Texas Rangers Face Difficult but Telling Series vs. Boston Red Sox

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This early in the baseball season, it’s hard to tell exactly how good a team is, and the Texas Rangers are no exception. As is the case with most teams, already there have been games in which the ball club has looked ready for the postseason as well as games when the offense has struggled to even get on base. This weekend, with the Boston Red Sox headed to town, we will learn a lot about this Rangers as the two best teams in the American League square off in Arlington.

The Rangers, struggling to find consistency behind the plate, have dropped four of their last five games, including 1-3 series loss to the Chicago White Sox. On the other hand, the Red Sox, led by former Rangers slugger Mike Napoli, who has been on fire all season, currently have the best record in all of baseball and have won seven of their last eight.

Rangers fans entered the season uncertain as to what to expect from this team, having lost a lot of their power behind the plate. So far, things have been probably been a bit better than expected, though inconsistent, and this is the biggest test the Rangers have had so far all year.

Slated to pitch for the Rangers this weekend is Derek Holland, Alexi Ogando, and Yu Darvish.

It’s far too early in the year to deem any series a “must-win,” but if the Rangers can manage to get back on track against the top team in baseball right now, that will go a long way in telling us what this Texas team is capable of this season.

 

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