherty gives the team much-needed stability atop the rotation.6. Hyun Jin Ryu, Blue Jays Bryan Bennett / Getty Images Sport / GettyThe Blue Jays' rotation has some holes in it, but the team can count on a brilliant outing from Ryu every five days. He justified his price tag in a big way last year, and there was never any doubt he'd take the bump for Toronto again on Opening Day.5. Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers Tom Pennington / Getty Images Sport / GettyKershaw will make his ninth career Opening Day start to extend his Dodgers franchise record after a two-year break, and there are few pitchers a team could want more on Opening Day. Kershaw's track record in season openers includes a four-hit shutout in 2013 - he also homered that day - and a 1.35 ERA, second among pitchers with at least eight career Opening Day starts, according to Andrew Simon of MLB.com.4. Max Scherzer, Nationals Greg Fiume / Getty Images Sport / GettyIf you can't have Kershaw, Scherzer isn't a bad alternative. Set to make his fourth straight Opening Day start for the Nationals and sixth overall, Mad Max has absolutely dominated in season openers, recording at least 10 strikeouts in each of the last three. If he does it again, he'll tie Randy Johnson for the most 10-K Opening Day outings in MLB history, according to Sarah Langs of MLB.com.3. Shane Bieber, Indians Mark Cunningham / Getty Images Sport / GettyFrancisco Lindor is gone, but Bieber remains in Cleveland. The reigning AL Cy Young winner started 2020 with a 14-strikeout Opening Day performance for the Indians, and he could do even better this year against the hapless Tigers. Oh, baby.2. Gerrit Cole, Yankees Icon Sportswire / Icon Sportswire / GettyThis will be Cole's second Opening Day start for the Yankees, but his first in the Bronx. It will probably be the first of many he makes in pinstripes, and he'll be looking to put on a show for the limited-capacity crowd.1. Jacob deGrom, Mets Mike Stobe / Getty Images Sport / GettyDay in and day out, deGrom is the best pitcher in baseball. The Mets - and any other team - would be hard-pressed to start the season with someone better on the bump.Copyright © 2021 Score Media Ventures Inc. All rights reserved. Certain content reproduced under license.
In a shortened 2020 season, we saw one of the most impressive pitching performances in MLB history from Shane Bieber, who posted a ridiculous 1.63 ERA with a 2.07 FIP and 14.2 strikeouts per nine innings to win the AL Cy Young Award.He enters a full-length 2021 campaign as the co-favorite for the award alongside Gerrit Cole - the 2019 runner-up and a four-time finisher in the top five. Both are bona fide studs, but it's always risky laying a short price on any single pitcher given their injury risk, especially after such a funky season.Here are the odds to win the AL Cy Young Award and our three favorite preseason values further down the board. PLAYER ODDS Gerrit Cole +300 Shane Bieber +300 Lucas Giolito +500 Tyler Glasnow +1200 Lance Lynn +1300 Hyun Jin Ryu +1500 Jose Berrios +1600 Kenta Maeda +2000 Field - all others not listed +2500 Framber Valdez +2500 Chris Sale +3000 Zach Plesac +3000 Corey Kluber +4000 Dallas Keuchel +4000 Eduardo Rodriguez +4000 Frankie Montas +4000 Jesus Luzardo +4000 Lance McCullers Jr. +4000 Luis Severino +4000 Marco Gonzales +4000 Zack Greinke +4000 Andrew Heaney +5000 Casey Mize +5000 Dylan Bundy +5000 Nathan Eovaldi +5000 Shohei Ohtani +5000 Brady Singer +6000 Chris Bassitt +6000 Domingo German +6000 Mike Minor +6000 Nate Pearson +6000 Dylan Cease +7000 Justin Dunn +7000 Sean Manaea +7000 Triston McKenzie +7500 Aroldis Chapman +8000 Kenta Maeda, Twins (+2000)I was high on Maeda entering 2020 in his first extended run as a full-time starter since 2017. He didn't disappoint, ranking one spot behind Bieber in xFIP (2.63) and batting average allowed (.168) and leading the league in swing rate outside of the zone (40.8%).Maeda nearly had a "Cy Young moment" when he took a no-hitter into the ninth inning, dispelling the notion