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What’s ailing the Rangers? Not everything, but it seems that way

(AP photo/Ross D. Franklin)


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.

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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  1. Monty W August 24, 2023

    The Rangers leading league in starting pitching ERA. In late August. Offense in 2nd in OPS. Still leading the division after week of losses. I think (hope) they’re getting ready to go on a 2 month heater.

    Playing meaningful games in late August/September. It’s what we’ve been wanting the past several years.

    Thanks for the continued coverage, Jeff.

    1. Jeff Wilson August 24, 2023

      The big picture still looks good. Just need to photoshop this part of it out.


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