Rangers acquire SP Matt Garza, futures odds jump

The Texas Rangers bolstered their starting rotation by acquiring starter Matt Garza from the Chicago Cubs Monday.

Garza provides some depth to Texas’ starting rotation, and some oddsmakers have shuffled the Rangers’ futures. According to Jeff Sherman, assistant manager at the LVH Superbook in Las Vegas, no adjustments were made to Texas’ World Series, league or divisional odds since acquiring Garza. However, at Bet365.com, Texas went from +1,200 to +1,000 to win the World Series and from +600 to +500 to take the AL Pennant.

"Great pitching pickup if he pitches as he can," Aron Black of Bet365.com told Covers. "Gives the starting rotation a real boost, but they are still in a tough race for the division or Wild Card. Garza could prove the difference with the extra wins you would expect him to get."

The Rangers dealt three prospects to the Cubs for the right-hander. Garza is 6-1 with a 3.17 ERA on the year and has been red hot in recent outings, going 5-0 with a 1.24 ERA in his last six starts.

The Rangers are expected to debut their new prize pitcher against the New York Yankees Wednesday. Garza is 1-4 all-time with a career 4.48 ERA versus New York.

Texas has just three wins in its past 10 games spanning the All-Star break, heading into Tuesday, and are second in the AL West at 55-44, losing -1.18 units for bettors on the year.

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