that he can't pitch deep into games. He lasted at least five innings in all 11 of his starts and seems primed to shoulder a legitimate workload again in 2021 for a worse Twins rotation.Dylan Bundy, Angels (+5000)Another advanced analytics darling, Bundy ranked even higher than Maeda in FIP (2.95) and was second to only Jacob deGrom in CSW% (34%) - a stat that can help uncover elite strike-throwers.That metric supports his career-high 27% strikeout rate in 2020, when he cut down on his walks by attacking the strike zone early with a varied pitch mix. Bundy's peripherals suggest his breakout season was for real, but he's being priced as a Cy Young afterthought. Think again.Triston McKenzie, Indians (+7500)The Indians produced two of the last four AL Cy Young winners in Bieber and 2017 winner Corey Kluber. Why can't they do it again with McKenzie, the team's top pitching prospect and easily the most exciting arm in this rotation outside of Bieber?The 23-year-old fanned 10 batters in his MLB debut and finished the year with a 33.1% strikeout rate, which would have ranked seventh among qualified starters if McKenzie had logged more innings. That's part of the concern here - he missed two years' worth of action with injuries and lasted six innings just once in 2020.At this price, though, it's virtually all upside with almost zero risk. McKenzie has the talent to pull it off; if he gets the opportunity, you'll be glad you took a shot.(Odds source: theScore Bet)C Jackson Cowart is a betting writer for theScore. He's an award-winning journalist with stops at The Charlotte Observer, The San Diego Union-Tribune, The Times Herald-Record, and BetChicago. He's also a proud graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill, and his love of sweet tea is rivaled only by that of a juicy prop bet. Find him on Twitter @CJacksonCowart.Copyright © 2021 Score Media Ventures Inc. All rights reserved. Certain content reproduced under license.
AL East AL Central NL West NL East NL CentralThe Astros and Athletics have dominated the AL West since 2017. It's expected to be more of the same this season, but the Angels could have something to say about that. The Mariners, meanwhile, have a budding roster that could do some damage, and the Rangers are rebuilding.Houston Astros Ezra Shaw / Getty Images Sport / Getty2020 record: 29-31 (2nd in AL West)Payroll: $204MO/U win total: 92-70World Series odds: +20003-year trend: 2018 (1st); 2019 (1st); 2020 (2nd)Highest projected WAR: Alex Bregman (5.8)X-factor: Yordan AlvarezKey injuries: Pedro Baez, Josh James, Austin Pruitt, Framber Valdez, Justin VerlanderProspect to watch: Pedro LeonWinter report card: B-Projected Lineup ORDER PLAYER POS. PROJ. WAR 1 Jose Altuve 2B 3.2 2 Michael Brantley (L) LF 2.5 3 Alex Bregman 3B 5.8 4 Carlos Correa SS 4.0 5 Yordan Alvarez (L) DH 3.5 6 Yuli Gurriel 1B 1.0 7 Kyle Tucker (L) RF 2.8 8 Myles Straw CF 0.9 9 Martin Maldonado C 0.9 Bench PLAYER POS. PROJ. WAR Jason Castro (L) C 0.9 Robel Garcia (S) IF 0.0 Aledmys Diaz IF/OF 0.3 Chas McCormick OF 0.2 The Astros lost George Springer in free agency, leaving a glaring hole in the lineup that they hope to fill with speedster Straw and the return of powerful designated hitter Alvarez. Otherwise, Houston enters 2021 with essentially the same lineup it used to reach its fourth consecutive American League Championship Series last year after rebounding from an underwhelming regular season.Projected Rotation PITCHER PROJ. IP PROJ. ERA Zack Greinke 191 4.26 Lance McCullers Jr. 148 3.76 Cristian Javier 109 4.92 Jose Urquidy 138 4.60 Jake Odorizzi 146 4.46 Bullpen PITCHER PROJ. IP PROJ. ERA Ryan Pressly 62 3.50 Enoli Paredes 58 4.11 Blake Taylor (L) 62 4.28 Joe Smith 56 4.12 Brooks Raley (L) 54 4.21 Bryan Abreu 26 4.26 Ryne Stanek 48 4.16 Luis Garcia 55 4.91 Houston is without Verlander for most, if not all, of the season while he recovers from Tommy John surgery. The loss of Valdez due to a fractured finger for an undetermined amount of time is also significant, but it doesn't look as bad after