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The Sunday Read: Rangers’ glass half-full, half-empty after first month

(Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports)

 

ARLINGTON — A month has passed since the Rangers started defense of their World Series championship, and the March 28 opener wasn’t too dissimilar from how their season has unfolded.

Some good. Some bad.

The game featured offensive frustration, a defensive snafu and a bullpen hiccup, but also good starting pitching, good relief work, good defense and just enough offense.

They did win on Opening Day, 4-3 in 10 innings over the Cubs, but their first 28 games have been unsteady with 14 wins and 14 losses entering the season finale today against the Reds.

The Rangers have been just good enough to remain in first or second place in a weak American League West and just inconsistent enough to not run out to a large lead.

Injuries, fresh and lingering, have kept the offense from realizing its potential. Rookies have hit speed bumps. A few pitchers have still been rounding into regular-season form.

“It’s been up and down,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “When you’re at .500, that’s how it’s going to look.”

The working theory is that better times are ahead.

Jeff Wilson

Sports reporter for two decades. Sports fan for life. Covers the Texas Rangers. Graduate of TCU. Colorado native. Author of Purple Passion: TCU Football Legends (https://t.co/2fmXLyympx). Follow me on Twitter at @JeffWilsonTXR

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