Could Shin-Soo Choo Injury Derail Rangers’ World Series Hopes?
The Texas Rangers are rolling right along in the AL West, sitting pretty atop the division with a stout 70-50 record.
With a 5.5 game lead over the Seattle Mariners, it looks like the Rangers are a lock for the 2016 MLB playoffs. With one of the most explosive offenses in the league and a solid string of pitchers, they very much look like a potential World Series contender.
At least, they did.
Down Goes Shin-Soo Choo
The Rangers may have potentially suffered a massive blow to their 2016 World Series odds on Monday night, when star outfielder Shin-Soo Choo took a ball to his forearm.
Per reports, Shin-Soo Choo suffered a fracture in his arm, an injury that could potentially end his 2016 campaign.
Shin-Soo Choo has fractured left forearm…. he is going on the disabled list… could be out for the season
— TR Sullivan (@Sullivan_Ranger) August 16, 2016
Shin-Soo Choo has already missed time this year due to other ailments, putting his played game mark at just 44 games on the year. He has been productive when active, however, as he’s produced seven home runs, 17 RBI and 27 runs.
Next Man Up
The silver lining here is that Texas remains quite stacked on the offensive side of the ball.
Choo brings power and fielding to the table that would be tough to replace anywhere else, but the Rangers have the very talented Jurickson Profar waiting to take on Choo’s role in the outfield.
Profar has impressed this season, as the 23-year old has chipped in five home runs and 17 RBI in 61 games, while averaging a strong .277 from the plate.
Delino DeShields also gives Texas some experience in the field, should he also be needed.
World Series Odds
Choo was certainly a guy Texas would have loved to keep in the starting lineup, and with him going down a supremely versatile lineup loses one extra able body.
That being said, this is far from a death sentence for the Rangers, who continue to showcase their immense talent and depth. Profar and DeShields should both see increased roles as the regular season wraps up, and they should also be crucial to Texas’ post-season run.
As things stand, the Rangers surprisingly have the second best odds to win the World Series (+650), per Bovada. Texas is just behind the Chicago Cubs, who Vegas figures will meet them in this year’s World Series.
Losing Choo brings a minor hit to those expectations, but Texas fans and MLb bettors alike can take solace in two facts: the Rangers have the depth to make up for the loss for now, and it remains possible Choo could return for their playoff run.
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