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The chief rival of the Rangers are coming off an impressive World Series run, and after a rough season past year, the Rangers are looking to bounce back.

Verlander, who threw an economical 90 pitches, allowed the Rangers just two runners to third base over his six innings pitched, both with two outs. Las Vegas betting experts think the team's a long shot - only giving the Rangers 200-1 odds to win the World Series this year. In fact, with a four game series, Texas will get to see how their new pitching staff can fair.

YANKEES 6, BLUE JAYS 1: Giancarlo Stanton had two home runs, including the hardest-hit, opposite-field home run since tracking exit velocity began in 2015, and also doubled as NY won at Toronto and gave Aaron Boone a win in his first game as a professional manager.

On the other hand, Texas looks like it will struggle to contend after back-to-back division titles in 2015-16. RHP Justin Verlander will have his first Opening Day start for the Houston Astros and his 10th career Opening Day start.

Verlander has had success of his own against Texas in his career, and was nothing but money when he took the mound for the Astros last season. not to mention that the Astros are pretty much bringing back the entire lineup from last season.

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The Rangers are 24-22 in home openers, and it will be the fourth time they face a World Series victor in the first game of the season. While the they aren't necessarily expected to be among the top World Series contenders, to suggest 45 wins as a benchmark for this season is pretty silly. "I'm excited to be here for a whole season". Throughout the spring, Banister signaled that he might use a six-man rotation - for the last couple of decades, teams have used five starters - at times this year, which could save his best arms a lot of wear and tear throughout the season.

Lefty Cole Hamels gets the start for the Rangers, and he has a 3.03 ERA against Houston over the last three years.

The Rangers aren't going to be great, but they could be good enough.

Major League Baseball's regular season is finally upon us.

  • Tabitha Byrd