the Astros signed Odorizzi. Pressly will move into the closer's role in a full-time capacity. Should he fail, the Astros have other options in Paredes, Stanek, and Baez (once he returns to form after a bout of COVID-19).Los Angeles Angels Masterpress / Getty Images Sport / Getty2020 record: 26-34 (4th)Payroll: $191MO/U win total: 86-76World Series odds: +40003-year trend: 2018 (4th); 2019 (4th); 2020 (4th)Highest projected WAR: Mike Trout (7.1)X-factor: Shohei OhtaniKey injuries: Luke Bard, Franklin Barreto, Felix PenaProspect to watch: Brandon Marsh (MLB.com: No. 53)Winter report card: BProjected Lineup ORDER PLAYER POS. PROJ. WAR 1 David Fletcher 2B 2.1 2 Shohei Ohtani (L) DH 1.5 3 Mike Trout CF 7.1 4 Anthony Rendon 3B 5.4 5 Justin Upton LF 1.2 6 Jared Walsh (L) 1B 0.9 7 Jose Iglesias SS 1.8 8 Max Stassi C 1.8 9 Dexter Fowler (S) RF -0.1 Bench PLAYER POS. PROJ. WAR Kurt Suzuki C 0.4 Albert Pujols 1B -0.4 Jose Rojas (L) IF 0.0 Juan Lagares OF -0.1 The Angels boast one of the American League's most gifted lineups that should benefit from a healthy Ohtani, fewer at-bats for an aging Pujols, and the additions of Iglesias and Fowler. Trout and Rendon are two of MLB's best players, while Fletcher is one of baseball's most unheralded talents. A rebound from Upton after he posted an OPS below .725 in two straight campaigns would give Los Angeles a dominant top five.Projected Rotation PITCHER PROJ. IP PROJ. ERA Dylan Bundy 175 4.70 Andrew Heaney (L) 172 4.27 Alex Cobb 144 4.66 Shohei Ohtani 97 4.61 Griffin Canning 134 4.66 Jose Quintana (L) 156 4.45 Bullpen PITCHER PROJ. IP PROJ. ERA Raisel Iglesias 64 3.82 Mike Mayers 66 4.41 Junior Guerra 52 4.74 Alex Claudio (L) 55 4.28 Jaime Barria 50 4.72 Aaron Slegers 38 4.67 Chris Rodriguez 26 4.54 Patrick Sandoval (L) 43 3.93 The Angels' rotation and bullpen feature a lot of new faces, with Cobb, Quintana, and Iglesias highlighting the additions. Bringing the trio aboard should stabilize a rotation that looks fairly solid behind Opening Day starter Bundy and a bullpen that struggled to finish games last season; Buttrey was demoted after leading the team with five saves in 2020.Oakland Athletics John McCoy / Getty Images Sport / Getty2020 record: 36-24 (1st)Payroll: $99MO/U win total: 83-79World Series odds: +22003-year trend: 2018 (2nd); 2019 (2nd); 2020 (1st)Highest projected WAR: Matt Chapman (4.8)X-factor: Jesus LuzardoKey injuries: Mike FiersProspect to watch: A.J. PukWinter report card: BProjected Lineup ORDER PLAYER POS. PROJ. WAR 1 Mark Canha LF 2.0 2 Ramon Laureano CF 2.7 3 Matt Chapman 3B 4.8 4 Matt Olson (L) 1B 3.0 5 Sean Murphy C 2.4 6 Mitch Moreland (L) DH 0.1 7 Tony Kemp (L) 2B 0.7 8 Stephen Piscotty RF 1.0 9 Elvis Andrus SS 1.4 Bench PLAYER POS. PROJ. WAR Aramis Garcia C 0.1 Jed Lowrie (S) IF 0.1 Chad Pinder IF/OF 0.8 Ka'ai Tom (L) OF 0.0 The A's looks like contenders again despite losing Marcus Semien in free agency and trading Khris Davis to the Rangers for Andrus, who takes over at short. Along with the dynamic duo of Chapman and Olson, Oakland employs a rising star behind the plate in Murphy and underrated talents in Laureano and Canha. Lowrie and Moreland should be great for the Athletics' clubhouse and could provide the sort of low-cost value that's become synonymous with the franchise.Projected Rotation PITCHER PROJ. IP PROJ. ERA Chris Bassitt 176 4.38 Jesus Luzardo (L) 151 3.75 Sean Manaea (L) 161 4.23 Frankie Montas 145 4.18 Daulton Jefferies 66 4.22 Bullpen PITCHER PROJ. IP PROJ. ERA Trevor Rosenthal 62 3.63 Jake Diekman (L) 67 3.43 Sergio Romo 63 4.75 Lou Trivino 62 4.28 J.B. Wendelken 59 4.07 Yusmeiro Petit 70 4.75 Adam Kolarek (L) 53 3.87 Cole Irvin (L) 54 4.50 Oakland's rotation finished middle of the pack in several categories last season, but it should benefit from full campaigns from talented youngsters Luzardo and Puk. The Athletics' bullpen should be strong once again, with Rosenthal replacing the departed Liam Hendriks while Romo and Kolarek add depth to a group that ranked fifth in ERA and seventh in fWAR in 2020.Seattle