Tough luck.

Remember how lucky the Rangers were said to be in 2016, with all those one-run victories and a run differential that should never have supported a league-best 95-win record?

There hasn’t been a whole lot of baseball luck for Texas in 2017, a season that early on has been riddled by injuries and comeback losses and too many strikeouts on one side of the ball and too many walks on the other and too many defensive lapses, though I suppose luck might be one way to explain the bullpen yielding 13 baserunners in the four innings it was asked to handle on Thursday, but only two runs.

I don’t want to think too much about that 4–4–2–2–9–4 relief line in what was the Rangers’ one win in Houston out of four because there are about four thought cycles I go through before the concept of luck comes to mind.

It’s better, perhaps, to be lucky than good, but it’s better to be good than not, and losing two games in the standings over four in Houston wasn’t good — especially in the brand of baseball that was played, result-independent.

That can’t continue, even when the final score occasionally has the higher number in the runs column.

I have a long-form thing in mind to write, but I don’t have time today and, really, don’t have the will yet to write it. Soon enough.

Or maybe I’ll never get to the point where it feels like the story to write.

Either way, we’re never going to forget the 2017 Rangers season.

If we’re lucky — if they find a way to rediscover good — it’ll be for the right reasons.


Jamey Newberg

Dallas attorney Jamey Newberg has been commenting on Rangers from the big club down through the entire farm system since 1998.

Scott Lucas

Scott Lucas was born in Arlington, Texas, to Richard and Becky Lucas. He lived mostly in Arlington before moving to Austin, where he graduated from The University of Texas. Scott works for Austin Valuation Consultants, Ltd., and has published several boring articles about real estate appraisal and environmental contamination. He makes a swell margarita and refuses to run longer than ten kilometres.

Eleanor Czajka

Eleanor grew up watching the AAA Mudhens in Toledo, Ohio. A loyal Ranger fan since 1979, she works "behind the scenes" at the Newberg Report.

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