What’s ailing the Rangers? Not everything, but it seems that way
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If it weren’t for bad luck, the saying goes, the Rangers would have no luck at all.
In fairness to luck, Rangers hitters are responsible for an inability to put a ball in play and their pitchers are at fault for issuing too many walks.
Luck has nothing to do with two of the things that have plagued the Rangers during a six-game losing streak they will attempt to snap tonight in the opener or a four-game series at Minnesota.
But there has been a sizable dose of bad luck, such as hard-hit balls going right to opposing defensive players and soft contact falling between Rangers defenders. Marcus Semien, Adolis Garcia and even the hot-all-season Corey Seager have hit into some bad luck of late.
Rangers hits have been lost to terrific defensive plays, and foes have benefited from some unusually loose Rangers defense.
Ezequiel Duran made three errors in one game. That doesn’t happen to a team that is on a heater.
Someone needs to find a live chicken.
Then again, the Rangers gained a half-game on their lead in the American League West after the Astros fell Wednesday night in extra innings. The Mariners lost in 10 as well.
Maybe some other things dogging the Rangers are about to relent, too.