Mariners Stephen Brashear / Getty Images Sport / Getty2020 record: 27-33 (3rd)Payroll: $91MO/U win total: 71-91World Series odds: +135003-year trend: 2018 (3rd); 2019 (5th); 2020 (3rd)Highest projected WAR: J.P. Crawford (2.6)X-factor: James PaxtonKey injuries: Ken Giles, Shed Long Jr., Andres MunozProspect to watch: Jarred Kelenic (MLB.com: No. 4)Winter report card: BProjected Lineup ORDER PLAYER POS. PROJ. WAR 1 Mitch Haniger RF 1.5 2 Dylan Moore 2B 0.6 3 Kyle Lewis CF 1.6 4 Kyle Seager (L) 3B 2.1 5 Ty France DH 1.0 6 Tom Murphy C 0.9 7 Taylor Trammell (L) LF -0.2 8 Evan White 1B 0.7 9 J.P. Crawford (L) SS 2.6 Bench PLAYER POS. PROJ. WAR Luis Torrens C 0.6 Sam Haggerty (S) IF/OF 0.4 Jose Marmolejos (L) 1B/OF 0.0 The Mariners return much of last season's lineup as they continue to develop a young core led by 2020 AL Rookie of the Year Lewis and defensive wizard Crawford. Trammell should also get his first crack playing above Double-A. The 23-year-old is an electric talent with speed for days and has looked spectacular in spring camp (.388 OBP, 1.016 OPS).Projected Rotation PITCHER PROJ. IP. PROJ. ERA Marco Gonzales (L) 180 4.50 James Paxton (L) 133 4.03 Chris Flexen 103 4.09 Justus Sheffield (L) 149 4.49 Yusei Kikuchi (L) 158 4.21 Justin Dunn 112 5.29 Bullpen PITCHER PROJ IP. PROJ. ERA Rafael Montero 63 4.01 Kendall Graveman 63 4.18 Anthony Misiewicz (L) 62 3.95 Casey Sadler 52 4.52 Keynan Middleton 56 4.35 Drew Steckenrider 10 4.45 Will Vest 28 4.56 Nick Margevicius (L) 37 4.68 Seattle's stable of starting lefties grew this offseason after the team reunited with Paxton following his two-year stopover with the Yankees. Paxton has incredible swing-and-miss stuff when healthy and should provide depth for a six-man group that features another new addition in Flexen. The Mariners' bullpen landed some power arms in Montero and Middleton, and both could close games at various points throughout the year.Texas Rangers Jayne Kamin-Oncea / Getty Images Sport / Getty2020 record: 22-38 (5th)Payroll: $99MO/U win total: 67-95World Series odds: +100003-year trend: 2018 (5th); 2019 (3rd); 2020 (5th)Highest projected WAR: Joey Gallo (2.2)X-factor: Joey GalloKey injuries: Brock Burke, Willie Calhoun, Khris Davis, Jonathan Hernandez, Joely Rodriguez, Jose Leclerc, Brett MartinProspect to watch: Josh Jung (MLB.com: No. 63)Winter report card: BProjected Lineup ORDER PLAYER POS. PROJ. WAR 1 Isiah Kiner-Falefa SS 0.3 2 David Dahl (L) LF -0.5 3 Joey Gallo (L) RF 2.2 4 Nick Solak 2B 1.2 5 Nate Lowe (L) DH 0.8 6 Jose Trevino C 0.2 7 Ronald Guzman (L) 1B -0.2 8 Brock Holt (L) 3B 0.0 9 Leody Taveras (S) CF 0.2 Bench PLAYER POS. PROJ. WAR Jonah Heim (S) C 0.5 Adolis Garcia OF 0.0 Eli White OF -0.5 Charlie Culberson IF/OF 0.0 The Rangers' rebuild is in full swing after a disappointing 2020 campaign yielded a last-place finish. Texas' offense is built around Gallo, who should receive support from a couple of intriguing offseason additions in Dahl and Lowe. This team has a chance to hit a lot of homers.Projected Rotation PITCHER PROJ. IP PROJ. ERA Kyle Gibson 174 4.68 Kohei Arihara 128 4.65 Mike Foltynewicz 128 5.53 Jordan Lyles 133 5.50 Dane Dunning 130 4.64 Bullpen PITCHER PROJ. IP PROJ. ERA Ian Kennedy 32 4.47 Matt Bush 60 4.55 Josh Sborz 58 4.40 Taylor Hearn (L) 89 4.31 Brett de Geus 44 5.35 Kolby Allard (L) 53 4.57 Wes Benjamin (L) 52 4.80 John King (L) 38 4.14 Kyle Cody 104 4.94 With the exceptions of Gibson and Lyles, it's a new-look rotation for the Rangers after they traded Lance Lynn during the offseason. The starting five offers promise, but it's riddled with question marks. Arihara has never pitched in the majors, Foltynewicz hasn't been effective in more than a year, and Dunning is unseasoned. The bullpen is also plagued with injuries to begin the season. Closer Leclerc, set-up man Hernandez, and Rodriguez are all sidelined, creating opportunities for the returning Bush and non-roster invite Kennedy.Copyright © 2021 Score Media Ventures Inc. All rights reserved. Certain content reproduced under license.